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Old 07-05-2017, 04:09 PM   #1
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Trip to the Range

Hit the range with the 45 and the 380. Put 75 rounds thru the 45 and 40 thru the 380. The 380 ate everything including the JHP's that I had problems with last time. I seated them deeper and no problem. I shot a mag at 25 which was good for a laugh although I did put half on an 8 1/2 x 11 target. The Beretta isn't a a range gun and is accurate to minute of belly. When I switched to 10 yards it wasa lot better but the trigger is stiffer than I originally thought so a decent group is tough. The 45 was accurate at 25 yards and at 10 I shot at a quicker pace got some decent groups and when the eyes tire then the groups open up. I experienced a coupe of failures and think it was due to a coupe oversized reloads. I remember a couple that were pretty stiff going into the BBL and i figured they would work. Guess I'm too used to revolvers and need more care for auto's.

There was a couple of guys there when I got there and one was shooting a 45 and a 9 MM. They started to clean up their brass when they were ready to leave and said they didn't reload. I told them I'd clean it up for them and keep the brass. They still cleaned it up and gave it too me. I shot 75of the 45 rounds and came back with 150. I kept the 9 MM and by the looks of the pile threre is about 150 of those empties as well. The only thing I came up short on was the 380's. I was a supply Sgt in the reserves and was a scrounger and guess that never leaves you.

It was a good day.
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range brass is always appreciated............
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As I remember supply sergeants always had the right contacts, the best stuff, and were always happy.
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As I remember supply sergeants always had the right contacts, the best stuff, and were always happy.
That's because when the S4 said you think these shirts are getting a little tight on me 4 new ones in a larger size miraculously appeared on his desk.
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With the new acquisitions I have also gotten back into rolling my own ammo. A few years ago I bought a Blackhawk 45C/45ACP convertible. I was looking at it in the safe as I have not shot it much at all (barely a turn ring). I decided it was time to either use it or get rid of it. I loaded some 300 gr LSWC cast bullets over 12.5 gr of 2400. There aren't a lot of recipes out there for 300 gr cast bullets so I got this one off Cast Boolits Forum. My goal is a hunting load for the fall as I have never taken a deer with a handgun. My biggest problem with the gun is the grips are nasty if you have some heat to the load. They have the black plastic grips so guess I'll look for some nice functional rubber ones.
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I shot this Buffalo Bore load in my Vaqueros and my 1894 Marlin, makes the Marlin a nice Deer gun and the Rugers good hunters or backup. These should be about the same as your loads.

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Don't figure the load of 12.5 gr of 2400 will be real strong. I'll bring my chrony when I go. My plan is to get a load that works and then practice to see my max range. I also saw loads of 9 gr of Unique and 14.5 gr of 2400, again neither barn burners. I also have a SBH that I have owned since the Carter Administration. I had it D&T'ed and mounted a Red Dot. I may take a few trips before the fall and try both. Obviously I will be more accurate with the scope but set my max for both and depending on the stand bring one or the other. Something to do to stay out of trouble.
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I had a 12" 45 / 410 barrel on my Contender with a 2.5 Burris scope that made a pretty slick hunting rig!
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Took the P938 for it's maiden voyage to the range and let the P250 tag along. I started at 7 yards as I wasn't sure what the small handgun would do. The first pic is the first shot I took with the 938 and I recorded it for posterity. After that I was thinking too much and the next pic is my first mag with it. The next pic is the first go around today with the 45 again @7. I put a total of 75 rounds thru the P938 and I had one failure to feed at round 49. I was using either Sig 124 gr FMJ loads or Hornaday 124 gr JHP's both factory loads. The feed failure was with one of the FMJ's. Don't think I limp wristed it but can't say for certain. Everything else functioned perfectly. The trigger actually improved a little as I was shooting. I shot a couple more mags at 7 then moved back to 10 and after a few more mags each I put up a target my wife had and during her class at sig had shot rounds at the back side so they are the ones are longer holes. I used the target for rapid fire drills with both the 9MM and 45. I was doing the Mozambique drill with 2 to the chest and one to the head. I put 60 total thru the P250 and most were the 230 gr JHP's that I took some care with while reloading. They all went bang, fed and extracted without issue. I did try some old 200 gr lead reloads and with one of the mags I had issues with them feeding. They are kind of strange in their shape and doesn't surprise me they have problems. I may just save them for the Blackhawk 45 ACP cylinder.

It was a good day as I was all alone at the range and I was impressed with the new acquisition and feel comfortable with it as a carry piece in the pocket. Just as I was leaving my dentist showed up to do some shooting.
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Looks like ya got a couple of keepers Terry.
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You done good, Terry. Those bottom feeders make good carry guns.
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I realized I wasn't using enough finger on the trigger and as a result was more erratic in my shooting and less steady. When I move the finger closer (still above ) to the first joint my shooting got more accurate and consistent. The long DAO pull on the 250 was causing me issues but with the little change I got steadier. I really hadn't put much lead downrange since the shoulder surgery and was getting sloppy. The trigger on the 938 actually got better into the 75 rounds I put thru it.

I think they both are keepers.
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Practice, practice, practice!! The fun part!!
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Your "going to the dark side" just went right by me until I saw one of your posts on Ruger Forum. I know it was a leap for you to switch sides, it would be for me. Revolvers get in your system. I did think about the LCP II, for maybe three minutes.
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Nice work, Terry. The P938 is a great gun. Had two of them, with the BRG wrap around finger groove grips. Those grips really helped. We just so seldom carry that we decided to trade them off on more range guns, but I could shoot those little Sigs way better than any small revolver I've tried. If I ever feel the need to carry, again, a P938 is high on the list. I have NO problem going over to the "dark side" for a carry gun, anymore, especially with a quality built bottom feeder like a Sig.

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Nice work, Terry. The P938 is a great gun. Had two of them, with the BRG wrap around finger groove grips. Those grips really helped. We just so seldom carry that we decided to trade them off on more range guns, but I could shoot those little Sigs way better than any small revolver I've tried. If I ever feel the need to carry, again, a P938 is high on the list. I have NO problem going over to the "dark side" for a carry gun, anymore, especially with a quality built bottom feeder like a Sig.
Certainly the impression I got just the first time out vs. the 642 but then again it's SA vs. DA shooting. It seems to point quite naturally. Next range trip I should have some reloads ready so will give it an extended workout.
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I realized I wasn't using enough finger on the trigger and as a result was more erratic in my shooting and less steady. When I move the finger closer (still above ) to the first joint my shooting got more accurate and consistent. The long DAO pull on the 250 was causing me issues but with the little change I got steadier. I really hadn't put much lead downrange since the shoulder surgery and was getting sloppy. The trigger on the 938 actually got better into the 75 rounds I put thru it.

I think they both are keepers.
I went through that too, having to use more finger on small DAO semis. Then had to learn to hold my left thumb higher, so that extra amount of trigger finger stickin through didn't contact it.
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