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  • richhodg66's Avatar
    Yesterday, 06:47 PM
    Wow, four pages of replies already. Wish we could get this level of enthusiasm on here about, you know, casting, loading and shooting.
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    Yesterday, 01:30 PM
    I'd never consider putting a muzzle break on a rifle, if I can't handle the recoil, time for a different rifle or to load it down.
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    Yesterday, 09:16 AM
    richhodg66 replied to a thread Nosy Neighbors in Our Town
    How's anybody gonna know? The drone just stops working and doesn't come back to the owner. Nearest dwelling to me is more than a half mile away and I can't see any of them through the woods. If a drone is hovering over my place, I'm going to...
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    Yesterday, 08:26 AM
    Last shortage, I got my first Hornet specifically for this reason. Rimfire equivalent loads are easy and cheap. I'm sure if I didn't **** my time and the investment in a mold, it would be much, much cheaper than .22 LR now (45 grains of free lead...
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    Yesterday, 08:18 AM
    MOA replied to a thread WTB - die body's. in Swappin & Sellin
    Bump for today.
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    Yesterday, 07:57 AM
    It's hit 100 every day this past week and we haven't had any rain in a while. After last year (five inches of rain daily for 366 days of the year) and almost that bad the previous two years, I'll take this. Supposed to be a bit cooler next week,...
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    Yesterday, 07:35 AM
    I have a brand new set of Hornady dies for the 7mm Weatherby magnum if you're interested.
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    Yesterday, 07:34 AM
    No experience with the .450, but Unique and Herco are both good with bullets like that in my .45-70. One of those things not in current manuals but the older Lyman manuals have the data. One of those Rugers in .450 sounds cool, but I already...
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  • richhodg66's Avatar
    06-18-2021, 06:16 PM
    If you can't find cast bullet load data for the .45-70, you aren't looking. Here's the best cast manual ever published free for download and it has 4198 and 3031 data for 330 grain cast bullets and 385 grain cast bullets, split the difference...
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    06-18-2021, 02:30 PM
    richhodg66 replied to a thread bionic man in Our Town
    :bigsmyl2:
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    06-18-2021, 07:55 AM
    richhodg66 replied to a thread bionic man in Our Town
    I read somewhere recently where a guy had a hip replacement and had the doctor clean up the hip joint they took out and he made a cane handle out of it to use. Actually kinda cool in a macabre sort of way.
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    06-18-2021, 07:30 AM
    richhodg66 replied to a thread A new federal holiday. in Our Town
    No problem with the holiday, but it does seem like a 12 hour until implementation time was strange. I was supposed to go on post to get something done today and got the heads up late yesterday that civil service employees are off today. I just...
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    06-18-2021, 07:04 AM
    richhodg66 replied to a thread Nosy Neighbors in Our Town
    And in the little town where we lived many years and brought up a family, we did too, at least the adjacent ones. I love small towns and we may move back into that house one day, but small towns have that nagging problem of everybody knowing...
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    06-18-2021, 06:58 AM
    richhodg66 replied to a thread bionic man in Our Town
    The good news is hip replacements seem to be almost routine and recovery time is fast. My Dad, who has always sprung back from stuff fast, had it done a few years ago when he was in his late 70s, through the walker away the first day, the cane a...
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    06-18-2021, 06:22 AM
    richhodg66 replied to a thread Nosy Neighbors in Our Town
    Nice to not have neighbors.
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    06-18-2021, 06:19 AM
    When I lived in Topeka, the big range I was a member of there contracted to have the lead removed from their pistol range. It was like a big mining operation. One evening I looked at it, all the salvaged lead was in these big bags, each of which...
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    06-18-2021, 06:15 AM
    I have scavenged range salvage for many years and scrounged lead of all types anywhere I could. About five years ago, the wife and I bought this place where I can shoot, so though I have a pretty large stash, nearly all of it is going into a berm...
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    06-18-2021, 05:57 AM
    This is the problem. Many of us have more lead and powder than we have primers to use it all up with.
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  • bruce drake's Avatar
    06-17-2021, 11:41 PM
    My AA8700 loads came from Lee's Modern Reloading 2nd edition for 180gr bullets in those calibers. Its hard to find specific data for that Squib Bullet after the 1960s but after gaschecking and PC/lubing those 311413s, they are usually 175-177gr...
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    06-17-2021, 05:37 PM
    I have a Model 70 Heavy Varmint from that same timeframe. Very heavy pull, but I checked out the mentioned MaCarbo site, watched their instruction video, ultimately bought a similar spring kit off Ebay and installed it. So simple a monkey could do...
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    06-17-2021, 04:57 PM
    I'll take the .228 sizer. PM coming.
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    06-17-2021, 09:31 AM
    MOA started a thread WTB - die body's. in Swappin & Sellin
    I'm looking for two used die bodies if someone has a box of odds & ends. I got two used die sets, and each is missing one die body. Talked to Redding and RCBS and these are not available. Here's what I'm looking for. 1. Expanding die for RCBS...
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  • MOA's Avatar
    06-17-2021, 08:53 AM
    Great video. Very helpful.
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    06-17-2021, 08:30 AM
    They required a 4473 for an air rifle?
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    06-17-2021, 08:15 AM
    Very good news. Be sure to take him out shooting or fishing as soon as he's up to it.
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    06-17-2021, 06:34 AM
    I happen to have quite a bit of AA 8700. I've been using it in the .458, I get a little unburned powder, but not much and it seems to work pretty well with the Lyman 500 grain round nose. I have been wondering how it might work in '06 class things...
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  • bruce drake's Avatar
    06-16-2021, 09:12 PM
    Accurate 8700 - 47.5 to 49gr for my 303 Brit, 30-06 and 30-40 Krag chambered rifles with the 311413 Squib bullet. All low pressure and under 1600fps while having a nearly full powder column in the case. Some folks recommend a kicker powder first...
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    06-16-2021, 07:50 PM
    There is a TON of cast bullet data out there for the .308 using Unique, Red Dot,, 700X, etc. Get any Lyman manual, the 3rd edition at least you can download for free. More .30 caliber mold designs than any other caliber by far. Literally...
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    06-16-2021, 07:01 PM
    A .308 is a "heavy recoiling rifle"? I thought I had become kind of wimpy regarding recoil but normal 150 grain loads in a .308 aren't bad at all. Hogdon has a set of "Youth" load data for various cartridges including the .308. When my youngest...
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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