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    09-21-2021, 07:19 PM
    NSB replied to a thread Bone Saw in Hunting Accessories
    I’ve been using a product from HME for the last several years now. It’s made of stainless steel, comes with a scabbard, is pretty durable, and oddly enough, it’s pretty cheap. After trying many different types over the last couple of decades I’ve...
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    09-20-2021, 05:05 PM
    You’re over expanding and then using too much crimp. There’s nothing wrong with a roll crimp on either the .357mag or the .357max. However, it’s easy to over crimp. A good crimp doesn’t jump out at you. If you can easily see that the end of the case...
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    09-20-2021, 03:46 PM
    I have two MGM bbls in 357max and one Win Low Wall. None of these barrels had any trouble with brass. In fact, it’s very unusual to have to trim brass for this cartridge. I think your problem is with your bullets, not your brass. You don’t say what...
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    09-19-2021, 05:34 PM
    Don, I also learned that wind is the bane of air gunners. Any wind makes a difference and varying wind really makes you earn your stripes. Still, they are a hoot to shoot, and at an affordable price (excluding initial investment). I’ve found that...
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    09-19-2021, 12:32 PM
    It it, but remember the smaller expanded one is still around .50”. Nothing to sneeze at. It just shows how much loss you get out of a handgun in a relatively short distance. Bullet placement is critical, not just ft/lbs of energy.
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    09-18-2021, 11:48 PM
    Here’s what a Hornady 158g XTP looks like taken from the off-side of a deer. Shot out of a six inch barreled handgun, one shot at 35 yards and one at 90 yards. In a carbine the most expanded one in the picture will happen at 90-100 yards. That extra...
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    09-18-2021, 10:17 PM
    I didn’t say I took many deer with the 7tcu. I said I took several. I quit using the 7tcu because I couldn’t get the rifle bullets to expand well enough with the limited case capacity and the powders I was using.
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    09-18-2021, 09:08 PM
    My pet load in a revolver is a Hornady 158g XTP HP sitting on top of a full charge of WW296/H110. In a carbine I usually use a Hornady 180g XTP HP, again on top of WW296/H110. The carbine will give you an extra fifty yards of the same bullet...
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    09-18-2021, 02:05 PM
    I’ve shot several deer with the 7tcu in a Contender. I shot the same gun extensively in IHMSA silhouette for several years. Although very accurate, the 7mm bullets penciled their way through a couple of deer with little or no expansion. I got the...
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    09-18-2021, 08:12 AM
    I’ve shot many, many deer over the last forty+ years with a .357mag handgun and have never lost a single deer. I’ve also shot a dozen or so with the .357mag and the .357max with a couple of rifles. Still haven’t lost one. Recoil is very light,...
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    09-17-2021, 08:43 PM
    Better bullet selection with the Max. I have an Encore .357max (two different MGM bbls) and it will shoot five shots into a ragged hole at 100 yds. Marketing ballistics vs real world the max comes out ahead. Nothing really wrong with the Legend, but...
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    09-14-2021, 12:03 AM
    NSB replied to a thread Using Magnum Primers in Cast Boolits
    I use magnum primers simply because you can use magnum with all powders but cannot use regular where magnums are called for. The caveat is that you should back off a bit when substituting magnum for regular while watching for pressure signs.
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    09-13-2021, 07:07 PM
    Magnum primers weren’t developed for cartridges designated as some kind of magnum. Magnum primers are used for powders that are shaped/coated in a way that makes them harder to ignite. There’s no direct correlation between magnum cartridges and...
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    09-13-2021, 04:51 PM
    Don, nice write-ups on your findings. I think you’ll find you can squeeze a bit more out of the Daystate when you go to the heavier JSB and heavier AirArms pellets. Mine shoots good with both, but the heavier pellets out perform the lighter ones on...
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    09-07-2021, 02:19 PM
    You need to run a pipe cleaner through it. Blowing it out won’t get a spider web/nest out of there. Those critters can plug one of these up overnight.
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    09-02-2021, 02:31 PM
    I have both and can’t see any difference. Like others, I don’t load to the max. I did call Hodgdon once and was told not to worry about it unless I was going over loading book maximum…..which quite a few people do. I’m not one of them.
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    09-02-2021, 08:50 AM
    I’ve never had a problem with them. The only dies I don’t buy are Lee, and that’s just me. I don’t really know why I don’t buy them, it’s probably that they are known for making a lot of “economy” stuff. Not junk, just not high end.
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    08-30-2021, 11:48 AM
    NSB replied to a thread 7 TCU gauges in Case Forming / Re-forming
    Yep, I was having a senior moment. Thanks
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    08-30-2021, 11:15 AM
    NSB replied to a thread 7 TCU gauges in Case Forming / Re-forming
    I must be having a senior moment, but what gauges are you referring to? I fireformed hundreds of 7tcu cases from .223 and never used any gauge in the process. Also, what is “the correct headstamp”? I used whatever was readily available and it all...
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    08-29-2021, 05:49 PM
    NSB replied to a thread Lee Shaver turnaround time? in Our Town
    I haven’t done anything with him just recently, but he’s always been very quick in the past when I had him do things on my Sharps and High Walls. FWIW, his trigger jobs are very good and very inexpensive on a high wall. He’ll sell you the “kit” if...
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    08-29-2021, 07:46 AM
    I have a #13 if you’re interested. PM me if interested.
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    08-28-2021, 12:24 PM
    I think both of you are making good points with your comments.
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    08-28-2021, 11:49 AM
    Well said!
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    08-28-2021, 09:11 AM
    Having shot a fair number of deer with the .357max I can tell you that “at distance” the 180g bullets don’t expand much, if at all. I’ve used Hornady 180g XTPs, and last year two deer at 189 yards with the Speer HotCore 180g. The deer shot with the...
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    08-27-2021, 12:18 PM
    I don’t feel it’s marginal if used within the distance the cartridge was designed to be used in….and by someone who can put the bullet in the kill zone. I have many recovered bullets from deer I’ve shot with the .357mag and it loses it’s “steam”...
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    08-27-2021, 11:13 AM
    Back when I was shooting competition all over the country, the NSSF rep once told me that the “average shooter/hunter” shot less than two boxes of shells a year. Most of those were shotgun shells besides. I have no reason to not believe that. It...
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BR Bench Rest M Magnum RN Round Nose
BT Boat Tail PL Power-Lokt SP Soft Point
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