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Old 08-29-2011, 20:06   #276
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I hate it that you guys got ran off, I would definitely try to contact a farmer or other landowner with a decent amount of land. You can shoot on my farm in Central Ky anytime, hell of a drive though.

I got 750 135gr. Nosler's today, all I have is Blue Dot. Where would you guys start at? I loaded up 1 mag at 13.3gr BD and everything seemed to work fine, brass looks great. I've gotta get a chrono. Do the cheap ones around $80 bucks that I see work decent?
Yeah, it sucks. We will find somewhere. I shot some 135gr Noslers the other day with 13.5gr BD, but I couldn't use the chronograph at our new (crappy) range.

I have no experience with the $80 chronograph, and I'm assuming you're talking about the Shooting Chrony F1. If so, be careful. I was about to buy it, but after reading all the reviews at MidwayUSA, I saw that almost every single review in the last few years was REALLY bad. The older reviews were mostly good, so it makes me think the quality has gone downhill. I got the next cheapest one, the Competition Electronics ProChrono Digital. It was $120, and it's perfect. I HIGHLY recommend you spend the extra $40, it's worth it.

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Old 08-30-2011, 06:53   #277
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I can second the Competition Electronics ProChrono Digital from Midway, I just picked one up and it works as advertised.
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Old 08-30-2011, 06:59   #278
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I've got a Shooting Chrony Beta I got on sale at MidwayUSA for $97 plus shipping. Works great!
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Old 08-30-2011, 16:38   #279
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Thanks for the info, I guess thats the one I need to get. I'm gonna go shoot some of the 135 Nosler's w/ 13.5 BD and see how they do after while. Might add a little more powder if things seem good.

21: What OAL were you using on the 135gr. Noslers w/ BD?
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Old 09-01-2011, 13:55   #280
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Thanks for the info, I guess thats the one I need to get. I'm gonna go shoot some of the 135 Nosler's w/ 13.5 BD and see how they do after while. Might add a little more powder if things seem good.

21: What OAL were you using on the 135gr. Noslers w/ BD?
I used 1.260". I pretty much load all of my ammo to 1.260". The only ones I don't are when the load specifies a different length. Also, with some bullets in SD loads, I shorten to around 1.250" to help feeding. I usually shoot for about 1.257-1.260".
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Old 09-04-2011, 01:23   #281
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Thanks, thats exactly what I've been doing too.
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Old 09-04-2011, 04:13   #282
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I went to Wal-Mart earlier to get some more wax and Vaseline. I have always thought people must wonder what the hell I'm doing while buying large quantities of wax and Vaseline. Well, today I found out. As I'm checking out, the old lady at the register said, "You got a drug test coming up?" I was like, "Huh?!" She said, "That's what people use this stuff for". She started explaining how one of the two ingredients can be used to fool drug tests. I'm not sure whether she was talking about the Vaseline or the wax because it was loud and I couldn't hear her.

Not wanting all the other people in line (who were at this point staring at me, and almost backing up) to think I was some meth-head on a court appointed drug testing schedule, I said, "Actually, I use it to test bullets." This didn't seem to make me any more appealing. Now EVERYONE, including the old lady cashier, who apparently cheats drug tests, were looking at me like I'm a meth-head serial killer psycho. Plus, the drug test beating 90 year old wanted details. So, now I'm standing at the Wal-Mart checkout counter explaining how wax and Vaseline can be used to test bullets, why anyone would want to do this, and why anyone cares.

Next time I think I'll just say I do a lot of canning jelly, and I get lonely. Perhaps those would be more common, more socially acceptable uses for wax and Vaseline.
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Old 09-12-2011, 11:55   #283
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I'm going to look into some local ranges, and also try to find someone with county land that will let me pay them to shoot on their land. There's also a free range on state wildlife management land that we can use, and we SHOULD be able to do whatever as long as no one else is there. That will likely be where we go until we find a better substitute.
Any luck? Still excited to see wax tube results of the hottest 155gr Gold Dot loads you've worked up.
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Old 09-12-2011, 15:45   #284
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Any luck? Still excited to see wax tube results of the hottest 155gr Gold Dot loads you've worked up.
I know, man. I'm sick that I haven't tested anything in so long. I think I might just keep going out there to the same place I used to. I can go down the off-road trails to this lake that's out there. I would only be firing 2 shots for the wax test, so it shouldn't be a big deal. I REALLY want to see what the Gold Dot's do, and I have several other bullets to test.
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I know, man. I'm sick that I haven't tested anything in so long. I think I might just keep going out there to the same place I used to. I can go down the off-road trails to this lake that's out there. I would only be firing 2 shots for the wax test, so it shouldn't be a big deal. I REALLY want to see what the Gold Dot's do, and I have several other bullets to test.
I kind of figured you might consider going back to the same spot, or near it. Like you said you've been down there sooooooooooo many times without issue. I kind of wonder the reasoning behind the cops showing up when they did. Like was it a drive-down-to-the-lake-for-the-heck-of-it kind of deal, or what. I'm guessing it was just a fluke, and it may or may not even be likely seeing the same officer(s) again. Obviously they never did make that big of a deal about it, and you simply nicely complied with their request, even though apparently they simply made the request on their own accord, with no direct reasoning from the owner of the property himself. Anyway, guess that's just what was going through my mind simply based on what you had already said.

Now don't get me wrong, I'm not trying to talk you into doing anything that might not be 100% kosher, and am not suggesting you should. Just that in this example it doesn't sound to me personally, much of a deal at all, let alone a big deal. But you make that decision for yourself, and I'll sit back and patiently wait.

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Old 09-12-2011, 21:07   #286
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Yeah, it sounded like the landowner had been watching tons of dirt bikes and ATVs heading out there all day, and eventually called the cops. They didn't care. They just told us to leave. Plus, there are two ways out of there, so if I was coming out, and they were there, I could just leave the other way. I wouldn't do it if I thought I'd get in real trouble. I might try to go test the Gold Dot's this week. It will be my new carry load: Starline nickel brass, 155gr Gold Dot HP, CCI 300, 11.4gr 800-X, COAL 1.250" (MAX load in stock barrel, I see consistent .4340-.4345" expansion, but no smiles). I will also chrono it and some other loads. I have been trying to do some chronograph work, but can't out at the new range. The light isn't right. I also have a string of 125gr Barnes TAC-XPs loaded up with Longshot. I'm hoping to beat the 1460fps I got with 800-X. I think I can get at least 1550fps (same as the 135gr Nosler). We will see. I also did a workup with the 135gr Noslers and Power Pistol.

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Old 10-02-2011, 14:01   #288
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Bump . . . I couldn't let it fall off the page. I'm going to test the 155gr Gold Dot this week. I've got to get back into doing this, dammit!
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Almost bumped it myself a few days ago. Still patiently awaiting the results.
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Old 10-03-2011, 13:21   #290
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Old 10-03-2011, 14:32   #291
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get with it 21!!!
I know. Without a good place to do the testing, I've almost forgotten about it. However, I'm determined to do it this week. I'll have to go off-roading to get to my shooting spot, and my brother has my 4WD right now. I will get the tubes ready, and do it this week or weekend.
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Old 10-07-2011, 14:46   #293
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I'm determined to do it this week.
Are we still on schedule?
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Old 10-07-2011, 23:14   #294
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Are we still on schedule?
Yeah, I'm hoping Sunday. I have the tubes ready, I've just got to go fire them. I wanted to go tomorrow (Saturday), but the girlfriend planned my Saturday for me, apparently. I'm going to use two tubes for the 155gr Gold Dot. Since the 165gr and 180gr Gold Dots didn't open in the wax, I'll try it twice. The first test will be just like usual, and if it doesn't work, I'll pour about 3-4" of water over the top of the second tube. Hopefully, that will get it to open.
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I'm showing 11:47pm Sunday night. Should I still be holding out for 13 minutes? I suppose not since I believe it's already been Monday in Alabama for almost 2 hours now.

Okay 21Carrier, what's the current ETA?
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Guys, I'm so sorry. I ended up waiting for my G20LS parts. I'm about to head out there right now. I should have the results up tonight.
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