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    Quote Originally Posted by LtDave View Post
    Pretty sure Lance Thomas used at least one NY Reload in one or more of his shootouts.




    It is hard to say, but he may have done that in the second robbery (about the 2:40 mark in the above video).
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    Quote Originally Posted by LtDave View Post
    Pretty sure Lance Thomas used at least one NY Reload in one or more of his shootouts.
    I remember reading about Thomas. Apparently after his first shooting he stashed multiple revolvers around his shop and in later incidents he went from one to another and put out a sustained barrage. On the other hand, John Correia was still saying recently that he's - "never seen video of a civilian shooting where rounds fired after a reload had any bearing on the outcome." Interpret that any way you want, but given the thousands of incidents he's reviewed, it's probably meaningful.

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    Quote Originally Posted by revchuck38 View Post
    FWIW, I shot IDPA SSR for several years back when the power factor was 125. I started with an M67 loaded with Zero 158 grain RNLs, and in spite of the swaged lead, I had no issues with leading because the bullet diameter, chamber throats and bore diameter all matched up perfectly. I switched to Rainier plated RNs because it looked like I was shooting black powder with those Zeros. I also switched to a factory-tuned M10-8 and had no problems. I will admit that an Allison Speed Brush was a constant companion at a match, but my handloads were as clean as any factory ammo.
    Our work training ammo was either Zero or 3-D reloaded swaged 158 grain SWC .38s. Filthy beyond words. A Smith K/L frame would go 150-200 rounds before needing a good scrubbing and the Ruger Sixes would start binding up at 125-150 rounds.

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    Quote Originally Posted by deputyG23 View Post
    Our work training ammo was either Zero or 3-D reloaded swaged 158 grain SWC .38s. Filthy beyond words. A Smith K/L frame would go 150-200 rounds before needing a good scrubbing and the Ruger Sixes would start binding up at 125-150 rounds.
    These were my handloads, IIRC 4.3 grains of Titegroup under the 158-grain Zero RNL. They smoked like a steam locomotive but shot well and cleanly. I put 700+ rounds through the M67 in a class with only occasionally brushing out the chambers. When I was finished the cylinder and top strap were black and took a lot of Breakfree, 0000 steel wool, and elbow grease to clean but there was zero leading in the barrel or chamber throats. Like I said, it was a fortunate combination of bore and throat dimensions that made this possible. I think the soft lube helped too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dagga Boy View Post
    Now you went and did it.....

    Personally, I put a lot of emphasis on Tac loads because I am far more likely statistically to be loading post shooting prior to holstering than during a shooting. Others see it different.
    To be honest, the only reason I ever really carry a revolver reload is so I donít have to stand around in a gas station parking lot with a half empty gun while I wait for the cops.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jetfire View Post
    To be honest, the only reason I ever really carry a revolver reload is so I donít have to stand around in a gas station parking lot with a half empty gun while I wait for the cops.
    Valid.

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    I've had very few revolver issues over the 43 years I've been shooting. At work as a Las Vegas casino security guard, I carried Dan Wesson 15-2's mostly, an S&W 28-2, along with a Python a few days. I never fired a gun while working, the closest I ever came is when two huge German Shepherds came out of a truck, looking to chew me up. I pulled my gun, yelled "Get back in the truck!" a couple of times, and they did. Then I hunted the owner down, to tell him to bring the dogs into his room. The only major problem I had with any of them was at the range, my Python's hand broke the day after I had worn it to work. That kind of made me not trust it, as it could have been a disaster. The range's GS replaced it and it was problem free until I sold it. The only other issues any of my revolvers had were due to previous owners modifications and my stupidity when I put too long a grip screw into one of my DW 15-2's and it caused it to have the hairiest of hair triggers, resulting in an embarrassing hole in the range roof. A grinding down of the screw fixed it and $50 later for the hole, life went on.

    The semiauto issues back in the late 70's to early 80's seemed unending.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cecil Burch View Post



    It is hard to say, but he may have done that in the second robbery (about the 2:40 mark in the above video).



    High end watch store. downtown Los Angeles. 80's LA crime.... he should have had about 5 j frames on him.

    That being said I am no expert by any means but I have run my model 19 4" K through a 400 round class and a couple 250 round classes with zero issues.

    I ran both my K-LCR and 442-1 through 350 round classes and the only issue I had was the 442 cylinder started slowing down due to build up.

    If I am ever in a gun battle that requires that many rounds, I hope I chose a better weapon.

    Like others have said. Reloads to me are for administrative purposes after the fact.

    To quote Jelly Brice: "If you run out of ammo, don't reload - use the gun as a quirt to whip yourself in the ass and get the hell out of there"

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