June 2015 Journal

May 20-30, 2015

Still way behind the curve.

Life at the White Jeeps Only Car Wash

Mr. Powdrell's Barbeque will be catering the Saturday night dinner at EOT. It is only $10, meaning it's heavily subsidized by SASS. This is good stuff. Don't miss it.

May 19, 2015 No, I haven't stopped doing the Journal. However...

I am seriously behind because of several projects with deadlines, plus getting ready for EOT. It's past mid May, and the only way to "catch up" is just to skip a lot.

First, skipped by accident in April 2013, The Story of the 1895 Montgomery Wards Double Buckle Hatband and a D BAR J Boss of the Plains to match.

When a shooter emailed me asking about the hatband I realized I had written about it in the Chronicle, and on Facebook, but not on my blog. So here it is.

The excuse for another cowboy hat was I needed a light colored Boss Of The Plaines for hot summer shoots. This is a 100X Pure Beaver, Silverbelly with black binding (silverbelly is what a natural beaver hat fades into when worn in the sun, thus very popular in the Old West) from D Bar J, ordered at Winter Range. (The sweatband has "Winter Range 2013 Blown Away" on it.) At the Watson's Hat Shop booth I found this replica of a double buckle hatband in the 1895 Montgomery Wards Catalog. It looks correct to the smallest detail. I had wanted this for a long time. So it wasn't a hard sale. The hat fit perfectly out of the box, just like the charcoal BOP from D Bar J.

From D Bar J, Silverbelly Boss Of The Plaines, black bound edge, Double Buckle hatband from Watson's Hat Shop

The ad in the 1895 Montgomery Wards Catalog

When I got the hatband it was $85. A shooter who wanted one like it called Watson's in April 2015, and it was $295. I had written about it in the Cowboy Chronicle. Thus I'll take the blame for the price increase. Generally when I write about something in the Chronicle it sells.

Stuck Hull

This is what happens when a hull separates from the base in station 5 of the Dillon SL900. Yes, it was a bitch to get out.

Coated Bullets Test

The coating is Hi-Tek Supercoat. It's becoming increasingly popular with bullet manufacturers. These are from S n S Casting. We're testing three .38 Spcl bullets plus .45 Colt and .45 ACP.

The first thing you notice, other than the copper color, is there is no lube in the lube groove. Before loading these I had removed residual lube from the seating and crimping dies. Lube builds up there and will, if not removed, change seating depth. Average weight 106.2 gr.

The bullets loaded easily and quickly. I still wear rubber gloves when loading because of high blood lead levels. But that's probably not needed.

200 cartridges. No change in seating depth from the first. Yes, they are SASS legal. No copper was killed or injured in the making of these bullets.

Claimed advantages include no leading, higher velocity, and greater accuracy. Additionally, smoke is reduced considerably in smokeless loads, much like SASS-illegal Copper Jacketed bullets compared to naked lead. This is not a factor in my using them in APP loads, but is for Wild Bunch.



Barrel after 6 stages using 105 gr. Lead FP and APP Premium Powder

After 6 stages using coated 105 gr. FP. Okay, when using APP it's hard to tell one from the other. Both just needed a spritz of Windex and 1 pass with a Bore Snake.

Loading lead bullets while wearing nitrile gloves

Seating die after 500 rounds of coated 105 gr. bullets.

After loading 500 coated 105s, roll crimping die was clean

After 300 rounds Lead FP, hard lube ring in crimping die started affecting O.A.L. and needed to be removed.

Chronographing 105 gr. ,38 Special loads

As claimed, velocity is increased vs. lead with the same load.

Moly Coated 125 Gr. Bear Creek bullet on left, Poly coated 125 gr. on right

147 gr, coated FP

Easy to load. The bullet has no lube or crimp groove, making the O. A. L. variable as desired. Not finding any spec on the bullet I picked 1.500. It worked very well.

Note these bullets require belling the case enough for the bullet to sit inside the belling. Otherwise the case mouth will cut into the coating with accuracy loss. Excessive roll crimping will damage the coating as well.

.45 ACP using 230 gr. RN coated bullets. Loaded to 1.275 in. O.A.L. No problems loading the bullet. Loads just like a FMJ bullet. Cleaner to load than lead. Tex insists I chrono test this compared to lead bullets. That and 200 gr. .45 Colt bullets to come.


The belling of the case is visible in this photo. The taper crimp is to 0.473". This will clear the EGW chamber checker and still provide head-spacing on the case mouth.

Shot these in a WB match with no bobbles. No visible smoke. 3.9 gr. WST



200 gr. RNFP loading

200 Gr. LRNFP compared to 200 Gr. RNFP Coated on right


200 Gr. LRNFP vs. 200 GR. RNFP Coated

Synopsis of 3 hours chrono testing