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    07-26-2021, 02:02 PM
    For those interested, I had a self-inflicted problem with my LE Wilson case trimmer, got some brass up in between the cutter body and the bearing, locked it up tight. I emailed them, and they sent me replacement parts without a question. Excellent...
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    07-23-2021, 10:42 AM
    There's at least some German Shepherd or closely related breed in there, based on body, head, and muzzle shape. Beyond that, it's pretty hard to say. Dog genes are weird, and combinations can come out in unexpected ways. These two are sisters...
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    07-22-2021, 02:26 PM
    Will take Lyman 454190 45 Colt 255 gr. $40 PM incoming. Sent from my Pixel 3a using Tapatalk
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    07-21-2021, 08:42 AM
    ryanmattes replied to a thread Yes we can.... corn in Our Town
    My best suggestion? Have good weather! This year has been dramatically more productive for me because the weather has just played ball. After the cold snap killed 80% of the pests, it warmed up and stayed in the 70s and 80s for much longer than...
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    07-21-2021, 08:32 AM
    ryanmattes replied to a thread Computer help in Our Town
    Sorry about that, I had to go to bed early last night because I got picked for jury duty this week. The judge makes me get up earlier than work normally does. Glad you got it fixed. Sent from my Pixel 3a using Tapatalk
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    07-20-2021, 11:37 PM
    ryanmattes replied to a thread Computer help in Our Town
    In the spot you normally type the web address. Sent from my Pixel 3a using Tapatalk
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    07-20-2021, 10:45 PM
    ryanmattes replied to a thread Computer help in Our Town
    Open a new Firefox window, and type in "about:config" and hit enter. Click the button saying you accept the risks. At the top of the page to the right of the search box, check the box that says "Show only modified preferences" After that, if...
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    07-19-2021, 07:35 PM
    I water quenched my 9mm, but that was more about speed than hardness. That alloy gave me 10 BHN air cooled, I didn't test these after water quenching, so they may be a few higher. Air cooling I drop on a towel on the table, but I don't like to...
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    07-19-2021, 07:21 PM
    ryanmattes replied to a thread Yes we can.... corn in Our Town
    That was mine last year. The tomatoes didn't survive the hornworms, and the hot, dry weather stunted everything else. I couldn't water enough to keep cracks from forming in the beds. Sent from my Pixel 3a using Tapatalk
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    07-19-2021, 06:54 PM
    ryanmattes replied to a thread Yes we can.... corn in Our Town
    Nice! We're getting rain again here, so I'm expecting a big batch of peppers to pickle in a couple weeks. Jalapenos and banana peppers mostly, but they're both good pickled. This is what I've been getting recently. Not enough to break out the...
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    07-19-2021, 06:48 PM
    No, super thin. And you can get away with a single coat, but the colors look better with 2 coats. Some people do 3 coats to add some diameter to the bullet. Edit to add: I size after I coat, so any added size from the coating would be reduced...
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    07-19-2021, 06:34 PM
    There's a point of diminishing returns with battery size, due to the weight. What they need is a denser storage (more kwh per unit size), but we're still waiting for that to be invented. Actually, they have denser batteries. What pure electric...
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    07-19-2021, 06:01 PM
    Yeah, no such thing as free lunch. Anything you do to generate electricity costs you momentum or drag or something else. Sent from my Pixel 3a using Tapatalk
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    07-19-2021, 05:17 PM
    That's HiTek coating. It's not a powder, it's a liquid, so it's just a 30 second shake and an <8 minute bake. I never loaded 9mm, it was too cheap and plentiful to be worth the effort. Until 2020. When 9mm hit a dollar a round I decided to start...
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    07-19-2021, 03:27 PM
    Yeah, not terribly practical for a pickup truck yet. Especially if you want to tow anything. Although it would make perfect sense for something like a big, drive RV. They're already expensive, so the cost of electric is less noticeable than the...
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    07-19-2021, 03:09 PM
    That sounds more like a hybrid, where there's an engine that turns on when needed. In a pure electric, I know the Tesla generates electricity from braking to power the battery, but I'm not sure about taking energy off the motors, because that would...
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    07-19-2021, 03:05 PM
    Yeah, the motors are at each wheel, there's 4 electric motors, and they're small. So no central engine. The batter is probably pretty big and heavy, but mounted on the frame, under the body, to keep the center of gravity low. Sent from my...
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    07-19-2021, 01:57 PM
    I have a load for both Titegroup and Unique, but I don't have my load book handy. I think Titegroup is ~3.5gr and Unique is ~4.5. Giver or take a few tenths either way on those to tune it. I got my load data from the Lyman 50th. I think my cast...
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    07-19-2021, 01:26 PM
    I did a little poking around, and it looks like they forgot to pay for their domain name and GoDaddy locked them out. Sent from my Pixel 3a using Tapatalk
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    07-19-2021, 11:06 AM
    For self defense, the most likely range is under 10 yards. To stop a human, you only need to be able to hit a 4" target. With that range and requirement, you're not going to notice the difference in weight or poi, as long as you have decent...
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    07-16-2021, 01:57 PM
    Agreed. That mold makes great bullets, just one at a time. If there was a 4-6 cavity version of that mold available I'd buy it in a second. Sent from my Pixel 3a using Tapatalk
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    07-16-2021, 09:48 AM
    Yeah, I get the knee thing too. I'll limp a bit for a week or so sometimes if I do too much. But the thing that really hammered home that I'm getting old is the readers. I've never needed glasses, and my vision is still great at any distance over...
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    07-15-2021, 06:18 PM
    @Stopsign32v One suggestion on the top 2 rows Make - style - alloy Weight - diameter - lube/jacket Make/mold are essentially the same. It's either a Hornady ###### (brand and model) or a Lyman 454424 (mold) Style is built in to the...
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    07-15-2021, 06:08 PM
    And, to everyone, I'm in no way saying my sheet was a one size fits all. It's what I adapted to my use over time, until I lost the spreadsheet in one computer upgrade or another, and then I just kept using what I had. It works for me, but likely...
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    07-15-2021, 05:47 PM
    In the ladder on the sheet I sent you I wrote them next to each target. They're listed as AVG, SD, and ES. In a single load I'll write it up at the top. When I'm done with the ladders and I settle on a "known good" load for that cartridge,...
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    07-15-2021, 04:06 PM
    I'm never shooting long enough ranges with test loads for it to matter. If I was, I might also add barometer and dope. I've also gotten lazy and stopped writing in the target distance unless it's unusual. Unless otherwise noted, pistol is at 10...
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    07-15-2021, 03:57 PM
    It does take a little discipline to write everything down by hand, to mark each target correctly, and the get them all marked up and added to the book after a day at the range. But it leaves a paper trail that I like to have. Also, my book has...
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    07-15-2021, 03:56 PM
    If I loaded more for revolvers I might've added that. Otherwise it can always go in the notes section, since it only applies to some guns. The stuff at the top is needed for nearly every gun, except BHN for jacketed. Sent from my Pixel 3a using...
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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
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