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    Today, 10:42 AM
    waksupi replied to a thread large throat in krags in Cast Boolits
    It sounds like you are going to need three different molds, or try to size down the largest diameter to work for all. A heavy for caliber Loverin will work well nearly every time. I like to take a fired case, and find a size of bullet that slips...
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    Today, 10:37 AM
    Nice job!
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    Today, 10:34 AM
    waksupi replied to a thread F vs FF in Muzzleloading.
    You can use them, and they will be accurate with round ball, and there is no reason loads couldn't be worked up for shot that are effective. You would be working with lower velocities, and the coarser granulation you use, the more fouling. I use...
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    Today, 10:28 AM
    Something to keep in mind. If you already have an accurate load, you will need to add 300 fps to appreciably flatten a trajectory. And then not by much. Then you are back to searching for an accurate load again. Better off staying with your most...
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    Yesterday, 04:54 PM
    Too bad someone would not post some recent Lawn Steel shoot videos. Maybe even go or the rules somewhat in one. In a fun lighthearted Lawn Steel sorta manner of course.
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    Yesterday, 04:49 PM
    Yet another reaon to live only in a FREE state!
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  • kywoodwrkr's Avatar
    Yesterday, 10:23 AM
    Second this approach. Bought the ER32 holder and ER16 straight shank holders - both. The first ER16 holder was a screwup and bought MT3(Morse Taper 3) not useful for my task at hand. C20 ER16A 100L Collet Chuck Holder CNC Milling Extension Rod...
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    Yesterday, 03:08 AM
    I'm in process of sorting some checks out and I know I have a bag(1k) of Gator 41 checks. PM inbound. Thanks.
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  • richhodg66's Avatar
    06-22-2019, 02:30 PM
    Suicide is an awfully selfish thing to do, and doing it in public where strangers witness it is even more so. The regular outdoor public ranges I go to now and then don't ever seem to attract real weirdos, at least they haven't when I've been...
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    06-22-2019, 01:50 PM
    Some pics of the press. I have it sitting outside with a few paper towels soaked in Evaporust wrapped around the exposed portion of the ram and more poured down inside the body of the press where the ram moves through. Hoping I can get as much off...
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    06-22-2019, 01:24 PM
    Wow! There are actually two around here, one of which is run by a retired LEO and is generally a pretty well-run place, he's a good guy and runs a good business, just not my kindof place. The other is in a nearby town and had kind of a...
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    06-22-2019, 11:07 AM
    The 311284 is awesome, it truly is. But it's a lot of bullet for punching holes in paper with at 100 yards. The 311291 is a very good, general purpose .30 caliber. If you want to hunt, something with a flat nose would be best, like the Ranchdog,...
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  • waksupi's Avatar
    06-22-2019, 10:40 AM
    waksupi replied to a thread Missoula MT trip advice. in Our Town
    Another though, Traveler's Rest is just down the road at Lolo. That is one of the few documented campsites of the Lewis and Clark expedition. There are ongoing historical demonstrations through the summer. Look up the website to see what is...
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    06-22-2019, 10:29 AM
    I've done blond maple stocks, and in my opinion they come out a bit too light. They will darken a bit with age, but it does take along time. My fiddle that I left blond is around 20 years old, and it has gained a mellow yellow color over the years....
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    06-22-2019, 05:28 AM
    richhodg66 replied to a thread Stray Dogs in Our Town
    We moved out in the sticks a few years ago, and I expected this to be a problem and it hasn't been yet. Only stray so far was a big friendly tom cat who hung around a couple of years, one of the best cats I ever knew. He came and went as he...
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  • TCLouis's Avatar
    06-21-2019, 08:15 PM
    10.5 Unique may well provide about 1105 fps with the 340 grainer for ya!
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  • richhodg66's Avatar
    06-21-2019, 06:02 PM
    Well, had to go over to renew the tags and since the shop was just down the street, figured I'd go in and try to negotiate a deal on this press. When I found it again, the sign hung in that particular stall said everything 25% off, so I didn't even...
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    06-21-2019, 09:08 AM
    I imagine after he has signed up and been here specifically to gripe, he will most likely just disappear when it is all done.
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    06-21-2019, 08:23 AM
    Did a lot of squirrel hunting as a kid. Didn't have the patience then to sit and wait, that's one of the few things that you actually get better with as you age. Walking around the woods is fun, but if you're after squirrels, it's a whole lot...
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  • richhodg66's Avatar
    06-21-2019, 02:31 AM
    I have to wonder what people are doing to get that kind of leading. I never get any serious leading and just about all I shoot is cast. Size and lube appropriately and don't get stupid with velocity = no leading. Vinegar? Ammonia? Spinning a...
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  • richhodg66's Avatar
    06-20-2019, 08:29 PM
    OK. I'll try various stick rifle powders and see where it works best. I need to cast some more bullets for this rifle and get the time to systematically test this.
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    06-20-2019, 04:15 PM
    I did try it in a .30-06 and also a Mosin, both with the 311284. Accuracy wasn't great, but wasn't terrible either and I didn't pursue it much further. Yesterday was my first foray into using a kicker charge. Guess I'll have to try it again in...
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    06-20-2019, 04:12 PM
    OK, I have quite a few bits and pieces of powder cans around to try. You mentioned 4227, but is there kind of an upper and lower limit of burn rate that works well for this purpose? Seems like IMR4895 would be great in this application, but I love...
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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