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    shooting, hiking, hunting, fishing, building, gun smithing, wood working. SASS Regulator. NSCA super veteran.

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  1. From the pictures Willie took, I would think he installed TWO spring pins, one to help hold the top half in place, and one to act as a guide rod in the lower half. I see two spring pins in his. I think the way the Russians built them was with just the extractor rod (bottom) and one guide rod at the top. good luck, GJ
  2. Mine is a Spartan variation of the mp-220. It only has the top and bottom (large) extractor rods. Not two small and the large bottom rod. So, perhaps that will make a difference in how the work gets done. good luck, GJ
  3. Yes, that model responds well to the modification. I can't guarantee that a single rod supports the remainder without it twisting, not having done one of those jobs. So Lefty should take a close look at the main extractor rod to see how it resists rotation as it opens. A brief inspection of mine shows the extractor rod is round and not keyed in any manner. So it may be necessary to move the upper thin rod down to a convenient spot closer to the main rod. My gun was modified by a smith years ago and all that he did was to whittle away the upper ears of the extractor so that the shell is only touched by extractor from mid point (between the barrels) down and around to straight down. 90 degrees of contact. Has worked wonderfully for me and a previous shooter too. good luck, GJ
  4. The chemistry of the process more correctly is that cotton (or wood pulp) fibers are nitrated to make nitrocellulose. The old name of NC was gun cotton, which is where someone may have confused the two. That nitration is done in China (major manufacturer), Russia and India, in large part. None of which are really wanting to ship the nitrocellulose to us currently. It's the powder maker who then buys bulk nitrocellulose to manufacture smokeless powder by adding extra ingredients then shaping and drying and packing. So, it's not really a shortage of cotton. It's due to lack of the US having nitration facilities anymore - except for the Radford Army Ordinance plant. Which is being modernized and expanded by BAE Systems. You can read a brief on it here: https://www.baesystems.com/en-us/feature/radford-moves-to-commissioning-phase-of-a-new-nitrocellulose-facility And the markets not wanting/able to ship us bulk nitrocellulose. good luck, GJ
  5. Load the Bear Creek like you do your current bullets. Test fire the first 20 or so. If you like it, keep going. If you or wife THINK the recoil is higher now, drop 0.2 grains of powder and load some more. Differences in two bullets of same weight are hard to tell at the velocities and pressures we load! OAL for revolver loads only worries me when I load stuff within 10% of a maximum load - cowboy is certainly not there. OAL for feeding function in a lever rifle - now that is a SERIOUS concern! good luck, GJ
  6. I'm trying to help another shooter right now make light loads on his Dillon SL900 - it's a pain! I don't own one. I don't recommend one when there are easier machines to run for loaders who don't have much experience. Thanks, but I think its a tough machine that does not run on the same engineering principles as most other shotshell loaders, which really makes it tough for a shooter to move up to it. What I give other shooters here is advice based on my experiences.....that is what it is. And my mileage does vary from yours. good luck, GJ
  7. I've used a Bair HoneyBair, a Mec 600 Jr, an RCBS MiniGrand, a Mec Grabber, and now a Hornady 366. For what is needed for almost all pards shooting cowboy only, a Mec 600 Jr is hard to beat. Easy to set up, easy to learn, easy to adjust to a different load if you want to, reliable, light weight. I'm using the 366 because I got it at a bargain price, rebuilt it, and now it's run like a tank for the last 15 years! But I ask it to make about 2500 shells a month for Sporting Clays, Wild Bunch and Cowboy. Buying a new one right now is like opening your wallet at the Audi dealership, though. Find one used if you want one. If you are buying for a few shoots a month, 50 shots max each, then the MEC 600 Jr is plenty of loader. Reasonable price, especially if you find a lightly used one. If shooting only 3/4 ounce loads in 12 gauge, the only major loader I would stay away from is the Dillon SL900. It just does not have enough range of adjustment in the wad seating operation to handle very light loads like cowboys use. And it's a complex machine. And due to the amount of plastic parts on it, I would avoid an RCBS Grand (I hear they are close to or already discontinued at the factory, as well). If you are heavier into shotgunning, then a high volume "progressive" press that runs more than one shell in the shell plate at a time is often worth it. But some may not be real adaptable to low noise low recoil type loads. If that is your type of shooting, generally better advise on the Spolars/Ponsness Warrens/ etc can be found on the competitive shotgunning forums like Shotgun World or Trap Shooters. So, since SO much of the decision ought to hinge on your volume of shooting, your level of experience with reloading, and the variety of shells/loads you intend to make, and you have told us nothing about those items, can't recommend going to more expensive machines for most cowboys. Run a Mec 600 Jr like a lot of us do. If you run that one to death in a couple years, then you can reconsider your next choice then. good luck, GJ
  8. Or the trigger tip may have broken off or chipped. That is even more fragile than the full-cock notch on the hammer. This can happen if you pull the trigger hard enough with the hammer at half-cock. good luck, GJ
  9. The top groove is called a crimp groove, since it has a different shape of groove than a lube groove. But the ammo looks great. To hijack a publishers' slogan - "If it feeds, it leads." You don't need our approval. Hope that's not what you were looking for when you asked for "help" good luck, GJ
  10. Or one can place the hex locking ring of the die in the jaws of the vise and not have any contact on the threads of the die body by the vise jaws.... It takes a BIG vise to hold the die head of a Dillon press. And it's an expensive part made of aluminum - not something to beat on. GJ
  11. Yeah, I take the die out of my Dillon 550 and chuck it up in my bench vise (with heavy brass jaws) where I can whale away as needed. good luck, GJ
  12. Disassemble with the gun inside a cardboard box. Parts which try to escape are normally caught and dropped to the bottom of the box. The more valuable or necessary the gun, the more important to "box it" good luck, GJ
  13. But, sometimes you just need to give up on the real weak search that the forum software provides and use a search tool that is powerful. To do this, open a browser window, and using a Google search page, enter: site:sassnet.com stoeger choke tubes This REALLY gives you the advantage of using one of the most powerful ways to search, and to focus the search just on one web site (like SASS's web site). So this returns a bunch of threads that have asked the same question of "what tubes does a Stoeger use?" https://forums.sassnet.com/index.php?/topic/164396-screw-in-chokes-for-stoeger/ https://forums.sassnet.com/index.php?/topic/240620-chokes-for-the-stoeger-supreme/ Hmmm - seems OP asked this same question almost 9 years ago. https://forums.sassnet.com/index.php?/topic/256297-stoeger-supreme-coach-gun-choke-question/ https://forums.sassnet.com/index.php?/topic/295144-shotgun-chokes-for-cas-target-distances/ etc I don't know if this works with other search tools, but it would be easy to try out, if you have a dislike of Google search. good luck, GJ
  14. I searched in our forum, and quickly found a post from last December that has the same answer, too. The search function takes a little practice to make it work for you. Since you want to see posts that talked about Stoeger choke tubes, I made my search terms in the search field (top of every forum frame) look for the terms "Stoeger + choke" Just a "Stoeger choke" search would require the two words to be found exactly next to each other to be shown as a match (not what most multi-word searches ought to do, but that is the way the Invision forum software has been programmed). So, you need a plus sign between terms that do not have to be exactly adjacent, but should be present somewhere in the same original post or any reply. good luck, GJ
  15. No! HCl will dissolve the steel almost as fast as the brass. Don't try that. I've NEVER stuck ANY brass case (rifle cases are the toughest) that could not be removed by use of a stuck case remover. Never EVER really lean on a press handle if a case does not resize! Stop and find out what the problem is (usually lack of lubricant or filthy die or case). And, OP, I reload every month of the year. I shoot every month of the year. I have time every month of the year. So I use it to reload. good luck, GJ
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