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    Today, 08:51 AM
    Earlwb replied to a thread Box of 3 and a blank in Vintage Ammo
    I had not seen anything like that box of three shotshells before. That is quite fascinating. Thanks for sharing.
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    Today, 08:35 AM
    As I see it, The grizzlies can move through the forests and tall brush quietly. If one decides to hunt and ambush you, you are not likely to be able to draw, aim and fire anything at it. No time. The grizzlies you can't see or hear are the ones to...
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    Yesterday, 09:55 PM
    I got the sight mount that moves out of the way for folding or unfolding it. You flip the sight/mount over to do it. It is pretty neat actually and you don't need to worry about the adjustments changing either. ...
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    Yesterday, 09:51 PM
    That is a pretty neat gun though. The 338-06 round is a good hunting round nonetheless. It was owned by someone, and they can do anything they want with it. Now then I am not a fan of painting a gun as the paint wears off and scratches easily. So I...
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    Yesterday, 11:49 AM
    I remember seeing and using paper shot shells up into the 1970's. Then the plastic shot shells pretty much took over. When I was young I never saw any full length brass shot shells though. So I assume the brass shells are probably before the 1950's,...
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    04-19-2019, 09:21 AM
    I still prefer bolt action rifles for 22 LR purposes. Especially at the gun range, it takes you a lot longer to go through a box of ammo with a bolt action than it does with a semi-automatic. So you get to spend more time enjoying it.
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    04-18-2019, 07:17 PM
    I like mine. I do like the folding concept and how it works, very handy for a bug out bag or pack. Mine uses Beretta magazines. I did fancy it up some with a red dot sight, flashlight and laser though. The sight mount moves over to let you fold or...
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    04-16-2019, 07:48 AM
    Earlwb replied to a thread Real Black Blues in Muzzleloading.
    I don't remember anything but real black powder working in flintlocks. Is there a substitute for black powder that works in flintlocks or matchlocks for that matter?
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    04-11-2019, 06:07 PM
    I have one on a pistol and it works great for me.
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    04-10-2019, 07:54 AM
    Earlwb replied to a thread 5mm rimfire? in Rimfire Area
    I remember wanting to get one ages ago, but I wasn't in any hurry though. But it was discontinued while I was still thinking about it. I think I read about it in a gun magazine, and shortly after that it was discontinued. I didn't own a 22 WMR...
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    04-10-2019, 07:41 AM
    Nice. You are a lucky guy. Congratulations.
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    04-10-2019, 07:38 AM
    Yes the little carbines are surely a super nice small handy size. I plan on making a wood block insert for one of my 8mm carbines later. Yes they are single shot rifles. But then with the old 1883 Gewyr rifles, when they converted them to the "S"...
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    04-09-2019, 10:03 PM
    I have several Carcanos and the ones that I have shot all worked fine. The first one, a carbine, I got was when I was a teenager and I used it as a truck gun as I was working on a farm and ranch that summer. I shot three coyotes with it too. A...
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    04-06-2019, 11:33 AM
    Thanks for sharing. People don't realize that even black powder can be quite dangerous.
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    04-05-2019, 10:10 PM
    I will start it off with my left hand flintlock rifle. 45 Caliber, Dixie Gun Works brand. It was made many years ago by a company in Japan for DGW. I do take it out to shoot from time to time too. I made a leather sheath carry cover for it and a...
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    04-05-2019, 09:57 PM
    If I remember right some people did use 400 grain and maybe heavier bullets with the 450 Bushmaster. But the case may taper back and get more thick as you seat the bullet more deeply. So that would need to be addressed. You do lose propellant...
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    04-05-2019, 06:39 PM
    When I read "Poor man's hollow point" I thought you were reversing hollow base wadcutter bullets and loading them into the cases. Those work pretty well even at low velocities. Anyway that was a popular way to get hollow points for 38 specials in...
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    04-05-2019, 06:36 PM
    Sounds like light primer strikes. So it may be sensitive to certain brands of ammo. Some brands have more sensitive primers than others do. A gunsmith might be able to alleviate that though.
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    04-02-2019, 07:20 PM
    I agree a small rimfire shotgun shell for a parlor/garden gun. Back in the late 1800's to early 1900's it was popular for the European rich to have parlor or garden guns and gun ranges. They used small shotguns for that purpose. a 9mm shotgun was...
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    04-02-2019, 11:58 AM
    Becuase we can tinker around with it all. Look at all the infinite variety of wildcat and proprietary cartridges that have been created over the years. Besides it is a hobby too. I just remembered, didn't someone used to make a convertible 22...
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    04-02-2019, 10:03 AM
    Well, early on in the Netflix "Highwaymen" movie, Keven Costner (aka Hamer) goes into a gun store and buys a Thompson, a BAR, a 30-06 scoped rifle, a 351 Winchester, a used 30-30 lever gun, a 1911, a couple of revolvers, a couple of shotguns etc....
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    04-02-2019, 09:26 AM
    Actually quite a few people reload for the 7.62x39 cartridge. Many reloaders find it fun as a hobby too. Yes like you stated you can use better hunting bullets with it too.
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    04-01-2019, 08:07 AM
    I went with the Bushmaster as more stores are selling ammunition for it. You have to buy the SOCOM ammo off the internet and or reload for it. the Bushmaster round is also quite popular in those states that allow only a straight sided cartridge of a...
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    03-31-2019, 08:54 PM
    Yes that is true about inflation. But being a old guy I still have trouble wrapping my head to it. I had done the math a while back and can confirm the prices are around the same when you factor in inflation. But still there is that nostalgia...
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    03-31-2019, 08:25 AM
    Since I already have a 22TCM rifle and handgun that I can reload for and load it down to 22 LR velocities. Thus I don't need it. But if I didn't have the 22TCM already, I would be quite interested and all over this interesting design. I can see it...
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    03-30-2019, 10:01 AM
    The Hornady Critical Defense 410 shells look really good in the gel tests too: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OtdYVk4ugHc They shoot a 41 caliber bullet and two 35 caliber buckshot balls.
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    03-29-2019, 07:03 PM
    Well the .458 Win Mag is probably a excellent candidate. it came out with great fanfare but in Africa it turned out to be less though. It wound up not being popular at all in Africa. The people there preferred the big British cartridges and calibers.
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    03-27-2019, 08:54 PM
    Yeah I surmise there are a number of us breathlessly waiting for theirs too. I also look forward to see what kind of holsters the folks come up with for it.
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    03-27-2019, 08:50 PM
    Ok, I misunderstood. I saw the snub nose revolver and thought you made a extra small light weight 44 mag pistol. I have fired the aluminum framed S&W 44 mag revolver and it was not very fun. But if a grizzly was bearing down on you a little pain...
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    03-27-2019, 08:45 PM
    I would agree in that the 30-30 is about as under rated as you can get. Many people turn their nose up at it, when it is really a great cartridge. Now then the little .22 LR is under rated in a sense, but since it is super hugely popular still, it...
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I started hunting and using guns when I was about 10yoa. I have been doing it ever since, sometimes with a hiatus for a while though. I first got into reloading when I was 16yoa with a 7.65 Argentine Mauser and a 12 ga shotgun. I really enjoyed that too. I do have quite a few bullet molds that I have acquired over the years and I cast many bullets myself to be used.
Firearms, reloading, RC model aircraft, windsurfing, home model machining stuff
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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