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  • Kestrel4k's Avatar
    06-23-2018, 12:12 AM
    I've obtained excellent accuracy with Blue Dot only by going to .357Mag - the higher pressures are needed to get a consistent burn with that powder. Like going from from 3-4" at 50 yds, to 0.75" at same distance (w/ scoped rifle).
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    06-22-2018, 03:26 AM
    And the decocker is slide-mounted, not frame mounted as I understand the US models to be.
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    06-21-2018, 10:28 AM
    RE: 92S; I bought four of them in the last offering; condition comparable to my four S&W M64 police trade-ins - some good, some worn - but all were very smooth & quite a good value. This Euro model has the heel mag release; so for extra mags,...
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  • wquiles's Avatar
    06-20-2018, 06:25 PM
    Not quite a "pistol" boolit, but ordered this small rifle bullet (NOE 311-122-FN-J4 4 cavity GC) for a plinking load (and to get my daughter moving from the 10/22 to the 308 bolt action). My plan is to use it exclusively as a subsonic load:...
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    06-20-2018, 03:20 PM
    I remember seeing those modest integral locks with chest freezers, do they still do that? (My small 7cu.ft chest freezer doesn't have one.) Would be cool to do a quality security retrofit with a system like that, with a better lock mechanism &...
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    06-19-2018, 10:18 AM
    Kestrel4k replied to a thread Multi Airgun offer in AirGuns
    +1 on MG's post above; I have a 717 & although I like it quite a bit, valuing it at $125 might perhaps be on the high side.
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    06-16-2018, 08:46 PM
    Ahh, so the same boolit but with standard lube grooves - cool thanks!
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    06-16-2018, 09:36 AM
    I have been searching but it looks like no-one makes this mold now-a-days, right?
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    06-15-2018, 02:42 PM
    Kestrel4k replied to a thread Robocalls in Our Town
    I have the most fun with the credit card / balance transfer ones; I say that my card is in my desk in the other room if they can wait a minute, then set the phone down for 4-5 minutes. If they're still on the line, I say I have the card etc. When...
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    06-15-2018, 10:13 AM
    Pretty neat old boxes; if they were mine I might drop a line to Nosler to see if they might be interested, if they have a historical display at their Bend facility. Leupold has a modest display of some of their earliest equipment at their facility...
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    06-12-2018, 07:09 PM
    A 'rimfire' friend of mine has the Ruger American and says its the most accurate rimfire he's ever shot - and at a very reasonable price on top of it. I bought his Savage MkII FV-SR (irony there); while its a good shooter, it really lends itself...
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    06-11-2018, 10:38 PM
    I have made several custom seater parts for my dies. My preferred material is 12L14 "leaded steel", as it machines easily and is more than strong for the job.
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    06-11-2018, 10:35 PM
    wquiles replied to a thread Homemade? in Reloading Equipment
    Nice!. I really like my PM lathe. Except for 1 or 2 DIY cutting tools in my lathe, 99.9% of the lathe and milling machine cutters are all insert-based. I got a very thin parting bar that I have been using with the same insert for a couple of...
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    06-10-2018, 11:19 PM
    wquiles replied to a thread Homemade? in Reloading Equipment
    For the boring of the hardened RCBS die, I used a solid carbide boring bar with inserts, on my PM 12x36 manual lathe.
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    06-10-2018, 12:15 PM
    I have an older Diana M27; its fpe is only 7, even professionally rebuilt with a new mainspring. It is an extremely smooth shooter and not hold-sensitive at all; I helped set up a friend with a newer M35, and was somewhat disappointed to see that...
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    06-10-2018, 08:27 AM
    wquiles replied to a thread 308 cast loads in Cast Boolits
    I am using a NOE neck expanding insert with my Lee die, and I am getting good neck tension and very consistent overall cartridge length on finished rounds, but definitely something to recheck. I don't have anything soft enough, so I might have...
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    06-09-2018, 12:11 PM
    wquiles replied to a thread Homemade? in Reloading Equipment
    For two of my cast bullets, I opened up a Lyman and an RCBS sizing die. The Lyman I did with the polish method as it was .431" and I needed it .432". The push pin I left alone: This is the body after the slight polish job: For the...
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    06-09-2018, 10:22 AM
    I have done one RCBS and one Lyman so far. The Lyman I did with the polish method as it was .431" and I needed it .432". The push pin I left alone: This is the body after the slight polish job: For the RCBS, however, I opened up an...
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    06-07-2018, 06:23 PM
    Kestrel4k replied to a thread Primers???? in Our Town
    Only very limited experience across all the brands, but have gravitated towards Winchester (on the hot side), and S&B (on the mild side). During load development, I have often gotten better results from one of the two - a good thing of course. ...
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    06-06-2018, 03:54 PM
    Kestrel4k replied to a thread PCP vs BRAKE BARREL in AirGuns
    Hello Fly, One reason I have not gotten into the PCP game is the cost - I greatly enjoy my inexpensive springer (used Diana M27) and single-stroke pneumatics (Daisy 853 rifle & 717 pistol). In stock form, none of these have values in excess of...
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    06-05-2018, 07:25 PM
    Kestrel4k replied to a thread My first M1 Garand in Our Town
    Oh not at all; merely enjoying the conversation - one of my favorite gun topics. :)
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    06-05-2018, 05:18 PM
    Just a quick post, as others will write more certainly. I put much effort into trying to get a 'nitro piston' airgun to shoot accurately, to no avail. And those def. have a muzzle blast, so the newer models w/ a suppressor would be an improvement...
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    06-05-2018, 04:45 PM
    Kestrel4k replied to a thread PCP vs BRAKE BARREL in AirGuns
    No PCP's here, but do have a healthy collection of break-barrels & single-stroke pneumatics, in both rifle & pistol. I do keep coming back to my break-barrels because I enjoy the simple rhythm of cocking & shooting - no bolt manipulation or extra...
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  • Kestrel4k's Avatar
    06-05-2018, 04:35 PM
    Will take 6 and 8 please .357 & .44Mag, carbide sets. Pm to follow
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    06-05-2018, 12:22 PM
    Kestrel4k replied to a thread My first M1 Garand in Our Town
    Certainly some of the features are /outdated/ - internal magazine (not JCG's fault) and full-length oprod; but as far as a battle rifle goes, its overall performance doesn't get left behind in any meaningful sense. So overbuilt - all that steel -...
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  • wquiles's Avatar
    06-05-2018, 09:27 AM
    wquiles replied to a thread Homemade? in Reloading Equipment
    Nice arbor press!
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Abbreviations used in Reloading

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
GC Gas Check