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  • Don McDowell's Avatar
    Yesterday, 09:41 AM
    Yes I have, not as bad as using bullet lube, but not good either. I like the jojoba oil wiped on the exposed portion of the patch, much as Country Gent's process laid out above, and also taken from the 1875 Remington catalog, only they suggested...
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  • TXGunNut's Avatar
    11-14-2017, 11:43 PM
    TXGunNut replied to a thread velocity in Hunting with CB's
    How many RPM's is that with a 1/10 twist?:kidding:
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  • TXGunNut's Avatar
    11-14-2017, 11:30 PM
    Nice! Alloy?
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  • TXGunNut's Avatar
    11-14-2017, 11:25 PM
    TXGunNut replied to a thread Recoil in Our Town
    Been using a PAST pad for some time, I think it's time for a new one. Will probably upgrade to the one Mary linked.
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  • TXGunNut's Avatar
    11-14-2017, 02:46 PM
    I worked with inventory control for quite a few years. In my loading room I only have a general idea of the inventory on hand and I have no desire to quantify it. Inventory control is my vocation and I have no desire to do it at home. THAT'S where I...
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  • TXGunNut's Avatar
    11-14-2017, 11:42 AM
    TXGunNut replied to a thread Did I Make A Mistake? in Leverguns
    Better to kick yourself for passing on a gun than to kick yourself for buying it. Quite often a gun I REALLY like comes along after I pass on one that I only want to buy just because it's a good deal.
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  • TXGunNut's Avatar
    11-13-2017, 09:32 PM
    My brother and I teamed up a couple of years ago, he shot a recently wounded buck and cheated the coyotes out of a meal. I shot a big boar and we drug it off to feed the coyotes he'd robbed. Good deal all around....except for the boar. I'm OK with...
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  • TXGunNut's Avatar
    11-13-2017, 09:24 PM
    Good job, both of you! I had a similar project last year and you have every reason to be proud of the results. Thanks for taking the time to help a young hunter.
    7 replies | 333 view(s)
  • TXGunNut's Avatar
    11-13-2017, 09:18 PM
    My efforts in the loading room awhile back helped me take a deer over the weekend so today was spent in my kitchen, not my loading room. I'm OK with that!
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  • TXGunNut's Avatar
    11-13-2017, 08:46 PM
    My only experience pushing a hunting boolit that fast involved heat treating as well as a GC and a fairly hard alloy. It was a 35 Whelen and 2for some reason the rifle and the 230 gr boolit would not shoot consistently at a lower velocity. Very few...
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  • Don McDowell's Avatar
    11-13-2017, 03:59 PM
    Good job!
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  • TXGunNut's Avatar
    11-13-2017, 12:49 PM
    TXGunNut replied to a thread Mechanic overalls in Our Town
    I had a neighbor who wore blue coveralls like a uniform most weekends. He had a government job that required a white shirt & tie during the week. If a hostile stranger wants to know what I'm wearing under my coveralls I think I'd give the answer...
    28 replies | 774 view(s)
  • TXGunNut's Avatar
    11-13-2017, 12:28 PM
    It's very well suited for that purpose. It's also great for most medium bore, straight wall rifle cartridges so I've had more than a few load tests indicate 5744 was the best powder for that particular rifle & boolit. Only problem is it's quite...
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  • TXGunNut's Avatar
    11-13-2017, 12:20 PM
    I've caught it at Cabelas for $40 as well, a couple of my rifles like it very well. Have a few bricks but will buy more next time they put it on sale.
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  • TXGunNut's Avatar
    11-13-2017, 12:13 PM
    TXGunNut replied to a thread Did I Make A Mistake? in Leverguns
    I've finally learned I can't buy every nice levergun I see. Most hunters and shooters simply don't hold them in the same high regard that I and others do. I have a very nice 32 of similar vintage that came home with me and has seldom left the safe...
    27 replies | 933 view(s)
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    11-13-2017, 12:01 PM
    TXGunNut replied to a thread How's your weather ? in Our Town
    Spent the weekend in S TX and weather was so warm one of the hunters worked on projects around the lease shirtless Saturday afternoon. In addition to a nice doe I brought home dozens of chigger bites. For some reason I neglected to take bug...
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  • TXGunNut's Avatar
    11-13-2017, 11:21 AM
    I'm not a fan of Tannerite but don't much care for hogs either. Looks like one was launched quite a distance by the blast. Must admit I enjoyed that little video.
    37 replies | 1439 view(s)
  • TXGunNut's Avatar
    11-13-2017, 10:40 AM
    Well, my Super Grade (with the dreaded J-words) put meat in the cooler and we had a great time so it's all good. I blew the shot and placed the bullet a couple of inches high for a lung shot so it was an extensive tracking job in the dreaded brush....
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  • Don McDowell's Avatar
    11-12-2017, 03:34 PM
    If 600 yards is your maximum limit, the MVA B5 scope in the #2 unertl mounts will work just fine.
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  • Don McDowell's Avatar
    11-12-2017, 11:39 AM
    Front sight aperture on round or roundish shaped targets is what I prefer. Pick the aperture size for the light conditions , so that the target shows up well, and is easily centered in the aperture. For silhouette turkeys and rams, I have yet to...
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  • bigted's Avatar
    11-09-2017, 12:16 PM
    bigted replied to a thread Ballistol question in Muzzleloading.
    Yes this method will work well in my humble opinion. I still dont trust any water left behind so i dry well and use straight ballistol or clp or rem oil for storage.
    8 replies | 535 view(s)
  • TXGunNut's Avatar
    11-08-2017, 09:22 PM
    I take the same precautions with feral hogs that I do with domestic hogs. Neither are safe if improperly handled or cooked.
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  • TXGunNut's Avatar
    11-08-2017, 04:24 PM
    Glad to see you used enough gun for that tree rat. They can be nasty when wounded. :kidding: I don't get too upset when a wounded hog runs into the nasty bits. I just shoot another. :drinks:
    37 replies | 1439 view(s)
  • TXGunNut's Avatar
    11-08-2017, 04:11 PM
    TXGunNut replied to a thread Tada! I'm back... in Our Town
    I took awhile off myself, number of unread posts was blank. :coffeecom
    20 replies | 596 view(s)
  • Don McDowell's Avatar
    11-08-2017, 10:42 AM
    :drinks: Bob I have "seen" Martini's, even shot a 22 target rifle quite a bit, my reference was to having actual hands on "seen" the big bore rifles. I probably could of stated that a bit better in the first post.:???:
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  • Don McDowell's Avatar
    11-08-2017, 09:46 AM
    Don't need those big groove for blackpowder loads either. Unless Lee has started producing those blocks out of a larger billet than the moulds I have, milling the cavity out to .470 isn't going to leave much metal , and one would have to be very...
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  • Idaho Sharpshooter's Avatar
    11-08-2017, 02:50 AM
    And in the 25+ months I spent in RVN, MAC-V SOG Advisory Teams (think spooks) and in a Ranger company having one of those "ugly" rifles in my hands saved my life perhaps a hundred times... I never saw any "needless death..." in all that time...
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  • Don McDowell's Avatar
    11-07-2017, 09:50 PM
    Those wide lube grooves and long nose on the bullet seem to me to be the biggest obstacle to it shooting well at distance. Those blocks don't really have enough meat around the outside to last long if you cast many of those bullets, they do tend to...
    16 replies | 340 view(s)
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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
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