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    Today, 06:38 AM
    I passed on one firearms hunting season, when I had my first knee replacement. Did get some of the early archery season in. First year, in a long time, I didn't get deer. Glad I had the surgery. Worked out so well, I had the other done four...
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    Yesterday, 06:56 AM
    In my house, 38 special gets either, 4.0 grains of Bullseye or 5.0 grains of Unique with a 158 SWC. Either powder is friendly in my Uniflow or Hollywood measures. Not wimpy loads, however, my J-frames have no issues handling them. Winelover
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    09-18-2019, 07:23 AM
    You didn't say which model Bulldog you have........... Mine is the Fit for Duty, with the 2 1/2" barrel. Bullets in the 240 -250 grain range, shoot to the fixed sights. So that is my preference. This light weight firearm is a handful.
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    09-14-2019, 07:10 AM
    I wear glasses and have been using the 8 x 30 Steiner's, like Randy, for as many years. Eye cup down, for eyeglasses. Adjust focus for @ 20 yards and done. No more focusing, good for any distance, after that. Light weight and compact for...
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    09-13-2019, 06:50 AM
    FWIW, Powder Valley sells Promo for $115 for eight pound jug. Alliant 2400, for $143 / jug. Yes, there is a considerable savings. However, no powder is a do all powder when bullets of any type are involved. Personally, I have never used Red...
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    09-13-2019, 06:25 AM
    I think you scared him to death. Don't see a bullet hole, nor blood.:kidding:
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    09-13-2019, 06:07 AM
    winelover replied to a thread Michigan bear in Hunting with CB's
    Good on you.......... Winelover
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    09-11-2019, 07:08 AM
    winelover replied to a thread Ladle Casting in Cast Boolits
    Not nearly enough, IMO. Especially, for one just starting to ladle pour. Do yourself a favor and buy a bottom pour Rowell ladle. At least a #1, preferably a #2 size. Roto-Metals carries them. I just added them to my lead order. IIRC, a #1 holds...
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    09-11-2019, 06:56 AM
    Never had to pressure pour, when ladle casting, to avoid rounded bases. Providing a big enough (hammer)ladle is used. I routinely use a #2 Rowell ladle...........provides enough alloy, as well as pouring heat. Rounded bases are the result of mould...
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    09-11-2019, 06:33 AM
    winelover replied to a thread Ladle Casting in Cast Boolits
    I like to stick with mould blocks that will fit across the top of the pot. Keeps the run off, from the overflowing sprew puddle, flow back into the pot. I frequently use four cavity blocks, in my three mentioned pots. Biggest bullet, I cast in a...
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    09-10-2019, 07:59 AM
    I ladle cast. When I get occasional flashing on the base, the sprew plate is out of adjustment. Sometimes, the adjusting screw loosens. Another cause, is that a fleck of lead, slightly raises the plate. Check/clean bottom of plate and add lube. ...
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    09-10-2019, 07:50 AM
    Any bullet with a decent meplat. I have taken deer with 240 grain SWC, 240 RNFP, as well as, NOE's 265 RNFP (ranch dogs version). None were ever recovered........complete pass through's. Winelover
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    09-10-2019, 07:44 AM
    winelover replied to a thread Ladle Casting in Cast Boolits
    I ladle cast with either of three of the most common commercially made furnaces. Two of which, are bottom pours............RCBS ProMelt, Lyman Mag 25 and a RBCS Easy Melt. All hold 20+ pounds of alloy. I use a #2 Rowel bottom pour ladle, the...
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    09-10-2019, 07:28 AM
    Plenty of casters, get good results from water dropping their alloy. Going this route, unless you use them as cast, you are sizing after heat treating. I don't water drop. I air cool all my alloy. Install gas checks, by running through the...
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    09-10-2019, 07:09 AM
    Three ring loose leaf binders, full of targets. All pertinent information printed on target, including date, time and weather information. Some firearms have their own dedicated binder. Tabs separate bullet styles and different powders, tried. ...
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    09-06-2019, 06:46 AM
    Almost all of my firearms have QD rings. Buy high quality and you won't have any issues with them returning to zero, if installed correctly. First set were the Weaver type the OP is referring to. Not real crazy about the design, but they do work. ...
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    09-02-2019, 07:02 AM
    winelover replied to a thread Condor Visit in Our Town
    Cool, we have plenty of vultures, turkey and black............. but no condors. :sad: Winelover
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    08-30-2019, 06:36 AM
    Looked suspicious, so I just deleted it. Winelover
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    08-28-2019, 07:00 AM
    Besides the rust/corrosion advantage, the stainless ROA's have pinned front sight blades and can be readily changed out for taller ones, for the heavier conical bullets. Blue ones aren't pinned. Some states do not allow round balls for big game...
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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