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  1. srjdsmith

    Trigger springs

    Got an ALG on the way. PSA is out, but I think my son is getting a PSA from another supplier. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    Trigger springs

    Tell me about trigger springs. I have a RRA 2-stage varmint trigger on my hunting rifle which I love. But I have some “mil spec” triggers that. I don’t love. They must be “not less than 5.56 lbs” I would assume, but I don’t have a trigger scale. They make it go bang when you squeeze them and that’s about it. I don’t hate them, but I certainly don’t love them. Can I (safely) replace the springs for something more like 3.5 lbs? Is that safe / advisable? I see springs listed for sale, but is it a good thing to do? Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    Barrel length

    Well, it’s certainly not the rifle. Clearly the rifleman needs trigger time. With iron sights at 100 yards I can hit the black. But it takes my son and a spotting scope to get me there. A longer rifle isn’t a need, just a want. Now that the press is set up and the dies are in hand, I can find out what these rifles like to eat and feed them properly. Maybe these 54-year-old eyes and trigger finger can make 300 yards yet... Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    Barrel length

    All you guys and your golf analogies! You gotta know I know NOTHING about golf. The only time I played I got an 85, and I thought I was doing well. Then they made move to the next hole. Now you tell me I can bring my rifles and just shoot that stupid little ball?!? Why didn’t anyone tell me that before? I’m definitely building a 20” if I have to hit that little thing. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    Barrel length

    Well, to be honest, I have a VERY non-specific goal. My local range only has 100 yards. It’s where I almost always shoot for time and convenience. My cousin has a valley where we can get about 390 yards. I can’t hit much at 400 yards, but I’d like to. It’s fun trying. It’s also a bit of a drive to get there. My current 5.56 is 16” with a MOE handguard (not free-floating). I like it and it’s fun to shoot. I’d like to take the scope off and go back to iron sights and maybe (whatever the other kind is- holo? red dot?) that projects a reticle on a screen with zero magnification. I’d shoot open sights for fun and maybe do some zombie culls or something at my local range. If I hunt coyotes, I’d shoot that rifle because beyond 100 yds, I don’t know about hitting a ‘yote anyway. I’d put the scope on something designed for range. That “range” something is what I’m talking about. 20” or maybe 22”. Free-floating handguard. Better than mil-spec trigger (I love my RRA 2-stage varmint). Scope. Bipod. Not worried about weight- heavier’s better. Like that. How’s that for non-specific? Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
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    Barrel length

    I’ve heard that 16” is optimal for (.223/5.56/.223Wylde). So why do companies make barrels up to 24”? Is it just because people will buy them? Or it it even true? I have an itch to build (collecting parts for my cousin is going to make me feel left out if I don’t have one to build with him). I can’t really explain why, but a 20” barrel intrigues me. Bad idea? It would be exclusively for the range, I think, and I’d hunt with other calibers/uppers.
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    Bullets for plinking

    There’s SO MANY options out there!! I have some .45’s on the way. Gonna need some 9’s. Whether about 9mm or just in general... For cast bullets, Grooved or grooveless? Coated or bare lead with the gas check ring? (that’s what that blue ring is, isn’t it?) There’s a dizzying array of choices and whatever choice one makes, one makes it about 500 or 1000 times. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
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    .223 for fun

    Done. 1000 Freedom seeds on the way. My son is coming tomorrow and we’re going 2A shopping. What’s my powder? Hornady says 19.1 grains of IMR 4198 and about 15 other recipes. The Western guide is a mess. Alliant has three 55 grain loads, but no FMJ. Winchester says 26.3 grains of 748. What do you all like? Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    .223 for fun

    Wow! That’s a thing of beauty! Well written, complete... Beautiful. Thanks! I’m getting some of those pills on the way right now! John (Also, I think I’ve realized that Tapatalk doesn’t really cover the board very well. I might need to spend more time on the actual ar15armory.com site itself) Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
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    .223 for fun

    Is that those 1,000 count for $83.00? I was looking at that... Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    .223 for fun

    What kind of .224 DIA freedom seeds do we like to sow for general fun and paper-punching? 52gr? 55gr? Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  12. Let me stop you right there- I know they’re not the very best. But how bad are we talking? It would still be fun! And, once you paid for the $200 kit, it would be cheap... ish. Are we saying SO bad that a guy can’t hit a squirrel at 25 yards? Or just can’t put 10 rounds through a ragged hole at 50 yards? Every 8th round misfeeds? Or every 100th won’t eject? Lead bullets will ruin my 5.56 barrel? Or just clean it every time and don’t worry about it until I get to 100,000 rounds? How bad is bad? Whose kit is less bad? CMMG, etc... (Or just spend $200 on pills and powder and shoot .223?) Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    Gunsmithing question

    My posts get too windy as it is. I should have specified that I have checked Numrich and Jack First numerous times. Sometimes they don’t even list the part, and sometimes they list the part but “Out of Stock”. That Numrich listing is the most promising I’ve seen. I’ll get in touch with them tomorrow and ask. Thanks everyone. I guess I’ve got more digging to do. (But, to be honest I’m about to see if a little AlumaWeld will make a cosmetic patch and do without a safety. It is a single/double action after all...) Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    Gunsmithing question

    Pot metal. I’d even settle for something like AlumiWeld and not use the lever- really just for looks because it won’t have the strength. You’re right- I’m not having a new one made. It’s value is sentimental. Maybe worth $250 in gwo, less as is. It belonged to a dear friend who was killed by a drunk driver. He asked me to take it because his daughter is scared of it. He never would take it back, and she’s happy with her revolver, which she trusts. I just hate to grind off the nub and modify it’s function AND appearance forever. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    Gunsmithing question

    I have a cool, little .380 that is a little under the weather. Granted, it’s not much of a weapon; I’d never carry it; I’d never trust my life to it unless my arsenal was completely empty otherwise. But it’s really fun to shoot and decently accurate and it looks like a PPK- a little, and t’s a throwback to the days of “Saturday Night Special” (it IS a Saturday Night Special), and it belonged to a good friend. Parts are A LOT scarcer than hen’s teeth. And the safety is broken. Option 1) Leave it alone and shoot it a couple times a year as it is. Cons) That broken spur is really sharp and I’ve gotten bit. It’s almost impossible to rack the slide without losing blood. Option 2) Don’t shoot it. Cons) What?!? Don’t...?!! What are you talking about?!? That’s crazy talk. Option 3) ‘Glue’ or ‘Epoxy’ or somehow attach the lever for looks and safety, don’t use the lever, and shoot it. Cons) If the piece flies off while shooting, chances are it’s gone for good. What if some good gunsmith could have done something? AlumiWeld? Option 4) Remove the safety, grind it off smooth, reassemble, go without a safety, and shoot it. Cons) Now it will never be whole and really can’t be fixed.
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