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  1. It's because of how the different quantities react in fires. Loaded ammo just kinda "pops" one at a time. Jugs of powder and 1000's of primers can really accelerate fires. Here's a NSSF video on YouTube that shows Firefighters demonstrating what happens with loaded ammo.
  2. Nice review (and scope). I have a few Meopta riflescopes and an ancient Hermes spotting scope that have always served me well.
  3. I am by no means an expert with a pistol, but I had some tips from instructors that have helped me. You probably have already tried this, but one thing that helped when shooting smaller pistols was to actually get more of my finger past the trigger face. I had been purposely trying to get just the tip on the trigger face. Inserting almost to the first joint help reduce the pistol movement when the trigger broke. Another tip was to think about gripping the pistol like you're squirting water out of your hands (like a water fight in the pool). I was death-gripping the pistol and evidently that's not what you're supposed to do. Stolen image to illustrate what I tried to describe:
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    Just downloaded the form from ATF and it looks like it's still there. Screenshot:
  5. Where's that varmint barber hidin'?
  6. I've had oil analyzed by Blackstone Labs for my F150 that has 240K miles on it. A couple of years ago I was having transmission trouble and before I put money into the transmission I wanted some indication of the engine health. If I had both the engine & transmission were at the end of their life, I wasn't going to sink a bunch of money into it. The analysis showed that my engine was in good health - no unusual element amounts; no detected fuel, water or antifreeze. So I went ahead and had what I thought was a transmission issue addressed. Turns out it was a problem with the coil packs (not the transmission) that was making it shift funny. I also used Blackstone for front differential analysis when I changed the gear oil and it looked cloudy. I was worried about water being in it. Turned out that it was OK too, nothing unusual, good viscosity, and no water. Never determined why it looked cloudy, but it still continues to function normally.
  7. I've had a LNL Progressive press for several years. I bought it used from someone on this forum. Prior to that I reloaded rifle & pistol ammo on a single stage press for about 20 years. The LNL Progressive has worked great for me. I load pistol ammo (primarily 9mm & 45ACP, but also some 45 Colt) similarly to what you outline above. I use it for throwing powder, bullet seating, and crimping on a separate station (if I crimp them) for rifle rounds(5.56, .308, 6.8SPC, 30/06, 7mm Rem Mag, 7.62x39 and probably others I'm forgetting). I do rifle brass prep separately (varies depending on caliber/use) and prime with an RCBS Auto Priming tool. I use a Giraud for rifle case trimming - hurt to pay for it, but it is a huge improvement for trimming large batches of cases. The only things I've added to the press are a lighting kit, double bullet tray, and roller lever from Inline Fabrication: https://inlinefabrication.com/collections/hornady-lock-n-load-ap-ergo-roller-lever None of those are required, but nice to have. The roller lever is much more comfortable for me that the original Hornady lever.
  8. Part of my job when I lived in Colorado was dealing with water rights. For those of us that live in areas where there is a surplus of precipitation, surface water and ground water; it seems preposterous. But in arid areas it is well established law with its own separate court system. It's kind of like mineral rights - you can own the property, but not the mineral rights to the property. Nearly all residential property owners in Colorado do not own any rights to the water that falls on or flows through their property. The standard joke is that in Colorado water doesn't flow downhill, it flows towards money.
  9. I was already looking at Primary Arms - the black SB Tactical A3 brace is on sale for $80. Lowest price I've seen. https://www.primaryarms.com/sb-tactical-sba3-pistol-stabilizing-arm-brace-black You people are a bad influence.........
  10. Graf's booted me off my dealer account a couple of years ago because I didn't spend over $2K per year with them. I still use my Brownell's dealer account frequently and can still use the discount coupons with it. ETA: Haven't bought a C&R firearm in a few years though. I haven't seen much new being imported.
  11. I missed out on these again?!?!?!?!?!? Great looking knives!
  12. I've drilled gas block dimples on 3 Faxon barrels using the SLR jigs. Two of the barrels were their "pencil" barrels with 0.625" gas block journals. I was worried about getting through the nitride, but the bits went through it. I went really slowly because I was worried about drilling too deep. So I drilled a little & checked, a little more & checked. I was so focused on that I didn't ready notice it being difficult getting through the nitride.

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