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Bart Solo

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About Bart Solo

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  1. Bart Solo

    Lee vs Dillon

    This is an interesting topic. Yesterday i "won" a Dillion press at a reduced cost. I have never used Dillion reloading equipment. Instead I have always used Lee and most recently a Hornady Lock and Load. If I can figure out how to use it in an apartment, I actually have a need for a progressive. That way I can reduce my costs and my dependency on my Florida ammunition connection. Of course, I don't have any way to clean cases so I am not sure a press will do me any good. Question is it possible to set up a reloading stand in a small space, and is it possible to clean brass in an equally confined space? Has anybody done it? (I am pretty sure a lot of shooters who ride the annual and above circuit do it in RVs. ) How have you all saved space and dealt with the noise? How do you mount your press? Is it portable. and concealable when not in uses. Remember reloading is not something my wife has any interest in me doing in the living room or kitchen. As to the basic topic. If you are going to reload lots of ammunition you really can't go wrong with a Dillon, but Lee is a good alternative if you really just want a single stage or turret loader.
  2. Bart Solo

    Gun Chest or Trunk

    Lots of options, but one option I don't subscribe to is doing nothing. I have young grandchildren. Even a StackOn gun cabinet will stop the grandchildren, as long as you actually lock it.
  3. Bart Solo

    Prince of Pistoleers 2018

    I will let others report the winners (spoiler alert Doc Hurd won) but I want to talk about something personally more important. One thing I have learned about cowboy shooting is the people are all intensely interesting and fun to be around. For me the people of SASS are simply the best. I know that is cliche but it is the truth. More than one CAS participant has joined our little enterprise because there is something down right endearing about competitors who dress up in old west costumes, use aliases and play their game on theatrical stages. You encounter people you learn to love without ever really knowing their names. Last year I won my category. This year I came in 6th. It was my own damn fault. I shot poorly. Five misses will do that. But I think I might have liked this match best of all, because I had an opportunity to spend time with dear friends from my club and beyond. Sandy and I shared a table at tonight's banquet with Bulldog Brown and two of his running buddies and their wives. They live in North Central Kansas. Retired, they travel from match to match in their trusty RVs. Bulldog and I have been friendly "enemies" for years, but this was the first time we had a chance to have an extended conversation. I have been something of his nemesis. He has fallen just short of beating me on several occasions. He won this time, but I will get him the next time. The next time I hope to share more time with him and get to know him better. At bottom that is the reason I shoot Cowboy. I simply love the warm, generous people who play our game. I love their stories. I find common ground with each and every one. SASS is where I go to live in a world as it ought to be and not as it often is.
  4. Bart Solo

    Putting. Short stroke in 73carbine

    Both you and Warden are right. It really all depends on the reason the original poster wants to install a short stroke himself. Is he trying to save money, well, I think we can agree that is unlikely unless he is experienced. If he wants to install the kit because he wants to learn how they function, then I vote with Warden. He shouldn't hesitate. He just shouldn't expect to use the rifle with great effect in the next match. A lot of gear heads play cowboy. It is a big part of the fun. The great thing about working on cowboy guns is your livelihood isn't involved. Screw up and start over. Unless a person does something exceptionally stupid or dangerous it is a lot of fun working on guns. Go to any match and listen. You will discover all sorts of shooters have fun working on guns. Many times those guns don't hold up, but their owners learn from every malfunction. After a few years many of them will pretty darn good.
  5. BART 

    May all your Christmas wishes come true and Merry Christmas!,

    Turkey Bob

    1. Bart Solo

      Bart Solo

      Merry Christmas Turkey Bob.  

  6. Bart Solo

    What is a Hoot Sweep

  7. Bart Solo

    What is a Hoot Sweep

    The way we shot it yesterday was first pistol double tap outside, three singles across targets 2, 3, 4 of the 5 targets. second pistol start on target 2, singles across targets 2, 3, 4 and double tap target 5. When you end you have put two rounds on each target, double tapping the outside targets. I don't know if it is gunfighter friendly. For me it was very enjoyable. I am sure the sweep must be well known by a different name, but I can't recall shooting it before. It is very elegant if you think about it. It would appear to be very fast for a five target array. The match director slowed down the stage a tad by having us shoot 6 shotgun targets.
  8. Bart Solo

    What is a Hoot Sweep

    Had a great time shooting the hoot sweep today with the Gold Coast Gunslingers. It is really a hoot and involves a 5 target array.
  9. Bart Solo

    What is a Hoot Sweep

    Listening to Mozart trying to figure out a rhythm.
  10. Bart Solo

    What is a Hoot Sweep

    I am going to learn a new to me sweep tomorrow at the Gold Coast Gunslingers--the Hoot sweep, whatever that is. Anybody ever hear of it?
  11. Bart Solo

    Using Snapcaps in Shotgun Reload Practice

    That is what I thought, but wasn't sure. My guess is the some of the metal snap cap rims are undersized. I have some dummy shells on the way from Brownells.
  12. I have been encountering a problem using Snap Cap shells during reload practice. I have a Stoeger that has been tuned by one of the better known shotgun gunsmiths. I say that to tell you that the cylinders and extractor have been honed and polished. Occasionally a shell will slide behind the extractor and block it from falling into place. The problem hasn't occurred using actual shells in a match, but I am afraid it might during a run. Anybody else have this problem using Snap Caps?
  13. Bart Solo

    Aluminum vs Brass Casings for Reloading?

    I don't have my reloading equipment down here in Florida. I have been using Georgia Arms 38 cowboy loads. I was a little concerned about overall length (seemed a tad too short for my rifle), but I haven't had a problem. I don't know what kind of primers they use but the have all gone bang. They seem to use range brass as there are any number of head stamps in the mix, but so far i haven't had any splits. I would recommend them for a new shooter or somebody like me who is separated from his reloading gear.
  14. Bart Solo

    Has anyone ever tried hunting with their SASS gun?

    I have used my 92 in 45 deer hunting, but felt a little undergunned over 100 yards.
  15. Bart Solo

    Hearing ... The Numbers Behind Noise

    Years of flying damages your hearing. Like many men who have spent a lot time around heavy engines, I lost the high pitch sounds so I wear hearing aids. After researching hearing loss I decided that the cheap soft ear plugs are most effective, if they are screwed in. Of course if they aren't the noise is deafening. My brother in law suffered serious hearing loss shooting a 44 Magnum indoors without hearing protection. He didn't realize it would be so bad but it was. His ears still ring.

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