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CocoBolo

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  1. Those are all good valid points. I think the myth is that you are going to pick up a gun with a dot and magically be good with it in a couple of hours of practice, oops not going the happen. If one does a lot of dry fire from lots of odd positions and does reload practice I think you could get good in a few months. Just like guitar playing it is muscle memory and that is the same way you build your index.
  2. If you asked me how to find the dot, I'd say look at the target! Exactly your focus needs to be the target then bring the gun/dot into the filed of view. In steel challenge your eyes go to the next steel first as you transition. Tracking the dot only slows you down.
  3. If the field of view is too small that isn't good. I think that our perceptions often mislead us. The Timer can keep us on the right path. Set up a drill and run it with the different optics and let the best time confirm or deny the perception. The drill should be representative to the type of shooting you do, and accuracy needs to be a factor. Don't shoot it with your limited gun, you might be faster.
  4. I've had no problem finding bullets 12,000 in the last month, and powder is plentiful locally. Primers are like flying spotted unicorns. In the past couple of months I've bought 2 optics, a C-More and a Romeo 1, while Optics Planet and Shooters Connection are my favorite places to shop, they both came from Amazon since they had the best price, and it was quick. I'm sure some optics may be scarce, but one thing is for sure, the prices are going to go up!
  5. I've shot a lot of those man on man shoot offs. The last one I shot had two plate racks, one for each shooter and then two small pepper poppers that would fall on top of each other, the action stated with a standard timer. The winner was determined by which popper was on the bottom. Starting position was wrist above. There were a few rules about hitting the wrong popper etc, but it is fairly simple. The initial round was winning 2 out of 3 to progress to the second round, then the third round. I lost in the 9th round, aka the final, the other guy won the Glock, I wound u
  6. Maybe you picked up some of my 9 major brass? I use to shoot it pick it up and reload it, but then I started noticing a lot of primers in the corn! Primers would come out during tumbling. I then had a few fall out between the ammo case and loading them in the mags. I went to the one and done and have not had any issues. I don't use Remington Primers, tried them didn't like them went with Federal, Win, and CCI, but I'd buy them today if I found them.
  7. The Devil is always in the details. If the conversation were around the legendary C-More slide ride, I'd recommend a 8 moa dot, because the 6 moa tends to get washed out in the Texas sun, but if the conversation were around the modern Micro Dot like say a Romeo 1, then 6 is plenty too big, as that 6 is larger than the C-more 8, and a lot brighter. Holosun is popular with the big ring and the small dot, have not tried one but I run an EOTech on PCC, in spite of its multi decade age it continues to function, and it is a great set up for shooting steel. A 6 or an 8 makes a good st
  8. When I use AA#7 124gr JHP my load is 10gr, but the OAL is out there @1.170-1.175. Shot thousands with no issues. Since 2008 I've adopted the once and done rule for 9 maj brass. I buy once fired at a local range or pickup at a steel match. Maybe you can get away with loading them up to 3 times, but I find a decade or more of once and done working for me, good enough reason to continue. My preferred load is 7.3gr of Silhouette, at 100f it is 172pf, at 40 it is 189pf, so adjust in cold weather.
  9. Interesting, I don't see that on my Glock Open gun, the dot is mounted to the tupperware frame. Take it out set up a target at 25 yards shoot a few groups from a ransom rest, if your 5 shot groups are within 1 or 1 1/2 you are probably good to go. If you can stay in the A-Zone at that distance you can hit a small popper at that distance. You may have to try several different loads if it isn't to be sure.
  10. That's about like the Norinco I looked at in the Pawn shop the other day. I'm old school probably the modern open gun has changed and this may be a new feature.
  11. It is a fairly common mistake for new shooters to change their plan when they are on deck, and the outcome is predictable, unless of course they just discovered a target or a popper they missed in the walk thru. While MLB is on the skids, I wonder if they watch each other bat? Bottom line you will do your best when you make a good plan and stick to it. As an example when I shoot single stack if something goes wrong and I end up doing an unplanned reload, I will do another to get back on the plan if I didn't that "mistake" would cascade thru the whole stage. W
  12. My experience with my Shadow 01 was similar, I put two mags together one with the Grams and one with the stock CZ follower both hold 22. Both dry cycled well. I took a trip out to the local range which has a steel bay and commenced fire. The mag with the grams follower failed to feed a couple of times and had trouble with first round, but the one with the CZ follower never gave an issue. I shot up about 400 rounds. Grams aren't new to me I have them in all my STI Open gun mags and they are 100%. I'm on the if it Ain't broke don't fix it team, so for now I will stick with the stock follow
  13. When my Silhouette supply runs dry HS6 is the best alternative so it will probably get burned in a few months.
  14. I found a use for AutoComp, I use it for my Steel Load, 5.8 grains with a 124 or 6.0 with a 115gr. I found it a bit too harsh for 9 maj at 7.0gr. I will say it flows like water thru the dillon powder measure and it seems to be clean burning and it is way cheaper than FeeFeeLaDoDo aka Vitavuori.
  15. I've run lots of AA#7 in both 38SC and 9 maj. My 9 maj load was 10gr w/124 MG JHP. @1.175 you can't make a short one. I don't use oil I use Rigg grease, none the less AA#7 is dirty but it works well. I switched to Silhouette in 9 maj 7.3gr, it shoots well, just have to have one load for summer and one for cooler temps 7.0gr, it like AA#7 is a bit dirty but it won't stop the slide like AA#7, smaller softer meal. Just clean gun after each match you should be good. There are a lot of HS6 fans, I tried it still have an 8# in the closet, right next to a 8# jug of AA#7.
  16. 34 since 2014, with 11 of those in 2021. I'd say it was accurate.
  17. I put on a *thumb rest [generic]*, and I did not immediately move up a class, I didn't become instantly faster. That said it does give a consistent place to put my thumb and makes my grip more consistent. I say try it, you can always take it off. Just like Broccoli you won't know if you like it till you try it.
  18. There is nothing worse than a fat 9 mm at the base when it comes to jams, it won't go into battery and you need a jack hammer to get it out. I started something new recently rather than loading a thousand then checking them I do the drop check every time I empty the reloading tray (200). To avoid the dreaded jam from purgatory when I encounter your failure, I put it into the case gauge backwards if it goes in about 1/8" its good to go, if not I set it aside for failure analysis. Most of the time a tiny bit of crimp turns out to be the issue. Not all cases are created equally. With the p
  19. Shooting 9 maj, I don't bother picking them up, and aluminum probably won't handle the pressure. The solution, I buy once fired at a local range for $2.00 a pound. Steel matches are a different story, I pick mine up because they are minor, well 150pf, but lots of shooters leave theirs so I snag it. It's easy its all in one place, and it has been tromped into the ground. There are about 115 cases to the pound, less than 2 cents each. I take a magnet when buying brass and suck out all the steel cases that look like brass.
  20. Just got a notification from Midway USA Winchester Small Pistol Magnum Primers have been discontinued by the manufacture. I have notifies every where for all manner of primer, my excitement really faded fast when I read the email.
  21. AQ lot depends on your set up, IMHO the burn chart is pretty accurate softer shooting than 3n37 and about like 3N38. Meters well and shoots clean, and is very consistent lot to lot. And it seems to be all weather.
  22. I think some may be caught up in a Paradigm dilemma. I could never bring my self to buy a $9000 Gibson Guitar, my mind draws an imaginary line at $1000, which let me buy a fantastic Martin Acoustic, but then again I have 8 Guitars. If asked why don't you buy that Gibson, I'd say cause I don't play as well as Eric Clapton. Guns are a lot like Guitars they can appear identical but one will have that unique special sound that you want, that feel in your hand that makes you want to play it all day. I'm guessing that is why when I shoot limited my STI Edge (Dawson HPF HardChromed circa 2005-7) g
  23. My apologies, you said it was ridiculous, not unsafe. I really love my Edge, a Dawson specially prepared hard chromed version (2007), I like it better than my dual caliber SVI, with the replaceable breach face. The Shadow I just converted to CO I have had since 2010, so nothing new about loading shorter on fat profiles, just like the other CZ's I have owned in the past. The nose of the bullet will drag on the mag if you go beyond 1.165, that is how long my Montana Gold 124gr JHP's are I use in the gun, 124gr FMJ's I load to 1.150, the RN's feed a little better. My gun may be throated, I
  24. I don't know that 1.080 is dangerous, I've shot 9 major in open over a decade, I've put those rounds thru my Shadow and it survived. It is a tank. One of my good friends ran a 75B for years and that was his OAL 1.080, he was using TiteGroup with 147gr coated. The recommendation is to make sure that it isn't short for no reason, and to start low and work up paying attention to the primers, if they flatten out back it off.
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