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  1. That is true on any firearm that has recoil. The angle of the line formed by the sights and the angle of the bore axis are rarely if ever parallel. Rifles included. Having a longer sight radius and more massive firearm will reduce the apparent effects of recoil, the the physics is the same for both. It's easier to see on a 2lb pistol with a 6" sight radius compared to a 7 lb rifle with a 28" sight radius, but it works the same.
  2. It makes the .32 and the .25 more attractive these days.
  3. Generally speaking sights are set up to result in the barrel pointing up above horizontal when you shoot. That's because the bullet starts dropping immediately due to gravity, so we need to launch it upwards in a parabolic arch to intersect the target at some pre-determined range. The sights may be the same height relative some part of the gun, but you can be pretty sure that the front sight is lower than the rear sight relative to the centerline of the bore axis, resulting in a tip up. So it depends on how much you take off and where. If you remove the same amount of height from each, there should be no change in POI, because there is no change to the angle between the sight plane and the bore centerline. If you take metal off the front sight, the bullet impacts higher at the same range, and likewise if you take height off the rear sight it lowers the POI at the same range. There are sight calculators available to tell you how much to remove based on POI, but they assume you are only removing or adding height to one sight. There are a number of guns on the market that come with suppressor friendly sights, tall enough to see over the can, and also with the advent of pistol red-dot sights there are some folks making sights that are coincident with the red-dot so that they are both use-able without any adjustments (after zeroing) in the event of battery failure. If yours is one of those you can research the factory stock sights to see what height they use for them. Likewise Brownells and Dawson Precision have sights and can give you a recommended sight height to use. HTH SC
  4. Suggest you also talk to Eddie Janis at http://www.peacemakerspecialists.com/ This might be a good gun to make into a BBQ gun, or at least a pretty little fun toy. It doesn't have to be about $$ value, it can be about fun and money well spent making you happy. SC
  5. I have to fess up a bit, I'm somewhat anal-retentive about my reloading and my bench. I started apprenticing as a machinist and welder in my teens (Daddy owned a shop) and lesson one was always clean up as you go and every tool gets cleaned and put away at end of shift. The G.I bill paid for me to learn to be an engineer, and in aerospace I learned that FOD kills. My press is now converted from single stage rifle reloading to progressive, and I'll be cranking out a thousand or so 9mm rounds for steel challenge fun matches soon. I'm out of rifle powder, and small pistol/rifle primers shortly - got a few K of large pistol and large rifle left. I try to stay ahead in my reloading, but the last year has taken a turn - started shooting much more 22 LR because of Project Appleseed, and more 9mm since steel is available, but CAS is on hiatus. Interesting to note, not only are primers and many powders out of stock, but even 9mm dies and shell plates were few and far between. The only saving grace is that since there are few matches these days, the ammo isn't being shot up as fast as it could be. I really think it hit me when I started realizing that I might have to start making ultra light loads for my .270 rifle just to keep busy at the range! My bench and ammo closet today -
  6. Mine, loading 5.56 at the moment, then some 9mm.
  7. Yes it's allowed, and Rolan Kraps has provided a lot of useful information on it somewhere around the third or fourth response. There isn't a recognized steampunk category though, and frankly there are so many it's crazy (IMNSHO). You can also search on Youtube and find some videos of folks doing their part. Folks do it in many places. There are a lot of opinions about it, just like about everything else. SC
  8. Responding to the OP. Steampunk is a subset of the science fiction genre that poses an alternative history where 20th century technology operates in the 19th century Victorian age, portraying a world of modern machines in an age of steam power. The word “steampunk” was originally coined in 1987 by fiction writer K.W. Jeter but the term has gained wide appeal not only to describe literature and film but to denote a retro-future design sensibility. The definition of Steampunk has broadened to include a style of clothing with “retro-tech accessories” such as brass goggles and clockwork gears. This sensibility has extended to conventions, paintings, computer keyboards and monitors, as well as film, examples of which would include "The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen," "Van Helsing," and "The Golden Compass." Steampunk works are often set in an alternative history of the Victorian era or the American Wild West, where steam power remains in mainstream use, or in a fantasy world that similarly employs steam power. FWIW I like it and would dress accordingly, it no more detracts from the game than those who wear absolutely the least amount of western garb and are all about speed only. YMMV SC
  9. Been tempted a few times to buy one, but instead I've been researching downloading my .270. Hornady and a few others have powders and load data for that, and even some gas checked lead bullets. I'm thinking a 100 gr or 120 gr bullet downloaded to around 2000 - 2200 f/s might just work out fine. I've a good hundred factory 270 loads, 130 and 140, so no worries there if I need to reach out, but over here in the boonies on the peninsula you're lucky to get 75yds line of sight. Food for thought. SC
  10. https://www.telescope.com/ I'm enjoying using this one: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B017LM33YE/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_search_asin_title?ie=UTF8&psc=1 HTH, SC
  11. I started with Ruger Vaquero's in .45 Colt long before I got into CAS, so when I started I gravitated to the 92 as it was pretty much all that was available and affordable to me then. Rossi had just introduced the limited run of Stainless 20" guns, and for me here in the Pacific NorthWet it made good sense. Additionally, our state allowed using the .45 in a rifle for deer hunting as long as it generated enough muzzle energy, which several over the counter loads did. It was a crunchy rifle at first, although after a bit of use it smoothed out. Nate Kiowa Jones (Steve's guns) fixed it for me, and he also built my second, a blue 24" with octigonal barrel. I like .45 Colt, and the rifle will shoot anything I feed it reliably and smoothly. I recently sold all my Rugers and switched to .454 diameter lead bullets for accuracy int he handguns, the rifle doesn't notice - it just shoots whatever I feed it. If I was going to use my rifle for any kind of hunting, or had to carry my Colt revolver for hiking (not my first choice. . just saying) then I'd probably use these in either of them: Winchester Defender Ammunition 45 Colt SC P.S. Rossi still make the .454 Casull version.
  12. John had to fabricate a new mainspring, but as I recall his total price to clean adjust and repair was around $60 total. Given I paid some $200 for the semi-working antique, I was pleased with the price for sure! It's a railroad watch, accurate to 1 minute in 24 hours.
  13. This guy did my repair work, brilliant work and wonderful pricing! http://www.rdrop.com/~jsexton/watches/about.html
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