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    Today, 02:45 PM
    Been there, done that... with my tube-magazine, bolt-action .22 of 1968, which was the first firearm I ever owned with both powder and rifling coming into it. It had, perhaps astonishingly, all the intrinsic accuracy you could wish for, but was...
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    Today, 02:17 PM
    Well, I know wolf hybrids have something of a record of turning on their owners - more than strangers, maybe. But I'd guess that to be the fault of owners who just want the biggest and the baddest, and don't take the trouble to know the breed. I...
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    Today, 06:11 AM
    Ah, but they thought they were doing just fine in the deal. I'm not surprised that coydogs can be civilised and friendly. Saudi wild dogs, which were doing too well out of the canteen dumpster and handouts from the Bangladeshi kitchen staff to...
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    Yesterday, 03:17 AM
    We always think of it as a source of grief that dogs live so much shorter lives than we do. But that is why we can take on a dog in reasonable certainty that they won't outlive us. Children can grow up and live independent lives, but they can't. ...
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    11-18-2017, 05:04 PM
    The leopard cure? Not surely, I think, and you'd feel a fool if your tennis elbow resurfaced as bad as ever. I think his case was most likely due to the forced immobilisation.
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    11-18-2017, 04:53 PM
    I know the aqualung system, as well as Gagnan and Cousteau's demand valve, benefited from a great increase in the pressure capacity of cylinders available in the 1940s, to 200 atmospheres. 19th century diving apparatus, around the Jules Verne era,...
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    11-18-2017, 02:13 PM
    Sir Gerald Burrard knew someone who was cured of tennis elbow by being mauled by a leopard. He hesitated to recommend it.
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    11-18-2017, 04:41 AM
    There was a unit of Austrian sharpshooters in the Napoleonic Wars armed with airguns, and Napoleon ordered their execution if captured, although I don't know if it actually happened. Soldiers might need to surrender themselves sometime. Some of the...
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    11-17-2017, 03:13 PM
    The performance of this weapon doesn't surprise me. Another is made by Crosman: http://www.crosman.com/airbow I can't see why it wouldn't be more effective on non-dangerous medium game than a bow or crossbow, which are pretty well accepted...
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    11-16-2017, 05:19 AM
    It took me a while to realise that that was me, suggesting that a possible alternative to a magnum rechambering in this rifle would be rechambering a .308 to .308 Improved. Well so it would, although I thought for a moment of being so cynical as to...
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    11-13-2017, 10:20 PM
    Counting semi-legitimised wildcats, I suspect that we have a hundred times more cartridges than we have the slightest need for. "What's with...? may not be the right question to ask.
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    11-13-2017, 09:20 PM
    Yes indeed, it is one of the best on any high power rifle. Changing to a trigger safety would be a big mistake. I fitted the Dayton Traister all-steel trigger and cock-on-opening speedlock unit, which includes a replacement cocking piece. I found...
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    11-13-2017, 08:49 PM
    Say eat before he is desperate, and without looking very picky about food of normally solid consistency, and that sounds a pretty good standard.
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    11-13-2017, 02:55 PM
    There was a more pronounced compensation effect in the Lee-Enfields, greatest in the light-barrelled SMLE, but present in the long Lee-Enfield, No4 and even the heavier barrelled target rifles. The SMLE could string inconsistent military ammunition...
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    11-13-2017, 10:44 AM
    Very much like many of us. But we may all be alive and healthy in the age of the ray-gun. I think you could pay a lot more than $100 for that sight nowadays. You got a good deal.
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    11-13-2017, 10:32 AM
    I thought someone made and then rather needlessly deleted a query about my last sentence. It may have been for the mention of a .208-sized case head, which I have now corrected to .308-sized. For the rest, rechambering to an Improved case shape can...
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    11-13-2017, 10:07 AM
    Anything like a conventional shotgun load will have fallen far below peak pressure long before the twelve-inch mark. That is why shotgun barrels have such an extreme and normally concave taper. Here is a very interesting table, heavily...
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    11-13-2017, 06:58 AM
    I don't think there is much wrong with the ages anybody has recommended here. There is more difference between dog and dog. The golden lab my sister and I carried home at the ages of seven and five (us, not the puppy), with her head sticking out of...
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    11-12-2017, 04:51 PM
    Yes, that is a thought worth thinking. It would have had big attractions for H&R - not necessarily the Norma, but a large magnum case - if there wasn't some reason against it. An Ackley Improved round on the .308-sized head would have had a lot...
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    11-12-2017, 04:47 PM
    I'm sure that is what they thought, but far from convinced they were right. It was a unique rifle, and there was a market niche in which people didn't count the last pennies.
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    11-12-2017, 04:10 PM
    I don't know what the OP's setup was. but the chances are that there was chip clearance to the rear of thea drill. Even if you were improvising, you could use a reduced shank drill and grind away the full-diameter part behind the flutes. Or there...
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    11-12-2017, 03:53 PM
    The price seems pretty good, and look at it this way: If you bought a $325 rifle, wouldn't you buy another one soon? You can only shoot one rifle at a time, and this sounds like you might get a lot of use per dollar from. What has always puzzled...
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    11-11-2017, 04:35 PM
    About the best source I know is the following: https://www.peterdyson.co.uk/acatalog/Centrefire___Pinfire.html I used the Hollis hammers for my 20ga Charles Daly. If they are insufficiently curved you may have to slightly reduce the fence...
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    11-11-2017, 11:48 AM
    I think it is because Trail Boss is a relatively recent powder. It stands to reason you will find more information on Reloder 7 and 11, 4350 etc. I wouldn't anticipate much bore erosion with any of those, as long as you keep within the 1500ft./sec....
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    11-11-2017, 11:35 AM
    Aha, I know a bit about etching with nitric acid. This was done with paint, Letraset transfer lettering and about 15% nitric acid, and you can feel the outline dies clearly with the thumbnail. Acid etching can have a lot of useful...
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    11-11-2017, 08:55 AM
    That could be another propaganda shot, although the Belgian army performed as well, throughout the war, as anyone could have expected. The Belgians in peacetime had a tradition of using dogs to pull little door-to-door delivery carts for things like...
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    11-10-2017, 03:37 PM
    Impressive pictures, as pictures from that era usually are. But those aren't British or Indian soldiers with the elephant machine-gun, and I don't believe the Colt machine-gun saw active service. The Indian Army used elephants to pull artillery, but...
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    11-10-2017, 09:05 AM
    I'd guess that the problem, or part of it, is the barrel getting hot while drilling, and contracting to grip the drill. Heating it while tapping the point of the drill might loosen it. Just hot enough to not quite damage the finish, whatsoever the...
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    11-08-2017, 03:47 PM
    Heartily seconded, and I've got mine. It is a huge great doorstep of a book, and you can easily be deceived by dipping into it and seeing the western lore, drawings, Williamson's cattle brand certificate, folksy humour etc. But behind that there...
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    11-08-2017, 03:05 PM
    These are hard to beat where they have to be inconspicuous. I have them inside my gun cabinets. The tubes are about 5/8in. diameter. But they need to be chosen with care. Bear in mind that type numbers probably aren't the same in Europe. But what I...
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    11-08-2017, 01:27 PM
    It can do some good with dogs that come from a strain deliberately bred for macho aggression. Bears considering for comparable humans, I think. But I don't think it will prevent anything but paternity suits in a sensibly bred Labrador. They aren't...
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    11-08-2017, 07:39 AM
    The M1 and M14 rear sight is pretty good, and the longer range of some earlier sights isn't much of a factor in actual military use. But they aren't as well protected from damage as those on the P14 and M1917 Enfields. Here is .something else on...
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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
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