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    Today, 12:12 AM
    I have a 45 cal T/C Seneca with a 1/48that I shot with sabots plus 358/355 boolits both SWC's and RN's many years ago. It shot particularly well with the .355 135 gr RN's and I used it on coyotes out to 200 yds (yes, 200 yards). I would not...
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    Yesterday, 02:55 PM
    Make sure you wear ear protection even when hunting! I made that mistake just once with a braked Contender 10" in 7mm TCU. I got the buck but permanently lost some of my hearing.
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    Yesterday, 02:46 PM
    Now that is impressive! PRB strikes again!
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    11-28-2021, 04:37 PM
    I got very good results with Bullseye in my 223 T/C carbine. I used about 3 gr and put in a magnum primer for more consistent ignition.
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    11-28-2021, 04:31 PM
    quilbilly replied to a thread casting mold in Cast Boolits
    Welcome to this site!! I am not clear on this. Are you trying to make a mold for plastic sabots for a 50 cal muzzleloader or the boolits that go in the sabots?? I have been using sabots for 429 boolits in my 50 cal muzzleloader for elk and...
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    11-25-2021, 05:31 PM
    Keep an eye on local metal recyclers, particularly ones within a couple miles of hospitals. X-ray rooms are regularly revamped and the lead sheeting on the walls is replaced. That lead is reliably 99%+ pure and is a treasure for doing your own...
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    11-24-2021, 03:26 PM
    Even though I competed internationally successfully in archery years ago out to 90 meters, I still think the range limitations of bowhunting are similar to handgun hunting (unless you are the modern incarnation of Elmer Keith). 50 to 60 meters...
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    11-24-2021, 03:11 PM
    You didn't mention whether the shots on the deer passed all the way through. I have found in my terminal ballistics tests that commercial cast boolits (and especially plated) were too hard for my needs and performed a bit better when melted down...
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    11-21-2021, 03:18 PM
    I have an old family friend I used to hunt with and he had it in spades for deer and elk. I watched him miss a cow elk standing broadside at 50 yards in the open. The next year I congratulated him on a fine neck shot on a 5x5 bull and he...
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    11-20-2021, 12:15 AM
    I used the Lyman 130 gr tumble lubed plain base boolit in my 30/30 for several years and it shot it very well at velocities about 1250 fps with no leading. With iron sites and my old eyes, it still got 2-1/2" groups at 100 yards when my eyes were...
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    11-16-2021, 03:00 PM
    I have a 14" 41 mag barrel. It is a joy to shoot. I am not a very good pistol shot but when I once (only once briefly due to federal law) tried it with a carbine stock, it did a tight cloverleaf of five shots at 100m yards. That barrel just...
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    11-15-2021, 02:39 PM
    Having been hunting blacktail deer with a 45 Cal muzzleloader for over 30 years, I can say with certainty that a .445 patched round ball (132 gr appoximately) going 1100 fps, the velocity at about 75 yards, is devastating on deer. The same is...
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    11-14-2021, 03:48 PM
    Over the last 18 months I have never seen logging on such a vast scale done at what I call "light speed". The market being what it was, they were logging what we locals call toothpicks. The previous local timber company owner of the now leased...
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    11-12-2021, 01:54 PM
    I didn't know you had a table there. I will look you up if we make it there in March
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    11-12-2021, 01:47 PM
    It is a huge show. It used to be in Monroe, Wa. We try to never miss it even if it required a ferry trip to get there. This new location will make it easier to get to for us.
    8 replies | 507 view(s)
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    11-12-2021, 01:44 PM
    quilbilly replied to a thread T/C Seneca 45 in Muzzleloading.
    I have one. If it is in good condition outside and the bore is good, that is one good price! The few I have seen in the last ten years were almost double that.
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    11-11-2021, 05:50 PM
    I would be willing to bet we are talking about one of the same companies that I have been hesitant to name since they control a lot of land in NW Florida. The people around Forks, Washington detest the company for what it did to access to their...
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    11-10-2021, 11:55 PM
    Thank you all for the input on how it works and costs elsewhere. The fee here is per hunter per car. Yes, it is a ripoff from what you are saying. One interesting part is that there is also a checkerboard of public land in small parcels...
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    11-09-2021, 11:57 PM
    In the last 18 months, a timber company primarily from the SE U.S. bought the timberlands of a local timber company here on the east side of the Olympic Mountains near Hood Canal (a saltwater fjord). This summer they announced they were going to...
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    11-07-2021, 03:17 PM
    I have always used wet compressed phone books at 40 yards. The medium is harder than actual tissue but you can certainly see how a boolit performs. Usually about 21-23 inches is required for larger rifle boolits and 14" for pistol boolits. As...
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    11-04-2021, 12:43 PM
    Just curious. What did that sambar weigh on the hoof do you estimate. It looks like close to 275-300#.
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    11-03-2021, 12:17 PM
    You know you are in a small town when the big social event of the week is going to the dump and you know most of the people there.
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    11-01-2021, 04:44 PM
    That is pretty much what I did since I have so many cheap jacketed 22 cal.projectiles stored up from past years. Nevertheless, in my my 223 bolt rifle, the cast boolits from my NOE mold are actually more accurate than any of the generic jacketed. ...
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reitired Navy officer, former fisheries biologist
Quilcene, Washington
fishing, hunting (blackpowder for big game and modern for all else), rockhound
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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