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Going to my first Wild Bunch match!
« on: May 13, 2021, 07:43:09 PM »
I am headed to the "High Sierra Shoot Out" annual match at Railroad Flat, CA on Memorial day weekend.  On Thursday, they are holding a Wild Bunch match, before the main match 12 stages begins on Friday.  Got my Rock Island dialed in, a stack of magazines, my 18.5" original Winchester 1897, and my 1860 Henry .44-40. 

Ther Rock Island loves the 230 grain lead over 5.1 grains of WW231.  I'll be shooting in style!

I have been going to this match most years since 1995.  It is almost an annual religious pilgrimage for me.
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Re: Going to my first Wild Bunch match!
« Reply #1 on: May 13, 2021, 09:52:15 PM »
Well don't wear yourself out before the main match!  ;D  You will probably be the only Henry shooter.  :)  Does the '97 hold six? 

My WB 1911 load has been a 230gr over 4.8 W231 which has always run great in my Cimarron (Armscor) gun.  It gave me a 167 Power Factor the one time I had it chronied.  I still have a lot of those loaded, but have dropped the charge to 4.4 gr of 231 to see what those chrono at when I next get the chance.  You can be assured of making PF with 5.1gr !

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Re: Going to my first Wild Bunch match!
« Reply #2 on: May 13, 2021, 10:19:04 PM »
Nope, mine holds 5.  It's the removable barrel model and the rotating gizmo up front cuts it to 5.  I even tried to use a different follower to get 6 in.

I ordered one of the 6 round conversion kits, but not sure if it will be here in time.
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Re: Going to my first Wild Bunch match!
« Reply #3 on: May 14, 2021, 02:29:16 PM »
I reloqd for my .97. Cut old AAs to 2 3/8" nd roll crimp. They load 6 and feed very well. Se if fcatory 2.5" lifgt shells are available. They might load 6?
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Re: Going to my first Wild Bunch match!
« Reply #4 on: May 14, 2021, 03:46:34 PM »
My Chinese Cimarron '97 held 6 when new.  My IAC '97 and my solid frame 1914 vintage '97 I just cut some of the mag spring, and my 1911 vintage takedown '97 somebody already cut the spring, so they all hold 6. 

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Re: Going to my first Wild Bunch match!
« Reply #5 on: May 14, 2021, 04:50:24 PM »
Good luck TL on your WB match. I’ll eventually get to a big one. You might be able to trim back your mag spring to get 6 rds in it. My usual yell at our club WB matches, however I’ll adjust, ‘Give’em hell, Tuolumne!’ 
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Re: Going to my first Wild Bunch match!
« Reply #6 on: May 18, 2021, 09:28:12 AM »
I probably could have cut down the mag follower and spring, but wanted to leave them original.  $40 for a proven 6 shot kit for the take down wasn't too bad.
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Re: Going to my first Wild Bunch match!
« Reply #7 on: May 31, 2021, 07:36:31 PM »
Had a great time!  I did have an ammo issue with some of the .45 ACP ammo I loaded too long, but other than that I did really well for a first timer.  I am hooked.
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