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    Yesterday, 11:37 AM
    Yes, Eben (E Author Brown) does good work on single shots, He own BF as well as does Contenders and Encore guns stuff. were it Me, and I had a 357 Mag single shot barrel, I would just ream the chamber to a 357 Super Mag (max). It is roughly 1/4"...
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    Yesterday, 11:26 AM
    Probably .12 to .13 would be close for a flat point 45 cal. Larry Medler's Silhouette Ballistics program will run actual scope adjustments in clicks and incremental trajectory tables which you can print and put on a scope front bell with clear...
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    Yesterday, 11:13 AM
    I PC, then size to the exact groove diameter, using case lube. I have found that it is important for the bullets to slide in the die. For my ARs I use a hard alloy, shake and bake, using a hardware cloth box, plain base bullets set nose down, no GC....
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    Yesterday, 11:06 AM
    A true classic TV episode.
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    11-24-2022, 01:49 PM
    Do not forget the TC carbines, Encore and Contenders. Perfect for a straight wall case. Plus the 357 Super Mag (Max) You can buy a 357 Mag single shot and run a reamer into it to change it to a SM. They shoot cast well with a 12 or 14 or 16 twist...
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    11-24-2022, 08:08 AM
    First thing, check you speed of sound at your location and load the PC 230 grain bullets below that number. I use the JD Jones data on the 300 Whisper with H-110 and 296. About 1,000fps that shoots sub 1/2" at 50 in my 1-8 twist 16"AR. Alloy is very...
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    11-23-2022, 01:17 PM
    If you buy the proper bases and put them on correctly, with the right screws in each base, they will go on correctly. Get the screws backwards and you will have bolt function problems. If you want to use locklight, use only blue do not use red....
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    11-23-2022, 12:48 PM
    I saw Bill Rogers casting operation working with Magma machines. He was running 38 Spl remanufactured ammo at the time with SWC cast bullets. Casting in one building and reloading in another building. Those casting machines are something to watch.
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    11-23-2022, 12:20 PM
    Very good 358 performance. Nice WT buck with an excellent woods cartridge.
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    11-22-2022, 07:20 PM
    What Blahut said. Inconsistent function, means crud, normally.
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    11-22-2022, 07:14 PM
    Seems like you would be mile ahead of the game to find a cobby XYZ gun that you like and have it re-barreled with exactly what you want, cut rifling, for cast, twist for your preferred weight bullets and chambered in 38-55. Before you buy what you...
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    11-22-2022, 06:35 PM
    Taper crimp as a separate station on the Dillon. Seat no crimp at all, then taper crimp, with no seater plug.
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    11-22-2022, 09:30 AM
    Rapier replied to a thread Why I Take My Lab in Hunting with CB's
    Yes, good dog..... Had the Mitchell, SD experience in November, after they had done the combining, needed a greyhound racing dog to run down the pheasants. At least you had a nice day with your hunting buddy.
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    11-21-2022, 02:31 PM
    Decided to build a PSA Dagger, a modified clone of the Glock 19 gen 3. So did a few advances on the gen 3, trigger, sights, etc. Need to run a throating reamer in the SAMMI chamber to taper the lands a bit. Loaded some 115 ASP J bullet rounds with...
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    11-21-2022, 02:16 PM
    Sad failure in the learning process about what a gun is for and how it must function to do its job. Keeping the gun clean is basic to it being able to perform its job in life. It ain't a tomato stake. Every day I get another non-maintained gun in...
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    11-21-2022, 12:33 PM
    There is no way to hang a sizable picture without a hole some place. What I did was make a 3/16" drill hole at the top of the brick in the mortar joint so that you can not see the hole when standing on the floor, then drove a 12# common nail into a...
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    11-19-2022, 05:39 PM
    Rapier replied to a thread Best Movie Remakes in Our Town
    Today, were it not for great previous movies and comic books there would be no 2022 Jollywood. Incredibly incompetent is a better title for an award.
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    11-18-2022, 06:02 PM
    Rapier replied to a thread Darr Roller in Single Shot Guns
    Suggest you search the forums for the 2013 thread on the 35-40 M.
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    11-18-2022, 10:09 AM
    Most everything around here grows big because the temperatures are moderate and food is fairly plentiful. Our hogs get real big 5-600 pounds as do our blackies. The hogs are very destructive and can be hard to kill if riled up. No body messes with...
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    11-18-2022, 09:47 AM
    I prefer the 550 B since it is Not and auto advance, it can be backed up and checked, without recreating the entire world or breaking a shear pin, like in the Hornady. The cost of changing calibers or primer size with the more advanced progressives...
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    11-16-2022, 07:26 PM
    If it is the grandfather's gun, it should be offered to her son.
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    11-16-2022, 07:20 PM
    Interesting that the US can not make ammo anymore, but foreign countries can make it, ship it to the boat, ship it by boat, pay import duties and then shipping in the US and still make money. Sounds like a hose job.
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    11-16-2022, 07:12 PM
    A conversion is always a conversion unless by a well known smith and is signed by them. 99% of the time you are better off with a commercial custom rather than a military conversion of questionable strength and any small ring is of questionable...
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    11-16-2022, 06:38 PM
    Those friends come in handy.
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    11-16-2022, 06:33 PM
    Rapier replied to a thread Use Enough Gun in Hunting with CB's
    An instant demise is best skunk medicine, never wound one. I usually shoot a skunk through the shoulders. I had to shoot three one time digging under the side of my barn. What they say about buzzards is true, they eat dead skunks.
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    11-16-2022, 06:22 PM
    Rapier replied to a thread dog adoption in Our Town
    I have found that dogs in general, are great judges of character, they know a dog lover at first meeting.
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    11-15-2022, 11:42 AM
    Most difficult, the 240 Laser, using cut off 243 Winchester dies. Start with a 280 case, make a false shoulder, that requires a tight bolt handle turn, fire form, one shot, with a hot load using 115 grain VLDs. If it does not form right, you must...
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    11-14-2022, 10:23 AM
    I use an old pillow case to cover the Dillon 550B converted from a 450 and keep the tool heads and boxes with base plates in the wall cabinet above. The cover on the left is on the PW Metallic II. I built tool had stands for the powder throw mounted...
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    11-13-2022, 05:26 PM
    Rapier replied to a thread .218 Bee Topper in "The Barrel Works"
    Try the 35 grain Berger spire point and a good dose of 4227 if you have some to try. Over 3,000fps they blow up on a soda can.
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    11-12-2022, 06:56 PM
    Since it does not need to be BP, I would go with the 357 Super Mag (Max) with the RCBS 200 grain flat point plain base. Discontinued by RCBS. Saeco still makes this bullet mould. I have shot them to 300 meters in a feather match, turkeys at 300m. ...
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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