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  1. 2ndtimer

    Ammo dot com ?? from Louisiana looks legit. They accept Visa, Mastercard, Discover and American Express. No personal experience with them, though. Do you have a link for the Texas vendor?
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    Is the Smith & Wesson MP15 in .22 caliber - any opinions?

    A local club has an annual introduction to firearms class to educate anyone interested in learning about guns. It culminates in an afternoon at my club where a few of us volunteer to allow them to try out some of our personal firearms. The NRA provides an assortment of ammo through a grant...
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    New Blue Python - GOT ONE

    I agree. Why, oh why, didn’t Colt include the nice wood grips from the .357 Magnum King Cobra Target on the .22 version? My .22 Diamondback actually came from the factory with plain Pachmayr Presentation rubber grips from the factory. But, at least they are functional. Those short finger...
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    Unwelcome visitor

    Hmmm, surprised it wasn’t “Florida man”. 🤔
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    What's up with the Lewiston brass?

    Out of curiosity, what brand of dies are you using? I was having issues loading .45 ACP with Lee dies. Picked up a set of RCBS carbide dies and the setback issues went away. My 9mm‘s are loaded on a Dillon 550 with Dillon dies and have no problems with setback with thousands of Federal and...
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    Is CCI Blazer aluminum case fading away?

    I don’t care for it, as it litters our club range, and unlike the steel case garbage, you can’t pick it up with a magnet to properly dispose of it.
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    Most inaccurate rifle I've shot in a long time, and it's a head-scratcher.

    I wasn’t questioning your father’s loading skills, rather your typing skills or the accursed auto correct. You typed (or autocorrect typed) IMR-4198, where the photo of the box said 4831 SC. I don’t think anyone uses IMR-4198 in a 6.5-284 Norma.
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    Most inaccurate rifle I've shot in a long time, and it's a head-scratcher.

    I think you made a mistake on that powder and charge. Might want to re-check your data before someone tries it and blows up a rifle…. Manufacturer Powder C.O.L. Grs. Vel. (ft/s) Pressure Grs. Vel. (ft/s) Pressure IMR IMR 7828 SSC 2.910" 45.0 2,462...
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    Cheapest, easiest way to trim a lot of .223 brass?

    Not the cheapest, but easiest for large volumes of .223 cases, can also be used for other bottle neck cases.
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    Ruger American Rimfire, Ammo Testing

    Did a little ammo testing myself this afternoon. Using my CZ 455 Standard with Nikon Buckmasters 4.5-14x40 scope. 5 shot groups at 50 yards, a little bit of wind gusting on occasion from right to left. Norma TAC-22 seemed to outperform CCI Standard Velocity and Federal Auto Match bulk (note...
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    Original 686 or original King Cobra

    I have not owned a classic or new king Cobra, but over the years have owned a Colt Python, Ruger Security Sixes and GP-100’s, S&W 586 and 686’s (and even a llama Comanche 😱). So, when the time came for a durable, accurate all around .357 revolver, there was only one choice: However, one does...
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    Yes. If you check the C.O.L. on the heavier charges listed in other data, you will see they generally list a longer overall length. Sierra lists their 125 JHP and V-Crown at just 1.03” overall length (hence their maximum loads are limited to that seating depth). While Speer lists their 124 gr...
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    If you could only have 5 handguns?

    Colt Diamondback .22 6” Ruger GP-100 .357 Mag 6” Glock Model 20.5 MOS 10mm CZ P-09 9mm CZ P 97 .45 ACP
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    My Sixth Edition has loads for 9mm, 9mm +P, 38 Spec and .38 +P, .357 mag, .40 S&W, and 10mm. It lacks data for .45 ACP and .45 Colt, though.
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    Sierra No. 6 has a good amount of BE-86 data. I did the same thing as you, bought an 8 lb keg to try it out. Liked it enough that I bought a second 8 lb keg before the price went up. Works well for strong but “non nuclear” loads in 10mm. Haven’t tried it yet in 9mm or .357 Mag, but...
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    Is there really that much difference 115 or 124gr for the 9mm

    Theoretically, the 124 gr JHP should should provide better penetration through the heavier garments worn in colder temperatures. Also, I believe most law enforcement agencies use the 124 gr as well.
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    Benchmark with vmax in 5.56

    I tested Benchmark beside two ball powders in a 26” Remington at 30 degrees F with a Nosler 40 gr Tipped Varmageddon bullet. (Above 70 degrees F, their velocities were quite comparable). I was amazed at how much better Benchmark held up at sub freezing temperatures.
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    Today I found a new way to screw up.

    At my club range, one of our rules is that ALL firearms are made safe before anyone goes down range, magazines removed, bolts open, slides locked back, cylinders open. We haven’t required chamber flags, but they are encouraged. Since our range is on land leased from the Federal Bureau of...
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    HS6 Data Differences in 357 Magnum

    I used a bit of HS-6 a couple decades ago but it was supplanted by Unique, which was followed by Accurate No. 5 for “all purpose” handloads in .38/.357, 9mm, .45 ACP and mid range .44 Mag. The No. 5 was replaced by Power Pistol during one of the scarcity panics, and my current go to is BE-86...
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    Powder recommendations

    Yeah, works for lighter bullets, too, as long as you don’t mind giving up anywhere from 100 to 300 FPS velocity, depending on how much over published maximum loads listed you are willing to go and weight of the bullet…