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Garrison Joe, SASS #60708

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  1. The uncompressed mag spring needs to be at least 3" longer than the mag tube. You can use a Remington 870 pump shotgun mag spring and trim to the length you need. Mag tube needs to be spotless and very lightly oiled, same with the mag follower. A lube that dries to touch like Eezox or Boeshield T9 is what you need for lubricant in the tube. Check that both shell stops are pivoting far enough to let the rim of the hull emerge from the magazine as the action opens. These get dirty and quit opening fully. DO NOT LOOSE the small screws that hold them in. good luck, GJ
  2. Move on up to a spray can of CLP (or one of several modern bore cleaners). Cleans better and no glass and no banana oil smell. good luck, GJ
  3. Whether you consider the .44-40 problematic or just finicky depends upon how hard it bites you. This cartridge was developed long before the SAAMI committee standardized the dimensions for the chambering. Then various manufacturers converted over from making their .44-40 barrels with (approximately) 0.427 " groove diameter, to 0.429 groove diameter to avoid needing to have an extra seat of tooling. All this has lead to serious problems over the last 60 years. And similar lack of attention to strictly holding to SAAMI specifications by manufacturers has affected many other old cartridges - like .38-55 and .45 Colt (to some extent). Many folks claim they see NO benefit in SAAMI standards. Or that it is fine to accept VOLUNTARY compliance with the standards. I think this many years of difficulties puts the lie into such foolishness in important specifications meant for firearms functionality and safety. good luck, GJ
  4. Yeah, an aluminum carrier like you have has to be cleaned a little more carefully. Most acidic cleaners and even some basic ones will attack anodizing. good luck, GJ
  5. Like - no interpersonal conflict is allowed at matches. good luck, GJ
  6. I'd go back and re-read their super short stroke kit instructions. Perhaps you missed a lifter arm fitting step. And perhaps you got sent a short stroke lifter arm instead of a super short stroke arm. Then I would lay your old lever (which you are reusing) right over a newer lever (like in the Border rifle). A bent lever could cause the problem you are now seeing, I would expect. Guns that experienced a bent lever that I have worked on gave exactly that same indication - lever would not close up to the tang. But they would show that problem with non-short stroke links, too. Sounds like yours does not fail to close with factory links back in. What you describe is the links are going straight (locking) well before the lever has completed the stroke. A bent lever sure can cause that. Yeah, I'll second ASlim's suggestion. The Alves are real good at helping out on the phone with fitting of their short strokes. Call 'em! good luck, GJ
  7. My functional specs only call for clean of fouling and grit. And since I have no lizard, I at least have use for lizard litter. good luck, GJ
  8. If that revolver has not been cocked, then the first condition in the list above will apply. Shooter can "restage" this revolver to free his hands to shoot the rifle as the second gun. No call. good luck, GJ
  9. Sounds like a good practice on the penalty situation we are talking about would be : 1 - inform the shooter that he was "out of category" when he had two loaded revolvers out at same time, but that P penalty is not being scored because of a target order Procedural. BUT, if-and-when an "out of duelist" category error happens again, he will be earning a SDQ for a second infraction. 2 - inform the scorer to make note on scoresheet of "Shooter has shot out of duelist category for the first time on stage # <current stage>" This provides sufficient information so that on following stages, the scorer and the TO (even if they are other people) will understand the shooter is aware of a SDQ if they repeat the error. good luck, GJ
  10. And the headstamp will read .44 mag forever. Your brass will get handed to a cowboy shooting .44 mag rifle.
  11. ?? What case? A bushing should really go 100K rounds or more. But that early failure I saw the other feller have? That says don't EVER trust them. I think I just got lucky, until I had a match disaster. A bushing jamming in a poorly cut slide - I'd not expect get 5K rounds if the slide is cut wrong. And I'd not expect another replacement to last long either without figuring out how to fix the slide cuts.. So, I believe what it proves is there are at least a couple of failure modes for those collet bushings. None seem to give a great lifetime. good luck, GJ
  12. I would not trust that this would be a great thing to use. Just how thick is that neck area? .44 mag brass is pretty thick! Has it been thinned enough to let a .429" bullet fit in the neck and then chamber in all .44-40 cylinders? good luck, GJ
  13. The top pic is of Federal shot cups (only). Since they have no cushion or gas seal, would be loaded on top of a "old fashioned" gas seal (over powder) and fiber wad thick enough to make a stack height that works with a specific hull. 1970s vintage manuals might show some loads with those. Pass on the blue ones - not seen 'em before. Bottom were Lage Universal Uniwads - 1960s vintage or so - "adjustable" wads. I've read about 'em, not used any. The red inner part collapses with pressure of the wad seating step. You have to get that amount of crush right to make the stack height right. Here's a video of some instructions and load data off a slightly newer bag: Personally, I never trust plastic of that vintage to hold up to firing pressures. So, like you, I wouldn't use any of these. good luck, GJ
  14. Well, I broke one at about 50K rounds through it. Thus, that was not a "poor cavity in slide" root cause. I saw another that was a "low-volume" shooter's gun that broke while shooting WB with him. Seen bunches in which folks replaced a still-intact collet with a solid bushing. No one ever mentioned that the gun's accuracy got worse. So, as I see it, there's little to gain leaving that collet in, and major risk being taken if a finger breaks off when you really need one or ten more shots! Colt even realized it was not a great idea and went back to well fitted solid bushings, in 1990 and later production. That alone tells me a lot. good luck, GJ
  15. Yeah, probably you are. The stress and failures come from the dynamic loads of firing rounds, not the hand-generated push and pull of the collet off the barrel. good luck, GJ
  16. Been reported here that the Schofield dies will USUALLY load Cowboy .45 Special ammo fine. And they have a roll crimp die almost always.
  17. For a steel crimp die, a grinder will work faster than a hacksaw. May take several blades, then filing and sanding, to finish the cut. Sizing Dies are made of fairly good steel, and often heat treated to harden. If you have a smith or mechanic friend with a lathe, the job goes quick. good luck, GJ
  18. It just dropped in on mine, no fitting other than slightly polishing off the outside diameter to make it possible, just barely, to turn it to lock position without a bushing wrench. Reports from other guys said the same at the time I bought the Brown and Wilson bushings. good luck, GJ
  19. The collet type barrel bushing that Colt tried was a failure waiting to happen. Mine broke during a match. But, Colt stopped using them in production about 1990. So if you are buying almost any 1911 Series 70 made since, it will come with a nice solid barrel bushing. Mine got replaced with a very nice Wilson solid bushing. After busting a rather poor quality Brown solid bushing, too. Buy quality if you plan to shoot this gun a lot. In general, I do a trigger job when I buy any 1911, and then about every 25,000 rounds. There's a lot to wear out with the trigger/sear/sear spring/disconnector area of any 1911. good luck, GJ
  20. Loads and loads of .45 auto loads. Sounds wonderful! GJ
  21. I've used the following mix of dies for about 15 years now while loading Cowboy .45 Special. .45 Colt shell holder (actually a Dillon shell plate) .45 Colt sizer/depriming die - to allow minimal resizing work on the case (better life) and let case fit in the BIG chambers (almost all 0.460" diameter) in most modern cowboy type guns chambered for .45 Colt .45 Colt expander spud in the Dillon powder-through-expander die, which adjusts to give enough belling to easily let a .452 sized lead bullet start without lead shaving .45 Auto Rim seating and crimp die to seat and crimp bullet with a moderate roll crimp (crimp may be tighter diameter than required, but most .45 Colt dies will not be adjustable low enough to place a crimp on the C45S case) I even include an RCBS powder lockout die in the four-station Dillon 550 on which I load. I can do that because of the use of a combined seat/crimp operating on the final station. This is a WILDCAT cartridge, for which a special deal was cut with Starline to make cases for it. No complete die set exists from any manufacturer even today. This is a too small volume market for most of the cartridge and tooling companies to be interested in. good luck, GJ
  22. I use the Smith Shop tool steel action slide hook screws in my IAC/Norinco 97 shotguns. Have never broken one. Have broken a couple of the originals. Now sold by Online Outpost. Make sure to order the Norinco type with metric threads! https://onlineoutpost.net/collections/shotgun/products/copy-of-1897-winchester-norinco-iac-shotgun-action-slide-hook-screw-by-the-smith-shop-97 good luck, GJ
  23. Ummm, kinda backwards with the actual causes/results. Too soft, and it's harder (not impossible) to lube well enough to prevent leading from friction with the barrel. But, .22 ammunition is soft lead bullet at 5-6 BNH and 1000 to 1300 FPS. Years of research has developed lubrication for those lower speed loads that don't lead. At the higher end of those ,22 velocities, copper plating is used in most ammo to prevent leading. And why .22 magnum rimfire bullets are thinly jacketed. This is also what caused .357 magnum ammunition in the 30s and 40s to get the reputation of being a "heavy leading load" when first manufactured by the factories with soft lead .38 special bullets. Because muzzle velocity increased to 1800 FPS with the same soft bullets that .38 Special shot just fine at 1000 FPS. Too hard a bullet, and bullet will not obdurate to fit the grooves (if the bullet is under size) and gas cutting of the lower section of the bullet deposits lead fragments/droplets onto the barrel wall. From studies of fired bullets, the lead comes from the shank of the bullet, not a melted base. good luck, GJ
  24. There are several mistakes and inaccurate data for hardness in that chart from PNJ Resources. For example, the 1:1 mix of soft lead and linotype alloy's composition does not add up even close to 100% as it should. I find the Cast Bullet Alloy Hardness calculator at Cast Bullet Association to be more accurate and it's able to calculate any reasonable alloy's hardness. Alloy Calculator - Cast Bullet Association https://castbulletassoc.org/download/Alloy12 good luck, GJ
  25. And if ordered with a credit card, you will most likely be able to dispute the charge on basis of lack of usefulness of the product. good luck with that one, GJ
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