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  1. What birdshot and slug rounds are you using in your VR80? Besides increasing the number of rounds in your magazines from 9 to 10, what other modifications/tuning have you done?  

  2. Thanks for the replies. I have cancelled a match about five times in five years, or about one per year. In the DFW area, we have black clay soil, which gets pretty slick and sticky when wet. It would be great to have a better ground surface, but I don't see that happening. If the ground is just damp and not muddy, I change the stages so there is not much movement. About a year ago, one shooter slipped and fell hard. Fortunately, his finger was off of the trigger and his safety was on when he fell. I hate cancelling, but I feel that the safety of the shooters is most important. The question came up because one of the shooters asked what my policy was regarding cancellations, and I was wondering how others handle it. Gary
  3. I have hosted a monthly carbine match at our local club for about five years and have recently begun hosting a shotgun match. I was wondering what some of the match directors on this forum use as criteria for cancelling a match. The criteria that I have developed is based on safety, which is paramount. I will cancel a match when the conditions are dangerous, or if it is raining. If the ground is wet/slippery and there is a good possibility of a shooter slipping and/or falling with a firearm, I will cancel the match. However, I go to the range to make the determination, because occasionally it is okay when the surrounding areas aren't. Sometimes, if there is rain overnight, but the ground is in good shape, I will alter the stages so there is less or no movement. If there is a forecast for 50% or more chance of rain, I usually cancel the night before because I have shooters that drive quite a distance. Although we are forecast to have wind gusting to 30 mph this coming Saturday, I haven't had a problem with wind before because the berms offer some protection. We stake the target holders and barricades to minimize blow overs. I have never called a match because of wind. We shoot in 30 degree weather and 100 degree weather. During the winter, we have had 20 degree temperatures while we are setting up ths stages. Some of the shooters that attend are die hards and get upset when I cancel, but I will always do it if the conditions are dangerous. I am open to suggestions and would like to know what criteria other match directors use. Thanks, Gary
  4. Over the past several years, I have purchased six Weaver 1-3's. All have been used on AR's and work perfectly. Several of my shooting buddies have them as well and have had no problems.
  5. I received a case trimmer today from Giraud Tool Company to trim .223 and .308 cases. What a suberb tool! I am sorry that I didn't order one sooner. The time that it will save me is substantial. Gary
  6. I received John Paul's DVD today in the mail and immediately watched it. I really enjoyed it. It is very entertaining, great fun, and extremely informative. I learned a lot and will watch it again in the next few days because I am sure I missed some things. I hope John produces more DVD's. This one is highly recommended. Gary
  7. I still have and use an RL300 that I bought new in 1980. I think there were 600 of these built. I have several tool heads for it as well as conversions. Unfortunately the small primer mechanism broke about two year ago and I can't get any replacement parts, so I use it for large primer loads only.
  8. KDMoore, I had the same thoughts as you regarding training with an AR in .22 LR. Accordingly, I recently bought a DPMS .22 upper and mounted it on a DPMS lower that I assembled from parts. I mounted an Eotech 552 on it because that is what I using now in our local competition. Last weekend, I shot about 100 rounds through it without a malfunction. It is very addicting and I would have shot more but ran out of time. At 50 yards it gave satisfactory groups with the standard trigger even without a rest. I shot Winchester and Federal Champion ammo and both shot well. It was easy to clean. I intend to install a JP FCS so that I have the same trigger pull as I do with my competition rifle, and probably an Ace skeleton stock. I have not compared the weight of the DPMS .22 with my competition rifle, but they seem to be similar in weight and balance. The current magazines hold 10 rounds but I do not consider that a problem for training. I have read that DPMS is revising their magazines to have a larger capacity. I am anxious to see what other changes they introduce, and will purchase some more magazines when they are available. I recommend a dedicated .22 upper with a 1/16 twist barrel rather than a drop in unit. I have tried an M261 .22 conversion unit in a 1/7 upper and got a lot of leading in only 70 rounds. Another advantage to a dedicated .22 upper is you do not have to worry about cleaning a gas tube. Gary
  9. I agree with George and the others: The JP CTR-02 is state-of-the-art and worth every penny. It is also worth the wait. John Paul and Dave are great. Gary
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