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    Today, 01:33 PM
    jdgabbard replied to a thread Primers.. in Cast Boolits
    I did not know about this. I do like the Fiocchi brand, especially their loaded 380acp ammo. But I would welcome their primers if they come at a decent price. And Little Rock isn't too far away, so maybe we'll see an influx of them in the Tulsa...
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    Today, 01:18 PM
    jdgabbard replied to a thread Boolit alloy price in Cast Boolits
    Certainly you pay a little of premium for any metal. I just bought some 1oz silver rounds the other day for $1 over spot, so don't tell me it can't be done. And I regularly buy lead for around <$0.50 over spot on the pound. That said, it's not...
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    Today, 01:08 PM
    jdgabbard replied to a thread 9mm and OCD in Cast Boolits
    Very nice work. I have been very interested in Silhouette and True Blue for a little while now, and plan on playing with some as soon as I can work my way through this 8lb jug of Unique I have sitting next to the bench. I find it most interesting...
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    Today, 12:55 PM
    Well, historically in 38spl I was a big fan of the 358477 over 4.2gr of Unique. It has proven to be a very accurate load for me. And for target work, the H&G #50 (or Lyman 358495) over 3.0gr of Bullseye with only one lube groove lubed. Those two...
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    Yesterday, 10:23 PM
    Murphy replied to a thread New guy in Frequently Asked Questions
    Welcome aboard Pipe. Glad you've joined us. I joined up back in 2006 and there's always something new to learn. I had already been casting my own for a 15-20 years before joining the site. I only thought I knew a lot about it. I discovered the...
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    Yesterday, 02:49 AM
    High shoulder, usually penetrates to the nerve cluster and bone bits cause extreme trauma.
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    01-29-2023, 05:30 PM
    Broken mainspring!
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    01-29-2023, 05:26 PM
    stubshaft replied to a thread New vs old in Leverguns
    I prefer to buy and shoot older PROVEN rifles, rather than the new crud made today.
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    01-29-2023, 05:21 PM
    stubshaft replied to a thread EDC: Knife? in Our Town
    I can't remember when I have NOT had a knife on my person. It is a TOOL!
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    01-29-2023, 07:31 AM
    Wild Mary's Lingerie
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    01-28-2023, 10:40 PM
    I was getting 1900+ over a slightly compressed charge of 3031. I was toying with the idea of opening up the chamber to a 458 Lott, but figured that 1900 fps. with that boolit would kill ANYTHING I cared to shoot at...and HAS!
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    01-27-2023, 11:27 PM
    Chili = MEAT! and NO BEANS!
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    01-27-2023, 08:09 PM
    Chili has to have meat it can be beef, elk or venison (no chicken). Beans are just put in if you don’t hunt and cannot afford much meat. But you still have to have meat.
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    01-27-2023, 07:43 PM
    I still use mine when hunting and fishing, nothing like a cup of black coffee while watching the sunrise.
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    01-27-2023, 03:22 PM
    Great job!
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    01-27-2023, 11:44 AM
    I haven't loaded for the CZ-52 in a while. But I used to load for it quite a bit, and always used unique. Today if I were working up a load I think I would probably go with the same or possibly Ramshot Silhouette, mostly just because of my...
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    01-27-2023, 02:15 AM
    Taper crimp!
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    01-27-2023, 02:05 AM
    I tried a couple of bullets from my 45/70's in my Ruger #1 Tropical rifle in 458 WM. The one that I settled on was the venerable 462-560 "Thors Hammer". It's a 550-grain behemoth that measures 462" out of my mold and gives excellent accuracy when...
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    01-26-2023, 06:30 PM
    I did the same this past summer. I had a bucket and a half of clip ons, and a half buck of stick ons. I'd had them since some time around 2009-2010. I managed to get all of the clip on weights smelted down into ingots, and I am planning on doing...
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    01-26-2023, 03:03 PM
    You want chickens? Come to Hawaii! There is an infestation if feral chickens on Oahu and Kauai. Being of bleeding heart politicians you can't hunt them, you can trap them (with a permit), and they are considered free range feral birds. You can go...
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    01-26-2023, 02:09 PM
    jdgabbard replied to a thread Boolit alloy price in Cast Boolits
    I usually run those types off by pointing to the sign the city put up that states my neighborhood is a no-solicitation zone, and informing them that I'll be calling the police now. That usually gets them in their cars pretty fast.
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    01-26-2023, 01:22 AM
    jdgabbard replied to a thread Boolit alloy price in Cast Boolits
    I mean if it's all you can get it's all you can get you make due with what you have. But the way I see it is that most lead being sold today is basically like eBay pricing. Just some arbitrary numbers that get used because that is what people...
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    01-25-2023, 05:51 PM
    Bull replied to a thread Diy reloading press in Special Projects
    Very impressive.
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    01-25-2023, 05:45 PM
    jdgabbard replied to a thread Boolit alloy price in Cast Boolits
    I would be a buyer at that price. I won't buy Rotometals, or anyone else charging $2.50-3/lb, when the spot on lead is around $1/lb. Lead would need to get VERY scarce for me to pay that. Lead is currently at $2226/ton, so that's about $1.11/lb. ...
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    01-25-2023, 04:38 PM
    350 degrees shouldn't be enough to harm the cases. Load and shoot them.
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    01-25-2023, 11:59 AM
    Toss the whole mess in Evapo-Rust for an evening, scrub with a toothbrush the next day. Inspect the mold halves to see how bad they are. If beyond repair, toss and buy a new one. If not too bad, scrub the mold with some baking soda and a...
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    01-24-2023, 04:18 PM
    Knight Wolverine.
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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
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