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    Today, 01:50 AM
    M-Tecs replied to a thread Stump Remover Chemicals in Our Town
    C3H5(NO3)3 AKA Nitroglycerin is hard to come by.
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    Today, 01:44 AM
    Smaller rifle primer are harder to find in this area. Your small rifle should be easy to trade for large rifle so I would go for the cartridge I want irrespective to primer size.
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    Today, 01:29 AM
    I have never had anything but the best experiences with PTG. I normally speak to Dave Kiff first and I only order carbide with the USR oil groove bushings. Maybe one or both of those is why I never had an issue. I believe I am up to 34 PTG...
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    Today, 12:51 AM
    The M1 Garand was originally designed for the .276 Pedersen if you want to be truly original. The Navy later issued them as 308 with inserts. The insert was problematic. The 308 chambering was not. ...
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    Yesterday, 10:04 PM
    They have been done in 458 Win. Mag.
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    Yesterday, 09:30 PM
    Put a Kidd trigger in it and a good aftermarket target barrel you will have a good start.
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    Yesterday, 07:12 PM
    Testing rimfire ammunition for accuracy tends to be an exercise in frustration. You will find the specific firearms have specific preferences that have no rhyme or reason. That type of testing is fun. The frustration comes in lot-to-lot...
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    01-24-2023, 03:26 PM
    Accurately measuring to .0001 of an inch beyond the capabilities of most unless they have a gauge lab at their disposal. Weighing to .0001 of a grain is fantasy land. Scales that have .01 of a grain resolution start at about a $1,000.00. Scales...
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    01-24-2023, 10:56 AM
    There is no standard. Simple. Like "good accuracy", it varies from person to person, to whatever is "Hard" to them.
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    01-24-2023, 12:37 AM
    .0001 of what? Grain? Inch? How are you measuring whatever you are measuring?
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    01-23-2023, 08:19 PM
    Per my LE friends the failure rate to stop of pepper spray is fairly high. I read one University study claiming a 30% failure rate failure to stop. We are talking about a situation that allows for the use of deadly forces. Pepper spray is not...
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    01-23-2023, 02:44 AM
    Case volume is normally measured with water although some use fine ball powder. Water is the universal standard so it can be compared to others results and measurements. If you use fine ball powder it's mostly just to compare one case to another. ...
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    01-22-2023, 02:01 AM Monotype 9% tin, 19% antimony, 72% lead 78Pb-15Sb-7Sn
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    01-22-2023, 01:35 AM
    Back in the day when the M1 Garand was still a competitive service rifle I barreled and chambered at least 8 in 308/7.62x51. None ever had any issues related to being chambered in 308.
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    01-22-2023, 01:17 AM
    All of the M14's, M14 clones and M1A's are made of 8620. That is the same as all M1 Garands after July 1942. Early receiver production used WD Steel No. 3115. Intermediate production runs used WD Steel No. 3120. After July, 1942, receivers used WD...
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    01-21-2023, 07:52 PM
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    01-21-2023, 07:34 PM
    They were a not very workable stop gap measure. I had ten of them for the marksmanship team. They used a chamber insert in a standard 30/06 chamber to convert to 308. Some claimed usable accuracy for NRA Highpower Service rifle. I did not find...
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    01-21-2023, 07:19 PM
    That was my first thought also. When I fire a new firearm or load the first case is always inspected. If anything is out of the ordinary everything stops until the issue is resolved. I had the same thought about firing a 308 in a 30/06...
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    01-21-2023, 03:53 PM
    Powder Valley as a retailer does not make any money off the hazmat fees. UPS and FedEx charge a hazmat shipping fee and they keep the money. I also purchase from a local company that does not charge hazmat for items they have shipped in by private...
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    01-21-2023, 03:30 PM
    And that would be my point. They are basically doing a clown show in hopes of getting enough views to make money off of it verse showing real skills and knowledge. What else would you call investing $8,000 or so in a purpose-built rifle using a...
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    01-21-2023, 02:30 PM
    The hold over you refered to is when they run out of elevation adjustments with normal scopes. Mark and Sam are using a Charlie Tarac so that should not be an issue. Same maybe? If it was the same they should get the same results, however,...
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    01-21-2023, 02:01 PM
    How a good team works. Note the difference in how they do it verse Mark and Sam.
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    01-21-2023, 01:54 PM
    Some more good ones to follow.
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    01-21-2023, 01:12 PM
    Yes and no I have not watched any of their videos other than the one you posted. I prefer people that have been there and done that as repeatable record holders like David Tubb and Emil Praslick both of which I have shot with and had dinner with...
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    01-21-2023, 06:52 AM
    M-Tecs replied to a thread Do We Melt or Smelt in Cast Boolits
    To me smelting is a process done to clean the alloy/lead so it can be cast ingots. While it's not from ore it still done for cleaning and refining. Melting is just that. You melt your lead/alloy to cast bullets.
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    01-21-2023, 01:03 AM
    I have the benchsource and it does everything I need it to do. I recommend it but I have not used any of the other annealers in the same class.
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    01-21-2023, 12:20 AM
    I will take your word for it. One was enough for me. The optics and mounts alone are pushing $5,000. The Banard action only is around $1,400. The chassis stock is another $1,000 to $1,600. With barrel cost, installation, muzzle break, bipod...
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    01-20-2023, 10:35 PM
    While I do find people with real skills pushing the limits fascinating I am not seeing that in this video. I do see a spotter with limited shot spotting ability and zero wind reading ability. I do see a shooter that appears not to understand...
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    01-20-2023, 08:11 AM
    M-Tecs replied to a thread Blackhorn 209 in Muzzleloading. Blackhorn 209 is Smokeless Powder When it was introduced in 2007-2008, Blackhorn 209 was hailed as the ultimate black powder substitute. Just what...
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    01-20-2023, 07:35 AM
    M-Tecs replied to a thread Concern over 38-55 in Leverguns
    If they don't take real credit cards chances are high that they are a scammer. more here
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    01-19-2023, 11:53 PM
    That I can understand and believe. What I don't understand and would not believe had I not seen it with my own eyes. A buddy had a dog that would retrieve rocks thrown into a fast-moving river with a rocky bottom at a depth of 6 to 8 feet. He...
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    01-19-2023, 06:55 PM
    If the Etronx had the same power source as your 5" it would not have had issues. As you know the military has been using electronic firing for a long time since it is a superior system for the way they use it.
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    01-19-2023, 06:31 PM
    RPA actions use Belleville Springs to eliminate most of the vibration. When dry firing off bags and looking through the scope the crosshairs do show vibrations with the conventional springs. With the RPA you don't see any movement. The Belleville...
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    01-19-2023, 05:55 PM
    The claimed locktime was fast. Reality was they primers worked like a glowplug and they were not instantaneous as claimed on the one example that I have shot. My buddy owned it and still owns it as a converted back to standard primers.
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    01-19-2023, 05:46 PM
    I will start at $25.00
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    01-19-2023, 12:53 AM
    I know several 600 and 1,000 yard NRA Highpower National Record holders that never owned or used a chronograph. They shoot waterline tests for load development and nothing more. I do find chronographs beneficial but far from necessary. On a...
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    01-19-2023, 12:01 AM
    M-Tecs replied to a thread Are these valid rifles? in Our Town Most information I've seen indicated Custer had a Rolling Block Sporting Rifle, not a military. But it's also well known that his widow did a pretty good job supporting herself after...
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BP Bronze Point IMR Improved Military Rifle PTD Pointed
BR Bench Rest M Magnum RN Round Nose
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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
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