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    Yesterday, 10:33 PM
    I got a Bicentenial Ruger 77 NIB in a trade. I got 100 new cases, and new die set with it. I just wanted it as a shooter, so I worked up a cast bullet load. 35 gr of 4759 with a RCBS 300 gr GC bullet. Delivers 1640 fps. Recoil is about like a 20 ga...
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    02-25-2020, 12:50 PM
    There are false muzzles that slip over the end of the barrel for cleaning purposes. The one I have is nylon and cost about $10. This prevents cleaning rod contact with the barrel crown. Cheap insurance.
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    02-23-2020, 02:20 PM
    Be sure to use the CCI #34 primers, or equivilent hard primers, on reloads. M1's do not have a firing pin spring. Occasionally during the firing cycle, when the bolt goes into battery, a light dimple is put on the primer of the yet to be fired...
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    02-20-2020, 10:57 PM
    One thing to try. Put plumber's teflon tape around the scope in the rings. It acts as a non slip agent, plus won't mar the scope tube. I use this all the time on heavy recoiling rifles. Granted, the velocity of recoil in the 44 mag might be more...
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    02-14-2020, 11:36 AM
    I use BA 9 and BA 10. I especially like the BA 10 in the 45 acp. 3.7 gr with 230 gr cast. Very clean, and makes IPSC major power factor. I agree the load data provided by Nobel Sport Vectan is pretty crappy. Not much supporting data, such as OAL,...
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    02-08-2020, 09:20 PM
    GBertolet replied to a thread Remington 788 in Factory Rifles
    8mm, I think you might be wrong on not single loading the rimmed cartridges in the 788. The 788's are a push feed design. Even when feeding from the magazine, the rounds pop up in front of the extractor, and are not engaged by it, until the bolt is...
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    02-07-2020, 06:20 PM
    GBertolet replied to a thread Remington 788 in Factory Rifles
    Other than two factory rounds as proof loads, my rebarreled, 30-30 788 has not been violated by jacketed bullets since. The gun will outlast me. I repeat, buy it now, before some other lucky SOB does.
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    02-07-2020, 04:09 PM
    GBertolet replied to a thread Remington 788 in Factory Rifles
    I was gifted one in 30-30. Boy they are nice nice rifles. Mine came with a broken ejector. I found one online for $35. I think it was Jack First I got it from. Still good 6 years, and about 1000 rounds later. I rebarreled and restocked mine. Easy to...
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    02-02-2020, 05:51 PM
    Ruger 77 rings, are supposed to be different heights. At least on my tang safety 77v they are. The height of the receiver bridge is different between the front and back. The different height rings are to compensate for this. The beauty of this is,...
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    02-02-2020, 02:20 PM
    I find that placing a 3" or so, strip of plumbers teflon tape in the lower ring, before placing the scope in, then the remainder of the tape over the top of the scope, before the top ring, for 360 degree contact. This will improve the grip of the...
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    02-02-2020, 01:54 PM
    GBertolet replied to a thread Leupold m8 on a springer in AirGuns
    I contacted Leupold on that same issue. Their response was, all of their scopes are spring airgun rated, plus they are guaranteed for life if they break. My concern would be the parallax issue on the non adjustable scopes, as they are typically...
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    01-30-2020, 06:43 PM
    Could you have a out of spec sprue plate, or did the previous owner swap it out for another? If you have other Lyman 2 cavity molds, compare the sprue plates. If all else fails, contact Lyman, and see if a different sprue plate was used on older...
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    01-29-2020, 03:27 PM
    I neck turn my 220 swift brass. After a few loadings the neck thickens, as well as length increases. After sizing it is hard to pull the expander ball out of the case, due to the thicker neck walls. Measuring with a tubing micrometer showed .002...
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    01-28-2020, 10:24 PM
    Looks like there's a lot of scrap bullets in your pile. The 429383 has a reputation for shooting decent in some revolvers, that tend to shoot the SWC bullets poorly. The RN design supposedly aligns itself with the forcing cone better, giving decent...
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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
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