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    01-14-2022, 07:57 PM
    The great metal in body society, just keeps getting bigger and bigger…. Follow the rehab and get out and walk, walk, walk. Good on you for getting past the MRSA, that is a high hill.
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    01-12-2022, 06:06 PM
    Sorry, did not get a notice on the question about the 200 cast and the 30-20. The gun was a Merrill/XL single shot pistol with a 1-10 .308 barrel, 10 inches. Load was 11 grains of H-4227 at 1,306 fps SD 13 fps, 1” at 50 meters. Bullet was a Saeco...
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    01-10-2022, 11:32 AM
    The 45-70 is good medicine for deer, hogs or bear. Not many critters can carry that .458 slug very far at all.
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    01-07-2022, 08:51 AM
    The Seville was basicly a hand made Ruger Super Blackhawk, they paid Ruger royalties for the transfer bar design. They went bankrupt, a membr of our club lost his gun, in for repair, in the bankrupsy. I switched to Dan Wesson guns, then later to...
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    01-04-2022, 06:09 PM
    Here is what it will do, 5 passes in one day, that is rust blue on a 700. A blue job in a day, that lasts. You just use distilled water from the grocery store, stainless steel wire to hang parts inside, 00 steel wool to card, 320 grit belt to start,...
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    01-04-2022, 05:33 PM
    That is sad to hear. Money has become the main motivator these days…..
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    01-04-2022, 05:24 PM
    I did not see this post until today, after you pulled it. I picked up a cast load for the 7mmTCU that I used in competition for near 20 years from their annual issue. A very interesting load with compressed shot shell spherical buffer over 15g of...
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    01-04-2022, 07:46 AM
    The 223 and shot placement is everything, so he will need to pick his shot.
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    01-03-2022, 05:35 PM
    If all you need is boiling water, will steam do? This is my steam generator, I can do a 2 hour boil job in 15 minutes with rolling steam. Rust blue an entir gun in 1 day. I think it cost about $15 from ACE. Without the cooker.
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    01-03-2022, 09:48 AM
    I have never needed a HP in my 35s when using a 200 FP. It hits so hard, does not stop on a deer, bear or hog. I am pushing 2,600 fps with plain base PCed 200g bullets with 1680 in my 358 MGP ARs. The MGP is a necked up 6.8 SPC. Never seen a hog,...
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    01-01-2022, 05:36 PM
    Trying to make sure I understand the 20:1 notation. Is that lead to tin?
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    01-01-2022, 03:52 PM
    Ruger made its place, and very big place, by building and selling utility, working guns, not glossy, pretty stuff. Ruger will get itself into real trouble by outstripping its price point in customer expectations. That is the exact reason Bill...
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    01-01-2022, 11:17 AM
    Here, buy now is $125 for 50. $2.5 a pop is cheap for Win 225 new unfired brass.
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    12-31-2021, 09:29 PM
    I own a 225 Win Mag rifle, just buy the brass. The 225 is a rimmed 22-250, a 65K case. No good wishes or great ideas will ever make a 30-30 case into a 65K performance case, period.
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    12-29-2021, 05:48 PM
    I have put a bunch of match barrels in my custom Glock builds, the factory barrels shot as good as the “match” barrels, from a rest. So I would just get a new M-30 barrel and roll on. No, Glock + cast bullet complaint to Glock.
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    12-29-2021, 04:59 PM
    Sounds like that 270x300 might be close to the 6.8 SPC capacity, which is basically a 270x30 Rem. Been thinking about trying cast PCed in my ARs in 6.8. I have two cats based on the 6.8 that work fine with cast PC bullets now.
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    12-29-2021, 04:34 PM
    Rapier replied to a thread Casting temps in Lead and Lead Alloys
    I run my RCBS Pro Melt with the dial set just above the melting point for my 7-2-1 alloy. I fill the pot and flux after each session. Pull the plug, let it cool. When I set up to pour, I set four iron molds on the alloy all around the edge, to heat....
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    12-28-2021, 09:26 AM
    That is a real interesting diet. Hope you and the wife have a better 22. Had one of those open heart surgery diets, lost 40#, dropped down under 190. Nothing fits anymore. It has been 110 days and I still must force myself to eat. Just think,...
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    12-27-2021, 07:49 PM
    I started bout 67 with cast iron fry pan and a hand pour ladle on the kitchen stove. Was too slow to cool so had to get my own lead pot and stove……:-P
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    12-27-2021, 10:00 AM
    Great outcome on your hunt. The 35s just make such a fine cast bullet shooter for deer or wild hog hunting. I use the RCBS 200 Silhouette FP plain base powder coated. I use them on the farm in an AR-15 with the 358 MGP, the 35 Whelen in the Rem 700...
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    12-24-2021, 07:53 PM
    357 Super Mag and the 7 TCU have exactly the same case capacity. Can use the same powder, mainly 4227 for cast. The 30x357 Mag should be about 66% H2o capacity and 4227 should work well, as 4227 also works well in the 30-20 with 200g cast.
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    12-24-2021, 05:02 PM
    Son was all about that Musk PU, I asked why exactly… He runs a high stance Ram 4x4 Diesel PU that with a card change gets 30+ MPG said electric PU was just wonderful. Yeah, right. I said Go get youself a white Toyota PU in a turb diesel, like other...
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    12-24-2021, 12:21 PM
    Rapier replied to a thread My Son In Law in Our Chapel
    The Monocolonial antbdodies infusion is about the best treatment we have going for Covid, if administered within 9 days of infection. The State of FL approved infusion centers across the state, expressly for those that can not take the “vaccines” I...
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    12-24-2021, 08:16 AM
    Plus stepping up with the 338 makes the 350 conversion much easier after you anneal the neck.
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    12-23-2021, 08:57 PM
    The original 52 Spencer fired a rimfire 52 cal, looked similar to an oversized 44 Henry cartridge. If it was converted to centerfire, it could be marked 52 but it could be any centerfire BP case that could be chambered into the original 52’s barrel....
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    12-23-2021, 08:37 PM
    Rapier replied to a thread Fried Ribs in Our Town
    That Red Post country has some really good eats, plus east and west of there. May not be able to pronounce half of it but it eats good.
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    12-23-2021, 08:22 PM
    On old bottle neck brass, I use Scotchbrite medium in 1 1/2” squares with a keyless chuck cordless drill. You can get nasty brass in pretty good shape with the combination.
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    12-22-2021, 11:31 AM
    In a 10” TC, I call it, the come alive factor……where the recoil twists the gun, turns the gun sideway and the gun comes up all at the same time. When you reach the free recoil level of 36 pounds it gets, real interesting. JD liked changing plane old...
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    12-21-2021, 05:04 PM
    I grew up in the Glades on a ranch on lake Okachobee. Nothing goes to waste on a farm or ranch. Did not have much in the way of noodles but plenty of flour and rice. It is amazing to me how many young people today can not cook, never taught or...
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Shot cast only in silhouette competition from 82-09.
NW Florida
Shooting, casting, repairing and building firearms
Tree Farmer/retired executive


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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