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Woody Shootem, SASS # 24816

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  1. Hope you guys have a good turnout and drier than expected weather!
  2. I used to use the cylindrical ceramic media, but it kept getting stuck in my .44-40 brass (due to the bottleneck). I spent a lot of time picking it out with hemostats. Ceramic was fine for straight-walled cases, though. I switched to the stainless pins, which are a little shorter and don't get stuck in the .44-40.
  3. I de-prime anything that I shoot with blackpowder. I didn't see the need for it until primers were getting hard to seat -- I found out there was some build-up inside the primer pocket. De-priming before tumbling is time consuming, but in my case it was worth it. No need to de-prime anything shot with smokeless powder, though.
  4. I’m already signed up! This is one of my “must attend” matches of the year.
  5. Howdy Cowboys & Cowgirls! I wanted to let you all know that the Ohio State Blackpowder Championship "Blackout at Stoney Bottom" will be held at the Sandusky County Sportsmen's Club II in Gibsonburg, Ohio, on Saturday, July 30, 2022. It will be a one-day, eight stage match. Registration fee is $60, which includes lunch (sandwiches), and dinner (by City Barbeque). Registration deadline is June 18. You can find all of the information, including the registration form, on our website. You'll also find a list of who has signed up so far. Hope to see you all there!
  6. Sorry you’re having bad weather. I’m all packed up and ready to go, but if it’s raining there, I think I’ll stay home. Thank for the heads up. I hope It clears up and you have a great day!
  7. On April 30, 2022 we will be having our first of two Wild Bunch matches this year at the Sandusky County Sportsmen's Club II. The theme for this match will be the 2019 movie "The Highwaymen". No need to pre-register -- just show up and register at the clubhouse between 7:30 and 9:30 AM the day of the match. The safety meeting is at 9:45 on the range and we will start shooting immediately after that. We will shoot 5 stages with no break for lunch. If you would like to see the stages beforehand, you'll find them on our website. The classes we offer are traditional (one-handed with traditional sights), modern (two-handed shooters and/or modern sights on pistols), open (any caliber), Josey Wales (all pistol) and Zoot Suit (Thompsons allowed instead of lever action rifles, with a Browning A5 shotgun in lieu of an 1897 (optional). Separate categories for ladies and men. We will have a BAM (Bolt Action Military) side match before the main match. Target distance is 100 yards for 15 shots (2 reloads required), shot from both sitting and standing (off-hand) position. Up to 5 sighter shots will be allowed. Ammo must be lead bullets only (gas checks are allowed) loaded to approximately 1700-1800 fps maximum, as we are using our standard cowboy targets for BAM. Dust off those rifles and see how they shoot! Note: An Associate Membership is required to shoot at any event at Sandusky County Sportsmen's Club, including Cowboy Action Shooting and Wild Bunch Matches. See our website for details.
  8. Howdy Cowboys & Cowgirls, Saturday is our first cowboy match of the year here at Stoney Bottom! Yahoo! Registration is from 7:30 AM - 9:30 AM in the clubhouse. As we did last year, you will need to sign up for your Sandusky County Sportsmen's Club II Associate Membership during registration. The theme for April's match will be the John Wayne movie "Hondo". You can find the stages on our website. We will be shooting six stages with no break for lunch, so plan accordingly. The side match (shot prior to the main match) will be speed pistol, shot on Stage 5. We have purchased all new iPads for our new scoring program "CAS Scoring". We will need volunteers from each posse to keep score. This system is much more intuitive and easier to use than the ACES program we've been using for the past six years. Don't be afraid to volunteer to run the iPad. It's easier than bending over to pick up brass. Looking forward to seeing all of you again!
  9. It was way easier for me to remove the metal from the forend cap with a belt sander and touch up with cold blue than to do all the work to reshape the wood then touch up the stain and varnish. Truth be told, I think the real problem is the hole in the forend cap was drilled in the wrong spot, but of course I couldn't do anything about that. My screw was actually cross threaded into the forend tennon block underneath it, and I had to replace the block as well as the screws. All good, now, though.
  10. I had the same problem on the same screw as the OP. I had to remove some material from the end of the nosecap (where it meets the wood; see picture) so that the hole and the threads lined up correctly. That was the root cause of the problem.
  11. You'll see some folks that use simple foam roll-up ear plugs, while some will use the solid silicon rubber plugs. The custom-molded plugs are pretty popular too, and do an excellent job of blocking out sound. I myself wear hearing aids in everyday life, so it's necessary for me to use the in-ear electronic type of hearing protection. There is no correct type -- find what works best for you. Fortunately, with the exception of the electronic type, they are all fairly inexpensive.
  12. My experience was the same as yours. I snapped up 5000 CCI large pistol primers and 5000 CCI small pistol primers when I saw they were available (briefly) -- not because I needed them (I have plenty for myself already) but because I knew that a lot of people at our club are complaining about the lack of pistol primers. I offered them for sale to our shooters for the exact same price I paid for them (including sales tax, hazmat fee and shipping). I wasn't looking to make any money, just to help out my fellow shooters in need. I didn't get the response I expected, and was starting to wonder if I would be able to sell them all or would wind up keeping them for myself. I finally did find buyers for all of them, but it took a little time. It seems what people really want is primers at $35.00 a brick. I don't blame them -- I'd like that to, but it ain't gonna happen. I figure my choice is either pay $.10 each or stay home, pout and let $5000 worth of guns gather dust. I guess we'll all have to pay $15.00 for a match's worth of primers instead of $5.00 if we want to have fun. The price of gas has gone way up, too, but don't think I'll let that keep me at home, either.
  13. I have a Davis derringer, which is the same as the Cobra, in .38 Special. Yes, it's cheaply made. I did some action work on it, including a spring and it's much better now than when I first got it. I understand, based on others posts, that quality is hit or miss on these (mostly miss, probably). Certainly, the Bonds are much better quality. Is my Davis fun to shoot? Yes. Do I shoot it a lot? Not really, but I enjoy it when I do. I shoot an occasional side match with it, using .38 Short Colt ammo that duplicates the original .41 rimfire as far as bullet weight and velocity are concerned. I won't win any matches with it, but I wouldn't win any with a Bond either. I've never felt the need to go out and buy a Bond. I've never felt the need to sell my Davis either. Even made some fancy maple grips for it. But it sounds like some of the new Bonds can be had for a pretty reasonable price these days. If you show up at a Derringer side match, someone will likely let you shoot their derringer and you can try them out for yourself and make up your own mind.
  14. I agree protecting your hearing is more important, but hats are important to keep hot brass from going down your shirt. If you shoot a 66 or 73, or shoot a 1911 in Wild Bunch, you need to wear a hat. I think Marlin shooters can get away without one.
  15. Molded-in earplugs are the best, but the problem the OP is having (if he's like me) is that because of our hearing loss, with molded-in earplugs we can't hear ANYTHING, like range commands or casual conversation. Some type of electronic hearing protection is needed to not only block harmful noises, but to amplify normal-level sounds like speech.
  16. Thanks for your efforts. I have a source for brass. I don't want to use original ammo -- I need to roll my own. I have seen the thread on Milsurps.com; very informative. Just need a set of dies and I should be good to go. I'll use 8mm Lebel dies to size the necks and seat the bullets if I have no other choice. Would like to full-length size the cases, but since the cartridges will only be used in one gun, it isn't necessary.
  17. I called Huntington's and they said these dies are discontinued -- no longer available.
  18. I did try CH4D in Ohio. He stated he wouldn't be making any in that caliber until October 2023. Yes, October 2023. If I purchase correctly made brass, I should be able to reload by neck-sizing only with an 8mm Lebel die. I really don't want to do this -- I would much rather have the correct dies. I'm really hoping someone here has a die set they will part with.
  19. I think it's enamel-coated metal. You are right -- best to let it be.
  20. I know this is a long shot (pun intended), but here goes . . . I am looking for a reloading die set for my Portuguese M1886 Kropatschek bolt-action military rifle. The rifle is in very good condition, and as with all of my rifles, I want to be able to shoot it. Factory ammo hasn't been made in close to 100 years. These dies were once made by RCBS, but are currently out of production. If anyone out there has a set of these dies they are willing to part with, please let me know. * For those that are curious, the Kropatschek rifle was made by Steyr and is virtually identical to the Mauser Model 1871/84. Featuring a tubular magazine under the barrel, it was the world's first small caliber, bolt-action repeater.
  21. Is it the crystal or the face that is cracked? If it's the crystal, I would replace it, if it was me. If it's the face, I would let it be. Just my two cents worth. It's a lovely watch and a nice family memento -- glad you're preserving it for future generations to enjoy. Thanks for sharing!
  22. I once put my 1880's Waltham through the washer and drier. You're right, the drier is what did it in. I took it to my local watchmaker (a cowboy shooter) and he was able to repair it. I have since retired it and bought a larger replacement that is a bit more durable. I'm normally a pretty careful person, but I seem to be pretty hard on pocket watches.
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