It clicked for me today

Discussion in 'Revolver Handguns' started by JonM, May 11, 2013.

  1. JonM

    JonM Moderator

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    a few months back i bought a pair of ruger new vaqueros in 45colt for CAS and ive been struggling to "get the hang" of shooting SA revolvers quickly and accurately.

    in the match today i got about 3 or 4 stages in and something in my head went *CLICK* and all became clear. the sights disappeared the hammer trigger and my fingers became one. all i could see was the target and all i could hear was the rapid ringing of lead on steel as shot after shot went rapidly down range and on target.

    it was like magic i couldnt miss and it was all smooth as a greased up liberal on his way to the government food stamp line!!

    running the uberti 1873 became like butter as well during the match altho i wasnt having much issue with it the last little bits of hesitancy seem to evaporate.

    one thing i did notice that made me soooo glad i got the uberti instead of the rossi or marlin. everyone with those was having nothing but issues. fail to feed mainly and fail to extract on some. i could see the difference in how rough those guns were running as their owners struggled to make them cycle.

    another thing i noticed today as it was the first outdoor shoot ive been to. was how difficult it was for the peeps with the 357 mags to find their brass. the 45's were easy to spot but the thin 357's were difficult to find and those running that type tended to lose almost half their brass per stage. so im not convinced its "cheaper" or "easier" to run a 357 vs a 45 colt. brass costs more than lead and is harder to find in stock.
     
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  2. 25-5

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    Glad to hear the light went on. Now enjoy SASS. It is a great time with really nice people.
     

  3. HockaLouis

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    Cool. You were "in the zone." Very zen. Congratulations. Been there often -- almost out of body isn't it!? And an interesting aspect of the shooting sports. And new. I presume you got your badge number?

    Enjoy and be safe...
     
  4. JonM

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    yeah i got the badge.

    and it was very zen like. it all blended and was like i was shooting my xdm or berreta. revolvers have eluded me for years but i finally got the hang of em.
     
  5. HockaLouis

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    Oh, have you been shooting SASS type shotgun and rifle for some time? How did this activity start and progress for you!?
     
  6. towboater

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    Awesome. I'm glad it worked out for ya.
     
  7. JonM

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    not too long. maaybe 4 monthsish or a scootch more.

    got into it through a friend and most of the three gun groups around this area arent so.... safe. so sass was a natural fit. course i needed to get more guns. and thats never a bad thing.

    never really been into revolvers or shotguns much or even lever guns. but i figure if i can run those well a more modern firearm is a snap especially since ive got a LOT of practice with those.
     
  8. 1411

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    Unsafe three gun shoots in WI? I don't shoot three gun but I am curious what safety violations you've experienced. If you're willing to say where I would like to avoid these locations as well. Thank you
     
  9. HockaLouis

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    Ya know, this reminded me of a guy my BIL and I knew. I didn't share it at first but many years ago now he shot a .45 Colt through the middle of his hand. I never was able to figure out how the hell he did that...

    SASS seems to be as much of a lifestyle as anything else. I lost a reenactor acquaintence to it. He tried it with his two sons and we basically never saw this guy we spent many days a year with for many years ever again.

    Enjoy and be safe!
     
  10. tomingreeneco

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    Well now that you are doing well of course it will be more fun. And you know what that means? Spending lots and lots more money!! I know, I love CAS.
     
  11. JonM

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    Mainly folks sweeping left right with a firearm while loading. While the ro are generally on it 3gun tends to bring out the young and dumb crowd who think safety is a old guy fuddy duddy thing.

    Ive been on enough firing lines to witness unloaded guns going off in the wrong direction and all sorts of asshattery. So when the majority is the type that bring that stuff to the table i generally go somewhere else.

    The group im cas'ing with is very safe and in no rush to get things done so time is taken to stage each shooter safely. One lady had two squibs and both were immediatly caught by the folks watching before she could damage her gun yesterday.

    Im pretty picky about who is also using the range with me so if i think its not safe ill go somewhere else or come back another time. Ive no desire to catch bullets or shrapnel.

    So i wouldnt say its a situation where the range is condoning unsafeness its more the people that are also doing that activity tend to be unsafe in nature. Its just a feeling i get based on long years of experience. I take shooting very serious as it is a very dangerous sport when taken lightly. Old man murphy is a damn fine shot and likes to always be sure you got ammo in your guns.
     
  12. 1411

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    I hope to shoot CAS someday. I'll be using these Ubertis when I do. Just picked the nickel frame up the other day.
     

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  13. JonM

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    nice!! i like the uberti pistols a lot they are very very very nice guns. what caliber are you using??
     
  14. 1411

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    Thanks, I am using 45 Colt. I like the flexibility it offers when hand loading.

    Are you shooting 45 LC for CAS? Any favorite hand load recipes I should look into? Trailboss powder seems to be the go to CAS powder. I'm also interested in shooting some Goex rounds in the near future.
     
  15. JonM

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    Yeah im using 45 colt. 200 grain flatpoint over 5.5 of trailboss. nice mild load. the 45 casings are easy as hell to find compaired to the 357 when your shooting rifle. they are also easier to manipulate on reload stages. the 357 guns the holes are small the cartridges small meaning finer motor skills needed to do reloads. im making my own bullets and using that lee alox as bullet lube seems to work great.

    you do use less lead with the 357 bullets but its not that big a deal to me since im not losing my empties at a greater rate.

    if you do use blackpowder your going to have to detail strip your guns everytime as that stuff gets into every teeny tiny small hole and crevice and so rust sets in from the salts.

    i just dont like the headache of cleaning when it comes to using black powder.

    HIGHLY recomend the uberti 1873 rifle. its a little more money at the getgo but you have to do far less to nothing to get it to run out of the box. by the time you fiddle with a rossi or marlin to get it to run with your loads reliably you tend to spend the same money in difference in price than just starting with a uberti. that was what i came to in a conclusion when i was researching what rifle to use. experiences watching others using the various rifles seems to bear it out.

    go watch a match in your area and see who is having trouble with what gear.

    some folks ive noticed tend to minmax a lot. but you dont have to go nuts on anything like shortstrokes or trigger jobs or fancy leather. just cover the basics because its going to take you a while before you get anywhere near the point where that sort of thing is going to matter to you.

    ive done some stuff to my guns but its all minor easy to diy stuff. ive changed the grips on my rugers, removed the the lawyer locks, cleaned theaction on my rifle by removing internal burrs on the shell carrier replaced the sights stuff like that
     
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