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    05-17-2015, 01:23 AM
    Anywhere in the USA that is referred to as “rural”. If all you wish is to live life unmolested. Simply find a place out in the fields or parries. Even if there are one hundred people living on the same square mile. If you politely inform them of...
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    05-16-2015, 10:33 PM
    If I came across a cap lock pistol that would not hold the hammer off a cap I'd fix it or trash it. There is no way to work around junk. I also carry my cap and ball revolvers with hammer resting on the safety pins.. If those pins are not proud...
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    05-16-2015, 10:02 PM
    GabbyM replied to a thread Graphite Seed Lube in Boolit Lube !
    Graphite is what's sold in the neck lube kits and has been used since metal cases have been around. Graphite is also used in most powders as a flow lubricant. Pressures seen in a firearm are no where near what it takes to change molecular structure....
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    05-16-2015, 09:22 PM
    GabbyM replied to a thread Graphite Seed Lube in Boolit Lube !
    Quoting myself for an update: Was In Rural King a while back and read the label on the talc seed lube. Scary read! Mention of cancer risk! It only contained a small percentage of graphite. Price was about one forth that of John Deere graphite...
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    05-11-2015, 09:53 AM
    Half cocked on most cap guns is usually just about one quarter inch above the cap. It's how I carry my rifle.
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    05-11-2015, 02:34 AM
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    05-11-2015, 12:46 AM
    I started annealing all my re manufactured 5.56mm NATO brass just a bit over a year ago. Reasons being. 1. I'd stored some loaded rounds made from brass that had been fired a few times with no annealing. After about three decades in storage I...
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    05-09-2015, 06:38 PM
    There is no correct answer to ball size for your particular shotgun. You MUST measure the bore at the muzzle then calculate from there. This is why we will never see solid ball shells over the counter. If you try shooting a round ball and cup...
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    05-09-2015, 06:17 PM
    Since any data was listed as 7mm Express. Use of electronic strain gages to accurately measure p.s.i. instead of copper crush units has come into use. Many of the old loads have been shown to be on the high side of psi. Our best load data is the...
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    05-09-2015, 09:54 AM
    I am interested in: 12. Clymer 218 Bee finish reamer, used twice, stored properly $90 PM to follow.
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    05-06-2015, 09:32 AM
    Washing your pure lead balls in soapy water will retard oxidation. I'd have to look up the exact process but it's basically a dip and dry in dish water.
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    05-04-2015, 09:57 AM
    2% SB + 1% Sn. As long as you have a little arsenic. Heat treat in oven or water dropped from mold. You'll have a hard enough bullet for most shooting. You didn't state what your current alloy is or for what application the bullets will be...
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    05-04-2015, 09:42 AM
    You need a heavier bullet IMHO. Also I stopped using Federal primers on slow powders years ago. At least in 270 and 30-06 size cases. Federals are a mild primer and my favorite with faster powders in my 243 Win and 223. CCI standard or a Remington...
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    05-04-2015, 09:04 AM
    I've had some experience with other peoples pre paid funerals. They went very smooth. For sure would be a little creepy picking out your own casket. But it relieves your children from the time and grief. Plus making decisions among several siblings....
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    05-04-2015, 08:24 AM
    GabbyM replied to a thread CZ 527 in .357 Mag in Special Projects
    You can buy a rail for the 527 with Weaver top on it.
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    05-04-2015, 12:09 AM
    GabbyM replied to a thread Graphite Seed Lube in Boolit Lube !
    Not all the seed lube is the same stuff. Talc mix and straight Graphite. John Deere seed lube is fairly straight graphite and does not clump up. I've only purchased the straight graphite. Use about a pint per year in the planter. Pinch or two neck...
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    05-03-2015, 02:14 PM
    GabbyM replied to a thread Iraq in Our Town
    Progressives love to control history. I'm not that old. Just short of sixty. When I read the "history " of the 1970's it's almost unrecognizable to how I lived it. In some cases I was directly or indirectly involved. Nothing new about any of...
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    05-03-2015, 01:54 PM
    I shoot 3.3gr of 700X under a 148gr full wad cutter in a 38 Special. It's a big flake powder. But it meters OK in my Dillon with pistol bar. or my Lyman 55 using the top two slides only. Many shooters list it as there favorite 38 Special powder. I...
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    05-03-2015, 01:30 PM
    Just in case it's not been made clear. Major reason to use a round ball in low pressure rounds. Is to better insure the bullet exits the barrel. RB having a very low contact area with the bore pops out much easier. RB also doesn't build up much...
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    04-28-2015, 07:32 AM
    Some say the lead acid battery is on the way out of use. To be replaced by lighter new technology batteries. Wheel weights are either recycled lead or zinc. I don't know much about new battery technology. However if we do start using other materials...
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    04-26-2015, 05:54 PM
    GabbyM replied to a thread CB shot load in Muzzleloading.
    I've done it way back when as a single shot loaded into an 1860 44 revolver. Just paper under and over the shot charge. Never figured out how to load a shot charge in the revolver that would not come loose under recoil so never even tried it. 20gr...
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    04-26-2015, 02:16 PM
    Never tried any sub sonic “mouse fart” loads. However the 11.0 grains of Unique I mentioned. When fired from my 26 inch barrel at least. Just yields a sharp crack instead of the boom like you get from rifle powders with a heavier charge. Load should...
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    04-26-2015, 06:52 AM
    Lyman #245496. An 84 grain Loverine. Over 11.0 grains of Unique. This load is just plain easy. Has just enough pressure for a case neck gas seal. Powder burns very clean.
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    04-26-2015, 06:15 AM
    One of the important struggles against big government at this times is. Federal EPA's push to control temporarily free flowing water. Meaning water that flows across land during rains and the land under and around it. So pretty much every bit of...
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    04-25-2015, 07:36 AM
    Yes they are. But I don't know where you can buy a carry handle with sight for $20. I'd be suspicious of quality.
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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