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  1. Drew_Forge

    What have you done today to better your Prep? III

    Trying to figure out good long-term storage food for my wife's diet; she is gluten and lactose intolerant. She'll probably end up homicidal after a week of beans and rice.
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    Fishing gear in BOBs

    I also have some of those rotary spring-operated galvanized steel "set" reels that have about 20 feet of string for line. There was a string of people giving these things to me, so I bet I have ten of them...yet I've never used them. Anyone ever tried these? I've never bothered due to the fact they only reel in a set amount then stop. http://www.cabelas.com/product/Yo-Yo-Galvanized-Automatic-Fishing-Reel/1096906.uts?productVariantId=1295096&WT.tsrc=PPC&WT.mc_id=GoogleProductAds&WT.z_mc_id1=02521426&rid=20&gclid=CNbhoe6t5M8CFcwehgodtxoHlg&gclsrc=aw.ds
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    9mm loads?

    Thanks guys. Since I had a bunch of TiteGroup left in the powder measure and it's a PITA to dump the powder tube in my Dillon, I decided to run a few different powder charges, from 4.0 grains up to the max of 4.7 grains, both with the 115 plated bullets and the 124 lead RN bullets. Maybe we'll have a breakthrough...I'll stop at the range on the way home and give 'er a whirl.
  4. Done! Sorry it took me a little while to reposnd. His posting has been disabled.
  5. I've been toying with handloads for my "walking around rife" - a Manliccher-stocked Sako L-46 Riihimaki in .222 Remington, with an Leupold M8 fixed 4x scope. I scooped up a bunch of factory Remington 50-grain ammo at a local shop that had it marked CHEAP - but as the factory fodder gets shot up, I'm having fun finding a new replacement load. Having loaded for .223 and .22-250 before, I've got a pretty good stash of 55-69 grain bullets. But I read the Sako has a slower rate of twist, (1:12 or 1:14) as the .222 generally used 45-50 grain bullets. So I've been playing around with different loads and different lighter bullets, but I've been secretly hoping I could find a load that played nice with 55-grain bullets, since I have a bunch of them. So I found through trial and error a powder/load combination that the rifle liked - 19.5 grains of IMR-4198, CCI BR-4 primer, and a Sierra 53-grain MK. It will shoot the prettiest little 1-inch 5-shot groups at 100 yards, even with just a 4x scope. With a good starting point, I loaded up the same powder/primer combo under bullets from 45 to 55 grains. The results made me chuckle...the 45, 50, and 53 grain bullets all shot almost identical 1" groups, just with different points of impact. However, once I crossed the threshold of 53 grains and got to 55 grain bullets, the 100-yard targets showed 3-4 inch groups, with evidence that they bullets were starting to keyhole - a sure sign that the rate of twist wasn't fast enough to stabilize the bullet. Little nuances like this are what keep me interested in reloading. Yeah, I could find a load that works well and make a ton of it and probably never have to worry again - I do that with my SHTF guns - but for my hunting and target guns, I love playing with them like this, as time and component supply will allow. I'll probably load a few rounds up with a Hornady 50-grain softpoint varmint bullet for winter snowshoeing duty, but I'll definitely dive in again come spring.
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    A "cheap", I mean affordable pistol....

    Nice! I've heard good things about the SCCY guns. I'm angling up on an Honor Guard 9mm for a review...been looking forward to trying one of those for a while. I hear good things.
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    Mosin Nagant

    What model? I find anything other than the M38 and M44 to be cumbersome jack handles, even though they are dirt money. A lot of guys hunt with M44s around here once they take the bayonets off.
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    Kel-tec sub 2000 ( what a piece of junk.)

    Glad you're OK! After trying a friend's P3AT a few times, I was seriously unimpressed with Kel-Tec. It jammed frequently with anything but ball ammo, and had to go back to the factory twice for a "fluff and buff". After that exposure, I've pretty much sworn off anything Kel-Tec, even if it's something that looks like a good idea, such as the Sub-2000.
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    Just another reason I love reloading...

    Snake, I like Varget for .308 and heavy bullet .223 loads - but I have better luck with IMR-4198 and Benchmark for lighter bullet .222 and .223 loads. Varget is hard to get 'round these parts. Oh yeah, I'm a gun snob of the highest accord.
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    New gun and new knife

    Nice. I've heard good things about the SCCY guns. They're not pricey, but they don't seem to drag around the stigma that Hi-Points do. I'm looking at the Honor Guard series of pistols - you guys seen these yet?
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    old idea, modern use

    That's pretty cool...putting sights on it too?
  12. I've never had great luck with the Lee kits, but I can understand their appeal for a BO situation. Great things to leave at BO locations with sealed containers of powder and primers if you can't have a full-blown press setup. I use Red Dot in .45 Colt with OK luck. I've heard that the "dot" powders are quite versatile for lots of different loads. Good call on Unique - 2400, too - for good all-around powders. It's one of my favorite .38/.357/.45 Colt powders.
  13. Bringing this topic back from the dead! I couldn't live with just one - I reload too many calibers. However, If I had to choose just one for pistol, I'd go Bullseye, hands down. For rifle, that's a bit trickier, but probably IMR-4895 due to its versatility - I can load anything from .223 to .30-06 and expect decent results.