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  1. The reason is that the sound basically starts at the end of the exhaust pipe and works its way forward. Large tips give a deeper tone than the pipe in front of them. It may not make a huge difference but it's not zero. In my old age I've learned to like much quieter exhaust, but I still smile when I hear a nice deep gurgle from a V8.
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    No love for Iowa or Wisconsin?
  3. That's kinda my view of it as well. If I had guns that I was genuinely concerned other people's cowboy ammo would damage, I probably would keep them as safe queens and not shoot them at all, or do so very carefully (like I do with my Garand, not only do I only shoot my ammo in that, I'm very particular about how and what I load and shoot in it, as it's an antique). Other friends of mine, not only would I be happy to let them shoot their handloads in my gun, I'd be more confident in their loads than factory ammo for some of them. I definitely bring enough ammo to every match to help someone else out, though, so if they were really nervous about it, they're welcome to that, too.
  4. You have zero friends that you consider trustworthy reloaders? Really? Never is an awfully strong word.
  5. Given that my revolvers and 92 are all magnums, I don't think I'd lose any sleep over someone shooting their handloads in my guns. If I was borrowing a gun, I'd probably feel even more guilty about firing their ammo instead of using my own.
  6. The reality you're going to learn one way or the other is that SASS ammo is specialty. Most manufacturers aren't selling bare lead ammunition at all. The closest you're going to get is the red coated stuff from Federal when it's available again. SASS ammo at the store will always cost a premium, because of diseconomies of scale. That is why people are telling you to start reloading. There really is no other realistic option unless you have money burning a hole in your pocket.
  7. "Cargo capacity," which is called "payload" on a truck, is just GVWR minus curb weight, perhaps with an allowance for the driver's weight. It isn't as if it's some insightful number. Anyone can calculate it with information that is freely available online. Ram says my truck weighs 7,076 pounds. I took it to the scale the day I bought it, full of diesel, and it was 7,080. I'd say that's pretty good.
  8. The answer to that is "no." Boost puts a lot more stress on components and there are fewer of them in that truck, so the stress is over a smaller area. Also, this is my personal preference, but Ford's OHC designs have no place in a truck. They have a lot more moving parts and you don't have to spend long on the internet before you hear all about the valvetrain parts that are known to wear out prematurely. An overhead valve design is superior for a truck and I don't know why Ford has been engaged in their 22 year long experiment to prove otherwise. Neither GM nor Ram are on the bandwagon--to me that speaks for itself (but I also would not ever own anything with an OHC engine, ever, so I'm happy to show my bias. No thanks). I also agree with most of the comments above. If you want to know the capacity of the truck, you really need to weight it and subtract that from the GCWR, and also consider that you may not be able to get to the max GCWR before busting the GVWR, so the limit where the lesser of the two is overloaded. I doubt any of the other ratings will matter, although if your truck came with car tires, the rear GAWR may be in play. The comments about the trailer brakes and their associated controller are also a given, you would have to be suicidal to put that kind of weight back there without having brakes (and most all RVs are going to have electric brakes on every axle). The best way to do this is to probably pick the trailer first and buy a truck that you know can pull the trailer at max GVWR, and then never load it that heavy. For example, my trailer has a nearly 14k lb GVWR. I never load it that heavy. I haven't weighed it fully loaded, but I doubt I've broken 11k by much, even with a full load of water. And I still have 10-15% of my GCWR left so I have plenty of cushion (not a lot, but I'm not right on the line).
  9. Check the weight, compare to Ford's towing guide, and decide for yourself. It'll probably be fine. I would never tow with a 1/2 ton again, but my trailer is huge compared to that, too.
  10. Mine works fine. I like that it's 6 pounds. Maybe someday I'll buy a fancy 73 but this one is great for now.
  11. I have only used electronic scales since I've been handloading, about 15 years.
  12. CCI are my favorite primers, but they are "harder" than Federal and Winchester. I would say they are modestly harder than Winchester and nothing is as soft as a federal. None of my revolvers are light enough to care, but yours might be. If you have a really light sprung revolver, Federal is the only realistic option, but otherwise, any of the major primers are fine.
  13. That isn't quite right. The "Old Guard" allowed female MPs to be tomb sentinels because women were not allowed in the infantry branch for a long time. They got special treatment. The same "Old Guard" historically otherwise had very restrictive rules about who could serve, I've heard the rumor was males had to be 5'10"-6'2" tall or they wouldn't be permitted to even try out for the duty. I know that they never would have considered me because 1) although combat arms, I was not an infantryman and 2) I am nowhere near that tall. I have always admired the tomb sentinels and they take extreme pride in their work, but the shenanigans surrounding who may volunteer for the duty have been inexcusable for the entire time the Tomb has been guarded and we can do so much better. This is not to disparage anyone, man or woman, who has had the honor of guarding the Tomb. It is the most solemn duty in all the military. But it should be opened to any DOD servicemember who is qualified and willing to do so, and the very best should be chosen to represent our military in that capacity.
  14. The challenge for any shooting sport is to find people that don't look exactly like the ones already out there and draw them into the sport. Like last weekend when I was shooting at the 500 meter rifle range and a guy invited me to shoot a round of 5 stand with him when I told him I've never done that, and I invited him to shoot with us. The goal should be to make it appealing to a greater number of people without losing the core things that make it fun for us. If we're looking for people who already own a safe full of cowboy guns, we're going to be disappointed, because they are by far the most rare firearms sold at any gun store. That said, we're already doing better than ICORE, so there's that.
  15. I think we're overthinking this. SASS is a for-profit business. It costs more to join than any other shooting organization I'm a member of. Expecting younger people with full-time jobs to do their marketing, is, IMO, not realistic. That said, there are three categories of reasons it's hard to grow this sport: 1. Equipment. Having to have 4 guns and uncommon ammo alone makes it hard. Now add the rig, cart, etc., and this is a huge barrier to entry. That's not even mentioning trying to keep some of these older guns running. For me, this wasn't a big deal because I already had casting and reloading equipment, but for all of my friends, it's a very big deal; there's seldom even anywhere to buy bare lead ammo anymore (at least not locally). 2. Athleticism. The costumes are cool, and the rules seem to restrict some of the more difficult gun handling (movement), but I'm not sure young people want to be told to wear long sleeves or stay home. The costumes are fun for some and for others, just in the way. People like dynamic shooting sports because they want to have some athleticism with their shooting; SASS's rules prohibit that in a lot of ways, some of which enhance safety and many of which are just tradition. 3. Difficulty/skills. This game is very unlike other shooting sports. It's hard to learn all the sweeps, memorize everything that needs to be memorized, etc. People just want to show up and have a good time. More consistent rules about target engagement could go a long way to make this game easier for everyone to understand rather than reinventing the rules every stage. Nothing would be lost from the sport from making it one per target and transition, or two on each, or whatever. Having to learn 5 different sweeps for 5 different stages in one day isn't making the game better or more competitive. And that's not even considering the different kinds of equipment, shotguns, rigs, etc. The stages in SASS are not too hard, but I think a lot of old timers don't realize how unnecessarily complicated some of these stages are, and in a way that doesn't improve competitive equity.
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