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Garrison Joe, SASS #60708

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  1. Like most guns and supplies right now, keep an eye on things until prices settle. Most, I believe, will drop back to 10-20% higher then before The Panic of 2020. But, ROAs are special - just because they are out of production and Ruger has not seemed interested in making a new run. For them, it may be that a high panic price may just stick for a long time. But in either case, don't believe the prices will rise higher than they are now. Patience MAY save you couple hundred dollars a piece. The model you have your eyes on are the most desired model for cowboy action, BTW.
  2. If you really can't afford knockdowns or other quite visible reactive targets for shotgun (like clay pigeons on hangers), then the only fair way to shoot stationary steel is 1 - paint targets between shooters 2 - declare "no makeups on SG stationary steel targets" allowed 3 - after shooter completes stage, go inspect targets for pellet hits and repaint. This, of course, will be slow, tedious and just about impossible if you have multiple posses shooting on a single bay. So, find SOME way to use reactive targets that can be seen by the spotters if you ev
  3. Hope you are NOT serious with this. Brass contains a lot of lead compounds that are easily dislodged during washing - mostly from the residue (ash) of primer compounds. Rather toxic to ingest or inhale. And leaving that in a dishwasher - notorious for retaining a sludge of food and detergent particles in the pump and drain area? That would be asking for major health problems. DON'T DO IT good luck and good health - both are largely your responsibility - GJ
  4. Clays has for many years been known for getting to low velocity loads well. Bullseye used to have that crown - the king of pistol target powders. Clays has taken that over in many ways, especially for gallery/cowboy/target loads. But it can go up the scale a long way into medium velocity loads, too. It's accuracy is very good - good enough to ring steel. It meters really well in powder measures. And it's cleaner burning with less residue than many pistol/shotgun powders. It's cheaper than other cowboy powders like Trail Boss per similar load. The only thing Trail Boss rea
  5. If you are going light in .38 spl, it's hard to beat Hodgdon Clays powder (although Alliant Clay Dot does in my book, but not most loading manuals). HP-38/231 will be a LOT dirtier at low velocites. Clays loads will be accurate, can get to the low velocity range and have a mild report. good luck, GJ
  6. Montana Bullet Works https://www.montanabulletworks.com/product/3840-lyman-401043-175gr-fn-pb/ Buffalo Arms https://www.buffaloarms.com/401-180-grain-fn-hand-cast-b-401043.html (both out of stock, as many bullet casters are currently due to "The Panic of 2020") good luck, GJ
  7. Did you check Springfield Slim's site? http://hstrial-mwhyte2.homestead.com/ He does lots of older, BP compatible designs, and they work well as smokeless bullets, too. Are you sure you need one particular Lyman mold design? And if you are, what mold number, as Lyman probably has made 10 or more 38-40 RNFP molds over the years. Lyman 401043 or some other mold? good luck, GJ
  8. Very easy. You need a .38 spl shell plate, locator buttons and powder-thru expander button - those come in the "conversion kit". You need a set of loading dies. Dillon makes a very good .38 spl die set. So does RCBS. Hornady and Lee would be well down in my preference order. I would get a die head plate and make the swap out of the whole die set in a minute - saves swapping out dies. But does require a dedicated Dillon powder measure - which I also think is a time saver. With those items in hand, a normal change from 9mm to 38spl would take me less than 2 minutes.
  9. Only going to say this - Redding Profile Crimp Die. Lee Factory Crimp Die in .44-40 is not in the same league as the Redding die. It will fix the bulging of the case neck right below the crimp better than any other technique I've found. I certainly do not run loaded rounds back into the conventional sizer die. Smashes the neck way down under size, and the bullet with it. good luck, GJ
  10. Brownells and Midway both have some abrasive stone sets that are made for trigger and action work. Very fine, thin, fragile, but the ONLY way I know of to control and polish the desired flat and super smooth surfaces in an action. Highly recommended. That locking bar looks like it needs welding up and dressing back down to original profile. The front lug and rear lug both need dressing, but both appear to be so far from right currently, that they may need some TIG weld metal added before dressing to final tight-fitting shape. I'd recommend Lassiter or Boomstick Jay
  11. I guess when Uberti started distribution on their own in US (about 2013 or 14), they used the Stoeger company as a brand name again. So in addition to the importers, they have their own "house" brand now. The original Stoegers were mainly pre-2000. The resurrection of Stoeger - after 2013 or so. But you are right, date code needs to be checked to be sure if it's 20+ years old, or just a few years old. good luck, GJ
  12. Primers did not get a "good enough" hit on them on first try, or they would have fired. A Stoeger imported Uberti is an OLD gun. Lots of wear-induced problems can start to pop up. Protruding primers ought to be checked first. And weak mainspring second. Dirty firing pin channel, broken firing pin, or binding firing pin extension also possible culprits. Tripping trigger before the action is fully closed or after you have already opened the lever slightly, especially if trigger safety is dirty or removed. Excess headspace possible too. If brass needs small pistol pr
  13. Well, only an <you can insert your own description> would work with dry brass cleaning techniques in a closed room/garage. Work this outside. Take the same precautions with cleaning as you would with a shooting range - outside, or really good ventilation system. That's also a reason the dryer sheet goes in the bowl. good luck, GJ
  14. I vibrate brass for 30-45 minutes while I walk the dog. Clean enough for me. Used dryer sheet, and a cap of paint thinner. The thinner reduces the time to get the brass clean of all powder soot. good luck, GJ
  15. Maybe the task of updating the website info is itself backlogged 12 weeks or so..... good luck, GJ
  16. It's a well made, hefty gun made by Sauer and Sohn, Germany, back in the 60's https://castboolits.gunloads.com/showthread.php?322689-401-Herter-s-PowerMag-Brass Before you splurge on it, realize that ammunition is VERY hard to come by. Most folks who have one reload. Even brass is hard to come by. But here's a custom shop that sells full-power Powermag ammo: https://shop.reedsammo.com/401-Herters-Powermag_c240.htm Now, whether your sample of the gun is in good condition or not, that is a whole other question. Some folks have had a custom cylinde
  17. It's always been a bad idea. And it still is. Not for collecting brass, but for trying to reload it. Some folks resent having to sort the small from the large before reloading - A LOT. If you keep it off of WB range, it will keep your friends friendly. I toss all I find in my brass scrap bucket - after a quick squeeze with pliers to discourage salvaging it. good luck, GJ
  18. One BIG point to this story is to fully check any new firearm purchase, just as soon as possible. Including shooting it. I have one gun sent back with manufacturer's service depot right now in which a problem developed 3 years from purchase. This MFG has a 5 year no-argument warranty and is doing a $600 or more repair. good luck, GJ
  19. They are making brass as fast as they can go. So SOMEONE had to get those thousand. GLAD it was you! GJ
  20. Other than being in Lewiston, ID, RMR Bullets seems to still be in business. But this is NOT the same company as what the OP said he wanted - R&R Bullets..... RMR - seems that their only bullets are jacketed slugs that they swage and draw themselves. If you are looking for cast or swaged lead slugs, looks like another vendor would suit you better. good luck, GJ ..... I did a google search and found this bad news about R&R Bullets - Posted on Dec 14, 2019 R & R BULLETS IS NOW PERMANENTLY CLOSED FOR
  21. There's lots of different "circles" in the firearms community. Not just concealed carry, cops or vets need to be trained in marksmanship and gun safety. In fact, they are not the main group who the CMP's main mission serves, if I read the CMP mission statement correctly. Youth shooters learning the ropes come to mind as a major focus. And most of them probably have to provide some match scores, since they don't have the benefit of "other qualifications". But I'm glad CMP has a big tent view of it's clientele, and includes lots of types of shooters in it's friends.
  22. A note from a club officer explaining the exact correlation between your alias and your real name would probably suffice. Where's proof of marksmanship activity come for members of the Garand Collectors Association? Many of those members never fire their mil-surp guns. good luck, GJ
  23. It's certainly best to check when the information you are getting has different content depending upon who publishes and where the data was found. Sounds like you can safely use Sport Pistol in .45 Colt following that data. Of course, a 250 grain slug is not what I have settled on in .45 Colt loads for Cowboy shooting. Pretty healthy recoil. But your criteria for a good load may well be something different than mine. good luck with it, GJ
  24. I don't believe that the AccurateShooter website is one that Alliant publishes. Although it LOOKS professionally done, it seems to have come from some person or organization other than Alliant. So, the Alliant tech you talked with most likely was being honest with you, The home page could be: https://www.accurateshooter.com/ but because the .com and the .net type sites are usually not both owned by the same organization, the data I'd guess did not come from AccurateShooter.com, either. As such, I would be real careful in using the data, and certainly start lower a
  25. CMP is the quasi-Federal organization that sells many surplus US firearms, in support of it's main mission of improving marksmanship skills in the general population. Currently now selling a few 1911 pistols and Garand rifles. Located in Anniston Alabama. Further info - go to THECMP.ORG on the web. SASS (big organization) is not a CMP recognized marksmanship training program. I, like Cholla, joined the Garand Collectors Association three or four years ago, which checked the box for "belonging to a recognized marksmanship organization" that is needed to apply to buy a US surpl
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