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  • JoeJames's Avatar
    Today, 04:53 PM
    I have gotten two two cavity Lee Molds ion the last year - the Lee 358 158 grain SWC, and the Lee 430 240 grain SWC. Just followed the instructions on cleaning the molds with lighter fluid, and then smoking them with a butane lighter. First casting...
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  • dverna's Avatar
    Today, 03:31 PM
    Good post tazman. I am one of those KISS guys. Some people get too worked up about accuracy when it is not needed and some people do not get worked up enough when it is needed. I "Swing both ways" depending what the goal is. Perfect...
    14 replies | 207 view(s)
  • dverna's Avatar
    Today, 03:04 PM
    So, after all these comments....who is going to buy one? It won't be me...I already have semi-auto's, revolvers and carbines that hit like a 9mm.
    127 replies | 3181 view(s)
  • M-Tecs's Avatar
    Today, 02:33 PM
    That is another myth pushed by less than knowledge people. The 12-gauge max chamber pressure 11,500 PSI except for the 3 1/2". Reality is lots of the light trap and dove loads use faster powders and actually have higher peak pressures than the...
    31 replies | 806 view(s)
  • dverna's Avatar
    Today, 01:51 PM
    Just wanted to add a bit to my post about "tribes". Family members of the tribe leader will get a pass...most will have skills the tribe needs but some will not. Better not complain about the ones who do not have are an outsider. ...
    61 replies | 984 view(s)
  • dverna's Avatar
    Today, 12:36 PM
    .35 Rem, Did you use enough gun...or maybe too much gun? LOL MSM, You made a good point. We never go after deer immediately unless it is DRT. We wait 30-45 minutes. I suspect on public land there is a tendency to find the deer before...
    36 replies | 712 view(s)
  • M-Tecs's Avatar
    Yesterday, 11:28 PM
    I have killed over 225 deer with a firearm. The only time I have every had issues with needing more than one shot is when I used bullets designed for much heavier game. They acted like solids. I failed to recover one deer with the firearm.
    36 replies | 712 view(s)
  • dverna's Avatar
    Yesterday, 11:07 PM
    That was good. My needs are simple...deer and black bear. If the SHTF, two legged predators at long range. Either caliber works...and I do not hunt with cast. To be honest, I wish I had gone with the .30/06 and bought 1000 cases. Cheap...
    18 replies | 292 view(s)
  • dverna's Avatar
    Yesterday, 10:50 PM
    Have you checked lately? Not pretty. I know things are not normal, but I prefer being able to reload if I have to. My “tipping point” is $10/hr. If I can save $10/hr or more I cast/reload.
    14 replies | 202 view(s)
  • M-Tecs's Avatar
    Yesterday, 10:42 PM
    I have three 650's, two Super 1050's and a RL1000 all with case feeders. Not interested in an auto drives. Almost 100% of the ammo loaded on these presses are two steps. First step is size, deprime and any other steps like trimming and...
    23 replies | 293 view(s)
  • dverna's Avatar
    Yesterday, 10:36 PM
    NSB nailed the essence of my question. I hear about deer being lost after taking supposedly “good” hits and I do not buy it. None of the guys at deer camp are expert marksmen, but they all get the job done and we have never lost a deer. I...
    36 replies | 712 view(s)
  • dverna's Avatar
    Yesterday, 10:21 PM
    If I were going down this road, I would send Mr Morris a PM and get his opinions. I do not know if he has ever done it but he could be helpful.
    23 replies | 293 view(s)
  • dverna's Avatar
    Yesterday, 10:13 PM
    What I see are a handful of small custom mold makers putting out the best molds ever made. I own a few of them for that reason. For RCBS to succeed they would need to capture almost the whole custom mold market to make it worth doing plus a good...
    71 replies | 1764 view(s)
  • M-Tecs's Avatar
    Yesterday, 08:17 PM
    I own calibers/barrels in both rimmed and rimless. Both work equally as well. Never owned a 30 Herrett, but I did own a 357 Herrett. It was a great caliber and did as claim but I got tired of the wildcat brass forming. Personally, I would go...
    12 replies | 210 view(s)
  • dverna's Avatar
    Yesterday, 06:59 PM
    Fortunately, they are too smart to do that. I know it is a cast shooters darling but what a commercial flop it would be. Ammo difficult to get, and cases not easy to find. We want them to succeed donít we?
    87 replies | 5118 view(s)
  • rockrat's Avatar
    Yesterday, 06:56 PM
    Already is a 10mm and 40 s&w. Ruger Blackhawk convertable
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  • dverna's Avatar
    Yesterday, 06:51 PM
    One of the classic calibers. When I standardized and downsized I came very close to picking the .30/06. Instead went with its little brother... .308. I had thousands of 7.62 military cases. Did not make any sense to have both calibers. ...
    18 replies | 292 view(s)
  • rockrat's Avatar
    Yesterday, 06:34 PM
    Have an old 29 Smith I must have put 20K+ thru it. Its pretty loose and needs some TLC. The hole in the frame where the cylinder locks is a bit out of round and I am sure it needs more. Anyone know of a good "smith" that does this type of work?...
    1 replies | 101 view(s)
  • rockrat's Avatar
    Yesterday, 05:34 PM
    rockrat replied to a thread Prayer for X Beeman 412 in Our Town
    You got it.
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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