Thursday, April 30, 2015

Bandit Shooting Supplies

When we were in Fort Worth earlier this month, the ammo was supplied by the host and they featured Bandit Shooting Supplies wax bullets.

I needed some brass, and we're going through bullets at a pretty good clip, so when we got home from Fort Worth, I ordered some of each.  Bandit is a small company, as most of the companies are that supply this game.  A small cottage industry has grown up around Cowboy Fast Draw, supplying the various accessories that we need to play our game.

That's 500 bullets and 50 rounds of brass.  A quick examination of the brass shows that it's standard Starline .45 Colt brass, drilled to accomodate the shotgun (209) primers that we use propel the wax bullets.  The official CFDA brass is also Starline brass, but it appears that their primer pockets are swaged, rather than cut.  However, Starline seems to be under some sort of exclusive agreement with CFDA for that brass, and if we want alternatives, we have to work with what we have.

The Bandit brass seems to be cleanly cut, so the merchant has invested in a drill press and some fairly good bits.  The CFDA brass is priced at 80 cents per, and the Bandit brass comes in at 68 cents per.  MidwayUSA sells Starline .45 Colt brass for $25.00/per 100, which comes to 25 cents apiece, so after Bandit re-cuts the primer pocket that doesn't give him a huge profit.

We'll give them a try and see how it goes.

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