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Larsen E. Pettifogger, SASS #32933

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  1. Sort of like the frequent discussion about "what is best, revolvers with 4 3/4" or 5 1/2" barrels?"  18" vs 20" rifle barrels?  For trashcan lid size targets at ten yards there is not didly difference between them.  Personel preference.  Get what floats your boat.

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  2. At our last CAS shoot at Ben Avery Shooting Range these were all over one bay.  They are 9mm and the blue top is firmly crimped into the case.  Anyone know for sure what these are?  I have never seen a blank like these.



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  3. I have not seen this posted yet so I will just post the headline and let the wire discuss the ramifications.  CZ owns Colt and now another Czech firm has made a major purchase.


    Czechoslovak Group Acquires Federal, CCI, Hevi-Shot, Remington Ammo & Speer

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  4. Your original post was not clear.  A photo often helps.  So here is a short discussion of APP, some photos and maybe some suggestions or ideas.


    APP has been through numerous iterations.  There was light tan, dark tan, light grey, dark grey and now it is black.  APP has a reputation for clumping and this has gotten to be less of a problem with each iteration.  FIrst make sure there are no clumps.  Shake the can really good and dump some in a bowl and stir it around to see if there are any remaining clumps.  I just went out to the loading room to do a little experimenting.  Here is a photo of some old dark tan APP I found and some of the new black APP.




    Next let's make sure we are talking about the same thing.  Here is a photo of the Dillon funnel set-up.  I have also picked out two .32 expanders that I found in my expander drawer.  The short one is for rifle and the long one for pistol.  Make sure you have the correct expander.  The ID should be .200".  The OD is around .306.  (.32 is nominally .312 so the expander has to be slightly smaller than that for bullet retention.)




    For the heck of it I took a scoop and dumped some charges with the tan and black APP.  If I dumped slowly the powder seemed to through fairly consistently.  If I just dumped the whole scoop it bridged.  I could not find my old .32 expander that I had in my .32 H&R set-up as I have sold or given away most of my .32 loading gear.  On that one I bored the center hole to around .230.  This still leaves about .035" wall thickness at the tip of the expander so it still works OK.  Another idea would be to make the die into a drop tube of sorts.  Take a piece of plastic pipe and shape it so it raises the funnel.  That way the power will free fall and spread out before going into the explander.  The red thing is just a mock up to give you and idea of what I am talking about.



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  5. APP granules are larger than comparable real BP granules of the same "FF" range.  APP FFG is about like cannon powder.  The granules are huge.  FFFG APP is smaller but can still be a challenge at times in a .32.  I shot Single Sixes in .32 Mag in Frontier Cartridge Duelist for a lot of years.  (And a lot of .32-20s.  Same problem.)  What a lot of people do is strap an aquarium air pump motor or a hobby vibrating motor like this one on the measure to vibrate it.




    You have to make fabricate some kind of power supply which you can also get off Amazon or a hobby store.


    Here is a photo of a vibrator on the primer slide of a shotshell loader just as an example.




    I also put my powder funnel in a lathe and opened the hole just a bit.


    Even a homemade knocker sort of like some old powder measures had can help.  (The little gizmo on the front of the measure.)



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  6. 6 minutes ago, Dred Bob said:

    I'm not sure what a retractable firing pin is since I'm new to the Uberti/Taylor/Cimarron clones.  It's a later model that has the firing pin safety.  The firing pin is loose unless the trigger is pulled then it is "pinned?" and will fire.   


    That sounds like the retractable firing pin.  They have a reputation for the firing pin not locking properly when the trigger is pulled.  On a non-short stroke model a typical solution is to replace the hammer and trigger with ones from a standard "four click" model.  That won't work with the short stroke as the parts are different and short stroke parts are very hard to find.  You best bet may be to find a smith that will pin the firing pin in its forward position permanently and eliminate the retract feature.  Since this is a "safety" feature I doubt that Taylor will eliminate it.  They will try to fix what is there.

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  7. The BIG question the OP has not addressed yet is whether this is a retractible firing pin model.  If it is that is where you start investigting for a problem.


    P.S.  Tammy and Sue are the owners of Taylor's and they and the rest of their small crew are wonderful people and great to work with.  They are no doubt at Land Run.  Wait until Land Run is over and they have had a chance to drive home and try them again.

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  8. Most of the Minnie Balls I have seen and used were more pointed.  These are minnies recovered from a battlefied.  Most I have seen look more like the one of the left.  The one in the OP's photo looks more like the one on the right.



  9. 4 minutes ago, Three Foot Johnson said:

    I'm at a loss to understand this... if it worked on the last stage, odds are pretty good it will work on the next one. Dry fire it to make sure it works...? What if that's the one that breaks it? Better do it again, and see... 

    ... oops, maybe that's the one that broke it, better do it again...

    Totally agree.  I can never understand the people that take their 97 out of their cart and then rack, rack, rack, rack, rack.  They get to the loading table and rack, rack, rack, rack, rack.  At the unloading table it is rack, rack, rack, rack, rack and once more back at their cart rack, rack, rack, rack, rack.  They are racking a minium of five times for every shot fired.  No wonder some of their 97s are worn out.;)

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