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  1. No. It should have the plug in it already to use 5" springs. Otherwise, buy the plug in the 6" size, then you won't have to trim springs. If you have a bushing barrel: http://www.1911store.com/stiguiderodplug-spring.aspx If you have a bull barrel: https://www.shootersconnectionstore.com/Caspian-Reverse-Plug-Long-Slide-6-P1957.aspx
  2. Never heard of such a method for cleaning. I use salt and vinegar to make blued metal parts and brass looked aged when having to replace certain parts on antique guns. Left too long in solution, it will completely corrode and eat away the metal. Stop using this as you may be weakening your brass cases. Now, as far as your primers, they look fine. Federal are very soft. I stopped using them because I was flattening primers when inserting them during the reload process. Too much primer press pressure, and they begin to flatten. What did your loads look like before firing?
  3. Heard from Ibejiheads on an order I put in, but I let him know it wasn't a rush to get. As I suspected with some of the bullet companies, they've been forced to close or work shortened hours. Unfortunately Ibejiheads is located in NJ, with a Democratic Governor on a power trip:
  4. Same for VVN320 at 4.9 grains, 1.185 oal with a 180 gr coated bullet. In my 6" 2011, and my .40 1911 with a very tight barrel, I can go down to 4.6 gr.
  5. Agree, as I do for all pistol rounds.
  6. Are you saying use Para base pads on a STI mag? Why not just use the Dawson bases for a STI mag? And just using an internal dowel would not be legal under the law. Magazines cannot be readily restored to accept over 10 rounds: 38. Subdivision 23 of section 265.00 of the penal law, as added by chapter 189 of the laws of 2000, is amended to read as follows: "Large capacity ammunition feeding device" means a magazine, belt, drum, feed strip, or similar device, that (a) has a capacity of, or that can be readily restored or converted to accept, more than ten rounds of ammunition Removing the base and taking out the dowel is readily restored. I would not take such a chance anywhere in downstate NY with such a mag.
  7. Could be that your redding dies were opening up the case just slightly more than the Dillon powder funnel does, which is why you had no problems with the redding dies.. Now with a slightly smaller neck expansion, bullet heads are not entering the cases so easily. Also, make sure the powder funnel is the correct one, or that it could be defected.
  8. That, could be the problem. If he's shot 1911 guns all these years, and is now going to a Glock, he may be keeping the slide lock depressed. Remember, with a 1911, it's normal to have your left thumb rest on the thumb safety. On a Glock, no such thing. Unconsciously, his thumb may be looking for something to rest on. And the slide lock is right there. Especially if he has large hands, or an extended slide release. Someone should shoot his gun with those loads, especially someone who shoots a Glock. Might be an eye opening experience when the slide locks back for someone else.
  9. STI does have 10 rd mags, and Brazos is still selling some of the Gen1 http://www.1911store.com/sti2011magazine.aspx But like you said, you'll need to add a basepad. What I did back when the Safe act was taking effect, I posted a wtb ad here for the STI 10 rd 126mm mags. People had them, and at the time, had no real use for them. So I was getting them for about $30/ea. Then I added these Dawson basepads in the tallest height https://dawsonprecision.com/dawson-extended-baseplate-for-sti-2011-mags/, and changed the followers to Dawson followers https://dawsonprecision.com/033-001/. If you don't change the followers, you'll find it's very difficult to insert a full mag into the gun with the slide closed. The Dawson followers allow the rounds in mag to move down about half the diameter of a loaded round. The mag bases stick out just below the magwell, but suffiecient to facilitate easy loading. So, you end up with a mag that has the added length and give, to make reloads easy. And total cost was about $60-$80 each. It was a bit of work, but better than buying new mags at a cost of about $130 that are neutered mags
  10. What does the flare on your cases look like before seating the bullet? I still think you're under flaring the case mouth. And when seating, the bullets are being forced in too hard causing them to seat crooked, and bulge the brass.
  11. It's you, not the powder. Let someone else shoot the guns with your loads. If the slide locks back, it's you. If not, there's something wrong with your mags, or the slide release. But it's not the powder. Titegroup is well used in a lot of 9mm loads. In one gun club I belonged too, there was a fellow whose 4" 1911 would jam every time with various fte, ftf, etc. When everyone else tried shooting the gun, it functioned perfectly. He had a terrible case of limp wristing.
  12. Do you clean your brass before reloading? I ask, only because your brass is relatively dirty with burn marks. Not that you can't load dirty brass. But it makes sizing and everything else smoother. Looking at your loads, I'm wondering if maybe you're not putting enough flare on the case mouths. Which is why some of the bullets look crooked. Along with the fact that it'll put more force on the mouth of the case when seating a bullet, which may be causing the brass to bulge.
  13. First, why do you have to cut down the recoil spring? And what gun are you doing this for?
  14. CBC, S&B, and GFL brass are thicker, and you'll feel the difference when one of them runs through your press. But they always load fine on my press. And I'll assume since you're using a Dillon 750, that you seat and crimp separately. That being said, whenever one of those brands runs through my crimping die, it's tighter fitting with more resistance. So my guess is that you're over crimping, and causing the bulge there. To check, after seating, and before crimping, remove the round and check it for the bulge. Also, make sure that you're not putting too big of a flare on the case mouth. When they go through the crimping die, the thicker brass will have more downward pressure on the mouths while crimping, and that will cause the bulge. The flare should be just enough where the bullet will sit atop the case without falling off.
  15. For 9mm reloads, that's normal. Usually referred to as the wasp shape. That's because technically a 9mm is not a straight wall case, but slightly tapered. But close enough that we can use carbide sizing dies.
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