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  1. Postal Bob

    No grease?

    Retain, attract, it's nit picking words. Bottom line is with grease, your going to get more dirt mixed in with it than oil. The conditions we shoot in are like being in the desert, and grease doesn't cut it. Mobil 1 has never failed me, even in finicky .22 autos which have real problems in dusty, sandy conditions.
  2. Postal Bob

    Dirty brass

    It's also because a 9mm is truly not a straight wall case, but has a very slight taper. And when we reload, we use a carbide die which sizes the case straight. So the cartridge is not fitting the exact shape of the chamber. And so you get some hot gases blowing back along the cases.
  3. Postal Bob

    Test results for S&W40 with Titegroup and VV340

    You make sure your lowest velocity loads make pf, in the lowest temps you expect to encounter. That, or you use all the same brass, and use a powder like VV that doesn't deviate much with various temps. This is why it's called a game, and we try to game it as best we can. Sometimes we succeed, and occasionally you get bit at the chrono station.
  4. Postal Bob

    Lighter Guide Rods

    I have the Dawson rod. And I really do not notice much difference in the feel. After all, it's a 9mm 1911, all steel gun. There's not much recoil to begin with, especially if you compare it to a .45 1911.
  5. Postal Bob

    Lighter Guide Rods

    I too use the aluminum guide rod in my 9mm Trojan. I haven't noticed any issues with it, but I only put it in for matches that the weight matters.
  6. Postal Bob

    No grease?

    Mobil 1 oil only. It doesn't burn off in the summer heat, nor thicken up in winter's cold. And it doesn't attract dirt and fouling like grease. Our local gun range is a very dusty and sandy environment, and I never have a problem with Mobil 1, even in my 22's.
  7. Postal Bob

    Where can I get a custom jersey made?

    Techwear USA https://techwearusa.com/ They make a lot of the shirts for the major matches. And many of us here locally have had shirts made by them. And we shoot local matches with the owners.
  8. Postal Bob

    Test results for S&W40 with Titegroup and VV340

    You didn't say what brass you used. And if you used mixed brass, you can't really get a true comparison. I did a test of various brass, and found a difference of almost 40 fps between the different brands. That said, I've also found that titegroup powder is very temperature sensitive. While VV powders are very consistent over a wide temperature range. At your testing temperature of 88°, my titegroup loads would feel like magnum loads. And in cooler weather, 38°, my titegroup loads didn't make major pf at a major match. I stick with VVN320 now for consistent velocities across the temperature range.
  9. Looking at the pics, you have a fairly solid indentation from the firing pin. But, it's also clear they are still sitting high. Could they be incorrectly labeled as pistol primers, but in fact are rifle primers? That would account for the extra hardness of the primers. There should also be a way of adjusting the primer punch to seat the primers deeper.
  10. CCI primers, and certain brands of brass like S&B, and some older WCC, need an extra effort to seat the primers. You will feel the difference when you go to seat a primer in those cases. The primers may feel like they're seated, and even look like they are, but are not always. Like someone stated, if the primers are flush, they're not fully seated. The primer should be below the primer pocket edge. And a less than fully seated CCI primer, will not always go bang. Change to Winchester primers, and be sure to give extra effort when seating a primer in those hard to prime cases.
  11. Postal Bob

    slide to frame fit?

    If it's a friend's gun, why haven't you shot it yet to see how accurate it is? And use his loads which I assume he's optimized for the gun. That's the first step. If it's accurate, then that's all that counts. If not, why bother with doing any work to it. Just look for another gun.
  12. Postal Bob

    38 Special Winchester 1866

    Just shoot standard velocity loads of about 158 gr. Do not load any higher pressure rounds like +P loads. The toggle link action lock up is not a solid strong lock up. Therefore any loads above standard pressure could damage the action, or cause it to blow open when fired. In my early Winchester rifles chambered in 38-40, and 44-40, I like to use titegroup powder, as it's very good when used in small quantities in larger capacity cartridges. Offhand, I don't know if titegroup is good for 38 special, but it probably is.
  13. Postal Bob

    What do you recommend to get Match video

    This! I want to see how I'm moving from point to point. And also see how flat the gun is shooting. You can't get any of that from pov angle.
  14. Postal Bob

    Kimber Stainless II grip problems?

    Sounds like you have a smaller hand. And the Kimbers tend to have little fatter grips. So, you might try changing the grips to VZ grips, as I did. It'll make the grip a little thinner, and allow you to get more of your hand around the grip, and put your thumb in a more comfortable position over the thumb safety.
  15. Postal Bob

    Colt Competition or R.O Elite Target for SS?

    A lot of them are. The gun with the magwell has to fit into the box. Usually the "Big Mouth" type are too large. But magwells like the Dawson Ice will fit the box. But you have to watch the overall weight after adding a magwell. And that's why they also make them with aluminum mainspring housings.