President - David Belmont
Vice President - Bill Deters
Treasurer - Brian Ernsberger
Secretary - Ron Skaggs
Trustee - Sharon Rose
Trustee - Kane Simpson
Trustee - Chris Wilder
"A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed."
December 15th, 1791
Wenatchee Rifle and Revolver Club Newsletter - May 2020
During this time we'd like to thank you again for your patience and support!
David Belmont | WRRC Club President
To state the obvious, this tool does just what it says. I always seem to wrestle getting the reticles straight when I mount a scope. Doesn’t matter if it’s a handgun scope or a rifle scope. It always seems there’s much fuss and muss over a “tweak” this way, then another back the other way. Lots of handing back and forth saying, “Here, how’s that look to you?” There are some pretty fancy scope leveling tools out there, and plenty of “Here, try it my way” tricks, but this one takes the cake. It works, it’s simple and costs about $120.00. Share the cost with a couple of friends and suddenly it’s pocket change.
Think of this as a kit, with everything included. The operation goes like this: You unfold the legs, level the Scope Setter (using the included little level and adjustable feet), attach your scope to the rail on the tool (you’ve pre-assembled the scope and rings but left the rings finger tight). Then you level the scope (just put the little level on top of the top cap). Ta-Daaa’…the scope is leveled to the rail. Now take it off the Scope Setter’s rail and put it on the gun’s rail. Takes about as long to read this as it does to do it.
Roy Huntington American
- Always treat every firearm as if it is loaded.
- Keep your finger straight an off of the trigger until your sights are on the target.
- Never point the muzzle of your firearm at anything that you are not willing to shoot.
- Know your target and what lies beyond it.
- This is your range. Make your Mother proud by picking up and disposing of your trash.
- Wearing your red lanyard with your membership card is mandatory.
- Please observe all posted safety notices.
- Do not shoot any type of steel core or similar ammo at our steel targets.
- Observe range closing time. It will vary with the seasons. Times will be posted on the front gate.
- Our website is www.wenrrc.org
The .357 SIG has been around now for about 25 years. It’s a bottleneck cartridge, basically a .40 S & W necked down to .357. The very short neck is designed to use 9mm/0.355” bullets but this does not mean .357 SIG cases can be made from .40 S & W brass. In fact the .357 SIG brass is slightly longer than the .40 S & W and shorter than the 10mm. The original idea was to come up with a cartridge equivalent to the .357 Magnum but at an overall cartridge length for use in standard sized semi-autos.
Factory loads for the .357 SIG clock out at 1,325 fps from a pair of SIG SAUER pistols I have, one a 4.2” 1911 and the other a 3.9” Model 229 Legion. This load has a 125 grain V-Crown JHP bullet. Checking the Black Hills 125 grain JHP .357 Magnum through a 4.2” S & W Model 19 Combat Magnum results in a muzzle velocity of 1,350 fps, so there’s basically no difference.
As far as headspacing concerns go, I simply follow the directions coming with the Lee .357 SIG dies. When setting them as directed I have had no problem whatsoever with brass headspacing properly. When I first started reloading the .357 SIG I began by making dummy rounds to check for overall length. The industry standard seems to be 1.14” OAL, however some magazines will accept longer loaded rounds and they will also chamber properly. Before loading a large amount of ammunition it’s a good idea to make dummy rounds first for checking.
I found out if cases were expanded and belled it was very likely the bullet would drop right into the case. There had to be a better I decided to try some cases that were full length sized only and not expanded and belled. This solved the problem somewhat, however another problem resulted. If the case is not belled, most brass will be ruined when trying to seat square based bullets.
With bullets having a standard base I use the Lee Universal Expander and just kiss the mouth of the case enough to allow the bullet to enter. Then the bullet is seated to proper depth, resulting in the tight fit necessary. It takes a little extra effort to reload .357 SIG, as first the bullets must be seated and not crimped. Once bullets are seated to the proper length I use the Lee Collet Crimp Die, holding things in place nicely.
Brass is available from Starline, using small pistol primers. My powders of choice are Accurate #9, Power Pistol and Unique with the first two powders being for full power loads. With Unique and Power Pistol I use #500 CCI Standard Pistol Primers, however, just as with sixgun loads, I switch to #550 CCI Magnum Pistol Primers with Accurate #9. My rule of thumb for handguns is to use standard primers on loads found on the burn rate chart up to and through #2400 and then switch to Magnum primers after that. Using Magnum primers with #9 in the .357 SIG results in much smaller extreme spreads.
John Taffin American Handgunner January/February 2020
MINI RED DOT
Truglo has a new series of red dot optics designed for close quarter, fast sight acquisition scenarios. Two optics are offered: IGNITE 30 mm and IGNITE Mini. Each model is powered by one AAA battery (runtime depends on battery type, temperature, and brightness setting), has a 2-MOA dot, and is adjustable for windage and elevation (the adjustments are lockable). The optics have 10 push button controlled brightness settings and a four hour idle auto off. The unit remembers the last brightness settings when powered on. These optics are nitrogen filled, fog proof, water resistant, and shock proof (rated up to 7.62 NATO).
I’ve been using the IGNITE Mini (TG8322BN), and it features a 22mm objective lens, has unlimited eye relief, and comes with a “high” Picatinny/Weaver rail mount preinstalled. A low mount is included and swaps easily with the high mount if the shooter wants a lower mount. The high mount provides a lower third co-witness with AR-15 backup iron sights. The optic mounting system is compatible with T1/H1 mounts and adapters, so the optic can be used on shotguns, railed handguns, and “scout” configuration rifles.
The IGNITE Mini is CNC machined from aircraft grade aluminum, making it a compact, versatile, and rugged optic. It’s covered by TRUGLO’S TRU-CARE limited lifetime warranty. MSRP: $179 truglo.com
Jake Edmondson Shooting Times May 2020
CLEAN AND LUBE
All of my straight walled sixgun cartridges are sized with carbide sizing dies. Those that are not are first sprayed with Hornady One Shot Case Lube. This lube is wax based so there’s no problem contaminating primers. I’ve also found it to be helpful for sizing straight walled cartridges before sizing with carbide sizing dies. By spraying these cartridges first it’s much easier to size the cases even though it’s not necessary. Actually, I find it very necessary now as I don’t have the strength I once had in my hands.
John Taffin American Handgunner July/August 2019
Due to COVID-19 All WRRC Events are canceled at least through May 4th, 2020.
Keep and eye on the calendar! We have plenty of upcoming events through out the rest of the year.
David Belmont, WRRC President and Chairman of the Events Committee
You might be a Redneck if you’ve ever been frisked leaving a yard sale.
WRRC Secretary and Editor.