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  1. I have loaded Blue Bullets in 9mm and 40 and have not had issues. I would check the bullet diameter which should be .355. Typically, 9mm ammo has a slight coke bottle shape, so if that it what your concern is, you should be ok. A plunk test would also be advised.
  2. Like Grumpy says, you might want to undersize your brass with a Lee or other undersize die. That also helped improve my pass ratio using .401 coated.
  3. For an experiment, add some extra crimp to some and see if they gauge. I'd bet they will. 1.185 OAL should be fine in most gauges.
  4. I load the same bullet and they are .401. And....... some will not gauge smoothly. If you want them all to fit nicely you will have to deform the bullet. But, doing that can compromise accuracy. I "crimp" till I just barely can see deformation and check a number of rounds to ensure that it averages out over different brass. Once I've done that I usually get 3-5 rounds out of 100 that don't quite fit the gauge. They go in the practice pile. BTW, I use the shock bottle gauge, both the L and the XL. I use the XL for the Bayous. L for everything else.
  5. Whether it's the Hondo, Shockbottle, or EGW, they have tighter tolerances in both length and diameter than your barrel. Take a read of this FAQ on the Shockbottle site. https://www.shockbottle.com/faqs-1 Also, are you loading .400 or .401? Coated or Jacketed? If you're loading .401 coated and NOT deforming the bullet, then some ammo may not gauge well depending on the brass manufacturer. In my 2011 in 40, .401's with "almost" no deformation of the bullet plunk just fine, but some will stick part way down the case gauge. I use those for practice. Often repeated words of reloading 40 is "it depends" .
  6. Try this, 1 inch solid black circle at 15 yards, slow fire while working on grip, trigger control, index, etc. Shoot it till the black,is gone. Then dot torture at 7 yard for speed.
  7. Hmmm, just found a very interesting and helpful article regarding the use of case gauges and troubleshooting the cause of ammo not passing. https://www.shockbottle.com/faqs-1
  8. For this case of the Bayou .401, I decided to test and see if shortening the OAL to 1.185 improves the gauging percentage, it does not, as a matter of fact, it makes it worse. Not sure what to conclude from this other than I will be resetting back to 1.2.
  9. I load Bayou’s and Bayou coated 40’s are .401 which you need to keep in mind as you balance any projectile deformation, crimp, and gauging. I was having a similar problem with the Hondo Case Gauge and Dennis at Bayou recommended that I use a Lee U die. The Lee die improved the reject percentage and allowed me to remove more of the deformation. I load mixed brass with an OAL of 1.2 and some have suggested that a shorter OAL may lead to additional improvements. i also plunk tested the rejects to see how much of the case could show in the gauge and still pass plunk. FWIW, I loaded some coated .400 with the same settings and almost all passed gauge with no deformation. .......... edited like bulm540, an undersized die will help.
  10. If your OAL changes as the round moves through the “system” then it’s likely either your crimp or resizing needs to be adjusted. Reloaders spend an inordinate amount of time getting the OAL just right, on the press, why let the gun system make a random adjustment that might endanger your gun or you. I usually check the tightness of the crimp by pressing the bullet against the bench and seeing if the OAL changes.
  11. When you switched over the brass, did you adjust your crimp? If the crimp is too loose or tight it will affect accuracy. Too tight and it peels the coating or deforms the projectile. Too loose and the projectile can shift OAL, both of which will cause a change in accuracy. Starline is a higher quality brass than Blazer and their case walls are thicker than others. I’d also do a plunk test and ensure that a case length diff isn’t a cause.
  12. As zzt says, you compete within class/division in a match, but for overall in a match, you're scored against everyone. Everyone in production class is minor regardless of caliber, mag cap in prod is 10 rounds.
  13. Ive shot the blues in 180 and other brands as well and for USPSA shooting or similar, 180 is the go to weight. My load for the blue 180s was/is 4.8 gr of VV320 at 1.2 OAL. Makes major easily. There might be a small diff in felt recoil with the 200s but can't imagine much change over the 180.
  14. If you are going to shoot USPSA limited in 40, I recommend loading for major, considering points gained using major. If you want minor, load 9 and gain mag capacity, but fewer points for anything other than an “A”. That is, 40 mags load 20/21, 9 mags load 23+. If you’re shooting limited 10, mag capacity will be the same regardless of caliber, major will score higher than minor. While 9/40 minor may have slightly less recoil than 40 major, I think very few folks experience a significant gain because of minor. i shot limited in 9 minor due to an injury and got my butt handed to me by the folks shooting major.
  15. I have 3 custom FGW’s and they are very reliable and well made and I would go to him again for a custom gun. One is a Limited 2011 with about 15k downrange and just now feels broken in. The two times I had sight issues with them Mr. Keegan was kind of a grumpy Gus to deal with, otherwise nice to deal with.
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