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Made it to the Range! (Finally)!
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mister callan
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August 21, 2021 - 2:49 pm
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Sorry, that should read "Made it", After an almost 18 Month hiatus. (fixed it- rwsem)

Life, COVID restrictions open/closed range & so on.

I stunk (as expected).

But, a couple of things.

I Finally got to try the "new" to me 4" VH barrel for the 15-2 that I bought on here.

I replaced the factory red front sight with an EWK red fiber-optic, just so it was familiar & gives a very clear sight picture with the home made green rear sight, as that's what I use in the 6" V-H I've had for ever.

I tested the different POA~POI with the 4" & 6" BBLs with a 158 Gr SWC in the 4" .38 Spl @ 900FPS & the 125 Gr JHP @ 1250 in the 6" tube @ 1240 FPS. The slower .38 Spl in the shorter BBL impacted 14" higher than the 357 @ 15 yds. Luckily I have a fair amount of elevation dialed into the rear so it shouldn't be a problem, I just need to calculate the clicks needed to drop it to the same POA as the other load. The "clever idea" is to have a 6" .357 & a 4" .38 Spl! We'll see about that though.

One odd thing.

I have a bunch of different case brands in both Brass & Nickel-plated & have discovered something odd. The nickel sticks in one chamber, the brass with the exact same load does not! Its always the same chamber (I can tell because I've prick-punched the one to its right, discreetly,  as that's the tightest gapping chamber when changing barrels.)There are no signs of high pressure & the load is warm, but nowhere near max. The cylinders have all been polished as well. Its sticky enough that it won't extract without bashing the rod with a dowel, but just one tap with a dowel in that open case mouth frees it instantly.

Other than just simply swapping to brass cases any clever ideas what I can do?

 

Matthew Quigley on handguns:

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I don't load and I am not a great shooter but, I stayed in a Holiday Inn Express once. So, my opinion is that maybe the extra thickness added to the brass by the plating is a factor. That would not explain why it is just one chamber. Perhaps that chamber is a little too large and it let's the case expand and stick. Again, why not the brass case? I have a Taurus 32 mag revolver that Federal cases stick and split but Hornaday nickel plated do not. I attributed it to chambers being too large and Federal cases being weaker than Hornaday. But I am just guessing. My solution was to only use Hornadays. You may have to only use brass., at least in the discretely marked chamber. 

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That would make perfect sense if it was one brand of ammo.

But its a mix 'n match of many brands.

Its also not the fact that its nickel, because it doesn't happen with nickle-plated .38 Spl!

Matthew Quigley on handguns:

“I said I never had much use for one. Never said

I didn't know how to use it.”

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