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Go West

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  1. Remington  hulls, Claybuster wad, 7/8 shot and 13.4 gr. of Clays. Perfect Pattern can be slightly less and American Select is a nice powder. Cheddite primers are available, don't know of others currently.

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  2. My latest dry tumbling additions are paint thinner and Nufinish car polish. An hour or so works great and you don't need to dry, rinse or deprime. Corn cob and walnut media are used depending on my inclination.

  3. SASS supports waivers for physical impairments. I can't wear cowboy boots anymore, but Ariat lace ups worked well for a few years. I may have to give up the Ariats since I use a foot brace now.


    Some of my best enjoyment has been using the cheapest guns I own. My leather was $150 I found at a gun shop nearly 20 years ago. Pietta pistols for $700/pair, $399 Stoeger and a $300 Rossi 92. You can get a nice straw hat from Sunbody that works well in the heat or just to save money.



  4. Look up the MEC powder bushing chart to get an idea which bushings to start with. There are several out there, but the newest one will list Perfect Pattern and High Gun.

  5. I started with a Lee Pro over 20 years ago and went to a Dillon 650 after experiencing too many issues with the Lee. A Dillon 550 base machine is a viable starter and can be upgraded as you can afford it. It isn't progressive, yet is popular with many folks. I like Lee carbide dies with their Factory Crimp Die. 

    Don't be in a rush to buy something since money is a big concern for you.

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  6. Thank you Johnny Meadows and Too Tall Bob for the stages you set, they were awesome. Please do it again for next year.

    Congratulations for the winners, the most famous gunfight next to the Gunfight at the Ok Corral!

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  7. We're shooting PP this week using a 16 powder die in a MEC. It's about 13.7 gr. with a grey Claybuster wad, Remington hulls and 7/8 oz. shot. The crimp is straight with a bit of a depression in the crimp. Takes down knockdowns fine with low recoil. A smaller powder die is not consistent from the few shells I've reloaded. I've just tapped the keg, so this is my first efforts. I would welcome other input.

  8. I don't care so much about .38 brass, but it pained me to lose a bunch of new Starline .45 Colt brass recently. As noted, it does depend on the pickers. OTOH, I like others tend to track down shooters who lost the odd calibers since they tend to be spendy and scarce when they do appear later on.

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  9. A notecard thumb tacked to the shelf above my reloading bench. Notes written in reloading books. Highlighted loads in reloading books. A spreadsheet sounds like a good idea in theory........... maybe too much for what I do.

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  10. A lot to talk about here, but I'll start with a few.

    Lee manual and Lyman Cast Bullet manual. 

    .38 Special for CAS: 125 gr. coated bullets, loaded to feed in your rifle. Powder: Bullseye, Titegroup, 231, Clays, others will work. You don't want full power loads for CAS, save those for other purposes. 

    Winchester, CCI, Federal or Remington SPP will work. Check for sales.

    Ruger pistols, '73 rifle, Stoeger double or better if you can afford it.

    Quality leather.

    If you don't have guns, don't buy until you attend a match and ask around. Buying used can save you some money. 

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  11. The DVD is very helpful as is Marauder's gun tips site. I would caution you about doing things without understanding why.

    The ejector spring is the primary cause of stiffness, not the hammer spring. Do not touch the locking bolts. There are several videos out there for dis and reassembly as well as instruction articles.

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