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Garrison Joe, SASS #60708

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  1. 45 degree angle is plenty. Shotgun loads will leave you with a disappointingly small lead recovery, as a much larger fraction of the lead turns into lead dust. You might even be able to use a water pan, much easier to get the lead out of water than sawdust, but then, the sawdust you can leave in the lead as you melt it and it just helps flux the melt. Pick your target for setting in front of your recovery plate carefully. If you shoot standard knockdowns with their vertical target, even a small knockdown will intercept 80% of the shotgun pattern at cowboy distances and vaporize th
  2. Then it sounds like the Match Director and other match officials made a good call, that there were a healthy number of contestants allowed to shoot in that peer group with like minded and capability shooters, and that if awards went 3 deep for the category, most pards probably thought they were "recognized" properly. Which, after all, is one of the core ways to "keep the customers happy." Good luck, GJ
  3. Only if a match director decides to award Silver Senior Duelist. And that is usually driven from several shooters requesting such a category. And it has to be balanced against the match funds and everyone's time it takes to make the extra awards for a match. SSD is not an official category that must be awarded. Your concern sounds like it should be forwarded to the Match Director of the appropriate event..... Remember, though, the game is bigger than it was in the 1990s, with more shooters and more events. To have expected the game to have stayed "just as it was invented" is o
  4. For those who might be still looking for Clays powder, Recob's has a big shipment they are selling at their last-year price. I've got no connection to this, just saw the sale offer from them, which in itself is slightly unusual. http://www.recobstargetshop.com/index.htm Good luck, GJ
  5. At turn of the century (2000), there were standard and ladies categories for: Modern - (adjustable revolver sights) Traditional - (fixed sights) Duelist Buckaroo Junior Frontier Cartridge Mod and Traditional and some of the age modifications (Senior being most common) The finer age splits (Buckaroo, Young Gun, Wrangler, 49er, Silver Senior, Elder Statesman, Cattle Baron), Classic Cowboy (about 2004) and B Western (about 2006) came later. As I recall.... And, with your SASS number in the 29K range, I'd have thought you had been around since mid 1990s. Good luck
  6. Never, and I don't use a wet tumbler because, among many other reasons, I often load right after cleaning. Good luck, GJ
  7. Yeah, although the discussion points are close to the same, I assumed the OP was talking revolvers.....
  8. Here's what a serrated front sight looks like in particular. OK, after learning several thousand things about Google Photos , I came up with this link for my serrated stainless Vaquero front sights: https://goo.gl/photos/KdFJe644PMrqtz4cA I did that file work in just a few minutes with, I believe, a 40 LPI checkering file from Brownells. About 3 or 4 years ago. Good luck, GJ
  9. As to the short stroke they install - they don't "kit" it - they designed their own action parts so they can provide parts "forever." Would not be wise for them to select a kit and try to "boogie on down the road" for the next 50 years when the vendor has been retired or out of business for the last 40 years..... Good luck, GJ
  10. Here's what a serrated front sight looks like in general. http://www.brownells.com/handgun-parts/sights/front-sights/1911-front-sight-prod8842.aspx Good luck, GJ
  11. You want a great side match gun - BOND! You want a great concealed carry pocket piece? Smith Detective Special. No derringer fits the bill. Good luck, GJ
  12. The announcement I read said Stanley would assume and continue to honor all the Craftsman warranties on US made tools. Even Sears "adjusted" the quality on the Craftsman products over the years - no reason to think Stanley won't also..... Most hand tools are not getting to be "better quality" than they were in the 1950s and 60s. BTW - "Craftsman" was a brand name that was applied to many different companies tools that were branded for Sears to sell as Craftsman. Just like the Ted Williams line of sporting goods, long guns and fishing tackle were. There is no "Craftsman" comp
  13. I run a 30 lines per inch "checkering" file over the back side of my front sights to serrate them. Then, if they still are not showing up, black sharpie. With the fine serrations (30 per inch or so), that surface holds color real well. Good luck, GJ
  14. Make sure you have a couple of your RO's familiar with the safety, manual of arms, malfunction clearing and lots of the specifics of shooting a 1911. Don't reholster the 1911 after it has been shot. Gun with slide locked back won't fit well in the holster. Provide a staging table to put the open and empty 1911 down on the table, muzzle still down range. Then clear the 1911 on the line using the 1911 clearing techniques of: * Show gun empty and magazine out * Drop slide with muzzle down range * Drop hammer by a trigger pull * Re-holster This style of mixed shooting has been done
  15. Very special polymer tips that are "major league" cushions instead of "firing pin substitutes." Yep. The invention and testing of those sure do not justify using regular pointy bullet tips (lead or other metal) in lever guns. Good luck, GJ
  16. Cabela's gets none of my gun related business. Their loss. They may know clothing, but they don't know stocking and supplying components. Good luck, GJ
  17. Hornady must have perceived little need to publish .357/.38 rifle data, so they did not spend the money on ballistics techs working up data for this edition. In general, add 200-300 FPS to what a 6" revolver MV result is and you will be close to what the MV for a 20" lever rifle will produce with the same load. If this is world-ending for you, then drop Hornady a note and express your concerns to them. If they get a hundred or so, their next edition may have some dedicated rifle data. But, I never look at the rifle section of loading books for pistol cartridge data, so I won't b
  18. I tried finding gloves I could shoot well in - never did. So, now I use large well insulated gloves that are easy to get on and off, with a hand warmer packet in each. Right before leaving the loading table, off come the gloves. Shoot, and at the unloading table, they go back on. Minute 30 at the most. Get a pair with a snap connector that joins the gloves and you can hang them over the back of your shotgun belt. Good luck, GJ
  19. I'd not worry about most straight-line magazines, because a primer needs a pretty tight point of impact to go off. A Henry design, with a spring loaded follower (that has to be compressed to load the magazine, then released to set down on the cartridges) which can slam a column of cartridges together with quite a bit of force - now that I would get very cautious about using a round nose slug in. Good luck, GJ
  20. (This following material ignores thermal expansion of the mold at casting temperature. There would also have to be an adjustment for the mold material (iron, brass, aluminum) growing in cavity diameter as the mold gets to casting temperature.) Pure lead shrinks 1.13% of the bullet diameter from the (room temperature) mold inside diameter. Thus, to cut a mold to cast pure lead, Tom at Accurate cuts the diameter to be 1.13% bigger than the diameter you want the slug to cast at, when it cools off. Linotype shrinks 0.65% of the diameter as it solidifies. So Tom would cut the mold a li
  21. Cleaning guns is SO dependent upon what your GUN needs for it to be able to run well. We can make generalizations in the gun types and what they need. But listen and feel your guns and you will develop a cleaning schedule that works for you. Here's some important points I've learned. * Some smokeless powders burn more cleanly and require less cleaning. * Plastic-Coated lead slugs require less cleaning than lubed slugs * Once you get your loads tuned, if you HAVE to clean a rifle or pistol barrel to keep it running or maintain it's accuracy, there is something wrong with the load!
  22. That dump station in the main RV park has a big sign on the water spigot at the dump station - NON-potable. Has had the last 4 years. (Now, have a few folks used it in their campers? Well...) The better supply is to make a friend in the full-hookup area and fill your rig there. (Take along a clean hose and a Y connector) Then go park it. Good luck, GJ
  23. Older technology powders are often ALSO a problem. Some of the newer technology with modern deterrents and coatings are much less temperature sensitive, even with light loads. But, that said, powder manufacturers do not have a big market for real light loading capability. Smokeless powders are designed to run WELL close to their max pressure levels, not the minimums you find in manuals, and certainly not the "below mins" you find in many cowboy's gun belts! It is true that very light loading makes consistent loads hard to build at any temperature. And with some powders, it becomes
  24. The Cast Boolits web site has several fellows who sell assembled PID controllers. Were I interested in more precise temperature control than what the RCBS pot provides, I'd probably install one of those. But I've not had that much need for control. If you want to scratch build, here's a starter post: http://castboolits.gunloads.com/showthread.php?181319-Pid-Controller-Schematic As shown in that post, the PID controller itself is usually just a purchase from Auber Instruments or similar vendor. Otherwise, on the Cast Boolits site, search for PID. Good luck, GJ
  25. That's a sturdy looking table; congrats! Around here, we use about 30" square or larger. A lot of times, we use 4 feet long (2 feet wide) folding tables, with a carpet top. As tall as you have built that, I would encourage stabilizer feet that run out to both sides and to the down-range side of the table. It will be pretty easy to knock that table over on any sort of grassy or rough ground with the height being larger than the width and depth. Or some sort of anchor system, which then makes setup and take-down slower. Also, make sure you use something on the table top to keep gu
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