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    Yesterday, 10:07 AM
    northmn replied to a thread 38-55 bullet sizing in Leverguns
    If you are using a smokeless powder load you can size them and then use a coating lube like Lees Liquid Alox. I use it a lot. Don'e reall know what bullet it is. MY 38-55 GC bullet is the Lyman that weighs 264 gr with #2 alloy. DEP
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    02-13-2019, 10:59 AM
    They used to make some cheap tang sights that would tilt for windage and were a real PITA to sight in as you would get the height then the windage would change. When you would then adjust the windage the height would also change. Far better to...
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    02-11-2019, 08:42 AM
    Personally I agree with the others in that a 94 that groups that well is a jewel. As it is the "saddle carbine" with the barrel bands you may want to remove any pressure from the bands kind of like free floating a barrel. Gun smith I knew would...
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    02-08-2019, 12:47 PM
    northmn replied to a thread 357 lever gun in Leverguns
    I don't cast them but buy the 125 grain FN bullets for my Rossi and then treat them with Lee Liquid Alox for a coating. Loaded with 14 gr of 2400 they don't seem to lead. I don't use 38 special cases in my Rossi. I have found that the use of a...
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    02-08-2019, 10:26 AM
    This is what give a rifle pride of ownership for me. Deer was taken at around 200 yards by my range finder. Hit twice with the 2nd shot not necessary. Boyd's stock because that's what folks on this site said to use to make it quit stringing...
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    02-07-2019, 08:31 AM
    Being retired now I also remember when the MOA rifle was a thing to be cherished. My neighbor is a retired machinist that taught in a tech school before retirement. He was commenting on the tolerances in modern machining today as well as the...
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    02-05-2019, 09:56 AM
    northmn replied to a thread Scare on Savage 99 in Factory Rifles
    I recently had a Winchester 30-30 factory load give me a case split right behind the shoulder. I had to use a brush to push out the piece left in the chamber. Not all brass is made the same. DEP
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    02-03-2019, 05:50 PM
    northmn replied to a thread Marlin 1894CST in Leverguns
    Until you shoot it you don't know. I have an old waffle top 35R that was D&T after market and it nearly maxed out the scope adjustment, but it is still on a few year and 4 deer later. Marlin had some growing pains when they changed sites. ...
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    02-02-2019, 11:09 AM
    northmn replied to a thread Henry Long Ranger .308 in Leverguns
    Those that had the semi auto also used dedicated brass for the rifles. Then they worked also. The older manuals recommended starting laods for the pumps and autos also. DEP
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    02-02-2019, 11:00 AM
    I have talked to more than one older individual that had the 300 H&H and liked it. The H&H was supposed to be a longer range 30-06 in that it could drive a 180 grain bullet about as fast as an 06 could a 150. Recoil was more pleasant than the...
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    02-02-2019, 10:52 AM
    Don't know much about rifles but I have seen some very nice Turkish shotguns. I have one in 28 ga that is pretty good. DEP
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    02-01-2019, 08:37 AM
    If one wants to argue pure ballistics then we should all buy a 30-06 and forget about it. A rifle should be enjoyable to shoot. When I would sight in my 243 it was enjoyable. I just wanted to shoot it more. A more powerful rifle doe not do that...
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    01-30-2019, 12:06 PM
    What you load for the 357 depends a lot on its use. I keep a few American Eagle 158 soft points around in case I want to deer hunt with it. Other wise I like a 125 grain bullet loaded to around maybe 13-1400 in the rifle. They shoot well for me. ...
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    01-30-2019, 12:01 PM
    I used a 270 for many years and actually read Jack O'Connor when he was still writing for Outdoor Life. My 270 was a Remington 700 sporter with a 22" barrel. I got rid of it a few years ago because it was a miserable darn thing to shoot and with...
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    01-26-2019, 11:33 AM
    Before you spend a lot of money and everything you can get a set of needle files out of a hardware store like Home Depot or Menards for under $10. I had a Rossi 357 that shot very high and instead of a lot of modification I filed down the rear...
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    01-26-2019, 11:27 AM
    This is probably sacrilege on a cast bullets site but I like to deer hunt with the copper based monolithic bullets. My exception is the relatively low velocity 38-55. The 35 is border line and may not benefit that much but just for curiosity I...
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    01-25-2019, 10:40 AM
    The 788 is a strange rifle. I remember when they came out and they were offered in limited calibers. Can't remember but I think 44 mag and maybe 30-30 with possibly the 222 later. They were considered a cheap rifle that may have been made to...
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    01-24-2019, 03:19 PM
    Its being introduced in a bolt action and is designed for deer hunting in states requiring straight cases for deer hunting. It could be adapted by a lot of different rifles besides AR's. If it takes off maybe even by Savage bolt actions. I live...
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    01-24-2019, 10:35 AM
    northmn replied to a thread Marlin 94 rebarrel in Leverguns
    I have a Marlin 94CL. You would have to contact JES as to whether he could do so. The 32-20 is a 311 bore, with some specialty weapons made in 308. As it is a handloading proposition the 308 bore might be a good choice. I use a Lee mold...
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    01-24-2019, 10:25 AM
    northmn replied to a thread New 35 caliber in Leverguns
    Too bad the 30 Remington is not still popular, then the AR people could have a 375AR. It was a rimless 30-30. Flados points are good ones. Personally I could care less about AR offerings but think the cartridge has potential in its place. We...
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    01-23-2019, 02:07 PM
    northmn replied to a thread New 35 caliber in Leverguns
    I looked it up again and they stated a "357" bullet which is likely 358. Its really not all that adaptable to existing lever actions. Wonder when they will make a long m-1 carbine case to make a 30 cal straight wall case. Most of the allowable...
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    01-23-2019, 12:32 PM
    northmn replied to a thread Sears 30-30 in Leverguns
    I had a Sears 30-30 and did not pay much for it nor did it offer as much when traded in. It was OK but must have been an earlier one as it had the stamped cartridge lifter found shortly after 64. Also had a rather ugly cap on the forestock. Shot...
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    01-23-2019, 05:58 AM
    northmn replied to a thread New 35 caliber in Leverguns
    It is primarily aimed at giving people in States that require straight cases for deer hunting a cartridge that has some ballistic advantage over the pistol cartridges. It also does not give the recoil of the bigger cartridges like the 444 and...
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Something of a historian and like to research my areas of interest in shooting.
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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