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    Yesterday, 11:34 PM
    Earlwb replied to a thread 6.5 BlowMore in Factory Rifles
    I tend to agree, most of these new cartridges are mainly hype from the gun manufacturer. The different gun companies are famous for coming up with more and more new calibers or cartridges to compete with each other. Sometimes they even just create a...
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    10-18-2017, 08:11 AM
    Oh yeah they did put the same message on boxes for other calibers too. Some were more strict stating the cases were not to be reloaded too. Here is a example for the venerable 45-70 ammunition: ref...
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    10-17-2017, 05:57 PM
    I vote for them using corrosive primers and if you were going to reload then you want to clean them up right away. At the time, I doubt they had thought about the mercury residue maybe weakening the brass.
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    10-16-2017, 08:40 AM
    Earlwb replied to a thread 45- 70 +p? in Factory Rifles
    Yes the 45-70 in a lightweight rifle feels like those examples of yours. But it depends on the stock design too. One rifle doesn't beat you to death like another different brand would. I remember there was/is a lever action rifle that was really...
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    10-13-2017, 09:50 AM
    Thanks for the information. I remember having to carry a load of lumber back home, many years ago, in my pickup truck. The front wheels were close to coming off the pavement. it sure was a squirrelly ride back home too. I still have a block of...
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    10-12-2017, 09:23 AM
    Nice to be in heaven. Moving those 500 pound blocks around must be tricky. How did you get them on the platform and stacked even? It hurts my back and arms just thinking about it.
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    10-10-2017, 08:12 AM
    Well since a watched pot never boils then a watched lead pot never melts.
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    10-08-2017, 09:23 PM
    I bought a Marlin .22 bolt action rifle, so I could have some cheap fun making noise at the gun range. I didn't want to shoot fast, just slow and easy to enjoy it all.
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    10-04-2017, 09:29 PM
    Earlwb replied to a thread 6.8, 6.5, or 300BLK in Factory Rifles
    Nothing wrong with the 6.5 Grendel for hunting. Plus if you want, for target shooting too. From the Wikipedia web page:
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    09-30-2017, 09:34 AM
    I finished loading up 100 rounds of .308 Win using new Winchester brand cases and the rounds all came out OK. Of course I never looked into close detail at the case necks. I only ran the cases through the die to make sure the necks were round, etc...
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    09-28-2017, 11:30 PM
    Earlwb replied to a thread My Oldest Cartridge in Vintage Ammo
    That is really neat. Could you please post a pic or two of it so we could see what it looks like? My oldest at the moment is a Winchester box of .44 Colt cartridges. I have it in my display along with a old Colt .44 that was converted to...
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    09-27-2017, 08:02 AM
    Landy88, you are correct. I forgot about that with the British .318 as it is really a .333 caliber instead. So the .318 bullets are for those old European sporting rifles, and some old 1888 rifles, that used the small bore .318 bullets.
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    09-26-2017, 10:50 PM
    Most of the old 1888 Commission rifles with the .318 bore were converted to shoot the .323 size bullets after 1895. These converted rifles had a "S" stamped on the receiver. It would be rare to find one that is still with the original .318 bore in...
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    09-22-2017, 08:21 PM
    Earlwb replied to a thread Remington 22s in Vintage Ammo
    Nice find though. It is pretty neat to find the metal ammo container. The coffee mug is great too. I guess you need to find the other three mugs to go with it now. :wink:
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    09-22-2017, 08:16 PM
    Well sometimes you get lucky at the gunsmith's shop too. He may have a barrel that he made a mistake on and had to get another barrel for the customer. I had that happen with me once. In my case the gunsmith had machined a few thousandths too much...
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    09-22-2017, 09:14 AM
    I think the market may have saturated to some extent. All the panic buying before the election caused a lot of people to buy guns they probably didn't need all that much. But now with most everyone satisfied or stuck overspending with their credit...
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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.
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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