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  1. belus

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    Shooting it stock for a couple matches is a good plan. You may want to make sure you have the recoil spring weight you like first though. I don't think either the Tanfoglio Stock II has or CZ S2 has an advantage over the other. I shoot CZs because I was invested in that platform when I started and I haven't had to change my belt up as I experimented within the CZ brand. If it's important to keep the same magazines/pouches get an S2, if it's not then the Stock II would do fine. The Stock II seems preferred by people with larger hands. Within the CZ brand, I think it's worth upgrading to t
  2. The grip is narrower and you'll be at a capacity disadvantage. I think a 140mm .40 mag in the 75 series guns holds 16. I haven't bothered to try, but stock length is 12. In the TS frame guns you can get up to 21 in a 140mm.
  3. I really appreciate your candid discussion in that thread and I've been directing a lot of new reloaders to it as a warning. Without your honest and regular engagement we wouldn't have such a timely and well documented example to point them towards.
  4. Try spraying the bag before you add the cases. Works great and simplifies everything without getting any lube inside.
  5. Any coated 147gr bullet should work. Blues are well liked here but they're not the only supplier and I've not noticed any difference between brands I've tried (Blue, Acme, BBI, and Bayou). Being new to reloading I think your first priority should be a safe load. While I have noticed differences in recoil impulse between different powders in slow fire, that doesn't translate to an improvement in my performance on a stage. You might be placing an exaggerated importance on a specific load and what it can do for you. Your first pound of powder should be something low density like Universal,
  6. I use lanolin in alcohol and don't clean them after. I apply it by misting a spray bottle into a gallon ziploc bag and then adding a couple hundred cases and rolling them around. It prevents the spray from going inside the cases and uses it more efficiently. I still use carbide dies (Dillon and Lee) and trust the residue on the sizing ring to take care of any cases that weren't fully covered.
  7. Doesn't this force him to seat and crimp in the same station? Your suggested process is about $400 worth of equipment between a single stage and the Pro 1000 and this doesn't seem like a good deal to me. A BL 550 plus powder measure would be the same price and the same functionality plus an extra die station. Later he could upgrade it to do prime automatically and have the most flexible blue press out there.
  8. I've been happily using the Frankford Arsenal DS750 for years. Less than $40 and takes up very little space. eta: I think Brian used to sell it when he was a Dillon dealer too.
  9. I'm not trying to encourage you to blow your budget, and I don't know what equipment your buddy is offering, but I would not recommend the Lee Pro 1000. I like some of Lee's stuff and my single stage press is made by them, but there's not much value in a three station progressive press. I think you would be wasting money. If you're getting a single stage press from your buddy, buy a die set from Lee and load a couple hundred 9mm rounds on the single stage. That will cheaply introduce you to reloading and help you understand all the steps, and maybe why three stations is not an advantage. T
  10. That previous thread we both read was also on an auto-indexing press, it just happened to be made by Lee. You only need to move the handle a couple inches to double charge and it usually happens while you're distracted trying to trouble shoot something else. It's definitely easy to do. I haven't double charged on a 650/750, but I have made a couple squibs. I think it's a disservice to new reloaders to recommend auto-indexing presses under the guise of them being safer or foolproof. In contrast, I've never created a squib or a double charge on the 550. Your first dozen or two rounds shoul
  11. I think you might already be at minor PF with 3.2 of Titegroup behind a 147gr. I would't load higher than that until you've chronoed it, but I also think 3.2gr at 1.08" will be fine. I haven't worked up a load with Titegroup yet because I have some other powder to burn through first, though I expect to use 3.0gr in my final load with a 147 coated bullet. Since you're also new to reloading in general, be very careful. Titegroup is easy to double charge and a couple months ago we went through a saga on these forums after a new reloader blew up his gun. What press are you loading o
  12. I use a 550 for specials. The Lee Loadmaster is a four dies in five station press because they prime at the top of the stroke. You can do all the same operations in four Dillon stations.
  13. I keep a spare trigger return spring and slide stop in my small parts kit, but have never needed them. Those are the only parts I've ordered specifically as spares. The only non-ammo malfunction I've encountered was the trigger not moving forward far enough to set the DA disconnector during load and make ready. At the time it hadn't been cleaned in 3000+ rounds and some grime had worked its way down between the frame and trigger, blocking its forward motion. A quick scrub with a toothbrush has prevented it from occurring again.
  14. I've bought, sold, and re-purchased the 550. My bench also has a pair of automated 1050s and a 650. It would be the lass press to go if I had to downsize. The first to go would be the 650. The conversions are cheap and the press is simple and reliable. With the right tool head and/or careful die selection it can load full quality precision rounds for across the course shooting. I also like the work flow when it's fully kitted out on a strong mount with bullet tray and empty cartridge bin. My least favorite thing about the 550 is that my fingers get dirty and that the primer b
  15. You'll want at least two single mag pouches to shoot Carry Optics, but three will probably be more comfortable. You're looking to start the stage with one in the gun and two on the belt. The Comp-Tac holster will be fine, and while the BOSS hanger is nice, the Comp-Tac dropped-offset hanger will be sufficient too. I have some holsters on the BOSS hanger and some still on Blade-techs. Just about any two layer belt will work. The DAA is the stiffest in my experience, but only by a small margin. The two layer setup isn't necessary, but it helps keep your holster and mags correctly placed,
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