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Edward R S Canby, SASS#59971

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  1. I go to visit with former co-workers who enjoy the shooting sports. I'm on a first name basis with several vendors and will visit with them when they are not making sales. At the next major show in February I'm taking the electrician who worked on my alarm system over the holidays and his son to shop for used reloading equipment. I promised I would teach the fellow how to reload. He only needs a single stage press for the small lots he will reload.
  2. I checked the Southwest website. That airline only allows 11 lbs of ammo. That's why many shooters buy their shotgun shells when they arrive at a match. See https://www.southwest.com/html/customer-service/baggage/special-luggage-pol.html#baggage_special_luggage_pol_tab_list_tab_10
  3. Try flying through the Portland, Oregon airport sometime. The TSA personnel there have the best manners I've encountered. When you interact with them you never get the feeling you are being processed into a Federal Pen.
  4. Reloading equipment is very durable. You can buy used equipment for about half of what new costs. Check gun shows, estate sales and gun stores that sell used guns and equipment. You can get outfitted for less than you think. BTW CAS often involves three separate hobbies: shooting, reloading and RVing. Some add bullet casting to this list.
  5. Thanks for the info, JB. I'm frugal and would rather buy a package of 100 to test instead of $30 for 1,000 primers. If no one has any experience with GINEX I think I will buy a brick and try them. BTW, I don't mean to demean this company. I am simply curious about their product.
  6. A local reloading retailer is stocking UNIS "GINEX" GORAZDE small pistol primers manufactured in Bosnia & Herzegovina. Anybody have experience loading these primers and shooting rounds assembled with them? I'd like to know how reliable these are, how well they seat and how hard a hammer strike it takes to ignite them - say relative to Federal, Winchester and Remington small pistol primers.
  7. I agree with GJ that a covering that prevents guns from sliding off the table is desirable. Scrap carpet is cheap but holds rainwater and dust. I like smooth rubber sheet. It is easily cleaned and dried and keeps guns from sliding.
  8. If you assemble a minimal costume now you can wait and buy from the vendors at the Western Regional match and the Western Divisional match - both will be held in California this year. California State in April just east of Sacramento would be a good place to shop too. I bought a dress shirt from a Utah-based store there last year. My favorite CAS brick and mortar clothing stores are Wild West Mercantile in Mesa, AZ and Texas Jacks in Fredericksburg, TX. However there are vendors who pull their mobile stores to major matches. I've bought plenty of clothes from them.
  9. When seating primers on a press you should know by feel how much force it takes to seat a primer. If you feel too much resistance, pull the case and exam it and your machine. You could have a military crimped case, a primer only partially punched out or you might be trying to seat a primer sideways. You might also be trying to seat two primers in a hole made for one primer. Cautious reloading technique will go a long way in preventing primer detonation during reloading. Nevertheless wear safety glasses when reloading. I reload with Federals but would use Winchesters or Remingtons if Federals were unavailable. Both are currently available with Winchesters being less expensive. Buy a package of 100 and load test rounds using them. If you get 100 out of 100 firing first time start buying bigger lots.
  10. GB, the schedule Yul Lose quoted is probably correct. I recommend shooting the side matches on Wednesday too. There is quite a variety of them. The altitude, low humidity and intense sunshine can be managed by drinking lots of water, wearing a big hat and light colored cotton clothes, and applying sunscreen with a high protection factor. I recommend staying in Moriarty. Book a room soon as the motels there are almost fully booked for EOT. Added noted: you have my prayers for successful chemo treatment. You are not the only one posting on this forum undergoing chemo.
  11. It's December 28th and I visited the construction site. Workers were adding the 4th floor and windows were installed on the lower floors. Maybe this property will be ready for EOT 2017. See the following video: https://youtu.be/llTMBq2ZUWQ
  12. According to this site (http://www.sassnet.com/EoT/lodging.php) that property is offering a $119/night EoT rate from June 15-26, 2017. There are plenty of decent restaurants in the Uptown district. It's a good location for EoT.
  13. RBK, your tips on shotgun shell reloading are read by many including myself. Please continue your good work in the coming year.
  14. Get yourself a single shot rifle and shoot the Plainsman at big matches. It's my favorite side match.
  15. I am using Alliant Extra-Lite with Alliant's lowest published powder charge. See http://www.alliantpowder.com/reloaders/default.aspx?page=/reloaders/index.aspx&. Reclaimed shot, Cheddite primers and Claybuster wads can lower your reloading costs. I prefer Remington STS hulls. I buy my hulls once-fired from a local shotgun reloading retailer. I do reload Winchester AA hulls given to me but don't purchase used AA hulls.
  16. Like GJ I once owned a Winchester 94. Mine was chambered for .357 mag. I bought it when my main match rifle was unavailable for a major match. Fortunately it was reliable though quite clunky. It was also very accurate. I sold it to a fellow who lived in a rural area and wanted it for home defense and pest control. It should be very good for those tasks. It was just too slow for CAS.
  17. The Ruger mags have metal lips. Some of the aftermarket mags I bought before the Ruger mags were available had plastic lips. Not only did the aftermarket mags feed poorly but their lips where chipped after use.
  18. The only factory ammo I've seen shot are .22 long rifle, smokeless shotgun shells and ammo someone won off a prize table. Some of the shooters at EOT who fly in from overseas buy factory ammo for pickup at the match. I agree with Shooting Bull that 38 Specials loaded with a 125 grain bullet would be a good choice - just load them long enough to cycle reliably in a Marlin. You could sell black powder shotgun shells if you could get your price well below a dollar a shell.
  19. I've spent some time in the former Soviet Union. The gun handling you noticed is consistent with a much looser approach to safety and security there than we have in the western world. Traffic safety, electrical safety, tripping hazard elimination, sanitation and security lighting are all poorer in the former Soviet Union.
  20. I normally use a shotshell belt with two rounds per pouch. However when I need to carry more than eight rounds I wear a canvas belt with single loops.
  21. Sixgun Shorty published a farewell in this thread: http://www.sassnet.com/forums/index.php?showtopic=221879&hl=%2Bsixgun+%2Bshorty
  22. I got a pair paid for in full by United Health Care on a deluxe policy. Later I switched to Blue Cross/Blue Shield and got another pair. Your audiologist needs to know how to make a claim that an insurance company will pay. Some advertise they know how to do so.
  23. Aids with bluetooth capability offer useful features. Mine have a telecoil mode where my cell phone can broadcast a signal to the hearing aids. The sound is much clearer than one gets listening to the cell phone speaker. I did not have good luck with Costco aids. On two different pairs the speakers failed after three months of use.
  24. If possible find a revolver for her to handle. Some shooters love birds head grips and some don't. I think handguns are like shoes. Try them for fit before making a purchase.
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