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  1. If you create discussions like this, you are going to make it even harder to get in next year. I'm already mad at myself that I didn't spend the extra $ to get the absolute fastest mail delivery option and we didn't get in this year. We had so much fun last year!! The best part is when you walk up to the range the first time and see how big and how close the targets are. I couldn't stop laughing! I love CAS because I think shooting as fast as you can at reactive targets is the most fun type of shooting and BT is the epitome of that. It's the only match that I've shot clean. It's fun to do sightseeing and learn some history in Tombstone. The match is one of the cheaper ones yet they give out good awards and a ton of prizes, making you feel like you got your money's worth. I have never shot at my own state championship, yet I, along with people from all over the world (how did they get there apps in fast enough?), want to shoot someone else's state match, knowing that I won't win the state champ buckle. I think that says a lot. There is a reason that they sell out so quickly every year. They definitely know what works!!
  2. After using them for quite a while, one of the guns started not setting one off from time to time. They would always go off on the second try. So I pulled out the 15 pound springs and put in 17.
  3. Not a single youth shooter? I was surprised that they didn't give a discount for juniors.
  4. My friend took the gun to a gunsmith. They measured it and verified it with a dummy. Turns out it is a 7mm which made him happy. He already has one so he has everything for that caliber. Thanks for all the help and information!!! I learned a lot.
  5. Making bread the traditional way takes too much time and effort but does give the best results and texture. As cheap as regular store bought bread is now days, most people wouldn't think it was worth their time or use bread makers, new quick yeasts, dough hooks and other shortcuts that are available. I guess the old way is kind of a dying art that few do anymore. I learned from my grandmother and I actually had my own bakery for a while.
  6. You can't see the end of the barrel in the pictures so I asked if it has that famous Polish Mauser front sight. He said that he doesn't think it has any front sight and the barrel doesn't look old. I guess I'm assuming that the barrel is knew rather than refinished. Would someone be able to find and want to put on another barrel in that 8mm caliber?
  7. Yes, that is normal. During the kneading and first rise it can get a lot of large air pockets/bubbles in it and they will get larger in the second rise. It needs to be flattened and rolled tight to get all the bubbles out so all air pockets are small and even and no large holes in the finished loaf.
  8. A friend of mine ended up with this gun after a relative passed on. He doesn't know anything about it other than it was used for deer hunting. He would like to know more about it. He doesn't even know what caliber it is and would like to shoot it. He sent me these pictures (not the best) and said that the serial number and the WZ. 29 are the only markings. So to me, it looks like a completely custom rifle built with an old Polish Mauser action. I would guess that it is chambered in some common deer hunting caliber. Would it be hard to figure out or is it best to take it to a local gunsmith? Any help would be appreciated.
  9. I'm saying when you invest in quality things, they last. You don't have to replace them or repair them as often. Which saves money in the long run so it ends up being cheaper. So I think the best things end up being cheaper even though they cost more to begin with.
  10. Whatever you do, please don't ruin the sport for you or your kids because you decided to go too cheap. Especially with your rifle. At the first match I went to (I wasn't even shooting but my boys were), a fast and well known shooter gave me what he considered to be the best advice he could give to someone just starting. He said to buy the best guns to begin with. He said to get a credit card or whatever I had to do if I couldn't afford them. Because we would have way more fun with good equipment and we'd not be fighting our guns. His advice turned out to be true at that very match. If you want I can post a video of a 10 year old boy that ended up with match DQ caused by a cheap, untuned rifle that jammed up. Trust me, a kid that worked his butt off, practicing almost every day for months so he can win a buckle at the world championship, is not going to be having fun when that hope is ruined on his final day of shooting. He is going to be crying and there isn't going to be anything you or anyone else in the posse can do to console them. This is the way I look at it. If you get the best deal you can on the very best equipment, it will hold it's value. It will then be an investment rather than a liability. It may be hard to spend a lot or take time to save up. But you will never wish you would have gotten something better and if you end up changing your mind soon or years down the road, it will still be what people want and you will have an easy time selling it. Maybe at no loss if you didn't spend too much on tuning them. Gun prices have steadily climbed and a lot of people are able to sell their guns at a profit after years of use. I also know of people that bought Dillon reloaders, enjoyed having the best for 10 or 20 years, and then sold them for more than they bought them for. That means that in the end, it didn't cost them anything. It actually made them money. So to me, the cheapest guns and equipment are actually also the best ones.
  11. Shotgun Boogie really likes Rossi rifles as a cheaper alternative and also for youth. He sells a kit for them and can make them super slick. He claims that they are sufficient for all but the fastest shooters.
  12. This is from Pioneer Gun Works short stroke installation instructions...
  13. I've done it a few times. I've also welded the surface back up. Both our 73s got out of time after the first few months and they were definitely in time before. I think that is pretty common. What worked best for me is scratching a line with calipers around the whole thing just down a bit from where I was grinding. I made the line further down than I was going to take off. I used that line as a guide to keep me straight and also I could keep track of how much I was taking off. Also definitely put the lifter arm in a vise.
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