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    Today, 05:40 PM
    DB, Several years ago, I read a book on Hawken rifles and (if I recall correctly) the writer had the opportunity to shoot an original .62 caliber with a very slow twist - maybe 1 turn in 120". They worked up to about 150-170 grs of powder with a...
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    Today, 05:14 PM
    I'll take the other box of .30 caliber gas checks - if still available. PM to follow.
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    Today, 12:24 AM
    Best ratters I ever saw were dachshunds and Jack Russell terriers. My old dachshund Rhea (she has passed on now) would burrow through the hay bales in the barn and bring out all manner of vermin. She would kill a rat and bring it out then go back...
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    Yesterday, 06:00 PM
    HWooldridge replied to a thread Next purchase in Military Rifles
    Swiss K-31 in 7.5x55 - most are in really good shape and the prices are still in the $500 to $600 range. I bought mine for much less but that was a while ago - Simpson's has several right now for sale. I bought 800 rounds of GP-11 at the same...
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    12-06-2022, 05:21 PM
    HWooldridge replied to a thread CWD Again in Our Town
    I would agree it is localized but one issue is that many folks don't want to test or report findings so there is no good way to know how many deer have it. One of our sons worked on a ranch some years ago where one deer was found with CWD. The...
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    12-06-2022, 03:00 PM
    HWooldridge replied to a thread CWD Again in Our Town
    It's all over the place - we have it in Texas, too.
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    12-06-2022, 12:56 PM
    HWooldridge replied to a thread Paslode strip nailer in Our Town
    Before tearing it down, squirt some light penetrating oil in the air input and see if it will cycle without nails. I took apart my old Senco and it was pretty straightforward - mine needed an O-ring and I was able to get a pack at a local bearing...
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    12-05-2022, 08:56 PM
    HWooldridge replied to a thread WTS Smith 10-5 in Swappin & Sellin
    It looks like a 4” barrel from the pic.
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    12-04-2022, 11:39 PM
    The length of the brass head doesn’t mean anything in a plastic hull. Win. AA “low brass” hulls are one of the strongest ones around, due to how they’re made. 1-1/8 oz loads are the same, whether #9 shot or buckshot.
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    12-04-2022, 08:01 PM
    I found some dead stuff on the main vine that was about 2” diameter. It was dry but not punky or wormy; cooked down just fine. Now, I’ll bust up the pieces and make a small batch of powder. Will be interesting to see how it turns out.
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    12-03-2022, 10:05 PM
    DB, I have two charcoal cans so I can make some of each and run an ash test. Based on what you said about size, I may cut some of the 1” stuff instead of the large trunks.
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    12-03-2022, 07:41 PM
    I was introduced to rifle shooting by my grandfather when I was about 6 years old. He traded his deer rifle for a Marlin model 39 and taught me to shoot with the barrel sights. I was supervised on every session until I was around 9 or 10, then I...
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    12-03-2022, 06:41 PM
    Thanks, I’ll try the hackberry and see how it behaves.
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    12-03-2022, 02:51 PM
    Has anyone posting on this thread actually made any powder with grapevine charcoal? I keep reading that it’s great stuff but can’t recall any firsthand reports. I have a very large vine here that’s probably at least 20 years old, and the best part...
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    12-03-2022, 02:32 PM
    Yup. That’s what I remember. I bought their ammo in the late ‘70’s from a distributor in Conroe, Texas. I seem to recall the 45 ball was ridiculously cheap, like $3-$4 per box of 50. Even a poor college kid was able to afford that.
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    12-03-2022, 12:20 PM
    Some of that discomfort on the hand placement around a tang mount is the particular rifle and caliber. A ‘92 or ‘73 Winchester in one of the pistol calibers is pretty easy to shoot without hurting you or the gun. That same setup on a ‘95 in 30-06...
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    12-02-2022, 07:16 PM
    HWooldridge replied to a thread All purpose wrench in Our Town
    There are “monkey” tools in the blacksmith trade, with the implied meaning they are easy enough to use that even a monkey could work with them. The terminology may have crossed over to this wrench design.
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    12-02-2022, 04:16 PM
    296 or H110 will give you factory level loads.
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    12-02-2022, 03:45 PM
    My son had 4 long guns stolen from a home he lived in during college, but fortunately, he was good friends with a Texas Ranger at the time and they helped recover all of the firearms. They also busted a drug ring at the same time; the group was...
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    12-02-2022, 01:13 PM
    I used to buy PMC mil-surp .45 ACP ammo back when it was advertised from South Korea (might still be made there, I don't know). Both the loaded ammo and the brass were very high quality - I probably still have some laying around.
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    12-02-2022, 11:49 AM
    If they get ragged on the end, trim the star crimp and start roll crimping. Pinholes along the brass are not fixable.
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    12-02-2022, 09:26 AM
    Good for you - they should load and shoot just fine.
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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