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  1. Except for the fact that the other stepped brasses have shown that the cases have a tendency to separate at the step, it would be interesting to develop light loads with Universal. I bet the powder necessary to make minor with a 124gr bullet would be reduced a good bit.
  2. Check it with a magnet. I found some (same headstamp) that looked nickel plated, but is steel.
  3. Right, but I'm loading them even weaker than your load. I just checked my log book. From the G17, my load with this bullet did right about 1100fps. From the G43, I lose 100fps and am only at right about 1000fps. So, I'm curious if they'd open up much at 1000fps, or if I need to bump up the load a bit if I want to keep using these as a defensive load.
  4. One thing I will add for the benefit of anyone who might be considering them. The TJC 124gr JHP are listed on their web site as .356. Using two calipers (one digital, one analog) and my digital micrometer, I've not found one larger than .3555. .3552-.3555 seems to be the typical range.
  5. That may have been me here. I've been loading the TJC 124gr in 9mm subsonic and their 95gr in .380 just a tiny bit slower. I'd love to shoot them into jugs of water to see how/if they open up, but I don't have convenient access to a range that allows that kind of stuff.
  6. I think it works all caps and all lower, but not mixed case. With that code, Acme seems to have the best price I've found on 147gr 9mm. I haven't tried them yet, but I probably will.
  7. I generally shoot with clear. You want all the light you can get, so your pupils close down, maximizing depth of field. Early on, I bought some other lenses either out of stupidity, or because they were part of package deals. I have racing red and multilaser orange, and haven't found a use for them. When wearing my Rudy's as sun glasses, I like the photochromic polarized lenses...but I don't shoot with those.
  8. Can't believe someone didn't jump in here and set you straight...is everyone a pistol shooter? For rifle brass, you need to do the following (in this order[1]): Clean the brass Lube the brass Resize the brass (many will decap in this step) Trim the brass Clean again (to remove the lube) Prime Charge Seat Crimp [1] Some will decap first, then wet tumble so the primer pockets get clean and so they don't have to worry about water in the primers/pockets. If you're going to decap first, use a universal decapper die. If you have military brass (crimped primer pockets), you'll need to swage or ream the primer pocket. My own procedure is to dry tumble the brass, lube, resize (dedicated tool head with just a sizing die in position 1, rest of the positions empty), swage, trim, dry tumble again, (swap to a tool head that has a universal decapper in pos 1 to make sure there's no media stuck in the flash hole, powder die in 2, seater in 3, crimp in 4) clear flash hole, prime, charge, seat, crimp. I setup a little production line for the prep steps, so that I size one, swage it, move it to the powered trimmer, while it's trimming, size and swage another, etc. For general plinking/short range competition loading, you really don't need to clean the primer pockets. If you're not wet tumbling with pins, I wouldn't bother.
  9. Looks like this was a mistake and has been fixed. It was in stock and the deal was as mentioned, but the description said it was rain pants. Same link now says out of stock and nothing about pickup discount. ☹️
  10. Those would be for M1 Carbine and AR loads.
  11. 2gr? Have you chronographed them...or raced them to the target?
  12. I have an embarrassing # of primers on-hand, but I really like S&B SPP, so I couldn't resist adding 5k. Couldn't order just 5k primers, and they didn't have any powder I wanted, so I'm trying 5k of their SRP too.
  13. So, your round is doing such a feed-ramp nose dive that the bottom of the feed ramp is actually cutting into the flat face of the bullet? I've put thousands of 147gr FP Bayou through mostly Glocks, though mostly larger and smaller models. I have recently added a G19 back to my collection though, so I just had a look at it, 2 mags (one a 15-round FML post-ban, one an old 10-round during the ban mag with a 2183-1 follower). In either case, the angle at which the round leaves the magazine is dictated by the feed lips. In either case, the round starts out so much higher than the bottom of the feed ramp, what yours is doing seems inconceivable. Are your mags factory, the notch that engages the mag release not badly worn, and the mag releases factory? To do what yours is doing, it seems like the magazine would have to be quite a bit lower in the grip than what I was just looking at...or something is causing your barrels to not tilt properly. Are the barrels, slides, and locking blocks factory?
  14. I think there's only one published source for 9mm WST data (copied above in that loadbooks data). You might also have a look at what I dug up several years ago at: https://www.glocktalk.com/threads/wst-9mm-and-moly-coated-lead-135g-data.1321163/
  15. None of the major manufacturers load waxed lead, so that's one big difference.