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    Yesterday, 10:28 PM
    VPI powder. I bought a little can about 40 years ago and just put a dab inside the cavities after a session.
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    05-23-2022, 10:29 AM
    I have a J-Frame Airweight and load 4.0 gr of 231 under a 158 gr Keith. It's accurate and has great penetration within 15 yards - which is about the limit to what I can accurately hit with the short barrel. I have dispatched several raccoons with...
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    05-23-2022, 10:23 AM
    HWooldridge replied to a thread Visitor in Our Town
    I had a female living in the barn last year - she gave birth there then moved the kits at some point. Aside from watching, I left her alone. Coyotes will kill them so pregnant fox mamas will often move close to a habitation to stay safe -...
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    05-22-2022, 07:05 PM
    I don’t load thousands of shells at one time so take it for what it’s worth - after I load tumble lubed boolits, I just take a rag and wipe off the noses. Doesn’t take much to sit in front of the TV and clean up a couple hundred.
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    05-22-2022, 09:26 AM
    One hammer was mismatched off some other gun, the forearm was missing (iron and wood), and the rib had broken away at the end of the barrels at some point so somebody had done a mediocre job of soldering everything back together. It had also been...
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    05-21-2022, 07:13 PM
    I shoot 158 Keith from my 2” snubnose S&W because it gives the most penetration of anything I’ve tried, and it’s accurate.
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    05-21-2022, 12:04 PM
    Dang! That one is in good shape. I had one in 12 ga but it had a lot of issues. I eventually traded it off. You’ll have a lot of fun with it - I’d love to have a ten.
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    05-20-2022, 07:59 PM
    My dad was from Shreveport but maybe that’s a bit too far north. On the other hand, I used to have a friend from Lake Charles who took me along duck hunting every so often. His dad made the best duck gumbo I ever ate - no equals! At that time,...
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    05-20-2022, 04:18 PM
    Gary, I used to make my roux with oil but I switched to butter a few years ago and didn't look back. Makes a much better tasting end product in my opinion. I always was told butter was Creole and oil was Cajun but I do not know for sure. ...
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    05-20-2022, 03:26 PM
    HWooldridge replied to a thread 3,186 lbs of lead in Our Town
    Yeah, it's hot in Rockport but the worst sunburn I ever got was at Galveston (and I usually tan rather than burn). El Sol cooked me to lobster red that September day...ouch.
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    05-20-2022, 11:20 AM
    HWooldridge replied to a thread 3,186 lbs of lead in Our Town
    Yeah, and I'd be happy with a lot less - there are limits to what an individual can reasonably handle. I'm north of San Antonio near New Braunfels - been to Rockport and points south many times...
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    05-20-2022, 08:38 AM
    HWooldridge replied to a thread 3,186 lbs of lead in Our Town
    I'm only 2 hours from Rockport but I doubt my 3/4 ton truck would hold it. I really don't want to pay $1/lb either - although sounds like a reasonable offer might make the deal work.
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    05-19-2022, 07:59 PM
    Good point about the bead. In fact, now that you mentioned it, I seem to remember that’s what my uncle blamed - he said the Cutts body was too large and interfered with a normal view over the barrel - and the bead is higher than when it was on the...
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    05-19-2022, 06:04 PM
    Well, “Bubba” would probably screw in a long choke and stick a cheater bar in the end then bend the Cutts body - but I plan to go low and slow. This gun patterns well with large shot (anything bigger than BB) but the center of the group is about...
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    05-19-2022, 12:26 PM
    I was just in your great state last weekend - twice times goin' ober and back to dem Alabamian's in Mobile. We ate in Lafayette and Lake Charles - crawfish dishes both times. And I love etouffee - make it quite frequently in large batches then I...
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    05-19-2022, 10:15 AM
    The downsides to being discovered could be disastrous...LOL
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    05-18-2022, 10:20 PM
    It’s nice and tight - and we never shot slugs - only lead birdshot and buckshot.
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    05-18-2022, 09:48 PM
    First shotgun I ever fired was my grandfather’s Remington model 11, which he bought sometime around WW2. It already had a Cutts compensator installed; we also added a few extra chokes after I got older and we were shooting it regularly. One day,...
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    05-18-2022, 01:12 PM
    Two Wiltons, two Kurts for milling, two Rigid pipe vises, six post leg vises for blacksmith work and one lonely Pana-Vise. My wife would shoot me if she sees another one come home in the back of my truck...
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    05-16-2022, 06:03 PM
    I used to carry a 1911 in a Bianchi thumb break holster, condition 1. That was winter wear only, when I could cover it with a jacket. Summer and winter carry now is a J frame .38 S&W, dropped in a hip pocket.
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    05-12-2022, 09:54 PM
    Deer and hog load for sure.
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    05-10-2022, 08:28 PM
    Forty years ago, I bought an early Super Blackhawk and picked up a M29 a couple years later. I settled on a SAECO 250 Keith design early on, in front of 15.0 gr Blue Dot - which became my standard load for both revolvers. Friend of mine bought the...
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    05-10-2022, 06:53 PM
    We have four freezers but of course, the biggest one was chosen by Mr. Murphy…
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    05-10-2022, 04:40 PM
    That would be my concern about a really big freezer. We lost the plug on our largest chest freezer (a gecko got inside the box and shorted the circuit). I didn’t notice the breaker tripped until it started thawing - we lost about 300 lbs of fish...
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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