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    Today, 12:03 AM
    50 BMG and over bore cartridges. I bought some yrs ago to try in a 257 Mag and 300 Wby. It was on clearance for $5 / lb that was when powder was $20 / lb. I ended up using it with cast loads in my 350 Rem Mag full case under 250 gr cast was under...
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    Yesterday, 11:56 PM
    MarkP replied to a thread Stump Remover Chemicals in Our Town
    I cut mine down low using a carbide chain, then drill holes and pour some diesel in the holes let it soak for a week or so then pour on more diesel and place scrap wood on top and burn it. This has worked well for me on smaller stumps 12 to 16"...
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    01-24-2023, 10:01 PM
    I bought the Ranch Dog 200 gr TL FN for my Father in law's Sako in 338 Federal. They shoot very well so does the 220 gr LEE RN. The RD is a tumble lube style with gas check.
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    01-24-2023, 01:24 PM
    Lyman 225107
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    01-23-2023, 09:14 PM
    Knight Big Horn and Little Horn (50 cal) LGS had them on clearance a few yrs ago for $199 /ea. SS black comp stocks 209 priming system. Only fired the Little Horn, I got it set up for my daughter. I put on Leopold QD mounts so I can take the...
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    01-22-2023, 01:13 AM
    There also Foundry type. I bought a barrel full of type. When sorting it out my neighbor came down to see what I was doing. He owned a print shop that was passed down from his father. He told about all of the pieces, and critiqued the linotype. ...
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    01-22-2023, 01:00 AM
    7 Ingram was similar to a 7 TCU. It is in the older Hornady manual circa 1993 and earlier. I would assume it is a full length 223 necked up to 30 cal. I will snap a picture of the 7 mm Ingram.
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    01-20-2023, 09:19 PM
    Most dies are made out of 12L14. Free machining leaded stock. Then case hardened. Too low of carbon content to heat treat. You can anneal the die if you access to a furnace them ream it out. Also Pacific tool and gauge sells die blanks. They are...
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    01-17-2023, 09:48 PM
    MarkP replied to a thread Emergency Home Generator in Our Town
    You may want to look at aviation fuel. 100LL. Stays fresh for two yrs, but do not put it in newer vehicles.
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    01-17-2023, 01:52 PM
    That was an issue with the pads Remington used. That sure exact date range but around 2001 to 2004 or so. They get real gummy and sticky. I have that on some one rifle and 3 11-87's. Sticks to the carpet on the floor of my safe. Some were guys...
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    01-14-2023, 10:56 PM
    I heat them up with a propane torch to soften it up then wipe out with cotton cloth.
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    01-14-2023, 10:54 PM
    If the tape is 3/4" wide tape the groups are in the 1.25" range. Not knowing the ambient conditions that seems pretty decent for the first time out with factory rounds. Where I live it is almost always windy. I have shot many groups outisside...
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    01-14-2023, 09:20 PM
    300 ish
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    01-14-2023, 09:19 PM
    180 gr near 2,400 fps .....pretty salty round. Within 150 to 200 fps of a 308 loaded with 180 gr bullets.
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    01-14-2023, 01:39 PM
    Does anyone have any pictures of the primer pockets? Fairly certain the pockets that look staked in are made with a (2) piece bunting die. a one piece die has the stem that creates pocket on the die and also creates a nice smooth radius from the...
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    01-09-2023, 10:11 PM
    Do you have any pictures of the head of some of the cartridges showing the primer and primer pocket? The dimensions would be somewhat difficult to verify without special measuring tools. May be able to get close on pocket depth with rear...
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    01-04-2023, 11:30 PM
    MarkP replied to a thread zoysia grass in Our Town
    Zoysia is a warm season grass.... like most of the native grasses that were here in the US before settlers planted cool season grasses from Europe. May want to look into Buffalo grass such as the newer hybrid Sundancer. Very deep root stucture. ...
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    01-04-2023, 09:01 PM
    One thing to consider; higher magnification EER scopes eye to scopes alignment is critical to get a view. Correct distance and being perpendicular can be challenging when shooting offhand. Scope view is black until everything is properly aligned. ...
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    01-02-2023, 10:06 PM
    With Accurate you can order out of the catalog and make tweaks to it or get a fully custom mold made to your drawing / specifications. I have an old LEE mold 379-250 FN that is so easy to cast with they just fall out I also have some custom molds...
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    01-02-2023, 02:14 PM
    I am pretty sure it started out here as a group buy that needed to get 25 or so committed to procure the cherry; then I recall getting a notice that is was switching to ???? and needing to register on NOE's forum to complete the group buy. I have a...
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    01-01-2023, 06:09 PM
    MarkP replied to a thread Remingtons 360 Buck Hammer in Leverguns
    I contemplated making a 40 cal for Iowa deer a few yrs ago using Starline's 6.8 Basic brass, but ended up having JES re-bore a Rem M SEVEN Predator 223 Rem to 350 L using a custom reamer for 0.360"dia bullets. Iowa has since changed again to allow...
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    01-01-2023, 06:00 PM
    I started my daughter out shooting the RCBS 243-95 SP with a full case of Trailboss around 1,700 fps. Her rifle (Kimber 84 Montana) has a 1:10 twist and would not shoot the NOE 244-105 I bought during a group buy 7 to 10 yrs ago. At 65 yds groups...
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    01-01-2023, 01:10 AM
    Since you be hunting, one thing to test is first shot impact point out of a cold barrel. Test clean bbl and fouled bbl. First shots may tend to fall out of a group. (First shot flyer)
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Started casting 40+ years ago while in Jr High.
Omaha NE
Shooting, machining dies, camping shooting with kids, Native Grass Restoration, Stihl Chainsaws
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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