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  1. Not only is your firing pin hole not round, like has been stated. It also looks like it's not lined up evenly with the center of the back of the cartridge. Look at the ring, from the edges of the back of the cartride on the breech face. See how the firing pin hole is not centered in that ring? Your barrel may not be locking up correctly and not aligning with the breech face. Or the firing pin hole was not drilled out in the correct place. I bet if you take out your firing pin, it'll be damaged on one side. I think the gun should be returned to the builder. It looks like they did a poor jo
  2. My brother had the same situation in his 929 with factory ammo. I can't remember the brand, maybe Remington or Blazer. But they were definitely 115 gr loads, and some type of bulk pack. And it only did it with that one brand of ammo. What brand were you using?
  3. I use a 250 gr coated bullet, with 5 gr titegroup out of an Uberti 1873 pistol. A very light cowboy load. I used to load 6 gr, but no reason for the extra recoil.
  4. 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
  5. 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?
  6. 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:
  7. 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.
  8. Agree, as I do for all pistol rounds.
  9. 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 converte
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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/.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
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