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  1. 3 hours ago, Garrison Joe, SASS #60708 said:

    I deprime shotshell hulls with my reloader.  Never a problem over many years. The steel battery cup surrounding the primer cup protects the assembly from detonating very well.  Just take easy strokes and don't have any open powder around, just in case.


    good luck, GJ

    I think I'd also upgrade my eye protection. 

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  2. Does it remove barrel fouling? Just asking. 

    In jewelry, it will crack some stones, remove tarnish, and contaminating CRUD and buffing compounds, but it has little effect on metals, like silver solder.  


    I have a jeweler's Steam Dragon that steam cleans down to bare metal.  I've used it on SS Vaqueros and it works very well for blowing CRUD and old lubricant deposits.  Most jewelers have them.  Most are not gun averse (for obvious reasons), so asking them to clean a revolver might be worth trying, and not cost very much-- for an occasional deep cleaning.  

  3. I don't remember seeing it covered in the DHB (Decorators' Handbook).  I checked the House and Stage Conventions, Materials Use,  Safety Rules, Operation Rules, and Penalties Sections.  I even looked at the Penalty Flow Chart and Reference Card, plus the Decoration Operators (DO) I and II Training Manuals.  Not a single word in any of that, so I guess we would give benefit to the decorator and allow discretion.   I'd have to say "No Call". 


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  4. 7 hours ago, Cowtown Scout, SASS #53540 L said:

    A year agao when I was about out of shotshell primers and before I managed to get some, I took apart my box of miss crimped and bent BP Sub shotgun rounds.  Opened the ends with an exacto knife and saved the shot, wads, powder, and primers.  Even though some of the plastic wads had slices in them from the exacto they still funtioned just fine when used to reload new rounds.  Forget about saving the hulls.

    So did you deprime live primers?  seems intuitively scary, but I guess as long as the cap isn't dented in the process to compress the anvil, depriming  would be reasonably safe. (I guess -- ONLY).  Does anyone here know for sure?

  5. I have a Mantis.  It does a great job of tilling the garden (even in hard clay soil) and edging the lawn.  Amazing little machine for just $145.  


    (Oh, I guess you were talking about something else.)


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  6. 4 minutes ago, Rye Miles #13621 said:

    We had about 4" of snow, had my driveway plowed last night and this morning I got stuck in my own darn driveway in a huge snowdrift! The wind messed up my freshly plowed driveway. 2017 Buick Encore FWD only. It's great little vehicle, rides nice, quiet,  great gas mileage but it's light and gets stuck in deep snow easily! 

    I'm thinking of a bigger SUV, like a GMC Terrain, Ford Edge, Toyota, Honda, Subaru???? Maybe a F150??



    Be careful about pickups in snow.  I have a 2021 F250 Super Duty that is so light in the rear end that it slides, loses traction, and stops on my 5% slope driveway with 2" of hard packed snow. That is with M&S tires and cleat chains on the rear.  I have to put chains on all 4 wheels and run in Low 4wd to get up the driveway, unless I have 600#or so of added weight in the rear of the bed, which then affects steering.  If you don't need the open truck bed, an SUV might be a more reliable choice. 


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  7. My wife forgot to leave me a note to remind me to remind her to take the turkey out of the freezer to thaw.   Luckily, the cat sleeping atop the chest freezer tweaked her memory this morning, saving Christmas dinner.  LOL!

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  8. Every thermostat has a  factory set hysteresis, which is a particular number of degrees above or below the setting at which the burner or element turns on or turns off.  


    I suppose it would be possible to set the hysteresis  very tightly around the nominal setting, but the heating element or burner would be turning on and off so rapidly that a very large fraction of the energy would be wasted. 


     Usually hysteresis is about 3 deg F plus for shut off and about 1 degree F minus for turn on.  So set at 68 deg, it turns on at 67 and off at about 71 for a four deg range of variation. 


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  9. On 12/12/2022 at 5:20 PM, Abilene, SASS # 27489 said:

    A few things:

    1. When the first shot didn't produce a bang, and especially after the gun locked up, the shooter should have been told to stop, and restart the stage, or go fix the problem and then restart, since no round had gone downrange.

    2. There was most likely no powder in the cartridge, and that's why the bullet stuck in the forcing cone.  Everybody must have had really good hearing protection.  If there had been any powder at all, the bullet probably would have gone further into the barrel, but it also would have increased the sound so more likely that the squib would have been noticed (heard) and called.

    3. When a bullet is stuck into the forcing cone, the procedure is to use a squib rod to force the bullet back into the cylinder, which will also force the bullet back into its empty case, which then allows the cylinder to be easily removed without taking apart the pistol.

    In this case, nobody heard the primer pop, so another possibility exists--and a dangerous one. 


    There is a chance that a loose, uncrimped  bullet is part-way  inside the forcing cone, but still sitting over a fully live cartridge that got a light primer hit.   Pushing the cartridge back hard against a then-extended firing pin could be catastrophic, if the cartridge did have a still active primer and powder.  (How many times have we seen a primer pop on the second or third try?)


    I've had that situation once before.  I used a wooden squib rod/dowel to push the extended bullet back into the case.  I did not push it by hand, and certainly did not tap or hammer on it.  Instead, I very gently pressed the end of the squib rod into a post.  The bullet easily slipped back into the case, to free the chamber.  

    The hammer obviously could not be cocked to withdraw the firing pin, with the cylinder locked up.


    The bottom line is to think thoroughly through the possibilities before taking action.  Accident scenarios are not always obvious or even visible.


    Just thoughts. 

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  10. On 12/16/2022 at 4:20 PM, The Original Lumpy Gritz said:

    You don't use calipers for chamber work.

    Use a micrometer and expandable hole gauge for the most accuracy.

    I surely do use a caliper for barrel slugging work.  Also for chamber length measurement.  

  11. Good info here about personal preferences and reasoning.  But don't try to decide just by reading.  Go to matches and carefully observe the different guns in actual use.  Talk to the experienced shooter/owners and ask to handle the actual guns.  If you can, find someone who will let you shoot their guns.   

    But be aware that very few 66s or 73s are comparable in terms of aftermarket smithing to other guns of the same model.   A 73 isn't necessarily like every (or any) other 73.   In most cases, the differences afforded by internal fitting and surfacing, and things like modified springs or short stroke kits certainly do change the feel, reliability,  and performance of these guns.


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  12. Being the rebellious type, when Ca passed the plastic bag law, I went on the Internet and bought a couple thousand plastic grocery bags for an incredibly cheap price.   I keep a bunch in all my vehicles and use them with pride. 


    It was the grocery lobby that pushed hardest for the bag restrictions. Apparently the 10 cents a bag was a big deal to them.  But other retail stores were not included.   Hardware stores still hand out  free plastic bags (which somehow are judged miraculously not to hurt dolphins or other wildlife).


    The truth is that the plastic grocery bags, if left out in the sun, disintegrate and flake apart in a couple months.  And realize that these laws all happened because one (1) dolphin was seen by Greenpeace with a bag stuck on its head. 

    Typical woke hysteria.  

  13. 2 minutes ago, J-BAR #18287 said:

    Potica.  When I was a preschool kid, our Italian next door neighbor gave us a loaf of potica ( she pronounced it “po-TEET-sa”). It lasted less than a day.  Mom got the recipe and made several loaves at Christmas for decades thereafter.


    Several recipes online.  What it looks like:



    Ooooh!  Looks GOOD!

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