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    Michael J. Eisenhower

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  1. I just completed the online course. All in all it was on par or better than other online training I've had to do for work.
  2. I was in a similar situation to you. I wanted to load faster but didn't want to deal with selling my 550 and buying a 650 (didn't have room for both). I could never get the 550 working with the case feeder reliably for all calibers I loaded. It worked but I was constantly fiddling with it (which slowed me down significantly). The manual indexing was NOT an issue without the casefeeder but it definitely limits you with one. I finally broke down and bought a 650, sold the 550, and used the casefeeder for my case pro. The 550 is a great machine and if I had the room I would still have it but without the casefeeder. If you want a casefeeder I'd recommend going for a 650 instead.
  3. WST is reverse temperature sensitive. The higher the temp the slower it shoots. I shot A7 a few years ago with a guy who got bumped from Major to Minor using WST on a HOT day. That was after he got bumped from Limited to Open.
  4. This is how I used to reload on my 550. I never had a squib or double charge in the tens of thousands of rounds I loaded on my 550.
  5. Sorry for the old thread revival. I am going through this issue setting up .40 10-rounders for my STI DVC Limited. The stock followers/springs make it very difficult to get the 10th round in and almost impossible to seat on a closed slide. I picked up the Dawson 0.300" +0 basepads which are great. Is there a better basepad retainer than the STI one with the star? The hole diameter is larger than the star and basepads move around a bit. I also picked up the Dawson Competition STI Follower For 40 S&W/45 ACP based on this thread. It's going to take a fiddling to get them to attach to the STI 10-round spring. I didn't realize that this follower deactivated the slide stop. Has anyone trimmed/modified the stock follower to allow seating 10-rounds on a closed slide? I've had to trim all my S&W M&P 9/40 10-round mag followers.
  6. I used to use 3.5gr HP-38/W231 @ 1.105" in my M&P9 Pro (~135 PF). The profile of the Precision Black Bullets make you load them short.
  7. I have a Speed Shooters Specialties L10 brass magwell. If they every do another run of the brass L10 or Limited magwell I'd buy one for my backup gun.
  8. The 550 is a great balanced machine without a case feeder. The 550 case feeder was an afterthought. I was in the same position: I was happy with the 550 but wanted to increase production. I thought about buying the case feeder or upgrading to 650. I bought the case feeder and struggled with getting it to work reliably with multiple calibers (9, 40, .38spl). I ended up buying a 650, selling the 550 and my 550 case feeder feeds my casepro. I know a few people that are happy with their case fed 550 but I know more that tried it, got frustrated, and upgraded to a 650. YMMV but the good thing is the 550 and accessorizes hold their value which you can recoup when you sell and upgrade to 650 eventually.
  9. In my carmonized 617 CCI blazer is the most reliable. It's more certain to light off than CCI mini-mags, CCI SV, Federal bulk (550 bulk packs), or Aguilla SV.
  10. The gritty take up is the striker block and the trigger bar. If you want to get rid of that remove and polish the striker block or replace it with the APEX ultimate striker block (USB) and polish the trigger bar.
  11. I was in your position. I had a 550b and wanted to increase output. I thought about adding a case feeder to the 550b or selling it and buying a 650. I didn't want to deal with the hassle of selling the 550b so I bought the case feeder. I was loading 9mm, 40, and 38 special. I could never get it to run right. As others have said the casefeeder on the 550b is an afterthought. I ended up selling the 550b, using the casefeeder on my casepro, and buying a 650. The 550b is a great well balanced machine. Add a casefeeder and it is unbalanced (left hand does 2 things, right hand just runs handle). If you want a casefeeder buy a 650.
  12. Same experience here. I had a 550 and wanted to increase production. I thought about selling 550 and buying a 650 vs adding a case feeder. I bough the case feeder and got frustrated with it and bought a 650. Sold the 550 and used the case feeder on my Case Pro. 550 is a great machine but the case feeder is an afterthought. If you need higher output sell the 550, buy a 650 and skip the 550 case feeder.
  13. eisenhow

    Sjc frame weight

    Completely understand. I'll watch here for updates. I'm growing tired of my issues with my DAA racer and am thinking of going kydex. I've got a G22 + TF ST and If I can add a frame weight at the same time I'm interested.
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