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Old 07-23-2018, 05:11 AM   #1
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Ransom rest

The other day a friend told me he had a Ransom rest for sale with seven adapters and the windage base. Very good price Only one adapter I might never use, for Ruger Blackhawk. All set up on a large plywood bottom cut to fit bench at the club. Clamps included. Only one adapter has been used (45acp). Since I have wanted one for many years an this was a VERY good price, it came home with me. Took it off the plywood base, sanded and varnished that, now in back of truck to go test some loads today. Only had to order adapter for S&W model 41. Gave a thought or two about J frame RB an SB adapters but time will tell on those. If the fog lifts today will test a model 27 an see what load works best in it after I changed bullets.
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Old 07-23-2018, 05:44 AM   #2
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I've been reloading for handguns since 1986 and I've never met another shooter that actually uses one. The only people I have known to own one are gun magazine writers.
 
Old 07-23-2018, 11:40 AM   #3
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I've never used one & never known anyone who had one as far as I recall. I've just accepted that almost all handguns are more accurate than almost all shooters, and I see no reason to insult myself by learning exactly 'how much' more accurate my guns are than I am.
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Old 07-23-2018, 01:10 PM   #4
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A fairly large gun store had one set up in their range years ago and used to embarrass people who wanted to return a gun that "Has terrible accuracy." A gun that was "terrible" would often make one hole at 25 yards. I never tried it myself....
 
Old 07-23-2018, 06:23 PM   #5
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At one time I wanted one for load testing but it was never feasible cost wise nor having a place to set it up.
 
Old 07-23-2018, 07:11 PM   #6
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Heh!

Those things were never a problem.

What is a problem is carrying the damned thing into the range, setting it up, then carrying it out again when I'm done.

Every time.
 
Old 08-05-2018, 06:58 PM   #7
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I had a Lee, and it was very useful for evaluating/proving accuracy work on 1911's., and convincing myself that the gun and loads could perform, and the weak link was ME. :-) It was truly amazing what some of the gm's could do, as in 7" groups at 200 yds, 5 shots. I've READ that the ransom, because it's solidly attached ( the lee adapter and gun come free from the base at the shot) you need more than a 500 lb caisson to mount the Ransom to. No real experience with it. But you could ask the guy's at Wilson's.
 
Old 08-06-2018, 04:48 PM   #8
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Went to the range today with the rest and a model 14 Smith and tested 5 different cast bullets with both Bullseye an Unique. Three more loads to test later. It got hot out there. Best group was with the old Lyman 358477 with the short nose, newer style has longer nose but still 150 Gr. Another promising one is the 357446. Have two 4 cavity molds in all three styles so it does not take long to cast a few buckets. 38s don't last long around here. All testing today was done at 36 yds. Before sunstroke set in, put Ford Perfects model 17 in the rest an shot two groups of 2 kinds of 22s he had (Rem an Federal match) the match shot one hole at that range. Want to put my model 41 in it sometime, when it cools down. Lot of other stuff to test since I have the inserts.
Loaded 1000 38s while cool yesterday morning with a 158 SWC an 4.5 Unique but did not shoot any of those today.
In todays mail got a Lyman mold, 4 cavity that casts two 358477 an two 358495 wadcutters, will try it out but don't really need it but kinda like those oddball molds like that, have several.
 
Old 04-01-2019, 10:54 AM   #9
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is this at Litch, solidly buried bench? if the mount for the Ransom is not solid, it can easily move enough to destroy your groups (or so I've read). I knew a NG armor who had access to one and the Ill state police had one, back when they had a pistol team. Cavanaugh said that Seman had single shot bolt actions for testing match ammo, and that Winchester's swc 9mm practice ammo would outgroup .38 match wadcutters. /That 9mm, at that time, at least, was proprietary to the ISP. I'd guess that Seman either designed it or asked Winchester to come up with it. He used to test each new lot of 100 gr softpont 9mm (4" barrel) to ensure 1400 fps. He kept sending back entire lots of it. Winchester hated to load it that hot and kept trying to cheat.
 
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