SHOT Show – Day 3

Day three of SHOT Show has now concluded.  Today was another full day of wandering around trying to take it all in.  I had already seen just about every booth, so today was more concentrated on going back to see certain items in depth.

I started the day by meeting up with Curt and Lacey Vaughn of Vaughn Precision.  They had to leave to catch their flight after only a couple of hours and I wanted to make sure to spend as much time with them as I could before they departed.  I came to know them through this online community of YouTube and now The Reloaders Network, but meeting them in person has been amazing.  They’re the type of people that you feel you’ve known for years even though it’s only the first time you’ve met.

Here is Curt speaking with Labradar:

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I made sure to stop by the Redding booth again and drool on all of their offerings.

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Redding owns and offers SAECO bullet molds:

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Yesterday I had stopped by the Annealing Made Perfect booth but I had failed to get the video I was trying to get.  As mentioned yesterday, I first saw their product on the Bolt Action Reloading channel, and it anneals cases through induction heating.  They had it hooked up to a Dillon case feeder, and this time I actually got some video of it in action.


When I stopped by the RCBS booth yesterday I didn’t get a chance to speak with the Alliant Powder rep, so today I went back.  Their main new news for 2019 is that Herco powder is now cleaner burning and is supposed to flow better.  Red Dot and Green Dot are supposed to be cleaner burning now as well.

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I also noticed this sign later at the Hodgdon/IMR/Winchester Powders booth:

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Just a couple aisles over from Alliant Powder was the Taurus and Rossi booth.  I got a good contact number for their customer support because I have a spring that needs to be replaced on one of my Taurus revolvers.  I then found a Rossi rep and asked him about the Rossi R92s.  They had a .44 Magnum and a .357 Magnum R92 on display, and I explained that this was very encouraging to me.  I own a 16″ blued R92 chambered in .44 Magnum, but I have looked for a .357 Magnum model and it seems that most of the supply has dried up over the last few years.  The rep explained a bunch of stuff about corporate activities and rebranding and product lines, etc., etc., but it sounds like we should start seeing a steady supply in stores once again very soon.  They have trimmed the product line a bit from their previous offerings. They used to offer their 92s in .357, .44 Mag., .45 Colt, .44-40 Win and .454 Casull.  They are no longer offering them in .44-40 Win or .454 Casull.  They used to offer them in three barrel lengths; 16″, 20″, and 24″.  They no longer offer the 24″ version.  They used to offer the 20″ and 24″ with an optional octagon barrel.  That is no longer an option; all of the new rifles will have the round barrel.  They will still offer both blued and stainless.  Also, they used to offer their Rio Grand rifle chambered in .30-30 Win and .45-70, but they are no longer producing either of those.

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I spent several minutes hanging out at the Frankford Arsenal booth again.  Yesterday I had found the box for their new Universal Precision Case Trimmer, but today I found the display.

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I also got my hands on their new Rotary Tumbler Lite.  They state that this model will tumble up to 300 pieces of .223 brass.

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They have added a target camera to their lineup under the Caldwell name.  They already have a Ballistic Precision Long Range Target Camera System that is supposed to work for up to a mile, but they now have one that is cheaper that is supposed to work up to 400 yards.  They call it the Ballistic Precision Target Camera Sight-In.  The camera sits near your target and feeds a live HD image back to your phone or tablet.  With their app you’re supposed to be able to save pictures, zoom in live, record video, add notes, and calculate group size.  My pictures of this camera are not great, but it’s basically a camera on an arm with a broadcasting transmitter above it.  It transmits the signal through WiFi straight to your mobile device.

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They have a new electronic powder dispenser they call the “Intellidropper”.  Among its many features is a Bluetooth connection so that you can save your preset loads in your smartphone app.  It is supposed to be very good at sensing the flow rate for whichever powder is currently being dispensed and then adjusting to prevent overcharges.  They also claimed that it is twice as fact in many situations as the RCBS Chragemaster Lite.

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I was able to get one of their guys to give me the highlights of their new M-Press Coaxial press:


Next I stopped by the Forster booth to get some pictures of their products.

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I had to stop by the Colt booth and take a few pictures of their revolvers.

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One this “Cobra Classic”, the frame is brushed stainless, but the cylinder is polished.

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Cobras aren’t the only revolvers in their current lineup:

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As I was meandering around in the afternoon I noticed a message on Slack from James Pollard stating, “Please see what you can find out about the new 350 Legend cartridge and if anyone is making it available for the AR platform.”  I’ve been at SHOT Show, but I haven’t been paying any attention to the publicity about the Show and had not yet heard of the 350 Legend.  Well, once i saw this message, it was only moments before I was standing in the Winchester booth.  You can read more about that in this post:  350 Legend and Reloading (SHOT Show)

Here’s some more of the randomness of my day.  I was pleased to see that RMEF was represented.  They are a great organization that I have supported for years.

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I saw a number of famous and semi-famous people again – most of them at a distance.  I looked behind me at one point and noticed Matt from the “Demolition Ranch” YouTube channel, so I stopped and shook his hand.  At the end of the day I got to meet David Tubb, and in the same group was Bryce Bergen, the founder of Long Range Shooters of Utah.

It’s not every day you get to meet a recipient of the Congressional Medal of Honor.

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MTM had a few interesting products, but I could never find anyone to talk to at their booth.

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For when the business end of a regular 12 gauge isn’t intimidating enough…

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Once the show was done I was able to go to dinner with West Desert Shooter and the guys from Uintah Precision.  We had a great meal and they are a great group of guys.  I fly out tomorrow and I may or may not stop by the Show for an hour or two in the morning; we’ll see what how much I want to sleep in after these many miles of trekking.  This has been a great experience, and there are a number of people in this industry that are now aware of The Reloaders Network.  Thank you to each and every one of you for being a part of this!

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