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Edward R S Canby, SASS#59971

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  1. This is close to a load that Hodgdon once published:

    1 1/8 oz shot

    Claybuster red 1138-12 wad

    about 65 grains Triple Seven (using a BP measure)

    primer of your choice.


    These pattern just like Gun Clubs.  They will leave melted plastic in your shotgun barrels.  You will only get a couple hundred rounds from your 2-lbs of powder.  Toss your hulls after firing.

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  2. Hodgdon still says it is safe to run Triple Seven through an ordinary powder measure but advises against doing so with Pyrodex (just another reason to avoid Pyrodex).  I find APP so coarse I don’t run it through a powder measure. 

    Regarding clumping: pour the subs out in a dish and break up the clumps before pouring in the progressive powder measure.  Goex doesn’t clump in my climate.  Store rounds loaded with the subs in a dry box with a big desiccant pack until the day of use.  That way they will go bang instead of pop/fiz.

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  3. 28 minutes ago, Phantom, SASS #54973 said:

    Actually, it was 2013.

    Back then Wal*Mart employees were buying ammo that was delivered to their stores and re-selling it at gun shows.  With Wal*Mart no longer selling 9 mm Luger and .223 ammo they've lost that cash cow.

  4. The small primer shortage is just part the current ammunition and firearms shortage.  The last one was 5-6 years ago.  These shortages harm the shooting sports as those without a personal ammunition/components inventory leave the shooting sports and often don't return.  The buckaroos we lost locally due to a .22 shortage all never returned.  I hope the current primer shortage is brief so SASS retains members.

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  5. 7 minutes ago, Buckshot Bob said:

    When I was in college one of my roommates was from the UP of Mi . There’s not allot to do up there so he said when he was in high school he and his friends used to get drunk and take turns putting on a Bigfoot costume they made . Then wait for a lone car to be coming down the road at night run in front of it and into the woods . He said a couple of times people went to town and reported it to the police and it even made the local paper once . Knowing how many people road hunt in Mi I always thought he was lucky he didn’t get shot . I’m thinking things like this are where most of the Bigfoot stories come from. But who doesn’t believe in la cupacabrha :) 

    A college acquaintance of mine came from a logging community near Mt. St. Helens.  He and his buddies staged bigfoot sightings.  They would locate a cabin where a teenager was baby sitting and stand near the edge of a forest clearing wearing a gorilla suit loudly howling.  Since the baby sitter probably didn't know how to shoot they felt safe.  They also had a set a stilts with big rubber feet they would walk across plowed fields leaving "bigfoot tracks."  


    In the Southwest presumed chupacabra bodies have been examined and determined to be coyotes with bad cases of mange. 

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  6. Sir, it looks like you are near Nashville.  The Sportmans Warehouse in Murfreesboro will sell you 1,000 CCI small pistol primers for $24 with local pickup if you order online.  These are not my favorite primers for CAS but they might keep your grandson shooting.  You could at least load some practice rounds.

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  7. My experience with saving hides from hunting is not good.  I had one cow elk skinned by a taxidermist and it made a lovely shirt for my wife.  However, a friend gave me a hide he and his buddies had skinned and it had so many nicks it was unsuitable for quality leather work.  Recently I found I could not get a hide tanned because the animal hair must be submitted to the state crime lab before disposal and tanners will not bother.  Times have changed for the worse.

  8. MC, I understand your desire to use a powder that has worked for you in the past.  I use Unique in my 44 mag reloads for WB and prefer it in that cartridge.  However, there are other powders that will give satisfactory results in large revolver cases and some of these are available.  When reloading components are in short supply we have learned to shoot what is available.  I also use American Select and it is still available.  Hodgdon lists 45 Colt loads for IMR Target and its on sale at Powder Valley.  Try another powder.  You may discover a new favorite.

  9. 11 hours ago, Hellgate #3302 L said:

    Sportsmans Warehouse has Federal SP, LP & shotgun primers on sale for $2.39, $2.39 and $2.19 respectively. They also have WWs for a smidge less. You order and prepay online, have them shipped to your store (no hazmat) and pick them up there. You can order up to 10 boxes (I think that is each item but not sure).

    I’ve been buying Sportsman’s sale primers for a few months.  They only allow 1,000 of any type purchased.  I stocked up on Federal small pistol magnum primers, W209s and both Winchester and Remington large pistol primers (for my WB 45s).  Since there is a Costco next to Sportsman’s I don’t mind making small purchases at Sportsman’s.

  10. Might be time to shoot different cartridges in ,your revolvers and rifle.  Many shoot 45 Cowboy Specials in their revolvers.  This short case with less internal volume than a 45 Colt case allows for clean burns of reduced powder charges.

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  11. 4 minutes ago, Michigan Slim said:

    The only Big Boys I have seen used broke in short order. Great guns but not for our game.

    At the last EOT a fellow on my posse shot a Big Boy without a jam or breakage.  However, he worked the lever slowly and methodically.  He did not place in the top ten in his category but had fun.  If you want to stand up with the winners pick a rifle off the top off the preceding lists.  

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  12. We send two to three painters downrange along with those setting up shotgun targets.  For a small posse of say ten shooters one would not have enough workers.  With larger posses it does work.  Fortunately that club does not have many slackers and painting is done before the brass is picked up.  With too many slackers or a small posse I would not paint after each shooter.  You are right - every situation is different.

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  13. WC's posts show a useful way to get cast bullets less expensively - pickup your bullets at the casters shop and avoid shipping.  Some casters deliver to nearby matches.  Buy from them too and avoid shipping costs.

  14. My local Sportsmans was well stocked with Federal small magnum pistol primers when I visited yesterday.  However, they were out of most common pistol caliber ammo, .22 LR and .223 rifle rounds.  I didn't need any but noted the shortage.

  15. In one of my SASS-U classes the instructor advised never having live ammo in the room where you dry fire.  He also advised never using your pets as targets for dry fire practice.  There are probably some unfortunate experiences behind this advise.

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  16. I have shot CAS, WB and trap where masks were required.  Fortunately all ranges allowed removal of the mask while shooting since glasses fog when wearing a mask.  Spotting is inconsistent since spotters sometimes cannot see targets clearly.  In windy conditions I see little need for a mask but will do what the range requires so I can shoot.

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