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Edward R S Canby, SASS#59971

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  1. I will give you what is commonly used locally. (I don't use it because I shoot the smoky stuff.) 125 grain truncated cone bullet, many use coated bullets (this weight bullet may not shoot to point-of-aim with your revolvers) A minimum charge of Hodgdon Clays (see the Hodgdon Reloading Center for their recommendations) A Federal small pistol primer - some prefer magnum primers Brass 38 Special cases (no nickel-plated) NO FILLERS! There are many pistol and revolvers powders suitable for CAS. Search the Wire and you will find a list. Firearms that are not tuned for minimum weight springs will reliably ignite most any primer. I load my 38 Specials crimped in the lube groove instead of the crimp groove on bullets so they feed more smoothly in my rifles. I prefer softer bullets (like Brinell hardness 12) over hard cast bullets since I get less backsplatter using softer bullets. You can buy sample packs of 100 bullets from some casters for trials. Best to buy small lots until you find what you like. I do not purchase unfired cases 38 Special cases from Starline as once-fired cases are readily available at much lower cost. However, I do buy Starline cases for less common calibers like 45-70 and like their product. A box of 1,000 Federal primers would be a welcome gift to a reloader. Load small batches and test them before loading thousands of rounds. Remember the words of a ballistician who once was on this Wire. He cautioned that a handloader can easily turn a firearm into a shoulder-mounted pipe bomb. Visit most any gun store and you can see proof of that on display.
  2. The Renegades will host the state match this year. Hope to see you there.
  3. NT, I too started with a '92 Winchester but too found I didn't like action. I kept the rifle and now use it for long range side matches. I now shoot 1894 Marlins and a 1873 Winchester in main matches. I prefer the actions on these rifles. Try more rifles before you settle on a model. Regarding cartridges, once-fired 38-40 cases are very hard to find so expect to buy new cases for about a quarter each. You will loose some from your rifle most matches and all your rifle cases at a lost brass match. Once-fired 38 Special cases are easy to buy and sell for a nickel or less a piece. I don't care at all how many 38 Special cases I lose at a lost brass match. If you decide to shoot classic cowboy, 38-40 is a good caliber. Otherwise take a serious look at 38 Specials. Regarding black powder (which I shoot) I don't recommend you start with it. It is harder to keep guns running reliably in a match when shooting black powder or a sub and you need to learn how to manage the smoke cloud between you and the targets. Learn the game before you introduce new challenges. Further, you will need to buy shotgun reloading equipment to produce black powder shotgun shells economically. (Smokeless shooters can buy suitable commercial shotguns shells at reasonable prices.) Slow down, borrow guns and work on your costume for awhile. Show up to matches with three, fifty-round boxes of lead 38 Specials and a box of twenty-five low recoil, 12 guage shotgun shells (all commercial - no reloads) and shoot every firearm offered you. You will develop preferences.
  4. I used some in black powder shotgun shells. They worked fine.
  5. Now is a time to crank out a year's worth of CAS ammo using your progressive reloader. When that snow melts it will be a welcome addition to the aquifer in the East Mountains.
  6. I like mine by Ted Blocker. See http://www.tedblockerholsters.com/8SPC-Shot-Shell-Holder_p_105.html.
  7. Since you will shoot 38 Specials (good choice) and will reload, now would be a good time to shop for the Federal small pistol primers (Fed #100) favored by CAS shooters. These are in short supply but occasionally become available. The way when you get set up to load you will have some on hand. Cast bullets and powder are readily available. Once-fired 38 Special cases are frequently available online for about the cost of primers. However, some prefer to buy unfired cases from Starline.
  8. Do wads with the same or consecutive numbers pattern more consistently?
  9. Snow this time of year is great. The kids are playing on the slopes and the snowpack we need to fill our reservoirs is deepening. Unfortunately the brunt of this storm will hit us on New Years Eve. Drunken drivers playing bumper cars on snow packed roads will make for a busy night for law enforcement and emergency medical services. Jan. 2nd update: 223 crashes, 66 with injuries. Fortunately no fatalities. Liquor and snow are an evil mix.
  10. If I were writing a stage incorporating that device I might give a 5 second bonus for reloading a shotgun after the ball starts rolling and then hitting the can. This is well within the abilities of many of my shooters.
  11. Not only will cheap leather work poorly, it may also leave oil stains on your trousers. BTW, Ted Blocker in Tigard makes quality holsters for CAS. Visit him and get fitted. I have some of his leather and would buy again.
  12. Do you reload? If not be looking to start soon. The money saved reloading metallic cartridges will go a long way to funding the shotgun. Shooting FC pretty much requires shotgun reloading too so I would start CAS shooting smokeless powder.
  13. I've snorkeled in the lagoon at Enewetak Atoll - another Pacific bomb test site. The waters of these atoll lagoons are indeed pristine. They are teaming with marine life. There are strong currents that flow across the lagoons that flushed most of the radioactive fallout out to sea after an atmospheric test. The remaining fallout was buried in sediments. Much fallout remained on the islands however. But even they have thriving sea bird colonies. Radiation is not a boon to the environment but the lack of humans allows wildlife to thrive.
  14. I have one of these and they are legal for a Plainsman Side Match if shot with 38 Special, black powder rounds. (See section 5 of the SASS Shooters Handbook.) The small 38 Special rounds are slow to load. However, the rifle is very stable and easy to shoot offhand - with little felt recoil. I shoot mine in the traditional Plainsman category using my main match, FC ammo.
  15. Post some pictures Saturday morning after the next storm blows through. It is supposed to be colder with more snow.
  16. Whatever device is used for vertical staging I recommend it hold a firearm so a shooter does not need to bend over. We have senior shooters with limited mobility that have difficulty bending over quickly.
  17. I paid `$2,000 for my truck vault installed. FG's estimate of new price is spot-on.
  18. Do you also need a location that is not too high elevation?
  19. Tex doesn't like me posting prayer requests for him on the SASS Wire so please keep this one private.

     

    A message from Cat:

     

    "Tex in hospital with very bad infection-sepsis. Is in critical care unit in Pres downtown. Thought u should no. Cat"

    1. Cold Lake Kid, SASS # 51474

      Cold Lake Kid, SASS # 51474

      Thanks for the heads up.

      My prayers for his recovery will be here and in my Daily Office.

  20. Tex doesn't like me posting prayer requests for him on the SASS Wire so please keep this one private.

     

    A message from Cat:

     

    "Tex in hospital with very bad infection-sepsis. Is in critical care unit in Pres downtown. Thought u should no. Cat"

  21. Tex doesn't like me posting prayer requests for him on the SASS Wire so please keep this one private.

     

    A message from Cat:

     

    "Tex in hospital with very bad infection-sepsis. Is in critical care unit in Pres downtown. Thought u should no. Cat"

  22. Tex doesn't like me posting prayer requests for him on the SASS Wire so please keep this one private.

     

    A message from Cat:

     

    "Tex in hospital with very bad infection-sepsis. Is in critical care unit in Pres downtown. Thought u should no. Cat"

  23. Tex doesn't like me posting prayer requests for him on the SASS Wire so please keep this one private.

     

    A message from Cat:

     

    "Tex in hospital with very bad infection-sepsis. Is in critical care unit in Pres downtown. Thought u should no. Cat"

  24. Tex doesn't like me posting prayer requests for him on the SASS Wire so please keep this one private.

     

    A message from Cat:

     

    "Tex in hospital with very bad infection-sepsis. Is in critical care unit in Pres downtown. Thought u should no. Cat"

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