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  • M-Tecs's Avatar
    Yesterday, 11:02 PM
    M-Tecs replied to a thread Gunstocks in Our Town
    http://www.treebonecarving.com/winchester-highwall-stocks.html
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  • bigted's Avatar
    Yesterday, 07:46 AM
    To check your sized brass try loading it into the cylinder after just sizing. I have had frustration getting my reloads to chamber and discovered they needed length cut for an even crimp. If the crimp is off just a smidge ... they will not load...
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  • bigted's Avatar
    01-23-2020, 11:14 PM
    Now we are getting someplace. If your nickel cases have been work hardened ... they may not take sizing and might "spring" back instead of staying sized. I do not know if you can anneal those cases but if your regular brass cases do fine ... do not...
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  • Don McDowell's Avatar
    01-23-2020, 09:08 PM
    The 44 is definitely easy on the shoulder, even when whipping a 480 gr bullet down range at 1300 fps or so. Really pleasant with the 410 gr, or 1.1 inch long patched bullets.
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  • Don McDowell's Avatar
    01-23-2020, 06:04 PM
    That doesn't look to bad for commercial ammo. The 44-77 is a pretty easy cartridge to deal with. If you go the grease groove route my Shiloh's like the bullet at .448 diameter.
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    01-23-2020, 09:00 AM
    I prefer 434 or 435 diameter bullets wrapped in 8 lb paper. I also prefer to keep the length of the bullet to no longer than 1.3 inches. You can get by with using a Lee 43 mauser size die for sizing the cases for paper patch bullets, and that...
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  • M-Tecs's Avatar
    01-23-2020, 02:35 AM
    Different type of pistol and different shooting technique but my Remington XP-100 6mm BR will hold 1 1/4" five shot group at 300 yards constantly.
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  • Don McDowell's Avatar
    01-21-2020, 10:22 PM
    Sac, the best use of a heavy barrel I think is to stick with one of those cartridges that is burning something north of 90 grains of powder.
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  • M-Tecs's Avatar
    01-21-2020, 08:19 PM
    CZ 452 do not have a set trigger. The 453 does.
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  • bigted's Avatar
    01-21-2020, 07:10 AM
    I have the 4 inch 6 shot that I am very fond of. Congrats on the adoption. Great revolvers and they hold their own in the line up as you have discovered. Gotta love a good Ruger wheelgun.
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    01-21-2020, 05:34 AM
    M-Tecs replied to a thread Winchester 1885 in Single Shot Guns
    Since it started life as a 32-40 and was rebored I am assuming is an original?? If so dates of manufacture become somewhat important. Winchester started using stronger steels in the barrels around 1894 for the 94's and the 95's. Not sure when...
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    01-21-2020, 01:45 AM
    Not really sure about statement about milk or buttermilk changing the taste? I have never found that to be true unless it was to remove foreign tastes like sage or the iron taste of excess blood. Deer or antelope that have been feeding on sage...
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  • M-Tecs's Avatar
    01-21-2020, 01:28 AM
    megasupermagnum is spot on. Case volume will determine pressure. Some slow powders do odd things with too low of pressure. Powders like Unique work very well with the same charge in the 45 Colt and the 45/70 so loads like these would be fine for...
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  • M-Tecs's Avatar
    01-20-2020, 11:42 PM
    The above postings are from agricultural or educational sources. This is from a Sausage supply house that has a much different time table. https://www.meatsandsausages.com/sausage-making/meat-selection/aging Meat Aging When an animal dies,...
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  • M-Tecs's Avatar
    01-20-2020, 11:36 PM
    No, not in the casting business but between work, Air National Guard, competitive shooting schedule and family when I would cast it would be for 2 or 3 days for 12 to 16 hours a day.
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  • M-Tecs's Avatar
    01-20-2020, 11:26 PM
    https://www.petersenshunting.com/editorial/rigor-mortis-the-importance-of-hanging-deer/331287 Rigor Mortis: The Importance of Hanging Deer Jenny Nguyen-Wheatley It is recommended to hang your deer carcass for at least two days before...
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    01-20-2020, 11:16 PM
    Post mortem muscle chemistry-rigor mortis & aging of meat
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    01-20-2020, 11:09 PM
    This is for beef but https://beef-cattle.extension.org/how-long-should-beef-hang-in-a-cooler-after-butchering-to-get-the-best-meat/ Meat has two major components: muscle fibers which contract and relax, and connective tissue, which basically...
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  • M-Tecs's Avatar
    01-20-2020, 10:50 PM
    All three of mine failed between 6 and 9 months of medium usage. That was in the late 80's or early 90's. My Magma has been heavily used since that time with zero issues. My Waage's have not been used nearly as much as the Magma but they have...
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  • M-Tecs's Avatar
    01-20-2020, 01:13 AM
    At some higher end steak houses you get dry aged beef that has been aged 240 days. Is it tender, yes, but I don't care for the flavor. For beef 21 days to 90 days is were I like the flavor. Passed 120 days not so much. Aging any meat does effect...
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    01-20-2020, 12:44 AM
    I grew up eating and making blood sausage and blood cake. I have nothing against eating blood products, however, I do not like the taste that excessive blood imparts to the flavor of the meat. This applies to any and all meat that I consume and...
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  • M-Tecs's Avatar
    01-19-2020, 09:50 PM
    Rust bluing takes more time but way better durability. https://www.gun-tests.com/special_reports/accessories/Express-Rust-Bluing-Tips-Techniques-American-Gunsmith-14806-1.html
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  • bigted's Avatar
    01-19-2020, 09:41 PM
    Arthur has visited my bones also. Last few years in AK I couldn't figure why my 4 inch 629 hurt so much when practicing with the 300 grain carry loads ... realized that my poor ol wrist bones and tendons were gettin worn out and those deep...
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  • M-Tecs's Avatar
    01-19-2020, 06:51 PM
    That would be Pyrex Hoppers. They work great on Dillon's. If you can find the proper size they would work great. You need 1 1/2" OD. They don't list sizes so you would have to call them. https://dramworx.com/products/
    38 replies | 2729 view(s)
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    01-19-2020, 05:54 PM
    Home owners policies tend to be very limited for firearms https://www.usconcealedcarry.com/blog/insuring-your-firearms/ https://news.leavitt.com/personal-insurance/guns-and-insurance-a-firearm-owners-guide/
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  • M-Tecs's Avatar
    01-19-2020, 05:52 PM
    Outpost is spot on. Turning an enjoyable hobby into a career normal kills the enjoyment factor.
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    01-19-2020, 05:23 PM
    Pacific Metallurgy used to do this for $125.00 http://pacmet.com/ Blanchard Metal Process of Utah does this also https://www.bmproc.com/ Some info on specs here. https://forums.1911forum.com/showthread.php?t=35134 Unless the metal is...
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    01-19-2020, 04:55 PM
    instructions here http://anhaica.net/arms/B&M.htm MVA still makes and sells their version https://montanavintagearms.com/product/reloading/black-powder-measure/
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  • M-Tecs's Avatar
    01-19-2020, 04:26 PM
    I have had some formal meat processing training in my history. We were always taught the quicker and more blood that can be removed the better. This mirrors may personal experience. On a side note slitting the throat has never been the preferred...
    51 replies | 1047 view(s)
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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