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Dusty Devil Dale

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    Wood carving, guitar making/playing, machining, metal fabrication, big tuna

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  1. I make a practice of re-crimping my shells the evening before a match. It re-sizes the crimp end bulge and any out-of -roundness from relaxation of the plastic in storage. It only takes a few minutes to run 100 shells through the final crimp die. I also put them through a MEC Supersizer, but honestly, I don't see much benefit form that. The brass doesn't seem to change much after re-sizing during loading.
  2. If your cartridges are too short, you'll know it quickly, because the tip of the bullet of a second round will be able to fit far enough into the carrier ramp to prevent the carrier rising, thus jambing the action. If the bullets are extended out too far, you run the risk of them falling out in the magazine or the carrier during recoil. If that happens, your shooting string ends abruptly. So my rule of thumb has always been: if you extend bullets out to where less than half a case diameter of lead is still within the case, be very sure to get a solid crimp. Test some by trying to wriggle the bullet out with your hands. If they are less than solid-secure, you may need to load them in .357 cases. JMHO.
  3. It's pretty easy in ExCel. Just insert shapes from the Insert tool, or cut/paste in bmp (MS Paint) images of props, targets, etc. Type in the narratives in text boxes and place them by dragging. I drew all of our target shapes in a single MS Paint file and then use the Paint select tool to copy/paste them across onto ExCel. Publisher is very easy too.
  4. Do heed Snakebite's advice, Allie. In rock climbing we have a saying, " If you don't let go of the wall, it can't let go of you". Hang on and fight. May God bless you -- and your endeavor.
  5. OK, I'm going to admit this, only once here, just in case somebody is contemplating doing it. (the drying rack in the photo reminded me) Just as an experiment, I once took one of my stainless steel NMVs, removed the wood grips, and put the otherwise fully assembled gun through the hot cycle of the dishwasher (not the kitchen one, but another that I used to keep hooked up outside my shop for parts cleaning.) The gun came out spotless after shooting smokeless powder. When I put a patch soaked in Hoppes down the bore, zero lead fouling came out. BUT - the Cascade dishwasher detergent dulled the SS finish, compared to the other gun in the pair, necessitating re-buffing and then re-cleaning to get the buffing compound wax off. The heat did nothing to the springs. I am glad it was not a blued or painted gun though. We live and learn. But I've cleaned many metal engine parts and saltwater fishing reels that way before and it works really well. I've even used the COLD cycle to get spilled, dried soda pop out of a computer keyboard. Caked grease and powder residue are no match for hot detergent.
  6. When I got my first bifocals, 20 some years ago, I left the optometrists office and fell on the stairs outside, sending the new glasses skidding across the concrete. The stairs were not where they were supposed to be, and they moved as my head changed positions. I takes a few minutes of learning, first time out of the chute.
  7. I've worn trifocals for 12 years since I was 60. Last year I bought Wiley X wrap around frames and had custom lenses put in them with only my mid-range prescription, set for my rifle sight distance. They are perfect. Sights are crystal clear, but targets start becomming increasingly fuzzy with distance. That is how it should be. Focus should be on the sights. Having one uniform lense eliminates the jumping around of the targets (and stairs) with different head positions.
  8. Three weeks ago, I scored on 8# of Titegroup and 8# of Alliant ExtraLite from Natchez SS. The following week, I picked up another 8# of Titegroup from a local vendor.
  9. Not surprising, coming from Zuckerberg-- the ultimate scammer himself.
  10. !!!!!! It just grew hugely in attractiveness. What a treasure!
  11. It isn't just tough luck when people get stung in this way. Most states will follow up and arrest the scammer for business and professions fraud. Usually it brings heavy fines, plus required restitution. In some States conviction----> incarceration. But if the perpetrator happens to be operating from California, Governor Nuisance will pardon him next week to get him back out scamming people -- next day if he's a convicted violent felon. (Pls don't let that divert the orig thread, looking for help)
  12. The Colt Frontier is gorgeous! I'm envious!
  13. One other little thing, while on this subject. I find my 650 primer feeding goes much better if I only tighten the two assembly mounting screws very lightly--finger-tight, if that. I don't know why, but things seem to work very stiffly otherwise. Tolerances between the assy and platform are very tight on my machine. Probably .002 or .003 shim under the assembly would work, but I haven't tried it.
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