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  1. At the present time, every match around me has closed due to the virus. I believe I'll clean all my guns and chrony all of the different types of ammo that has been accumulating for a while. B Bruce lives around the corner from me and there is nothing going on in the shooting arena. Now that he cannot go to matches, his interest will move back up.


    Bruce - Did you move when you bought the house; if so where to?

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  2. Cody is first rate. Have a Codymatic 73 that I got in 2007' works great. Had him slick up a pair of Ruger New vaqueros at the same time. They also work great. A really good smith.

  3. Loophole - You are correct, I mixed up Hull with Buzzards Bay. My aunt had a cottage on Peddocks Island which is across the Hull Gut from Hull. I spent many a summer there as a kid. The bell is at the MMA. I took my father there in Sept. 2001 (he was 91) and he donated a bunch of photos, etc. to the Academy and met with the Commandant. Was given the red carpet treatment. The school is a class act and a big credit to the state.


    BTW - We drove up on Sept. 11. I wanted to fly to Logan, but my dad said he was tired of airports. Was a wise decision on his part. Kept hearing the horror stories from mid-PA until we got to my Aunt's in Lexington.

  4. My Dad got caught in a hurricane on it in 1933. They got blown from the Azores to Nova Scotia for almost a week. They were unable to use the stoves because of the severe weather, so they ate sardines and hardtack the entire time. He never ate another sardine. Also, their radio antennas were wrecked, so no communications. Created a huge panic in Boston as the Germans had lost a similar cadet training ship with 69 dead in a storm a year earlier.


    My Dad's father was an engineer on a Swedish cargo ship that hit an iceberg in 1884 and sunk. He ended up in Newfoundland and later immigrated to the US. He never went to sea again.

  5. I have a rubber cover over the tube. Place my cheek like I'm shooting a trap gun. Shot a 126 round match this evening without any cheek issues using my .40  180 gr handloads that chrony at 1226 fps. Only issue is my $22 red/green dot crapped out, probably from the recoil. Just ordered a $24 one from Amazon and will attempt to return the broken one to its mother ship as it has a supposed free replacement warranty.

  6. Slightly OT but appropriate - Question on WV drivers test: "If four vehicles reach a four-way stop intersection at the same time, who has the right of way?




    Answer - "The truck with the biggest tires".

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  7. Sent this note to Taurus today - Bought a Spectrum on 1/16/20. It has severe functioning issues. Sent it back for repairs; you received it @10:29 am on 1/29/20. Never heard a thing about its status. Called you on 3/2-3 and took 6 calls and over 1-1/2 hours to finally connect with a Taurus Rep. Was told it would take 12 weeks to repair. I want a full refund of my purchase price. Please let me know how to do this.


    I'll let you folks know the progress with this matter. I fully intend to get my $$$ back from them.



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  8. I have one in .40. Added all the MCarbo upgrades including their buttstock pad. Could have saved a lot of $$ if I just staid with their 8+ lb trigger and skipped all the internal parts. Had to have them fix my installation of the hammer spring as could not get it to stay put. Now works fine. 


    Don't have any issue shooting it and it does not slap my face. Just tuck it into my shoulder tightly. Use it for indoor ASI Carbine matches at Heritage in Frederick, MD. 

  9. The Rem. Gun Clubs are steel-based hulls, which expand and stay expanded after firing. Some doubles have trouble with them. The Rem. STS's have brass bases which expand and then contract a bit after firing and most doubles love them. The Gun Clubs and STS's reload exactly the same. I only shoot new STS/Nitro's (identical hulls except the color) in my BT-99 trap gun and then use them to either reload for CAS or sell them at 10 cents each. Selling them lowers the cost of STS's to that of Gun Clubs. The STS's use premium shot which does not matter for CAS steel targets, but can make a slight difference in trap.


    While I'm rambling, I dump the once-fired hulls into a 5 gallon pail. Once full, I neatly stack them into a large USPS flat rate box which holds approximately 450 hulls. This is something to kill time on a boring rainy/snowy day. 


    As further trivia - comparing Winchester AA's to Rem. STS's, the AA's are a 2 piece hull which, in my opinion, is not as good as the 1 piece Remington's, especially for reloading.   

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  10. Gambler - SB = "Steam Brig". The ship was built in 1880 when the US did not have many overseas coal refueling stations. The warships of that era sailed to their destination and only fired up the engines when going into battle or a port. It was sort of the equivalent of a light cruiser.  Its bell and steering wheel is at the Mass. Maritime Academy in Hull, MA, while its engine is at the US Maritime Academy on Long Island. It was 165' long with 90' masts and I believe about 100 cadets. Served in both WWI & II as an anti-sub chaser. Had a long and honorable career, serving mainly as a Navy survey ship on the West Coast. Held the record for the most crossings of the equator. Its home port when my father went to school on it was the Charlestown Shipyard berthed next to the USS Constitution. The cadets lived on the ship all year round.  He went on three 3-month cruses on it: North Sea, Mediterranean, and Africa. 

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  11. This was my dad's school ship at the Massachusetts Nautical School (now the Mass Maritime Academy) which he graduated from in 1933 as an electrical engineer. It was originally the USS Ranger; was the SB Nantucket when he served on her. 


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  12. In WV, its fill out a form, have it notarized, go to sheriffs office, pay $75, have your photo taken, wait 2 weeks, go back with another $25 and pick it up; good for 5 years. Nice thing is it serves to replace the NICS check. Fill out federal form at your FFL and out the door with a firearm in 5 minutes. Accidently let mine expire one time. When renewing was reminded by the clerk that WV does not require a permit to carry concealed. Also told: "Just don't go out of state concealed without a permit." Have three gun shops within 5 miles of my house. Life is tough!

  13. I can speak about the .44 Marlin having owned and used one in CAS from 2001-07; still use it for Wild Bunch. Switched to .38 in CAS and started using a Codymatic 73. The Marlin has been worked on (not short stroked) by Mid-Maryland and is not quite as fast as the 73, but equally reliable. Use medium cowboy loads of Trail Boss under a 200 gr. LRFP. Had one issue with the "Marlin Jam" afterabout 10 years which was quickly fixed with a new carrier. Had the old one repaired by one of smiths on the wire and have it for a backup. Just remember to keep all the screws tight and the Marlin is like a Timex, just keeps on ticking. As it's a JM made gun, can always get way more than I paid for it. Was thinking about a Uberti 73 in .44 but only shoot about six Wild Bunch matches a year.


    I am one of the few individuals who has had issues with a Henry .22 and got rid of it when I found a Marlin "B" prefix Model 39 made in 1941 for the same price as a Henry .22. Don't know about the .44 Henry's, but the .22's internals appear to me to be a low-cost design and very difficult to service.

  14. This is a Trulock Extra Full (.690) Stainless Steel Choke that fits a Winchester/Browning Invector/Mossberg 500 shotgun. Got it to use on my Mossberg (actually a Monkey Wards Western Field, ca. late 60's) for winter card shoots. Only problem is the club limits the choke to .068; Duh! Fired a few shots through it for sight-in, otherwise not used. Here's the Trulock link: Trulock Chokes  Go to Sporting Clay Targets, Select Mossberg 500, #SCWIN12690.


    Will ship for $20 which is better than 1/2 Trulocks price before shipping. Accept PayPal, personal check, whatever. First "I'll take it" gets it dropped into next days mail.

  15. The Daly 500 was made by Miroku and is the predecessor of the Browning BSS; it was in production 1963-76. You can Google Chuck Hawks' excellent review of it.Main differences are double triggers and extractors on the Daly. Same quality as the BSS. Had one and sold it like an idiot. Had Cody C. do a trigger job on it. He said it had the same innards as the early SKB doubles which were apparently made by Miroku. They (Miroku) currently make the Browning BT99 and Clitori, both quality guns.


    I started out with CAS in 2001, using a Stoger and several other doubles. A few year later switched to a 97. Last year switched back to a double, in the interim sold the Daly, an AYA and several other really fine doubles. Like an idiot, cannot retain what I perceive as safe queens. My patience level sucks.

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  16. This is a slightly OT response, but I have to voice my experience with a 2005 Tundra, a base work truck, 2 door, crank windows, 8" bed, 4.7 V8, auto. Paid $17,500 new, drove it for 11 years, finally replaced it at 138,000 miles with a Camry. Sold it for $7,500; total repair cost was $38 (repair cost - not routine maintenance cost) for a new tailgate strap and a tailgate handle. Best vehicle I've ever owned. I used it like a car and it always started and ran fine. Only complaint was when the low tire pressure light came on; checked the tires, they were fine, finally dropped the full size spare, it was low; duh!


    Best vehicle I have ever had in my 60 years of ownership. Good luck finding one with low mileage as most folks just keep them.

  17. Just received mine from Badman Bullets. It is a quality product and, IMHO is worth the cost. Has slightly closer tolerances than the one I currently use (reload shotgun shells for CAS and trap). In my particular case I especially appreciate the knurled resizing end so I can visually ID which side is up on my bench. My current checker appears the same from both ends and somehow manage to turn it upside down a bunch.


    I also got the Slix 73 mag. tube screw wrench.  Again, a very well made product. Especially appreciate having the Stoger 3-pin wrench built into the reverse side. Beats my current approach of using two 3/32" drill bits, a small block of wood and a screwdriver to tighten the Stoger. One of my hobbies is accumulating specialized tools for the guns I have. Much cheaper than buying more guns.

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