Small defects in the case head surface, and even the headstamp itself, can affect comparator measurements.
Celebrating Independence Day 2020 with my Colt SP1 at the range.
A relaxing, humid evening at the range - practicing with the .45 Colt Ruger Vaquero.
Reloading .270 Winchester on a vintage Lyman Ideal EZY-LOADER.
My Son Alex and I photographed airplanes from the parking garages at Detroit Metro Airport. We pretty much had the place to ourselves - less airplanes than usual, and less people as well.
My friend Art brought a family heirloom rifle to the range today, and was gracious enough to allow us a chance to shoot it!
My Dad, (William P. Chapin) My Son Alex (William A. Chapin) and I spent a good portion of Father's Day at the range. After a couple rounds of skeet, Dad put a few rounds through my M1 Garand.
Trying out the Lyman 3118 cast bullets that Mike Treen sent to me in the 1891 Argentine Engineer Carbine.
Sometimes items from my collection of vintage reloading equipment can bail me out when I'm in a bind. In this case, it wasn't an emergency or survival situation - just a simple equipment failure that presented a challenge to my shooting plans for the evening.
"Unboxing" a very generous gift from a friend...
A while back, Mike Treen sent me a batch of his cast bullets to try - some very nicely cast Lyman 3118! This bullet is typically used in .32-20, and Mike suggested I try them in 300 AAC Blackout. I've finally done something with a portion of the bullets...
I recently watched a video from back in 2014 by mannyCA that demonstrated loading .45 Colt Shotshells. I decided to give it a try myself...they might come in handy for pests!
Range time with the 1917 Enfield Sporter evaluating a powder charge suggested by the Parametric Powder Search feature of Gordon's Reloading Tool.
I own and use reloading equipment of many colors - Green, Red, Orange...and even Blue! This Dillon AT500 based press is setup with a combination of features that I like from the RL450, AT500 and RL550 models.
Loading 7.62x39 Russian with the LEE Automator mounted on a LEE Challenger press.
The first trip to the range with my 1891 Argentine Engineer Carbine with a pitted bore.
Alex and I have been experimenting with a Jam Jar Valveless Pulse Jet Engine. This was our best run to date - approximately 51 seconds with denatured alcohol fuel, an 11/32" nozzle hole, and no coolant.
The first shots fired from an 1891 Argentine Engineer Carbine with a pitted bore.
You're an Engineer's Carbine with worn out blue, The lands of your bore are pitted too... It's true... Now what am I to do? Strange blue, kill what's inside of you.
Wood from tree trimming went into the BioLite BaseCamp stove for cooking a fun backyard dinner...SPAM Burgers!
Spring Break in Quarantine doesn't have to be boring - Alex and I hacked a $125 Harbor Freight engine into an old Sears lawn tractor that Alex's Grandfather (William P. Chapin) gave him!
Loading .223 Remington cartridges on one of my LEE Load-Master progressive presses. This setup for my .223 "House" ammunition includes a handful of 3D printed accessories - A collator tube clamp, a taller case pusher, a case feeder spacer, and a bullet feed die.
My Son received a package from Bigfoot!
My Son Alex (William A. Chapin) loading 12 Gauge AA hulls for Tuesday evening trapshooting at the Onondaga Sportsman Club on St. Patrick's Day - March 17, 2020. The virus lockdown may keep us from going out for green ginger ale tomorrow - but it can't keep us from shooting a few lines of trap with friends!