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I know prices are unbelievable  now,   we didn't think anything about getting rid of them especially in the gas crunch in the early 70's .  I bought a used 67 Mustang GTA Couple for $800 bucks during that time in great shape and sold it for $ 800 bucks no one wanted them.  That one I wish I had back.    My wife's and my first car was a used 70 Torino GT with 351 Clevelend  I think I paid $ 500 bucks and now I know why,  it was fast but when it rained it would leave us stranded ,  same thing happened to a buddy of mine in his Torino GT.    Every time I think of the cars we had and got rid of,  hindsight is 20/20.    The one I really cry about  and didn't buy a neighbor  down the street had a 70 Challenger in mint condition asking price was $2000 bucks ,  I popped he hood and walked away 426 Hemi ,  the Torino was killing in fuel costs, we were newly weds and  really didn't make a lot of money back then so I passed on the Challenger,  I sill regret that one.  Still have the wife but could have had the Challenger also. 

Love the old Cuda's .  Took my drivers test in a 62 Ford falcon little 144 straight 6,  guys in my area were dropping little V-8's in  Falcons and Chevy II's ,  Lightweight and quick.  My son was over the other night he found a 69 Roadrunner -  440 with drag pak, he's  thinking about buying it ,  suppose to run, dead battery gas that sort of stuff he said , body is straight,   will know more on Sunday needs work of course. 

Around the Campfire (General Discussion) / Re: My World
« on: May 11, 2022, 06:45:11 PM »
You want to get their  attention don't pay them any.   ;D 

Around the Campfire (General Discussion) / Re: Hot, dry, and windy
« on: May 11, 2022, 06:28:17 PM »
Stage 1 fire restrictions with red flag warnings in  NE Arizona,  eventually they will shut the forest down ,  pretty typical  the last few years.   They normally re-open when the Monsoons hit.   It's been windy for day's,  I had to call the power company  2 days ago because the  bracket holding the top bolt on the electric transformer on the pole  broke and transformer was swinging in the wind only held in place by the 2 drop wires tied into the main lines.  Guys came out quickly and replaced the transformer.  They did a good job.  Been wanting to go shooting but totally unsafe right now with the dryness and wind, and they have restrictions on shooting and other outdoor activities right now anyway.  We don't need any more fires.   

I don't use one,  I'm kind of old fashion.  Today I load for fun and when I do use a measure it's usually an old Lyman 55 powder measure or  sometimes  Dillons both with plastic reservoirs and never a problem.    Two schools of thought load powder by Volume or load by Weight.   The little reading I did just now suggests some people have had the problem you are having in the past.     In another life time we had  all metal  powder measures and never a sticking or bridging problem.   One thing that could happen is the Plastic they use in your powder measure and also if you leave it in the reservoir for long periods ,   I've left powder in some measures for years especially the Dillons and only discolored the plastic but never stuck.  We do live in a very dry area and that might help also.   I don't leave powder sitting in the measures for any length of time  anymore I'll pull the powder and back in original containers.   Normally for lite 45 Colt  lead bullet loads we use Unique,  it's dirty burning,  but very accurate. 

IMO  both Swift designs Scirocco II and A-Frame  are Tier 1 bullets and about as good as they get.    One  dis advantage in the Scirocco line is one bullet weight per caliber  from 6mm to 7mm and the 338.  A-Frames have a  better selection of bullet weights.   A lot of people don't need the A-Frames for what they hunt and with long range hunting becoming more popular I would think Swift should need to invest in several bullet weights per caliber in the Scirocco II line-up.  Just a thought.   

Food for thought,   splits in half ,  half the weight,  less penetration ?

My son has dual dove tails on his TC Contender,   no issues

I had to look  up  that statement on Leupolds website, and it's in there.   I have never noticed that before,  glad you brought this up.   I have heard  from other sources these std base issues,  and I have seen it at a gun shop where a friend was replacing screw that had broken on this std base.   Never heard anything bad about the dual dovetails.  Common sense would dictate to use the best mounts possible with heavy  recoiling rifles and heavy large scopes mounted high,   especially with choked down ring spacing,  the farther you space your rings apart the less stress on the mounts. 

Around the Campfire (General Discussion) / Re: 1911 carry?
« on: May 01, 2022, 08:37:06 AM »
When I do carry a 1911 it's a full size stainless delta elite in 10mm auto,  Holster was made by Ian Martin,  IHL (Ian's handgun leather later named International handgun leather).  A prototype he gave me to try out  an IWB (inside the waistband)   bought it and still use it.   Made of  leather,  strong side with Nylon rails built in,  kind of like an upgraded old FBI and some Police OWB (outside the waistband) holsters except  IWB with no snag rails and forward cant,  beautiful holster.  The final version of this holster I don't think he installed the rails.    His holsters , belts and mag holders were sold by Dillon  Precision,  I think he is retired now if not mistaken, FYI his combat belts are the best  I've seen double thickness leathers , beautifully made, strong buckles and fasteners,  they don't roll over,  very wide and stiff,   made for heavier guns, these are not a dress holster and belt,   basically flawless at a price.  We have other 1911's and 1911-A1's in 45 acp and they are very good guns,  a little heavy like the Delta.   I cannot stress enough buy the very best Hosters and Belts,  make sure they are comfortable and what you want,  get opinions and reviews before laying down a few hundred bucks for really good leather.  I don't especially care for plastics especially in belts.   I do have a Kydex I sometimes use for a Sig P-365 for my every day carry  IWB carry and it's surprisingly comfortable, a little noisy,   normally with that gun I just use a good leather  no print pocket holster. 

Some of these little mouse guns  have a  bit of recoil even in 380,  mostly  because some are so small and grips  can have some bite to them.  It's a juggling act to find the right combination how to conceal ,  hot & cold weather,  shootability, whether you can hit anything other than in your face ranges, etc.  One of the better little guns is a Beretta Tomcat in 32 acp or their Bobcat in 22 Long rifle.   Neither caliber is thought of as a stopper cartridge but they are better than no gun at all.  My wife sometimes carries an older Beretta model 71 Jaguar in 22 LR  hit mans gun beautifully made plus reliable.  If you really think about it how many people actually survive being shot with what we today think of as common Police calibers and ammo ?  quite a few I think,  just my opinion we went from police revolver cartridges such as 38 specials sometimes 357 mags and cops in the day were taught how to shoot ,  not spray and pray with the likes of these newer high capacity semi-autos.  There are cops that do shoot well so it's not an across the board issue.   You take someone with a 45 acp or 10mm auto they have enough horsepower and bullet weight to  stop a charge same with a hot loaded 357 mag, where smaller calibers come up short IMO is failure to hit the vitals and that could be caused by a whole lot of things i.e. stress, shot placement ,  out of breath, in a struggle,  whatever the case may be.  Right now we ae talking about small calibers like the new 30 super carry,  like was said earlier its a solution to a problem that no one asked

I think this happens a whole lot more than people think,  I'm glad you brought this up,  just because they are police or some type of law enforcement doesn't mean they are right.  This country has the right to keep and bear arms not the right for law abiding citizens to have their weapons confiscated for no legal reason.  These people need to be brought out in the light of day IMO.  What I have a major problem with is hidden agenda's from public officials. 

I get it,   whoever is pushing this new cartridge  IMO is  advertising  benefits of a small dia cartridge case which would allow more rounds in magazine & higher pressures I guess to obtain more ft lbs energy, and that's OK.  Shoot fast miss fast  unless you are really good with a pistol.  My own personal tastes the Shield doesn't fit my hand as comfortably as My Sig p-365 and for shear pointability the Beretta PX4 storm sub compact sights come up inline with my shooting  posture  even if I'm not actually looking at the sights the gun just points where I'm looking then again  everyone holds a gun differently.  I'm anal about handgun grips if it doesn't feel right I won't shoot as accurately and let's face it these small sight radius pistols are not exactly match grade accuracy ,  more of a belly gun to use at short ranges, and that's what they are made for. 

I think monolithic bullets made of copper or copper alloys have their place and in States where they are either required or recommended if you so choose to use them.   Imo I've shot enough   Mono's   to know nothing is perfect  such as ranges are too far and they don't expand and yes including tipped copper bullets.  Ranges too short with high velocity cartridges,  and the bullet may lose a petal or 2  then act like a solid.  Normally we don't recover Mono bullets in our  thin skin game including a 1500 + lb  Eland I shot.  Time will tell if Hornady's newer design will be a better mouse trap.  The good part is we have never had any animals get away after being shot thru & thru with several types of Mono bullets.  We still use Barnes TSX and TTSX to this day in our 300's,  but my preference would be Frontier Spartans  made in South Africa they seem to have a deep & wide cavity and have since added tipped designs no doubt  to enhance expansion.  Unfortunately unless something has changed we can't get them in the States.  Mono's from both Frontier and Barnes have been out for quite a few years now with pretty good success.   My guess the Hornady design is there are subtle changes for bullet enhancements, and that's not a bad thing.  One of the best bullet designs was the old Trophy Bonded Bear Claw

Why didn't they name it 32 super ?   

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