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  1. My understanding is that the mag guide extension on the original Seattle Slug was a no go, but I emailed Taylor Freelance about a version without the extension and Robin replied that they were working on the idea. I've been around the sport long enough to have seen trends go back and forth on the relative advantages of a light, easy to transition gun versus a heavy, recoil absorbing gun. Since both continue to win to this day, depending on who's behind the trigger, it seems that the OP could try both to see what suits him best, rather than just following the current trend uncritica
  2. You're asking me for advice after I just cautioned you against it? After I described how I shortened a load and blew up? You're a trusting soul. I'm pretty sure that, unlikely as it may be, if I were to post here three weeks from now that I just got out of the hospital having lost an eye and three fingers from doing something like what you're proposing, those that assured me it was perfectly safe will not raise their hands to assume liability, and the rest may be sympathetic but will also take a polite step back. I wouldn't blame them. Loading ammunition carries inherent risks tha
  3. My experience is the same as George16's as far as brass thickness and pockets go on S&B brass. My coated cast 147's sized to 0.357 would get shaved. Thinner walled brands didn't have the problem with exactly the same die settings. If a cast bullet is sized larger for the sake of better obturation, my understanding of the Lee FCD is that it can swage down the bullet to the point where gas cutting and blow happen and leading occurs.
  4. Speaking in general here. Think for a sec what you're doing: you're asking complete strangers on the internet whether it's safe to do something. Yes, this is sort of an extended shooting family, and the advice here is usually very good, but I seriously doubt anybody here or on any web forum is going to take responsibility if advice given goes seriously sideways. Even advice given by people who you know for a fact are very accomplished and have gained your respect can go wrong. For instance, a IPSC world champion personally recommended a load to me that promptly blew up my gun becau
  5. What I'm reading here is that some primers (Winchester here) don't run through automated systems very well, I'm guessing because of differences in allowed tolerances. In terms of function, though, of the 100K + I've loaded, all went bang (except a single primer missing an anvil that was caught before it ever got put into a pickup tube). For the speed and convenience of automated systems (vibratory primer tube loaders and highly automated motor driven progressive presses), highly uniform input/feedstock works best. So maybe the WSP/WSR/WLP/WLR don't fit the bill. But if the primers
  6. While clean is good enough, and the gun and the target don't care, I admit I like shiny brass, at least on the exterior where I can see it. To that end I wet tumble my brass in citric acid and car wash and wax, primers in (because I didn't have the universal decapping die or a press to fit it, don't use the pins because they're a pain, and don't care if the case interiors and the primer pockets are new case clean) and air dry in the sun. I do let the brass stay out in the sun for several hours before I store it. Now that I have the universal de capper and a Lee APP, I may decap just to get the
  7. I have used both Bayou Bullets (back when Donnie Miculek owned the company) and Precision, in the 147 grain versions. As far as I can remember, I had no problems with either. Equivalent accuracy, and, even though the BB version had a lube groove and the Precision didn't, the powder charge was the same within one or two tenths of a grain (OAL adjusted for equivalent internal case volume). I favored the Bayou's only because they were bevel based, and a lot easier for me to load. I shoot a similar lube grooved, bevel based home cast bullet now, that I HiTek coat myself (I'm cheap and retired ;^D)
  8. I've used both Precision and Bayou Bullets 9mm 147's, and was very satisfied with both. These days, I cast my own 147's, and use the HiTek coating that Bayou Bullets uses. Very popular with the action pistol crowd in Australia, where it was originally developed. Donnie Miculek sells it in the US.
  9. It's great having an accurate, high quality and consistent chrono that you can use to develope and test loads. There's no way of knowing, though, what the match you spend your hard earned dollars and vacation time on is going to use at their chrono bay, and even if you did, it's still a different machine used under different conditions than those at home. Given the above, I'd think it still sensible to give yourself an adequate PF cushion.
  10. As j1b said, there's lots of good advice here, the most pertinent for a newbie to the sport being to stop worrying, just go shoot, be safe, and have fun. That being said, I'll add something that a European champion (Saul Kirsch) teaches. Paraphrasing, it's a game of both accuracy and speed, where the faster you go, the more accuracy you give up. Kirsch points out that you have to have the accuracy in the first place, so that you have something to give up to go faster. So, for me, that means developing accuracy as well as the other skills as you progress. My
  11. I'll be 63 at the end of this year. I've been a USPSA member for nearly 26 years. Been shooting Production after starting out in Limited (I can still see the sights despite presbyopia - search for threads about "monovision" correction). I still beat "kids" half my age and commonly finish in the top ten in my division and in the upper third overall in our 120 competitor club matches. I have very slowly but steadily gotten better over time, not worse. And have no doubt that, if my body holds up, I'll continue to improve if I put in the work. I'm convinced my longevity and performance
  12. While I worked it was one practice a week of 250 to 300 rounds, and dry fire two or three times in the same period. Matches (USPSA) two to three times a month. I'm retired now. Practice is three or four times a week, 200 top 300 rounds, very little dry fire. Matches two to four times a month. i hold an A card, have for years. With more practice I have gotten more consistent in matches and classifier scores (though ironically my percentages have dropped because previously I'd have rare good scores mixed in with a zillion low scores that would get thrown out, leaving the
  13. I rhink it was Saul Kirsch who basically commented that you need enough accuracy to get all A's, and then you add speed to your performance that makes you give up some of that accuracy. More speed, more loss of accuracy. Seems like the consensus is to get 90 to 95 percent of the points. D class will do that a lot slower than GM class. Training gets you more speed with the same points. But Kirsch says being able to get those points in the first place is just as important as getting the speed.
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