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  1. I’ve heard of one very accomplished shooter who will ask what he missed. If spotters cannot agree then he claims should be clean. Often especially with the faster shooters, it’s hard to say which target. When they unload a rifle in <3 seconds it can be hard to say exactly which shot you saw dig into the berm!

    For me, I pretty much need 2 indicators that it’s a miss. Dirt splash on berm, no target wiggle, no clang. any one of those qualifies as a hit. 

    If I really have to ask myself “was that a miss” then BOD to shooter. I have to be 100% sure. If I call a miss, and another spotter points out an edger, I’ll change my call. I can be convinced to change a call from miss to hit, but I NEVER change from hit to miss. 

    as a TO, I ask spotters what they saw. I ask them to not look at other spotters calls. Just call what you saw. That’s why we have 3. 


    I also think if you totaled up incorrect calls, in the end shooter comes out ahead. Of course, if the miss call was made at a bad time, say a state match, it can cost you a buckle!


    Counters need to really try to pay attention and do their very best. Not only for the shooter on the line, but out of fairness to the rest of the shooters at the match. 

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  2. Probably more important than the pistols is shotgun. If she needs a shorter LOP then get her one. Don’t make  her shoot yours because “it’s just the shotgun”. When my wife was shooting she struggled with the shotgun.  Tried  a cut down 97 and it was much better. I had the stock cut down on my 97 and it was nuch better for her. 

  3. I usually shoot BP at our 5gh Saturday matches. 44-40 pistols, 1860 Henry in 44-40 and 10G double. But I’m summertime they are too heavy and too hot!  

    ive been threatening to shoot Buckaroo with 22s and a 410. May just do it at our August 5th Saturday match. 

  4. I picked up a nice 62a a couple of years ago at a gunshow. He had it marked for $1100. I traded a 45 ACP rock island  NIB That I won at a SASS match  & 300 For it. I would put my gun at 80-90%, but that’s pretty subjective. It’s an excellent shooter!  It will hold a bunch of 22 shorts! I got tired of pumping it before it ran out of bullets!  For what it’s worth, I can shoot it faster and more accurately than my Henry Golden Boy. (But my Pard Verdadero can outshoot me with his Golden boy every day of the week and twice on Sunday!) 

    the true gallery models have a triangle shaped loading port and are worth more. 


    the Marlin 39As are also excellent 22s. I’ve been on the prowl for one of those as well. 


  5. We have safety meeting 0845, hammers down 0900. We shot 6 stages Saturday. Broke foe a watermelon break after 3 stages. Finished right at noon. 

    I’d be ok with starting at 0800, but I’m a morning person.  

    we have a couple of shooters that are habitually late. Our policy is if you are not there by 0845 then you don’t get a score for first stage. Enforced policy this past Saturday. When I told shooter he said “I was here, I was in parking lot” getting my gear unloaded. (He was not on the range until after a couple of shooters had already shot first stage) I told him he had missed the announcements and safety briefing. Being in the parking lot didn’t count. He was a little miffed. But as I said, always late, have to get him assigned to a posse, get his fee collected etc. folks ought to have the common curtesy to be on time. (And yes, I know flat tires or traffic slow downs happen, but not every match!) 


  6. Sharpshooter and Cody Dixon both Throw a different degree of difficulty. Believe if it not. Every time I have shot sharpshooter I wound up engaging the wrong set of targets at least once in the match. Unless the TO, spotters or whomever catch you, it’s 10 misses :o :( not a P!  That’s why I don’t shoot sharpshooter any more. But as I’ve said, Cody Dixon is my favorite category. I just like it. Are my stage times as fast? No. Typically 7-10 seconds slower. My pistols & shotgun I shoot pretty much the same, so the biggest difference is rifle, it just takes a tad longer to lock onto the target. So yes, it is more difficult. But I like it. 
    Some like shooting BP. Yes it’s more difficult than smokeless. Going to be a tad slower. Shooting frontiersman adds another layer of difficulty.  But every competitor works his guns as fast as he can.   Maybe I ought to try BP Cody Dixon! 

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  7. I love shooting Cody Dixon. If it’s offered, I’m shooting it. By far my favorite Category. I’ve tried sharpshooter, but don’t care for it as much.

    I think last year at the Texas State Match Cody Dixon was one of the larger categories, 13 shooters in lever, 11 in single shot. (If my somewhat feeble memory serves!) at any rate, a popular Category. 


    I practice (not as much as I should), think about stage lay-out, try to think of ways to “game” the stage. I want to do my very best (safely & within the rules) I’m not trying to make any statements about target distances or how fast other shooters are. I just play the game I prefer. 


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  8. I’ve got a strong case if the wants for a 95. Probably in 30-40 Krag or 405. (Big Medicine!)  Climbing Lyman sights. Had a nice one in my hands but the $5500 price tag was too steep for a rifle I would rarely shoot. But.... after I win the Lotto tonight I’ll be making a trip to Collectors Firearms in Houston.  :)

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  9. I have a 76 in 45-60. Kelley sights.  I like the 305 coated bullets from Bear Creek. 12.0 Unique. I’ve shot it (successfully!) to 300yds. I hope to go to a 400 yd range soon. 

    I load the bullets just a tad longer than the crimp groove, Lee factory crimp die (made for 45-70) I just kinda kiss it a bit. works well for me. 


    I was able to find 45-60 brass, but also have cut down 45-70. 

  10. On 6/28/2020 at 3:02 PM, J-BAR #18287 said:

    The Shooter's Handbook has a list of Match Disqualification Penalties on page 22, which includes

    • -  Any discharge at the loading or unloading areas.

    It doesn't say "accidental" discharge, it says any discharge.  I checked this with PWB a few years ago, and he told me that if I had completed a stage and taken my guns to the unloading table with one of my percussion revolver chambers still charged, I could leave it charged and try to shoot it out during the course of fire on the next stage.  But if I wanted to recap that troublesome chamber that did not fire before the next stage, I would get an MDQ if I shot it out at the unloading table, in accordance with the above rule.  He also told me that the Timer Operator did not have the authority to waive the rule and allow me to shoot the chamber clear from the unloading table.  To shoot out the chamber, I would have to get the TO's permission to return to the stage, cap it under the TO's supervision, and shoot it there.


    So maybe it's time for an update from PWB.  Has this changed?  If not, we should not be encouraging shooting out a troublesome chamber at the unloading table.  The shooter will earn a Match Disqualification under the present rules.

    I don’t often shoot C&B guns. Just at Plainsman side matches a couple of times a year. So have been reading this with interest, plus, I was there, but on a different posse so not a witness 


    I have seen, and have done, exactly what you say we ought not do, re-cap and fire at ULT, but always with TO permission. Typically between shooters. I suppose could come back to stage to do it, but I see no great harm in asking permission, TO acknowledging and watching while I did it. Did exactly the same thing with a cartridge that got jacked out. Upon examination it had a lite primer strike. I asked TO permission to attempt to fire it, he agreed. Loaded and done in 10 seconds. 

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  11. 22 minutes ago, Irish-Pat said:

    I got mine years ago. I fired one Barrel of my double barrel to shoot a target I had missed to to keep a clean match going. I went to shuck the other shotgun shell to save it and accidentally fired it over the berm.  From now on I always fire it out the barrel and don’t worry about trying to save one shotgun shell. Irish ☘️ Pat

    That’s probably not a bad idea. Had a Pard shuck a live round, it hit a pebble or something and BOOM! 

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  12. Many folks like the longer forearm on a 24” rifle. They can grasp the forearm at the end and “pull” the rifle into their shoulder.  

    I know a guy had one cut down, new dovetail etc I think for $175. (Larry Potterfield says cut the dovetail first!) 

  13. For my HiWall I like a 265 grn Bullet with 10.0 unique. If I need a bit more knockdown I use a 310 grn Bullet, still 10.0 Unique. But not quite as accurate. 

    for lever guns I use a 245 or 255 grn Bullet with 9.6 Unique. 

  14. I wonder, in the history of jurisprudence, has the judge and jury been all set, plaintiff has presented his case, made a sound reason for suing. Then defense lawyer steps up, pulls out a paper from his briefcase and says  “judge, I have a release, signed by the plaintiff” judge says “oh, a release....case dismissed” 


    releases are a waste of paper. There are some reasonable precautions that can be taken. But releases, gloves, telling folks don’t touch your face is pretty worthless. Spraying timers, other common surfaces might be of minor benefit. 


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  15. I’ve shot at several clubs that offer “sharpshooter”  category, which is what you described. Those that offer Cody Dixon use those rifles targets, in the 60 -75 yd range.  A very few are a little further. some are closer, just depends on what the range limitations are. It’s a fun category. Have to do more aiming for sure. It’s a good category for those who prefer to take their time and aim instead of point. Many prefer this to seeing how fast you can manipulate your guns.  (And I’m in no way putting down the fast championship shooters, they got that way by practice and hard work) As I’ve said, I may not be able to “run and Gun” but I can “amble and aim”! 


    I'm generally about a Top 1/3 shooter. Never going to win top overall shooter. I’ve shot a few 10/10/4  stages under 20 seconds, but low-mid 20s more my norm. 

    I do enjoy shooting Cody Dixon when it is offered. it’s my preferred category. I’m even going to try Cody Dixon single shoot soon. (Just waiting on the right rifle) 

    there is something in this great game for everyone. 

  16. can't be adjustable. lots of folks use a rubber pad, if its not "period" they put a leather cover over it. I have a rather ugly slip on pad on my Marlin 1895 45-70. sure tames the recoil, but it hurts my eye to look at it. I put a leather cover over it!

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