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  1. Re other options. If you want to experiment - compress the hammer spring a litle on a screwdriver or rod and heat it with a propane torch until it is red. Re-temper it by dropping it in oil. You will have a significantly lighter double action. Do NOT do this for a carry gun or a gun that has to meet competition rules. Stretch the spring longer if you have gone too short for reliable ignition. Buying a lighter spring is easiest, but this method works if you can't find a light enough spring.
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    9mm bullet ring

    Does your seater die have a removable insert? One way is for flat, the other for round nose. If the 'ring' is a dimple at the top of the bullet you may want to investigate the insert, if you have one in the die. Figure 7 in this Dillon doc (http://dillonhelp.com/Dillon Manual PDFs/april-2015_dillon-die-instructions.pdf)
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    Offset 1050 handle?

    The handle I have works fine, it allows the press to be situated flat on the bench 5+ inches in from the bench edge without a need for any spacers under the press. I'm happy with it, I was just wondering if someone else was experimenting with handle variations and if there are different ideas out there. Seems not. Thanks, all.
  4. Is there a company making offset/ergo handles for the 1050? My home-made roller handle lets me sit my press further back on the bench. I'm wondering if there are other handle options out there for me to try on the 1050.
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    Wet Tumbling Without Pins

    No pins, primer in during wet tumble for pistol brass. Then onto a stack of trays in a cheap food dehydrator for an hour or so and good to go. Quick and easy.
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    S&B primers good to go?

    Varying dimensions on the S&B small pistol primers I tried. Uneven seating using an RL1050 and some high primers. No problem at all with the same press and all other brands I have used. I onsold the S&B and the problem disappeared.
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    STI DVC Open thumb rest on mount

    Is anyone making a longer or modified version of the 'thumb rest' along the bottom of the cmore mount?
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    frankford arsenal wet tumbler?

    I wet tumbled new STI mags one at a time with stainless pins, no brass. It did a nice polish on the inside of the tubes. Nothing spectacular and shiny, just smoother.
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    2011 mag not locking into mag catch

    10 round single column in a wide body mag (usual in Aus)? If so, the spring is really tight when 10 rounds are loaded and you need to remove a coil or two or easier insertion. Not a problem if you can find double column mags with an Arredondo 10 limiter. If it is jamming when empty it may need reshaping. Measure your other mags for comparison, try inserting just the mag tube on its own to see if that is the problem or if it is the base plate.
  10. 107 here in Perth, Western Australia a couple of days ago. Perth is a coastal city, so it was even hotter inland.
  11. Is your decapping pin pulling the primer back in? Some pins benefit from being shaped with a file so that there is no chance of the primer anvil catching on the pin and drawing the ejected primer back into place.
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    Magnets for faster draws

    As a straight answer to your question, there would be quite a few problems to consider other than the lack of safety implicit in a sloppy draw of a loaded pistol, including - Empty metal magazines would be unlikely to drop free from a magnetic field. The inside of your glove would have magnets wedged between your hand and the frame, preventing good grip under recoil. Touching any metal part of your gun, to clear a stoppage perhaps, would result in your gloved hand attached to the gun. Swapping strong hand to weak hand would be interesting. The glove would need to be very tight to prevent extra movement of the fabric. Attaching magnets to the grip would be problematic and outside the rule book in several matches. Simple solution to all above - practise a good grip and safe fast draw. If it ain't broken ......
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    Comparison Alex mount and Quinn II

    Been a few years since the first post. Over time the lens did get coated at the top by the blast from an Eric V8 with the Quinn mount. Also, the front of the c-more where it curves got coated a bit. The Cheely Custom Setback puts the lens further away from the blast, just behind the third mounting hole in the frame. The Quinn mount was more toward the front and the lens was in front of the second mounting hole in the frame. I'm now running a Cheely mount on a new STI and getting zero coating on the lens. Comparison from web images with Cheely silver and Quinn black. The Cheely sits a lot further back.
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    CED Brass Dryer

    'Methylated spirits' = denatured alcohol from any hardware in the USA. Very quick drying, no residue. Drain the brass before laying on the towel, where it will dry in minutes, or seconds if you blow on it. Flammable, so avoid ignition sources and use small amounts.
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    CED Brass Dryer

    After wet tumbling I separate the de-primed brass from the pins then shake off as much water as I can from the brass. Drop the brass into a container then cover the brass with methylated spirits to displace the water. Remove the brass and save the methylated spirits for re-use, then lay the brass out on a dry towel. Takes minutes instead of hours to thoroughly dry.
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