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    Yesterday, 04:46 PM
    Cool. If you're a 'neat freak', just remember to keep them clean. One time, my Grandmother went around the house dusting and cleaning what seemed like all day. She was never satisfied with the job,,,,,,, until she finally cleaned her glasses.
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    Yesterday, 04:41 PM
    Make your own. If you can't find the exact width & thickness, a piece of flat bar a little wider or thicker should still work. The length and hole look like the only thing that's critical. In a pinch, you could do it the official redneck way:...
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    09-15-2021, 09:38 PM
    Winger Ed. replied to a thread A new start! in Cast Boolits
    The .38 has been around so long, the mold makers have it pretty well figured out. The 158 Keith style SWC is a real favorite, and I wouldn't worry about getting a bad one.
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    09-15-2021, 09:29 PM
    I can't remember the exact speed of the original BP load used when the Army was developing it, and the trap door Springfield. I think it was about 1300 fps. Anyway- In the Army's extensive tests for accuracy and killing power: If the marksman...
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    09-15-2021, 09:18 PM
    That's the only way I fill mine when using my home made lube. I fill it about a inch or so from the top, run the plunger disc all the way to its top, and put the cap back on. I do that at the end of a session, so it always has plenty of time to...
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    09-15-2021, 06:18 PM
    Winger Ed. replied to a thread Packaging in Our Town
    I've gotten stuff in boxes, then later the same sort of thing in a padded envelope. It might just depend on who was working the shipping station that day, or if they ran out of one or the other type carton. I've always been confused when...
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    09-15-2021, 02:20 PM
    I like helping others as much as anyone. However, if they are interested in reloading, the least they can do to help themselves is buy their own dies. Something that most people don't think of to reload, or cast for, and is popular in those...
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    09-14-2021, 02:42 AM
    I've had great luck with 4831 and heavier .30 cal. bullets, especially out of longer barrels. However; I keep coming back to Win748 for the 150-ish jacketed stuff in .308.
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    09-13-2021, 12:35 PM
    Winger Ed. replied to a thread rural internet in Our Town
    Getting away from Hughes would be my first priority. Around here, tin cans and a string is better than anything Hughes provides.
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    09-13-2021, 12:33 PM
    Hmm. That works for me. Something else that improves flow is add in a bit more Tin.
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    09-13-2021, 12:22 PM
    In the scheme of things, 250s aren't really that big. Just a wild guess, but your mold may not be hot enough. Have ya tried pre-heating the mold with a small torch or on a hot plate?
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    09-12-2021, 07:28 PM
    I'd look for cleaners at the auto parts store that will work on the leather without hurting it. Use that, maybe a old tooth brush, and a vacuum. Then lots of a good quality brand of leather conditioner every 2-3 days for a week or so. It works...
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    09-09-2021, 12:35 PM
    Oh. AKs aren't renowned for their tack driving accuracy, but I thought those were 100 yd. targets.:bigsmyl2:
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    09-09-2021, 11:04 AM
    All things considered---- For a issue grade gun, and load that hasn't been tweaked out, that's really pretty good. Not sure if it'd matter, but it looks like some of the gas checks aren't seat square on with the bases.
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    09-09-2021, 10:40 AM
    Not sure about military contracts, but civilian demand for ammo is still way up. Last spring, Hornady said they had a 2 1/2 year backlog of orders. Orders for live ammo will get filled first, then the excess production of primers and powders...
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    09-09-2021, 03:25 AM
    I've always felt sad when that sort of thing ends up at Goodwill, more than likely when someone's estate was finished up. And the heirs either didn't want it, or didn't even realize what they were putting in the 'donate' bin. But at the same...
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    09-08-2021, 09:22 PM
    Winger Ed. replied to a thread Hummingbird epiphany in Our Town
    Once they get used to a certain feeder jar, you can hold it and they'll come up to it too. If I wear a red ball cap the same color as their feeders, they'll come right up, check it out, and and test it. It's cool, you can feel and hear their...
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    09-07-2021, 02:42 PM
    Along with 'Ding-Dongs', Twinkies, and Doritos,,,, it is.
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    09-06-2021, 11:58 PM
    That's what I do on assembly. It works, and you can remove them if ya ever have to. Beware putting something together with the red locktite. --- That stuff is like herpes, its on there for life.
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    09-06-2021, 07:55 PM
    Get the barrel you want, and get or make a magazine 'bird plug'. Or, getting & changing a new magazine tube & spring is no big deal either.
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    09-06-2021, 02:05 PM
    Winger Ed. replied to a thread Hummingbird epiphany in Our Town
    They have a real high metabolism, and a heart rate of about 6-700 beats per minute. They'll still eat enough flower sap for various minerals & such, but the pickings are a little slim in some areas. For them, sugar water supplements their diet,...
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    09-06-2021, 12:39 AM
    Ya gotta cook it right, and be sure the scent glands are cut out. (They're inside the body cavity, near the base of the tail, and look like two oversize marbles) Clean & skin it. Boil it 30-40 minutes. Make a batter of 1 1/2 cups flour, 3 cups...
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    09-05-2021, 05:25 PM
    Sounds like blow by from an enlarged primer pocket. However; it will take a bit more than those leaking primer gases to damage that Blackhawk. If you get the right 'feel' for seating a new primer, ya might save them for low power, practice,...
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    09-05-2021, 05:15 PM
    I'd set one up with the high end lube I use for rifle boolits. The other with my home made stuff for slow speed handgun ammo. That'd keep me from having to clean out my one lube/sizer when I switched over from handgun to rifle dies.
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    09-02-2021, 04:58 PM
    Most modern generation dies & top punches interchange from one brand of sizer to another. If they look even close in a catalog picture to the ones made by whoever made your sizer- they'll work.
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    09-02-2021, 04:30 PM
    I wouldn't bother; but if it's really important, and not practical to un-prime, polish, re-prime & load--- I'd finish loading them and polish 'em by hand with Brasso or something while watching a movie.
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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