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David Balthazar

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  1. What caliber is it? One of the limiting factors in this sport (to be competitive) is being able to hold 10 rounds in the tube (not including one in the chamber which is against the rules). I have an 18 inch Uberti that can hold 10 .45 LC shells, and I would have preferred it be 16 inches but it can't hold as many slugs. If you don't care about the clock, you could fire a few, load a few, but that Rossi loading gate can be nasty so you will need to scallop the spring a bit and smooth the sharp parts out. YMMV...
  2. Thx El Hombre I was looking for cheap synthetics as these are "working guns" Hmm...thought this would be relatively easy to accomplish---
  3. That strangely is making a lot of sense to me this morning...
  4. Hooligan, all they show now for sale is wooden grips...
  5. Sorry--not looking to fit anything, just want them bolt on and to fit 99%
  6. Looking for faux ivory grips for my Schofield, and wanted to know if anyone had some recommendations? I see several out there, but just wanted one with the best look and fit. Thank you--
  7. Well I went with the six loops, which at the very least could also carry my .45 LC ammo as needed. I will post pics when I receive it, I think at the very least it will look cool...
  8. I recently saw some type of "plainsmani" category where Jed I Knight here shot a string of six rounds, and was curious if that was the norm? I will see if 6 rounds of 45/70 will fit between the shotgun loops with my custom maker... Either way, it was posted here prior, so I am just bringing it back up maybe for those who have not seen it:
  9. I'm having a custom shotgun belt being made, and wanted to keep the utility in it high. I have room to add 5-6 45/70 loops but is that even worth doing? Or should I just go with a dedicated bandolier/belt separate for 45/70s (maybe 15-20 loops)? Thank you! DB
  10. Yes. I put a seat cover on my car seat prior to the match, have a couple of de-lead wipes on my hand. Careful to wipe my face prior to drink.eat anything. Wash my hands in cold water too. Always try to wear gloves when working the lead soaked steel. Come home, hose boots off and run a load with the clothes and seat cover in de-lead detergent in it, shoot poly coated bullets and take Hawaian Spirulina . Gloves on when cleaning guns (and I hate cleaning). Yes, many of you will consider this overkill, but it is just my way of providing cheap insurance. I have a light back ground in contamination issues, and feel lead dust is kind of funny the way it gets on things and stays there. FWIW, all the info I garnered here regarding it as well. I ain't obsessed with it (meaning if I forgot all my kit I'd still shoot). But as well, your mileage may vary
  11. OK, fiirst "I'll buy it" gets it. I have one, lightly used, Taylor Tuned Uberti infiltration unit. Part man, part machine. Underneath, it's a hyper-alloy combat chassis, mircoprocessor-controlled, fully armored--very tough. Outside, it's living human tissue made by Pietta, so it's a little rough but will clean up nice with some hand creme.
  12. Question: Is the extra length for more reliable ignition, or to be ground down for proper fitment? For example, my Taylor as it can had light primer strikes, and I had to add a little more oompf to the hammer spring. Will a slightly longer pin allow me to back off the hammer spring?
  13. "I want to learn more about black powder (specifically cap and ball revolvers). I was hoping someone here can direct me to the most traveled and current black powder forum regarding such..." Sorry, John Boy, don't see where I once changed my request, 'pardner. Others took it to mean for CAS, and ran with it CAS--which is fine--because that is the purpose of this site and how I got interested in BP in the first place. Plus, CAS BP drives the industry IMHO, so I wanted some direction from the masters here (as opposed to elsewhere), and have received such. So thank you all
  14. Thanks for all the advice--I am not looking into CAS C&B or even BP, but want to educate myself, and make some informed purchases.
  15. I want to learn more about black powder (specifically cap and ball revolvers). I was hoping someone here can direct me to the most traveled and current black powder forum regarding such... Thanks 'pards!
  16. Well I purchased one for $370, shipped. This is my first real foray into BP, and I plan on adding an 1851 in .36 to it soon. When I get a moment, I will take her apart and give it the old Balthazar once over (which mean I will find fault somewhere). I plan on posting more pics here on this website, because 1. Pics are nice and 2. It livens up the joint. Look for them in the future, I guess!
  17. Won't be using them for CAS, just for fun and plinking, etc. Colorado, who is making the best out of the box Dragoon in general?
  18. Well my 'extraperlatin days are over, as I always struggled with the romance languages. However, I will extend the application of your findings to my unknown situation by assuming that existing trends here may continue to be applicable.
  19. Are Cimarron Dragoons Any Good? There is very little information out there on them, so I wanted to catch everyone's opinion here. Thank you-- DB
  20. I'm interested if the first deal falls through--
  21. I bought an ATI Commander (Philimander lol) when they first hit the market for $275 (with the coupon lol). It struggled with HPs when new, but I polished the feed ramp and put a mild bevel on the the slide where it met the disconnector (and deep cleaned and oiled it) and she runs now with damn near everything. I can't bear to sell it, actually, and if I did it would be for $400. They are reputed to not be as stout in the frame as the mainliners that sell at double the price, but shooting CAS lead .45 ACP making roughly half the muzzle energy? I'd say they might be the perfect Wild Bunch gun (on the cheap) if they can hold up. Don't have more than 300 +/- rounds through it, but again it runs w/o fuss. The local CAS guys here might let me shoot it competitively, since they are more about the fun and less about the rules. Others may chime in further, since maybe they are only good for a few thousand rounds?
  22. While I don't have a dog in this fight, anything gas operated is going to be loud and the exhaust will smell. As a courtesy to those around you, I'd stay electric despite the cost. Also, I don't know any rules at your club or local ordinances, or those you may visit, but they may restrict gas as well. Also, there are places you may visit where you want a cart, and the gas ones may not be allowed. YMMV, and good luck. After building my gun cart the other day, and dragging two roller bags through some major airports, I was like "man a golf cart would sure make things easier)
  23. CC, thank you for the advice but I have never "slapped" a shotgun trigger--though I see some prescribe to it. Was never trained that way, and can't see the advantage at this age. Still there appears to be a dearth of information, so I will forge forward when I get my back up scattergun and we will all see what happens I guess
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