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Roscoe Regulator

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  1. I use more recoil than minimum because it feels right to me. Times are usually middle of the pack, and as a Cattle Baron that is a good day for me if I shoot clean. I alternate between two sets of guns, one 45 Colt JM Marlin paired with 45 CS pistols and the other 357 Lightning rifle paired with 38 Long Colt in the Cimarron Lightning pistols (Model P Jr). I definitely have better times with the smaller guns and the faster shooting Lightning rifle. It wasn't so easy when previously shooting the pistols with 38 Special ammo and 125 gr bullets. The 45 Cowboy Specials in my pistols shoot way easier than even the lightest 45 Colt, which I was told made my pistols jump high, off target, when shooting.
  2. Determine the axle position based on balance with guns on the cart and box full of gear. Make sure it won't upset with long guns on the rack and weight removed from the box. Use large wheels for rough ground or large stones. Retain rifle or '97 barrels in a V instead of a U shape and save some bluing with that and snug retention when moving. Keep weight of the disassembled cart to pieces you can pick up easily enough and sizes that will fit in your vehicle.
  3. I have a first generation 327 Federal SP101 3"...the one with the rear sight with windage adjustment. The newer version has fixed sights, and the longer barrel version has fully adjustable sights (owned that one too in 327 Federal). I have also owned the same gun in 357 Magnum and 32 H&R. The 32s are 6 rounds, and the 357 is 5 rounds. The only difference I know of is the resulting shorter length of the throats in 327 Federal. I would expect that to be a straightforward machining job...not that I know anything about that.
  4. I see a couple references to use of only 45 ACP dies, which to me means loading without a roll crimp, which I would never consider doing, while allowing that at SASS pressure levels risks may be low. I worked up to a mid level load though, preferring some pop in my 5.5 inch pistols. I followed the tip to crimp with a 45 Autorim crimp die, and that has worked perfectly for me, giving a very nice roll crimp. I do own a Hornady 45 Colt set but don't recall trying the crimp die on the short cases. My 45 Colt loading has been with an RCBS Cowboy seat/crimp.
  5. Can't help you, but may I say that I would rather pay $.32 each, be ready to load, and have the real thing for different headstamps when picking from my loading strips. My rifle uses full size 45 Colt from the other section of the strip. Minor point maybe.
  6. Mine shipped last week were $77.99, limit 10. Shipping and HAZMAT and tax made it almost exactly 10 cents each. FedEx again disappoints in their casual delivery schedule.
  7. An 1873 Winchester Cowboy Special would be fitted to optimally shoot 38 Special, short stroked and with minimal springs, game-ready right from the box. There would also be a junior size for smaller ladies and for youngsters. Barrel and tube length would be only long enough for 10 rounds of 38 Special. I share this without any notion that it could actually happen. Ammo could be crimped in the groove at standard COL and function perfectly, which means one could use commercially loaded ammo. Not meant for you. I moved it to the OP.
  8. Whatever they offer in a Marlin type action, I hope they stone the knife edges. I have had to do that myself of a JM and a Remlin. The latest was a knife edge on the ejector shroud and other spots of a Pietta GW II. Nice fondle-friendly gun now (and no Band-Aids in my pocket).
  9. I missed the .357 part on first reading. Lead diameter for me would have to be .358...no leading and no coating deposit to clean in .357 rifle using magnum brass. Hardness about 15.
  10. Similar story here. I would offer that Penn Bullet's 158 gr coated TCFPBB has been ideal for my Lightning rifle. It is the only one I found without a leading band to hang up when feeding.
  11. Spring changes now are probably not a good idea, leaving only Federal primers as reliable detonation. Just focus on rules, hitting targets, loading the shotgun with ease, and handling transitions. The time comes later. Be okay with being last in the time scores, gradually moving up and shooting clean. I have stock pistols that can use up my Winchester and CCI primers, while the Federal Large Pistol is reserved for my Marlin with a spring kit and one-piece firing pin. My Lightning rifle doesn't care and is small pistol.
  12. I expect that would only apply if the shooter took the guns instead of left them behind with the club rep. Why would they need to take them home? Why would that be allowed with items of such value? Never lend your tools.
  13. A number of people refer to promotion as someone else's job. Recruiting takes place on a more personal level, so each member could consider being proactive about inviting people to come out and observe a match and even have a chance to shoot. National promotion should help find prospects. Some arrangement by a club to have loaner guns and leather, maybe buy your own belt size or have an assortment, would make those equipment sourcing and expense hurdles less of a hindrance. In the end though, there are few prospects without ammunition. Is it not all about primers and few western style guns available?
  14. I was recruited, and it had nothing to do with efforts by SASS HQ. Many of us could do the same and not expect unrealistic things from HQ. The problem is what to say to new people about buying things that are needed when the items are not available. I have seen some shooters unload guns they are not shooting so that newcomers have suitable guns and at more favorable prices. As far as reloading, our best prospects are people who already reload, so that might be the best place to look for new cowboys and cowgirls. Attendance is down lately at my two priority matches, and I thought it might be because the more elite shooters are saving ammo for the regionals and nationals.
  15. https://truewestmagazine.com/shootin-shot/
  16. Primers now cost in the same range as bullets. "I'm not the only one" asking himself "how much is too much?". I do shoot fewer matches. As an older shooter I might just hang it up, if I run out, and I wonder if that might become a trend in SASS, aside from simply aging out. I will wait and see what happens to price and availability and will not jump on the first primer stock I see, ignoring the price concern. A little quick math gives me $50 a match plus brass attrition for matches within an hour's drive. Something to think about and cause to review the budget.
  17. x 1000 I figure about 500 bucks for 5000 (5 bricks) + HAZMAT+ shipping. That would be 10 cents a primer. Dang! This is 50 dollars a brick higher than I paid in the past. I would avoid paying HAZMAT for less than 5000 primers.
  18. Yes, it works for me. Reducing the leading is another discussion. I no longer do it, given coated bullets that don't leave coating behind. I also had real success going to softer lead on uncoated 44 Special, but I don't think the gun's forcing cone is cut right...no visible angle. Ruger has already had it back once for a new cylinder. My local gunsmith quit, or I would just get it looked at.
  19. It should not be a concern for anyone attending the loading table, since the guns won't load unless doing it right. I can't remember the last time I even had a loading table officer. What I would like is for someone to make sure I restocked my shotgun belt between stages.
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