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About Garrison Joe, SASS #60708

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    Albuquerque NM
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    shooting, hiking, hunting, fishing, Scouting, building, gun smithing, wood working. SASS Regulator. NRA Rifle & Shotgun Instructor and RSO. NRA Life-Endowment.

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  1. Garrison Joe, SASS #60708

    Where to buy Stetson hat near Denver

    Are you using the brand Stetson literally, or are you looking for a high quality cowboy hat by a good builder? I'd recommend one of our long time SASS vendors and supporters, Colorado Mountain Hat Company, in Fairplay CO. About 60 miles out of Denver. They can make almost anything. Take him along for best fit and satisfaction! http://www.cmhats.com/ Good luck, GJ
  2. Garrison Joe, SASS #60708

    Question about decorating Ammo box

    Go for it. Not a problem. Some boxes are being built as reproductions of 19th century ammunition crates already. Yours won't be any more "infringing" Good luck, GJ
  3. Garrison Joe, SASS #60708

    Strange rifle failure.

    Firing pin extension broke, not the firing pin. The firing pin extension broke from being slammed by the forces from out of battery firing. It didn't cause the OOB. Good luck, GJ
  4. Garrison Joe, SASS #60708

    Strange rifle failure.

    I'd check front of chamber and first part of barrel for any possible bulging. Could very likely be a squib bullet (3) was stuck in forcing cone. And a round (4) almost chambered but inertia from running gun fast (yeah, I've seen you shoot) carried firing pin forward to hit primer and set off the next round. Because you bent the lever and got a blast of gas to the face, there was almost certainly an out of battery discharge. The rear 2/3 of the case was out of the chamber, and the mouth of the case folded to allow all the gas pressure out of the chamber (and into your face). Because the gases found that route and escaped, they did not blow the case apart like some OOB discharges do. Good luck, GJ PS - a reason the case did not rupture - I'd guess your loads are pretty light, under 5,000 PSI. The lighter your loads (and chamber pressures) are, the more likely the case can hold together. I've seen lots of loads at 8K to 10K pressure blow the case apart with an OOB. GJ
  5. Garrison Joe, SASS #60708

    Alliant Sport Pistol Powder

    The 2018 Alliant data guide shows ONLY 9mm 115 grain bullet loads with Sport Pistol. No other weight or cartridge!. IMHO, Alliant is missing the marketing boat not getting more loading data tested and published for some of these new powders! Good luck, GJ
  6. Garrison Joe, SASS #60708

    Blue Dot Gun Powder

    Yep, by digging through Alliant's web site, I finally found some data for Blue Dot in .45 Colt. It's a "hot for SASS" powder, with the max loads with 250 grain slug up over 1000 FPS (that would be illegal), so you MIGHT be able to back down 10% or maybe even more and still have a working load. (Alliant has gotten in the habit of not providing a minimum load in most of their data - a poor choice I have never seen explained.) You can find this data in the standard pistol load section (not the cowboy loads) of the 2018 handbook. At: 2018 Alliant Powder Guide Still, it would take a "lottery winning amount of luck" for that the load to be clean, consistent,.....or accurate. Good luck, GJ
  7. Garrison Joe, SASS #60708

    Blue Dot Gun Powder

    Generally, that real slow shotgun powder is not very useful for Cowboy shooting, especially in .45 Colt, which cannot take high pressure unless you are shooting only in (original) Vaqueros or Blackhawks. It would be best reserved for .44 Magnum loads (or heavier magnum pistol). Alliant might be able to give you a load if you called them, but when the Lyman Cast Bullet Handbook lists absolutely NOTHING for Blue Dot in .45 colt loadings, I would not be surprised if Alliant would not be forthcoming with any data, either. Me? I'd trade it to a .44 Mag pistolero and let him burn it up! Good luck, GJ
  8. Garrison Joe, SASS #60708

    1873 uberti rifle

    Designed that way to give extra travel to make sure the hammer goes to full cock. If it went "just barely far enough" then when someone replaces hammer or hones the full cock notch on hammer, there might not be enough stroke to get hammer into full cock, hammer would follow the FPE down as the action is closed. Thousands of shooters just live with it. Good luck, GJ
  9. Garrison Joe, SASS #60708


    Can't say that it did. Working for IE from Windows 7 for me currently. Problem probably on your end. Lots of help saying that, huh? Things to check: Recent operating system updates installed Recent IE updates installed - my version is 11.0.9600.19080 That you don't have a firewall or virus protection that is refusing to let IE through to SASS website. Tell us if you get any error message or HTML error number.... Good luck, GJ
  10. Garrison Joe, SASS #60708

    Short two question poll regarding 1897 shotguns

    Easier to load with a spreader wad (see Ballistics Products who carry several designs). Good luck, GJ
  11. Garrison Joe, SASS #60708

    Alliant Ultra Lite Powder

    Most of our best Cowboy loads, even in cartridges, come from the fast shotgun powder category. Clays, Red Dot, etc. Not surprised you are tickled with Ultra Light. It's not commonly available enough around my location that I have ever tried it, though. Good luck, GJ
  12. Garrison Joe, SASS #60708

    Round Nose projectiles in tube magazine

    While working with safety engineering for 15 years, I was able to see a lot of accidents analyzed. Almost all severe accident investigations in industry turn up several contributing factors, any one of which did not seem to be enough to cause the disaster, but all combined certainly did, usually to the surprise of all involved. The sad thing - fixing even one of those several problems or processes would have prevented damage, injury or worse, The proscription of "only use flat nosed bullets" in lever action rifles doesn't usually include a statement that it will cause a problem every time if you don't. Meaning with some circumstances a round nosed bullet may contribute to a blow up, but may not be the only thing (or even the main reason) that caused the problem to occur. It depends upon lots of factors in shape, spring weights, how the gun is handled (or mishandled), etc. Thus, we leave it to the judgement of the shooter to be aware of problems that ammunition selection or poor gun handling (loading, especially) may have. But, since we are ALL safety officers at SASS matches, we all should look over the shoulder of shooters, especially the new, the inexperienced, and even the distracted, upset or careless ones, to help protect our safety levels as one of the safest of recreational activities. Good luck, GJ
  13. Garrison Joe, SASS #60708

    1873 uberti rifle

    VTI site calls out different part numbers for the 66 and the 73 hammers. But I haven't tried swapping them. Good luck, GJ
  14. Garrison Joe, SASS #60708

    Short two question poll regarding 1897 shotguns

    Another 20" with choke tube, if it didn't run the price up another $75 bucks. Haven't really needed a choke tube yet, though. OTHER than cowboy clays events, where it gets a little old competing against folks with 30" barreled guns sometimes...... Good luck, GJ
  15. Garrison Joe, SASS #60708

    Lubericant in 1873

    I use Mobil One red synthetic wheel bearing grease. In the toggle slots, on the bearing surfaces (knobs) of the toggles, on lifter arm contact points, lever pivot bosses, the bolt surface (not the face), and on firing pin extension. All of these are low speed sliding (or rotating) action contacts that grease stays on very well. The elevator (lifter) runs better for me clean and dry rather than with lube on it - but then, I shoot that dirty .45 Colt cartridge. If I put any on, it's a VERY light film on the side and back walls of the carrier shaft. Mobil 1 synthetic because it works well (does not harden) with BP residue as well as smokeless The FPE is one of the important things to lube periodically because it runs through a hole in back of frame (and there's no wear bushing). This hole tends to wear egg-shaped because the FPE gets a little vertical force put on it as it cocks and over-rides the hammer. Gun gets a sloppy feeling once bad wear happens, and it can even lead to FPE overriding hammer without getting it fully cocked. So, at least monthly I clean what part of the FPE sticks out of action when open, then lightly regrease the surface area that I can reach. So far, over 50,000 rounds through my main 73 with no noticeable wear. Good luck, GJ

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