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    Today, 10:06 AM
    Be careful, the very worse pot explosion I ever had was from a battery post, had a bit of water in it that had frozen, when it went in 100 lbs left in a bang. Decorated everything within about 75 feet, house, roof, trees, me, etc.
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    Today, 09:58 AM
    Rapier replied to a thread Installing garage doors in Our Town
    I did one garage door R and R, a panel door, by myself, after that, I hired the next two done. I have five roll ups on this place now, I keep them clean and lubed, but if they need an R and R, it will get hired. Three are 3” thick insulated,...
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    08-11-2022, 05:18 PM
    Rapier replied to a thread Recipes for One in Cookin' Recipe's
    This is an odd ball, saw a restaurant owner do this, smelled good, so copied it. Get two oven baking dishes, oval ones. Take a fresh bone in, skinless chicken breast, coat it with sweet soy sauce, put bone down in one dish, salt and pepper to taste,...
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    08-11-2022, 04:22 PM
    Make a canister with a lid for your bench with #6 shot and powdered graphite. Stick the neck down a couple- four tines. Neck lubed. Throw that Lee stuff in the trash, go Redding carbide, come on now. The little cases can grow in length or neck...
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    08-11-2022, 03:49 PM
    I gave up on the ligh bullets and went to the 130 Lyman with 4227 in the cabine and 30-20 For the 30-30, I used the 150 RCBS FP and 165 RCBS Silhouette with Unique in the 30-30. The 150 does OK to 100, the 165 goes over the trajectory curve much...
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    08-10-2022, 05:18 PM
    I owned a building supply company for a decade and a half, the stories of customers and their loads to leave the yard are very impressive. Give them a shovel and tell them $x a truck load and sit back and watch them fill a 1/2 ton with sand.We would...
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    08-10-2022, 03:34 PM
    Teach them, let them be the judge of what is reasonable. One thing for sure over $2.00 a pop is not reasonable, for regular hunting ammo. And the shop owner apologized for the price but said that was all he could get.
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    08-09-2022, 08:03 PM
    Might as well do a new barrel on a custom Lo-wall. I have a Martini in a 222R and a 218 Bee. Both are fun shooters, not too much for casting. For cast I would probably do something larger in bullet diameter, perhaps like a rimmed 6mm or 7mmTCU...
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    08-06-2022, 10:10 AM
    I have a couple of 45-70 rifles and have been shooting them for a few decades. When I saw an edition of Forty Years With the 45-70, I bought it, primarily to fill a spot in my library. If you see the book for sale you might pick it up. The 45-70 is...
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    08-05-2022, 11:00 AM
    I do not crimp cast bullets in a rifle, and I shoot sub .5” at 100. If you want to shoot for accuracy, a few rules of the road. The first thing I do is slug my barrel to get the actual groove diameter, never guess at it. I keep all of my barrel...
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    08-05-2022, 10:26 AM
    I shoot very hard cast, PCed, I do clean with a parts washer after each shooting session, especially when the grandsons come and help me with all that surplus ammo. The baffles clean right up when you disassemble the can, as long as you keep up with...
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    08-04-2022, 03:46 PM
    Several practices you might try to improve your groups and accuracy at distance. Rifle team trigger practice. load two dummies bullets, no powder or primers, three loaded rounds. Mix them have second person load them in the mag. Aim small miss...
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    08-04-2022, 10:26 AM
    Rapier replied to a thread Which CB for 45 acp in Cast Boolits
    I have used the 200 H&G design with 452 AA now WST for years. You can use 231 for a bit more snap, but good accuracy. I gave up on Unique because it burns so dirty, especially in practice sessions involving hundreds and hundreds of rounds. The WST...
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    08-03-2022, 09:57 AM
    I use Eastwood black. I thought about the silver or chrome which I like the looks of, but discarded that idea for sorting purposes when double coating. The black makes things easier to tell the hit and misses in my coating. I use the Shake and Bake...
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    08-01-2022, 10:39 AM
    The rubber tube piece as part of the shaft is a shock absorber. I had mine come apart once in about 15 years, just ordered a new one, sent free of charge, but that was about 5-6 years ago. Usually when that happens is when the brass has a defect,...
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    07-31-2022, 05:32 PM
    If it were a solid ball it would be just increasing altitude, but the payload charge has a delay fuse which will still detonate at X seconds regardless of altitude. It is all timed, launch propellent fires, lights the charge’s fuse, etc. You do not...
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    07-31-2022, 04:40 PM
    One of the better brands is a Tumbler’s Tumbler. Rubber inter coated pentagon shaped steel 15 pound net weight container, with solid lid, wing nuts that holds a seal, made for wet tumbling. It was designed for lapidary work. I used one for about 20...
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    07-30-2022, 10:36 AM
    Change direction, if you do not like what is going on. You have the vote. You have the right and you have the obligation to change things. They are all the same is a bare faced lie, else everything would be the same. And they sure are not the...
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    07-29-2022, 09:00 AM
    99% of the time I choose the barrel I use, so with the same work used to fit and finish a barrel, I always try to start with the best barrel I can get at the time, saves a bunch of aggravation. Nothing quite like finishing up a nice rifle (I do wood...
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    07-28-2022, 01:52 PM
    Rapier replied to a thread Rust kills KIA Sportage in Our Town
    I know, get yourself a really cheap, Tesla. Course there is the…….list is very long, negatives, starts with the price. As a farmer I am waiting for the 3 point hitch and the PTO so we can plow with them……
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    07-27-2022, 05:30 PM
    I have had very good luck with the 165 grain RCBS FP Silhouette GC bullet.
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    07-26-2022, 10:04 AM
    I was born to a Ranch / Farm. One thing you learn very early on is that problem animals must be dealt with and quickly. If you love animals, and I do, it is never an easy task. Throw out animals can be easy going or like be like a rabid street gang...
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    07-21-2022, 12:53 PM
    Rapier replied to a thread 310 Cadet in Single Shot Guns
    As said, I just duplicated a Rem 700 setup, pin to hole. My shop is not in the house. So it gets to be a recall situation. Oh, you can make the plug a bit proud and flush it, so when head-spacing a new barrel, it is correct. This is my 222R
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    07-21-2022, 12:33 PM
    I fix things before they break, it is the airborne way. You wait until it breaks and you get to meet the ground real quick. With a gun, it only fails when you need it. I clean dies and my guns after use.
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    07-20-2022, 05:21 PM
    Rapier replied to a thread 310 Cadet in Single Shot Guns
    Bushing the firing pin is fairly simple with black Lock tite. You turn the end of the firing pin down to .125 with a shoulder that stops the pin on the frame or bolt, as normal. Then drill the bolt face with a flat end mill bit to accept a .250...
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    07-20-2022, 04:21 PM
    I bought a pencil torch years ago, it makes a needle point flame, works well for heating stuck or Locktighted stubborn screws.
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    07-20-2022, 03:23 PM
    Rapier replied to a thread Hydroponic System in Our Town
    My system works best of all, I drive 4 miles down the road and buy produce from a farm owned by four older women……I like that a lot better than my back.
    28 replies | 883 view(s)
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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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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