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  • Don McDowell's Avatar
    09-22-2017, 07:45 PM
    On the Olde Eynsford, start at .25 compression and go from there. RP 9 1/2 primers seem to work the best with the OE powder.
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  • Don McDowell's Avatar
    09-18-2017, 08:02 AM
    First thing is if you have to size the bullet to get it to fit your rifle, size the slick before you wrap it.
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  • Idaho Sharpshooter's Avatar
    09-13-2017, 01:14 AM
    The Speer guy is either their new product liability lawyer, or the guy in marketing who wants to sell you a new manual. None of the previous manuals ever become "obsolete"; they only print a new one to add new powders and designs. And lower the...
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  • Don McDowell's Avatar
    09-10-2017, 11:06 AM
    Yes you can use the 45-70 dies, but you have to set them pretty high on the press. Depending on what brand of dies you have there may not be many threads in the press. Biggest problem will be the expander die, and getting the seating die adjusted. ...
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  • TXGunNut's Avatar
    09-09-2017, 11:23 PM
    A gun that age in that condition is very unlikely but would be pretty special if it is as described. Only problem is they're usually not what they seem to be.
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  • TXGunNut's Avatar
    09-09-2017, 09:17 PM
    Have her take the batteries out of the smoke detector if you're going to shoot more than a few. ;-)
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    09-09-2017, 09:10 PM
    TXGunNut replied to a thread 1866 Winchester in Leverguns
    May want to wait til the smoke clears. ;-)
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  • TXGunNut's Avatar
    09-09-2017, 09:08 PM
    TXGunNut replied to a thread Win 94 in 32 Win SPL in Leverguns
    They make J-words in 32 caliber? I had no idea! J/K, of course but this cartridge and rifle seem to make an excellent case for cast boolits. My mould is made by Accurate, for some reason NOE didn't have one at the time. One of the pleasures of...
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  • TXGunNut's Avatar
    09-07-2017, 11:41 AM
    Get better soon! Hope you'll progress to doing a bit of PT in your loading room before boredom sets in.
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  • TXGunNut's Avatar
    09-05-2017, 10:36 PM
    Always thought it would be fun to have one of those. As soon as Texas Parks & Wildlife decides we have a hunt-able population of T-Rex I'll probably trade a thutty-thutty (or two) for one just like the OP traded for. Or maybe a Number One. Those are...
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  • TXGunNut's Avatar
    09-05-2017, 05:51 PM
    Went in there to load up a few of the 32WCF boolits I lubed & sized recently. Dug out the boolits and finally found the new empty brass in a cartridge box....but twenty were already loaded with the exact load I intended to load! :confused: Checked...
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  • TXGunNut's Avatar
    09-05-2017, 05:29 PM
    Great excuse to buy a 45 Colt! Lee has a copy of the H&G 68 200gr if you decide you want a lighter boolit, go ahead and get the 6 cavity mould if available. Big pile of boolits in a hurry! NOE has a nice copy too.
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  • Idaho Sharpshooter's Avatar
    09-04-2017, 01:15 AM
    Wayne and Charlie Dell were quite a pair in the Schuetzen wars twenty-five years ago. Their book should be required reading for single shot fans. Wayne fit DST's to a #1 for me about that time. I thought it was the ultimate, until Dean Miller...
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  • TXGunNut's Avatar
    09-01-2017, 10:42 AM
    Lyman and Lee have quite a bit of CB data, Lyman even has a CB manual. Too many exceptions to many rules of thumb.
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  • TXGunNut's Avatar
    09-01-2017, 10:30 AM
    Agreed! I have a couple hundred pounds of steel waiting to be recycled after my last smelting sessions. Got about 120 pounds of boolit alloy out of last two buckets. Lost my free wheel weight source so my next smelting session may be my last. Too...
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  • TXGunNut's Avatar
    09-01-2017, 10:17 AM
    TXGunNut replied to a thread Casting rates? in Cast Boolits
    Good thread, my old back & shoulders are only good for an hour or two at the loading or casting bench. With the wide variety of boolits I cast the Magma not really a good option either. May be an ergonomic solution.
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  • TXGunNut's Avatar
    08-31-2017, 11:08 PM
    No big deal, really. Shooting weak hand is a good practice even if not out of necessity. I find it makes you a better shooter. It also impresses the heck out of folks who think they can't do it. Like KCSO I was a PPC shooter so it was something I...
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  • TXGunNut's Avatar
    08-31-2017, 06:49 PM
    Sized some 32 and 38WCF boolits after I sized some 38-55 boolits for a friend. Was going to load a few tonight but a day like today called for a cocktail so the loading room is OFF LIMITS.
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    08-31-2017, 06:38 PM
    TXGunNut replied to a thread Guns and God in Our Town
    How's the old saying go? No Atheists in foxholes or something like that?
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  • TXGunNut's Avatar
    08-31-2017, 10:04 AM
    Yes, actually hard to go wrong with the 45-70. OP's rifle will likely do well with boolits from 300-400+ grs and velocities from 1200-1900 with dozens of boolits and at least a dozen powders. I'm not a fan of the FTX bullet but if you want to...
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  • TXGunNut's Avatar
    08-31-2017, 09:44 AM
    So did someone send an ancient 1894 carbine/rifle back to New Haven and had it redone OR did a really skilled person build this.? -Eldon The Cody museum will likely have records of your rifle but it will likely be SNA (serial number applied) date...
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  • TXGunNut's Avatar
    08-30-2017, 07:19 PM
    Very unlikely. The 71 receiver was manufactured to handle pressures of the 348, much higher than anything the 1886 was chambered for. Firing factory or full-strength hand load 348 ammo in this rifle would likely eventually damage the weaker 1886...
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    08-30-2017, 06:58 PM
    TXGunNut replied to a thread Gun Related Businesses in Our Town
    Is it a big sport in TX? -Battis Not that I'm aware of, could be. I know they've tried to get a few rinks going but there are very few permanent facilities. Interesting.
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  • TXGunNut's Avatar
    08-30-2017, 06:29 PM
    TXGunNut replied to a thread Houston Flood in Our Town
    One thing they learned during a storm awhile back is that it's impossible to "evacuate" the Houston metro area. The evacuation process itself cost lives. Trying to get over 6 million people on the roads out of town is a sure-fire recipe for instant...
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    08-30-2017, 06:16 PM
    TXGunNut replied to a thread Texas Storm in Our Town
    Good points, Derek. Be safe in your travels. Knowing the folks in Houston like I do I'd say stealing is a very poor survival plan considering all that is going on down there. Folks know the police probably won't be able to help them and will deal...
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    08-30-2017, 05:29 PM
    TXGunNut replied to a thread Gun Related Businesses in Our Town
    Wow, some great ideas and some very good advice. Thank you all very much. I've pretty much ruled out a gunsmith business. I'm pretty good at working on a few guns but it generally takes me awhile to figure out how to do something and my lack of...
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  • TXGunNut's Avatar
    08-29-2017, 09:04 PM
    Sgt. Perez is one of thousands of first responders who left the love and safety of their homes to do an often thankless job. Some from my community are down there now; some I know, most I don't. I'm praying for every one of them, local and...
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  • TXGunNut's Avatar
    08-29-2017, 08:53 PM
    Glad to hear from you, been a bit scarce myself until recently.
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  • TXGunNut's Avatar
    08-29-2017, 02:09 PM
    If you have any Rx7 or 3031 on the shelf I think you'll do fine. Rx7 is rumored to be what Hornady used but I wasn't able to duplicate the factory loads. Rx7 is what I use for my CB hunting loads.
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    08-29-2017, 12:03 PM
    TXGunNut replied to a thread Houston Flood in Our Town
    I suppose we've all seen the incredible amounts of water in Houston but the city and bayous were meant to handle a huge amount of water....just not this much. My family in the area is all on dry ground so far but they all know folks who have...
    82 replies | 3073 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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