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  1. Use a little more bell. Don't over lube. A key element is accurate adjustment of your lubri-sizer.
  2. When I first started, (1985), it was seen as a way for '97 users to keep up with the side-by-side users. The most common method for '97 users was to drop one thru the ejection port onto the carrier, close the action and shove one into the magazine from the bottom. I believe it was Tequila who perfected and popularized the grabbing two, and loading each in turn thru the ejection port... further re-enforced by Evil Roy. In those days, even fast '97 shooters couldn't keep up with the fast shotgun shooters like Midway or Montana Dan. Without ejectors it forces a side-by-side shooter to either jerk the shotgun quickly to dislodge fired hulls or twisting the gun to drop the empties. Hope that's a clear enough description. The ban on Marlin pumps post-dated that 1992 quote from PWB... either later that year or early 1993 as I recall.
  3. Griff

    Mike Venturino

    Mike had some heart issues. How long I can't really say, but for some time.
  4. There is a reason why the most offered advice to newbies is to come out to a match BEFORE you buy anything. Over my nearly 40 years in this sport/game/fantasy, I've seen untold numbers of folks that switched guns, holsters, etc. multiple times in their first year. And not because they wanted to change categories. That's perfectly understandable, and sometimes, likely.
  5. Griff

    Mike Venturino

    I just read of Mike Venturino's passing from our midst. Mike was an early competitor in cowboy action, attending several EOTs in the late 1980's. I was fortunate enough to posse with him one year, and enjoyed many conversations about the guns and history of the old west. I also competed with him in a couple NRA BPCR Silhouette Nationals at the Whittington center in the 1990s. While we disagreed on the direction and future of SASS, he was always my friend. His writings have touched many, and educated a lot of us on old west firearms. He will be missed. https://americanhandgunner.com/news/passing-contributing-editor-mike-duke-venturino/
  6. I have a Browning 1885 (Lowwall) in 45 Colt and have thought about just neck sizing cases... but with 4 hand guns & 5 other rifles so chambered, I don't want to limit a particular batch to just one gun. At my first Plainsman side match, I was called for 4 misses out of 5 shots, although the steel rang and vibrated with all 5 shots, there was only one lead smear... I'll call that accurate enough! And BTW, of those 10 guns, only one is marked for "45LC"... but, I'll give some allowances for it, since it's of foreign origin, (and no, it ain't Italian). But, since a lot of people seem to want to call the Cowboy45Special something else, calling a cartridge that's remained the same size since its introduction 151 years ago by something other than its proper name is illogical, to quote a famous Star Trek character. And, yes, I know all about the 45Colt Government round. Has anyone seen any of this ammo on their store shelf? Hmmm... since I usually have to trim a few cases in a new batch 45 Colt cases to get uniform case lengths, maybe the manufacturer included some of these "so-called" 45 long cases in with my order... although all were head-stamped "45 Colt".
  7. So too original 1892s & 94s. Not sure about the more modern versions.
  8. While the target shooter in me would be happy to have such a stage, I imagine most would rail against such. As Rance said while I was editing my post, a fairly large dump target at a normal CAS distance would suffice. I did a much similar thing in a Plainsman match several years ago. I put a less than 1/4 size "running bear" target at ~25 paces, and the instruction to hit the rifle target one time before proceeding to the pistol & shotgun. Being that Plainsman uses a single shot rifle, it is of no consequence whether you hit it on the first shot or the 5th from a safety standpoint. The target I have has about a 12"h x 14"w main body, with three ~3"h "L" shaped legs protruding from said body, with about a 6"x6" head... so if one ignores the legs and head, it's still a pretty easy target, but if you don't... the gaps between the body & legs will easily absorb misses!
  9. Another good thing about these types of threads, is that folks that have a similar problem and too timid to ask, are also educated. Another thank you to Larsen and Garrison for providing detailed and comprehensive discussion of various causes and fixes. Although my rifles have not developed this problem in many years of service, it's good to know what to look for. While I run my carrier dry, I've always kept my FPE very lightly greased, and found that fouling from even black powder loads in my 45 Colt rifles doesn't affect the FPE.
  10. I've only shot three different calibers in CAS... 1st a .38/.357rifle with my 45 Colt SAA... then a 45 Colt rifle (Uberti 1873). Beginning in 1986, I began shooting an 1851 in .36 cal. Which I still do to this day. But, my real idea of fun is to only shoot the corners of targets, or a leg, foot, brim of the hat, or in the case of T-Bone's chicken targets, the head. Sure, it makes me a little slower than if shooting at the larger portion, but when I do miss, I EARNED it!
  11. I doubt very seriously, that prices will be getting much lower in the foreseeable future. But... as I'd much rather shoot my C&B guns than those silly suppository guns, I'll spend a few extra pennies to do so. I seem to recall that a few short years ago, I paid around $33/K for large primers, but Rem #10s were between $5-7/C. So, if prices for LP are currently running $90-100/K, is $129/K for caps really all that surprising? Almost everything has dramatically increased in price in the last 5 years. If only my income kept pace!
  12. Aye, thanks, got a few more years worth...
  13. The shorter route is going 260 over to Payson, then 87 down into Phoenix, vs. going US 60 out of ShowLow thru the Salt River Gorge. It's a longer downgrade, but nowhere near as steep and the required the climb back out of the Salt River Gorge. And, unlike US60, is 4 lane much of the way, with passing lanes where appropriate. Another resource, you might consult is "Windy", it'll give you current wind conditions across the US, and might alter your decision after looking at what they predict along each available route.
  14. As I sometimes travel that same route in an 18-wheeler, I understand about the relationship between wind and fuel economy. Unless you take some dirt roads, this is dead-nuts shortest route It doesn't avoid New Mexico, but... Dropping south out of Strafford, TX thru Amarillo, and taking US60 thru Clovis all the way to Show Low and dropping into Phoenix from the NE only adds 100 miles to the route, with the only hard hill being downhill out of Show Low. Dropping further south thru Dallas and hitting I10, adds at least 200 miles, although I have found that route provides the lowest fuel prices (diesel) and the only hard pull is up to the top of Texas Canyon and out again into Tucson, but that stretch between Tucson & Phoenix is also a bear for traffic unless you hit it in the middle of the night. Dropping south on I30 from Little Rock to the AR/TX border is also a bugger due to construction on I30, (narrow lanes, uneven lanes, etc). Going south on US69 from I44 into Dallas is likely one of the worst roads in the Continental US... I know, All too well, as I often travel that route. Here's 3 options: Also, as an aside... traveling at no more than 65 mph will give you a greater benefit in fuel economy then most folks realize. Drain your black, grey and clean water tanks early in the trip, the dead sloshing weight in the tanks fight you when accelerating and stopping.
  15. I'll re-nominate Cowtown Scout. Whenever anyone mentions Classic Cowboy, that's who I picture. Someone who exemplifies Classic Cowboy for the rest of us year after year, march after march.
  16. I use a RCBS Roll crimp die for the 45ACP/AR/GAP. Their part number: 18942 This is what a good roll crimp looks like: My smokeless load for the Cowboy45Special is 3.4 grains of TiteGroup. I don't get any unburnt powder, but am shooting a 160 gain bullet from BadMan bullets out of OR, in both Colt SAAs & my Uberti 1860 Henry.
  17. Actually, the 1892 design has a positive spring loaded cartridge stop on the left side of the receiver that catches the rim of the last cartridge in the magazine to keep it from going onto the carrier. It gets released when the action is closed, allowing a single cartridge to exit the magazine onto the carrier. The fly in the ointment will be if the cartridge stop moves back into the block position once carrier is fully down. the left upper corner of the carrier could be modified to make that happen... but it would entail a lot of trial and error, which includes assembly and disassembly to test. Then, there's also the position, length and width of the slots in the guides.
  18. Griff

    Don H.

    IMNSHO, depending on how often you'll be shooting, whether you'll be using the rifle for other uses, how serious you want to compete, whethher you prefer a rifle or carbine configuration the following might be considered: 1 - reloading WILL save you money. How quickly your investment will pay for itself will depend on how often you'll be shooting and how much your initial investment is. Reloading ain't rocket science, but it does require attention to details, best learned under tutelage of a mentor; but can be learned independently. 2 - The Rossi is generally regarded as a good gun, requiring work to be slick and dependable. It also lacks "go fast" aftermarket parts like the Uberti '73/66 do. 3 - A 24" octagon barrel is found by some to have it's inherent accuracy advantage more than offset by it's added weight. I find that front weight to aid offhand steadiness, but it is more mass to both start and stop moving. My compromise is a "short rifle", a bit heavier that a carbine, but "more maneuverable than the full length rifle. 4 - Lastly be very aware of magazine capacity, The vast majority of stages require 10 rounds, and you cannot start with a round chambered, except in extremely rare instances. So rare in fact, that I can only recall 1 or 2 times over the past 38+ years
  19. The smokeless powder I use to replicate BP loads in BP cartridges is Accurate XMP5744. It has a moderately slow burn and a more gentle pressure curve than most smokeless powders. I've used it 45 Colt, 45-70, .40-90SBN and .32-40. I first used it on the recommendation of Mike Venturino in my .40-90SBN. Since there's no published data with smokeless powders for this cartridge in any reloading manual; in discussions with MV, he suggested to use the same data as 45-70, as the case volume is similar, and like bullets weights are available. I did and found that velocities matched those attained with full loads of BP. Here's a screen shot of what QuickLoad predicts with 17 grains of 5744 behind a 255 grain bullet in the .38-55. As can be seen in the details it's predicts about 13,422 psi for approximately 1,370 fps from a 26" barrel. This level is just below the minimum load listed by Hodgdon on their website @17.3 grains for a predicted 18,400 psi for a velocity of 1,324 fps out of a 24" barrel. Their load data also shows a trim length of 2.075". Whereas QuickLoad shows a case length of 2.085". Also note that Hodgdon lists a COAL of 2.492" vs the QuickLoad length of 2.510". QuickLoad doesn't have a data of BP rounds, so a direct comparison can't be made. Since you don't know the date of your bbl, I also wouldn't recommend the use of any jacketed rounds, regardless of propellant. While I won't argue with any of the above comments, keeping the load close to the velocities achieved with BP and with a powder that has those loads in the realm of BP pressures, I wouldn't feel unsafe using this powder at those minimal load densities. I have an 1885 Highwall in .32-40 that I load with both BP and 5744. In it I load 15 grains of 5744 behind a 170 grain cast bullet and achieve nearly identical velocities as my BP loads at the same trim and COAL lengths. And while QuickLoad predicts higher pressures and higher velocities than what I actually achieve, it is not substantially more. While there are stories of folks blowing up guns with 5744, I've personally never witnessed same, nor has anyone of my acquaintance. Details are often sketchy, and in many instances, downright suspect. The Hodgdon website, while a wonderful resource, is often lacking data on older cartridges. Like my .32-40, the lightest bullet they list is a 196 grain, nor do they list any powders except Hodgdon's. I had to find my load data in an older Accurate powder annual manual or in Lyman's Cast Bullet Handbook. Then again, if you're super cautious and really curious, there are a couple of non-destructive ways to determine the alloy of the receiver & barrel. Google "X-ray fluorescence spectroscopy".
  20. I usually get accused of remembering such stuff... such accusations obviously being misdirected!
  21. My son started shooting CAS in 1988 when he was on the cusp of his 10th birthday at monthly matches. He started out shooting his Mom's pistol, rifle & a Stoeger Uplander in 12 ga with 26" barrels to help with recoil, and the stock cut to fit. I loaded his shells a little lighter than mine, (very close to LNLR Winchesters now). Both rifle & pistol used 158 grain bullets. His Mom's rifle was a Rossi mdl 65 in .38/.457 loaded with .38Spls. In 1989 I got him is own Rossi, and slicked it up like his Mom's. The Rossi is a little less AOL sensitive than the Marlin as it has a positive cartridge stop, easing the lifter detent & ball lessens the propensity for it to throw cartridges too high (stovepiping), and shimming the right cartridge guide to help control carrier jump;; also aided by the heavier bullet. Marauder's Tuning Tips has articles with instruction for both makes of rifles. He won Jr. at his first EOT in 1990, finishing 2nd in 1991 to a 16 year old. By that time he was also running the timer at a couple local monthlies. He also won Jr. at the National Shootout in Raton 4 years running using that combination of firearms. (1991-1994). c: 1992/3, yea, he mighta been a little big for his age. The first time he beat me in a match was a proud day. As I'm sure other Dad's can attest!
  22. Dunna matter; PWB hath spoken: The .38 Special was designed and entered production in 1898. With the first handgun produced for the Cartridge in 1899. It was originally a BP round, but ammo manufacturers began producing smokeless loads after just a year of introduction.
  23. Y'all did note that PWB already posted that he's inquired of the ROC whether the threaded barrel will be an exempted external modification, right? You also shou'da noted that he didn't make any mention of the 9mm chambering. Ergo, if the 9mm is legal as a pistol cartridge, and rifles must be in a pistol cartridge, it stands to reason that 9mm will be legal in the rifle also. (Okay, not in Classic Cowboy/girl, but all other categories, fine).
  24. Yep, I agree with this. Whatever they were set on to dry reacted with the cleaner you used and didn't get rinsed well enough.
  25. Polish, and I mean mirror bright polish the chambers. Not just smooth, but shiney, like they're polished chrome bright. A quick jerk forward as you reach for the next pair and the hulls stay stationary, the left falls to the left of your hand & the right to the right You have to keep the barrels horizontal.
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