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  • M-Tecs's Avatar
    Yesterday, 08:19 PM
    CZ 452 do not have a set trigger. The 453 does.
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  • bigted's Avatar
    Yesterday, 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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  • M-Tecs's Avatar
    Yesterday, 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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    Yesterday, 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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    Yesterday, 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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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/
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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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    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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    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...
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    01-19-2020, 05:22 AM
    Good read on the different leather types here https://www.worldofleathers.com/leather-guide-and-info/what-is-the-best-tanning-leather-process/
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    01-19-2020, 12:27 AM
    I prefer the 4" heavy barrel https://www.classicfirearms.com/smith-wesson-m10-classic-38-spl-4-blued-police-turn-in-hg4151-10-6/
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    01-19-2020, 12:25 AM
    When I can afford it I prefer originals. I have hunted with an original Winchester 1873 in 44-40, Trapdoor Springfield's and 1885 Highwalls. My 1892's and 1886's are Browning copies. While the Browning's are made with better tolerances and...
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    01-18-2020, 09:56 PM
    True but before I had my two Waage's I used lee pots for pre-melt. I went through three Lee's with failed heating elements. My bet is my Waage pot will still be in service long after I am gone. Feeding multiple H&G 10 cavities takes lots of lead...
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    01-18-2020, 09:24 PM
    SAAMI has made the standard 45 ACP and the standard 38 Special obsolete. In the US any 38 Special or 45 ACP are proof tested a +P. SAAMI proof specs. page 180 - 189. *note in the case of the 38 Special and the 45 ACP SAAMI lists the pressure...
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    01-18-2020, 04:18 PM
    As I stated in the other post I have tested the same animal and the same cut and I no longer age. Done properly I don't oppose aging, however, I am am not seeing the benefits some are seeing. I have a large standing refrigerator only that works...
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  • bigted's Avatar
    01-18-2020, 03:55 PM
    Yep ... Lee 55 grain boolits did the trick Powder Coated Ford blue. Same load but did not weigh em to ensure a tight similarity shot to shot. Today I weighed and sorted into 56 +- .05 grain and 57 grain with the same +-.05 grain. Loaded 20 of...
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    01-18-2020, 12:14 PM
    I do not disagree with your sentiment in the least. Spent 15 years in the interior of Alaska where the grizz always have a bad temperament and hungry always. The wolves are mule deer size and run in packs of 20+ animals at times ... NEVER EVET did I...
    61 replies | 2026 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
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