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    Today, 12:39 AM
    It is recommended to clean relentlessly with a baking soda mix and something like a tooth brush to neutralize the vinegar.
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    Today, 12:27 AM
    starmac replied to a thread Boat gun in Our Town
    I actually bought one that floats just for that purpose, at the time they were put out as a charter arms ar7. It was one of the firearms that I can count on one hand that went down the road. The only thing about it that suited my needs was it...
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    Today, 12:08 AM
    starmac replied to a thread Solar Electricity in Our Town
    I hope this works out as planned. I have known quite a few folks that were off grid and their place and appliances were planned out just for that purpose, but this has always been because grid hookup was either not available at any cost, or just...
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    Yesterday, 11:38 PM
    starmac replied to a thread Zippo Lighter in Our Town
    Some folks are downright touchy about their Zippos. Years ago a friend and I were sitting at a picnic at a lake drinking beer. He had a zippo that was dysfunctional, low on fluid, flint or god only knows what, anyway everytime he tried to light up,...
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    Yesterday, 10:43 PM
    starmac replied to a thread Barn/ outbuilding gun in Our Town
    A balloon stretched over the muzzle works well.
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  • runfiverun's Avatar
    Yesterday, 10:37 PM
    sometimes you have to reach out there. I was pretty happy to have the 0-6 along this fall.
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    Yesterday, 10:20 PM
    starmac replied to a thread Sticker shock in Reloading Equipment
    Auctions are funny animals. I was at a western auto auction once and the retail price was marked on every item. I watched folks pay twice and better for some items, even some big items like freezers, when they could go 7 miles down the road and get...
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    Yesterday, 10:16 PM
    runfiverun replied to a thread Swaged bullet shrank? in Swaging
    I have never seen a bullet stick in a barrel and blow back hard enough to damage the gun. the only thing I can think of is if a blow back design doesn't have enough mass to resist movement. I would just mail the thing back to hi-point. I would...
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  • runfiverun's Avatar
    Yesterday, 10:08 PM
    yes I generally run them in the standard speed range but do run a couple of rifles up further. the 358 win I run with 48.5 grs of RL-19 and a 250 gr boolit. my buddy kept borrowing it for land owner tag cull work, I had to go get it back from...
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  • runfiverun's Avatar
    Yesterday, 09:46 PM
    the ball of solder is probably worth more than that.
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    Yesterday, 09:42 PM
    antimony is added to lead to make it flow better under pressure. it is used in window came, pipes, and such that is extruded under pressure. I have never measured the BHN of pure lead after swaging it.
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    Yesterday, 09:32 PM
    runfiverun replied to a thread Boat gun in Our Town
    I hunted the great salt lake for 25 years. one or two times I had to use the gun as a paddle. ruger red labels are not the best gun for that. the Browning got traded in for just lake fishing I like the Ruger MK-2 target, it has accounted for a...
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    Yesterday, 08:59 PM
    I don't think you even need the 1200 fps, but the harder alloy would sway me in that direction. I would be more inclined to go with the Hornady XTP at about 1,000 fps. simple, easy, get him to the range stuff. oh if he feels bad about it remind...
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  • starmac's Avatar
    Yesterday, 08:20 PM
    Learned all about by the time I started school, with a bb gun, except it was a board instead of steel.
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    Yesterday, 08:08 PM
    8 minutes, I see you are slowing down there Brass. lol Good snag I would say.
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  • runfiverun's Avatar
    Yesterday, 01:10 PM
    I don't mess around with 3 different alloys for three different purposes in a hunting rifle. I keep things super simple. I have a 3'x4'x3' stack of triangle ingots under the bench, they are all the exact same alloy. 3 parts ww's 1 part stick on...
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  • runfiverun's Avatar
    Yesterday, 01:02 PM
    your about where ww's in the 70's-80's used to be. IMO your probably running harder than necessary but I have shot tons of an alloy real close to yours so I got nuthin. you could throw in some soft lead and not see a difference other than a slight...
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  • runfiverun's Avatar
    Yesterday, 12:55 PM
    all that to keep a lee settled in... you could use mass to do the same thing.
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    Yesterday, 06:47 AM
    Though a thousand fall at your side, though ten thousand are dying around you, these evils will not touch you. —Psalm 91:7 There are so many things we can be afraid of in life. We can be afraid to get on a plane. We can be afraid to drive a...
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    Yesterday, 02:02 AM
    A M 14 carbine is one of my favorite just kick around guns period. It is just unreal how slick that little rifle is. I wouldn't give up on selling that brass just yet, anybody with a 25 or 32 can also use it, but he, any excuse for another rifle is...
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    Yesterday, 01:41 AM
    starmac replied to a thread Sticker shock in Reloading Equipment
    No complaints from me RD, I have bought lots of stuff off of our swap and sell with 100% satisfaction except for that one. I bought a 30 rem and needed everything, with a want to buy on swap and sell had brass, then new brass, dies and was set with...
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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