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  • GhostHawk's Avatar
    Today, 10:55 AM
    Had the son in law out shooting single shot .44mag Handi rifles last weekend. He had a blast, low noise, low recoil, just a little thump to let you know it went. Big thump on the far end. And it was stacking them up nicely. I don't have a...
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    Today, 10:48 AM
    Kung fu has a point, the H&R have a history of doing poorly with larger bullets. Most have had success with 80's and under. For that price, I think I'd snap it up, try it with some different factory loads. If you find one it shoots well keep...
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  • Rcmaveric's Avatar
    Today, 12:59 AM
    It will work. You just need to monitor it. I ordered smokes sample pack. Its lasted me about year and i still havent used half of it. I melted my bullets first time tried it. Second time i let it get to hot and i split the coating like a peanut...
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    Yesterday, 11:16 PM
    Would those be good for Lee slugs? My results thus far with the Lee slugs have been dismal at best. Sent from my SM-G950U using Tapatalk
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    Yesterday, 09:45 PM
    That was an expensive choice. Glad you atent hurt. Sent from my SM-G950U using Tapatalk
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    Yesterday, 09:15 PM
    I got that same black oven. Its a pita to keep it in the temp zone. I leave the thermometer in there and just play with it to keep innthe zone. Sometimes i have to click it to bake to get the temp up. Then switch back to the temp. It will hold, but...
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    Yesterday, 08:55 PM
    Powder coating anneal the bullets. Negating the affect of the water quench. Sent from my SM-G950U using Tapatalk
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    Yesterday, 01:33 PM
    Your disparity of weight difference is more likely caused by uneven heating. Polishing out the cavities is one way. Personally, I dont weight and sort bullets. I dont shoot past 200 yards and havent felt the need. My groups are satisfactory. ...
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  • GhostHawk's Avatar
    Yesterday, 06:55 AM
    There are some guns where the leade, that transition from the chamber to the rifling is too small. Smaller than the rifling. That will squeeze bullets, then they bounce around in the rifling, giving you leading, keyholing, lousy accuracty. For...
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    09-23-2018, 08:58 PM
    GhostHawk replied to a thread New Hobo stoves in Camping Gear
    I have one of those Ikea stoves, did not even put bolts in bottom. Set it in an old pie tin, drop in a handful of twigs, short squeeze of hand sanitizer, or bug spray and a quick zap from a ferrocerium rod and you have fire. Just right for...
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    09-23-2018, 08:38 PM
    GhostHawk replied to a thread Good old days in Military Rifles
    Agree, these days right here are just fine. Yesterday had my son in law to the range. He had mentioned that he has been waiting 15 years for his dad to take him out and teach him to shoot. Never happened. Although he did for his other 2 sons. ...
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    09-23-2018, 05:28 PM
    how are you holding the punch inside? Do you have set screw in side? I tried this except I just used threaded rod and the set screw needs to clear threads, there is just not enough material unless your set screw is below which brings its own set...
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  • GhostHawk's Avatar
    09-23-2018, 07:50 AM
    Bullet fit is king. Period. Get this right first, then worry about other variables. Keyholing, large groups, yes in my experience a larger bullet fixed both. You want to do it with a coating, that is ok. May give you enough, may not. I...
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    09-22-2018, 08:50 AM
    50% clip on wheel weights and 50% range scrap or soft lead with maybe 1-2% of tin/pewter added is what I aim for. Mostly these days I am not shooting high velocity rifle so I tend not to water drop. The above alloy air cooled with BLL shot at...
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    09-21-2018, 08:49 PM
    I have no problem paying 20$ for a transfer. I used to use a local pawn shop, had several issues, one gun that I never got because they never talked to the dealer. I dumped them, found a reputable guy that rents a small 8x10' suite in an office. He...
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    09-21-2018, 10:19 AM
    Nice guys finish last. I do try to be nice where I can, but not where it will cost me anything. When it comes to deals, money changing hands, I aim for honest. I give good value, I don't cheat, lie, scam. I expect others to try to do that to...
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    09-20-2018, 09:53 PM
    Well I know I am raising this thread from the dead. So be it. Looking hard at a Vz 70 from Classic Firearms at 200$. Will start with 100 rounds of PPU ammo pretty reasonably priced same location, and a spare mag. Whole package with shipping...
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    09-20-2018, 08:34 PM
    A few times in the last couple of years I had occaison to try to sell a gun, local gun shop, pawn shop, etc. Normal seemed to be aprox 1/4 to 1/3 of what they figure they can sell the gun for. So for a 600$ Win 94 from 1944 a 150$ offer was...
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    09-20-2018, 06:53 PM
    GhostHawk replied to a thread Load Data in Casting for Shotguns
    ROFLMAO!!!!! Yeah, I agree, serious damage indeed.
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    09-20-2018, 10:19 AM
    Hmmm Paracord wrap perhaps? Thinking this might be a good idea.
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    09-20-2018, 10:12 AM
    Whatever range you can put 9 out of 10 into a 3" circle. Both calibers IMO with good loads and assuming decent shooting are capable further than what you posted. The .45 colt handi barrel you sold me stacks them into a roughly 1.5 inch group...
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    09-19-2018, 09:01 PM
    I'm sorry to hear that. Been praying, and quiet. Been living through a few trials of my own. Nothing like her's though. Just a bad tooth and a bad neighbor causing problems for me with City. Tooth is gone, cleanup is about done for this...
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    09-19-2018, 08:59 PM
    First, RL, another great one sir. Well done. Second, Dieselhorses, glad to have you here sir.
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    09-19-2018, 08:36 PM
    In the last 4 years the only jacketed I have loaded and shot was in .223rem. And to be honest, once I had a mold and did some load development I was happier with cast and moderate to light loads of Red Dot. Accurate enough, quieter, cheaper,...
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  • GhostHawk's Avatar
    09-19-2018, 09:21 AM
    I have read for years this concealed carry guy, and that self defense guy say that .22lr is worthless. Perhaps. I have killed a lot of smaller than man sized creatures with a .22lr. I have killed man sized creatures with one. Yes Deer, yes with...
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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.
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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