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  1. That must be a good Para! Don't see many Para's these days. Load sounds good, I've shot a lot of WST at 4.3 gr with Precison 125gr bullets and they were accurate and it makes minor 130-135pf. Never loaded anything that short mostly 1.130 to 1.175 depending on the bullet. My guns run better with a longer OAL.
  2. I use to run my C-mores at full brightness. After my 4 year hiatus from shooting I have changed that. While shooting on a bench rest at 25 yards with the dot turned down the holes were tied together perfectly 5 shot group all touching. I turned the dot up full bloom like I use to shoot and the hits went high left and spread out. I know sounds like science fiction but I was able to repeat this test several times consistently. Starting over again having some issues finding the elusive dot and being much slower than the good old days I found having the dot turned up bright was causing me
  3. I would think that the recoil impulse would be similar to what you are use to and the POI should be close. I shot 200gr with tight group for a long time, jacketed were more expensive than other bullets, in the quest for an inexpensive alternative that felt good I tried several weights, brands etc. My favorite bullet became one that my 7 time world shoot limited champion recommended. The 185gr Precision swagged bullet made in Kemp TX. These make power factor with less powder and they cost less and the recoil impulse is softer than the 200gr, plus they are very accurate. While it will g
  4. I'm a multi-decade shooter. Like they say screwing up starts when you think you know how or everthing. Maiden voyage of my new to me PCC. I threw my trusty older than dirt EO Tech on it, grabbed my Glock open gun mags took it to the range tested every mag it was all good, even the new trigger I installed. To the match, Stage one first two shots were good then I got the double feed, crap, had to pull the mag rock the the gun for it to fall out. Continue 1st shot 2nd target good, then it started the EOTech would go lights out every 2nd or third shot. My time was in th
  5. I'm sure there is something good about TiteGroup, I just don't know what it is. I used up about 16 pounds of it and never ever thought about buying any more. Maybe for 40 with 200gr I would try it again, nope not going there. I really do like coated bullets and like Darrell says open up the bell enough and don't cut the coating and they work awesome. Less recoil at same PF than jacketed, and no need for a gallon of Flitz like plain lead. Bayou is my favorite and ACME in second, the wood boxes come in handy for storing stuff in the bench. The neat thing about the coated bullets is that th
  6. As a general rule, when dealing with a new bullet profile I size a case and set a bullet longer than I intend to load being sure not to crimp. (and no powder or primer). Then I take it and chamber it in the gun I intend to shoot it in. Chambering will shorten it to the longest length that the gun will accept. Measure it then load 3 more dummies -.01 shorter and make sure they fit and dry cycle thru the gun. If it is all good and it feeds well that is the starting OAL. If it won't fit in the gun then it don't matter what the load table says. With that I consider the Load data just to ma
  7. SVI Infinity have one, and yes the slide is like on ball bearings. It feels just as good as the one Bennie Hill at Triangle did for me. Known Bennie and his work for 20 years, his guns run and they hold up, great gun at a good price, lots of bang for the buck.
  8. When I had a shorty I carried the lens wipes that they sell at the grocery store, you know 100 or so for $3.00, and cleaned my lens after every stage. Sold the shorty still carry the wipes, just go more stages between cleaning. AA7 caused more debris than Silhouette. My glock open gun gets dirty just about the same as the STI's. I don't waste any energy cleaning any thing other than the center of the lens. After more than a decade of using the wipes the lens are still clear. If I were to pull out a Qtip my friends would call me OCD. I'm a fan of rainX on my truck windshield, but I use
  9. I'd say the biggest factor is the gun you are shooting it in. Example - At a match I dropped a loaded 9 major round on the ground, another shooter picked it up. He was shooting a plastic gun, you know one of those tupperware specials, long story short on the next stage we spent 20 minutes looking for the trigger parts to his gun. A real answer could only come when you provide the current OAL the powder used and the amount, along with the bullet type and weight. When I was shooting 200 grain 40 over Clays the OAL was critical, and yes I blew up a few cases, then go
  10. Welcome back, LOL too Old. I remember my first steel match 15 years ago when an 86 year old lady beat me like a house cat with a Bersa Thunder. I took 4 years off, came back recently and it is like starting over, which isn't that easy even though I'm still young at 72. I was at Sorry Gulch aka Sierra Vista back in the 1960's when it had one stop light and you had to hitch hike 6 miles out of town to get a real beer. I enjoy steel challenge, struggling in USPSA, but you don't need a 10 mm for that, I'd suggest getting an optics ready 9 mm pistol and hang that Hol
  11. Weidners has ArmsCor bullets, I got 6000 the other day, took about 4 days order to delivery. https://www.wideners.com/catalogsearch/result?q=bullets I just checked they have 9 mm FMJ 124gr and 115gr in stock, also Hornady if you don't mind paying more.
  12. I have had a few light strikes with one of my open guns, I just reached up and cocked the hammer again. That said my new Dawson Hyper firing pin came in the mail today. I thought it already had one, all my other guns do, and they ran the same ammo 100%.
  13. If you have shot for years, you should just run what you got. I'm thinking about getting my Shadow milled for a dot, and I am just going to run the stock mags, they hold 17 same as my 40 STI Limited gun, there could be a stage where 22 rounds would make a difference but most not, there is always a place to reload, like on any move. I'm holding off on buying any new mags till we see what Pandjeo Joe does. If all divisions go to 10 rd sure would be a waste of money.
  14. My apologies when I said to use Brake cleaner, I grew up when there were no car seats, no seat belts or air bags, and we rode bikes with no helmets. Guys be sure to wear eye protection when spraying brake cleaner, and by all means don't do it over an open fire or while smoking a joint. They have a non chlorine version and it works just as well but it will still burn your eyes. And if you are doing a brake job use jack stands.
  15. When I did my shadow, I had springs flying everywhere, it takes 3 or 4 hands to work on it. With the lightest main spring on a cold December morning I had the trigger malfunction in the strangest way. I would pull the trigger and then it seemed like a second or two would pass before the gun went off, I was already reaching to rack the slide then bang. I think it was a 8 or 9#. I always only loaded with Federal primers. Then OBAMA got elected and I was running rifle primers so the spring had to go, I think to the 10 or 11#. Point is test with the hardest primer and make sure it goes bang
  16. The mec-gar mags are the best. You will need to do the modification to allow the mags to drop free. My mags without out base pad don't really drop well, the plain plastic ones work good.
  17. Kahr PM9 Why: Light, Small, Accurate, but still easy to shoot, reliable, decent trigger. Where - OWB slightly forward Night Sights - Bad guys love the cover of darkness. Alternate Sig P226 9MM Why - 20 rd capacity, Reliable 100%, Accurate, Good trigger, Heavy for rapid fire, and clubbing Where - OWB Night Sights This was the first gun I shot USPSA/IDPA and Steel Challenge with. Bug Ruger LCR 38 SPL Why - Better than a fly swatter, super light, hard to shoot, accurate to 5 feet. Where - Inside Boot or on Ankle, or
  18. My go to cleaner is Brake Parts Cleaner. After using you need to lube the parts as all lube will be removed along with dirt and debris. Works well with the included tube on the nozzle.
  19. I could be the minority, but after loading pistol for decades I started the .223 journey, loading for my 3-Gun rifle. Everything I learned was from prior failures, meaning they did not feed reliably. What I learned. Preparing the cases is a lot of work. I de-prime as a separate operation, with an old Lee Universal decapper. It just turns out easier overall to do that. I've tried several sizing dies the RCBS small base was the best I tried. The sizing is best done on a good quality single stage press. I broke a Lee Press. I use liquid lube on the ou
  20. Grab a big stick and go for it, shooting minor the comp does little anyway, and be sure to make as many A hits as possible, C's hurt more in minor.
  21. Talk about Division, it is Red & Blue. Ok at one time I had 2 Dillon 650's and a Hornady Lock and Load, this is a hint to where I am going. I sold one of the Dillions and kept the Hornady. The Hornady will have more interruptions than the Dillon once everything is set. In rounds per hour you will always win on the Dillon. When it comes to setting up for small runs different caliber, different bullet, different powder the Hornady wins hands down. I load 9 different calibers on the L&L and only load 3 on the Dillon, I've had both presses for over a decade and done many t
  22. If everyone does their part it makes the match a lot more enjoyable. That said at the young age of 72, my most important equipment is my chair. Wait for it. That said I make sure that when I am not on deck not reloading my mags, I get up outa that chair and I go to the most distant target or steel tape or reset. The reason for this is to get more exercise and that folks will help me shoot more matches because I will live longer, and each time it will be easier because the more you do the more you can do. Now back in the day, I worked to set up the match, then was RO a lot an
  23. I started out as a U, doesn't everyone? My rise to B took about 3 years. During that time I dry fired, wet fired, and shot 4 to 8 local matches a month. I could knock out a classifier no problem but it was the match performance, that didn't fit my class. I would say I was doing the same thing I see a lot of people doing, trying to shoot faster, and my transitions and splits were good and the draw etc. But that's when I started to look at the real things I should be working on. USPSA unlike steel challenge involves movement and positioning. Once I started working on the golde
  24. Send me all the long ones, and the short ones, I'll dispose of them properly into a local range berm. Ok I've had my fun. There could be some slight variations in the bullet you are using as well. The Hornady seating Die have an insert that one end is for Round Nose and the other for pointed bullets using the right side helps cut the variance. I loaded 9 mm with no lube for years then I got old so I started the one shot, I just pour a half coffee can full of brass in the case feed then spray a little one shot, the first few come in dry but as it turns they get lubed. 1 small c
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