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    11-12-2018, 03:32 PM
    For those who may not know, that powder is WC 846... The H335 "equivalent" is WC 844... That's gonna be my next buy from ST Auctions....
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    11-02-2018, 02:24 PM
    I too have read that there were poorly trained workers who mis-read the color of the steel during heat treat before instrumentation was put in place. And that the "old hands" were much better at turning out quality heat-treated receivers in the...
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    11-02-2018, 11:01 AM
    Bluejay, can I still get in on this buy??? PM me if I'm too late, please... I'd like a HITEK (NLG), .311, 6 cav, PB, solid, aluminum (brass is prettier, but a little too heavy for me) Use email: en dot vox at use dot startmail dot com (yeah,...
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    11-02-2018, 09:46 AM
    The brightness of the light on the press in the first pic helps bring out the details in the press, but the background is too bright. I don't like white backgrounds for dark subjects in the foreground. Press illumination of the first plus darker...
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    11-02-2018, 12:05 AM
    She and I mixed red and blue for an awesome grape purple... Almost to much of a coating in just 1 shake and bake. I will try the size first thing, but I am going to have to find a NIB .310 or .309 die as mine all have had lube in them. May just...
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    11-01-2018, 09:47 AM
    You know, I feel your pain with cast in a 300 BO. I have been chasing that goal for a few weeks and thought I was close. But this weekend, a minor change in the bullet profile jacked my pressure way up. I switched to RCBS 150gr FP and they cycled...
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    11-01-2018, 09:39 AM
    Great news! Still heading prayers you way. I could not imagine a problem like that with my kids. Our usual is the youngest daughter breaking bones or getting a concussion.
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    10-31-2018, 09:01 PM
    +1 /\ It may be interesting to add another caliber, but it may be more satisfying to figure out the BlackOut rather than letting it best you... I had to abandon my first 300 BO pistol barrel (7.5") and replaced it with a 9" ... Much easier to...
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    10-31-2018, 09:33 AM
    WSF has been my goto for 9mm and non-conventional 45 acp pin loads for years. It does wonderful things behind a 250 grain cast in the 45 acp revolver!
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    10-31-2018, 09:31 AM
    I had given up after HF powder a couple of years ago... finally decided to try Smokes as everyone raves about them. Ordered a sample pack and finally tried some with my daughter this past weekend. All I can say is wow! The red took 2 coats and...
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    10-31-2018, 01:08 AM
    I think they should have put a rear mounting bolt on it. I heard an explanation why it didn't need one, but mine rocks a little when I put some torque on it. Haven't used it much... Bought a Bonanza AND an A4, so my single-stage requirements are...
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    10-29-2018, 02:44 PM
    Tazman... you got them headed your way and their way. That is a great place to be if you have these kinds of problems!
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    10-29-2018, 11:13 AM
    mattw replied to a thread Rechargeable batteries in Our Town
    The Amazon Basics are very good cells as well as the Eneloops.
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    10-27-2018, 11:42 AM
    Keep in mind the 300 bo is a little different animal. Many barrels up to 16 inches use a pistol length gas system for best function .
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    10-26-2018, 03:57 PM
    Might consider 1680, 3031, 4198 or RL 7. These each cross over bet 7.62x39 and 300 bo. I have been working with H110 in 300 bo with cast bullets, but have not investigated the use of it with the 39.
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    10-26-2018, 09:20 AM
    mattw replied to a thread 223 AR load data help in Helping Hands
    My only AR is in 300 blackout, so I am going to spend the winter working on cast in it. So far, H110 and H110 Data have been good to me with 160 grain cast bullets. I have however shot cast on and off for a few years in my Mini 14 and 4895 has...
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    10-25-2018, 10:04 AM
    I have redots on a few pistols and contender pistol barrels for hunting. I love the 1x magnification out to about 150 yards with the great field of view. All of my rifles get real scopes, some are POS some are leupold 6.5x24 or 8x32 and a couple...
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    10-25-2018, 09:11 AM
    This is not really something I want to think about.... I am guessing I could sell them all for 4 to 5 thousand. I have several long out of production Ideals, Lymans and a few good Saeco's. But, I am not sure as I have not been buying more that 1...
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    10-25-2018, 09:04 AM
    Ok... I have some experience here. I have been shooting my Inland for decades with cast bullets. From 110 to 130 grain bullets with no gas check and a commercial variant of H110 that back in the day was known as H110 Data and I suspect that it is...
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    10-24-2018, 11:31 PM
    Honestly, that's why I bought them... I don't shoot/load 30 Carbine, but I liked the idea of having that belling die.
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    10-22-2018, 10:52 PM
    mattw replied to a thread AR15 stock options. in Military Rifles
    I am trying to figure this out myself, just got my first AR at 53 and actually like it. My 16yo daughter and will be mainly shooting off of a bench with it and would like to use rear sandbag and front rest. I am trying to figure out what would...
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    10-21-2018, 03:48 PM
    PM sent...
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    10-21-2018, 03:40 PM
    Found from an estate sale... They're RCBS 30 Carbine dies... a 3-die set... clearly, the decapper is missing from the sizing die, but there's a belling die and it has a decapper on it.... That decapper doesn't fit the sizing die, only the...
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    10-16-2018, 03:06 PM
    Do you mean a 16" barrel?? Is there a Troy handguard with that upper?? What's the brand of the barrel??? All this helps answer the "good deal" question, but it looks good from 50 feet... More details will help..
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    10-16-2018, 02:46 PM
    StratsMan replied to a thread Google Memo in Our Town
    I've used to use duckduckgo, but been using startpage.com for a while now... they claim no tracking and they don't sell prioritization. Based in Netherlands, I believe, so not subject to US regs... I use their email service, too... (not free...
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    10-16-2018, 09:28 AM
    mattw replied to a thread What are these, Orbs? in Our Town
    Looks like a ghost... get your 15 minutes of fame on Ghost Hunters!!! :)
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    10-16-2018, 09:24 AM
    mattw replied to a thread Friends in Tennessee in Our Town
    Yes, real country ham! I love the salt and the over all texture of the meat. Some of the best stuff on the planet! I have never tried chow chow, I love soup beans and have since I was a kid. For me they get Franks Red Hot sauce and fresh onions....
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    10-15-2018, 11:07 PM
    At 53, I just bought my first AR. It is a 1:8 300 black out 16" barrel with a pistol length gas system. I would have liked a carbine length gas system, but at $400 for a complete PSA lower and a Radical upper unfired with an Alpha bolt... I could...
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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
GC Gas Check