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Russ The Red

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  1. Thank you. I qualified on an M1 in 1962 and two years later on a M1A, better known as the M14. If life doesn't teach us anything, it teaches us it repeats itself. One of my 10 Grandchildren shoots SASS with me, sporting clays, and at the range. He can't wait to get his hands on this rifle after hearing all of my stories. He is only 12 and yet has shot most everything. Is the barrel the big difference on the Match Grade?
  2. I will buy it. How do you want to close the deal? I sent a PM to your address. Russ the Red
  3. Hey, that's only about 15 hours from Denver.
  4. Please add your own story. I lost my wife Kayla to a brain disease just two months ago. It has been a rough two months, but two SASS Cowboys have been there to help lift my spirits. I want to publicly thank Diamond Curly and Buckeye Al. Both have been a huge blessing over and over again. Buckeye Al was quick to send a condolence card followed by several phone conversations. He lost his wife of nearly 60 years just one year ago and he is there to help me find a path forward and encourage me to share feelings. Diamond Curly followed shortly thereafter with telephone conversations and a trip out to shoot black powder at his Gun Club. He set me up with powder, flask, caps, balls, and other tools of the trade for my new 1860 Colt Army. It is indeed a blessing for me to know Cowboys like this are all around me as we head back out to the range in Briggsdale County, Wildcat Ridge, and Border Vigilantes. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. Russ the Red
  5. I have found a small roll-crimp best. It is barely noticeable, but it does the trick for me. Others I talk with have about the same roll-crimp. I make it fit in the bullet's crimp ring. Here is a picture of mine. I have an OAL of 1.46 which fits the range set by Pioneer Gun Works (1.44 to 1.56). I use Chey-Cast bullets and Dillon 550 with CCI, Federal, or Winchester small pistol primers. Chey-cast bullet on left, next is roll-crimp, and on the right is no crimp. Hope this helps. This works very well in my Uberti and my Miroku (Winchester) 1873s. I've only run a few thousand rounds through both guns, so others here may have other information to offer.
  6. If you start now you can make it in plenty of time. Just call in sick when you get here.
  7. I think he put the Magazine Plug in backwards. I would check that first before anything else. If it is in backwards the plug will not seat it on the carrier unless you lift the rifle vertical. If you find that to be the case - don't use the gunsmith again.
  8. When I was a young kid in Oklahoma (50's) the local Army Surplus store had these stacked in barrels selling for $10. The school I attended was built on an old rifle range and we would pick up spent and misfired bullets which fit these carbines.
  9. Should we continue this conversation to include crop circles?
  10. I needed to order stuff from them and they were fantastic. Not everyone loves their equipment but those of us who do find their service reps to be outstanding. As a business man I would have loved to have their reputation.
  11. I found the video by Maker Wright to be excellent. It is on YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=maker-wright+1897+shotgun+disassembly There are three of them. I shoot with Maker Wright and find his use and knowledge to be outstanding. He is a big fan of the 97.
  12. That is some beautiful work. I don't know anyone in my group that size but when we start again I look more closely.
  13. The real need now is for primers. Seems there has been a run on them. I was lucky and got the last 2,000 from my local supplier.
  14. I am looking for Santa Fe Kid. We have found your metal SASS plate with your alias. Not sure where you shoot, but please post on here and I will find a way to get it back to you. Russ the Red
  15. I would love to buy these revolvers but it is going to take me two or three months to get the Gold, especially because part-time work here in Colorado is shut down because of the virus. Any chance you might hold onto those and re-post a bit later?
  16. Our Match Director cancelled the match for this week. We have two each month and can have 50 to 70 people at the match. I strongly support this move because there is just not enough information to truly assess the safety. Just think of all the surfaces we share at a match: 1 bullet casings and guns at the LT; 2 changing spotters flags back and forth; 3 handing the timer off to others; 4 passing the scoring clipboard around; 5 picking up other peoples bass and shell casings; 6 laying guns down on the ULT; 7 passing water bottles back and forth; 8 signing in on the posse sheet along with writing the check; and, 9 passing brassing tools back and forth. I know these may not seem like big deals, but when you consider all of the little potential opportunities the only safety call is to call off the match. The other factor is, as someone noted, taking the virus home. No matter how this plays out, I would hate to be the one who contributes to the spread. My wife lives in a Skilled Nursing Home and I am a 77 yo heart patient so perhaps I am a bit too cautious.
  17. This is great news for a wonderful man. He is everything about being an outstanding fellow shooter. He is respectful of the rules, helps out on all phases of the Posse, will take the time to give you a suggestion or piece of advice, makes a great TO, and supportive of others. I shoot with him at Briggsdale County and it is an honor to be shooting with a National Champion. His focus, smoothness, and speed are fun to watch. CONGRATULATIONS for being the best!
  18. You must have shot at Wild Cat with the gentle wind blowing in your hair. I was in another posse.
  19. Sorry to hear about your illness. I am going to see a very good friend of mine who is dying of Parkinson's as a result of Agent Orange contact. He is a 25 year Marine and tough as they come by some of these diseases don't give a damn about toughness. Thank you for your time "in country."
  20. Rafe, did you know Billy Regan, Msgt? He was with me in Iraq.

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