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  1. 6 minutes ago, Utah Bob #35998 said:

    They thought that would work??? :lol::lol:

    Personal opinion, I believe they with BDUs to keep from having to make male and female specific working uniforms.  BDUs, with the baggy "hips" were/are more comfortable for females than unisex (i.e., male cut) work pants.

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  2. 9 minutes ago, Utah Bob #35998 said:

    The Navy claimed the blue camo wasn’t camo at all. It was just a more practical uniform that wouldn’t show grease and oil so much. Yeah they actually said that.  :lol:

    Everything on a ship is white, black or some shade of grey.


    Coveralls were not allowed on the mess decks for many years because they were considered a dirty uniform (and most were covered in paint and/or grease).


    I do have to admit, that raindrop camo did hide paint better than any other uniform we had.


    Nothing beat dungarees for pure comfort.

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  3. 10 minutes ago, SHOOTIN FOX said:

    First question. Why do the Navy and Air Force need camouflage. The jets make enough noise everyone knows where you are, if you fall in the ocean, do you really want to not be seen? Just asking. 

    Take it from someone who's spent a lot of time at sea - you don't want to fall overboard PERIOD.


    It doesn't matter what you are wearing.


    The ships are required to perform man-overboard drill on a regular basis.  Typically, a mannequin in an orange gumby suit is thrown overboard near the bow.

    USCG SOLAS Immersion Suits - USCG Gumby Suit :: Air-Sea Safety %

    At the very least, the dummy (mannequin) has an orange kapok life jacket on.

    You may, or may not, be surprised at how little swells are required to completely hide the dummy, especially if there is a lot of chop.

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  4. 3 hours ago, Springfield Slim SASS #24733 said:

    Berets just show what service you're in and are easy to stow when not needed. Kinda like the old flat cap the Boy Scouts used to wear.

    Dixie Cups are easy to stow, too.  Folded into a triangle and tucked into your belt/waistband/pocket.


    And not all members of all branches need to wear camouflage fatigues all the time.


    And if one camouflage is better than the rest, why can't all members of all branches that need it, wear it?


    And why does each branch need its own special "cut"?


    Total waste of money...

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  5. 4 hours ago, Old Man Graybeard said:

    FedEx is misnamed…they should be FedWrecks… I drove for 47 years…and there were definitely a high percentage of FedEx trucks involved in wrecks. Probably a higher percentage than most other large carriers. 

    Except for maybe Swift.


    My oldest daughter drives OTR for Crete (though currently working out of the Walmart DC in Cheyenne) and she doesn't have much nice to say about Swift.

  6. Since you didn't provide a pic or link to the hat you're curious about, it's hard to say.


    As for the US Navy Dixie/DIxie Cup cover, there is a long history (1886) and it's not worn the same today as it was when first implemented.


    They serve a whole lot more useful purposes than the pi$$ cutters that were more recently "borrowed" from the other services for enlisted wear.

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  7. 28 minutes ago, Sedalia Dave said:


    If they are too deep. A box of flat washers can make them any depth you want.


    I have a local that is going to make a couple up out of wood.  Preliminary pics look good.

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  8. 37 minutes ago, Cowtown Scout, SASS #53540 L said:

    I hand check each of my brass by rolling it in my fingers and looking at the brass using a good light. Of course I'm shooting 38-40 bottle neck brass.

    After I drop my clean/empty brass in the loading tray I hold it under a desk light on one of my benches to check the necks.  I don't know if it's faster or slower than just picking up a piece of brass and inspecting but it's the way I do it.  It also keeps me organized, knowing I have enough brass to load a full tray of primers.

  9. 1 hour ago, Colorado Coffinmaker said:

    Hey Chief


    I'm probably no help at all.  I squirt a little case lube on the cases (laying on their side) in a empty shoe box then shake the cases > Dump them in the case feeder and go.  Don't need a loading tray.  Straight from the press to the cartridge box.  Same same routine  loading either smokeless (seldom anymore) or APP (My Fav)


    My old Red (color) MTM loading trays will work for 45CS but I haven't used 'em in forever.


    1 hour ago, SHOOTIN FOX said:

    I usually tumble the brass, let dry, quick visual, spray with one shot and dump into the case feeder or bowl for loading.

    KISS principle.

     I don't have a case feeder.


    I put my brass in load trays to check for split necks.  With the loading trays I have, the brass sits so far down in them that it's hard to see.


    May be a little OCD but I don't like loading bad brass.

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  10. 6 minutes ago, Slapshot said:

    I've been using empty 45 colt trays from bought ammo. That said I typically don't use a tray until the round is finished. I load on a Lee Classic turret and generally set 10 cases on the bench and load each putting them in the tray as I finish each one. Ellis on MSGO at one time was making trays for loading. He could probably make what you want.

    I drop the clean/empty brass into a loading tray so I can inspect the case mouth and give a quick spray of Hornady One Shot Case Lube before loading.


    I'll cross-post and ask there.

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  11. I have a couple of different loading trays but neither are really appropriate for C45S.


    The holes that will allow the rim of the C45S case to fit swallows the short round and the shallow holes aren't big enough for the rim of the C45S.


    Is there a short/shallow reloading tray that is appropriate for the C45S?

  12. Of the 50 loaded rounds, I pulled four bullets from the cases and measured the powder charge in each (wire cutters didn't appreciably damage the bullets, either).


    Three were at 5.1 grains and one at 5.2 grains.


    I'm feeling better about just going ahead and shooting these loads, though I did re-set the press to drop 4.6 grains of powder for the next batch.

  13. 2 hours ago, Desert Pete SASS #42168 said:

    I load 44-40 with a Dillon XL650.  This is a very hard loader to get to work for that cartridge.  I check the charge with every 10th round and check OAL for 100% of the rounds.  With the same loader I can make 500 rounds an hour of 45 Auto.


    The 44-40 is just an evil mistress who requires constant attention.


    I've been loading with Clays on a 550 for a few years and (knock on wood) have never had a weight deviation that was really noticeable with 38 Special or C45S.  I have to take full responsibility for not verifying the charge before I started.  Just glad I checked afterwards.


    I have a complete tool head set up for 38 Special, C45S and now 44 WCF so I shouldn't need to fiddle with any settings once I get it dialed in.


    I do normally check charge weight prior to starting a new batch just to make sure the powder hasn't bridged after sitting for a week or more.


    I'll be ordering a case gauge for the 44 WCF.



  14. 20 minutes ago, Long Fingers, SASS#56813 said:

    Contact shooting Fox for the barn stormers. I ordered some a few weeks ago to try in the revolvers. Tested a few, seem to work well so far. Fox was easy to deal with , shipping was prompt. 

    Got plenty of Barnstormers for the time being but will probably order some more soon.  He's powder coating them now, too.


    Sometimes I just want to try something else and it's always good to have backups.

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