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  • Don McDowell's Avatar
    Today, 12:33 AM
    You might want to consider either a Green Mountain, or Oregon Barrel Co. barrel, if you're not going back with a factory barrel.
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    05-18-2018, 07:49 PM
    Drill lots of holes in the sticks so you have plenty of adjustment for those bench sticks. Also make the base as wide and as heavy as you can We adjust the height of the sticks we use on the ground with a rubber hammer to get them to the right...
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    05-18-2018, 08:41 AM
    Null spot may change as the barrel heats up. Most important thing is to rest it in the same place every time. Usually about 4 inches back from the muzzle or right against the forearm. Also make sure you have the stick height adjusted so the rifles...
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    05-18-2018, 08:32 AM
    Don McDowell replied to a thread C. Sharps in Single Shot Guns
    You can have them put the single set trigger on it.
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    05-16-2018, 06:28 PM
    Don McDowell replied to a thread C. Sharps in Single Shot Guns
    I don't know Bob, being well past 60, having worn bifocals for several years now, and I still prefer on a hunting rifle the barrel sights.
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    05-16-2018, 09:26 AM
    Don McDowell replied to a thread C. Sharps in Single Shot Guns
    Chris I prefer the barrel sights on a hunting rifle.
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    05-16-2018, 08:55 AM
    Don McDowell replied to a thread C. Sharps in Single Shot Guns
    If it's only going to be used as a hunting rifle, skip the set trigger, and just use the barrel sight's.
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    05-14-2018, 07:18 PM
    Don McDowell replied to a thread C. Sharps in Single Shot Guns
    You might want to consider having them add the single set trigger if you're going to use it for target work/competion. Their sights are ok, but you'll be happier in the long run with Baldwin, Hoke or MVA. I prefer the Baldwin sights on the front.
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    05-12-2018, 10:06 AM
    That guy made another video using the same bullet and it had the same problem at 800 yards as those of us that have tried to campaign that bullet. One shot will be several feet to yards high, the next off to the left or right the next way low,, and...
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    05-12-2018, 09:44 AM
    Some folks confuse bullet stability with a key holing bullet. If you've been around long range shooting enough, and you have good optics , you'll see a bullet that has lost stability going towards the target looking like it's riding a spiral...
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    05-11-2018, 05:31 PM
    I think the 3 wide lube grooves on that Lee bullet put to much of the weight in the nose of it. It shoots well to 200, but after that it gets into trouble if there's any wind to speak of.
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    05-11-2018, 03:47 PM
    The postel is a good bullet, and can work well to 1000yds, but works particularly well at midrange and silhouette. The Lyman government bullet will do the same as the postel ,but likely require a few more minutes of elevation. The Lee 5003r shoots...
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  • Don McDowell's Avatar
    05-09-2018, 09:45 AM
    There's to many other things that fall into the equation with these big hunks of flying lead to make a simple yes or no answer to your question. One of the problems that high-power shooters have adapting to bptr shooting is the fact that conditions...
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  • Don McDowell's Avatar
    05-08-2018, 10:38 AM
    And there's no substitute for putting rounds down range at a match to figure out what does and doesn't work.
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    05-08-2018, 10:37 AM
    The 110 is definetely a learning curve to be sure , but they sure hold up well when the targets get long. It's not hard to figure out why the ODG's shot in the supine position using those 10 lb rifles.
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    05-08-2018, 08:50 AM
    Sometimes they sure do, it largely depends on bullet length being balanced with the velocity and barrel twist.
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  • Don McDowell's Avatar
    05-07-2018, 09:09 PM
    You'll feel the patch hanging up on the lead, and will bring it out on the patch.
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    05-07-2018, 08:30 PM
    If you haven't done so already run a flannel patch soaked in pure gum spirits of turpentine on a jag thru the barrel, that'll let you know for sure there's no lead in there. Sounds like those bullets may be of questionable quality.
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    05-07-2018, 07:48 PM
    Before you do any more shooting with that , I'ld suggest doing some serious lead mining. If you had bullets tumbling chances are awfully good they left you plenty of little shiny slivers in the lands and maybe even the throat. Also think I'ld pull...
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    05-07-2018, 07:27 PM
    bigted replied to a thread Encore 223 in Single Shot Guns
    Surprises me a bit. Thought for sure folks woulda been doing this for awhile now. My intentions are to develope 22 LR and 22 MAG performance in the 223 case with a bit heavier boolit so as to have more stability in wind making it buck the wind...
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  • TXGunNut's Avatar
    05-07-2018, 04:47 PM
    Glad to hear you got it worked out. You won't be disappointed.
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    05-06-2018, 07:33 PM
    TXGunNut replied to a thread B52s in Our Town
    Pretty cool. My shooting buddy flew B52's a few lifetimes ago. One he flew is visible from I25 at the Air Force Academy. He pointed it out to me last summer on the way through.
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    05-06-2018, 12:21 PM
    Not familiar with the 78 sharps but ... seems in the photo to be a smaller reproduction like their 38-55 of a few years ago. If im gonna spend this much , believe i would contact C Sharps or Shiloh and get the full size model AND in a vintage cal...
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    05-06-2018, 12:03 PM
    bigted replied to a thread 223 Encore? in Factory Rifles
    Delete a double post
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    05-06-2018, 10:33 AM
    bigted replied to a thread 223 Encore? in Factory Rifles
    Cast up a bunch of the lee 55 grain boolits yesterday. MAN they be small. Dont know if my big ol fingers can manipulate them or not. I tumble lubed these and will load em with a bit of Unique and IMR 4227 to begin. Maybe try a few loaded with a...
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    05-05-2018, 09:02 PM
    My first 458 WM was a CZ 550. It shot very well and i too loaded it down with 405 grainers at around 1300 fps. It did what is reported here at 50 yds. Clover All day long. HOWEVER ! Then i had a 77 Ruger chambered in their 375 Ruger. So having...
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  • TXGunNut's Avatar
    05-05-2018, 01:55 PM
    TXGunNut replied to a thread Computer texting???? in Our Town
    Sometimes I don't feel like talking and won't answer the phone; busy, whatever. I'll almost always return a text, eventually if not sooner. It's a good tool just like many other apps on a smart phone. Someday maybe I'll be smart enough to use more...
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    05-05-2018, 02:28 AM
    My apologies for continuing the hijack of your thread. To address your question there is indeed a point to using cast boolits in cartridges designed for J-words. First of all you'll be using a boolit YOU made and there's nothing like the feeling of...
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  • TXGunNut's Avatar
    05-05-2018, 02:06 AM
    Thanks, Larry. I don't understand all you (and others) are doing on this threshold project but I have a basic understanding of physics. And I agree, you didn't invent the threshold or whatever folks choose to call it. The laws of physics have been...
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  • bigted's Avatar
    05-04-2018, 11:31 PM
    When you refer to this Sharps as "ol reliable" this makes me think it is indeed a Wolfgang Sharps which is not in the same ball park as the Bryan rifles. The split left Wolfgang in possession of the name "Ol Reliable" and Bryan could not use it on...
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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