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  • M-Tecs's Avatar
    Today, 12:30 AM
    My 586 doesn't have a lock. It's a mid 80's production. The locks started in 1998. The 586 came out in 1981.
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  • M-Tecs's Avatar
    Yesterday, 08:12 PM
    I don't ever remember it being for sale. All of mine came for factory woodcutter ammo.
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    Yesterday, 07:12 PM
    Lots of farm raised chickens never get out of a coop and live on chicken feed year around. Easier collecting the eggs that way.
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    Yesterday, 06:37 PM
    On what you are calling fresh was are they feeding the chickens? If it the same as the large producers are using you would not taste a difference. Eggs from free ranges chickens have much more flavor in the spring, summer and fall when they eat...
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    Yesterday, 03:22 PM
    I was asked if the black spot in the boolit cavity of the NOE brass mold was a flaw and rest assured that is just a speck of fuzz from the rag I had this mold wrapped in for storage.
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  • RobS's Avatar
    Yesterday, 02:36 PM
    Arsenal Mold: 403-200 WFN PC - I used this mold once however the design is not quite what I am wanting. Boolits fall out of the mold. $70 Shipped NOE Mold: 359-92-RN - This mold is in good...
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    Yesterday, 02:19 PM
    358wcf replied to a thread WTS - Lyman 450 in Swappin & Sellin
    I will take it- pm incoming and thanks! 358wcf
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  • mold maker's Avatar
    Yesterday, 11:53 AM
    The sad thing is you may try time after time and suddenly the problem disappears without you knowing why. A little lino (to harden and fill out) added will likely help. Once you get the melt level down in the pot, a good scraping of the pot...
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    Yesterday, 02:23 AM
    works great for wind hold offs
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  • zubrato's Avatar
    01-14-2018, 11:22 PM
    The brass definitely makes a difference, and the expander is important but will not yield the same results as WC brass. If you expand non-Wc brass to hbwc depths, and seat you may find that a certain amount of your loaded cases will not chamber, if...
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  • M-Tecs's Avatar
    01-14-2018, 10:32 PM
    I know for a fact the with solid base wadcutters it make a significant accuracy difference. If it didn't make a different in HBWC's there would be no reason for the manufactures to incur the extra expense of producing wc brass.
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    01-14-2018, 08:24 PM
    David That tang sight indicates you are a thinking man--there was no better sight available 100 years ago, and when you consider ruggedness, improved grouping ability and minimal expense, there still is nothing better. Beautiful LowWall, excellent...
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    01-14-2018, 08:09 PM
    I've got 4 (3 of them w/o the lock, 4" 28, 6" 629, 4" 66) & 4" 25-7 (45 Colt) with the lock. I can't tell any difference in them. I found I like the 625 best of all of them though as it is a very good shooter. It makes me look like a a good shooter....
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  • M-Tecs's Avatar
    01-14-2018, 06:21 PM
    Double triggers were considered to be more reliable. On hard recoiling rifles some prefer to use the rear trigger first to prevent doubling. Good discussion here.
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  • RKJ's Avatar
    01-13-2018, 07:29 AM
    Rogerdat, thanks for the reminder. I was doing a little casting/ the other night and put an ingot in the pot and saw some very slight bubbling. I hadn't thought about the temp swings. It didn't do anything but the slight bubbling but I got a little...
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  • M-Tecs's Avatar
    01-12-2018, 11:19 PM
    148 gain hollow base wadcutters are flush with the front of the case. The base extends deeper into the case than with conventional bullets. If the case tapers to soon it sizes the base of the bullet.
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    01-12-2018, 09:06 AM
    Grmp Do you GC after coating?
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    01-12-2018, 01:11 AM
    The larger hunting parties had a blacksmith wagon in addition to the cook wagons. Both wagons had coal bins on them if needed.
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    01-11-2018, 08:05 PM
    M-Tecs replied to a thread Sams club closing. in Our Town
    Competing with Costco is hard on them.
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  • mold maker's Avatar
    01-11-2018, 05:03 PM
    All the commercial separators are basically the same with the exception of cheaper ones. Tumbling with a closed clamshell container almost full of water efficiently rids the pins and rinses the brass at the same time. With planning, they can be...
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  • M-Tecs's Avatar
    01-11-2018, 04:44 PM
    The very best of the long range hunting bullets/calibers have 60 or 70 inches of wind drift at a 1,000 yards with a full value 10 mph wind. A 308 using a Sierra 168 grain bullet has 109 inches of drift at a 1,000 yards. Reading wind/mirage is...
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  • mold maker's Avatar
    01-11-2018, 04:25 PM
    I use only wax for flux in the casting furnace. Sawdust and wax together can stick to the pot below the surface and migrate to the spout as waxy charcoal specks. The cast iron smelting pot gets sawdust and wax until the alloy isclean. If you only...
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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