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    Yesterday, 12:06 PM
    I totally agree with cleaning the bolt, and no harm putting in a new pin and spring as suggested. If it were me and I didn’t have a case gage for headspace I’d get one. Based on what you’ve described about the cases that might be part of your...
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    10-14-2021, 08:47 PM
    If you’re in Pennsylvania, you’re in my territory. Your chances of seeing a mountain lion again is about zero. Your chances of seeing a bear is very high. In the grand scheme of things your chances of being attacked by either is very, very slim....
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    10-13-2021, 11:18 PM
    I’ve owned/own three Winchester/Miroku 45-70s and one of them was an 1886. All three of them are superbly accurate and each barrel slugged almost exactly the same, .4565-.4570. I started out like you trying to get something to shoot well out of...
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    10-12-2021, 09:23 AM
    It could be the scope. I just received a new Vortex Viper 4-16x44 scope this week that was put on a Browning X-Bolt. I took a Leupold 4-12x40 off the gun because I wanted just a bit more power. The new Vortex wouldn’t track at all. If I moved it to...
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    10-11-2021, 02:51 PM
    All hype. In fact, they actually don’t work as well. Most of the ML shooters I know quit them. They simply aren’t hot enough to reliably set off black powder substitutes. There is no down side to using regular shotgun 209 primers.
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    10-10-2021, 04:50 PM
    I agree with Char-Gar completely. I shot countless thousands of light target loads using 4-4.2g of 231 with 150g wad cutters and they were not only pleasant to shoot, they were amazingly accurate in my guns. If you’re not hunting or carrying for...
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    10-10-2021, 01:17 PM
    NSB replied to a thread Maitake in Our Town
    I had these growing in my backyard for the last several years and never knew what they were. I found out this year and harvested them. I probably go thirty-plus pounds of them. They are one of the best mushrooms I’ve ever had. My neighbor told me I...
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    10-10-2021, 07:31 AM
    In over fifty years of reloading I’ve used lots of it with no problems whatsoever
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    10-06-2021, 07:32 PM
    I’ll take two bags of the .358 win brass (new) for $40 each with free shipping. PM being sent.
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    10-06-2021, 04:42 PM
    NSB replied to a thread Optics on pistol cal.levers? in Leverguns
    I used a Turnbull mount that is made just for this purpose.
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    10-06-2021, 02:17 PM
    NSB replied to a thread Optics on pistol cal.levers? in Leverguns
    I put a red dot on a Winchester 1886 in 45-70 just to see what it would do. I could get some very, very good groups with it at my camp range of 114 yards. Im talking around 1.5 for five shots. It was super easy to pick up with the eyes and easy to...
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    10-03-2021, 08:42 PM
    I have two boxes of Nosler Accubonds 225g .358 bullets. One full and one with 44pcs. Any interest in those?
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    10-02-2021, 07:04 PM
    PM sent
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    09-28-2021, 10:48 AM
    HP-38 is an excellent powder for mid speed accuracy loads in a .357mag. It’s the same as 231, and I used that powder with several .357mag revolvers I shot competition with. I owned two PPC guns built for me by Bill Davis and they both would shoot...
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    09-27-2021, 12:03 PM
    I’m shooting a Hornady 180g bullet at 1,850 fps and you’re telling me that the 350L is more powerful? With what bullet and what load? I’m getting over 2300fps with a 158g Hornady bullet also. I’m skeptical the Legend is matching this. However, I’m...
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    09-26-2021, 11:59 PM
    If you buy an MGM barrel, make sure you don’t get one of the 1:20 twist barrels they were selling up until about 2-3 years ago. I bought one of those after calling them and asking why they were selling .357 bbls with this twist. They assured me that...
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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
    Heres 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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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