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    Yesterday, 08:45 PM
    Good luck - I liked the way my grape powder turned out. I’m making a batch of cedar right now.
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    Yesterday, 11:04 AM
    My son and grandson shoot beaucoup hogs around San Angelo - mostly at night. I would not use a bow unless you have dogs to follow the blood trail. The .30 cal and a suppressor will definitely do a number on them - head or body shots will take...
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    02-05-2023, 04:12 PM
    It’s easier to melt shot if you already have some molten lead in the pot - so melt your miscellaneous stuff first then add the shot until it disappears.
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    02-05-2023, 11:01 AM
    Amen to this^^^. All sorts of interesting tidbits. I was about to tumble a batch of powder to glaze it then read the comment about using muslin cloth to trap the dust. I’ll be asking the wife to pull some from her sewing stash.
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    02-05-2023, 12:02 AM
    Great info. Thank you!
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    02-04-2023, 02:50 PM
    The single best improvement anyone can do for energy conservation is to spend money on good insulation. We have a 12,000 sf production building where I work, and we sprayed 4” of closed cell foam insulation on the interior when we remodeled it...
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    02-03-2023, 02:26 PM
    I think Howa used to make a lefty in 6.5x55 - not sure if those are still available.
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    02-02-2023, 04:32 PM
    I would stick with a 4" for easier concealment but it's your call.
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    02-02-2023, 01:14 PM
    2924 is a LONG DAMN time from now...glad I got my 8 pounds when I did...:p
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    02-02-2023, 11:30 AM
    Amen! My wife is a good enough markswoman that she has killed rattlers by shooting their heads off, but the shot capsules are more forgiving. I killed the biggest rattlesnake we have ever seen on the property with a .44 shot shell - one round was...
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    02-02-2023, 09:51 AM
    I have an older one made in the '70's. It's plenty accurate for its intended purpose and has never failed to fire. People get hung up trying to compare them to a Colt or S&W - they aren't on the same level but are perfectly fine for SD and...
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    02-02-2023, 09:22 AM
    I started with this load: "...or your generic cast 158 gr SWC. & 4.0 grs W231..." and never tried anything else. I have killed a few hogs and other varmints using this (although more of a coup de grace up close rather than a typical hunting...
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    02-02-2023, 09:00 AM
    ATF is great and can be thinned with kerosene or mineral spirits.
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    02-02-2023, 08:57 AM
    I used to walk every day for exercise and had to fend off dogs on occasion. I carried a 6' piece of bamboo with a 12" steel spike stuck on one end. As I walked, I would fill the spike with plastic trash and aluminum cans from the side of the road....
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    02-01-2023, 02:45 PM
    Look up "Hapkido cane techniques". They typically use a shepherd's crook style cane during training but many of the moves don't differentiate between straight or hooked.
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    02-01-2023, 02:10 PM
    I stopped using Unique over 30 years ago - mostly due to the remaining residue that's commonly present. I'm glad I did based on the current unavailability. It is certainly a general-purpose powder, but I prefer to optimize loads and moved on to...
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    02-01-2023, 11:52 AM
    I seem to remember the Chinese find of bodies with European features was carbon dated to the time of Marco Polo. And even though he got the credit, it's a sure bet that other people were wandering around since time immemorial; humans have that...
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    02-01-2023, 10:11 AM
    Our deer are not very big - 150-175 pounds is a large specimen. We have always had good luck with most anything in the .30 caliber range - from .30-30 to .30-06, but I have seen a lot of animals lost with a .243 or .223. I realize anything can be...
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    01-31-2023, 02:50 PM
    I break pucks initially using a small brass hammer inside a plastic PVC cap, and I stop crushing when the pieces are small enough to fit into the coffee grinder with its ceramic burrs - going any further just creates more dust. That first grind is...
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    01-30-2023, 05:18 PM
    I've shot a couple of deer in the neck with a 455gr cast 45-70 cast boolit and the pill went right through without hitting the vertebra. Both animals acted like they were bitten by a bug - so I shot again into the shoulder and broke them down. Of...
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    01-29-2023, 11:44 AM
    HWooldridge replied to a thread EDC: Knife? in Our Town
    A lot of it depends on the school district. You can expect that type of overreaction in many urban schools - but go out in the rural areas and the older kids will likely be carrying a pocket knife, plus the parents or teachers. I carried a...
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    01-27-2023, 11:24 PM
    I grew up in San Antonio - chili was invented there. The basic recipe is ground or cubed meat with red chile peppers, salt, black pepper and a little garlic - nothing else. I add a can of Rotel tomatoes and roasted jalapeños but that’s just me. ...
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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