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    Yesterday, 09:29 PM
    Blackwater replied to a thread Instant hair removal in Our Town
    Congratulations, Thumbcocker! My son had a similar incident a few years back. He got a gas grill, and grew impatient when it didn't light right away. He left the gas on and worked with his extension lighter, and poked the lighter back in and...
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    Yesterday, 09:24 PM
    I too lost a dear friend recently. We talked almost every day, and sometimes twice or more. In the hustle and bustle of "modern life," we sometimes forget the very real value of our friendships. But that doesn't lessen their importance to us and...
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    Yesterday, 09:11 PM
    Isn't it amazing how, when God calls us to do something, or puts us in position to come to someone's aid, all we have to do, really, is say, "Here I am, Lord. Use me!" If we simply act, He will provide ample direction for us. The only "difficult"...
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    Yesterday, 09:04 PM
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    Yesterday, 09:03 PM
    Christ didn't tell us to pray just to see if we'd do it. He MEANT it, and WANTS to answer our prayers, whenever they don't conflict with His plans. We couldn't have a more loving Savior than the one we have! He DOES answer prayers, even when we...
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    04-18-2018, 12:39 AM
    Me neither. It’s a new powder to me.
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    04-17-2018, 07:04 PM
    I believe, and strongly so, that "climate change" is nothing more than a hoax intended to enable those who'd lord over all of us, to gain yet more power and influence and control over us. The planet's climate has always changed, and gone through...
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    04-17-2018, 06:56 PM
    Don, it's been said many times that the real secret of life, is to "know thyself." And I guess I've been around criminals enough to have become a bit inurred by lies, and if it would save a child's life for me to lie about my faith, I probably...
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    04-17-2018, 06:48 PM
    G. K. Chesterton once called these moments, "moments when there is nothing but God." And we've all had them, unless we've led a pretty uneventful life. When we get really serious about much of anything at all, we automatically, it seems, become...
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    04-17-2018, 06:45 PM
    Amen! We are richly blessed. I pray we don't collectively throw it all away. Whenever I think of where our country is headed, I often think of that old song, " 'Till I threw it all away." The idiocy of the human race is a remarkable thing. And...
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    04-17-2018, 06:40 PM
    Blackwater replied to a thread Thank you in Our Chapel
    Amen to all above. I've reached the point that every day I wake up, and am alive and can get about, and eat and drink and converse, and think and learn and grow, I am simply humbled by it. Many, many didn't wake up today, or yesterday, or many of...
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    04-16-2018, 11:05 PM
    I have a buddy who works for Daniel Defense, and one of his jobs was once, for a fair bit of time, shooting each and every gun before it left the factory for function and accuracy. It was real fun at first, but after a while, it got to be "just...
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    04-16-2018, 09:21 PM
    Somewhere in the cobwebs of my memory, I remember reading an article on barrel life and cast. IIRC, the lowest round count estimate by some very savvy industry gurus, was 350,000 rds. for a pistol, and estimates went on up to over 500,000 rds. for...
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    04-16-2018, 09:02 PM
    Most folks wll never shoot or clean enough to do any serious damage to a barrel, even with the worst cleaning rods and equipment and technique. But that doesn't mean that those who DO shoot a lot can't seriously affect their barrels by their...
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    04-16-2018, 08:48 PM
    No man can have the strength and courage to do the things he did, or face what he had to face, without a LOT of faith. He may never have talked about it, or prostelytized. He didn't have to. He demonstrated it for anyone to see. "Greater love...
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    04-16-2018, 08:40 PM
    Blackwater replied to a thread Prayer Request in Our Chapel
    Wow! Isn't it amazing how after praying for a healing/miracle, we are surprised when we get one??? I'll always be fascinated by how that works. But thank the Lord Jesus Christ for whatever He did in this. That is one beautiful young lady!
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    04-16-2018, 08:22 PM
    I bought a pound of H414 to try out.
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    04-16-2018, 08:20 PM
    Not sure. A little maybe. I might need to drop to a little slower powder to gain too much more. Trying to not over do the alloy. But I don't know where this alloy fails.....
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    04-16-2018, 08:18 PM
    Both Varget and 4064 are on my list as well as a few others...
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    04-16-2018, 05:06 PM
    It’s around .013” if memory serves. I’ll check tonight.
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    04-16-2018, 03:01 PM
    Great one, RL. Thanks.
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    04-16-2018, 03:00 PM
    Blackwater replied to a thread RIP R. Lee Ermey in Our Chapel
    Gee whiz! I had the pleasure of shaking his hand and a brief conversation with him at an outdoor trades show in NC not long ago. Lee was first and foremost, a MARINE, and secondly, a MAN, and he was both in spades! A man cannot be as fearless and...
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    04-16-2018, 02:57 PM
    Good news! Hopefully, they've found the problem and can now address the issues. Still praying for him and the family. Mystical situations are probably the hardest to bear, since they offer nothing to anticipate, and leave us hanging and in...
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    04-16-2018, 02:40 PM
    Done. Greater courage than refusing treatment is unimaginable. She's a stout ol' warhorse, always steady when challenged, and an anchor for her family. I've never been quite enamored of #41 or #43's policies, but even an outright enemy would have...
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    04-16-2018, 02:36 PM
    Losing a son is the most horrible thing that a parent can experience. I lost what was like a "2nd son" when a dear friend's son was killed just a few hundred yards from our front doorsteps. We heard the crash. His Mom and Dad still are saddened...
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    04-16-2018, 02:30 PM
    I guess the MSM figures this is just "too gross" to air???? Or maybe .... just maybe .... it doesn't serve their agenda, which is remarkably similar to (the same?) as the Democratic party's leadership's agenda???? As Shaun Hannity has said,...
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    04-16-2018, 02:25 PM
    Prayers up for her and family. God bless you all. None of us is here forever, and we all have an appointed departure time. Those of us who live long enough to get things like Alzheimer's are truly the "lucky ones," to use an often heard term. ...
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    04-16-2018, 01:07 PM
    Around 24bhn. Less than .002” runout.
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    04-16-2018, 11:34 AM
    Vince. The targets were stapled onto cardboard that was hanging from a sawhorse. We were shooting slightly downhill. Maybe that’s why some of the holes look off?? Dunno.
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    04-16-2018, 08:42 AM
    Yes. These were jammed. I don’t have but a few pieces of Federal brass. I have 150 new pieces of Starline I’m going to try out.
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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