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Old 03-18-2015, 08:26 PM   #776
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After months of reading and thinking it over, I finally made the order for all of my reloading gear. Henry at Budget Shooter was awesome to deal with, always took the time to answer all of my questions. Now, I wait for Canpar.

Decided to skip outta the office and hit the range, I wanted to zero a new scope on my 7mm. Not one person was at the range - it was perfect. Took my .357 with me, it was shooting great as well. Just a great day of first thinking about and then getting the aromatherapy of gun powder.
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good stuck.. wish i could hit the range. With my current medical problems i can't even shoulder a rifle.. quite depressing... bought 2 new rifles and can't even shoot them. Which range did you hit up Zedbra?
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I shoot at the Squamish range, so I have to cleverly plan my escape from my office in Coquitlam to catch daylight here.

Can you shoot pistols?
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good stuck.. wish i could hit the range. With my current medical problems i can't even shoulder a rifle.. quite depressing... bought 2 new rifles and can't even shoot them. Which range did you hit up Zedbra?
Well, they're making you depressed and you're tired of looking at them, I'm sure I can take them off your hands.

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I shoot at the Squamish range, so I have to cleverly plan my escape from my office in Coquitlam to catch daylight here.

Can you shoot pistols?
I basically can't to a whole lot, anything that causes sudden impact on my body is no go, even if i take a step while walking wrong, it'll send lightning up my leg, up the back and then explode down in the ankles.


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Well, they're making you depressed and you're tired of looking at them, I'm sure I can take them off your hands.

hahah thought about it, but using them as a motivation to get healthy again so i can shoot the crap outta them.
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I basically can't to a whole lot, anything that causes sudden impact on my body is no go, even if i take a step while walking wrong, it'll send lightning up my leg, up the back and then explode down in the ankles.

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You should drive up, give me a reloading 101 course.

What will make your back/spine better?
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Booked my shooting for my birthday in Vegas lol, going to battlefield vegas

Shooting the Barrett .50 cal, M60, and SCAR

May throw in the Deagle if it's not too much $$$ but I've shot big hand guns in the past so not too concerned if I dont
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^ I'll be in Vegas in June but I am gonna rip up the sand dunes instead.

Spent some time at the range with my son yesterday.



This was the first time I let him shoot any pistol. Before the keyboard critics jump in - I loaded one .22 at a time - he was not able to go Rambo with a semi auto and I tried to make him wear eye protection but there were others at the range blasting off large calibre rifles and the glasses were leaving too much of a gap for the ear protection to work.

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What will make your back/spine better?
i was actually just up your way, spent the weekend in whistler. Right now take some heavy meds.. going into the hospital tomorrow morning to do some scans and test. Right now i think my only solution is surgery which i'm somewhat scared of someone taking a knife to my spine
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Well, good luck with the scans and with your decision. I would be leery of someone taking a scalpel to my spine as well.
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i was actually just up your way, spent the weekend in whistler. Right now take some heavy meds.. going into the hospital tomorrow morning to do some scans and test. Right now i think my only solution is surgery which i'm somewhat scared of someone taking a knife to my spine
My dad just underwent surgery on his spine as well. He had a herniated disk resulting in compression of the nerve cord. Before he surgery, he was basically bed ridden and on pain killers too (could barely walk).

He went to Lionsgate for day surgery after an MRI was done. It was a day surgery and the cut is about an inch. Fast forward a week and my dad says he's at 95%. Back on his feet and doing everything he was before.

If you have the same thing, I suspect you'll have a swift recovery as well.
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i hope so too.. sounds like he got the minal evasive surgery which is about an inch cut. Depending on how serious or how many locations i'm messed up it, they may need to slice me right up the spine. *shivers* I guess i'll find out within the next week or so how serious it is..
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I'm in the same situation as you are Eternal.
L5/S1 pinch due to an undiagnosed fracture at some point in time. Today is week #7 of the current flare up, and I've already had a couple of Tylenol Arthritis

One thing I can take solace in is shooting. If not for the heavy gear and targets, I could shoot all day long. I've been able to rig up a cart for my heavy gear, so as long as I have someone to haul the AR500 gong out to 100 yards, it's going to be a good day. Good luck with your situation. I'm hoping that they can fix you up like they did CRS' dad.



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The T97 was giving me some trouble with the trigger pin popping out of the mechanism. I can't wait for the lower hand guard to come out.....

I also should have taken some pics of the Tavor, Cx4, 30-06, and some of the other toys we had out that day. But, you know how it is on pain meds.
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very nice, its been a long time since i've been to the range. I think i'm on month 8 with my flare up.. been on all types of meds and i hate it.. totally mess with the body, the contant nasuea, being bunged up and feel like your literally shitting bricks when you actual can crap.

Been on T3, naproxen, diclofenac, hydromorph, morphone, percs, oxy.. all with little to no effect.
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That really sucks.


I've never even seen a Percocet, let alone had one not work for the pain. Good luck man. The meds are horrible, for sure. T3 and diclofenac were enough to mess with my system, but as long as I had a couple T3 every 4-5 hours it was manageable. At least now I'm on OTC pain meds which are so much less harmful to the system. Hopefully the medical community will recognize that you're a young man with lots of years left in you, and put you back together. Good luck man, and keep us updated. It's a common, shitty situation and the first battle to win is finding a doc who actually gives a damn.
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agreed. I tried to get my doctor to sign of on my pot card and he said no, yet had no hesitsation to prescribe me the hard drugs. I mean i use pot to calm the nausea and the stomach pains but nope.. just refused to sign it. He said he has a patient that has something similair to me and had to go for surgery.. and that person is still waiting and its been over a year already.
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Today would be a good day to shoot.
I'm waiting on a rear sight for my 45-70, then I get to sight it in using ammo that averages $2.70/shot. Should be fun for everything except the wallet.
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I'm waiting on a rear sight for my 45-70, then I get to sight it in using ammo that averages $2.70/shot. Should be fun for everything except the wallet.
anyday shooting is a good day. i think its been over 8 months since i fire any gun
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I'm waiting on a rear sight for my 45-70, then I get to sight it in using ammo that averages $2.70/shot. Should be fun for everything except the wallet.
Reloading time! I just mounted my turret press, I will try to get it all set up and running by the end of the weekend. Looking forward to finessing my rounds.
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becareful of short strokes. I had a few of those when i was pumping them out. Made a few squibs but luckly they were barely charged that it wouldn't let the pistol fully chamber a new round.
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luckly they were barely charged that it wouldn't let the pistol fully chamber a new round.
That's what scares me about reloading. I did some measuring on my brother's 5.56 reloads, and they sat a little taller than the AE or chinese surplus.

Taking parts of the gun to my face doesn't really appeal to me. Especially as a bullpup shooter.

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Well, pumped out about 20 rounds this morning after getting it all set-up. It took a while to get it adjusted exactly where it needs to be - mangled about 6 rounds figuring it all out.

What surprises me is just how little gun powder is in the casing. Not much. Still trying to read definitive answer as to how far to seat my different bullet types. Lots to learn.
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yeah thats the hard part, finding the perfect seating depth. When i first started reloading, i tried to copy factory ammo recicpe, same powder, same grains, and same bullets. Then took calipers to see how far OACL was and tried my best to match. Which turret did you go with? What are you using to clean your brass? I use an ultrasonic cleaner. I have 2 sizes, a big and small, small one does about a batch of 400 9mm. the big brother does about 1500 .308 brass
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That's what scares me about reloading. I did some measuring on my brother's 5.56 reloads, and they sat a little taller than the AE or chinese surplus.

Taking parts of the gun to my face doesn't really appeal to me. Especially as a bullpup shooter.

agree'd, i haven't started with the 5.56 yet as surplus is still cheap. Once they start going up higher in price or lack of supply. Plus i'm just plinking with the T97 and AR so don't exactly need precision loading.
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yeah thats the hard part, finding the perfect seating depth. When i first started reloading, i tried to copy factory ammo recicpe, same powder, same grains, and same bullets. Then took calipers to see how far OACL was and tried my best to match. Which turret did you go with? What are you using to clean your brass? I use an ultrasonic cleaner. I have 2 sizes, a big and small, small one does about a batch of 400 9mm. the big brother does about 1500 .308 brass
Seating depth and then crimp die settings were the hardest to get just right but once you get it figured out it is pretty straight forward. I am just reloading for my revolver right now, so OAL is not as important as a semi-auto or rifle. Once I feel confident with some more rounds then I will read and take on reloading my 7mm MAG rifle rounds, I have several hundred cleaned brass ready to go.

For cleaning I just bought a Frankford Arsenal EZ Tumbler. Using corn media and a little polish - the casings looked new even after running 800 cases through them. Ran each batch for 3-4 hours. Cheap and easy. For reloading I went with the Lee Classic Turret set-up. Everything about the kit is good except the scale - I need a better scale and preferably a digital one - I'm going to look into that ASAP.

Just got back from the range and all 60 rounds of .38 SPL fired as expected. I still have all my fingers.

I will reload a bunch more and then get into some hotter loads of .357. The wad cutters were not as accurate as the jacketed rounds, but I will play with the loads a bit to see if I can balance that out.
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