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  1. gtblackwell

    gtblackwell Well-Known Member Patron  

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    When I was young I use to shoot 22 Match pistols in NRA sponsored matches. Never won a single one but was fair to middling and loved it. Shot a venerable S&W 41, lightly tuned by a smith. With family and two jobs I gave it up and sold the gun....dumb move. Later bought a Beretta Model 89 Match pistol , long out of production but never found a good place to shoot in Auburn so gave it up again plus at 42 oz the otherwise fine M 89 was too heavy. Just gained access to a great place to shoot so started looking for another pistol. Being frugal I did not want to pay big bucks but wanted an accurate shooter with a nice trigger, typically 1300-1400 USD for a nice one, couple of grand for a really fine one.
    I did my research and bought a LNIB Ruger 22/45 off Gunbroker for $300. arrived unfired. Took it apart, installed a Tandemkross trigger and Volsquartsen sear, along with a TK hammer bushing and Hogue rubber grips off Ebay , total today about $435. New Rugers come with a near 7 lb trigger, thanks to lawyers and mine breaks crisply at 2 pounds and 4 ounces. ( 1.02 kilos for my more learned friends, or druggies ) Accuracy is better than I can use . Only trouble was my eyes, cannot see like I once did so am looking at a micro-reflex red dot, probably a Burris with a 3 or 8 mil dot. Should weigh in at about 34 oz with the sight. My daughter's response was dad you are too old , when can I have it !!! She already has my tricked out 10/22.

    Need to shoot about 4-500 rounds through it to set the springs . Then find time to see how a 76 year old can do. I will never shoot competitively again but do expect to thoroughly enjoy taking a break from the drawing board. Life was getting into a rut ! Except for the forum, of course,.


    Gaines

    PS, I use to be able to post pictures here, seemed easy, but perhaps because of age or changes I cannot manage it anymore....was goint o post one of the pistol.
     
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    Poppy grasshopper

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    Shooting is a lot of fun. It brought my father and i closer as a kidlet. Now it is only slingshots (which we can no longer use in city limits), arrows (ditto) rocks(if nobody see's), and evil eyes (coming soon).
    Spent hours with my trusty bb gun shooting pine cones, rocks (ouch-ricochet), grasshoppers. sniff
     
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    Yes Poppy, my stepfather was a shooter, he liked revolvers mostly...and a black powder gun.
     
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    CAC, I tried to shoot a K 22, on a 38 frame , beautiful gun , but a bit large for my hand. I did have a Colt Navy 1851 replica that was a joy to shoot. Mild recoil, a 36 caliber ball , and modern day "black powder" was easily cleaned from the gun and caps non-corrosive plus perfect fit. I think the most beautiful hand gun ever designed.

    Gaines
     
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    Out of salutes, but love your choice for the base pistol. The Ruger pistol has created a whole mini-industry making aftermarkets parts to support building a fine pistol for any purpose. I see that you also chose the 22/45 version which (for me) has the better grip angle for match shooting.

    As for uploading pics you have to hit the "More Reply Options" button on the lower right which is only visible once you click inside the original reply box. When that opens you can see an "Attach Files" and "Browse" button on the lower left.
     
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    Keith, i definitely chose the 22/45 for it's better to me grip angle, John Browning got that right, I did not want every available add on piece, there is indeed a cottage industry. I mainly wanted a good trigger, reasonable accuracy and a visible sight for fair money. Ruger's design is solid though definitely more complicated to take down than my Sig 228, can do it blindfolded.. Probably as a result of the continuous barrel receiver tube.

    I shot a picture, did what you said, got the jpg # in the file box (Choose file) but when I hit attach I get a gong sound and nothing else. I could be over 500KB, will try to figure out how to reduce and try again.

    This is proving to be a great project, especially now that I have a place to shoot.

    Gaines
     
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    Maybe send email to Bella, he might be able to post it.
     
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    Well the photo's proprieties say it is 2.9 MB....far from 500KB But no where on Picasa, where it is stored, does it say how to reduce it. My local tech friend is out of town, will get him to show me how next week.

    Gaines
     
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    Whatever program you use to open the picture on your computer should have a "resize" tool somewhere. The easiest method is to just change the resolution from the usual camera 300 Pixels per Inch down to 72 Pixels per Inch then save it. That should get you under 500KB.
     
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    I thought Picasa had a resize tool but damned if I can find it. Will keep looking as have thousands of photos there. I will reset my camera, a Nikon D300, pretty good in it's day :) Still better than me.

    Thanks,
    Gaines
     
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    Interesting post. I have a fictional law enforcement character in the 1950s who has a surplus .22 Hi-Standard HD-M which she uses just to keep her eye sharp. Nice to see that others do the same with similar .22 match guns.
     
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    I don't use Picasa, but if it gives you a(n) URL for the picture, you can use the Image tool on the main tool bar. Just click on it and paste the URL. It will attache the photo full size rather than a thumbnail and there is no size restriction.
     
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    Still trying to post photo !
     
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    View attachment 24595

    Well hope this works but think it might be too small.

    The pistol looks pretty standard and is. The Runner grip is from Hogue, better to me than the thinRuger grips. The unusual looking trigger is a Tandemkross with a flat textured surface that helps in pulling back in a straight plane. It is adjustable for both pre and over travel. The real trick piece is the new sear knowing off a huge 4 1/4 pounds of pull weight. The new hammer bushing gets rid of the magazine interlock safety and makes it easier to dissemble.

    The compensatory is unnecessary on a 22 ! In very rapid fire is may hold barrel rise down and in my arthritic hands may be a 1% improvement. I am convinced it basically looks cool ! It just screws on or off. Like a muzzle break on a 76mm Sherman :)

    Last the red dot sight is yet to be bought, am shopping but leaning toward a Burris FastFire 3.

    My set up only allowed reduction by pixels so I chose 500( confused with KBs ), next time I will use more and would love to make it so you did not have to click ion the thumbnail but guess that is simple enough.

    Thanks for your patients.

    Gaines
     

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    Hardly standard - bull barrel. Nice!

    One suggestion I'd make is to try a Levang Linear Compensator instead of the one installed. This new style has a big expansion chamber and is designed to direct the noise forward away from the shooter. With the relatively low velocities of match ammo, it will keep the noise below that which will damage your hearing (though, they are careful not to make such claims). You can shoot without hearing protection with low or standard velocity ammo if you choose, which is rather nice. See link.

    http://www.brownells.com/rifle-parts/muzzle-devices/compensators-muzzle-brakes/ar-15-levang-linear-compensator-22-caliber-prod5594.aspx
     
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    Thanks, Keith, wish I had seen that. aside from bad eyes and knees, and joints....I will stop at this point, I have poor hearing so I wear 35db ear muffs but like the forward gas idea . Cannot protect my hearing enough. That is a good price.

    I chose this particular model ( 10150)for it's barrel, grip angle and replaceable grips and waited on Gunbroker for one to come up. It must have sat on a shelf for some time, unfired, and was starting at $298.00 bid. No one but me did. Patients does pay off sometime.

    Now to keep it away from my daughter!

    Gaines
     
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    Don't bother resetting the camera...

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U23vEbh1QRs

    I use FastStone Image Viewer & Nikon's ViewNX 2
    Both are free downloads.
    http://www.faststone.org/
    http://www.nikonusa.com/en/nikon-products/product/imaging-software/viewnx-2.html


    EDIT Keep the pixel size under 1000 or else the website's integral file resizer will greatly reduce the file size of the photo, I've had photo file sizes reduced on upload from 420kb to 42kb, until I noticed that this did not happen when the pixel width was just under 1000.
     
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    Thanks so much. I may just learn how to use a computer before I die !! :) Might be close. The batch set up looks pretty good..

    I have View NX 2 now. I bought my D300 and downloaded it years ago. The camera is getting a bit long in the tooth but works perfectly and suits all my needs. Have accumulated a few lenes over the years, both old and new but all work on it, some just not as automatic.

    Gaines
     
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    Poppy, in the South every one signs with an "X", not being literate and all.....so put an X on the line for me ! I use to work for an architect who went to work one morning, at 99, and at some point put his head down on his folded arms. Someone though he was asleep, he was, for good ! Now he is my hero. So please grant me 3 more years to add to the 20. !!!!

    Gaines
     
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