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Garrison Joe, SASS #60708

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  1. If the return spring doesn't do it all, the next thing to try is a long replacement firing pin. Make sure the bore the firing pin sits in, and the holes where firing pin extension rides, are 100% clean and no burrs. Check protrusion of tip of firing pin when manually pressed forward in bolt - should be at least 0.030" IIRC. Doing that test BEFORE you buy a new FP will tell you IF you really need the new longer pin. Bending the Smith Shop spring is almost never needed. And not a great idea anyway. It's hard to get a spring to hold a new bend after it has been bent and temp
  2. Yes, there have been just a few shoot-thru's allowed at EOT in the past. Any work schedule that keeps you in Indiana through Friday will make it even harder to get to New Mexico where ever EOT will be held in 2021 with your gear and be ready to shoot all 12 stages on Saturday, though. good luck, GJ Oh, now I see a Facebook announcement for Paradise Pass but nothing posted by SASS as an announcement here. Huh! Maybe you can get to it. Shooting 12 stages in a day would not be my idea of fun, but then, I'm re.... tired. You will really want
  3. Appears that it would be simple to swap the positions of the thermocouple coupler and the line power input socket to reduce wire run lengths for both of them, if you build another of these. good luck, GJ
  4. If .45 Colt fits in a New Vaq cylinder geometry, then .38-40 or .44-40 will fit too. GJ
  5. I've had a .357 DA revolver converted to .44 special before. It was, back in 1978, just about the same cost as the new S&W Model 28 that I started with. That conversion might just be cheaper because you can bore the existing cylinder! Good luck, GJ
  6. Blackhawk hammers are not "low". Some folks posting must think they can drop the "Super" part with impunity. Well, they just caught you. You want the Super Blackhawk hammers. Good luck, GJ
  7. Putting ".45 LC" on a barrel is in violation of SAAMI standards for cartridge designations. Alexsandro P's guys should know better, good luck, GJ
  8. Another great shop to do this - - Run-n-Iron firearms restoration service in Nebraska. http://www.runniron.com/index_cowboy.html
  9. If they "before panic" were priced at about $33 per thou, then it would be very kind to pass them on to your buddies somewhere around $50 per thou. GJ
  10. No primers being sold right now have reasonable prices. The price I'm willing to pay - $0 a thousand. Almost everyone is marking prices up too much, considering I stocked up at end of LAST primer shortage. Sometimes at the big-box sporting stores (Bass Pro, Cabelas, Sportsman's) you may find they got a shipment in the last 15 minutes that has not sold out. They are resisting raising prices at most stores. But that also means they have no inventory almost all the time. At this point, if you need primers, don't worry about the price. Either pay the ask
  11. VERY VERY common for 73 shooters to start going faster, and find they kick out an occasional round with a light dimple on primer. To solve, you have to practice while paying VERY conscious attention to getting the lever fully closed, then tripping the trigger. If you still have the factory spring installed on the lever safety (the spring-loaded tip of metal that sticks out behind the trigger through the lower tang of the 73), you REALLY have to pay attention to pulling the lever snugly against the lower tang. At speed, it's very hard to close that up enough to disengage the le
  12. Examine screw tip carefully to see if you have peened over the first partial thread. If so, a fine 60 degree triangular file will let you straighten out the starter thread. If you can EASILY start the screw with the stock off and you can't do same with stock in place - Well, the problem has to do with the stock. LOOK carefully with a good flashlight for what is causing the interference or offset of the screw from the threads. Look from lower tang up through the threaded hole and see where the screw tip is sitting against the top surface of the lower tang metal (it will be very
  13. Reliability of cheap .22 ammo is LUCKY to be at 97% function these last 15 years. The primer compound is not distributed uniformly around the rims. Thunderbolts are notorious. Cheap Winchester are notorious. Even Federal Champions have some problems. If you don't believe this, take one round that did not fire. Chuck it carefully in a vise between wood blocks, but put no pressure on the rim! Pull the slug with pliers. Dump the powder. Use strong light and examine primer. Bet it's missing at the spot where firing pin strike was. You can rotate those dud rounds to hit the rim in a dif
  14. Most common problem getting a buttstock back on lever guns is that you knocked loose a chunk of wood where stock fits to receiver, and the wood chip is holding the stock from fitting tightly, thus the screw hole in stock is not matching up with the tang holes.....
  15. Use your Mark 1 eyeball tool to see which side the wood is putting pressure on the screw. Then with stock off the gun, run a slightly smaller drill bit through the wood, putting pressure on the tight side to remove a little wood. When you can see "full diameter daylight" by looking through the hole with butt stock firmly between the tangs, you should be ready to install the screw. Good luck, GJ
  16. I have never shot a pistol caliber long range rifle match that exceeded 100 yard targets. For that, I use a Dillon powder measure on my 550 press. With loads made like that and using my main match Uberti .45 Colt lever rifle, I have regularly rung a 16"-wide man-silhouette target, standing, at 200 yards. Good luck, GJ
  17. As for stuck cases after firing - Is chamber perfectly clean? No corrosion or fouling, as shown by inspection with a bore light? Loading data conforms to published loads in a recognized loading manual? Factory loads stick when fired? Not a lot of folks intentionally overload the .45 Colt cartridge any more because it starts kicking a little bit. good luck, GJ
  18. Could you be loading too long a cartridge overall length (OAL)? Your multiple uses of the word "catch" in your description with possibly several different meanings has me confused with what your problem might be. good luck, GJ
  19. Your parts list looks good to get started. But, there's more to buy if you are going to load BP or even some of the subs..... You need to decide what kind of powder dispensing you want to do, and if you need a filler on top of the powder charge. This is a piece of the puzzle that Dillon most likely will be "no help" on. Your major choices, from slow to fast, for real Black Powder loading: 1 - Don't use a measure at all on the Dillon. Set up a black powder measure real close to press and throw your charge into a small container. Instead of hav
  20. No, for any BP gun I shoot, just squirt in PAM cleaner, wait 5 minutes, and then wet a patch with PAM and push it through. Just about done with barrels at that point. PAM is equal parts of hydrogen Peroxide, rubbing Alcohol and Murphys oil soap. P-A-M. It cuts through the fouling real quick, so no need to plug anything. And leaves barrel coated with a non-petroleum oil film. Good luck, GJ
  21. Any part of round in chamber is easy to spot WHEN SOMEONE LOOKS. If no one looks at the line, and the first examination is at the unloading table, THEN YOU CALL WHAT IS SEEN THERE. It's really bad form to speculate on what could have happened at the line. Leads to all sorts of arguments and "confusion". Call what is seen, when it is seen. good luck, GJ
  22. Captain - I'd think Ahlman's Guns would be a great place to start. Coyote Cap's family shop. AHLMAN'S GUNS 9525 W 230TH ST • MORRISTOWN, MN 55052 507-685-4243 good luck, GJ
  23. By the time an open action long gun is carried to the unloading table, with muzzles held upwards, it's going to be a real rare situation that any part of round is in chamber. This then almost always gets called a Minor Safety penalty. Shooter can then just move on. If shooter has trained themselves to glance at the action of the gun as it is lowered and restaged, even that MSV can be avoided. The decisions about what the rules need to be to 1 - protect safety of shooter and posse 2 - make it easy to call from just a split second of observation were d
  24. Once again, a strong reason to buy from Taylor's when getting a Uberti-made firearm. I know, doesn't help now. Press Uberti as hard as you can for a new cylinder. GJ
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