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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. NRA Rifle & Shotgun Instructor and RSO. NRA Life-Endowment.

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  1. Federal 209 vs 209A Primers

    The 209A is a stronger, hotter primer than that older 209. The 209 "should" be safe to substitute in most loads since it will result in lower pressure loads, especially our lower pressure Cowboy type loads, unless you go so light that the 209A is needed to prevent squibby loads. Try the published powder weight with the 209 and see how it shoots. Compare the loads from a good loading manual (like Lyman shotshell book) shown for a Win 209 primer and the Fed 209A and you should see the 209A-primed data USUALLY has a little less powder to make the same pressure and velocity. HOWEVER - don't be substituting that older primer if you are loading full pressure loads. A shotgun just does not have extra strength in chamber and barrel to handle mistakes. If you don't have much experience with shotshell loading, don't be experimenting away from standard published loads using the exact components that were listed. Personally, I'd get some Fed 209A's to START with, and as you gain experience and know you are shooting light loads, then maybe use up those old 209s. Good luck, GJ
  2. Tumbling Brass vs Lead Levels

    We do need to keep in mind the practical limits of what can be done to minimize risks without squashing the whole action shooting game!. Lots of shooter and reloaders for years have survived with good practices of hygiene and appropriate practical precautions. Where you have concerns, figure out a way to practically control the problem. As for unloading table, if really concerned, perhaps carry a pack of hand wipes and a clean towel and scrub after unloading, back at your cart so you don't hold up the table operations. Good luck, GJ
  3. Clay Dot 45 acp load?

    I find I need about 10% more CD than Clays in most cartridges I've loaded with it (38 spl, 45 colt, 45 auto) to get the same velocity. Shotshells run same weight pretty well. Kinda opposite from what Ripsaw reported..... Anyway, FB now has data from one of my 45 auto loads that I've shot quite a bit and it makes 172 PF. Good luck, GJ
  4. Clay Dot 45 acp load?

    Sent you a Clay Dot WB PF level load that I have used in competition and that I am quite sure of both the power level and consistentperformance and good accuracy. Good luck, GJ
  5. Safety question. Loss of a required safety item

    In the RO III manual, in BIG LETTERS. No trophy is worth loosing eye sight over. IMHO, stop the shooter, get them back to safe condition and let them have a reshoot. Good luck, GJ
  6. What's wrong with these pictures

    Some ornery polecat stole Lassiter's 87 and Lightning! get a rope! Good luck, GJ
  7. Loading the 45 Cowboy shells

    I load WST under a 175 grain bullet in Cowboy 45 special all the time, and it's a lighter powder charge than even a light .45 auto load would be with same bullet! The .45 auto runs quite a bit higher pressure than single action revolvers are built for (except the Old Model Vaqueros). I REALLY recommend you use the .45 auto RIM data, not the .45 auto (ACP original name) data. I'll PM you a load with Clays that works real well in C45 Spl and the 200 grain bullet. For loading dies, I use .45 auto rim dies and put a good roll crimp on the case mouth (which the auto rim seat/crimp die will do very nicely). A .45 auto die set only taper crimps, and you can get squibby loads without a tight crimp on the C45 Spl. Use a .45 Colt shell holder or progressive shell plate. Don't use an auto rim shell holder because the rim on that case is real thick. DANGER- DANGER- DANGER Here lies real possibility of blowing up a Colt or Colt Clone or even a Ruger New Vaquero! DANGER- DANGER- DANGER Good luck, GJ
  8. Short Stroke Generations

  9. Scrap plumbers lead for bullet casing

    And most battery plates now contain calcium as the hardening metal rather than antimony. Several problems with that. Calcium makes lead have a "lumpy oatmeal" dross. That dross if ever moistened with water or water vapor in damp air generates very toxic (used in WW I gas attacks) arsine and stibine gases. Calcium makes lead alloy hard to cast and plugs up casting pot nozzles unless you cast hot enough to really frost your slugs. Calcium "just frosts my jets." Good luck, GJ
  10. RCBS cowboy dies vs their regular dies

    Yep, Lyman M die provides a larger amount of belling and is very recommended as ANOTHER WAY to make it easier to load lead or poly coated slugs. Good luck, GJ
  11. Good day to turn scrap lead into ingots

    I flux hard and often and hold molten alloy for 15 minutes and flux again when melting down scrap to make ingots. It's worth it to keep as much dross out of the casting furnace as you possibly can! A pine stick helps, but a shot of wax or (my favorite) some 2-cycle gas additive oil will really help raise the dross to the top. The cleaner the lead going into the caster, the better the caster runs. Bottom pour pots get clogged up valves when the lead is dirty. And if you are casting long range rifle bullets, it's CRITICAL to cast as clean as you can get the lead. The casting furnace is NOT a great place to try to clean sand and other junk out of your lead. With bottom pour pots, you are having to work around the spigot mechanism, and the vertical rod even grabs some of the dross, to let go of later in the cast. Good luck, GJ
  12. Value of three 97's - Added more pictures

    Price them $100 more (or generally 20% more) than you would take as a final offer. Seems a lot of folks use that kind of pricing strategy. GJ
  13. Value of three 97's - Added more pictures

    Condition, condition, condition. It is ALL about condition. Start with $300 for poor condition, work up to as much as $750 for great condition. So much depends upon full pictures of the guns and an examination of what works well and does not work well on a particular gun. But, you have provided us almost nothing to estimate either of those pricing guides. Good luck, GJ
  14. "If you've got a Dremel....

    Never heard of a gunsmith named Steve Jobs - does he do a lot of job lot work? GJ
  15. RCBS cowboy dies vs their regular dies

    The expander button in the RCBS Cowboy sets is larger than the buttons in standard sets since cast bullets or coated bullets can stand only a minimal amount of case mouth tension when seating, or else they scrape off the coating or hang up on the lands around the bullet lube grooves. (Something we've covered quite a bit here.) The other thing that is different is the finish on outside of dies - sort of a color case hardening. And brass lock rings instead of steel. Those style "enhancements" do nothing for me. In fact, I prefer locking rings that are split steel with wrench flats and a lock screw that runs across the split in the ring rather than into the threads of the die body. But, there are other ways to get a larger diameter expander button for almost any die set. Like call the customer service line at your die manufacturer and ask for one. Good luck, GJ