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  1. H. K. Uriah, SASS #74619

    Nipple Covers?

  2. H. K. Uriah, SASS #74619

    Reloading on the clock

    Ack! Yes! PM about to be sent!!
  3. H. K. Uriah, SASS #74619

    Reloading on the clock

    Uhm, where did this come from? I mentioned the Henry, not the Henry Big Boy. Two very different animals. And I have a life, so please don't shout at me to get one.
  4. H. K. Uriah, SASS #74619

    Reloading on the clock

    Nope. I felt sorry for anyone having to do a reload with a Henry. One round isn't too bad once you learn how to lower the carrier, which is actually pretty simple, but if you've never done it, it will confuse you the first time. Doing a full reload on a Henry would take more than a little time, especially if you don't have a table or other prop to place it on. Loading one of these vintage designs is enough of a chore at the loading table. Doing it mid stage would be... exasperating. At least, to me it would. Strange loading process aside, no way I could feel sorry for someone shooting a Henry. The action is pretty much identical to the 66 and 73, and I doubt anyone would feel sorry for someone shooting one of those.
  5. H. K. Uriah, SASS #74619

    Winter Range...RAIN! Ahhhhh!

    I think we all experience "odd" weather from time to time, no matter where we live. And we certainly all enjoy moaning about it. But I do wonder... Who decided that hailstone size would be measured in the size of various sports balls?
  6. H. K. Uriah, SASS #74619

    Winter Range...RAIN! Ahhhhh!

    You think you got it bad in Arizona? Heck, it has been said of the weather forecaster who has the misfortune to ply his trade in New England, especially in the Springtime, will invariably be perplexed because, "He doesn't know what the weather is going to be in New England. Well, he mulls over it, and by-and-by he gets out something about like this: Probably northeast to southwest winds, varying to the southward and westward and eastward and points between, high and low barometer swapping around from place to place; probable areas of rain, snow, hail, and drought, succeeded or preceded by earthquakes, with thunder and lightning. Then he jots down his postscript from his wandering mind, to cover accidents. "But it is possible that the programme may be wholly changed in the mean time." Yes, one of the brightest gems in the New England weather is the dazzling uncertainty of it. There is only one thing certain about it: you are certain there is going to be plenty of it" -- Mark Twain Except for the earthquakes, how right he was.
  7. H. K. Uriah, SASS #74619

    Reloading on the clock

    Perfect Pistols for Pistols Reloads... This.. . is preferred over this... But what do I know?
  8. H. K. Uriah, SASS #74619

    Large Frame Lightning

    There were three variants of the Colt Lighting rifle. The small frame was made for .22 Short or .22 Long. The medium frame was made in .32-20, 38-40 and 44-40. The large frame was made in... What? Wikipedia lists two calibers, and I have seen listings for others. So does anyone know which calibers it was offered in? I see smalls and mediums fairly regularly. I'll get a small someday, and I have a medium in .32-20, but I am curious about the large frame ones. I don't see them very often. I knew far fewer were made, and they tend to be very expensive when I do see them, but I have not ruled out getting one someday. But I'd like to know what calibers they are available in so I can know what I'm getting myself in for when it comes to reloading.
  9. H. K. Uriah, SASS #74619

    Barrel Length

    My "primary" main match guns. Shot EoT clean with 'em.
  10. H. K. Uriah, SASS #74619

    Reloading on the clock

    I've got a Henry too. One time when I used it, there was a single load reload. I good naturedly chuckled as I tried to figure out HOW to do an over the top load. I eventually did, and after practicing a little I can do it efficiently, but that first time was perplexing. I also have a [real] Spencer. That is a lot of fun to shoot.
  11. H. K. Uriah, SASS #74619

    Barrel Length

    For rifles, I have everything from 17.5" to 24" and I can honestly say that it doesn't really make much if any of a difference to me in my shooting as far as speed is concerned. For shotguns on the other hand, and I am in the minority here, I really prefer a longer barrel. I started out the game with a 97 with a 20" no choke barrel. I wanted to get one with a long barrel, just to have one, and I eventually found a 30" full choke one. After using it only one time, it became my primary main match shotgun for the simple reason that I [almost] never miss with it. With the shorter tube, I would far too often fail to knock down the shotgun targets. With the long one, I pretty much hit 'em every time. I'm not sure why, but I think that the longer barrel makes me line up on the target more accurately or something like that. It does take a little bit of practice to get used to the longer shotgun barrel, especially when the stage props are tight, but you soon get used to it. It's also fun to laugh at all the funny looks you get for having such an out of the ordinary gun. I remember at EoT a coupla years ago how people would good naturedly chuckle at the way I had to maneuver the gun around the props when staging or heading over to the unloading table in ways that folks with shorter shotguns did not have to do. As far as what you should get, you have two options. 1. Try different guns and figure out what works best for you, and get one like that. 2. Get an eclectic mix of guns and barrel lengths and just shoot whatever hits your fancy for each particular match. That can be fun.
  12. H. K. Uriah, SASS #74619

    Reloading on the clock

    A full reload, or just round? I pity anyone shooting a Henry either way. But, oddly, a Spencer not so much. You gotta reload 3 anyway, so reloading 4 is no big deal.
  13. Cartridge conversions are a great way to go. Assuming steel frame revolvers, you can shoot light smokeless rounds in them. Basically, anything okay for use is SASS is okay for such a revolver. Higher performance stuff, such as +P or high end handloads is not a good idea. With one *possible* exception that I'll cover later. To date, I have the following converted revolvers. 1. 58 Remington, 38 Long Colt. 2. Uberti 58 Remington, .38 Long Colt (x2) 3. Uberti 58 Remington .45 Colt 4. Pieta 58 Remington, .45 Colt 5. Uberti Walker .45 Colt 6. 2nd Generation Colt Dragoon, .45 Colt 7. Pieta 1860 Colt, .45 Colt 8. Armi San Marco Rogers and Spencer, .45 Colt If you want to go back and forth between cartridges and Cap and Ball, the Remington style revolvers are a little easier to deal with. Also, at this time, there are no ejectors available for the Walker or Colt. With all the Colt types, a gated Kirst type conversion is less of a hassle. Taking the gun apart to load and unload the cylinder can be tedious. With the Remingtons, swapping the cylinders can be done in a matter of seconds. But you can still do a gated conversion on them if you want to. All of them, except for #1, which is a genuine antique, get smokeless shot in them. As far as they "exception" goes, it is possible to take a converted Walker and ream out the cylinders to chamber .460 S&W Magnum brass. This brass is then loaded with 60 grains of BLACK powder, to great the .45 Black Powder Magnum. Basically, a cartridge version of the 60 grains of black that the Walkers were built for. You absolutely can NOT fire full power .460 S&W Magnum smokeless ammo in such a gun. Don't even think about it. Is it theoretically possible to find a safe smokeless round using said brass that is still hotter than .45 Colt? It is tempting to say that it might be, but common sense says to me that it is not. I mention this only because, well, I thought it was a good idea to do so. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/.45_Black_Powder_Magnum No, I have not bored out the cylinder on my Walker, and have no plans to do so! Good luck, and happy shooting.
  14. H. K. Uriah, SASS #74619

    How important is it to have matching pistols

    Heh heh heh. Well, I am not a super muscular type of a guy by any definition, but I have been told that I have big forearms. That being said, yes, they are nice looking guns. And yes, they are BIG. It's always fun to use something different.
  15. H. K. Uriah, SASS #74619

    How important is it to have matching pistols

    I suppose I should say that using different pistols can be fun. For example, I plan to use this pair as soon as I can... The top is an Uberti Walker, the bottom a 2nd Gen Colt Dragoon. Both have been cartridge converted to .45 Colt. Different, but still similar. Both are big and heavy and the site picture and grips are very similar. On the other hand, I have used the following at a match... You can see here just how massive the Walker is compared to a 12" Colt Buntline. (.44 Special) We're getting a little more "different" here, but using these two guns on a stage "inspired" by Marty Robbins song, "Big Iron" was just too good of joke to pass on. The Dragoon was not yet available. Of course, if I really wanna be different, I will just use the following.... Both are .44-40's, and while the actions of the S&W and the Merwin & Hulbert have some radical differences, they also have many interchangeable parts. But as you can see, the grips are totally different, and the sites are about as different as can be. But shooting these two guns together is a hoot. So, no matter what you wanna use, use it. Enjoy and have fun. No matter if you are a top gun or a bottom of the barrel shooter, that's the most important thing to do. And BTW, sometimes I'll pair one of the above with an antique Colt, also in .44-40. Happy shooting.

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