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  1. Last Saturday I started the morning wearing a long sleeve thin wool under-layer, a thin but warm sweater over that, topped off with a heavy Carhardt coat. By the third stage I was sure glad I always keep a short-sleeve T-shirt in the car, as the temp soared and I was down to the T-shirt.
  2. Though I've yet to try it, some guys heat the comp for a few seconds with a butane/propane torch. The heat softens the crud so it's easily picked out. I'm going to try it in combo with the Dremel trick. If you don't mind HV rounds, CCI's polymer coated bullets will cut fouling by at least half. They're amazingly clean.
  3. Recently I've tried Acme 135 RN, Acme 147 RNFP, Gallant 147 RNFP, and Bayou 145 RN. The Acme's have the best coating of the three; the Gallants the worst. The Gallant coating is so thin and poorly adhered, you can scratch it with your fingernail, and that was from two different 1000 round boxes a few weeks apart. Both the Acme 135 RN and 147 RNFP ogives allowed the longest load; I could consistently plunk them past 1.160, but magazine fitment became iffy in that area. I settled on 1.150 The Gallant ogive is much taller/wider and I struggled with gett ng them to plunk much past 1.015 -anything longer than that was a total lock-down no-spin. I settled on 1.010 The Bayou's will plunk at a max of about 1.155, but to get consistent plunkability they're best at 1.145.. I've yet to do accuracy testing with the Bayou's (only Chrono) and I'm suspicious. I used them in my last two USPSA matches and had a much higher than normal amount of Mikes on the longer shots. I may be slow, but I normally have zero to one Mike per match. I need to find out if it's me or the rounds. The Acme's have a nice tight consistent spread. Of the four bullets, I like the Acme 147 RNFP the best. All were powdered for an intended 130 PF.
  4. That's the setup for shooting glasses I have, and I love it. My ophthalmologist is a shooter, so he 'gets it'. He rigged up a sci-go looking set of test glasses without telling me what he was doing, then had me go outside and walk around. It felt a bit weird at first, but after a few minutes I found it to be just what I was hoping for; perfect front-sight clarity as well as distance. When I went back in and told him Winner! he replied "you were either going to love them, or barf on the sidewalk." Apparently only half of the population can tolerate having two wildly different single-vision lenses, and there are no predictors whether they'll work for you or not, you just have to try them. The brain will either adapt, or it won't. The Doc strongly recommended getting Oakley-brand lenses as they are of much better quality than most, and I did. The visual clarity is downright stunning. They're two years old now and I'm still amazed every time I put them on. My daily-wear progressive tri-focal lenses that cost twice as much aren't near as 'pure'.
  5. Good job, Andy! Next time you're at the Grocery, pickup (don't buy, just pickup) an 8 lb bag of pet food and tell yourself "I've lost this much weight already!" Side note: what communities do you shoot USPSA/IDPA in? I get up to Michigan once or twice per year...
  6. I'll sort range brass down to the big brand names, and then the multitude of "off-brands" go into a single separate bin. When loading that off-brand brass, more often than not, if a round won't gage, won't plunk, COL too long, or primer won't seat, it'll be CBC brass. Total PITA. As of late, if I spot CBC brass, it goes straight in the junk brass bin. It's not worth the hassle.
  7. WNC gun shows: You can buy Sport Pistol powder for $21-$23 per 1 lb or $80 per 4 lb., Titegroup even less. Win or Fed SPP/LPP for $27-$29 per 1K. Headstamp sorted, shiny clean, deprimed 9mm brass for 2.3 cents ea, or 2.0 cents for 5k or more. I ain't cleaning it/wasting my time for 2.0 each. There are two vendors that my pals and I have purchased from several times, I just send an email a couple weeks out asking them to 'bring my order'. They haven't failed yet!
  8. Truer words were never spoken. Those fric*^#@kin CBC brass are of the devil. Almost every time I get a 'flier', sure enough, it's a CBC or CFL. I've learned they aren't worth the hassle and they go straight into the junk brass bin.
  9. Thanks everyone, I appreciate your wisdom. I haven't loaded any of the Bayou yet for firing purpose. The photo was a test of seating starting point of a Bayou with the die still set for Acme 135 RN from the previous run. With a clean shell plate it measured 1.157" so it was out there a bit. The several Acme 145 and 135, and Gallant 147 bullets I've pulled never had anywhere near that much coating cut. I'll adjust and assemble a few rounds for chrono testing around Christmas.
  10. A bunch of those -as in Bayou? Or a bunch of those as in "crimped" like the photo?
  11. Thanks. The pulled bullet measures .356, the same as the unused new ones. (25 year old Mitutoyo non-digital from my Pratt-Whitney days)
  12. My first taste of Bayou Bullets 145 gr RN. Seating/crimp combo die is a Hornady. 1) See the faint crease-line on the nose from the die? Does my case expansion/flare need to be larger? i.e is it taking too much force to seat the bullet hence it's causing the crease? Does it matter? Don't worry about it? I noticed the same thing on Gallant coated, but not Acme. 2) I'm assuming the crimp is too tight, which is causing the cut line in the coating?
  13. Merriam-Webster defines "carbine" in two ways: 1. a short-barreled lightweight firearm originally used by cavalry. 2. a light short-barreled repeating rifle that is used as a supplementary military arm or for hunting in dense brush. These are just two of at least a half-dozen descriptions of 'carbine''. Problem is, no dictionary (or other source) I've ever found can quantify what length a carbine actually is. Is 'short' 19", or is it 15.9"? Your example of the Sig Brace on a rifle is spot-on. This whole Brace vs. buttstock nonsense is pure semantics. Obtaining a $2, $200, or $2000 'stamp' from the Feds does not change a 10.5" AR pistol into a RIFLE. It's BS! If the modern definition of a rifle is a barrel of 16" or more, then the stamp simply legalizes you to 'shoulder' your pistol. How did the stamp magically change a pistol into a (SB) rifle? We just paid a fee for the right to buy an adjustable length buttstock for our long-barrel pistol! Let's assume for sake of conversation in a fantasy world, that the Feds were completely on-board with common-sense gun laws ;), and as long as the firearm were legally owned they didn't care if it had a 4" barrel or a 16.1" barrel... Wouldn't it make much more sense for Practical Shooting rulebooks to define what we now know as PCC class as being a 'firearm designed/intended to be held/fired with one hand on a grip behind the trigger, and the other hand holding the forestock of the barrel in front of the trigger/ejection port. Barrel must be a min of 8" (pick a number) in length. Shouldering the weapon is optional.' Like a... wait for it... rifle! Pistols being defined/intended to be a firearm held/fired with the support hand overlaying or interlocking the strong hand, i.e. both hands in one place behind/below the trigger.' Holodeck simulation off. You kids get off my lawn!
  14. But, but. but, I accidentally, incidentally, without intention, shot the entire match from the shoulder! There was a chance until you got to that "video evidence" part...
  15. Serious question: If the Feds don't care if we shoulder a cheek brace, what's the harm in allowing say, a 10" barrel AR-9 'pistol' in the PCC class? What difference does it make?
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