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    Yesterday, 04:47 PM
    I have been running H110 in sub guns, ARs and TCs since JD Jones developed and introduced the Whisper. Never had a problem with sub loads using H-110 or 296 following JD’s directions. I run my 220g PCed cast with SRPs subsonic with JD’s published...
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    11-25-2021, 03:54 PM
    Actually you can lock up a die body after removing everything, in a Bridgeport and cut the top off with a solid carbide end mill. I have made several straight wall sizer dies for my wildcats using that method to remove the shoulder and necks of...
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    11-24-2021, 03:35 PM
    Rapier replied to a thread Lbt in Molds...Maintenance and Design
    They are still in business, molds and lube. Do not know about Veral Smith https://lbtmolds.com/Home/tabid/5805/Default.aspx
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    11-24-2021, 11:18 AM
    A small follow up, knew I would forget something, they will put you on a diuretic to prevent fluid build up after surgery. It is a bit aggravating. The pills work within 30 minutes of ingestion, then you pee about every 30 minutes or so. Just...
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    11-23-2021, 07:14 PM
    Just so happens, yep, this is my 90 days after OH surgery. I had 11 stents, two bad valves and was told 30-40 years prior to, I would require bypass surgery one day. Usually, due to possible complications, a very long list, they will push you...
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    11-22-2021, 09:46 AM
    Looks like a decent shorter/conversion. I would return the bore to bright steel, first thing. Foul Out or a bore soak to get all of the old crud out of it. Then prep it for cast shooting. You know it has been shot with jacketed bullets so, de-copper...
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    11-22-2021, 09:22 AM
    When I bought this farm, I discovered an old 500 gallon propane tank buried in the ground near where the old house had burned (burglary/arson case). I had to dig the tank loose in the ground with my backhoe and then loaded it up on my equipment...
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    11-21-2021, 11:39 AM
    If you have a single action and a western style rig, bring it with you with loads on the order of a 38 Spl wad cutter. You do not need an outfit. Find a range shooting SASS matches on your route and work the get together date. Go by and watch for a...
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    11-21-2021, 10:38 AM
    The original pre war M-70 all had a steel butt plate, not a recoil pad. Men did not need a recoil pad before 41. My pre war stock has a recoil pad, that pad is not original. The pre war M-70 is not a pre 64 M-70 it is a critter of a difference,...
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    11-21-2021, 10:25 AM
    Just have it threaded by a smith, so it is done correctly on a lathe.
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    11-21-2021, 10:05 AM
    A laminate should be cut with a rotary tool and a sharp bit. I cut laminate when I feel the need to be beaten with a bull whip, which is a very, very rare occasion. I have cut exactly one stock blank in a laminate, swore it would be the last. Every...
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    11-21-2021, 09:33 AM
    With a Mouser, I go with a bolt bending jig, a heat sink and scale prevention paste, an acetylene heating torch. I just reshape the knob to a tear drop shape using a die grinder and then drill to hollow the knob end, polish. I have done dozens of...
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    11-21-2021, 08:46 AM
    If you do not have a wash tank, high temp distilled water with high soap content, plus a clean water tank, do not use any polishing process that leaves any kind of residue at all. I use a vertical belt sander with 220 grit metal belts, 220 is the...
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    11-21-2021, 08:16 AM
    I keep my vault at 40-45% for storage. That level of humidity prevents white mold, does not crack stocks, etc. I also store all guns muzzle down, prevents roach drop down onto bolt face or recoil shield.
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    11-20-2021, 01:50 PM
    Today you would be well advised to have a book of conversions on the shelf. Being out, is not shooting, otherwise.
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    11-20-2021, 01:39 PM
    Probably the Frank Wesson rifle or even a Frank Wesson bicycle gun would fit your needs. They usually do not bring tons of money at sale, are breach loading, rim fire guns in different calibers, 22-44 designed in 59 and built in 59-88. You could...
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    11-20-2021, 12:53 PM
    I live in the SE, so most of our shots are close, in comparison to the west. I figure 1” is fine for a big bore, like a 35 or 45 cal. I do load to my own standards though, about .5” at 50.
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    11-20-2021, 12:33 PM
    Depends on the type of action and caliber, my heavy bolt guns about 1”, my light bolt guns about .5, my ARs about 3/4”, my single shots about .5” With casting, everything effects accuracy, lube, alloy, consistency, powder, primers, brass, etc....
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    11-19-2021, 04:43 PM
    Very nice quarters for the new reloading room. I built my new room three years ago. Watch the possibility of water in the basement, water table, fire and all.
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    11-19-2021, 10:31 AM
    Rapier replied to a thread 35 Remington ? in Hunting with CB's
    I run PCed 35 200s in the 357 Super Mag, 358 MGP and the 35 Whelen rifles to 2,400-2,600 without a GC. RCBS discontinued the plain base 200, years ago, but Saeco still makes a mold in the 200g RCBS plain base. I just PC the bullets then bake nose...
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    11-17-2021, 09:07 AM
    Rapier replied to a thread zinc in my lead in Cast Boolits
    You should never mix or make alloy in your pour pot. This is Casting 101, you always make alloy in a separate pot. There are way to many ways to mess up the mix and screw up your pour pot.
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    11-14-2021, 08:05 AM
    What actually happened was pine pulp wood was $6 a ton. The high grade paper made from hard woods went way up, sent hardwoods to $67 a ton. Over 10x the value of pines. That is what happened to your hardwood trees. I own a tree farm, still have my...
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    11-12-2021, 01:30 PM
    I do not have a 303 #1 but have a few #1s and a couple M-99 7.7s The 7.7 is pretty much the same as the 303. I just found one of my 308 cal., 180g Lyman spire point molds that throws .311 size bullets and load the 7.7s with those bullets as cast and...
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    11-12-2021, 11:41 AM
    Reminds me of my 458 Lott, I built on an MRC action, it seemed like a good idea at the time. My rhino gun, since I built it, I haven't seen a rhino out on the beach, works pretty good. Every once in a while I have someone ask me to build one for...
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    11-12-2021, 10:32 AM
    Glad you returned, I had a similar incident, just different.
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    11-11-2021, 09:37 AM
    Sounds lke a big timber company, we have a few here bouts. They way they work is to make a $ buck, no pun intended, on everything they do. They have no interest in what is fair. It really does not matter how much is charged in MS or GA or FL, it is...
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    11-01-2021, 03:29 PM
    Cerakote makes an air cure version of their product. Applying it is a process in and of itself. I have done several dozen guns with it, has a learning curve.
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    11-01-2021, 09:33 AM
    Rapier replied to a thread Dave Ramsey Approves in Our Town
    Congratulations. Very satisfying to be free of debt. At this point you have a great deal of latitude. I used my clear home to buy a farm, build a new house, then sold the old house, paid off the note, plus put money in the bank. Debt free again. Be...
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    10-30-2021, 05:18 PM
    Next time I get a request to build a gun that only shoots “good enough” I will let you know.
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Shot cast only in silhouette competition from 82-09.
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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