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    Today, 12:24 PM
    Daekar replied to a thread Big Bore Calibers in Cast Boolits
    If this will be a dedicated hunting rifle that's not going to pull double-duty as a plinker, then 45-70 is a no-brainer as long as it's legal where you want to hunt. With the right components you can balance performance and recoil so you don't get...
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    Today, 12:13 PM
    Daekar replied to a thread Primers are coming in Our Town
    Regardless of whether these initially flow to ammo manufacturers or whether they enter the reloading market, this is a good thing. At some point, primers will be on the shelves again!
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    Today, 09:43 AM
    This reminds me of why I am so bummed out that Beretta doesn't make the Cheetah anymore. Beautiful gun, up to 12 shot magazine in 32ACP, supposedly shoots beautifully. If I were go to back to a semi-auto for a carry gun I would love to find a good...
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    Yesterday, 10:18 AM
    Daekar replied to a thread Accuracy in Cast Boolits
    I would have never thought to ask the question in the OP myself, but based on the answers I've read so far it actually makes me proud of the results I've been achieving with my boolits. The phrase "fit is king" certainly seems to be true in my...
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    01-18-2022, 10:14 PM
    357max in a rifle is a good plan. Suppressor options would be most 9mm and 45 cans. You should specifically ask the manufacturer or vendor though, just to make sure. Yes, the Contender is a great host. Can't answer about Spitzer bullets since I...
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    01-18-2022, 11:28 AM
    So, I agree that "normal 12 gauge load" is a pretty vague way to put things. To me, I guess it means the most common (and lowest cost) 2.75" 12 gauge loads available at most retailers and shops - not something specially sold as managed recoil, just...
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    01-18-2022, 09:51 AM
    I would go with a rimmed cartridge if you don't have strong leanings toward something else, there is no reason to make things more complicated than they have to be, especially for a fun gun. I would also suggest that you look into a 327 Magnum...
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    01-18-2022, 09:30 AM
    Around 10 years ago we were fortunate enough to purchase a house which is on around 5 acres of land and has two streams running through it. I don't know how, but for all that time it never occurred to me that it might be wise to have a reliable way...
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    01-17-2022, 10:48 PM
    Don has a good point. For whatever reason, they clearly haven't made competitive choices in the casting market, and I have never considered buying any RCBS molds...between Lee and the custom makers, there was never a reason to consider them,...
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    01-17-2022, 01:12 PM
    Doing a bit of what-ifs in my head this morning and I have been wondering what folks would prefer... If you were considering a shotgun purchase and wanted to keep recoil below normal 2.75" 12ga shells, would you go for a 12 gauge and buy 2.5" shells...
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    01-17-2022, 12:58 PM
    I had no idea that's what the name stood for! Boy, if they offered that kind of thing at a reasonable price I would be swaging every boolit I make... too bad.
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    01-17-2022, 11:24 AM
    It is constantly amazing to me how many obnoxious experts there are out there. Maybe folks are used to reloading around here and don't freak out about it as much, so casting also doesn't bother them to the same degree as it does folks other places....
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    01-17-2022, 11:16 AM
    Not a Harley fan specifically, but a bike fan even though I am bikeless for the time being. I have had... err... 4 different bikes myself and ridden Heaven only knows how many. There are a few that stand out as remarkable experiences to ride,...
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    01-17-2022, 10:04 AM
    Daekar replied to a thread Useless Calibers in Factory Rifles
    After reading this thread, something occurred to me. As reloaders, the market looks different than it does to folks who just have to buy factory ammo. That is, while to us there are far fewer useless cartridges, there are far more redundant ones. ...
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    01-17-2022, 08:31 AM
    Daekar replied to a thread Volcano and Tsunami in Our Town
    Yes! Scott is one of my perennial subscriptions, and man does he do a good job on stuff like this. No point in looking at any mainstream coverage when they don't know their ***** from their elbows compared to him. The comments in that video...
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    01-16-2022, 01:31 PM
    Now if a good God-fearing man owns to a dislike of Glocks and ARs, well I figure that's his right, and I'd agree with him. But deviled eggs and Brussels sprouts, are another matter... ;-)
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    01-16-2022, 01:28 PM
    As for home defense, the gun my wife handles the best is a Marlin Mod. 60, so that's what is in the bedroom. It's trivial to put the entire magazine in a little spot very quickly, and if 14 rounds of 22LR from a rifle won't do the job chances are...
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    01-16-2022, 10:44 AM
    I can't speak to the prevalence of shotgun reloading, but I wouldn't be surprised to hear that it's not that common. I know lots of people that shoot, a surprising number that reload, but I don't know a single person who routinely shoots a shotgun...
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    01-15-2022, 06:13 PM
    I have always really liked the idea of a kit gun, and I sort of ended up with two of them: a 3" S&W 60, and a 3" S&W 63. Both are stainless, easy to carry, easy to shoot (although full-power 357 mag is downright unpleasant in the 60, I prefer...
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    01-14-2022, 05:41 PM
    That's actually what I do myself! I have two 3" steel J-frames, one in 22LR and one in 357mag, with the same grips, same holsters. There are other guns that do many things better, but they are some of the best general-purpose easily-carried guns I...
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    01-14-2022, 11:03 AM
    I had that thought, but I have literally never seen any discussion about carrying one of the MK guns. Do they make larger magazines for them? It would be nice to pick up some additional capacity for that size frame.
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    01-14-2022, 11:01 AM
    You made some great points. One of the reasons I chose to get the S&W Mod. 63 is that a failure just means another trigger squeeze and no trouble racking a slide for anyone. I have been experimenting with low-power 357 loads in my 3" Mod. 60,...
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    01-13-2022, 11:46 PM
    I know that some folks will have an absolute fit at the very idea, but hear me out. If a shooter is highly sensitive to recoil and muzzle blast and the only cartridge that is an option for them is 22LR, what is the best gun for them to carry...
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    01-12-2022, 03:37 PM
    My brother texted today to inform me that his GPU had bitten the dust, and that got us talking about replacements. He is willing to spend a lot more money on PC hardware than I am, but even he is balking at the current prices for mid-range and...
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    01-12-2022, 11:46 AM
    I stopped buying hardcopy manuals after I got a recent Lyman manual and the ABCs of Reloading. I've hoarded all the PDF manuals I can get my grubby little mouse pointer on, and I have a subscription to LoadData. I'm sure there is some data,...
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    01-11-2022, 10:56 PM
    Anyone who has reservations about shooting an elk with a 357 carbine needs to give themselves a reality check and read up on historical cartridge performance. As long as ranges are kept sensible and shot placement is good, it will do the job and...
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    01-10-2022, 01:41 PM
    This is one reason why I have just decided to buy 357 magnum everything. Everything about loading for it is a walk in the park, and with the right barrel length and boolit it does everything I need a gun to do - including handling some surprisingly...
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    01-10-2022, 01:23 PM
    This is something which has caused me significant headache with my S&W Mod. 60. It's got a 3" barrel and I really like it, but the Altamont grips I put on it (which I am absolutely keeping) don't have quite the appropriate clearance on them to...
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    01-10-2022, 10:48 AM
    I think this cartridge looks different depending on where you're sitting. To a reloader who has already decided that the 9mm they're carrying has sufficient capacity and has reloading equipment for it, the proposition isn't too intriguing. To...
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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