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    Today, 09:11 AM
    I have 3 carbines, 9mm, .40sw, .45acp. Really love the .45. All have Red Dots on them, folding foregrip. Foregrip works great at the range. Holds the gun up off the table at a comfortable height, easy to pivot, aim up, down. They work. ...
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    Today, 09:06 AM
    Vote with your feet and your pocketbook. Recob's, BPI, similar company's would love to have your business. Plan ahead, stock up a little bit. Buy 2 or more 8 lb jugs and 10,000 rounds of primers that spreads that hazmat out to where you hardly...
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    Today, 08:59 AM
    Bluedot likes HEAVY bullets. I prefer Red Dot in my 9mm, well in most things to be honest. I have shot 9mm loaded from 3 grains of Red Dot to 4.5 grains (In carbine) with no issues. Bullet does need to be big enough. Make a dummy round...
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    Today, 06:39 AM
    .... I just talked the wife into letting me get a .357 Mag for self defense while hunting. I figured the gun was a false sense of security any ways. But I was hoping to keep up the lie to myself. I know without a doubt, that is nothing my 200lb butt...
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    Today, 04:33 AM
    I get my lead from the scrap yards. I would seriously have a talk with him. Then take him down to the scrap yard and turn them in and then get some lead from the scrap dealer that wont kill you and potentially the neighborhood. Then you scrap it...
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    Today, 04:24 AM
    Welcome aboard Gabby. There are plenty of load data out there from various manuals and websites. Not sure I would trust other people pet loads unless i cross it with published data. I personally use 4g of Tite Group, that's a little hotter than...
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    Yesterday, 10:38 PM
    Thumbnail makes a good guesstimate. Soft lead will be gouged by a thumbnail. Clip on Wheel Weight will gouge "some" but not as deep or as wide as soft. Harder alloys may not gouge at all, may make just a shiny streak. A little practice,...
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    Yesterday, 10:34 PM
    Red Dot is often not an ideal powder for semi auto rifles. Just does not produce enough gas for long enough. Tends to be a quick hard pulse then is diminishing rapidly by the time the bullet reaches the gas port. In my Yugo SKS 7.62x39 I do shoot...
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    Yesterday, 07:43 PM
    LOL, i have been using the same 10 dollar wal mart reels for 14 years on Berkley cheery woods that are just as old.. I fish salt water so, if you don't care for your reels i don't care what the name brand is, they wont last a few years. I clean the...
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    Yesterday, 09:35 AM
    Sat evening, wife brought home a "flat iron steak" about 2/3rds of a pound. Rubbed with Adolph's meat tenderizer and Worcester sauce and let it sit for half an hour while I talked to the neighbor. Sliced into roughly 8 3/4x3/4 strips. Cut up...
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    Yesterday, 09:08 AM
    Just ordered 2 of these, they have not arrived yet however. Call this the low end at 17$. ...
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    Yesterday, 08:54 AM
    You sir are a lucky man. Ditto on the big hugs for dad.
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    Yesterday, 07:21 AM
    Pressures can be tricky to explain. But as far as seating depths, the deeper you seat decreases powder capacity and will raise pressures. The converse is true seating out longer, until you hit the lands. Once you hit the lands the bullet is an...
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    Yesterday, 12:14 AM
    I will take the 38/357/357MAX - HORNADY/PACIFIC. Pm sent
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    02-18-2018, 11:00 PM
    I was just at the academy and saw them for around 300 bucks.
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    02-18-2018, 09:57 PM
    I would say it would depend on the variables. With the right variables they could be no problem at all. With the wrong ones you might see some leading. Alloy? Hardness? Air cooled or water drop? Load? Powder? Pushing them hard or light...
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    02-18-2018, 05:26 PM
    Was at the local Mill's Fleet Farm buying cat litter and a couple of new Columbia fleece shirts. They had several powders in stock so I stocked up a little bit. Pound of Blue Dot to play with in heavy shotgun loads and some CCI small pistol...
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    02-18-2018, 11:01 AM
    Good luck! On the lower cost side I've had good luck with the medium quality Shakespeare reels. My favorites do tend to be Shimano mid sized with rear drag. Get a big fish on taking line and you can cause serious damage to fingers with...
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    02-18-2018, 05:09 AM
    Rcmaveric replied to a thread Lanolin in Boolit Lube !
    Yes it is. My research indicates it is better for cold weather though. In hot weather it can cause problems... of about 85ish degrees (cant remember exactly). Not sure of the affect if used sparingly though. Felix lube calls for it. It is a water...
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Active duty. I love to hunt and fish. Got into reloading due to cost. Now I cast and reload for the since of accomplishment and awe.
Jacksonville, FL
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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