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  1. Don't change a thing, leave everything set as it is and load any Remington hull and it will be just right!  If you want to load the AA, first I would try backing off the crimp die just a tad.. if you are not happy with the resulting crimp, then you need to do something to lower the column inside the shell... either less shot, less powder, or shorter wad. THAT is why a lot of folks use adjustable shot/powder bars, and everybody lived happy ever after..... the end.



  2. OK, we are drifting away here. I ask the question because most matches charge for the Speed Matches and the Plainsman match. I do, in fact, know of clubs that charge for the Long Range match.  It can cost MUCH more to put on the Long Range match than either the Speed or Plainsman match if you are shooting anything other than a old Fender off of a Ford truck, or paper at 100 yds. Purchasing two sheets of steel and having them cut out to be a Buffalo, building the mounting structures and then mounting them on trailers to move them around can get expensive. We have never charged for the Long Range match, but I was considering recommending it, so just wanted to hear from others on the issue.  Tnx



  3. I have 5 questions that I would appreciate if you would give me your answers. I appreciate your commentary and remarks, but please at least break out your answers so I can easily compile them. 4 of them are yes/no,  #2 is a number of months. Thanks.




    1.       1. Are your club officer positions filled by the same people year after year?

    2.       2. How often does your club have a full/dedicated membership meeting? (in months)

    3.       3. Has your club membership dropped over the past 5 years?

    4.       4. Does your membership vote on club expenditures?

    5.       5. Does your club membership receive a complete financial report at every meeting?


  4. 10 hours ago, Zach Taylor,SASS#14359 said:

    I have found to prevent the screw from pulling through from over tightening , is to put a piece of auto vacuum tube in between the two grips ,passing the screw through it. Just cut the tube slightly larger than the frame, it will stop over tightening unless you have a hand like Kong. This really works.

    I have been doing a similar thing for years but used the body of a ink pin cut to length, or any round plastic tube. If it is the right length it stops over tightening. 

  5. 45 minutes ago, The Original Lumpy Gritz said:

    This is truly surprising/shocking and sad to learn of the 1lb BP limit.:(

    Heck-I go through 2-3lbs in 1 loading session. I use 85 gn in each case for my .45-90.

    As to the no 'gifting' of BP-I'm doomed......:lol::rolleyes:





    Yeah, it's a pain in the Butt when they force people into a position to either break the law or stop shooting BP. When I was heavy into the Big Guns I would also go through a lot BP. Never did find a Sub that worked as well for any serious shooting. No doubt that many of those that put this into effect did so just to stick it to shooters, but I'd bet a lot of them didn't know, understand and couldn't imagine anyone needing that much powder for any Good reason. I am not overly concerned about it, but I think it is worth keeping the amount at one location pretty close to the limit just in case. Now that I live in Town (Boy I miss my mountain home) I don't let many neighbors know of my loading activities and keep a low key about my shooting. The insurance aspect in case of a fire is a very real concern.  I have a sprinkler right over my Powder Mag that will continue to dump LOTS of water as long as water is available.... in fact I have one in every room. I Keep my powder in one of those cheap sheet metal safes that you can get anywhere now days, and keep the primers in another one. It keeps things locked up, but the sides and door would blow out very easily if needed. 

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  6. It's a State Law, not a Fed. I use to always order BP 25 lbs at a time before I was aware of the law. Yes, there are still places that will ship cases of it directly to your house in California. It is NOT illegal for them to do that.... but it is for you to have that much.  After I found out about the law, I hid it out until I got it used up  and then started using Sub powders for my less critical shooting, such as CAS.  I would keep a can of SWISS 1 1/2 on the premises for the big guns. Even that put a crimp on things. As much as we shoot in this game we need to buy right, and buying by the case is indeed the best way. Then we all have to face those periods of time when there is a shortage, and powder and primers are hard to come by.... so we stock up on them  just to make sure that we are covered. First thing you know, you have far too much powder on hand than the law allows.  I don't know of any situation where someone has been busted for having to much powder, but it could happen. If for some reason Law enforcement had a cause to Look up under your skirt, they could and would certainly use everything that they found to make you look bad. How many times have you seen a news cast that talked about the police finding several rifles and handguns, along with several hundred rounds of ammo in some guy's house? How many of you have that many guns and even more ammo? Heck, we can go through several hundred rounds with just my wife and I shooting two matches a month! I'd bet most of you do to. Best bet is to just keep a low profile, keep your mouth shut, don't get caught up in all the BS stupid Blusterous and Bantering talk about ".... from my dead hands", etc. I always liked what Teddy said, "Walk softly, but carry a big stick".  Since there is no limit on amount of ammo at this time, load as much as you can.... that is the best way around the limit on powder. Once it is in the cartridge it is no longer an issue. Lets face the truth... you can easily build a bomb using BP. It has been used for that purpose for many years... it can be done with smokeless powder too, but not as easily. I believe that is one of the reasons for the limit.


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  7. That Marlin is a very strong action. Mine is a LTD II, sold by Davidson's. I've sure shot some really hot loads in mine. The only thing that it hurt was my shoulder! I think they are a very good gun. Not as glamorous as the 86 Winchester, but certainly strong.  I don't have a great deal of confidence in the Blue Book values... seems anything that I have for sale is listed too low, and anything that I want to buy is listed too high! ;) 



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  8. I wouldnt take that for mine. If you want, just get it and be done with it. Searching around to save a few bucks is folly. Life is short, and time is worth more than money these days.

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  9. Speaking from first hand experience, do what ever you need to do to limit your exposure to lead. It can kill your Kidneys, and can give you Cancer. Use Polymer coated bullets, stop casting without good ventilation, wash your hands, and don't run the timer for extended periods of time.... hand it off after about 5 shooters and get back off the firing line. Use a wet tumbler too. Everyone thinks it won't happen to them... well it just might. If your lead level is high, get Chelation therapy to remove the lead faster than any other method. It just might save your life, or at least prolong it. 



  10. I am hanging in there the best I can. After shooting BP for most of my SASS life, I have mostly moved to Smokeless. After 25 yrs, my wife up and decided to start shooting in this game. It just was too time consuming for me, so I  made the change. I still use the bullet often, especially when I want a very accurate load.

  11. On ‎4‎/‎10‎/‎2019 at 6:13 PM, Tuolumne Lawman 6127 said:

    Fort Miller, Madera CA 1999.  I had all my hair then, and it was still brown!



    Bernie, the Fort Miller match is in Clovis, Ca. It is Bigger and Better than Ever. Third Weekend in April. If yer still getting around you owe it yourself to make a run at it.  



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  12. It is just ridiculous to ask somebody to wait that long to get their gun/s back. I waited a year to get some specialty work done on a vintage Winchester by a man mentioned in a previous post. He was the Tops in the field, but he told me up front that it would be as least that long and he didn't have me send the gun until he was ready for it. It was work that I didn't feel qualified to do myself. I believe that the long waits have been one of the reasons that many have taken up the reins and learned to do some of their own work. The cost is not usually more than the work is worth, IMO. Of course some Big Name smiths do get a pretty penny for their work and do have long wait times. In many cases a lesser know Smith might well be worth giving a try.  A good deal of the most common and basic work needed on the guns used in our game is doable by the Layman. Most of it is little more than disassembly and minor fitting of replacing parts. There is a lot of "How to" material available on line. Moving up the ladder into custom modifications requires a bit more finesse and experience and of course some of the work, especially machining and such require the services of a professional level person. I found a man that I like. Texas has 146,873 Gunsmiths, +/- , he is one of them.  Many of the really good Smiths have the same problem, turn around time.  Also... a good number of the talented Smiths are just getting OLD. They have health issues and end up falling behind in the work that they take in. It is difficult for some of them to admit that it is either time to stop or limit the amount of work that they take in.  



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  13. 60.00 ! Were are you shopping ?

    They are bending you over at those prices.


    I just bought a New 12ga Lee load all on Amazon for 43.59 Delivered.

    But the bottom line is if someone does the Math of buying BP loads,

    Vs buying a Lee load all .

    And making BP loads them selves.

    Cost wise its a No brainer .

    But Not everyone can or wants to reload .


    There is a lot of good information here for them to make that decision.



    This is just what came up when I typed it into the browser.Obviously they are available for less.

    Point being made was that for the occasional 20 ga BP shooter they could get setup to produced a few boxes without spending much money and avoid the task of trying to find a place that sells 20 ga BP shells.

    It would certainly not be my first choice for shell loading, but if I only wanted a few boxes a year, and didn't already have a shell loader, I would consider one just for those few occasions.



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