Saturday, August 22, 2020

Anyone else get the feeling they may have to change the movie

to 'Escape from Portland'?  Starring a crapload of people fighting their way out through communists?

Hot & still outside,

though the data may not help with the temperature

Some interesting information on barrel length

vs. velocity in .223.

The eye/brain connection is weird at times

After the cataract surgery the vision in the left eye is much better, but still have that little blurred spot from the macular hole.  Left eye has not-as-good vision but no blurred spot.  New glasses take care of correction for both.

The problem comes in in some light conditions and/or when I'm focusing on a particular thing, like gunsights.  It's like the brain can't quite decide which eye to use for the primary, and it makes for some odd effects as the blur gets somewhat superimposed on the image.  It does it primarily with front post or bead and rear notch; rear aperture seems to eliminate it.

Of course, the alternative would have been the hole causing large permanent damage that would've resulted in blindness in that eye, so as a trade-off it's not a big choice to make.

Test results

I had seven rounds loaded using the formed .32-20 cases, and ten using standard .30C cases.  The Lyman manual showed the starting load for a 115-grain cast bullet as  3.1 grains of W231, this being a lighter bullet I started with 3.2.  Since the case mouths had to be flared a bit to start the bullets I used the sizing die to make a taper crimp, just enough to remove the flare.  Offhand at ten yards
Using the same load in .30 C cases
Don't know if the pistol liked these better, or I'd just settled in.  I really need to try this when I can sit down and put it on a rest.  Just to try, I ran the target out to 15 yards and used the rest of them there.
Yeah, really need to do this with a rest and better light.

As expected, recoil was quite mild.  The .32-20 cases just dropped out of the chambers, the .30C cases, several dropped out, the others needed a touch from the ejector rod.  Several of both shows signs of not having fully sealed against the chamber walls, so a bump up in the charge seems called for.

On the cases, the .32-20, after sized, were exactly at the max length for Carbine, so I left them that way; the bullet had to be seated with the crimp groove covered for them to fully chamber.  The .30C cases were just above minimum length(1.281" to be specific) and required a slight push on the base to fully chamber, I'm guessing from the bullet shape.

If you've got one of these that the cases stick badly in(common in some from what I've read) the modified cases might be a way to deal with that, at least with cast loads, they're thinner construction so I wouldn't want to try to use them with full-power jacketed loads.  If that's not a problem the standard cases seem to work well with this bullet and load.  Some further experimentation is called for next time I can borrow it.

Friday, August 21, 2020

It's one of those nights,


Tried those loads out today,

more details tomorrow, it's late and I'm tired.

An experiment with the .30 Carbine cartridge

Not long ago I was digging around on something else and found a reference to using cast bullets in .30 C, which I've done, but this was specific to use in the Ruger Blackhawk chambered in that cartridge.


Then someone mentioned using .32-20 cases trimmed appropriately  in this pistol.  Some apparently can use them unmodified, others the rim has to be thinned.  This cartridge headspaces on the case mouth, so you have to be careful to have uniform case lengths, and either not crimp or a slight taper crimp, and they do still have a tendency, in some guns, to be sticky on ejecting; a rimmed cartridge should prevent that.

I know a guy with one of those.  And I have some .32-20 cases left.


Once more demonstrating my problem with messing with things to see how it works, borrowed the use of the Blackhawk.  The cases, after being run through a .30 C sizing die would chamber, but the rim was too thick for them to rotate  through, so some time at the lathe thinning them, after which they would work.

The research had shown that using .32-20 loads with these cases was well within the pressure levels, so I took some 100-grain semi-wadcutters cast for .32 S&W(and .310 Cadet as it worked out), sized them to .310, lubed them, and loaded them just over the minimum listed for .32-20.  Then loaded some .30 C cases with the same load.  Standard .30 C on the left, case loaded with the SWC center, .32-20 case on the right.
                                        .30 C on the left, modified .32-20 right
                                   To give an idea of how thin the rim comes out,
I had to turn these to .025 for them to smoothly cycle through.  It's possible that if they were left a touch thicker, the first firing would take care of fitting them; if these shoot decently and I can dig up a few more cases I might try that.

According to the numbers these should be between 750-800fps, so far less flash and boom than standard loads in this(believe me, it's impressive) for general plinking.  We'll see how it goes.

"You commoners can go hang, but MY house

will be protected!"
Mayor Lori Lightfoot defended the Chicago Police Department’s ban on protesters being able to demonstrate on the block where she lives, telling reporters Thursday that she and her family at times require heightened security because of threats she receives daily. 

Lightfoot refused to elaborate on the specific threats, but said she receives them daily against herself, her wife and her home. Comparisons to how the Police Department has protected previous mayors’ homes, such as Rahm Emanuel’s Ravenswood residence, are unfair because “this is a different time like no other,” Lightfoot told reporters.
Wonder how this is going over with people whose businesses were destroyed?

Thursday, August 20, 2020

Will these idiots never learn?

Meanwhile, progressive state legislators have introduced a wealth tax that would fall on Californians with a net worth of $30 million or more. 

 “[California’s] astounding level of income and wealth inequality is the best, most compelling argument in favor of Assembly Bill 1253, which would raise personal income taxes on the state’s top earners,” wrote Los Angeles Times columnist Nicholas Goldberg in defense of the proposal. “Sure, we have high taxes on the rich already — but California has enormous needs, not to mention an impending budget crisis, and the rich have deep, deep pockets.”
And do you know what those deep pockets mean?
When one considers that nearby states such as Nevada have no income tax at all, the problem with this approach quickly becomes apparent. 

The legislation is basically a giant incentive “for California high-earners to take their money and run,” the Wall Street Journal editorial board wryly noted.
Exactly: it means they've got the money to get the hell out of that state and move somewhere else.  Like they're already doing in New York.

But they just won't learn.

An idea occurred

involving .30 Carbine.  And assuming I can get the other things that need doing done, I should be able to make some up later today and maybe try them tomorrow.

Another "Why don't you want parents to see

what you're teaching your kids?" mess.
Parents of students who attend Rutherford County Schools (RCS) must agree not to monitor their child’s online classroom sessions.

Officials at all county schools are asking parents to sign forms agreeing not to watch these virtual classes.
“RCS strongly discourages non student observation of online meetings due to the potential of confidential information about a student being revealed.”

The form asks parents for their signature and warns that “violation of this agreement may result in RCS removing my child from the virtual meeting.”
Sound suspicious as hell, doesn't it?

Wednesday, August 19, 2020

It's amazing

Very short version:
I had to do something I hadn't done in months, which is go to a WalMart.  Got there, and found that instead of being able to go in close to where what I needed should be, they have one entry/exit at one end of the building.  The far one, of course.  I said to hell with it and left.  It kind of annoyed me so I made what turns out to be the mistake of, on their Fecesbook page, telling the story and saying a store this size ought to be able to figure out how to have more than one entry, despite the Wuhan LungRot hysteria.

It seems a lot of people think that means I believe I shouldn't have to follow the rules, am weak, am stupid, etc.  Also, a lot of people who claim not to care will take the time to find memes to post saying "Nobody cares".

Also, I love Trump, which explains everything.  According to someone who doesn't care but took the time to go check my page anyway.

It is possible I'm a dumbass for thinking this is a silly-ass way to run things.  I don't believe so(I have been wrong before, and I have been a dumbass before).

Ah well, this seems to be modern life.  Also a reason I probably ought to give up Fecesbook.

Tuesday, August 18, 2020

I do believe this is a Mississippi Kite

Not the first I've seen in the middle of town

Words from Lawdog

To stand in a parking lot, a beach, a boat-ramp, or a restaurant and scream that a random stranger whom you've never met and will likely not ever meet again is endangering your grandmother by not wearing a mask is not only a lie, rude, and a misdemeanor Breach of the Peace, but it is also tyranny.

Monday, August 17, 2020

There are multiple videos of the antifassholes dragging people out of vehicles

and beating them mostly to death, last I heard one is in critical conditions with brain injuries.

And the idiotslying bastards of the left are still defending them as 'mostly peaceful protesters'.

You live in a large city where they have a presence, you'd better have plans made.  You live ANYWHERE they might try it, have your plans made, because this is going to get far uglier before it gets sorted out.

She's lucky all she lost

was her pants.

Sunday, August 16, 2020

Scene from the range

"You got any .357?"
".357 Magnum?"
Buys a box.

About fifteen minutes later one of the other guys:
"That guy who bought the .357 just returned it.  It wouldn't fit in his .357 Sig."
"I asked him..."

If you're a handloader, this'll make you hurt

Guy came in the other day, told the reloading guy that he'd just paid $125 for a brick of a thousand small rifle primers.  "I know I shouldn't have, but I needed them, I was out."