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    Walter D. Kradin

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  1. Grandpoobah

    Mark 7 software update

    Hi Foxbat: This is your lucky day. Suggest you remove roll pin from your primer slide and open your Dillon seating die and remove the seating die stem pin. Notice that it is the same diameter as the vacuum hose "bearing". Place in primer slide - you now have a hardened steel roller bearing that is the exact size required. It remains in place once the slide is placed int the slide channel. The last step is to call Dill and secure a replacement #14434 seating die stem pin - the last price was $3.79. No more rubber auto vacuum hose. New replacement slide with bronze roller close to $100.00 - stem pin $3.79. Grandpoobah
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    Mark 7 Home Brew Stop Button

    Hi: If you plan to make a "kill" switch note that there is no polarity on the two wires - however, they have to go to the correct pins on the plug going to the computer. If you remove the plug and look at it from the end that goes into the Mark 7 you connect to the top left pin and to the bottom right pin. With the switch disconnected from the computer take an ohm meter and ensure there is no continuity between the two pins - then push on the momentary switch and see if there is continuity - if so you should good to go. Using the switch that I mentioned is convenient as the housing is part of it but use care when soldering wires to the terminals - it is the finest quality available from you know where and it is easy to use too much heat when soldering the two wires in place. Put some tape on the wires to act as a strain relief. I take no responsibility for anyone who tries this - I am only stating that this works for me as I copied an "official" switch. Happy Trails, Grandpoobah
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    Mark 7 Home Brew Stop Button

    Hi Joelogic: I made two using the exact switch assembly they use and a computer power supply cable plug that I did not use when building my computer - total cost $5.00 for the switch. If you Google "handheld momentary switch" you will see the switch. Grandpoobah
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    Mark 7 Home Brew Stop Button

    Hi Joelogic: I made two using the exact switch assembly they use and a computer power supply cable plug that I did not use when building my computer - total cost $5.00 for the switch. If you Google "handheld momentary switch" you will see the switch. Grandpoobah
  5. Grandpoobah

    mark 7 autodrive pro 1050

    Hi Jaysrgu: The kill switch is a good idea. Their new powder checker is good but you have to compromise and use a combo seating/crimping die. Grandpoobah
  6. Grandpoobah

    Mark 7 software update

    Hi Foxbat: This is your lucky day. Suggest you remove roll pin from your primer slide and open your Dillon seating die and remove the seating die stem pin. Notice that it is the same diameter as the vacuum hose "bearing". Place in primer slide - you now have a hardened steel roller bearing that is the exact size required. It remains in place once the slide is placed in the slide channel. The last step is to call Dillon and secure a replacement #14434 seating die stem pin - the last price was $3.79. No more rubber auto vacuum hose. New replacement slide with bronze roller close to $100.00 - stem pin $3.79. Grandpoobah
  7. Grandpoobah

    Coated bullets indoors - any health concerns?

    Hi: Shooting at length indoors is bad for your health regardless of what you or the people around you are shooting. No matter how good the ventilation is it will not lower your lead exposure - especially when people "broom" up their brass. Shoot outdoors if at all possible. Good luck, Grandpoobah
  8. Grandpoobah

    RMR JHP'S for open major and backup carry ammo

    Hi: As a non-practicing lawyer I suggest you carry whatever your local police department uses. Do not carry home made ammo for liability reasons - Grand Jury's will not be impressed with your loading skills but will be presented with the idea that you made "killer tank busting" ammo and are evidently a bad dude. Good luck, Grandpoobah
  9. Grandpoobah

    How do I fix this case bulge on a 9mm?

    Hi: The way to fix the case bulge on any round is a) to throw the case away, or b) use a Case Pro 100. The inexpensive "U" die, etc., helps but the Case Pro rocks. The other solution is to buy once reloaded brass from Kenny Marx and throw away the crap you pick up. Good luck, Grandpoobah
  10. Grandpoobah

    Expanding mouth of shell.

    Hi: I suggest using a Lyman "M" die prior to the bell die on the 1050 - I do not use the swagger and instead have the Lyman "M" die at that station - between the Dillon expander bell die (very slight expansion) and the Lyman "M" die the results are eexcellent. The weight of the bullet colume helps to seat the dropped bullet and the higher the colume of bullets the better the result. Also consider placing a cut piece of open cell rubber under the locator tab (do not use the Dillon tab at this station) at the bullet drop station to stabilize the case as the bullet drops. If oyu search the internet there are vendors for this - they actually work - or you can make one. Try cutting a "spunge like type rubber" mouse mat for this purpose - cut out a small circle so that it enters the shell plate area without providing sharp right angle surfaces that might cause a "jolt". Good luck, Grnadpoobah
  11. Hi Hi-Power Jack:

     

    I have three (3) original Mr. Bullet Feeders and have never used a rubber band on any of them.

     

    If the collator is adjusted correctly, and the bullet profile not altered ( which would change it's center of gravity ) , then the bullet feeder works extremely well.

     

    I have one of my bullet feeders on a Mark 7 / 1050 that loads .38 S.C. at 2,400 rph and I use Montana Gold JHP in 124 grain weight. 

     

    Another is on a Mark 7 / 1050 that loads .45 A.C.P. at 1,800 rph with 230 grain ball bullets - also works perfectly.

     

    The third is on a 1050 manual set for .40 S&W and , needless to say, this one also works perfectly.

     

    Suggest you watch the collator while it is in operation in order to verify the adjustments.

     

    Have  a graet day - if you have a problem Rick K. will help you - he is the genius who "invented" the bullet feeder.

     

    Good luck,

     

    Grandpoobah

  12. Hi: I gave the wrong part number - the Dillon seating die set stem - p/n 141434 - at $3.79 is the correct item not the decapping pin. The seating die set stem is a perfect replacement for the roll/pin vacuum hose "bearing" as noted previously. Gradndpoobah
  13. Grandpoobah

    Ending Your Reloading Session

    Hi djcsmith: I think emptying of the powder measure after each use is a great idea - in fact why don't you suggest to this gentleman that while he is at it he count and record the number of partials of powder he has used and how many he is returning for storage? Grandpoobah
  14. Grandpoobah

    1050 case feeder adapter

    Whatever floats your boat. What I do is use a oven cookie pan and lay out my brass in it one layer or so deep. It make sit easy to see non wanted calibers. If you think sorting is a pain - try Case Pro'ing all your brass - I shoot three or more thousand rounds per month - now that is a major pain but they all case chamber.
  15. Grandpoobah

    DVC fails to go into battery

    Thank you for the update. A good way to determine areas of friction is with Dykem (or Magic Marker). I have had ejector problems when I build guns and I use a 1" wide belt sander to modify them to conform to the cut out in the slide. Never heard of an extractor that was too long - cannot believe that as it would be almost impossible for a CNC machine to make one out of tens of thousands longer than the others. STI's warrantee is the best on the business - congratulations on getting your gun up and running. Walter
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