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  1. Snakebite

    Spotting

    Here you go, this will solve the spotting problem.... it might take a while to get the posse through the stage, but it WILL solve the spotting problem. 10 rifle, 10 pistol, 4 shotgun. 24 fall-over targets. Instructions: knock all targets down. Reloads on any gun acceptable.
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    Spotting

    "Spotter are obligated to stop a shooter from attempting an unsafe action if the T.O. is not in position to see it or react quickly enough. " This certainly does not specifically say what I indicated, but such calls should be made at the time they occur, whether they are being called by a Spotter or the Timer Operator. Of course the final judgement belongs to the T.O., unless there is an appeal filed.
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    Spotting

    No where in the rule books does it say that the Spotter must see a Miss. THAT is a Made-up rule/requirement that has taken wings. It is indeed a VERY good (if not the best) way to judge and count misses, but it is not a requirement. Spotters should use all of their abilities as input to make their call. Sight of a target being struck should Trump a hit on the ground. I've seen, and been the victim of calls made by Spotters that were so fixed on watching ONLY for misses that they would miss a Hit on the target. This very often happens with targets that are very close to the ground. The spotter hears the bang and sees the dirt kick up in front of the target..... next thing you know, he calls it a low miss and never sees that the target was hit. WHAT... it hit the dirt first, and then struck the target you say....... Humm, sounds to me like the target was hit. But, we are suppose to count misses, not hits, Right? It doesn't matter if the bullet bounces down range or not... If it hits the target, it is a HIT. SDQ/MDQ calls coming from breaking the 170 degree plane or a dropped/falling gun should be made WHEN THEY HAPPEN. If a Spotter is going to report such an event to the T.O., then they need to do it immediately, and let the T.O. make the final determination. It will be fresh in everyone's mind. If it is upheld, then the T.O. will apply the penalty, if the T.O. disagrees, then the Shooter would get a restart. Nothing worse that some Spotter coming in after the stage is finishes and saying the Shooter broke the 170 degree with his first gun, etc. If you are going to make the call..... then DO IT! Bottom line is this. Spotting is one of the most important jobs on the Firing Line. Of course Spotters need to learn, but first they need to learn the rules. Then they need to get experience at their local club. There is no excuse for folks being Spotters at major matches that don't know the rules, don't have the ability to do a good job or just don't apply themselves to doing the job. Timer Operators need to take the initiative and remove Spotters that are consistently out of step with everyone else. Yes... Spotters should do their own spotting, but when they are continually out of step with the other two spotters, something is wrong. Snakebite
  4. I would not submerge the entire boot in water unless I was going to wear them until they are DRY. That take a full, warm day. If you do, the boots will form to your foot. I would however thoroughly wet the area of the crease and then stuff in rags or paper to hold it up and in place, and allow to dry slowly. JMHO
  5. I think the law about guns and ammo being stored together applies to being in the same case.... such as a gun rug with a handgun in it, and also ammo. If the handguns are in a locked case, and the ammo is in an ammo can, they are not stored in the same place. At least that is my take on it. Snakebite
  6. I travel to other states for CAS matches and have never had any problems, issues or questions at the border regarding guns or ammo. I haven't been pulled over for any traffic violations in a very long time, so can't say if the LEO's are dragging folks out of their cars and strip searching them looking for guns and ammo, but I doubt it. IMO all of this is of little concern. I just get in the car and move on down the road. I don't drive down the road shooting out the window or waving a gun around. Unless you are breaking the traffic laws, there is VERY LITTLE chance that you would ever be pulled over. If I were to be pulled over for speeding, I personally would not say a word about firearms, unless ask, except.... if I had a gun in the glove box and was reaching for the car registration papers. In that case, you better have a California CCW. Also.. if you don't have any illegal guns with you, I don't see any problem even in the unlikely event that a LEO were to check for guns. There are no guns used in CAS that are illegal in California. If you are truly concerned, just go to Harbor Freight and buy one of their boxes, put you handguns in it, throw a lock on it, and be DONE with it! I would be more worried about entering some states with CBD oil in my travel bag, that could be a federal issue! IMO, all of this Hoopla is greatly exaggerated. Snakebite
  7. Power factor is the ability to leap tall buildings with a single bound, Foot pounds of energy is how hard you kick somebodies @$$ back side
  8. Ain't no doubt that "Stuff" happens, and even the most experienced loader can step in it. I do like my powder check on the 650, it was a worthy expense. As for powder, I've used just about every powder out there over these many years, and there are MANY of them that work fine for this game of Peek-a-boo shooting with gallery type ammo. What is funny to me is that two of the more popular powders that are used by CAS, are my least favorite. Yep, Trail Boss is one of them. It's kinda like buying a bottle of 40 proof Bourbon for the same price as a 80 proof bottle. But even that aside, I just didn't like the stuff. It seemed to get all over the place. The other powder that I don't care for is certainly one of the most popular... it is Clays. I tried it several times and always had the same experience of un-burned powder. Yes, yes, I tried crimping harder etc.... bottom line was that it just didn't ring my bell. I switched from HP 38 to Tite Group when it came out, and I like it very much. A while back they put Shooter's, Clean shot on sale at a ridiculously low price, so I bought 3 large bottles of it. I like it too. I use the same load that I use with Tite Group. It meters well, and does a good job... however, it is one that can easily be double charged... but I doubt it would do any damage if it happened. I only load 3 gn of it in a 38. It was mentioned, but Unique is a good old powder and has less chance of a double charge. It is not quite as efficient in a 38 case as some of the faster powders, but it does the job. I've heard some folks compare Clays to Unique, but I don't think so. Snakebite
  9. I got tired of the dust, so I switched to a wet tumbler. I think that it does a much better job and is dust free using the Stainless Steel pellets. When I was using the vibratory cleaners, I used two of them. One with treated Walnut shell for heavy soiled brass and the other with treated Corn cob for lightly soiled brass or as a second treatment to put a higher shine on the brass that had been cleaned in the Walnut shell. I would think that rice would break down rather quickly, and would take longer to get it the job done. JMO Doug
  10. I had them all since 93, but finally threw them out when we moved last year. They use to be a wonderful and interesting source of information. They filled up many boxes, and I just didn't have the room at the new place. Snakebite
  11. I don't see that pointing the gun down range under supervision and pulling the trigger as being stupid or even unsafe. However, I would rather see the action opened and the shooter directed to the ULT. Basic firearm safety had already been broken by the shooter when they arrived on stage with the hammer cocked. IMO it should not be allowed to slide without penalty. If no round under the cocked hammer... then a 10 sec safety, if a live round under the cocked hammer... then a SDQ. We must all guard against Complacency. We do the Loading table event many times over and over again, and some folks do become complacent. Again.... a true and real Loading table officer, one that actually does the job, can help the shooter to not become complacent. JMO Snakebite
  12. I can't even count the number of times that I have given or installed parts to get someone going at a match, and never received the promised replacements back. Labor was free, and for some so were the parts.
  13. If you want best advice for mental preparation for this game, here it is: when you go to a match, get yourself to become a 6 year old again, and play Cowboy!
  14. Yes, I seen that. That is why I removed my query.
  15. I also use 12 grains of Extra Lite, and prefer Remington hulls. Either STS or Gun Club both work well. However, I normally use a Grey Clay Buster's wad. Both wads work well. I use an adjustable bar in my Mec 9000, and just adjust the shot to give me a good crimp. Overall wad height is the same. Snakebite
  16. I have one of those work benches. I don't use it for a loading bench, but for a work bench in my small shop. I have it pushed into a corner, and it is plenty stable. Such a deal for that price... If I can figure out a place to put another one, I'll get one. For my Loading bench I use another Harbor Freight cart called a Yukon. It is a metal cart with large casters on it, two large drawers and two large doors. Laminated hardwood top and is VERY heavy. I have a 650 and Mec 9000 mounted on it. I also use two Inline Fabrication elevated mounts. It allows me to quickly change out either of the loading presses and put the turret press into service very quickly, they even have a vice mount that can be put into the stand. It's a pretty good system and works very well. Since I moved from our mountain home where I had a huge shop, and a huge loading room, I've had to down size a great deal. These items really did help.
  17. I was looking through the Oct Chronicle again, and this time I went page by page and actually looked at every person and tried to guess their age. Ha, it was interesting, but nothing I didn't already know. Snakebite
  18. My rule of thumb for reloading is $5 per box of anything, including Shot Shells.
  19. And that is what they ought to be going for IMO. I got $1500 for the one I sold several years ago and though it was an excellent shooter, it showed some wear. This one is unfired, 99%
  20. Hey guys, thanks for the feedback. This is one of two of these guns that I've had/have. I shot the first one quite a bit and it preformed very well for me. When looking at the Auction sites I found many Italian Clones that were bringing what seemed to me like a very strong price for what they are. I think that the Browning is worth considerably more than those guns. When I sold the first one (fired) several years ago it brought what I've seen in the listings shown here. I believe that the Badger barrel and Stock Soule type sights that come on the BPCR are far superior to what the Italian guns have on them. Maybe it just isn't the time to bring it out of the safe yet. Thanks. Snakebite
  21. I have a unfired Browning BPCR 45-70 with sights and no box. Looks new. I've been looking around trying to find a realistic price on one, but they seem to be scarce. I would appreciate some realistic feed back on what I should list it for. Tnx, Snakebite ps... hope this is not against forum guidelines... if so, please delete
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