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    06-14-2021, 04:45 PM
    The last S. Mauser action I bought was from a guy that planned on building the Alaskan out of it. The action is the last variation of the 98, not the first, built by Arasaka of Japan prior to WWII for the now Thai government, under contract. The...
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    06-14-2021, 03:27 PM
    Sixgunner, good choice.
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    06-09-2021, 07:28 PM
    Well I am lucky to have met some of the pioneers and their family members over the years. I was given a first edition, signed copy of Sharpe’s reloading guide, signed by another author, Forrest G “Jim” Tilton whom wrote Lugers Unlimited. Jim owned...
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    06-09-2021, 06:36 PM
    . I have owned just about all of the cartridges mentioned, in cast bullet only competition for 40 years. I would suggest the 7 TCU with commercial brass, selected by capacity, using the RCBS 145 silhouette bullet with 4227 and sperical buffer...
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    06-09-2021, 06:08 PM
    Rapier replied to a thread 5.6x50R in Cadet? in Single Shot Guns
    I have a 225 Win Mag and a 222R and two 357 Super Mag Cadets. The secret is case taper or rifle bullets, to make the curve. If an empty case will eject, it will “make the curve” with a proper bullet design. The 225 works just fine. This is the...
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    06-09-2021, 05:50 PM
    It probably would not have head-spaced on your action or fit your forearm, without a bit of work, anyway.......;-). I think that is what the fox looking at the grapes would say.
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    06-06-2021, 10:22 AM
    I live in big hog country. 5-600 # big, and we can hunt day or night with lights or thermals, cans, etc. I have several hog adequate rifles for the farm. Prefer the AR-15 platform with big cartridges, like the 358 MGP (necked up, blown out 6.8) with...
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    06-06-2021, 10:05 AM
    The 45-70 is just like a sledge hammer, you let the head do the work. It does not take speed. So many powders work in the 45-70 at so many levels. Unique is very good for light loads without need for any filler. Pay attention to your action type...
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    06-06-2021, 09:52 AM
    Crows live to 80 years of age, so they get real smart. They have their own language and if you study on them, you can duplicate their calls, just make sure you do not duplicate the “danger-get out of Dodge” call. Most amazing is the hawk/owl fight,...
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    06-04-2021, 07:56 AM
    Understand that today you use what you have or can find. I shiot Field Pistol for years and discovered that 231 does not care whether it is loaded in 38 Spl cases or 357 cases, the same load shoots in both. so you can check two areas for 231 loads....
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    06-01-2021, 07:15 AM
    Rapier replied to a thread Show us your nice rides in Our Town
    This is the “handy ride” on my farm, a Kubota XRV 1100 4x4 Diesel with heat, air and a 1,100lb electric dump bed. 3FC93FCE-9428-47C3-A123-E8F8504C785C.jpg (125.3 KB)
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    05-27-2021, 04:42 PM
    I have two mounted on my bench. Take the ratchet handle out of the fork and apply the lube pressure by hand, per bullet. Use LBT hard stick, Blue or Red, heated with a hair dryer without a brush on it. The RCBS sizer luber will work with Lyman and...
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    05-26-2021, 08:00 AM
    Imagine my surprise when I had a left headlight go out on my 2009 GMC 1/2 ton HD PU and the parts store said we will sell you the headlights, but will not put in the left one......what, why? You have to take the front fender and body insulation...
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    05-24-2021, 06:58 PM
    I do believe these are not production, at all, but I saw a truly huge Ford PU last week in a car warehouse. It said F-950 on the front fender, was built on a Cummings Diesel Tractor (like tractor trailer) chassis had tractor trailer split rims and...
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    05-24-2021, 06:05 PM
    Mr Bushy-tail has been busy on our farm, burying pecans and we have trees all over the place to cut down, split and peel the bark off of. Free smoke wood for the BGE or Cook Shack. Best steak house, rib house, in NW FL, my house. I prefer a lighter...
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    05-24-2021, 05:45 PM
    Not to many city folks liked ham and lima beans in Cs but I figured they were more like real food. I could get them, no trade, at all times. I did not smoke, but at 6’1” I did eat, so I would trade cigs for groceries. I carried a P-38 on my key...
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    05-24-2021, 05:19 PM
    My daughter’s first wedding was interesting, wife just about died from a massive high blood pressure attack. Daughter calls want to be at my wedding come to the clerk’s office in 15 minutes, I am getting married. Wife comes into my...
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    05-24-2021, 05:03 PM
    The 22 LR, easy answer. A single shot and a little ingenuity and I can shoot clothes pins off of a clothes line at 100, quietly.
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    05-24-2021, 04:43 PM
    I shot the 145g RCBS With LBT Blue lube for years in my Sinclair built 7mm TCU XP-100. The load was 15g H-4227 with the case filled over the top of the powder to 1/2 up on the neck with spherical buffer, as used in shot shell reloading to buffer the...
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    05-24-2021, 04:18 PM
    With cast, you can pretty much find a load that shoots in any rifle. I have shot it in 6.5s to 458s. By any other name, Unique would still be...unique.
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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