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How many of y'all have shot and enjoy competitive bowling pin shoots?

Our club is hosting our 4th bowling pin shoot next Sunday!  So excited and nervous this year. A member of our club was paralyzed in a motorcycle/deer accident and we're donating all money to him.

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I miss pin-shoots! I hope this event does well both for the club, and most especially, for a fellow rider. Good on you and your club for doing this!

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I also miss pin shoots. I was a Second Chance HG and LG Master Blaster, made HG in 91 with revolvers and LG in 89 on three man team using a pump. 

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Most frustrating shooting I've ever done. They flip, tip wobble, spin but don't fall off the table. 

Tons of fun though. 

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On 7/2/2018 at 9:23 PM, Exit Plan said:

Love the picture ,what 1911 is that?

It's an old Colt for the Argentine Navy ("Marina Argentina") from the 30's or 40's...

KILLERtj

Nevermind, looking again... its my Ruger SR1911.

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Slow and heavy was the way to go.  I remember having loads of fun with my Glock 21, with its 5" Bar-Sto barrel. 

 

My plinking load was perfect for pin shoots, using a 230 grain FMJ RN, 5.0 grains of VV N320, COAL = 1.260". 

 

I also had some fun playing around with my 9mm Major loads out of a Glock 34.  Fun times, indeed, but not quite as successful. 

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 Great day! Had 21 shooters and raised a little over $400 for one of our members!20180708_134832.thumb.jpg.ad235d4f4f979c0c5884ac261bfe25ed.jpg

Shot over 100 strings of fire and went through 40 bowling pins!

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Fun was had by all!

Thanks, 

KILLERtj

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I used to live for pin shooting.  Even had a Delta Elite specifically made for "bowling with bullets" after I wore out a Glock 20.  You wouldn't think it but the Delta outlasted the G20.  A thermonuclear 180gr JHP will remove a pin with great authority.

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I still remember special gamer bullets for pin shooting.  I think I have a box or two somewhere.

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6 hours ago, Boogieman said:

I still remember special gamer bullets for pin shooting.  I think I have a box or two somewhere.

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I remember those! Full Wadcutters also work very well in a revolver. I used to compete with a Lew Horton special Model 24 44 Special and I loaded bullets that I cast from a Lyman 429348 mold over a stout charge of Unique. I think they were supposed to be 190 grains but they cast out to 200 grains using wheelweights.

For practice, I used to shoot at empty shotgun shells. After being able to hit a few of those, the bowling pins seemed easy.

Most competitors used 45 Autos and I guess I  liked being the underdog suing a six shooter. A couple of time I competed with a custom 5 1/2 inch Ruger Super Blackhawk with downloaded 44 magnums which produced about the same velocity as my "Uploaded" 44 special and used the same 200 grain full wadcutter bullet. With the Smith and Wesson I would Attempt a speed load if I didn't clear the table with six shots. But with the Blackhawk I wouldn't bother.

Some friends of mine had a couple of informal match a couple of years ago and even though I still have my 44 special "Pin Gun" I chose to compete with my GI 1911A1 Ithaca which as a custom barrel and NM bushing and a trigger job and I use 8 round Wilson mags in it. Again, I used reloads with a 230 grain Lee truncated cone flat nose cast bullet loaded on top of a stout charge of Unique which developed 900 fps. I did pretty good for being out of practice.  The Lee 230 grain bullet cast at a little over 240 grains when cast from a wheelweight/Linotype mix so 900 grains with that bullet was definitely Plus+P. A gunsmith told me once that the Ithaca's had the best heat treating of all the GI 1911A1's

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I used a 230 gr wadcutter cast out of a H&G mold loaded in WW 38 SPL case’s on top of 7.5 gr of Blue Dot with a MV a little over 1000ft/sec, pins would jump off the 4’ wide table set 1’ from the front edge. 

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25 minutes ago, jmax said:

I used a 230 gr wadcutter cast out of a H&G mold loaded in WW 38 SPL case’s on top of 7.5 gr of Blue Dot with a MV a little over 1000ft/sec, pins would jump off the 4’ wide table set 1’ from the front edge. 

Someone gave me some of those bullets to try once, and at the time I was doing pin shoots and I thought about using them in a Ruger speed six I had but never did. What gun did you use with them?

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I used a pair of 6” LFrames, one blue and the other stainless. In those days we could drop an empty revolver into a box and pickup the second from the rail instead of reloading.

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An indoor range I use to shoot at would run a Sunday pin shoot....... BUT we did it with a twist.

 

2 tables, 2 shooters going mano a mano in a series of 8 man single elimination relays. Cost $5 to enter a relay, first place got $20 second place got $10 range kept $10. We did a number of fund raisers with the range share going to the charity and reduced payouts $10 and $5 with $25 to charity and numerous winners failing to claim their prize money.

 

It could get down right hilarious when each shooter had a pin laying down on the table, have seen 2 top end shooters going through 3, 4, 5, 1911 mags, run out to the store to get more mags etc.

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I tried once when I was in Texas. A 38 M10 revolver is not the gun to use.

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5 hours ago, ede said:

I tried once when I was in Texas. A 38 M10 revolver is not the gun to use.

I tried it once with a Ruger super Blackhawk 44 mag with full wadcutter reduced loads. either I could clear the table with 6 rounds or I couldn't. I didn't bother trying to reload. 

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I've shot rimfire pins. That's a lot of fun and there's no table to clear, a hit will make them fall but you have to shoot and move because it takes a while for them to fall.

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