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  1. The main reason to load long in STI-type frames is for reliability. The mags are 10mm-length and the 1911 geometry is based around .45 ACP and .38 Super length ammo. Older mags can be somewhat more variable and sensitive to ammo length than newer tubes. Along the way people discovered they could load heavier bullets and use faster powders without overpressuring by loading long, so some people did that. If you go way back 25 years ago in the forum there will be lots of threads on 'Clays' and .40' and how to not-blow-up your STI with that combination at 175 PF. If those aren't a thing for you, then regular length is fine.
  2. The problem with just throwing a heavier spring in there is that energy absorbed by the spring doesn't just go away. It just moves the beating from the rearward stroke to the forward one.
  3. There's not much point changing an existing subforum around, but the process we go through to make or split off a new one is to create the new one then a mod (or mods) moves topical threads to it to try and keep things in one spot so reading and searching works better. If it's a multi-topic thread, either it gets split into two threads or a link is made so it can be seen both places, but we try to minimize links for the most part. (Btw, people stepping up to help move threads is worth a million "+1" posts. In a case like this it's mostly not difficult, just tedious)
  4. moving threads is actually a giant PITA, especially if topics are mixed together. If anyone wants to volunteer to do it, that would help with a decision.
  5. I shot one they had for demo at the World Shoot in France. It was decent and would take you as far as you wanted to go, but I didn't feel like it was a total game-changer or anything.
  6. FWIW I had one R3M get windage creep attached to a dovetail plate on a CO gun. I've had two more be perfect on frame mount Open guns...
  7. Depends how the gunsmith does the stroking-- you can get 1/4" of extra travel if you really want...
  8. Our outdoor local range cancelled all matches, classes and gatherings, but is trying to stay open for members. Neighbors have called the sheriff a couple times that we know of to complain that it's open and not 'an essential business', but as long as the 'outdoor activities' exception is in the stay-at-home rules, it should stay open (and way busier than usual).
  9. Hang around enough gun shows and you'll hear everything with even so much as one identifiable component on it is an "XYZ gun". It's really funny when you're with the actual XYZ gunsmith the seller is claiming it to be built by...
  10. ...unless you can get them grandfathered into a pre-ban-only state, which probably requires a time machine...
  11. If it's all close and easy to grab you can make a pretty decent hourly wage equivalent picking up brass, even 9mm. You can inspect it then versus some guy on the internet that says it's all once-fired brand new from the Old Ladies Sunday Church Shooters. Or you can throw down some cash and drive on. Whatever you prefer.
  12. Agree with most of that-- I've used a Lee FCD for close to a quarter million rounds of competition 9mm and have only one complaint about it--the crimp adjustment on the one I have backs out slightly over time. Put a mark on it and every time you refill primers,check it hasn't moved or adjust, drive on.
  13. It looks like an overstressed steel fracture that was not caught in the early stages of the crack formation. That's what the lab report says. Too much pressure, not strong enough steel, small crack at first then grows explosively. The argument is likely going to be around how much pressure was applied and for how long and what caused the initial crack.
  14. I've never seen a USPSA-meaningful difference in accuracy from crimping jacketed bullets any reasonable amount (even unreasonable amounts as-in the 9x25 Dillon). 30,000 PSI on the back end swages it out unless your lead alloy is hardened-- which it is in many plated and coated bullets. That said, I do get a small steady stream of people complaining my case gauges are too tight and not passing their ammo, yet when I throw a couple sample rounds on the optical comparator, there's an obvious bell and a micrometer shows the mouth is above SAAMI-max size. If you are concerned about crimp and don't have a comparator or micrometer handy, find a good magnifier and have a look at the crack between the bullet and case. It should be maybe a tenth of the brass thickness.
  15. Marvel is tough to get running 100%. I hacked up a Ceiner and got it to work on a 2011 years ago. The GSG conversion is cheap and works well. With some of my basepads (which other people have copied now, so get them wherever) and follower they can get 14+ rounds reliably too.
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