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  • GhostHawk's Avatar
    Today, 08:58 AM
    I can say for a fact that I had my shot dripping ladle setup, running smooth with COWW. Did not want to use up all my wheel weights so I started filling with range scrap and pure lead. When it got to where it was mostly full of melted pure the...
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    Today, 08:39 AM
    I'm with Exile, I've seen prayers answered. Both in my own life and in others. I don't pray much or often for myself. My wife, friends, extended family, yes even strangers here or on other forums. I do try hard to remember to thank the lord...
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    Yesterday, 10:25 PM 8$ for 250. You can move up to trap wads which run about 10$ for 250, or you can pay near double that for top quality field wads for hunting. Up to you, don't think you will find much...
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    Yesterday, 10:13 PM
    Loving my Beretta Model 81 in .32acp. I came to the .32's late, wish I'd wised up quicker.
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  • GhostHawk's Avatar
    Yesterday, 08:24 AM
    Even better than oil is a dab of imperial sizing wax on the main shaft. Lasts a lot longer too.
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    02-25-2020, 10:13 PM
    I bought two which gives me a total of 3. The little nylon holster has a spot for a spare mag above the pistol. That gives me 24 with a single mag swap. All 3 seem to work fine at the range.
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    02-23-2020, 08:41 AM
    CCI is my #1, Winchester is my #2. Been working my way through a thousand Win Large Rifle for the past 4 years, not a single issue yet.
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    02-22-2020, 10:30 PM
    I have to admit I was shocked when I saw how tight groups got and how quickly I adjusted to a red dot sight on my Ruger Mk III 22/45's. Wife's was first, then I was able to find a dovetail mount and put a rail on my older Stainless ruger. So old...
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    02-22-2020, 10:24 PM
    According to the federal government air rifles are not firearms. They can even be sold with a suppressor (fixed) with no paperwork or tax stamp. However, I would call your local LEO and game warden to verify and find out exactly what is and what...
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    02-18-2020, 11:21 AM
    I'm with Winger Ed. I see no need to replace primers. And I have recycled bullets. I have to be careful as to source, my range does not like bullets with Steel penitrators inside. So I need to make sure I remove them from the mix. In the...
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    02-18-2020, 12:44 AM
    What's diffrent about these gas checks that they won't crimp on? Are they too thin? If you're crimping down to .306 you're below bullet diameter and creating tiny gap potentially allowing gases to bypass gas check. This is just my theory. Sent...
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    02-17-2020, 10:18 PM
    Instead of waxed paper, save potato chip mylar bags. Cut a rectangle long enough to go around about 1 1/3rd times. It will do a better job of containing the shot, and protecting your barrel. If it is shiny silver inside it is mylar. If it is...
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    02-17-2020, 10:13 PM
    Almost 6 years now on my Lee hand press. It remains my favorite for most work. Only move up to a big press if I am sizing 7.62x54r or similar. I deprime with a FA hand deprimer, prime with a pair of RCBS universal hand primers. One large, one...
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    02-17-2020, 08:27 PM
    One last thing to check if you have't sent already. close two halves of the mold and look up against the light. Do you see any light seeping through? I had RCBS mold that constantly had flashing in the nose, it was annoying to clean each bullet...
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    02-16-2020, 07:39 AM
    Ok Lee molds and some others have tapered shanks. If you measure most bottom at the base you'll get .284 - .283 and at the top you might get .288 or higher and that's ok, a standard GC should fit. I prefer NOE, it's not tapered and makes it easier...
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    02-16-2020, 07:29 AM
    I'll tell you right now I ordered a sample of 30 caliber .017" gas checks and I had real hard time putting them on. Obviously you also have burrs that are in the way but for my own gas checks I've been using .012 that works great and later I...
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    02-15-2020, 08:43 AM
    Another Red Dot/Promo fan here.
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    02-14-2020, 10:20 PM
    For the last 4-5 years I've been running roughly 50% COWW and 50% RS with 1% tin added. (Pewter, lino, 60/40 whatever I can find reasonable) Now I don't have a tester, I do have a pretty well calibrated thumbnail. Soft lead my thumbnail leaves...
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    02-12-2020, 09:50 PM
    There has to be a major problem which is unfixable by me before I sell a gun. Now I have bought a few which did eventually end up in my shooting buddy's hands. But it is your dollar, your call.
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    02-12-2020, 07:24 PM
    Mine just the opposite with Lee 4-20 pot, once it gets empty the temperature drops. This is where PID helps. Sent from my SM-G950U1 using Tapatalk
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    02-12-2020, 07:51 AM
    GhostHawk replied to a thread Linux help? in Our Town
    When it comes to linux google is your friend. Type in exactly what your problem is and spend some time reading. A few times it took a few trys, but it always got the job done.
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  • GhostHawk's Avatar
    02-11-2020, 08:46 AM
    I have loaded 00 buckshot I cast, ran it through a .314 lee sizing die, lubed with BLL and loaded. Shoots fine single, or with a single #1 buck dropped in below it.
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    02-10-2020, 10:35 PM
    I wondered about the .32acp, and wondered, and thought, and looked, and wondered some more. Then I saw where Classic Firearms was selling Italian trade in Beretta Model 81's for 209$. I ponied up the bucks, added 20$ for a good looking one. Got one...
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    02-08-2020, 08:43 AM
    After my grandfather passed (my first fishing buddy) I had a very vivid dream about him one night. He was sitting on a small hill, under a tree, which overlooked a nice stream. He was bending light in different colors into a lure. If you can...
    67 replies | 2091 view(s)
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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