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  • 18Bravo's Avatar
    10-18-2017, 08:04 PM
    H335 with the lighter 52gr to 55gr bullets. Can't speak for the 50's since I don't shoot them. For bolt guns I load 25.2 gr of H335. I've also decent results with Benchmark.
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    10-17-2017, 03:11 PM
    Just my humble opinion, but I think the Lee FCD is probably the best die Lee makes. Have used other brands but none seem to do a better job than Lee.
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    10-05-2017, 08:20 PM
    I tried 18gr of IMR 4227 behind a 255gr LFN in a Rossi M92 Lever. Was looking for something with a bit more "reach". I think I ran across this receipt on another forum. Anyway, while it preformed well, it didn't out perform other loads I had been...
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    10-05-2017, 07:33 PM
    18Bravo replied to a thread Buying a 22 rifle in Rimfire Area
    +1 on the Savage mark II. If there is a more accurate out of the box .22 in this price range, I haven't found it. Combined with the Accutrigger it is a tack driver. Look around the web, they can be had new for what you want to spend. Here's a...
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    10-05-2017, 07:25 PM
    I'm a fan of SWFA. One of their 16x42 is mounted on a HB 223 build I did earlier this year. Hard to beat for the price even though I wish the eye relief was a little bit better. I'd have looked to them again for the 260 Rem build but they don't...
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    10-05-2017, 04:10 PM
    To one and all, thanks for the insightful feedback. Looks like I'm going to pop for the Vortex. Think I found a good deal. Camera Land has them on line $319.
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    10-05-2017, 02:15 PM
    Thanks for the testimonial. Real world experience was what I was looking for. The other considerations where: Nikon Prostaff 7 4.5-16 x50 . A little less max magnification than what I was hoping for. Vortex Viper 6.5-20x50. Thanks again for...
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    10-05-2017, 12:26 PM
    Buzz, Thanks. This was on my original short list. Anyone have experience with this scope?
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    10-05-2017, 12:09 PM
    18Bravo replied to a thread Lotta Lead in Cast Boolits
    Wow! If you're shooting 148gr LSWC you'd have enough lead for 189,189 boolits. That'll keep you busy with a two cavity mold.
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    10-05-2017, 09:45 AM
    Thank you for the responses. Usually, at least for me, smaller objective lens with higher magnification equal very small eye relief. One must be perfectly positioned with a perfect check weld every time. I was hoping to find something with a 50mm...
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    10-04-2017, 03:07 PM
    I’m in the final process of acquiring all the components to complete my new build. All the major decision but one have been made. I need some help with the optics. I just can’t seem to narrow the search enough to hit the “buy” button. Instead of...
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    10-03-2017, 10:48 AM
    I’ve used RCBS, Hornady and Lee's carbide crimp dies. Overall, the Lee’s have given the best results. I now use them exclusively on all my hand gun and non-bolt action rifles. They give a uniform repeatable crimp from very light to very heavy....
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    10-02-2017, 02:20 PM
    +1 on the old Lee's. I have two, one for small primers, the other for large. They have had so much use that the plastic covers are stained a light grey. The only part that ever gave me problems were the pot metal handles.
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    09-30-2017, 02:51 PM
    I like the shotgun powders for 45ACP. Use a lot of WSF and when it was available, Solo 1000. Both gave decent velocities and acceptable accuracy. Loaded both 200 LSWC and 230 LTC with 6.0 to 6.2 WSF. I think Solo 1000 was about the same.
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    09-28-2017, 08:42 PM
    Arguably one of the best products Lee makes. I use it for all non-bolt action rifles and the vast majority of pistols. It’s easily adjustable and repeatable and yes, it will remove the case flair. I like the amount of adjustment it offers. I can...
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    09-28-2017, 11:49 AM
    Iíve had a Rossi M92 in 45 Colt with the 20-inch barrel for several years now. It has been absolutely reliable. Scout mounted a 3-9 x 32 scope and use it primarily as a farm gun. It sees second duties as a back up to the 45/70 on pig hunts. Doing a...
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    09-27-2017, 03:00 PM
    18Bravo replied to a thread Steyr in Factory Rifles
    Going back to my military days, I was taught to pronounce it "sty-er" with a long I. But then again what did us Army guys know... we had a hard enough time with English.
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    09-27-2017, 01:44 PM
    I’ve been wanting to try Wipe Out. For those of you who use the product is there a difference between the foam and the patch out? I would be using the accelerator as others have recommended.
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    09-27-2017, 01:27 PM
    Thanks for the update. If the price is reasonable, this could very well be a poor mans Anschutz.
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    09-26-2017, 06:25 PM
    Will do. Checked a few sources and only found pricing on the Scout models. If I can run down the model number or UPC it would make life easier.
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    09-26-2017, 04:28 PM
    Steyr is all about quality. I’ve never handled one of their rifles that I didn’t covet. Can’t say the same for their pistols. Any idea what they are going for with the wood stock? Don’t need another 22 but hey, not “needing” another firearm hasn’t...
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    09-26-2017, 12:10 PM
    The only hunting I do these days is yotes, prairie poodles once a year and when I head out east hogs. My favorite hog gun is my 45/70 lever with the 45 Colt lever coming in a close second. Either one will roll up a pig in short order.
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    09-21-2017, 06:17 PM
    18Bravo replied to a thread Blazer ammo in Rimfire Area
    Forrest r, Thanks for the insightful post. I, and probably most, didn't know there was a difference. Even though I don't shoot Blazers, if I ever do I'll know what to look for. Being educated on a subject I truly enjoy was one of the main reasons I...
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    09-21-2017, 10:15 AM
    Looking on line, the cheapest I have seen is Aguila 22LR standard velocity from Ammomen at 4 cents per round or $1.89 for a box of 50. Prices are finally on the decline. It was a sad state of affairs when you could reload 9mm for less than you...
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    09-20-2017, 04:50 PM
    I have the 92 in 45 Colt. I wanted the 454 initially but they were unavailable at the time and being impatient didn't want to wait. Good thing about the 454, as has already been mentioned, is it's ability to also shoot 45 Colt. Say what you will...
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    09-20-2017, 04:36 PM
    To be perfectly honest, I liked the looks and feel of the Kimber when I had a chance to fondled it at Scheels. It reeked of quality. But them again a $700 snubby should. My dilemma is understanding the need versus the want. Just for good measure...
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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