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Chief Rick

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  1. You've already received the answer I would've given for cleaning.  That said. this is one of the reasons I went with Dillon dies.  Pull a pin and the seating stem drops right out.  Clean it and put it back in, reseat the pin and your setting never changes.

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  2. 7 hours ago, Linn Keller, SASS 27332, BOLD 103 said:


    Now to improve my antenna, recent high winds broke the anchor line and my wire antenna sagged to the sod ... I have an idea how to improve things and gain a significant vertical component ... but right now my idea is in the "Sounds good when you say it fast!" stage!


    I just ordered 1000' of antenna wire from DX Engineering.  Supposed to be here Tuesday.


    I also just received a 49:1 Balun I ordered two weeks ago.


    Plan to string up an EFHW for 80 meters, sloping from 10' off the ground to ~20' off the ground.


    This is my first foray into HF, so...


    I really want to a Yaesu FT-891 Mobile radio to make a go-bag, but that's going to have to wait for more funds to become available.

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  3. 56 minutes ago, Hells Comin said:

    I have a pending reservation at Circle R. Ranch, so I'm starting to worry- any help would be appreciated. 

    Full hookup 


      Hells Comin 

    Send an e-mail to Bessie James.  I'm sending you the contact info by PM.

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  4. 1 hour ago, Alpo said:

    I'm going out on a limb here, and saying that there were nine people "Testing" this morning?

    Well, some may have also been more relaxed than others.:D

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  5. Shooter choice as to where to engage with second pistol.


    Assuming the first five rounds and second five rounds (first pistol-second pistol) are to engage the targets the same, the shooter can:

    1 - use second pistol to engage targets 1-5-2-4-3 and take three misses

    2 - use second pistol to engage targets 2-4-3, then 1-5 - RELOAD three rounds and engage targets 2-4-3 to preserve a clean match.

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  6. de KI5RGH/AG


    Edit to ad:  There were nine people testing this morning, including two USAF airmen (their co-worker that brought them, probably not 20 years old himself, is already an Extra).


    I got my General, one advanced to Extra and the rest all passed their Technician exams.

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  7. 8 minutes ago, The Rainmaker, SASS #11631 said:

    A Progressive THEN a Regressive??? And you give ME grief! You're pure evil!:P

    Concur!  I tend to keep the sweeps the same for pistol and rifle unless there are knock downs for one or the other.

  8. 1 hour ago, Barry Sloe said:

    First- I meant that as the stage writer, you need to be specific when writing a stage. 

    Second- As a Spotter, I like to know where I should be looking. It's hard for my eyes to play catch-up.



    I'm trying to comprehend what you mean by being more specific when writing a stage. 


    To me, I'm hearing "tell me exactly which target to shoot exactly when so everybody has to engage it the same exact way".


    I've shot matches (single and multi-day events) where every stage scenario dictated exactly which guns were to be shot in a specific order and which targets were to be engaged in a specific order.  Even when I felt a stage lay-out would allow me to be a little smoother/faster if I could shoot it differently, there was no shooters choice.  I prefer to have choices.


    Yes, that can make spotting more difficult.  I've seen more than spotter ask to be relieved when a really fast gunfighter comes to the line.  There's no disgrace in that.  When the shooting's over, if you can't verbalize where a miss or a procedural happens, it's a hit.

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  9. 2 hours ago, Sam Sackett said:

    I believe my comprehension is just fine. Everybody isn’t the same. We all hear or read the same thing, but some end up understanding the stage differently. Case in point, we are now having a long discussion about this particular stage. 

    No real need to get snarky……..


    Have a Blessed day….

    Sam Sackett 

    Not intending to be snarky or directing the comment/question directly at you.


    As I've said before, people say "bad stage writing" and that's the only comment.  There's no further clarification on how the person commentating would write it to be more clear "to them".  At the bigger matches that I've been to and the shooter's books from one's I haven't, the trend seems to be more brevity in stage instructions allowing for more shooters choices.


    Stage instructions can't be written to include every detail for every shooter and most of the people I shoot with like having different ways to engage the targets. 

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  10. 10 hours ago, Jeb Stuart #65654 said:

    I think they are clear, stage instructions state with pistols, meaning both, engage each target at least once.  After P3, P2, P1, P5, P4, the shooter can put the last 5 shots wherever he wants.

    That would be P - unless your last shot was on P3 (the center target).

  11. 9 hours ago, Wrangler Bob said:

    I've been known to come up with some "unorthodox" shooting; as I read this "with pistols, starting and ending on P3 engage the five pistol targets with at least one round each". Being a two handed shooter, I would have shot [first pistol]: 3-1-2-4-3, [second pistol]: 3-4-5-2-3.

    That's my interpretation of the instructions, feel free to correct me [I'm learning something new every day].

    That is an acceptable way to shoot the stage.

  12. 23 hours ago, Barry Sloe said:

    If there is a specific way that you want a stage shot (or not shot) that needs to be specified in the stage write-up.  Otherwise, a 3, 1, 2, 4, 5, 3, 3, 3, 3, 3 is in the works for the gamers.  Not me, of course, just the gamers.



    That's the thing - there's not a specific way to shoot the stage.


    Why do so many people want to be told to shoot every stage a specific way? (Not necessarily saying you're one of those, but I do shoot with some people that don't want any shooters choice stages.)

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  13. On 4/21/2024 at 9:01 PM, Sam Sackett said:

    I would have shot it this way. 3,2,1,2,3 with first pistol. 3,4,5,4,3 with second pistol. Instructions could have been interpreted that way. Start and finish on 3 .. with each pistol…….    Poorly written instructions…..


    Sam Sackett 

    Poor comprehension?  Or do you prefer being told how to shoot every stage?


    It's a shooter's choice - round count stage.

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    1 hour ago, Abilene, SASS # 27489 said:

    I would say no, because like you said, a miss can't cause a P.


    Around here when a stage is written like that, it will often have added "no double taps" or "no triple taps"

    I would not intentionally write a stage to say this, but...


    If the stage instructions read:


    With pistols, starting and ending on P3, engage the five pistol targets with at least one round each.  Each target must be HIT with at least one round.


    The shooter draws first pistol and hits P3 but then has two misses, then hits P4 and P5.  Shooter then draws second pistol and chooses to dump on P3.  Would that be a failure to follow stage instructions?  Shooter had the opportunity with the second pistol to HIT P1 and P2 before finishing on P3.

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  15. 1 hour ago, Eyesa Horg said:

    Clarification would be needed, but I would have expected those direction for EACH pistol, not P3 to be a dump target for the second pistol.


    51 minutes ago, Captain Bill Burt said:

    Those type instructions aren’t fair to gunfighters since they don’t have a ‘first’ and ‘second’ pistol.

    I don't understand the request for more clarification.


    It's a round-count stage.


    10 rounds - five targets - the only requirements are:

    1 - start and end on P3

    2 - engage P1, P2, P4, and P5 at least once.


    A shooter can choose the best way to engage based on their particular shooting style. 


    I also really don't comprehend how it's unfair to any particular shooting style, especially gunfighters.

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