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    Today, 05:35 PM
    See the review posted by jakarath on the other R51 thread. It's spot on!
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    Today, 05:33 PM
    There just isn't many redeeming features to these R51's My S.I.L and I each bought the generation 2's when they first came back out with problems suppose to be fixed. They weren't. He gave up on his and gave it to me so now I have two. They are...
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    Today, 03:13 PM
    I'm going to toss in my two cents worth on the R51's I now own two of them and that is at least two too many. I have no problem with the way they feel in the hand, their looks or there shootability if that's even a word. They do require a little...
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    04-07-2020, 01:53 AM
    Lots of workarounds out there to make factory shells put a heavy hit on the target board. I've had some success with cutting the center out of a star crimp, leaving the outer crimp over the wad (looks like a roll crimp) removing a few pieces of shot...
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    04-06-2020, 07:48 PM
    Ralph: Proceed with caution but you can check the data on the various federal hulls and you'll see that there isn't a HUGE difference one hull to the other. Find out the composition and size of the base wad in the hulls you have and compare to other...
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    04-06-2020, 06:58 PM
    Ralph: Are any of these hulls marked Top Gun ? That's a very common Federal target Hull. Some have plastic base wads, some paper this hull is sometimes marked with just the Federal logo and sold as light field loads. If these sound like the hulls...
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    04-04-2020, 10:45 AM
    gpidaho replied to a thread Neck up 225 Winchester in Our Town
    wch: Buy a 6mm expander from Noe or Sinclair and stick it in the neck and then remove. Gp
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    04-03-2020, 01:22 AM
    I've got a Santa Fe Mountaineer in 303 Brit Pretty good looking old rifle with a rough bore or A Polish 7.62X54R Carbine if you could use either. Gp
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    04-02-2020, 06:53 PM
    Keith: Though I've yet to do business With C.B.E. they are known to be a fine company to do business with even here in the North West US. And yes, Things are a bit mad here right now also. SO GLAD I stocked up on components big time over the last...
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    04-02-2020, 01:42 PM
    My opinion? Claybuster is to shotgun wads What Hamm's is to beer. Gp
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    04-02-2020, 01:34 PM
    gpidaho replied to a thread Idaho shake in Our Town
    Local Joke "Things are so messed up in LoCal that even the earthquakes are moving to Idaho" Gp
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    04-02-2020, 01:15 PM
    5744 can be come by much cheaper by just buying Shooters World Buffalo Rifle. Same powder. Like 296- H110 or 231- HP38. That said , I like 3031 in the 45-70. Gp
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    04-02-2020, 01:10 PM
    gpidaho replied to a thread Idaho shake in Our Town
    The only real damage shown on the local news was to the sandstone cross on top of Boise's historic cathedral. Cross was broken at it's base and had to be taken down by crane before it fell. I haven't heard of anyone being injured. All in all an...
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    03-31-2020, 11:59 PM
    I bought a bag of 500 Downrange wads that are the 12S3 clone. I can't see any difference and I'm a fan of the original 12S3 and 12S4 wads. Gp
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    03-31-2020, 09:36 PM
    gpidaho replied to a thread Idaho shake in Our Town
    This one was centered in the central Idaho mountains and I'm hearing 6.3 to 6.5. It wasn't a sharp shock here at my place, just a rolling effect. Nothing cracked or broke all pictures still hanging so all's well if a little unusual. Gp
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    03-31-2020, 08:19 PM
    gpidaho started a thread Idaho shake in Our Town
    Not unusual to some of you in LoCal but we just had a pretty good rolling earthquake here in the Boise valley. First one of any notice since the early 80s. Gp
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    03-31-2020, 07:19 PM
    If you use a chop saw to cut the lead ingots don't use carbide tip blades as the teeth may break off and become a flying projectile. I might put a dull blade in the saw backwards (prevents grabbing) and go slow. Remember, your eyes and fingers don't...
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    03-31-2020, 01:05 PM
    Well, we are a bunch of senile old geezers here and that doesn't help! Gp
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    03-31-2020, 12:28 PM
    Powder coating bullets using the air soft BBs works very well for SOME applications. Remember the powders were engineered to work from an electrostatic gun and to me, it's a wonder that this Hillbilly shotcut of shake and bake works at all. Don't...
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    03-29-2020, 08:19 PM
    Looks like it's working very well Scott. Good job. Gp
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    03-29-2020, 01:55 PM
    gpidaho replied to a thread Group Buy Slow Down in Cast Boolits
    I hear you BNE. Being a Noe thousand dollar club member more than twice over and owning many more from the other makers, I should just work more with what I have. This mould business is a sickness I tell you! Gp
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    03-29-2020, 01:42 PM
    gpidaho replied to a thread Group Buy Slow Down in Cast Boolits
    I'm on the list for my first group buy. I believe this will be the last, just takes too long at my age. I would most likely drop out on this one as I've purchased other moulds that fill my need but I will stay in for others here that have more...
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    03-28-2020, 08:18 PM
    Longknife: Sounds like your goals are past mine in shotguns but if I understand what your looking for. I'd opt for the Paradox over the Zboy as the paradox has substantial bands. The Zboy has very small bands that would swag down much to easy for...
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    03-28-2020, 02:55 PM
    Paradox slug with wad attached 1.620 OAL 591gr. slug alone .765 AOL 543GR. Zboy 1.435 OAL 570gr. with brush wad and screw slug . slug alone 524gr. .715 OAL Gp
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    03-28-2020, 02:24 PM
    Thanks BB I'll get it This evening On my way out to the hills to shoot a bit. Gp
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    03-28-2020, 01:33 PM
    Longknife: I have the Svarog Paradox and Zverboy slug moulds. With my alloy (about COWW) the Paradox Measures +or- .730 on all bands The Zverboy measures .732 on the front band .719 on the rear band. I powder coat all my slugs and this adds about...
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    03-27-2020, 11:38 AM
    Thanks to all for the reply's I am lucky in the fact that my Romanian Tok"s barrel slugs .312 and the chamber will accept bullet of .312+ .313 will chamber without neck turning (S&B brass) but too tight for comfort. I loaded a test round with an...
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    03-26-2020, 11:42 PM
    I put a Stevens 44 together in 38LC and at first got pierced primers. Went to small rifle primers and have no more pierced primers. Small pistol and small rifle primers are the same size. Mine's a fun gun and accuracy at fifty yards is better than I...
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BP Bronze Point IMR Improved Military Rifle PTD Pointed
BR Bench Rest M Magnum RN Round Nose
BT Boat Tail PL Power-Lokt SP Soft Point
C Compressed Charge PR Primer SPCL Soft Point "Core-Lokt"
HP Hollow Point PSPCL Pointed Soft Point "Core Lokt" C.O.L. Cartridge Overall Length
PSP Pointed Soft Point Spz Spitzer Point SBT Spitzer Boat Tail
LRN Lead Round Nose LWC Lead Wad Cutter LSWC Lead Semi Wad Cutter
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