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  1. You said "case checked", I assume full length case gauge and reloads. The 1st one below will check both case length and mouth. If the mouth is just slightly expanded or has those little sharp edges as explained in the video, so that the case gauge check works but may be slightly snug, this tool will compress mouth some and smooth edges. I have the 2nd one (red) it has helped me get the few AA's that are snug in the case gauge to not be snug... https://www.badmanbullets.com/OnlineStore/proddetail.php?prod=SliX-Shotshell-Checker-Sizer-Combo and http://www.slixprings.com/sizer.html Video of the 2nd one... Also, but be light on use... https://www.midwayusa.com/product/1013149195 I've also had to occasionally use the MEC Super Sizer even after loading with MEC 9000, and many of my AA's have been loaded 2-3 times. I wipe each shell lightly with Armor All for that slick almost new look after loading. RRR
  2. I'll take both, PM sent. RRR
  3. I have a shared work space and bench for various hobbies. I mount presses to a small piece of plywood about 1/2" - 3/4" thick and various width/length depending on press and what type shelf I want to go with the press and room to store on shelf. I clamp the board down inside. My preference is to reload outside and clamp the press/board on this https://www.harborfreight.com/folding-clamping-workbench-with-movable-pegs-47844.html It is very sturdy, folds up, mobile, and cheap. It also serves as saw horse and outdoor workbench. I have similar shelf as Nickle City Dude to store presses on. I reload on my patio with a ceiling fan and a floor fan at each end. This keeps the air/powder/etc. moving. Even in Summer it is relatively comfortable to reload outside. If really tight on space, get a board about 2' x 4', clamp to the folding bench, clamp press to the big board, and you have a large work space. Table folds up, board stands up, press back on the shelf. Floor space is free again. RRR
  4. This quote is from http://www.curtrich.com/bpsubsdummies.3.html : "If you shoot one of the smaller cartridges, .38 Special of one of the .32s, you should not have to do this. A .38 Special filled with APP FFFg to the base of the bullet is a very mild shooting load that smokes realistically. Reducing the powder charge significantly on a .38 Special or less is not appropriate except for people with handicaps. Reducing the powder charge on a strongly recoiling .45 to make shooting more comfortable and to make up a little for the superiority of small calibers is reasonable. It costs less than a new set of expensive guns in .38 or .32. Loading .38s with the standard Dillon setup and 15-17 gr. of powder is a snap, and you can make volume production loads easily. If you want them mild, use APP FFFg. If you want them hot, use 777 FFg. A .38 Special with 5 grains of 777 and a lot of filler will smoke less, but eliminating smoke is certainly against the spirit of the Black Powder categories. If your rounds don't smoke, you shouldn't shoot them in BP categories. Current rules require that rounds smoke as much or more than a 1 cc./15 gr. black powder load. If you load 15 gr. volume of any of the substitutes they will smoke at least as much as 1 cc./15 gr. Goex FF, the standard used to produce "smoke standard" loads." And also from... If you read down into the thread .38 LC, .38 SC, BP, and smoke is discussed. Very interesting. RRR
  5. Interesting thread, several different subjects. I think Marlins are more 'lenient' in accepting shorter OAL than '92's and Uberti's. I have 3 Marlins that will run .38 Long Colt just fine ( Widdermatic 1972 .357, minor gunsmithing 1979 .357, Spur Marlin .357/.38). On some Marlin Forums it was discussed how some older .357's (not .357/.38, as stamped on barrel) would not run smoothly .38 Spec. Sometimes when shooting my .357/.38 Vaqueros I will shoot .38 SC loaded with 1.5-1.7 gr. Trail Boss, 125 gr bullet. In pistols (all calibers), when I load with Clays, I use recommended minimum load for Clays, and freely interchange powders of Clays, Red Dot, Clay Dot, and IMR Red without changing settings on reloader. Also in the rifle, but slightly higher powder charge. I do this also with shotgun, and found the IMR Red is more dense and will weigh about 1.0 grain more than Clays/Red Dot/Clay Dot out of same MEC #25 bushing. No difference in felt recoil. RRR
  6. I think I was the shooter Captain Bill Burt referenced in his original post...and later as a 80'ish older gent...not quite, but knocking on the door of Elder Statesman Category. I was real interested in this thread. I shot 1st shotgun barrel, BOOM, 2nd barrel, pfft, TO (Captain Bill Burt) asked if barrel was blocked, I looked down barrels and replied it was (but somewhat ghostly, could see a little light, this to myself), did as TO instructed, loaded only unobstructed barrel, knocked down remaining targets. Went to ULT, looked down barrels and they were clear. When I received my brass and hulls, one hull had the wad partially out. So, I made a mental note next time I will look on ground if wad is still in hull and maybe drop a pistol/rifle round down barrel to clear. Time difference though was probably negligible. Since I declared the barrel obstructed, I figured my stage was completed. Now, if TO had stopped me, and when checking barrels at ULT they might have been clear, a reshoot I guess. I do not know what that ghostly stuff in the barrel was but in process of shooting other barrel and walking to ULT it fell out unnoticed. This was at the Georgia State Match. Interesting. RRR
  7. Hour of the Gun was also a good version, with James Garner and Jason Robards. The shootout at the train station and showdown at the end with Clanton were both very satisfying scenes. RRR
  8. How many versions are there...4 or 5...an early one with Henry Fonda and Walter Brennan was good...yes story line and details do vary with each. I will watch whichever one happens to be on the Western Channel, or other channels without commercials. I think 'Tombstone' is the best. RRR
  9. And Starline sells .41 Spec. brass. Just sayin'.... RRR
  10. Wild Bunch...trap/sporting clays...Steel Challenge, mostly .22's semi-auto Rugers or variety different models 8, 9, or 10 shot .22 revolvers...USPSA, variety of Glocks, 1911's, sometimes 8 shot S & W revolver...GADPA (IDPA), mostly conceal carry 7-8 shot revolvers, sometimes Glock 9mm. RRR
  11. There was a thread on the Wire maybe 2017, or early 2018...that discussed cleaning bore brushes in an ultrasonic cleaner. I tried it, worked pretty good, but brushes are not bright and shiny with all the gunk removed. Maybe a 2nd time with clean solution would be like new, or fewer brushes in bath at a time. Anyway, I cleaned about 30 or so I had accumulated over a year or so, still using them and don't need another ultrasonic bath yet. Some are losing bristles or worn down, they get wrapped in a patch for wet or dry pass instead of a mop. RRR
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