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  • Hi Point brings the dip to the party: Hydro dipped guns and grips on tap

    Ohio-based Hi Point is hot and heavy on options to bring guns that include hydrographics to their grips, slides, guns, and mags within the next few weeks. As a matter of fact, hydro dipped grips that add a little style along with enhanced texturing are already available. What is hydro dipping? This process is called a lot of things to include (per Wiki) immersion printing, water transfer printing, water transfer imaging, hydro dipping or cubic printing. Basically, it takes a 3D object (let...
  • Getting Started Part 2: Primers, Powers and Bullets

    Getting Started, Part 2 Powders, Primers and Bullets by Histed Alright, you've taken the plunge. You have a brand new press, a set of dies for you chosen caliber, a scale and all the other goodies, including a good reloading manual. It's time to get some bullets, powder and primers. Suddenly, you realize that there are more than 150 different powders, dozens of bullets in varying weights, and primers from at least six manufacturers, as well as "magnum" and "benchrest" listings. WHAT DO I...
  • How a robbery lead me to my C9

    Here is a bit about myself and why I bought my first gun the Hi-Point C9 9mm. I am 26 years old, I have had a tough up bringing with my younger sister and brother, my childhood was fun, happy, and safe, but the struggles for food and housing were way too much for my mother. I met my beautiful and wonderful wife and we had two gorgeous boys. I have been happily married for three years. We came home after dinner one evening to find that we had been robbed; someone broke into our home through...
  • Rambling thoughts on the 30-30 Winchester

    Rambling Thoughts on the 30-30 Winchester by Greg Ritchie The rimmed cartridges have always held a special allure for me. Probably because I have always liked single shot rifles. A 22 Hornet, 30-30 Winchester, a 45-70 Government and a H&R Handi Rifle and I was ready to take on the world, or at least any critters in my home state of North Carolina! Of the three cartridges mentioned, the 30-30 Winchester is my favorite. Loaded with the 100 grain half jacket bullet, the 30-30 made an...
  • Summer Fun - With A Twist

    Summer Fun - With A Twist by "histed" [This is the Enemy! See his look of fear!] Many of us here enjoy fall/winter hunting forays. I look forward to the crisp air, a morning frost and the lure of small game hunting - knowing deer season is right around the corner. For some it’s elk, antelope or even moose. The latest craze may be shooting half a mile, but I still enjoy trying to get as close as possible for a sure one-shot kill. So why waste summer? What can I do to help ensure success,...
  1. How Long Will Ammo Last?

    How Long Will Ammo Last? by Kirk Lawson Right now ammunition is in a "seller's market." Ammunition manufacturers are cranking out as much as they can, as fast as they can. And pretty much every last drop of it is selling within days. Some people are new gun owners and trying to buy ammunition in order to supply their new guns. Some are more experienced owners and are trying to maintain their existing supplies while shooting. Some are trying to build up a personal emergency supply in case...
  2. Blackening Blackout Brass

    Blackening Blackout Brass by Kirk Lawson I got a bug to try do something to differentiate my 300 AAC Blackout ammunition so that it was visibly distinct from 5.56 cartridges. I'm certainly not the first, and there have been many others before. The solution which eventually caught my fancy was to blacken the brass for the cartridges. There are several commercial manufacturers but most notable has been Noveske and Sig Sauer. [Noveske 300 AAC Blackout] [Sig Sauer 300 AAC Blackout] After a...
  3. Powder Question

    Powder Question by Greg Ritchie When I was younger I used to rendezvous. I tried to emulate the eastern long hunter. I was young and learned from my elders. Just to share what I learned and what has worked for me in the past. I want to talk about the rifles first. Being of German descent, my family arrived in America in the 1730’s and settled in Pennsylvania, kind of drew my interest in that direction. A rifle brought into this country early was the Jaeger, from Germany, specifically from...
  4. Dealing With a Barrel Obstruction

    Dealing With a Barrel Obstruction by "GrumpOlMan" In my 40+ years of reloading and working with firearms I've made my share of mistakes and learned from others . I've been pretty lucky to never be seriously hurt, but I've had a couple close calls! Too many of us get caught up in trying to push performance to the max. thinking it will make the gun more accurate. It usually doesn't! The smart way to try a new load is to start at the low end of recommended charge/ bullet combo. If you don't...
  5. The Bryco Model 38, Brandon Maxfield, and the Downfall of Bryco Arms

    The Bryco Model 38, Brandon Maxfield, and the downfall of Bryco Arms by "adam01364" The Bryco Model 38, Brandon Maxfield, and the downfall of Bryco Arms Brandon Maxfield’s father purchased a gun at a pawnshop for self-protection. The Willits California man kept the gun loaded and unsecured in a nightstand drawer. While his father and mother were away, 7-year-old Brandon and a 12-year-old relative found the gun, and their 20-year-old babysitter took it away from them. Unfortunately for all...
  6. Getting Ready for Groundhogs

    Getting Ready for Groundhogs by Greg Ritchie I recently acquired a Harrington and Richardson Ultra Hunter in 25-06. It is 1998 manufacture. Looks almost new. The only markings on the scope are the parallax markings. It is a fixed power and appears to be about 10x. I once had an extensive collection of the H&R / NEF Handi Rifles, along with the Survivor Rifles. I had just purchased my first of the Classic line and was going to move into the Ultra line when H&R closed shop and became an...
  7. Definitions - Part 16: Trigger Reset

    Definition Series - Part 16: "Trigger Reset" by Kirk Lawson After the Trigger Break, the trigger must be allowed to move forward again to reengage the sear and prepare it to again be pulled rearward toward the Trigger Break. The point at which the trigger catches the internal sear mechanism and is again ready to pull backward is called the Reset. It is common for the shooter, particularly when working with an unloaded gun, to be able to both feel and hear the Reset with a tactile and audible...
  8. Smith-Sights Solution: Savage MkII and 93r Bolt Guide Pin Problem And Replacement

    Smith-Sights Solution: Savage MkII and 93r Bolt Guide Pin Problem And Replacement By Joshua M. Smith Hi Folks, I noticed my Savage MkII wasn't acting right, so I parked it until I could take a look at it. A couple of weeks ago I decided to resurrect it. It is a good-shooting rifle. A new trigger was a must, so I ordered a Rifle Basix. There had been some bouncing going on when the bolt was closed. I figured I'd look into this when installing the trigger. Washing away the grease, I found...
  9. 'Twas the Week Before Christmas, Part Duex

    “'Twas the Week Before Christmas - Part Deux” by histed [Did it again, didn’t cha, boy?”] Once again the Christmas Season has arrived. Once again you’re totally unprepared. I told ya last year - DON’T DO THIS!!! But do ya listen to the Dawg? Huh? DO YA!!!??? Of course not. If’n ya was smart ya wouldn’t be on this forum. H E double hockey sticks, ya wooden be on ANY forum. But, since ya won’t listen AND I wanna keep ya outa the Dawg house (I’m there already, ain’t no room fer you), here’s a...
  10. No Love for the Single Shot?

    No Love for the Single Shot? by "histed" [H&R Topper, my personal favorite] These days it seems that everything is “Tactical.” “Tactical” rifles, shotguns, handguns, magazines, rails, flashlights… the list is nearly endless. To quote a friend of mine “If it ain’t tactical it ain’t tacti-cool.” So much as mention a single shot shotgun in these circles and the ensuing laughter can be heard for miles. After all, why in the name of Gaston G. Glock would any sane person buy a single shot...
  11. It's Still Good Enough

    It's Still Good Enough by "histed" [The most popular deer cartridges] I live in the free zone of Pennsylvania. You know - west of Philly, east of Pitt, north of Harrisburg, south of Erie. The heart of Whitetail Country. Here hunting is a religion and whitetails are the ultimate game. Schools are closed the Monday after Thanksgiving, kids contract “buck fever”, everyone has a story to tell. Right now, the air buzzes with arguments on the “perfect deer rifle”, which plucked at my inner Kirk....
  12. Installation Guide for Lakeline Stainless Steel Sleve for the Taurus PT709

    LAKELINE STAINLESS STEEL SLEEVE By "Dubar" Part# PT-SG-NS-004 INSTALLATION GUIDE (for Taurus PT111-G2, PT140-G2, G2S, G2C, G3, 709, 740) NOTE: The Lakeline instruction say some firearms may require the use of a drill to enlarge where the sleeve inserts into the slide. I found this not to be the case, your situation or model may vary. I purchased a Taurus PT 709 Slim in May 2018 and have put over 1000 rounds through it since. Although the gun has performed well, there was always a...
  13. How To Write Your Congress Critter

    How To Write Your Congress Critter by Kirk Lawson It has become very clear that Personal Political Action is the most effective method for a Second Amendment Supporter to really let his or her views be heard by legislators. Some feel that the supporters have become too complacent and too dependent upon large organizations or associations to represent them, a mistake which is coming back to haunt many supporters and former supporters of certain national level associations. But just choosing a...
  14. Rambling Thoughts on the .257 Rifle Cartridges

    Rambling Thoughts on the .257 Rifle Cartridges by Greg Ritchie The .257 calibers, or the Quarter Bores, so called because the bullet diameter is 1/4", are arguably the Rodney Dangerfield of rifle cartridges as they get no respect. i do not think that any of the .25 caliber cartridges have ever been in the top ten best selling list as long as such lists have been kept. Take a good look at them and you find that the quarter bore cartridges are really quite adequate for their intended role....
  15. Violent Crime Drops Again

    Violent Crime Drops Again by Kirk Lawson Violent Crime has dropped again, but you probably did not hear about it. The FBI's Uniform Crime Report (UCR) shows that Violent Crime rates have fallen yet again. This time, they dropped 3.9% in 2018, continuing a downward slide. On the "10 year trend" bullet point from the UCR, Violent Crime fell 9% below 2009 levels, falling 14.6% from the same year. In fact, the Violent Crime rate now is lower than since about 1970. At the same time as the...
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