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    Yesterday, 01:24 PM
    What is the very first thing you do before you make the first cast bullet? You slug the barrel to measure the actual groove diameter, you never assume or just guess. Every barrel is a +or- specification. About the only accuracy you will find is...
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    01-25-2023, 05:34 PM
    Rapier replied to a thread Cool what a feeder does in Our Town
    Most folks around here with tree farms have gone to cameras with cel capability. Works out pretty good for a watchman. Some of the newer cameras are 4K HD Digital Color IR, just use ambient light. Pretty sophisticated with facial, form and vehicle...
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    01-25-2023, 04:46 PM
    Rapier replied to a thread safe food in Our Town
    Most city grocery stores, the closest thing to real, is the sign. Bad thing is most of the wholesale grocery houses and wholesale distribution sell the same things. We here have several local outlets where we can buy off the farm items if needed. I...
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    01-25-2023, 03:16 PM
    Along with other stuff, Wife just told me they have now connected Junivia and Jardiance with cancer. Maker says by the end of the year they will have all that fixed......ah,should we just hold our breath until....
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    01-25-2023, 10:56 AM
    I use a set of gouges that I made specifically to repair stocks. I cut a chip out with a gouge then cut an exact matching wood type and grain piece gouged from the matching scrap. The scrap is then put onto the sock using thinned Acraglass Gel,...
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    01-24-2023, 09:26 AM
    Rapier replied to a thread Type 99 Arisaka in Military Rifles
    Geez, if you want to shoot cast, slug your barrel, the very first thing. Then size to your groove diameter. You can powder coat and not use a GC by baking nose down in a hardware cloth rack. Size after PC. My 99 is surprisingly accurate using 4064...
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    01-24-2023, 09:03 AM
    The 200 grain 358 Plain Base RCBS flat nose when powder coated will do 2,000 to 2,500 fps. The plain base 200 mould has been discontinued by RCBS but is still made by Saeco. I double powder coat them, size with case lube to actual groove diameter...
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    01-23-2023, 05:39 PM
    I was at the Shot Show when we were notified that Bruce, Bob's Dad and founder of the powder company had died in a plane crash on his way to that show It sure cast a shadow over the show. The Hodgdon family means a lot to every reloader, whether...
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    01-23-2023, 05:11 PM
    Snow is a four letter word, ending with shovel.
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    01-23-2023, 12:35 PM
    Rapier replied to a thread Emergency Home Generator in Our Town
    If you want reliable backup, reliable is the true working idea, go with vapor and not liquid. I went with two 1,000 gallon buried propane tanks with cross over connections. Sounds like over kill, but also went with spray foam insulation on 3...
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    01-22-2023, 10:36 AM
    Rapier replied to a thread Dang I almost hate lawyers in Our Town
    Well, the practice of law was illegal in the first colonies of the now United States. Many of my customers were attorneys, I enjoyed them as customers. Did not enjoy hiring them. 10/10 times I drew the instructions and contracts, expecting them to...
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    01-21-2023, 06:16 PM
    Expensive cards and embossed letterhead use lino or mono type. I use it in my alloy. I run near 1200 degrees to create the alloy outside with Propane and 100 pound cast iron pot. I use commercial flux. If you are alloying antimony and arsenic,...
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    01-21-2023, 05:45 PM
    I do not anneal the 45-70 brass, when the primer pockets get loose, I toss the brass. I do not shoot light loads in my 98 Mousers. This is the 20" barrel hog and bear stomper.
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    01-21-2023, 03:00 PM
    A 200-225 plain base, powder coated and sized to actual groove diameter should do fine for hunting or plinking. I would look for the RCBS style flat nose, similar in design to their 358, 200 flat nose.
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    01-21-2023, 02:40 PM
    Rapier replied to a thread Animal Quirks in Our Town
    We own a planted pine tree farm with harwoods that the squirrels, we have 3 species, help us plant. We have two ponds., with rolling hills. We had a family of Muscovy Ducks move onto the upper pond. They are an interesting duck. The eat anything...
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    01-21-2023, 01:56 PM
    Eating anything that is used to make drinking alcohol, is backing up, period. As a diabetic you may not eat the converters. Processed meats, should not be on your diet. A hot dog is like eating poison. Try Dove Intensive Care Cream at night, and...
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    01-21-2023, 12:21 PM
    My son came in from college all excited about finding a whole new mind blowing book. So he went on and on. I told him to go look in my library, 2nd book case, third shelf down in the middle, the red spine book. He came back holding Coney Island of...
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    01-21-2023, 11:02 AM
    You can make 38-55 brass from 375 Win brass. You can not make proper 38-55 brass from the 30-30 brass, it is considerably too short when altered. I have discussed their brass directly with the owner of Starline, They make one brass formula and...
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    01-20-2023, 01:42 PM
    Rapier replied to a thread Aging Meat in Our Town
    We here in NW Fl use the ice chest method, pretty much everyone has an A frame hanging set, with a rope and pully with a tennis ball. a gut hook, cordless sawsall and 4 wheeler makes short work of skinning and processing a deer. Fill the big fishing...
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    01-18-2023, 10:19 AM
    Bought a butchered M-70 Classic in 338 WM just for the action. Ended up building a pre Savage switch barrel out of it, 338 WM and 7mm RM. Made up a nice build with two scopes and QC Warne mounts. The 338 WM is more than adequate for SE hunting. The...
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    01-17-2023, 07:39 PM
    I am changing my Limbsaver pads out for Packmeyer. The Limbsaver grindable pads had a bad run of product, according to them, so I replaced about 30, they did exactly the same thing, melted, now I am replacing the replacements. I love doing the pad...
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    01-17-2023, 07:24 PM
    Rapier replied to a thread Concern over 38-55 in Leverguns
    Brass is almost impossible to find: https://www.powdervalleyinc.com/product/starline-38-55-2-125-long-brass-50/ This is the long brass for fitment, trimming, etc. Took 15 seconds to find. Dies, buy a decent set of dies, and a decent mold.
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    01-16-2023, 07:01 PM
    This is impossible to do, buy a Henry 357 mag sngle shot, run a reamer into it and you have a 357 Super Mag rifle. This is my Tiger stripe big leaf maple Martini Cadet 357 Super Mag.Kills deer DRT.
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    01-16-2023, 06:39 PM
    Glad you folks got some water, understand it cooled down a bit also. I do hope some of the water sinks in to your ground. We enjoy visitors from the west. They start fidgeting, what is the matter? It is too close, what is close, the trees are...
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    01-16-2023, 05:58 PM
    Rapier replied to a thread Varminting in Hunting with CB's
    Close enough when it comes to a 22 rimfire. Another use for sparrows, throw them in the freezer in a bag, and float them frozen on a pond with a shark hook on para cord, to catch snapping turtles out of your fish pond.Snappers are also bad on...
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    01-16-2023, 01:20 PM
    Rapier replied to a thread The best pump shotgun in Shot Guns
    I have owned a few pump guns, shot with a few people that shot pump guns in clays matches. The Ithaca 12ga /20 is a good gun, the Win M-12 and the Remington 870 both older models are good guns. I prefer interchangeable chokes so would look for a...
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    01-16-2023, 12:59 PM
    Rapier replied to a thread Pulled pork in Cookin' Recipe's
    I do two butts at a time for 14 hours at 220 in a hickory loaded Chook Shack Electric Smoker. My dry rub is 3,2,1, black pepper, garlic powdr and Cajun Seasoning. No sugar or salt. Wrap in foil for an hour or two to cool down for handling. I pull...
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    01-15-2023, 06:50 PM
    Did you see anything, oh yeah, 10 point near about ran over me and me sitting on the ground with my back to a tree fork, walked right up to the tree behind me and stood there. I thought it was a squirrel in the leaves until I saw his nose. He was...
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    01-15-2023, 02:51 PM
    I found some AR barrels that had .308 groove diameter with a 1-10 twist chambered in 7.62x39, just like the original Mini 30s. The older die sets came with a 308 expander ball. I had one of these ARs before and developed a 150 grain load using...
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    01-13-2023, 07:59 PM
    That is a bad adz range with black targets, those tree shadows make it a cammo shoot. Every hour is different. Looks almost like Sanford on a good day, shooting out through and under the oak trees there was something. Great folks and a good time by...
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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