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    Yesterday, 09:32 AM
    No to Facebook. OPSEC.
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    Yesterday, 04:51 AM
    The famous Mosquito was indeed an all-wood airframe. Lockheed pioneered the concept over here, but deHavilland really made it shine. Where is that glue still available?
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    04-10-2021, 07:44 PM
    Not related to BC, except that low-drag bullets are affected less in both regimes. Turns out that windage is directly related only to the rate of deceleration. (I can't follow the math either.)
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    04-10-2021, 07:22 PM
    True, tazman. Chuck Yeager's biography has some great detail. P-38 fighters in particular suffered some spectacular (and fatal) mid-air breakups in dives, due to the buffeting of the tail by flow over the wing and around the gondola. And they...
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    04-10-2021, 12:05 AM
    I seem to remember doing a weight-sort on Federal "Match" and finding it no better than some of the commodity brands. I think they are just selling the label. I'm more than curious to know whether that sizing die wax had anything to so with...
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    04-09-2021, 07:02 PM
    The bolt is held in battery by the cam surface on the lever, which bears on the underside of the bolt. Look there for something binding it. A flake of brass maybe. The 39 was made long before hypervelocity ammo, and probably isn't chambered...
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    04-09-2021, 12:03 AM
    uscra112 replied to a thread Time for a reline? in Leverguns
    Just musing upon my own reaction to seeing rifle models I collect that aren't totally original. I shun refinished metal like the plague. Especially overdone color case hardening and highly polished blueing of receivers that were never blued in the...
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    04-08-2021, 09:14 PM
    Rook was an English word for a crow's nest. Rook rifles used a fairly heavy bullet at low velocity, because farmers wanted to stand under the tree and shoot up the nests, incidentally killing the young, without having the bullet travel very far. ...
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    04-08-2021, 08:41 PM
    Are those still around? I remember there was a fad for them ~40 years ago. (Yeah, I'm that old.) The results were universally less than stellar, and I thought they had disappeared.
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    04-08-2021, 12:56 PM
    Not as of my last update. I personally don't get excited over these new powders. The old standbys works fine for me.
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    04-07-2021, 11:00 PM
    By comparing several different powders and charges in QL, I can heartily agree that 4895 looks ideal for energetic hunting loads in the Krag, without firing a shot. Admittedly QL cannot show with any certainty whether it will work well at lower...
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    04-07-2021, 08:09 PM
    You don't want to know what they did to my model airplane workshop before I locked them out of it. A shot of Brakleen on the agates might dislodge some bit of kitty litter the cat tracked in.
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    04-07-2021, 06:03 PM
    It was updated just about 1 year ago. No, they haven't included some of the "extreme" powders. Does it matter?
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    04-07-2021, 11:41 AM
    Shorten them for .44 Shot loads that don't need a shot capsule.
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    04-07-2021, 11:39 AM
    Buy a copy of Quickload software and you'll learn more than you ever thought you could.. There's a lot more to powder performance than "quickness". Yes, slower powders will beget you more MV and at lower peak pressures, too. ...
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    04-07-2021, 11:35 AM
    uscra112 replied to a thread Ebay and Gas Checks in Gas Checks
    DITTOS. No more selling, no more buying. I'll fry in Hell before I give my bank data to Paypal. Not long before evilBay crammed Paypal down our throats my CC bank stopped not one but two strings of fraudulent charges, which according to them they...
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    04-07-2021, 07:01 AM
    There's already a very informative thread here. Where I got the idea of using shot cups. https://castboolits.gunloads.com/showthread.php?422168-Stevens-101-44-shot-shell See post #7 Phil
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    04-07-2021, 03:02 AM
    Yes they are.
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    04-07-2021, 02:53 AM
    Interesting. I would have thought that the extractor groove dimensions would be standardized along with everything else. Maybe sources outside the US of A work to a different standard?
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    04-06-2021, 11:44 PM
    As it happened, these Mausers fell between the Franco-Prussian War and WW1, so none were ever used in combat, at least in Europe. It seems that many were never even issued, because after WW2 somebody found a considerable stash still in original...
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    04-06-2021, 10:44 PM
    uscra112 replied to a thread Hughesnet internet? in Our Town
    I think I see the disconnect here. I was 50 years old before there even WAS a n Internet. I lived with dialup for years. I used cellphones that were the size of a brick, and had no screen of any kind. You youngsters think a Palm Pilot is...
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    04-06-2021, 10:20 PM
    uscra112 replied to a thread Hughesnet internet? in Our Town
    If they have phone internet they don't need anything else, so Hughes' rates are irrelevant. Except that cell plans START at over $100, do they not? Calling HughesNet crap because it isn't fibreoptic cable is disingenuous. It provides a...
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    04-06-2021, 08:15 PM
    uscra112 replied to a thread Hughesnet internet? in Our Town
    So you're saying you get cable internet for $30 a month? (Half what I pay to HughesNet) I have no contract. Haven't had since about 2012. But name ANY service provider who doesn't start you out with a contract. I am finding it interesting...
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    04-06-2021, 05:26 PM
    uscra112 replied to a thread Hughesnet internet? in Our Town
    OK, you mind-numbed gamers and video addicts, you've had your say. I've been on Hughes satellite for over ten years and am perfectly satisfied with it. No, it's not for sogging in front of a screen watching a bad movie and binge eating Cheetos. ...
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    04-06-2021, 04:57 PM
    I'm more than covered at this point. Thanks to all.!!
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    04-06-2021, 04:08 PM
    Not that unusual. 115 years ago the Krag rifle was banned from military matches because the newfangled 1903 Springfield couldn't outshoot it. Today the ASSRA bans bolt actions from their modern-day Schuetzen matches, even though Dr. Hudson did...
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    04-05-2021, 10:58 PM
    uscra112 replied to a thread Time for a reline? in Leverguns
    Based on my experience with a rough old Stevens .25-20, hard cast gas-check bullets may work with more aggressive loading. Don't know what you have for powders, but I'd be looking at the magnum pistol powders like Blue Dot, AA#9, 2400, etc., loaded...
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    04-05-2021, 10:08 PM
    Back when I lived in Michigan, the club banned the 71 and 71/84 from blackpowder matches because they were too accurate. Very good rifles, they are. Designed for a dead soft swaged bullet, paper-patched.
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    04-05-2021, 07:58 PM
    Smokeless or Black?
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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