Welcome to the first challenge of this fine new year…it’s going to last all summer or until everyone says they give up or lose interest. It’s a ‘challenge’ and it’s on the personal level…it’s about learning a little different shooting style than you may have been accustomed to. Basically, in my estimation it is ‘defensive… Read More ‘Charlie’s James-Thang Challenge’
GOT CABIN FEVER BY NOW? Some of you fellas still buried in the white stuff? Did Joe Leadslinger really drown in his driveway? hehehee He’s been fighting the rain and snow…who even knows if you can see James Pollard’s house anymore? I hear there’s just a big white mound at that address with a bunch… Read More LOOKING FORWARD TO SPRING . . . . . . . OH YEAH!
Ok boys, thought I’d do a little video today to show you’all how easy and cheap it is to make your own targets and specific to your purposes. Standard bullseye targets get real old real fast and if you want them to show clean cut holes then you need a good target backer to go… Read More MAKING TARGETS . . . Recycle that cardboard!
How many hundreds or thousands of times have we looked into the powder filled case prior to setting and seating the projectile and had that uneasy feeling that…’that powder level doesn’t look right’? How many times have you listened to that uneasy feeling and stopped and weighed every charge that made us question the powder level in the case?
This gave me the idea of investigating these mysteries in a series of videos where I would try several measures with several powders, record their performance and try to develop some kind of system to know the ‘why’s’ and then predict the best throw for whichever powder I want to use.
This is not a series of videos about which manufacturer’s measure does the best job, instead it is about looking at the physics of metering odd shapes in small holes and doing it consistently. It is about trying to understand why powders are harder than others to meter and…can we do anything in the future to predict the success we will have trying to accurately and consistently meter our powders?… Read More POWDER THROWS ~ Let’s talk some…
I bought an RCBS custom seating die set for my .30-06 back in 1979 and it was pretty affordable then, but…nowadays they are pretty expensive. What if there was a way to make your custom micrometer seating die do more than one caliber? Would that be a good idea? Save a few bucks too? If… Read More Custom Micrometer Seating Dies…Let’s Talk Some
“How does it compare?” This past week has been hot and smokey out here in NorCali with fires everywhere. Yesterday we had a big fire start about 8 miles from me so I had to stop and race over to the other side of the valley and check it out for myself. As a result,… Read More ‘CharlieBrassStuffer meets Mr. BrassSmith’ . . . The new Lyman Brass Smith Powder Throw
Our test loads are made up and ready, loaded in the magazines…cameras are set out and the chronograph is in the line of fire. Kyle is having flashbacks and starting to break out in a cold sweat…it’s now or never. Did I mention it’s hotter than a pistol out here? Ha! Let’s test this first… Read More Pistol Load Workups…part 3…Forensics of a test load, collecting & evaluating evidence
If you made it through Pistol Load Workups . . . . part one . . . . a response to Nathan @ The Reloading Press , then you are ready to see the actual workup on my Lyman T-Mag II Turret Press. The Turret Press is one of the most versatile presses one can have… Read More Pistol Load Workups . . . part 2 . . . The Lyman T-Mag II
Nathan over at The Reloading Press asked about the methodology various members use in our handloading schemes as we each do our ‘load workups’…this is, in several parts my way of doing a pistol or revolver load workup. Of course each platform requires different considerations, so…there’s no ‘hard and fast’ method I can explain in… Read More Pistol Load Workups . . . . part one . . . . a response to Nathan @ The Reloading Press
This is a continuation and completion of this project … ‘Building a new Lead Catcher’ . . . w/no plans on the internet & little information…hmmmm? . . . Part 1 … I suppose it’s been two months since I started thinking serious about this Lead Catcher Backstop, did the drawing, mulled on it some and… Read More New Pistol Target Backstop _ It works . . . part 2
This is an old single cavity, removable pin mould with a huge HP, actually it looks like a 147g. RNFP with a beveled base. I’ve wanted for some time to tinker with one of these ole girls and recently, accidentally stumbled onto one. This is what she looks like… From this picture sent to me… Read More Reviving an Abused Mould . . . Lyman ‘Devastator’ 356637 – 9mm 125g. HP
“Guess I’ll have’ta punt this one!” Years ago I saw a video on the You-Tube with a fella showing a steel target backstop/lead catcher and thought it was a good idea, but never got around to building one. This video was helpful to some extent, but it still lacked specific details I have been looking… Read More ‘Building a new Lead Catcher’ . . . w/no plans on the internet & little information…hmmmm? . . . Part 1
Before James’s friendly advice…I couldn’t hit a Bull in the butt with a base fiddle . . . much less my 1911. Actually I’m just doing my regular 50 round practice using a timer and hoping that someday I’ll be competent to shoot fast and actually hit what I’m looking at. So far it’s taking… Read More ‘Change up’ . . . and a plea to ‘ole James Pollard’
Up here in the Sierras we all referred to him as ‘ole Bob’, whether you were at Church, the Chainsaw Shop or in the Coffee Cup Cafe…every one knew who you were talking about. An easy going man and true gentleman, generous to a fault, loving Grandfather and husband of over 60 years. Born in… Read More ‘Ole Kansas City boy’ . . . . . . passes on . . . . . . best friend & mentor
Powder coating is a well accepted process today for putting a jacketed lube coating on your casts…it’s been demonstrated over and over again, especially the methods for batch baking that makes this job of work fast and easy. There’s one way, one of the original techniques that is pretty much frowned on these days because… Read More FootStompin Powder Coating Cast FWC’s . . . . dedicated to the ‘OCD’ among us.
A video with a few ‘hints & tips’ about the way I cast .38/.357 FWC’s; figuring how much lead to blend, weighing it out, setting up the lead pot w/PID and mould oven and casting good casts from the first pour.… Read More ‘Old Porch Dog Productions’ at it again…releases another video…’CASTING FULL WADCUTTERS’
Well boys, here it is . . . ‘Dancing with Granny’ dedicated to the patient and imaginative tinkerer handloaders who love old American Steel Machines, made in America machines that used to mesmerize us back in the day when most of the presses around were some variety of a single stage press. Granny is from… Read More ‘Old Porch Dog Productions’ releases new video . . . ‘DANCING with GRANNY’
Yup…Video Editing…hey boys I was born before the muscle car era…we didn’t have no ‘stinking computers’! Ya know fellas, I got tired of passing on every subject I wanted to tackle on video with the iPhone 4 and editing software on my Mac…you boys have been putting some great video out and I’ve felt like… Read More Old Porch Dog learns a new Trick!
I have a walnut filled vibratory cleaner & a Thumblers model B tumbler filled with the stainless steel pins and have been using both for many years now. However lately I’ve been practicing with the .45ACP and having to make lots of reloads to keep up with the practice. I was looking for a quick… Read More PoorBoy’s Ultrasonic Brass Case Cleaner ‘FAIL’ and a TURRET PRESS LIGHTING experiment
What does our work say we are doing? I cast for a long time before I really understood what I was doing…heck, you just melt some lead and pour it in a mould…right? If the bullet gods are smiling on you everything goes well. If not…hmmm…maybe I wasn’t holding my mouth right? How do you… Read More ‘New Casters’ . . . forensics of a casting session