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  1. Basic choice is Auto or O/U make that one first. I shopped around and ended up with a used Beretta 687. Like has been said Berettas are wider Brownings are deeper, both made well. Most of the new Brownings are ported though and I don't like ports. Clays is the main thing I use it for but it will shoot skeet just fine. There is a significant advantage to using the same shotgun all the time. Been using it for trap too but if I shot a lot of Trap would want a dedicated Trap gun. Stock and rib are different than Clays. Throwing high is an advantage. Shot a friends 1925 Parker SC trap for a few months and it was sweet. Don't know what I would go for if a Trap gun though. Nice old Trap Model 12 would be a good choice. Boats
  2. I did not get the grips Sunday forgot it was the classifier and we shot on appointment times, so never saw the guy with them I will get them back, if you are still intrested will send a message when in hand

    How about sending one to my personal email, I can go to that one off my blackberry

    boats750@gmail.com

  3. I don't clean my pistol primer pockets either. But I shoot a Schuetzen rifle breech seating 32/40 bullets. Way it works you put the bullet in the chamber without a case. Then use the same case for every shot priming and re-charging it at the range. 100 shot match after 30 or so crud builds up in the primer pocket, you can start to feel the primers seating hard as it builds. I either stop and clean or switch to a fresh case. Don't clean or switch I will get misfires due to the primer not seating properly. I suspect the hammer hitting the primer pushes past the crud and gives the effect of a high primer. Seating by hand you can feel dirty or clean very well. Schuetzen Rifle you can adjust the hammer spring and I run it light with Large Pistol Primers. Point is in the extreme dirty primer pockets will cause misfires. Boats
  4. I always work up new loads at the range Carry primed cases and a Lee Nutcracker hand tool to seat the bullets. My logbook loads only is a Sinclair bet it's 20 years old and worth it's weight in gold. Individual rifle I look sight settings in a small book carried in it's dedacated case. Sight settings on every one is pasted to the side of the stock too. Boats
  5. Locks are great, so much bad word out on them used Smiths with the lock are much cheaper. Never had a problem with my lock equiped Smith. Comes to a choice equal price I would pick the non lock gun, fewer parts Boats
  6. 3 jaw chuck off a junk electric drill makes a good extractor rod tool too. Always put a few empty cases in the cylinder when cranking down. Screws tighten best clean with a little bit of grease on the thread. You would think it makes them unscrew easier but not so less friction they will tighter tighter and less chance of breaking Boats
  7. Is there a final word on who qualifies as LEO and who does not. I see guys shooting duty gear in matches that are not currently serving as a Law Enforcement Officer. Or at least I don't think they are. Who knows they might be undercover. Boats
  8. Clays for me too, burns clean reloads slip in easy. I have to run it a bit over Hodgens recommended max to make power factor with 158 gr LRN in a 4 inch 686. However Hodgen does not publish any fast loads for Clays and Lead. No signs of excessive pressure or problems. Start low work up with a chronograph watch for trouble and use common sense. Boats
  9. I use a starters pistol for dog training, It's a cheap one but works good. Advantage is no chance (or little chance)of running afowl of some firearms law. Best of the starters was a Harrington and Richardson not sure they are still produced. No way I would use a modified real revolver for training. I am not likely to make a mistake but who knows who may pick it up. And I would be responsible for sure. Boats
  10. We rebuilt 3 shooting houses. All Gable roof with tacked on to the A frame roof longer overhang on the backstop side. Cheaper to make it a seperate assembly, pitch is much less than the roof. Foam insulated overhead, this because the county monitors our off property noise level. Side benfit of the foam is the house is more comfortable to shoot from on hot sunny days. Have not seen any negative to the foam in a couple years use. The framing is all tied with corragated steel plates intended for Hurricane code constuction. They are simple and don't cost much to install. The overhangs did not have them and lost one to snow last winter, replacement has the steel plates. My company sells our old Shipping containers, worth buying to use as a storage box, cost too much to salvage materals from. Transportation to get one on site is often times half the cost. Boats
  11. Shot that cost you the most "downs" in matches is the head shot, I always sight on Heads at the IDPA classifer head distance, 7 yards. Some clubs may ask for a head shot longer but not many. Then sight again at 10 yards body shots, Next I group the gun at 20 yards body shots just like on the classifier. This to see were it prints not to make sight adjustments. I finish with body shots at 35 yards. My notebook gives center of impact detail at 7 10 20 & 35. sights are set for 7. Clubs I shoot 90% of the shots are 7 & 10 but I don't want to miss the 20's either. Way I sight and adjust is from freestyle position on the actual target. Take a large group say 10 shots, throw out any wild shots or flyers. Then using a framing square box in the bulk of bullet holes 80 % is the often quoted number of shots, drawing a square with a pencil. Then put a X through the corners of the box. Center of the X is center of your impact. Adjustments should be made from that point. It's a shotgun pattern you are centering not a pin point. Center of impact held in a rest postion or on a bullseye target is not the same as shots fired in a match. Carried this method over from Rifle Silouette. It's a good way to center up offhand rifle or freestyle handgun groups. Boats
  12. Boats

    Bullseye

    I shoot informal bullseye just to keep things well rounded. It's great pratice for long shots. Use a S&W M 1905 6 inch target with Wadcutters, it's very accurate. Put it down and pick up my 625 IDPA gun and the scores at 25 yds are no different. Difference in accuracy of the two guns is lost in my hold. If I shot our Club Sanctioned Bullesye matches dot scopes would make my outfit non-competitive. You can't shoot better than you can see. Boats
  13. I like the Kennedy's but have a few other brand tool boxes too old Craftsman etc. Rather than one big rolling outfit I use many boxes each tool or job specific. Have a 2 drawer open top Kennedy just for gun cleaning and repair, another Kennedy Machinist for drills and things associated with drilling. One just for loading dies and tools. Count the boxes in my shop may 12 or more, largest one is the 520 Kennedy with the extra two drawer bottom, still not a big box. Used off Ebay Kennedy's are not terribly expensive if you are not concerned with outside finish. Plenty of replacement parts available if one needs to be refurbished. Boats
  14. If building best set one up for the match you are going to shoot. NRA Committee sets the equipment rules for NRA matches and sometimes things slip by that don't reason out. Except to the guys that put the rule in looking for advantage. Rules change and the right gun for one time may not be the right one for another. This added to club and individual non NRA rules is why you need so many different rifles. One time or another our club or one nearby shoots most of these matches. F class has two divisions Open rifle has rules but very liberal rules has to be under 35 caliber. & Target rifle which is limited to .308/223 nothing in the F rules requires magazines or repeaters. Big thing about F is you can use a rest while shooting prone and can use scopes. I guess you could shoot AR but have never seen anybody do it. Suppose you could not stick a scope on a .223 Match rifle raise the cheek piece and shoot it sucessfully. Silhouette is all offhand has two classes Hunter and Silhouette Rifle. must be over 6 mm Different weight & trigger pull and configuration rules. they use scopes. Hunters have to have magazines and feed through them Silhouette rifle can be single loaded All the others use Iron sights Match rifles have to be repeaters capable of loading 5 rounds they don't say you have to use the magazine though. Very few cartridge limits Service rifle have specific rules, some strict some not so strict. .223 Or 308 Few special matches for Garand’s and O3’s unaltered Palma rifles have to use the .308 cartridge Very specific rifle rules. Idea is they should be all the exact same. This match gave the ,308 it's long range reputation. Confused now ? if so join the club. Boats
  15. Guys will take your point on mil dots being a good system. I have been reading MOA for 50 years and you can't teach a old dog new tricks. However on the cluttered reticules. Basic in any shooting game is primary focus on the front sight, translate that to scopes and it's hold using the centered dot or cross hair. I don't see any successful shooters using reticules to figure out point of impact in organized target matches. Might be some out there but I don't see winners with anything but single aiming points and they all adjust the sight for the range. Hold overs or off's sound good but in practice don't work as well. Perhaps in a match with no spotter and using a caliber with light recoil so the shooter can see the impact there is a point for extra dots. Boats
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