Today was was one to forget. First thing I did this morning was over sleep. I wanted to leave for the range about 8:00 as it takes about 30 minutes to get there. When I woke up I looked at my little battery operated alarm clock and it showed it was 7:02 so I thought I was lay for another minute. The phone rang a few minutes later and I looked at the clock again, it showed 7:15 so I wondered who was calling so early. It was for my wife and she had already left the house so I looked at the electric clock radio and it showed 9:23. Yep, thats right, the battery in the small clock was dying a slow death. I got ready in a few minutes and made it to the range at about 10:00 which was still OK with me. There was no one on the pistol range and only one person on the rifle range. I decided to shoot the rifles first. Took out my new Weatherby Vanguard .223 with the new Sweet .223 scope on it. It only took me seven shots to get it zeroed. The high point of my day was the three shot group that is shown below. I was going after a fourth shot when the failure to extract happened. I could not get that case to extract and I didn't have my rod with me because I was in a hurry to leave the house and forget it. I put that rifle away. Then I get to the .308s!! I took three of them with me, the Remington 700, the M1A, and the L1A1. I was having problems with my .308 reloads the last time I had gone to the range and I wanted to just shoot up some 308 so I could reload a bunch, I started out with the Remington and was hand feeding so I could feel the cartridge go into the chamber. I got through 9 shots just fine and on number 10 the bolt closed a little hard and after firing, the bolt was frozen and would not pull back. It would come up and cock put just would not pull back! And guess what, I did not have my rod with me because I was in a hurry to leave the house and forgot it! I put that rifle away. I take out the M1A and big dummy put the first cartridge in the bolt and let it slam home. Except it would seat properly and would not extract. And guess what, I didn't have my rod (or tool box) with me because I was in a hurry to leave the house and forgot them! I put that rifle away. Right then, I decided to leave the L1A1 in the case, in the car so I wouldn't need a rod for it. I put all the rifles in the car and walked on over to the pistol range. I guess I am going to have to pull the bullet on every .308 cartridge that I have and start over with the new Small Base Resizing Die. I think it is a little drastic but may be the only way to fix my 308 ammo problem!! I put about three hundred rounds of .22 through the little Chiappa 1911-22 and had a lot of fun doing it. I was so irritated at the rifle fiasco that I wasn't shooting for accuracy, just shooting. The Chiappa is shooting about 3 inches low at a measured 15 yards. I don't quite understand this but it was shooting dead on at 50 yards. I love to shoot at the metal "gong" at the 50 yard line and I hit it several times (probably 30% of the time). I put 50 rounds through my new (to me) CZ-82. It shoots really good at 15 yards and I did hit the 50 yard gong a few times. I had bought some 200 grain hollow points for my Citadel 1911 that I carry so I wanted to try them out. I only fired about 20 rounds and the Citadel does a really good job at 15 yards. I missed the two rounds I fired at the 50 yard gong. The last thing I fired was my Thompson Contender with the custom 5.7X28 barrel and BSA Red Dot scope. I fired 50 rounds through it and it got pretty boring hitting bullseye every time at 15 yards. I put some pine cones out on the 50 yard line and alternated shooting them and the gong, what a blast. I apologize for the long post but just had to get it off my chest!! I was't quite sure where to post this, it could just as easily go in the Reloading Forum or the Off Topic Forum Wanna kill these ads? We can help!