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    04-12-2021, 01:52 PM
    I would say no you cannot due to the fact that Cerosafe will be undersize up to one hour after casting and then it will grow thereafter. This means you might could get an accurate reading if you measure at the one hour post cast point. Before or...
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    04-12-2021, 12:08 PM
    blackthorn replied to a thread Smoking dreams... in Our Town
    I started smoking at age 14 and continued thereafter to age 38. At one point I was smoking 50 cigarettes a day. I read an article that said the smoking habit was often not driven by the gratification we get, but rather by simple rote. I began to...
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    04-12-2021, 12:00 PM
    Wife and I got the phizer (First) shot 2 weeks ago no problems, but I did have a strong desire to wok the cat!
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    04-10-2021, 12:42 PM
    blackthorn replied to a thread Primers in Cast Boolits
    We have one and he is a lot younger than yours, so there is less likely he will drop dead first! Pity!
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    04-09-2021, 02:06 PM
    What is the difference between generic(?) powder and that used for bullets?
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    04-09-2021, 02:04 PM
    blackthorn replied to a thread Questions in Our Town
    We are almost out of city limits. Many of my neighbors have chickens or other live stock. The ones really close know I sometimes fire-form cases and we have discussed problems with roaming coyotes. I have their permission to shoot any and all...
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    04-09-2021, 11:42 AM
    I made .22 HP out of 30-30, using a 25-35 die as a first step. I tried annealing first but lost more than 50% of the donor cases. Tried several different headstamps and found Federal cases worked best with almost no crushed cases. The federal cases...
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    04-08-2021, 11:43 AM
    blackthorn replied to a thread Questions in Our Town
    Thanks to all who replied. I watched Paul Harrel's "U-tube" video and it did answer some questions. Local gun store has .177's but no .22 at the moment. May have to settle for one of those. Likely good enough for targets and also Grouse (head shots).
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    04-07-2021, 12:41 PM
    blackthorn replied to a thread Primers in Cast Boolits
    While those of us that live outside the US may still be able to get reasonably priced primers, the sources are the same as US. SO, it is only a matter of time until our stores are depleted and we are in the same boat as you.
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    04-05-2021, 03:34 PM
    If the anti's get hold of this it will be used as one more justification for killing off our hobby!
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    04-05-2021, 03:31 PM
    blackthorn started a thread Questions in Our Town
    Advertisements for air rifles quote 950+ FPS for .22 caliber and 1300+ for .177's. So,: 1) At these velocities, how do each of them (.22/.177) compare to a rim-fire .22 with respect to "dangerous within" range? 2) How effective is each (.22/.177)...
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    04-04-2021, 10:34 AM
    W785 but cane find no data for it in the 270 Accurate Mag Pro is my W785 wannabe
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    04-03-2021, 12:47 PM
    Surface rust can be cleaned from a mould by soaking the mould in a solution of water and citric acid. It will remove any residual bluing also.
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    03-30-2021, 11:01 AM
    swheeler replied to a thread 30-06 Silvertip ? in Vintage Ammo
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    03-29-2021, 12:29 PM
    Just so! And they are doing it to us by using an "order in council" that bypasses debate of any kind in the Legislature. Add to that the stated admiration for China's ability to control its citizens, espoused by our Prime Idiot and members of his...
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    03-25-2021, 06:47 PM
    I think you could make meat with it.
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    03-24-2021, 04:52 PM
    swheeler replied to a thread Loose barrel in Rimfire Area
    Should make a decent fishing sinker, that is as long as you tie onto something that won't fall off!
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    03-24-2021, 04:42 PM
    That is the non-cannister version(even though it comes in a cannister/jug ;-)) of cannister grade Win 680(long discontinued), so star low and work your loads up as burn speeds can vary considerably. 22 hornet, 7.62x39 and 30 carbine are few good...
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    03-23-2021, 08:35 PM
    Even if you only neck size you are reducing the inside neck diameter 2-3 thou smaller than your .277 bullets, if bullets hang up any on the case mouth when SEATING it can start a shoulder collapse. The Weatherby double radius shoulder will collapse...
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    03-23-2021, 01:31 PM
    So, I have a question:--What happens if you cast, air cool, wait 2-3 weeks, size, oven heat treat and quench right out of the oven? After 2-3 weeks have the bullets grown?
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    03-22-2021, 09:45 PM
    After you size your brass inside chamfer the necks real good, seat slow and careful, you are probably moving that double radius shoulder around, I had a similar situation when first starting on 300.
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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
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