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    Yesterday, 04:45 PM
    Like all reloading benches, it is too small in short ordr. Barns, shops, garages are never big enough in a few years.
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    10-04-2022, 11:46 AM
    If you can get 35-303 dies and the barrel maker say that would be the best choice for his barrels and he does the fitting, I would be getting my 200 grain mould ordered. Saeco now makes the old plain base RCBS 200g bullet in a cast iron mould, that...
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    10-04-2022, 11:10 AM
    Rapier replied to a thread subsonic .243 ? in Reloading Equipment
    Unique and a flat point plain base 6mm bullet at about 1,000 fps. Check your altitude then check the speed of sound at that altitude, there is a table on line. A sure test for a sub sonic load is if you can clearly hear the bullet impact on a paper...
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    10-04-2022, 10:42 AM
    I just buy plan base bullet moulds then double coat the faster loads, they shoot sub 1/2 inch at 100 without fouling at 2,500-2,700. Not bench rest, but excellent for general use or hunting. In rifles like the 35s, 375s or 45s, who cares about .25"...
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    10-04-2022, 10:26 AM
    Rapier replied to a thread Shipping a muzzle loader. in Our Town
    Muzzle Loaders and BP guns in general are not classed as firearms under federal regulations. NY City has some dumb law about BP Revolvers, but otherwise. If you want to call it something else, take it apart so it is shorter and call it lawnmower...
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    10-03-2022, 03:15 PM
    I bought a double 8 0z egg weight mould to get rid of 100 pounds of cream cheese looking garbage. Salvage yard said it was tin, tested and all, were not so. I went to the local tackle store and bought the mould, just made up 100 lbs of slip line...
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    10-03-2022, 02:51 PM
    Rapier replied to a thread Today is my birthday in Our Town
    Sounds like you had a real good birthday, pie with breakfast and all. I do not get to eat much pie of any kind any more.
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    09-29-2022, 01:03 PM
    I keep a metal yard stick in my shop beside my bench to make sure I check my newly mounted scope bases and rings.
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    09-29-2022, 12:50 PM
    If you read the posters comments carefully, he told exactly what happened "the bullets shaved lead". I have seen several guns blown because the reloader used cast like they were jacketed and never expanded the neck, shaved lead, it shaved lead...
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    09-28-2022, 05:22 PM
    I built a comp gun on the Taurus to shoot 160 grain 38 Super hard cast RN bullets. The Taurus had a supported chamber and a Browning style left side frame safety, with a threaded stud through the trigger/sear actuator lever it was easy to make it...
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    09-28-2022, 12:41 PM
    The 844 buy was real good at AR. It works in anything that H-335 works in. Which includes the 6.8 and the cats there of.
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    09-28-2022, 12:32 PM
    There is no reason to not shoot cast on hogs and feral dogs both through an AR. We have had packs of both show up now and then, and both are real pests. Usually dogs are throw outs that pack up and kill small livestock and pets. Wild hogs are just...
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    09-26-2022, 11:19 AM
    Nothing like upside down and backwards. Another customer in the works. First thing about cast bullet shooting, bore, all of it, must be clean and smooth for the best results. Fire Lapping; Very, very slow velocity, just make it out the muzzle...
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    09-25-2022, 05:18 PM
    The little case 224 cartridges are pretty special. I guess it is probably because you must hit exactly what you aim for and it is a real challenge. Like you can shoot deer with a 218 Bee with an ear hole shot, a challenging shot every time. Got an...
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    09-25-2022, 04:53 PM
    The Russian champion shooters are like rock stars in the US. The target guns and ammo are top quality. They are a shotgun people, so it follows that their shotgun shell powder sould be of good quality.
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    09-25-2022, 04:39 PM
    Rapier replied to a thread Hmmmm, which one in Hunting with CB's
    My guns are all scoped, for the open heart surgery, the recovery and after, decided to ride fence with the 6mm Mongoose or 6mm GPC. The Mongoose is a 223 base cat, the GPC is a 6.8 SPC based cat. They reduce the recoil to the chest muscles. I built...
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    09-24-2022, 04:37 PM
    They might have used Star Lne brass which can be longer, with a deep cut chamber might give you something like a 38-65. All you would need is an action to take the added pressure. The 94 XTR is built for the added pressure of the 375 Win and I...
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    09-24-2022, 03:55 PM
    I own a tree farm, have several folks that hunt here and on our state contiguous land permits, 800 acres. It is always interesting to me, the folks and their guns that show up. On one day I have seen a 223 and a 300 Win Mag on the property(s). What...
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    09-23-2022, 09:36 AM
    Rapier replied to a thread Focus in Shot Guns
    A practice you can do to improve your mount and swing: 1. With two 5 pound dumb bells, practice the hand placement and body turn over and over to build arm strength. 2. Get a small mag light that fits in the muzzle of your shotgun, a 12 gauge...
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    09-22-2022, 12:04 PM
    On the outskirts of North Las Vegas is the Clark County shooting complex, a $65 millon dollar range complex, worth seeing. Pretty much every discipline, at a world class level. The international racetrack parking lot is home for Shelby, they have...
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    09-21-2022, 05:52 PM
    The Deerstalker is very prone to stock failure with 44 Mag factory loads. A real thumper load would not be advisable for that particular model gun.
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    09-20-2022, 06:38 PM
    The 6.5-7gr load of 700x under a 240 grain cast SWC should print a clover leaf at 50 yards. Size to the groove diameter, taper crimp, separate station. Slug your barrel.
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    09-20-2022, 06:15 PM
    I have a 45-70 Mauser, it and a 444 Marlin rifle are terrors with a big flat point SWC style bullets. The Mauser does 2,700 with a 300 and is a devastating crusher on hogs. The Marlin with a 240 at 2,400 removes the contents of the chest cavity on a...
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    09-20-2022, 04:35 PM
    I choose 4227, Corn Flakes would go great with 4227.
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    09-20-2022, 01:34 PM
    A question for rancher, you said pump ever 5 years. My 1k tank with three chamber system is acting up, at 5 years. My prior system single tank in sand worked well for 20. But this system in hard clay, even with a 700 square feet field, is not doing...
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    09-19-2022, 09:13 AM
    Rapier replied to a thread .357 lever gun in Leverguns
    I have a Marlin 94 C with a 2x7 scope on it. I run the 200 grain RCBS flat point cast in it with the OAL setup to work in a 357 revolver a Smith 19, feeds well in the 94.
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    09-19-2022, 09:04 AM
    First thing is you do not want to use a roll crimp or any crimp that alters the diameter of the bearing surface. Suggest you use a taper crimp on a cast bullet. You will need to bell the case mouth slightly. Then seat as a seperate step, and just...
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    09-18-2022, 09:43 AM
    Ha, depends on the need. Try driving framing nails all day with an 8# sledge if you think there is no need for different tools to meet the need. I shoot cast in single shots, bolts, levers, revolvers and semi autos. Do not have a need for...
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    09-17-2022, 01:01 PM
    The 99s have the potential for being very accurate rifles, all the rest is propaganda, steaming road apples. I have owned three, first one I bought was $5, a few years ago, all were very accurate. I used bullets made for the British 303, 180 grain...
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    09-15-2022, 09:14 AM
    Rapier replied to a thread 375 Win. XTR in Hunting with CB's
    I have a few thumpers, the 375 model 94 XTR is the latest trade. It is the first model 94 I have ever owned, normally avoid them like the plague, buy a Marlin, side eject instead. But this big big bore spoke to me. So can no longer say, I never. I...
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Shot cast only in silhouette competition from 82-09.
NW Florida
Shooting, casting, repairing and building firearms
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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