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    10-24-2021, 11:43 AM
    Murphy replied to a thread Anyone 25 and under? in Our Town
    I'm certain there are, they just haven't spoke up yet. I will say this, we'd be blessed to have pile more in your age group join in. We've got a lot to share and help teach, but seemingly no one wanting to learn. Murphy
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    10-21-2021, 11:04 PM
    Murphy replied to a thread How are they doing it? in Our Town
    The local shops here are flush with firearms, and little ammunition to use in them if you buy one. My thinking is, everyone who ran out and bought a firearm the past 18 months (millions of them), also bought up that ammunition to go along with it....
    14 replies | 655 view(s)
  • Murphy's Avatar
    10-21-2021, 11:39 AM
    Murphy replied to a thread KY buck down! in Hunting with CB's
    Nice buck koger. And a fair distance for a muzzle loader at that. I have a T/C White Mountain that's accounted for it's fair share over the past 20 plus years. I picked up an Omega as well and glad I did. Once you've found the right load for an...
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  • Murphy's Avatar
    10-20-2021, 10:45 PM
    I can't imagine the frustration a local gun shop that carries reloading supplies is going through currently. I've been reloading for 40+ years now, I've never seen it this bad. Rumors are bound to go around, they have during every shortage I've been...
    23 replies | 1287 view(s)
  • Murphy's Avatar
    10-17-2021, 12:07 AM
    This past week I with a friend at his brothers house. He was seating some Large Rifle Primers into 22-250 cases with a round tray Lee Auto-Prime. He was placing them shoulder down in the loading tray after priming. I noticed the edge of a primer...
    15 replies | 431 view(s)
  • Murphy's Avatar
    10-15-2021, 09:43 PM
    Yes sir, far S.E. corner of the state. I'm 15 miles from the Texas state line and roughly 25 from Arkansas. They've been moving north for a good deal over 10 years now. Several 9'-10' footers have been killed. There is a wild life refuge the state...
    19 replies | 629 view(s)
  • Murphy's Avatar
    10-15-2021, 09:31 PM
    Back about 1985, I was a rookie cop working nights. We got a call to a shooting at a local Git-N-Go joint. Long story short, the gun was a Ruger Single Six, unsure what ammunition was used. The distance the shooting took place was approximately 20...
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  • Murphy's Avatar
    10-15-2021, 09:00 PM
    I have both versions of the Thompson #358156, made by Ideal. Hollow points for small game would be fine if that's what makes a person happy. I've not had the opportunity to try the HP version on deer sized game. I have a feeling it would hold...
    19 replies | 629 view(s)
  • Murphy's Avatar
    10-15-2021, 12:31 AM
    Murphy replied to a thread rem 66 in Rimfire Area
    My first .22 Rim Fire was a Nylon 66, brown in color. The black & chrome model seemed a bit too flashy for my intended use of the gun, hunting. I have no idea how many bricks of various brands of ammunition I fired through it before cleaning it. I...
    24 replies | 945 view(s)
  • Murphy's Avatar
    10-12-2021, 03:53 PM
    Wheelguns 1961, I believe I'll go with your advice. I was thinking the .360 x .356 would probably be my best bet. I never bell a case mouth more than necessary. I have rather large hands and fingers, fumbling around trying to get a bullet almost...
    6 replies | 241 view(s)
  • Murphy's Avatar
    10-12-2021, 03:40 PM
    Murphy replied to a thread Red wing boots in Our Town
    Work boots are subjective to the type of work a person does and how hard that person actually works. Other than that, all I have to say is I never found a pair of third world country made work boots that lasted me 6 months. You get what you pay for....
    61 replies | 1765 view(s)
  • Murphy's Avatar
    10-12-2021, 03:13 PM
    I've owned more 38/357 handguns than all others combined over the decades. What's perfect for one person, may not be for the next one. That being said, I'm a full blown Smith & Wesson fan. Of course Ruger's and others are fine handguns as well....
    23 replies | 801 view(s)
  • Murphy's Avatar
    10-11-2021, 11:01 PM
    I have loaded more 38/357 cartridges in my years of shooting than I can recall. I've used steal dies (early days) and carbide. I've always used the provided expander die with whatever brand dies I was using at the time. I once loaded for quantity...
    6 replies | 241 view(s)
  • Murphy's Avatar
    10-02-2021, 07:48 PM
    A friend and I were discussing Elmer Keith a few weeks back. His book "Hell I was there" is a great read. I never read much of his writings in my formative years as a hand gunner. Then something dawned on me. Given the time period Elmer lived and...
    26 replies | 1122 view(s)
  • Murphy's Avatar
    10-02-2021, 07:34 PM
    Nothing, yet. But it's on my agenda. I have a couple of friends in need of somethings I can be of help with to them. And I do mean friends at this point in life. I just need to whip up a fresh pile of CD's for my music box, the others have gotten...
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    10-02-2021, 07:22 PM
    Murphy replied to a thread No Personal Checks in Our Town
    I pay all my monthly bills by check, zero problems. I would venture to say, 99% of the buying I do is by check. I will send a U.S. Postal Money Order if need be. I don't care to have any banking or credit card information sent online. Once in a blue...
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  • Stick_man's Avatar
    10-01-2021, 02:30 AM
    I see several recommendations to go with a 4" barrel. If you are considering taking that route, please make sure to check your state regulations for restrictions on barrel lengths. In some states, the minimum legal barrel length for a handgun is...
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  • Stick_man's Avatar
    09-30-2021, 01:38 AM
    Getting back to the OP's original question... Which revolver do you like or would you recommend in .45 Colt? IF you can find one (and yes, that is a very big IF), I would strongly recommend you at least consider the Dan Wesson revolvers. One big...
    88 replies | 2674 view(s)
  • Murphy's Avatar
    09-26-2021, 08:02 PM
    While it's a .357, I'll have to go with my 4" S&W 686 no dash. 2nd place goes to my S&W K Combat Masterpiece 5 screw from 1953 with a 6" barrel, my birthyear gun. Murphy
    115 replies | 3731 view(s)
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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