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    09-19-2021, 11:26 PM
    AndyC replied to a thread Meteorite in Our Town
    Send me one and I will.
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    09-19-2021, 12:14 PM
    I have that .410 Svarog mold. Here's how I pack my cases, but I'm using .444 Marlin brass: I'm using a SxS Yildiz (and I suspect the right barrel isn't true to POA), but here are some results on steel from roughly 20 yards away: They...
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    09-19-2021, 11:09 AM
    AndyC replied to a thread Out of africa in Hunting with CB's
    Being from South Africa, you're making me homesick! Congrats on a successful hunt and introducing the PH's to the capabilities of handgun/cast. Old kudu joke: "Why is it called a kudu?" - "Because his balls are so big that when he walks they...
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    09-18-2021, 09:08 PM
    AndyC replied to a thread Meteorite in Our Town
    Neat!!
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    09-18-2021, 07:33 PM
    AndyC replied to a thread Meteorite in Our Town
    Granted, but I don't know how anyone could cook soft olivine crystals inside molten iron like a plum pudding. The fakes on eBay are usually regular rocks, glass or slag from iron foundries - nothing like this at all. This one coming from China -...
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    09-18-2021, 11:46 AM
    AndyC replied to a thread Meteorite in Our Town
    King Tut's dagger is 'out of this world'
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    09-18-2021, 09:52 AM
    AndyC replied to a thread Meteorite in Our Town
    How about a couple of 1911s? https://cabotguns.com/oak-collection/the-big-bang-pistol-set/
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    09-18-2021, 01:59 AM
    AndyC replied to a thread Meteorite in Our Town
    I have no unearthly (*cough*) idea.
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    09-18-2021, 12:51 AM
    AndyC replied to a thread Meteorite in Our Town
    Yep - be kinda silly and really tough to go to all this trouble for the little money I paid. Besides, these things aren't uncommon and if I really wanted I could etch it and look for the patterns in the metal, which don't occur on earth: - Myr =...
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    09-17-2021, 08:10 PM
    AndyC replied to a thread Meteorite in Our Town
    Heck not at all - I've never had one before so I totally get it :) Many people etch them with acids to show the "Widmanstatten pattern", which is really neat. They're all over eBay - go have a look and see what you could afford. I got this one...
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    09-17-2021, 08:08 PM
    My spam story: I played in a band briefly and the oddball in charge wanted us to have a military/mercenary kind of look to us, so I'd been wearing my old assault vest from Iraq. We came off the stage to be with our friends and one of them was...
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    09-17-2021, 07:58 PM
    AndyC replied to a thread Meteorite in Our Town
    It's only about 3" x 2-1/4" and around 1/8" thick.
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    09-17-2021, 07:52 PM
    AndyC replied to a thread Meteorite in Our Town
    Heavy and cold.
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    09-17-2021, 07:46 PM
    AndyC started a thread Meteorite in Our Town
    I felt like owning something that came from off this world, so I ordered this offa eBay: Nickel-iron with olivine crystals, categorized as a "pallasite". This slice comes from a fragment of the "Sericho" meteorite that landed in Kenya: ...
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    09-16-2021, 12:03 PM
    Boerewors, huh? Sure, here's mine: 4.4 lb Beef (brisket, eye of round) 2.2 lb Pork 10 tsp Coriander 1/2 tsp ground Cloves 1/2 tsp ground Nutmeg 5 tsp fine Salt 1 tsp freshly ground Black Pepper
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    09-14-2021, 06:58 PM
    Ahhhh, I'll look into pink salt then, thanks :) Biltong sticks - yes, that's our version of beef jerky, just sliced into thin sticks. You should be able to taste a little salt, pepper and coriander seed. Edit: I found a guide on pink salt aka...
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    09-14-2021, 03:30 PM
    I'm curious - what specifically is a curing salt? BJK below you mentions pink salt - I'm sure one could substitute that for the iodized salt I use with no issues. As for jerky... in South Africa, our equivalent called biltong is salted and...
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    09-14-2021, 03:22 PM
    You helped me out with throating a CZ barrel so I'm glad to help a bit in return, Doug :)
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    09-13-2021, 05:49 PM
    1. Try this: Click here to send me a PM It's hard to show the code for that without the forum software "running" it as designed and making the link work instead of showing the code, so I'll try to shot it below using curly brackets instead: ...
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    09-11-2021, 01:52 PM
    Cast boolits for the AK is a fallback (thanks, Biden) - I need the rifle to primarily shoot my j-word stash accurately and those are .311-.312, so ... may as well bite the bullet, pardon the pun.
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    09-09-2021, 04:20 PM
    Touche - I've edited the post to clarify, sorry ;) I appreciate the fixes, lads, but no, I'm not going to band-aid the issue - if it was the end of the world and we had to run what we brung, then sure - but I've ordered a new barrel. The...
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    09-09-2021, 11:38 AM
    I did, Greg - it mics at .314": I don't think I can get this boolit much bigger without extensive and repeated PC'ing - sure, I could *make* it work but I'm not content with work-arounds; although the rifling appears to be still strong, I...
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    09-09-2021, 11:33 AM
    Yes, I culled those out to redo them - I'm using a Star sizer, and that was just a quick photo I took to show a friend. I also forgot to mention - that target was at only 25 yards (indoor range near me) and the stickers are 2", so I'm not...
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    09-09-2021, 10:45 AM
    Before anything else I have to say that my AK47's barrel is likely going to be replaced, even though the rifling is still strong. I cast some 7.62x39 boolits (Lee C312-155-2R) and PC'd / gas-checked them, sized to .312": Why? Because I had...
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    09-06-2021, 06:53 PM
    What follows is not to knock your choice at all - just a small caveat that I discovered when I had that mold: That bullet has a (relatively) long shank before the ogive starts - while in most pistols it should work fine, for those with a short...
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    09-06-2021, 12:50 PM
    I lay claim to have invented that saying back in 2014 after a friendly argument with a friend, and I made a quick meme to rub it in: I later did another one to counter accusations that the 1911 is a jamammatic, which traveled a bit:
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    09-06-2021, 11:22 AM
    I have this 115gr RN mold from MP: https://www.mp-molds.com/product/356-115-bevel-base-8-cavity-aluminum-mold/ The presence of the lube-groove in that mold doesn't make a bit of difference to me. Edit: Here's a 115-grainer with no lube-groove:...
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    09-05-2021, 06:33 PM
    AndyC replied to a thread Lee 7.62x39 155gr mold in Cast Boolits
    Oh, very nice - I have a .300 Blk with only one mold (NOE 225gr), so that's a cool idea to try these in the Blk.
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    08-31-2021, 05:18 PM
    AndyC replied to a thread Oop's in Cast Boolits
    :kidding: :grin:
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    08-31-2021, 05:09 PM
    Have you perhaps looked into getting the NOE adapter + sizing dies for your Star? I have and will never look back - it's a wonderful system and inexpensive. I have the adapter and about 9 of their sizers now for my Star (and a few punches in...
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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
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