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    Today, 07:15 PM
    He is correct. Easy to trade SRP for LRP in many areas. Opens up a lot of good choices.
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    Today, 06:52 PM
    I did not vote. What surprises me is how few are interested. It seems there was a lot of discussion on .32 threads. Maybe people have smarted up and realized the .38/.357's are best in revolvers and 9mm best in semi-autos.
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    Today, 08:19 AM
    GhostHawk replied to a thread Stump Remover Chemicals in Our Town
    I've seen video of a guy who used a bag of charcoal in winter. Drilled a central hole in stump then drilled a couple of smaller air holes into that from the sides to allow air to get in. Fill the cavity with charcoal and light it up. After a...
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    Yesterday, 08:29 AM
    I have 2 .32 revolvers and an old rolling block relined to shoot .32sw long. Count me in!
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    01-25-2023, 10:30 PM
    Good days and bad ones. The good news is she continues to lose weight on her diet. Her doctor had her cut her Metformin dose in half after seeing her and seeing her glucose numbers. This is all good long term news. Just going to take some time to...
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    01-25-2023, 03:29 PM
    I prefer aperture sights to buckhorns and my eyes are not very good. You can buy, or make, different apertures so you can make a peep sight do what you want. When I was shooting CAS, I would remove the disk and use it as a ghost sight...very...
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    01-25-2023, 10:18 AM
    Someone will want it.
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    01-24-2023, 09:51 PM
    I have a pair of Colt SAA’s that I “butchered”. In order to get the guns to shoot to POA I had to file the sights. My guns are tools and I needed these pistols to shoot a mouse fart 125 gr load to POA at 10 yards for CAS. So, “butchering”...
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    01-24-2023, 05:12 PM
    Ickisrulz replied to a thread optic planet shipping in Our Town
    I never had a problem with Optics Planet. However, if I know a vendor is going to ship using DHL, I will find someone else to order from. DHL is the worst!
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    01-24-2023, 03:38 PM
    That is wise advice. BTW, want to relate a story. A couple of months ago my fiancé decided to get a CPL. I told her I would not "help" her decide what gun to carry. Encouraged her to go to ranges that rent guns and try a bunch out and to...
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    01-24-2023, 03:16 PM
    Thanks for the replies guys. I am very well set for my hunting, self-defence, and plinking needs/wants, but always interested in learning more about different guns and reevaluating my choices. I understand "neat toys" as I indulged that...
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    01-24-2023, 03:02 PM
    Ickisrulz replied to a thread RIP Jeff Beck in Our Town
    I had a chance to see Jeff Beck a few years ago at a relatively small venue in Tulsa. No one in my family was interested in going with me, so I passed on the opportunity. Now I see I should have gone. I passed on Robert Plant too. Same location...
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    01-24-2023, 10:18 AM
    I am ignorant of the platform. For the most part, my guns are tools but I have a couple that have sentimental value. Put aside the "cool" factor and answer a question. What will it do that cannot be done in an AR at half the cost?
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    01-24-2023, 07:03 AM
    Bit pricey for my taste. I really can't see buying one in 5.56. 7.62x39 I already have a SKS plus a handi rifle. Also have .300BO handi rifle. The 8mm Kurtz is interesting but not interesting enough to get around the price tag. While I agree that it...
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    01-23-2023, 11:25 PM
    Interesting thread. I hate to admit this, but I have never measured OAL on reloads produced on a progressive press. But until recently, I have only used Dillon’s and Star’s. I need to keep this in mind when evaluating the new Lee 6000.
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    01-23-2023, 10:13 AM
    Handgun calibers are much different. There is a lot more "wiggle room" wrt projectile size so being a couple of .001" off is not as critical. Also, handguns calibers cannot match the accuracy potential of an air rifle. I can get well under 1"...
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    01-22-2023, 10:13 PM
    Gabapentin worked but she was seeing and hearing all kinds of things that were not there. Lyrica is her main one along with some codine 4's for pain.
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    01-22-2023, 07:02 PM
    https://www.gatewaytoairguns.org/GTA/index.php?topic=181093.0 This thread ran for 10 months and died. Lots of banter. Guys getting excited about gaining a bit of velocity and pretty pellets, but the really important criteria, accuracy, did not...
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    01-22-2023, 08:35 AM
    dverna replied to a thread New Marlins from Ruger in Leverguns
    Good to hear!!!
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    01-22-2023, 04:14 AM
    dverna replied to a thread Weight variation in Cast Boolits
    There is a point of diminishing returns when chasing accuracy. What others have alluded to is important. Just how accurate does it need to be? Take 5 bullets that weigh 345 gr and 5 that weigh 346 gr and fire a 10 shot group. Take 10...
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    01-22-2023, 03:52 AM
    FrankJD,I want to thank you for posting this. I found this very informative: http://rfd.cc/brentppb/test.html I have never understood the two shot method for evaluating tuner accuracy. This is now starting to make sense. But I suspect...
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    01-22-2023, 03:13 AM
    I did some testing with Ballistol in a PCP gun and adding lube seemed to help. Here is the data. All data is the average of 5 five shot groups at 50 yards using Crosman 14.3 HP's in a . 22 Daystate Huntsman. Lube is Ballistol and number of...
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  • GhostHawk's Avatar
    01-21-2023, 09:52 PM
    Yeah I'd be interested in one of those also I think.
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    01-21-2023, 07:46 PM
    SPF Thanks GL49!
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    01-20-2023, 03:55 PM
    Sold my lovely little Browning SX Feather this week on the Trapshooters forum. I have these and want to sell them as a package: Hulls Once Fired 250 AA 750 STS Wads 4 bags of Red Duster WAA28
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    01-20-2023, 02:52 PM
    For me a tractor/UTV/truck gun is not there to provide joy. It is a tool. Might need it for a coyote or other trouble. I am currently looking for a couple of beater Mossberg 500's but the Hi-point will get that duty in the meantime. I am not...
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Not a bad engineer but not good enough to work at NASA. Got into managing manufacturing operations and loved it. Hold 6 patents.

Found Jesus late in life. Better late than never.
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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