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    Today, 03:01 PM
    I took a Stevens 311 and cut the barrels off to 20" with the intention of building a double rifle style gun. The gun came out looking good but it didn't shoot very well and the Stevens design has some major design flaws that make it difficult to...
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    Today, 02:38 PM
    I think you're on the right track on the attached plastic wad idea. Maybe even making it hollow base so it will expand to fill the bore for a better gas seal. I think old man Brenneke was way ahead of his time. He even gives out key chains. ...
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    Today, 02:11 PM
    When you consider just how powerful a 1 oz (437gr) slug that is traveling at 1300 fps is and compare it to other calibers you will surprised, like I was, just how a 12 ga stacks up against a .45-70 or .375 H&H or even a .458 Win Mag. The Taylor...
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    Yesterday, 11:24 PM
    LB: I've been curious about those DGS slugs. I was given 5 of them by the outfit that originally made them from Italy at the SHOT Show a few years ago. They are identical to the DGS Slugs that BPI sells now but the wads are Red. AT Front Sight...
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    Yesterday, 11:11 PM
    My Standard Round Ball Load is also my Standard Trap Load. It is an old style AA hull with 20 gr of Green Dot, Win 209 and WAA12 wad with either 1 1/8 oz of shot, or a .662 round ball with a 1/4" felt wad or 9 00 balls. The shot column is the...
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    Yesterday, 02:41 PM
    Have you seen the "Ravin Crossbow?" They advertise 3" groups at 100 yards! which for a Crossbow is unheard of. I'm pretty sure we can get that good with our Smooth Bore Shotguns, we just have to find the right projectile. The problem with...
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    09-21-2018, 10:21 PM
    Sheesh: the gun weighs 9.25 lbs empty. When full it is more like 11-12 lbs. It doesn't kick very much at all. Randy
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    09-21-2018, 10:10 PM
    I will shoot my 20" Mossberg at 100 yards with Federal Low Recoil Slugs off the bench and see what it does. I got 2.5" at 50 yards offhand so maybe there's more there that I just don't know about? Really the good thing about these shotguns is...
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    09-21-2018, 09:57 PM
    Ditto on the above. For what you want to do that bullet will work just fine. The moulds are inexpensive and work well. Hard to argue with all that. Randy
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    09-21-2018, 09:51 PM
    Watkibe: put a .040-.050 chamfer on the chamber mouth and the gun will feed anything. I have posted this here many times. Randy
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    09-21-2018, 04:41 PM
    Reloading on a progressive loader is pretty much the same thing as running a Turret Lathe. The end result is a completed part. The rule in the machine shop for producing parts is, "Find out what works,,, and do that." The same holds true for...
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    09-21-2018, 04:11 PM
    I got to play with another one of these guns at an LGS the other day. I got to really look at it close, and fondle it. The reason for the short stroking is the position of the fore end in relation to the Pistol grip. It is closer than a...
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    09-21-2018, 03:47 PM
    That 2.5" group Faustus shot was pretty good in my estimation. The problem you run into is not so much the gun but the shape and consistency of the projectiles. But we have to keep in mind, these are shotguns and not rifles. We've talked about...
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    09-19-2018, 09:53 PM
    LB: I was at one of my LGS's yesterday and saw a Mossberg Shotgun, and was showing the girl behind the counter (Nice fully armed girl, named Julie) the difference between how it runs and a Rem 870. She understands the differences and pitfalls now,...
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    09-19-2018, 09:43 PM
    I have some Federal .410 slugs that are 125 gr and running 1775 fps! That is above most .357 Magnum loads. I also have a bunch of Thug Slugs I got from BPI that are 125 gr with attached wads so they should be relatively accurate. I have a...
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    09-17-2018, 12:18 PM
    All it takes is one nutcase to go off, and the Pencil/Computer guy is all of a sudden the tip of the spear. Kind of needs to be a sharp point? And everyone here should know that there are plenty of Nutcases out there. Anti Psychotic Drugs are at...
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    09-16-2018, 08:40 PM
    Cardboard boxes for hulls, bags for shot, primers stay in their boxes until use, powder stays in it's canister until use. Wads on the bags they ame in until use then into plastic bins while loading. Misc small stuff like round balls or buckshot...
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    09-16-2018, 08:25 PM
    Don't sell yourself short and please don't think they are the endall. The ones in my town's department are pretty pathetic. Was at our range one day when the Police "Snipers" were there shooting their $8000 Custom Sniper Rifles. 5 of them. Nice...
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    09-16-2018, 03:56 PM
    One single barrel slug gun that has been overlooked here is the TC Encore with a shotgun barrel and they Rifled barrels with sights and scope mounts and a bunch of other stuff as well. Have a look at this...
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    09-15-2018, 07:46 PM
    OK I put this up but everyone ignored it. The guy wants a Stock on his pistol. This is not legal. Period. However the USA 1 Shot Pistol Brace doesn't attach to the pistol, the gun merely sits in it. It is the same as bracing the pistol...
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    09-15-2018, 07:06 PM
    That is cool: I just happen to have an older wiper motor for my Jeep that didn't work for the Jeep project. It runs just fine on 12v but didn't have 2 speeds or park so I replaced it. I even have the switch that didn't work right and jumper legs...
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    09-15-2018, 06:52 PM
    Redhawk: I do the same thing with my good rifle ammo. After priming they get assembled to completion one at a time, for the same reason as you. Randy
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    09-15-2018, 04:45 PM
    And the "Can" is just because you can? Gotta love guns! They bring out the creativity in all of us! Randy
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    09-15-2018, 04:27 PM
    We are definitely having a discussion and that's what this place is all about. I have learned a bunch, and as you know I have no problem expressing my own opinions. I really liked the link to Aimpro and their motto. "Nobody argues with a .73...
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    09-15-2018, 04:01 PM
    Ken: Do you have a "Chart" for your machine? That's where the calibration part comes in. You need a reference chart that reflects what your machine is doing. The Lee Tool has the "Chart." You have to convert Rc to Bhn using the penetrator...
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    09-15-2018, 03:28 PM
    I feel compelled to respond to this thread as this is both one of my pet peeves and goals in life. As a Machinist it kind of becomes necessary to be particular to a certain extent, depending on the job. I have to sell the things I make to a...
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    09-14-2018, 11:22 PM
    I meant to say that I saw the open sights on there as well but no gun with them. I have seen a 590 with 18" bbl and open sights at a gun shop in Simi, but I didn't get the model number and it didn't show up on the website. The Rifled barrel I...
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    09-14-2018, 06:07 PM
    LB: I believe the BPS is essentially an Ithaca M37 with a Mag cutoff. After all JMB did design the M37? Port loading probably wouldn't come into play during a bear attack unless you sucked so bad that you couldn't hit the bear with the first 6...
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    09-13-2018, 07:38 PM
    Yes it came out nice. I bought the wood in 1976 and it was from Fajen. I never did anything with it as I didn't want to screw it up. I have a friend who does alot of work on high end shotguns and he did the wood work including cutting the pistol...
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    09-13-2018, 06:59 PM
    More: don't get me wrong, Remington 870's are very good guns and far superior to Mossbergs as "Field Guns" or "Trap and Skeet Guns", however IMHO the M500/590 is far superior as a "Tactical Gun." With a Field Gun or Clays Gun loading and...
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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