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  1. Nice lookin gun JEL.


    Been looking at the Kidd stuff. And it ain't no kid stuff.


    Going to blow through that original 1978 MSRP of $79.95 for the rifle.


    Like to be the guy that shows up in a beat up old Impala, with a Corvette engine under the hood! :D

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  2. Thank you everybody. Great details Widder!


    I'd like to keep the old girl looking stock as much as possible, but have some slick stuff under the hood.


    I saw a 10/22 that was completely modified inside and out. Looked like a Star Wars prototype. Very nice, but not my style.

  3. I have a standard model Ruger 10/22 that I bought brand new in 1978. Started using it in some Steel Challenge matches just for fun.


    The gun is completely stock. I was thinking of a new, lighter bolt and/or a trigger assembly.


    I like the classic look of the wood stock, so any improvements/additions would be strictly under the hood.


    Gun runs reasonably well. Just a hiccup now and then which could be ammo or just fouling.


    Looking of some SASS Wire pard experiences and suggestions.





  4. Our eyes are bad enough from whatever gene causes you to be nearsighted.


    Just to be safe we wear shooting glasses OVER our prescription impact resistant lenses.


    Not an appealing look, but nice to have when the splatter storm comes in.

  5. 17 minutes ago, PaleWolf Brunelle, #2495L said:


    SASS rules specify hammer down on EMPTY chamber.

    REF: previous post on p.1

    Yes. The anchor is good for practice to get used to loading 5. It can be kicked out for a match where the orange paint remains. There is orange paint around the cylinder edge, but you can't see it with the anchor there. My post was poorly composed and illustrated. I'll try to get another shot later. Just got to be a busy morning around here.

  6. For us, It depended on how tight those chambers were. Our first cowboy match (2017) was with 4 Ruger Vaqueros that were literally taken out of the box at the range. Shells went in kinda snug and extraction got progressively worse as the the gun became dirty. Loading also became more difficult. I did the wire brush/Flitz combo, but the results were minimal. A machinist said stainless steel was harder to polish/hone, than regular steel. So I did some internet searching about this, along with chatting with more experienced shooters and came up with a cleaning brush with some 0000 steel wool wrapped around it plus Flitz. Did a little bit better with the snug fit, but still having loading/extraction problems as shooting progressed. This was all using smokeless powder. So I saw some YouTube videos on the chamber hone, and bought one. The chamber hone in addition to the 0000 steel wool/Flitz combo did the trick.


    Some final points for now:


    1. I did this incrementally, step by step, and firing rounds in between. If your first technique works, stop there.


    2. If it is Thursday and you want this for a weekend match, don't even start. It's a slow process and YMMV.


    3. Go slow for a reason. Hard to put metal back on after it's removed.


    4. The internet has a wealth of information (SASS Wire). That combined with experienced shooters/gunsmiths/machinists will help you narrow your choices as to what method will fit your particular situation.


    Good luck and let us know what worked for you.





  7. Retirement was a surprise. I mean, I always knew it was there, just not as soon as I expected it. In June of 2014, I stopped into the State Employees Retirement System office in Springfield, IL. I was working and was in town to pick up equipment. I just wanted to see where I was in the retirement/pension system.


    No appointment, but a nice lady let me wait for a staff member. She showed up and we went to her desk. After verifying my ID, she asked what did I want to know.

    "When can I go?", I asked. My calculations had me two years down the road. She clicked through several computer screens and said, "You can go at the end of July."


    "You mean July two years from now, right?"

    "No, July as in next month."

    That can't be right.

    "What were you doing in 84 to 86?"

    I was at a state university after taking 8 years to complete junior college. (sometimes you had to work to get money to go to school). Both years I got state jobs, mostly summer internships, but some lasted longer.

    "State employment is state employment," she said, "Pension payments were deducted from your checks."

    Wow. Didn't know that.

    "So," she continued," with your prior state employment and your accumulated vacation and unused sick time, you get bumped up to retire next month."

    My jaw dropped. I was flabbergasted.

    I then said, "Do you have any of those retirement forms on you?"

    She did and I went home.

    I put down my final date near the end of September . I was now officially a "short timer."

    Didn't stop many cars, but backed up and assisted some of the new troops that would be chewing on the same pavement I was working. Drove to all the courthouses and said good bye to prosecutors, clerks, judges, and even some public defenders that were not too bad. My farewell tour.


    You are required to work your last day. It's silly because all of your equipment is turned in, except your squad. I gassed it up for the last time and drove to headquarters. Had some coffee with the admin people, the the shift took me to lunch. After lunch, my last partner drove me home. I asked him to stop and pick up a prescription I had waiting, I got my medicine-and a bottle of scotch. I jumped in the front seat of his squad and we left. He saw the bottle and asked if we were celebrating tonight. I sad, "Tonight, I'm starting now." His eyes got wide as he saw me break the seal and take a gulp. I said, "I always wondered if cheap scotch would taste better in the front seat of a fully marked squad car on the way home for good. "


    It didn't.


    We both laughed. In my driveway we shook hands, I used his radio to go off duty for the final time after 25 years.


    I miss the clowns but I don't miss the circus.




    The OP was about AFTER retirement and I babbled on about what led to retirement.


    I maintained my substitute teacher license, and continue to do so. Something about working with kids just makes it fun, even the junior high drama. After the passing of both of our fathers, sorting out estates, remodeling and selling their houses, we started shooting SASS and have met so many truly wonderful people, and continue to do so. Many of my former colleagues wagered I would get a job as a small town police chief or a part-time deputy. No thank you. Been there, done that, got the t-shirt. Now if the local sheriff called and said I'm really short-handed could you help direct traffic- I would help out. I've been pretty good with closing chapters in my life and moving on to the next one. I had a brief stint with private security as a favor to a friend in the video poker machine business. When the CFO (an accountant) began making decisions about what I should carry and wear while guarding the $$$, I said good bye. Still do some armed security at events for local clubs or organizations (volunteered). But for me, it's being a substitute teacher that I really enjoy. The Cowboy Sub, as the kids say, and Shortcake is a lunch lady sub. And yes, the kids use our SASS aliases to address us.

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  8. Minor detour from OP, but I remember waiting on tables during college years. One of the few things that stuck in my mind was folks would order the best steak on the menu, describe exactly how they wanted it cooked, etc.


    When the steak would arrive, without even tasting it, would drown it in steak sauce or ketchup. 


    Ugh. Never understood that.


    Like ordering 100 year old scotch with Coke.

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  9. I've used a variety of methods, but recently found a drop or two of Blue Dawn in shotgun barrels with hot water gets that plastic residue out really fast. Also good on a brush for rifle and pistol, followed by a blast of Bally.

    I figured if the use Blue Dawn to clean oil off baby ducks from an oil spill, should be pretty safe on wood, gun finishes, etc.

    So far, so good.

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  10. As luck would have it, my trusty 94 F-150 may be going to truck heaven this year. Gonna miss her.


    Not looking for a new truck. I just can't wrap my head around the mortgage-like truck loan.


    Looking for used and mildly abused.


    Gasoline engine.


    Tow no more that 4K trailer.


    4 doors.


    So pards what are some make/model years to avoid, and what make/models to check out?


    Thanking in advance for your input.



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