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  • elk hunter's Avatar
    01-16-2021, 10:59 AM
    I like big bore rifles but, I think that the fun of shooting a four bore would be realized in very few rounds per session, as in one or possibly two. When you squeeze the trigger on that one you will know something important happened and you were...
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    01-16-2021, 10:43 AM
    For me the choice would be very simple, 7 x 57. Fun to shoot, easy to load for, mild recoil and absolutely deadly on big game. Second choice would be 30-40. Has all the attributes of the 7 x 57 and is a wonderful cast bullet round.
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    01-16-2021, 10:34 AM
    My 348 likes 65 grains of surplus 4831 or 59 grains of IMR 4350 behind the Hornady 200 grain bullet. I recently acquired an old Herters mold that casts a 199 grain gas checked wheel weight metal bullet that I sized to .351 lubed with NRA 50/50 lube....
    6 replies | 222 view(s)
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    01-15-2021, 11:21 AM
    That is nice! Do you know if they are going to have the Maryland Antique Arms collector show in Baltimore in March this year? Or has the covid thing made that impossible?
    4 replies | 330 view(s)
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    01-15-2021, 11:15 AM
    Over the years I've built a number of rifles on the M-17 and P-14 actions except for one 45-70, which worked quite well considering the action length, the rest were all 375 H&H or 416 Rigby. For me to invest my time and money these actions are best...
    16 replies | 375 view(s)
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    01-04-2021, 10:40 AM
    I've had a pair of glasses made for shooting and I bought the SSP shooting glasses. Both allow me to see the sights but the target is still an indistinct blur. Unfortunately fixed focus lenses do not allow my eyes to see both sights and target...
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    01-04-2021, 10:29 AM
    Why not offer to trade your 30 Remington for 32 Remington and save the hassle. If you can't trade them I would advise pulling them down and annealing the necks and then fire forming them with a light load of fast powder topped with cornmeal with a...
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    01-03-2021, 10:25 AM
    I've not had very good luck with any hulls in 28 gauge even HS or STS. All of them seem to split after just a few loadings. Given the cost of 28 bore loads the short life of the hulls is disappointing.
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    01-01-2021, 01:44 PM
    Bison with a Sharps, now I'll really jealous. I've taken a couple of Mule Deer with my 1874 45 2 1/10th and hope to some day take an elk with it. No bison available here in Oregon since sometime after the last ice age. Our elephants went away...
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    01-01-2021, 10:52 AM
    You may want to check the bore dimensions on your new to you 30-40 as some earlier Winchester barrels weren't bored to modern specifications. With my model 95 30-03 the best I could do for groups was minute-of-hub cap at 50 yards until I slugged...
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    01-01-2021, 10:31 AM
    I have a S&W #2 army that I want to shoot but don't want to use up my small stash of original rimfire rounds. Guess I had better move this project closer to the top of the list. Next time I'm at Home Depot I'll look for ram set blanks. After that I...
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    01-01-2021, 10:13 AM
    When I can find them I much prefer originals. Of the Winchesters I have there are two model 95's, a takedown in 30-03 and a 405 but, I'm always looking for the next old treasure. I do shoot the old ones and hunt with them, here's a mule deer I took...
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    12-30-2020, 12:38 PM
    OK, it's official, I'm jealous. I saw a 95 in 35 Winchester a few years ago at a small sporting goods store in Burns, Oregon. I thought it was a common steel model 95 but apparently I was mistaken, it had to have been solid gold according to the...
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    12-29-2020, 11:14 AM
    Lebel brass is what I use for 41 Swiss.
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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