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    10-19-2021, 11:53 PM
    quilbilly started a thread Monopods in Special Projects
    One of my pet peeves for the last few years has been that all the monopod shooting sticks I have seen have been expensive and are not strong enough for us old half-cripples who need a sturdy walking stick in the field. Most are limited to about 30...
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    10-19-2021, 11:33 PM
    The Ruger M77/357 I bought used had an old Weaver K3 with beautiful glass and the old fashion post reticle. Absolutely love the combo which is perfect for short range activities.
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    10-19-2021, 04:39 PM
    quilbilly replied to a thread Electric chainsaws in Our Town
    I have had a Poulan corded saw for at least 20 years. It just keeps going and going. Of, course I have a Stihl Farm Boss for the bigger jobs but that Poulan has outlived two gas powered. With 150 feet of extension cord I have cut up several 15" +...
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    10-18-2021, 04:50 PM
    Five minutes away is great clam digging in the spring, crabbing in the summer and winter, and mushroom hunting in the fall, plus five good bass lakes within 15 minutes drive which also have good trout fishing. Duck hunting is pretty good on the bay...
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    10-18-2021, 04:43 PM
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    10-18-2021, 04:37 PM
    I have been using the MMP green sabots with a 265 gr 429 SWC for over 20 years for elk and whenever deer+elk seasons are combined. I also like them for desert mule deer because they extend the effective accurate range about another 75+ yards over...
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    10-15-2021, 02:42 PM
    We are overrun with the big kitties around here. Unless you are right in towns, the deer population has become almost non-existent. During the week long muzzleloading season two weeks ago around here, I saw more of the cats than I saw deer walking...
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    10-15-2021, 02:14 PM
    That NOE 180 WFN is probably the best hunting boolit I have seen for the 357 revolver but the Lyman 173 Lyman Keith style is right there with it. Both on paper have a lot more power than the 45 cal PRB (about 130 gr) that I use in my muzzleloader...
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    10-14-2021, 10:39 PM
    quilbilly replied to a thread Lyman 320366 mold? in Cast Boolits
    Maybe this is a sign. A couple years back I picked up an old Lyman mold as a door prize which I thought was a 7mm mold. Shortly after, I realized it was a mold for a 270. I didn't have a 270. Three weeks later I was gifted an old Sears 270...
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    10-14-2021, 10:33 PM
    I don 't know where you are located but if you are west of the Rockies, there is a book named "All The Rain Promises, And More" by David Arora that is one of the best hip pocket guides I know of for the West. I have been mushroom hunting for many...
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    10-13-2021, 11:24 PM
    quilbilly replied to a thread Flints in Muzzleloading.
    If you know some local rockhounds, ask them if they have any leftover agate, jasper, and obsidian slabs. Agate flints worked well for me but only agates collected from certain areas. Even jasper worked occasionally. The best sparks I ever got...
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    10-11-2021, 04:41 PM
    quilbilly replied to a thread Maitake in Our Town
    Your picture forced me to look into my several mushroom books for the name but it was not to be found. It looks like one of the many species of oyster mushrooms, some of which are absolutely delicious and others a bit bland. Do you have any idea...
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    10-10-2021, 02:33 PM
    quilbilly replied to a thread should i....? in Muzzleloading.
    I have a T/C 50 cal stainless Greyhawk 1/48 that I used to use for winter hunting during our heavy rains. When elk hunting, I used a sabot with a 265 gr. SWC boolit. It is an awesome combination for elk with devastating effects on large bodied...
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    10-10-2021, 02:08 PM
    quilbilly replied to a thread Game Report in Hunting with CB's
    The early deer season for muzzleloaders has come and gone here. We had a doe tag for the unit around our neighborhood so I stayed close to home for the week. I knew the deer population was depressed but when I saw more mountain lions than deer...
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    10-07-2021, 01:29 PM
    Have this mold and got a good result from it in terminal ballistic test using soaked phone books. My alloy is only moderately hard (60% pure and 40% hard birdshot) which gives good expansion and weight retention. The terminal velocity at impact I...
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    10-05-2021, 01:17 PM
    quilbilly replied to a thread Lumpy Lead bullets in Cast Boolits
    It sounds like you have a bad batch of lead. In addition to boolits, I have been commercially making fishing jigs (saltwater and freshwater) for over 40 years and have had your experience many times. If that batch has too many of the wrong...
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    10-03-2021, 02:12 PM
    Around here the non-ethanol approached a dollar more per gallon than ethanol 10
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    09-28-2021, 02:59 PM
    . That is what I do with most of my boolits from any mold. You don't really need to fillet the grooves with LLA is what I have found.
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    09-28-2021, 02:56 PM
    quilbilly replied to a thread Team MITTENS!!!! in Our Town
    My smile for the day!
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    09-23-2021, 10:52 PM
    I have three molds for my 270 W and the rifle is an old Mod 70. One is an old Lyman Loverin style 118 gr semi-point. One is the Lee mold. The last is a custom NOE 124 gr flat point with two cavities, a plain base and a gas check. All have shot...
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    09-23-2021, 12:45 PM
    As examples, both my 338 WM and my 30/30's love that powder and even loads as low as 30% ignite nicely without fillers. The downsides are is that it is expensive and often very hard to find so I developed alternative loads that shoot almost as...
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    09-23-2021, 12:29 PM
    Definitely get that Lee mold for the 270 if/when they become available. The NOE mold I have is a custom not listed in the NOE catalog and is designated 279-124. It has two cavities, one for plain base and one for gas check. I received it as a prize...
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reitired Navy officer, former fisheries biologist
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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