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    Today, 09:28 AM
    another Believer goes home.... Before me. I raise a glass to the streets of glory!!!! prayers sent
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    Yesterday, 11:42 PM
    Really? From my perspective Thompson Center used to make a all kinds of cool and interesting things. Starting with the contenders, then moving into the most diverse variety of muzzleloaders. It's amazing to me how many different guns TC used to...
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    Yesterday, 07:57 PM
    For what it's worth, I've used the carbide crimp die in many cases with no problems. The big issue as DougGuy says is if it sizes down the bullet. Specifically, brass springs back more than lead. If the carbide crimp die does size the bullet down,...
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    Yesterday, 07:51 PM
    What's really concerning is I was just looking at an old receipt I found from 2005. A bag of Lawrence lead shot was $25, and a single pound of bluedot was $18. This was a pickup in store order from ballistic products. At this very moment Lead shot...
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    Yesterday, 07:18 PM
    Can you be more specific on the case bulge? The Lee carbide crimp die is not the solution that that problem. The Collet crimp die is the bees knees. If the bulge is the bullet expanding the case too much to chamber, then you really only have one...
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    Yesterday, 06:42 PM
    This is true. In the past I used a Cabela's electric scale, and it was all over until it sat for about half an hour. After that it was still very touchy with the reading. It would read until the charge remained constant, then pause. It would only...
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    Yesterday, 06:26 PM
    Wow, I've had nothing but good things with Savage in the past. Sometimes you just get an dingus on the line, they don't hire the top of the line to sit and answer a phone. I would try again, and ask to send it in for repair. Don't even say much,...
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    Yesterday, 03:30 PM
    Markopolo replied to a thread Rossi 92 saga in Leverguns
    i think the Rossi is one of the few with a decent 20 twist rate as well?
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    Yesterday, 03:21 PM
    prayers sent Jim...
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    Yesterday, 09:06 AM
    wow... loved this...
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  • megasupermagnum's Avatar
    10-21-2019, 11:09 PM
    Yes, I love it. It's like putting a period on the end of a hunt. BOOM, then all smiles.
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    10-21-2019, 10:47 PM
    I'm only seeing one type of 180 grain XTP for each the 38 and 40 calibers. It is a hollow point, and I saw no evidence to believe that all three bullets did not expand. Damage to the organs was plenty. I forgot to mention, ranges were short. Around...
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    10-21-2019, 10:40 PM
    While I have found plastic wads that perform better, when you are talking about the really big buckshot, 0, 00, 000, etc. then yes. My best patterning loads almost universally use card wads. Bluedot is the best if you want to use 12+ pellets (1 1/4...
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    10-21-2019, 10:25 PM
    Same with me, I just bought my first flintlock. It's all about traditional hunting and shooting, even if the rifle is not completely of a specific traditional design in all aspects. The only true hawken rifles were the originals. Every imitation...
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    10-21-2019, 08:50 PM
    I have no idea who Toby Bridges is, and that sounds like a good thing. As for the advantage. You could always put a scope on your side lock. I've heard the argument so many times, but from my experience there is no huge advantage to an inline...
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    10-21-2019, 08:29 PM
    Ruger sure is screwing up by putting all their faith in the single seven. The Blackhawk they had in 327 was a fine combo, just introduced too early to be popular. The best would be to offer it in the standard Blackhawk line of blued, aluminum...
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    10-21-2019, 08:16 PM
    And to think I just bought my first contender a couple weeks ago! I was hesitant for years, as I just never was enthusiastic about the encore. It always seemed so impractical, and the whole deal with the handgun/rifle receivers. Now the...
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    10-21-2019, 08:03 PM
    I would sure hope so considering a 255 grain 44 caliber handgun at 1100 fps will.
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    10-21-2019, 07:53 PM
    I recently noticed the price of a jug of Bluedot was only $70 as I was ordering from Powder Valley. Naturally I bought 5 jugs. It turns out the reason is that Alliant changed from 5 pound jugs, to 4 pound jugs. Luckily that works out to the same...
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    10-21-2019, 06:47 PM
    bump...
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    10-21-2019, 06:44 PM
    megasupermagnum replied to a thread Boot ice grippers in Our Town
    Are you asking about just walking to your car, or about ice fishing or similar? They all work somewhat, and they all get lost eventually. I'm an ice fisherman, and use Yak trax. They go on easy in just a few seconds. They don't grip all that well,...
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    10-21-2019, 11:33 AM
    I'm seeing anywhere from 25" to 30" of penetration in ballistics gel for the 45 acp ball load. I do like bullets to pass through. If I were shooting something really skimpy like 22 lr, 25 acp, 32 acp, maybe even 38 acp, there is a strong argument...
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    10-21-2019, 11:08 AM
    Did it shoot better with the original stock? Other than the lucky 3 shots on the top right target, none of those groups is good. So the gun never shot good? Lots of mixed reports from you. The answer is a glaring, send it to Savage. Do not let a...
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    10-21-2019, 10:56 AM
    Downrange makes a much better wad than Claybuster for the lighter loads, the DR16. Most of the wads sold by Ballistic Products are made by Gulandi, and are not exclusive to BPI. You can get them from other sources, one of the best being Precision...
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    10-21-2019, 10:41 AM
    A 3 foot wide deer?! We get some big deer around here, pushing 250 pound+, but the chest is closer to 12" (plus fur), maybe 16" on some big barrel chested brutes. Besides that, curioushooter is using calibrated ballistics gel. It's a great,...
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  • Markopolo's Avatar
    10-21-2019, 10:34 AM
    you need the stump wads from BP.. and some 410 fiber wads... 2400 Powder.. PM me if you need complete instructions. i do it all the time... marko
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    10-21-2019, 12:06 AM
    Everything i'm seeing shows the model 97 didn't go to 2 3/4" 16 gauge chambers until 1931. You can fit a 2 3/4" shell in a 2 1/2" chamber, it wouldn't hurt to at least look up your year. As for reloading 16 gauge, the big problem is finding...
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    10-20-2019, 11:44 PM
    Both of those hulls look like a Rio or Cheddite hull to me. Look at the head, if there are stars, it is a Cheddite. I would have no problem using data for either Rio or Cheddite hulls with what you have there. Just be aware that american primers may...
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    10-20-2019, 11:38 PM
    megasupermagnum replied to a thread What happened? in Our Town
    I had the same thing all week. I found a few forums that had threads asking what was happening with CastBoolits. In every case, the thread got deleted. Oddly, it almost sounds like some people were not effected for some reason. It does look like...
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    10-20-2019, 11:31 PM
    I happen to be an authority on old ford/mazda ranger based vehicles. I currently own a 1993 explorer, 1994 explorer (parts truck, used to daily drive), and daily drive a 1994 mazda B4000. Also have experience working on various ford rangers 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