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    Yesterday, 12:59 AM
    This is from your site https://bear.org/do-black-bears-growl/ "sometimes the huffing has a throaty quality. Also, bears sometimes sound a bit throaty when they pounce, blow, and slap the ground. Whether these are growls depends upon each...
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    07-01-2020, 10:45 PM
    Twenty-five fatal black bear attacks have occurred in North America during the last 20 years. Here are the stories behind each. https://www.wideopenspaces.com/list-fatal-black-bear-attacks-north-america-last-20-years/ My sister knew this lady...
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    07-01-2020, 10:35 PM
    Some call it a roar some call it a growl. I had two large bears do this when I was setting bait before the season opened. I was backing the bait in on foot and they either didn't hear me or didn't care. They were fighting over the remaining bait....
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    07-01-2020, 01:30 AM
    I had forgotten about it but I enjoyed re-reading it. Miss the days when threads like this were common.
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    06-30-2020, 10:37 PM
    The 50-70 was used from 1866 to 1873 when the 45-70 was adopted. The oldest I have in my collection is 1888. As to galvanic corrosion copper/brass and lead are low on the scale of metals that suffer from galvanic corrosion issues. Lead...
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    06-30-2020, 06:20 PM
    Lyman's current mold quality is spotty at best. Give Tom a call a Accurate Molds and you will have a far superior product. http://www.accuratemolds.com/
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    06-30-2020, 01:11 PM
    I am not an expert on Artillery but everything I have read indicates that Blackpowder' s only use in modern big guns is a kicker charge on the bag guns to insure proper ignition. I do remember reading about Winchester having million and million of...
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    06-30-2020, 01:43 AM
    https://www.chuckhawks.com/problems_blackpowder.htm#:~:text=A%20problem%20associated%20with%20black%20powder%20is%20its,the%20black%20powder%20will%20not%20burn%20as%20fast. The Problems of Black Powder By Randy Wakeman A problem associated...
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    06-30-2020, 01:11 AM
    I was given some 1860's era BP that had been stored in the original wooden barrel. I didn't not see the wooden barrel but the powder looked and shot normal. Back in the 70's I fired some BP with the a 1890's date. A couple failed to fire due to...
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    06-29-2020, 02:25 AM
    A very good friend has an interesting black bear story. He had just got out of his stand over bait and was walking out when he spotted a large black bear heading his way. It was just past legal shooting time and he was in the open so he opted to...
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    06-28-2020, 09:49 PM
    Actual usage and results https://www.ammoland.com/2019/08/handgun-or-pistol-defense-against-bear-attack-73-cases-96-effective/#axzz6QiOrjJdY
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    06-28-2020, 02:07 PM
    Same I was unaware of them and the is truly an odd design. Once the cartridge is inserted does anything hold it in?
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    06-26-2020, 10:23 PM
    Never tested the differences in a pistol caliber chamber in a rifle. In what would be considered extreme accuracy rifles and calibers I find very little time/effort rewards for under 300 yards (unless shooting benchrest). For 300 yards plus I...
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    06-23-2020, 05:44 AM
    M-Tecs replied to a thread barrel life 44-40 in Leverguns
    The older original barrels were softer but with any of the modern barrel steels 50K plus should be realistic.
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    06-22-2020, 01:11 PM
    If that is a new mold and it was mine it would be going back to Lyman. Cavity # 4 is .0045" out of round.
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    06-22-2020, 12:23 AM
    The gasses for the primer pressurizes the primer pocket forcing the primer out of the primer pocket with standards size flashhole. That is why blank cartridges and wax bullet cartridge's have larger flash holes. Without pressurizing the case it is...
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    06-22-2020, 12:10 AM
    Not true. Thermal expansion is in all directions. If you have out of round bullets it's not from thermal expansion. It sounds more like your mold is not closing fully. Whatever the problem is is not from being a 4 cavity. What size...
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    06-21-2020, 08:32 PM
    Aluminum is surprisingly abrasive. Most aluminum rods are jointed and flexible enough that even with a proper bore guide they can rub on the bore. If it is done a lot in the same place you are in effect lapping that area. I do have a couple of...
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    06-21-2020, 01:16 AM
    That one is easy to test and verify. Just fire primed brass in a revolver. They normally lock up due to the primer setback. Same for the quickdraw wax bullet competitors. They have to drill out the flashhole to prevent this.
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    06-20-2020, 03:30 AM
    Had to look both of those up. Nice find. http://cartridgecollectors.org/cmo/cmo08dec.htm https://www.globalsecurity.org/military/systems/munitions/m862.htm
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    06-19-2020, 08:26 PM
    Normally before Covid 19 I ordered at least once a month from Midway and Brownells until the shutdown. Been doing this since the mid 80's. Had two issues with Brownells and one with Midway in all those years. In all three cases the customer...
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    06-19-2020, 08:34 AM
    Very nice! If you go to Kenn's website he has a little bit about the different Scandahoovian rollers on his site. http://www.rollingblockparts.com/ plus original parts should you ever need them. There is such a thing as roller envy, a few of us...
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    06-17-2020, 01:39 PM
    If it goes bang, it has my interest - has for more than half a century. The vintage single shots are a definite favorite much like what's been expressed here. But!!! I have a sibling that has went through the "program" a couple of times and he's...
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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