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Edward R S Canby, SASS#59971

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  1. I'll see you there. Let's talk about elk hunting in the Southwest.
  2. Buy online with pickup in the store. You may not see any on the shelf.
  3. They have been on sale there too. I picked up 1,000 Federal small pistol magnums yesterday I paid $23 for.
  4. Locally its 8% RH. My evaporative cooler is working really well. Late summer when the monsoon is in progress the cooler doesn't work so well. I have an Indian reservation between me and a crime-plagued city. The Indians are a great buffer between me and crime - love my neighbors!
  5. Those STS shells are close to my cost of reloading after the rebate ($5/box). I can always use a good supply of once-fired STS hulls too. I'm hoping to score five three cases tomorrow.
  6. It all depends on how green you want it. Dripping wet with moss growing everywhere - western Oregon or Washington will fit the bill. If you just want mostly green with some sunny days any of the mountain states have some suitable locations. Southwest Colorado has a high elevation plateau used for dry land farming of beans. Its mostly green. I'm going to the Revenge in Montrose next week. It's in a huge green valley surrounded by the San Juan mountains. Good shooting range and far from the population centers on the Eastern Slope. However, gun laws are getting worse in Colorado. I suggest you start vacationing in the mountainous western states and attend some of the bigger SASS matches. You will find a place that calls you. The mountain west is very different than eastern and plains states. There are huge differences in climate due to elevation. There are even some locations in Arizona or New Mexico that may be green enough. The Mimbres Valley where the New Mexico state match will be held this year is a pretty, mostly green valley. Arizona's Mogollon Rim is green and forested. I like the towns of Payson and Show Low.
  7. If you come across any Alliant Sport Pistol, give it a try with plastic coated bullets (coated with that great coating you sell us). It is formulated for compatibility with the coating. I find it burns clean and meters great. I will switch to it for all my smokeless handgun loads after I use up my stocks of older powders. BTW I like the imported powders Hodgdon rebrands and sells here.
  8. If you are willing to tolerate thread drift, would you please provide whatever information you have regarding the import restrictions?
  9. Brands are not too important. You need to find a bullet weight that shoots to point-of-aim from your revolvers. You also need a cartridge overall length that feeds well in your rifle and a bullet shape (truncated cone or round nose flat point) that feeds smoothly into the rifle chamber. Once you buy your firearms perhaps another shooter will let you try some ammo to see how it works. BTW, once you start loading you can settle on a round that works well in both your rifle and revolvers.
  10. When you test the Rossi, work the lever vigorously. The action might feed rounds reliably when worked slowly but not quickly.
  11. PL, I shoot some of the modern action shooting sports that GJ mentioned. You can shoot a 1911 in both IDPA and WB. There have been some good deals recently on entry-level 1911s. If you are interested in improving defensive skills I'd try IDPA. It emphasizes shooting from behind cover and shooting while moving. In many scenarios you can make up a bad shot without penalty. BTW, a pump shotgun like used in WB is an incredible self-defense weapon when loaded with buckshot.
  12. You may need to replace the nipples on the Navy cap gun with aftermarket nipples. The stock nipples often have dimensional problems that make them unreliable. Also, have a plan for loading on a rainy day. It doesn't take much water in the wrong places to make them unreliable.
  13. They have an ejector that is legal. With practice one can bounce empty hulls off the TO.
  14. Cabelas still advertises 30-30 lever action rifles for CAS even though they are not legal in a main match. I've also heard gun store clerks spout nonsense about SASS costuming requirements. (These are the same yokels who believe they are ready for the Top Shot television series.)
  15. I love Trail Boss in a 30-30. I use the maximum load published by Hodgdon. I found gas checked bullets improved accuracy.
  16. Trail Boss is a good powder that prevents double-charging a case. However, there are powder check dies one can install on a progressive press that prevent loading an overcharged or undercharged case. I use an RCBS lock-out-die. Loading uncoated bullets leads to a slow buildup of lead shavings and bullet lube in seating dies. Coated bullets prevent this. I don't care how dirty my guns get. They get cleaned after every day of shooting and always function through six stages. BTW, I prefer softer lead bullets to hard cast bullets. We get some backsplatter off of steel targets and soft lead bullets minimize backsplatter. Many CAS shooters keep some standard velocity loads with them for knockdown targets. These are not needed for other targets and most shoot lighter loads. Use enough powder so you have some felt recoil and your loads are reliable in cold weather.
  17. First, Berrys (as I understand their business) supplies plated bullets. CAS requires lead only bullets (coated is OK). 125 grain bullets are a popular choice. Since you know how to load, buy a progressive press, I agree with AW, drive to Dillon in Scottsdale and check out the Square Deal, 550 and 650 presses. Price their cast lead bullets too. Try to find a local caster in your area so you can obtain bullets without shipping. Some out-of-area casters will deliver to Winter Range without charge. Evil Roy has a set of DVDs that show you how to train. Sportsmans Warehouse is selling primers at a good discount right now. Buy all the Federals you can while prices are low. There are many powders that will work well. If you have a powder left over from loading 45 ACPs it will probably work. Search this Wire for threads listing pet loads.
  18. I keep a stainless Marlin rifle around for shooting in wet weather. If you buy a stainless gun, keep it well-lubricated.
  19. I shot a WB match yesterday with social distancing. It worked well. The TO wore and mask and gave the shooter more room than normal. Only two persons allowed at the loading table - one at each end. Just one person at the unloading table. One thing that was not planned but worked well was good use of the wind. Those who needed to talk to each other stood at right angles to the wind, six feet apart. Everyone showed much discipline. I felt safe.
  20. I've seen low-income SASS shooters whose dedication to the sport exceeds mine. We have a retiree who plucks spent bullets out of the back of a berm and recasts them for future matches. People camp in canvas tents at EOT in 100-degree weather when air-conditioned motels room are available for $50 a night. I've also seen a family of seven cram into a small passenger van with all their carts and guns and travel to out-of-state matches. I'd hate to see such people priced out of the sport.
  21. Founders Ranch where EOT is held is resuming operations. There will be a Wild Bunch match on Saturday. The shotgun ranges are open with limitations. Resuming shooting at the ranch will help keep it solvent. (I really miss not shooting EOT this year.)
  22. There are more shooters who use subs than genuine black powder. I use both. I find APP is the sub most commonly used. One can buy a single jar in many local gun stores and load the same bullets used with smokeless powder. Real black powder is far less available and is bought online in larger lots. Bullets need special lube to keep fouling soft. I am moving towards all genuine black powder myself because I am now equipped to cast and lube my own black powder bullets. You will have plenty of company shooting the subs.
  23. Most users manuals warn against handloaded ammo. If you've seen revolvers with cylinders blown in half and the top strap bent in a gun store display cabinet you can see the reason for the warning. Most of us will only shoot ammo that we reload ourselves. BTW, I have seen a revolver destroyed at a CAS match and have clearly heard rounds double charged.
  24. Your first and best source of information is the manufacturer's users manual. Taylor's is very reputable and you can contact them too.
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