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  1. I recently had to file the inside of the primer tube stand on my 550. I bought it used and the previous owner had over tightened the screws such that the soft aluminum bulged slightly into the channel of the primer slide. The black teflon coated track that the slide runs on was also slightly bent which held up the slide on its path forward. Flattening the track got everything working smoothly again. If it's still a struggle you might have a weak return spring.
  2. So what's resisting the breechface moving backwards as the case head pushes against it? What are your opposing reactions? You've only thought of half of it. On a tilting barrel gun it's the steel in the slide between the locking lug(s) and the breechface. If your gun is fit together well, like many custom 2011's, there's very little room for the breechface to move before the locking lug(s) engage. If it's not put together as tightly, like many Glocks, there's a slight gap and the slide accelerates for a moment before the locking lug(s) engage. Glocks with a steady diet of major loads occasionally crack their slide in the lower right corner of the ejection port under the extractor because of this battering. On the Alien the breechface is held forward by gas pressure on a piston like the HK P7/PSP series of pistols. This piston is connected somehow to the front of the slide to apply the necessary forward pressure. I don't know how it's fit nor what tolerances there might be nor how suitable this design is to extra pressure. It's very different from all the various Browning iterations currently used in the game though.
  3. I compete with a pair of these. They were in my hands [used] for about $800 each. It's the "CZ 75 Shadow" aka Short Dust Cover Shadow. The no longer offered CZ Custom model is described here: https://cz-usa.com/product/cz-75-shadow-tac-ii-9mm-cz-custom/ The same gun with different sights is listed on GunBroker here: https://www.gunbroker.com/item/855799453
  4. If I've driven to the match I use a Creedmore Sports shooting stool with the Ray-Vin cart attachments. I really like the big solid wheels. If I ridden then it's just a Shooter's Connection zippered inner bag (Item SC-420) because it fits conveniently in the motorcycle luggage. I can get two guns, 500 rds, a timer, spare parts kit, muffs, and eight mags in that little bag. It's my workhorse. The stool has a small beach umbrella on it and mostly carries snacks and water. I'll be mounting a long selfie stick to hold a go-pro to it soon too. https://imgur.com/a/50L5MmE
  5. Shoot IDPA's carry optics or Steel Challenge Open. I wouldn't want this division in USPSA.
  6. I think the 550 is the workhorse of the Dillon line, especially if you want to reload multiple calibers in <400 round batches, or if you want to reload rifle rounds. Between my single stage, 550, 650, and 1050; the 550 would be the last to go. I love its simplicity and the rhythm using both hands to load is pretty natural. I don't find it much slower than the 650/750 once all the ergonomic additions are accounted for. The 650/750 needs a case feeder and really shines once you add a bullet feeder. But at that point caliber conversions get really pricey and I think it'd make more sense to jump to the full 1050/1100 experience. The 550 and 1050/1100 is a really complimentary setup, so much so that I'm not sure why I'm keeping the 650 around.
  7. I think these are all good points and observations. AFAIK the hypothetical SS shooter who uses .40 to be able to declare Major/Minor at the match isn't bringing two different loads with him. He's just shooting 8/10rd of Major PF ammo. I primarily shoot Production because it's the more popular local division. I did pick up a .40 SS for playing with Major scoring and chose .40 because I only have to stock one size primer. Level 1 and 2 stages seem to be built by Production aware designers and it's pretty natural to break down a stage for 10 rounds. In SS Minor I shoot a light rail tri-topped gun or a standard thin frame government slide gun. I can't tell the difference between them. I think the gamer SS guns, if such things exist, are the 5.4" variety.
  8. belus

    SP01 Shadow or Shadow 2

    Just an FYI this isn't a productive way to think of two shots in competition. It could just be semantics, but you'll never hear this term in a match because it's associated with aiming once and pulling the trigger twice. It's important to know where the sights were aligned each time the gun fires. Your ability to grip the gun and which recoil spring you use will make a larger difference in how the gun behaves than the weight. And we frequently shoot multiple targets that aren't directly in-front of you. How quickly you can put two holes in one target means very little in the grand scheme of a match. Next time you're at the store swing the gun from left 45deg to right 45deg and see how you like that dynamic. It's more indicative of the speed you can shoot a given gun for this game than how fast you can pull the trigger. You can see more discussion of this here:
  9. I was wondering which Eric S. you were. One candidate was an Eric Carl who is a VP at my employer. There's at least three people with my name in Houston. One works in the same field as me too.
  10. I found an orange base plate somewhere and used it as my start mag I have a sixth cheap kydex pouch on my belt at about 5 o'clock that gets my Make Ready mag. I also hang my muffs from it when walking around as I generally double plug. I try not to have a dedicated start mag as it'll get more use than all the others. However in SS Major I do have a dedicated start mag because it has a different follower that makes it easier to load to 9. I don't like the Barney juggle. I pack all my ammo the MTM boxes so I don't have to count rounds while loading. It encourages me to use actually use a 100rd case gauge too. One thing I like about Production is that loading mags doesn't tear up your thumb because you're never fighting much spring pressure. Shooting outdoors I like to brush my mags before reloading them anyways, so I don't mind the unloading at all.
  11. I now run bullets out, but bullets forward still feels more natural. I switched because I like Single Stack and six pouches was taking up too much room. With the DAA Racer SS pouches I can fit six mags in about 8 inches. My Production belt is the same for consistency.
  12. Get a 1100 if you want to do 223 for the swaging feature. If you're really hurting for a press right now get a 550. You'll end up keeping it even after having the 7-station machine because it's so easy and convenient to switch between calibers. There's lots of tips for loading precision rounds on a 550 too. eta: I have a 550, 650, and 1050. Not certain I'll be keeping the 650 at the moment. I think the 550 and 1050 are really complimentary.
  13. I can buy that forces are greater in the gun, but material properties are measured with stresses which has a surface area quotient. Your peak forces on a tool are spread across square microns and they get much hotter. I think the gun is a lower intensity system. It's also nice to have a high surface hardness from these coatings over a tougher interior metal. https://imgur.com/gallery/mwmqEAo An end mill has impact events every time a flute takes a bite. A 3/8" four end mill will typically have a spindle speed of 2000rpm when cutting austenitic steels, if I understood a bit of background reading correctly (https://www.the-carbide-end-mill-store.com/Feeds-and-Speeds.html). That's 500 impacts per minute per tooth, each taking a bite 0.002" deep. The coated TiN end-mills are advertised as lasting about twice as long as the non-coated examples, which is approximately what the table above says too. (lifetime in the paper attached above is measured in parts completed, not minutes and seconds)
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