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Old 10-04-2013, 09:25 PM
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Re: Thor sample pack arrived today...

That eliminates the 'fiddle factor'. The extended range on a ML is certainly not the range of a centerfire.

Planning on sticking with the same 100 grains by volume load of 209 that I use with the saboted pills.

I didn't see that specification, Glad you provided it.

Will be sizing and ordering thie weekend. JIT for opening day down here. I need to 'do my part' to keep the deer off people's bumpers.

One other question that don't pertain to my original comment and that is, what is the shelf life of BH209? I keep the cannister sealed and in a humidity controlled location (my powder chest) but I got a deal on the big cannister so I bought one and I figure it will last for years.

I presume that so long as it has the vinegar smell, it's ok? Is that correct?

I'm used to extruded rifle and pistol propellants and I use my nose to insure they are viable.
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Old 10-05-2013, 07:10 AM
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As long as its sealed and you keep the humidity away, it should last for years. I do the same with all my propellants and just fired off some 2f that I've had for 15+ years, perfectly. Other than this year after all these eye surgeries, I normally don't let any sit around, going through 5 or 6 bottles a year.
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Old 10-05-2013, 07:52 AM
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As long as its sealed and you keep the humidity away, it should last for years. I do the same with all my propellants and just fired off some 2f that I've had for 15+ years, perfectly. Other than this year after all these eye surgeries, I normally don't let any sit around, going through 5 or 6 bottles a year.
Stink'in up the neighborhood....lol

I can see at some point, I'll have to visit so we can tell stories and create more smoke and stink.....

I get up your way (thumb) pretty regularly.
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Old 10-05-2013, 08:13 AM
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Stink'in up the neighborhood....lol

I can see at some point, I'll have to visit so we can tell stories and create more smoke and stink.....

I get up your way (thumb) pretty regularly.
Well I'm a little further up than the Thumb but, if you're up this way bring the muzz. My range is always open. I'll even put up some glow sticks we can shoot at if its dark Once the corn comes down, the 200yd target becomes available too!
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Old 10-05-2013, 09:35 AM
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Corn should be coming off, it is here. I'm not a row crop farmer, I grow commercial forage so I'm done for the year.

If you are south of the bridge, I get up there, usually on company business. I seldom cross the bridge except for bear hunts or to visit my friends in Iron Mountain.

Doe tags sold out here (Monroe County) in 1/2 hour. I've never seen that happen before and I attribute that to Obama and his anti-gun campaign. Firearms and hunting is getting much more popular, however, Muzzleloading isn't, which is fine with me.

Muzzleloading takes more skill and preparation that buying a box of factory loads and chambering some rounds.... I had to get a combo license to get a restricted doe permit but I did get an extra 3 anterless permits for my property in Mecosta County so I'm good every which way. I'm planning on hunting extended doe between the holidays on the Mecosta property, something I do every year unless I'm going out west on a hunt.

Down here is ML/bow/slug gun/handgun but Mecosta is anything that goes bang. That will be a 308 Savage and/or my 44 Smith which I always carry in the woods anyway.
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Old 10-06-2013, 07:30 PM
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Re: Thor sample pack arrived today...

Sized it (Accura V2) this afternoon after I cleaned it but prior to using bore butter (I use the TC biodegraqdable stuff).

The .500 fit and felt good going down, pulled the breech plug and shoved the pill out. The rifling engraved the skirt and a bit of the body. I figured I'd try the .501. Big mistake. Got it in but no ramrodding it down the tube, I could have bent the ramrod and I don't believe it would have slid.

I had to reverse the ramrod and shove it out from the breech end.

My issue is that I've been sending Barnes TMZ-BTs in 290 grain ballistic tipped pills and Thor only offers a 300, which is probably what I'll go with as I have the smoke pole sighted in on the 290's now.

Sent a message to Terry a wile ago so I'll see what he recommends.
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Old 10-08-2013, 12:30 PM
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Re: Thor sample pack arrived today...

the .500 sounds perfect, seems to load just like they do in my cva's.

Some ballistics info for the 250 and 300gr thor shooting 100gr blackhorn209.

250 Thor,


300 Thor,
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