Count Sandor, SASS #74075 Posted December 22, 2022 Share Posted December 22, 2022 1 hour ago, Renegade Roper said: As a "smokiless" shooter being asked by our TG our opinion on how to vote on this I have some questions. The SASS Standard load recipe is very straightforward, and the test procedure is outlined in the handbook. SASS headquarters does not provide these test loads, so as part of what I see as my responsibilities a TG, I made up 50 rounds by following the recipe exactly. We have these rounds available for a protest at any match of the two clubs for which I am TG. In the 5 years we've had them, no one has filed a protest. If someone did, we would follow the procedures and judge accordingly...The fact is that, yes, the outlined test ultimately is subjective, but is the only practical method. In the 16 years I have been shooting BP exclusively, I have seen no more than a couple of shooters whose loads were suspicious, but have never known a protest to be filed. I did hear that one competitor was approached by a Match Director with a concern that was corrected for the next match, but that purely is hearsay. As for my personal opinion, as I have said elsewhere, folks are free to consider me a "Black Powder Snob," but my objection to the proposal is basing a Black Powder Standard on the use of a substitute as the propellant. Genuine BP is not universally unavailable, and a couple of pounds of it would make up sufficient test loads for a large number of clubs. Considering the paucity of protests on smoke, a few rounds loaded with genuine BP would last a very long time. CS 11 2 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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