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    Today, 04:23 PM
    Looks very nice. I wouldn't use it as a beater but I sure would shoot it. Just get a good soft case instead of leaving it around outside the case. Those two tiny screws on the upper left side of the receiver are covering factory tapped holes for...
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    03-15-2018, 07:14 PM
    Hick replied to a thread Weighing Rifle Boolits in Cast Boolits
    Used to weigh them, but as I got comfortable with my casting I stopped bothering.
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    03-14-2018, 07:26 PM
    I'm relatively new to the Ruger Mk IV-- so I'm not an expert. But I use Federal Auto Match in mine and it has never jammed. Once in every 100+ rounds or so I might get an empty case stovepipe-- but its rare. Don't know what you are using, but it...
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    03-11-2018, 07:58 PM
    Hick replied to a thread Gun show terminology in Our Town
    I saw one of those rifles at a local gun show. The seller bragged about how this Winchester Model 94 was an antique. Stock was black. Had a flat barrel band on the front (yes, that's the old style). Then I looked at the bottom of the receiver...
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    03-08-2018, 08:14 PM
    Hick replied to a thread Test test in Testing Area
    loud and clear
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    03-08-2018, 08:08 PM
    A pointy bullet will feed from a lever IF the cartridge overall length is not too long. For example, I use Hornady 150 grain spire points in my Win 94 30-30, but they are so long they will not feed from the magazine because they are longer than the...
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    03-08-2018, 08:04 PM
    Caldwell ballistic chronograph is pretty good and not expensive. I've had mine 3 years and its still working fine. Not very fancy, but it does come with an app and a connector cord so that you can download the data to a smart phone. I really...
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    03-07-2018, 09:23 PM
    The danger of op rod damage has to do with the force of the gas pressure being too high (hitting the op rod with too much pressure). If you open the gas plug wide open the pressure will go out through the valve without hitting the op rod-- and...
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    03-07-2018, 09:11 PM
    You've heard, I'm sure of "the load"? Here's my version. I use Titegroup all the time in my 38 special and 357 magnum. 4.0 grains of titegroup launches just about any non-wadcutter bullet or boolit I've tried in the 850-1000 fps range. Nice...
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    03-03-2018, 08:53 PM
    Bevel based bullets have a slightly better ballistic performance at longer ranges (a little less drag). I can't see far enough with my open sight rifles for it to make a difference, so I don't worry about it.
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    03-03-2018, 08:49 PM
    Lyman 358-156GC. Funny story: a year before I bought my 357 I had an old Lyman mold but no handles. So I bid on a mold on Gunbroker that came with the handles. Got it for $40. Only bought it for the handles but turns out it was the Lyman...
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    02-28-2018, 09:15 PM
    I get about 1800 fps using either the Lyman 225646 or the NOE 225-55 FN (both gas checked) using 5.8 grains of either HP-38 or W231. My rifle isn't an AR but it has the 1:9 twist and is very, very accurate with this load (consistent five shot...
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    02-26-2018, 11:21 PM
    I think you are right-- the only thing that makes sense to me is that you used the wrong decapping/sizing die. you're not the only experienced reloader to have ever done this. :)
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Retired Chemical and Nuclear Engineer. 1954 M1 Garand, CZ 527 FS (223 Rem), S&W Model 64 (38 Special) and a few other things. I cast and reload for all. Signed up because I like this forum.
Winnemucca, NV
Target shooting, reloading, golf, teaching
Retired Engineer, Retired HS Teacher, Retired JHS teacher


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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