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    Today, 09:11 AM
    I have 3 carbines, 9mm, .40sw, .45acp. Really love the .45. All have Red Dots on them, folding foregrip. Foregrip works great at the range. Holds the gun up off the table at a comfortable height, easy to pivot, aim up, down. They work. ...
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    Today, 09:06 AM
    Vote with your feet and your pocketbook. Recob's, BPI, similar company's would love to have your business. Plan ahead, stock up a little bit. Buy 2 or more 8 lb jugs and 10,000 rounds of primers that spreads that hazmat out to where you hardly...
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    Today, 08:59 AM
    Bluedot likes HEAVY bullets. I prefer Red Dot in my 9mm, well in most things to be honest. I have shot 9mm loaded from 3 grains of Red Dot to 4.5 grains (In carbine) with no issues. Bullet does need to be big enough. Make a dummy round...
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    Yesterday, 10:38 PM
    Thumbnail makes a good guesstimate. Soft lead will be gouged by a thumbnail. Clip on Wheel Weight will gouge "some" but not as deep or as wide as soft. Harder alloys may not gouge at all, may make just a shiny streak. A little practice,...
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    Yesterday, 10:34 PM
    Red Dot is often not an ideal powder for semi auto rifles. Just does not produce enough gas for long enough. Tends to be a quick hard pulse then is diminishing rapidly by the time the bullet reaches the gas port. In my Yugo SKS 7.62x39 I do shoot...
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    Yesterday, 02:19 PM
    Keep it around for fun. When your gun snob buds ask you what you carry tell them a Lorcin, and watch them implode. A Taurus has the same result also, or a Hi Point.
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    Yesterday, 09:35 AM
    Sat evening, wife brought home a "flat iron steak" about 2/3rds of a pound. Rubbed with Adolph's meat tenderizer and Worcester sauce and let it sit for half an hour while I talked to the neighbor. Sliced into roughly 8 3/4x3/4 strips. Cut up...
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    Yesterday, 09:08 AM
    Just ordered 2 of these, they have not arrived yet however. Call this the low end at 17$. ...
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    Yesterday, 08:54 AM
    You sir are a lucky man. Ditto on the big hugs for dad.
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    02-18-2018, 09:57 PM
    I would say it would depend on the variables. With the right variables they could be no problem at all. With the wrong ones you might see some leading. Alloy? Hardness? Air cooled or water drop? Load? Powder? Pushing them hard or light...
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    02-18-2018, 05:26 PM
    Was at the local Mill's Fleet Farm buying cat litter and a couple of new Columbia fleece shirts. They had several powders in stock so I stocked up a little bit. Pound of Blue Dot to play with in heavy shotgun loads and some CCI small pistol...
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    02-18-2018, 11:01 AM
    Good luck! On the lower cost side I've had good luck with the medium quality Shakespeare reels. My favorites do tend to be Shimano mid sized with rear drag. Get a big fish on taking line and you can cause serious damage to fingers with...
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    02-17-2018, 11:10 PM
    My problem with the .45/.410 is that it is neither fish, nor fowl nor good red meat. Accuracy with the .45's is going to be marginal from all the reading I have done. Long long jump to the rifling. And with the .410 with shot you have rifling...
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    02-17-2018, 10:47 PM
    Love the looks of that X patch system. I have been shooting some #1 buckshot in my Rem Rolling Block chambered in .32sw long no powder just primer. That x patch would give me better results I'm thinking. Been shooting them at a cardboard box...
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    02-17-2018, 10:43 PM
    If you are doing it right, 2 or more thin barely visible coats it will dry fully, harden to a hard shell finish that won't move with heat. It just bakes harder. If it is pure alox running in gobs, it might. But I don't think it would cause any...
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    02-17-2018, 12:12 PM
    Use the correct size valve guide reamer to ream your cases to the correct depth for HBWC. You should be able to find one at a machine supply. OR just use DEWC. I have found that powder coated DEWC perform as well as HBWC. They are the first load...
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    02-17-2018, 10:46 AM
    I'm with gpidaho, and loving the .444marlin handi rifle I bought on a whim for 210$. Brass took a while to find, but it was not that hard to come by, just need to accept that you will pay 50 cents or better a piece. At least in the .444 it...
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    02-17-2018, 10:26 AM
    I carried one for a bug for a while as a LEO, since it was a close range get off me gun I had it loaded with wadcutters. Since I put my faith in shot placement I did not feel the need to use +P ammo, kinda hard to miss at very close range. Alas I...
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    02-17-2018, 10:24 AM
    Talk to the guys selling bait. They know what works and where, sometimes when.
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    02-17-2018, 10:21 AM
    Me too. He's one of 3 people here that I buy from at the drop of a hat if I need lead. Decent prices, perfect packaging, quick service, no hassles. Does not get any better than that in my book.
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    02-16-2018, 10:29 PM
    I agree Biggen. If that gets your undies in a bunch you got bigger troubles. Stop tugging and unwind.
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    02-16-2018, 10:08 PM
    I have been using it in a thin layer on my sprue plates. Keeps the lead from sticking and no more rust. Just warm it up good so it evaporates and bakes on. BLL works best of course if applied to the boolits and shot down the bore. Leaves...
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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