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  1. I found a slight increase in velocity with coated over plated, which made getting to major PF a bit easier. With my .45 Kimber, accuracy also improved with coated, but that did not really matter in USPSA. I first tried a free sample bag of Blue Bullets, and was sold on them. I also tired Gallant, Acme, and Bayou, and still found the Smurfs a better bullet. The only bullet I would never order again came out of CO. They were stuck together, unevenly coated, and took forever to get.
  2. I started with the G34, but moved to the CZ SP-01, and love it. Really, I agree with what others say about try seeing which gun feels best in your hand and go from there. You will end up replacing or modifying the triggers on any of them. To be honest, I will never get used to the grip on a Glock, but again, personal choice. My backup in case the CZbreaks is actually a OSP Xdm, and I do not feel hindered in any way except for the loss in weight.
  3. I agree with Sarge, that short of an OAL could lead to spikes in pressure that might make the 2011 a 1911 with a major blowout. The crimp is off, the area of the bullet making contact is wrong, it would seem a whole host of issues for a few bucks in savings. I do not pretend to be a powder guru, but its the spkies that get you. I maybe possibly did something similar, and since these are not lead or coated bullets, I would use the RCBS puller that goes into the single stage set up but since you have coated bullets, expect the coating to get mauled. The grip from the Colette dies digs into the coating if the bullet is tight. Hammer away. At least you salvage all of it.
  4. OK, Makes sense to me, wasn't trying to argue, just looking at viewpoints.
  5. Hopefully this question does not spark a giant debate, with the national lockdown we are left to ponder many of the worlds major mysteries. I am wondering as to why some DQ's turn out to be far more punitive then others. Picture this situation (it actually happened), at a major Area match last year. First stage, shooter sets up, gets the audible start signal, and for whatever reason, blows an AD into the ground. At another match a few years back, first stage, shooter breaks the 180, done. Absolute DQ, there is no argument, as usual the DQ'd shooter get the apologies from the whole crew and group of shooters. We all know the result, the match is over. But looking at the match in its entirety, there are one or two more days of shooting left that also are included in the penalty. This is where I find the application of the DQ might need to be possibly revised. From the NROI rules viewpoint, it is critical safety rules are enforced no matter the stage. But from the shooters side of the equation, does the infraction warrant an unequal loss in participation? The sport certainly does not bar shooter from participation in the next weekend in another match. A person spends about $250 to $350 just to sign up for the match. Next there are travel costs, and for a major match this usually runs into a lot of money. Add meals, motel, and lost time at work, there is a considerable investment that has now disappeared. We are now talking of a well over a $1,000 plus penalty. When shooting a single day match, the loss still hurts, but not nearly as much as a larger match. Do shooters. RO's, CRO's and RM's think some revision is in order to not completely incur such a drastic loss in value and participation? I wonder if a major match DQ could: 1. DQ the entire match for the shooter. 2. Shooter is done for that day, no matter if it is the first stage or not. 3. Allow the Shooter to opt resume shooting the next day (or two) for no score. This at least allows participants to enjoy a small measure of the match even though the end result is a score of zero. I have been to back to back weekend matches where a DQ for the first match does not affect the participation in the next days match, and does not bar the shooter from scoring at the 2nd match. I 100% back the ruling of a DQ and the suspension from the match, I just wonder if there are times the penalty might be a bit harsh.
  6. 1.136 is what I use. This works in both my XDm and my CZ SP-01.
  7. Guy I shoot several matches with had this happen to him with his Shadow 2. He was not amused. Paid the dollars to get it underweight, and then finds out he did not have to mess with it.
  8. For my OSP 4.5 the MG 147 is all I use now. 3.1 of Titegroup gives me a PF of 129. While not my favorite powder, it has passed 3 chrono checks at major matches. I prefer WSF with 3.4 grains
  9. Have the extended slide release on both my Kimber and Springfield 1911's. Have shot major matches in USPSA with zero issues as far as firearm inspection and compliance. The rules do not prohibit them.
  10. FYI, I had a local gunsmith turn my Kimber with a bull barrel into a busing system by turning the barrel down, adding a busing, and adding a cut into the frame to secure the bushing. Works great, so if you really want a Bul, there is an option.
  11. We all joke about L10, but if the political landscape keeps shifting left, as evidenced in VA, we all will be shooting 10 round or less guns in USPSA. I used to shoot L10 Major and really liked it, but I moved on because of zero competition. Even as a C shooter in L10, the sport is about some level of competition, so I moved to CO, (having old peepers also contributed). Perhaps a resurgence in the REV and L10 divisions is not so far off. Now, if you ask what it would take for me to shoot REV today, new eyes and a bit of alcohol.........
  12. Just started getting into the Open game with a used SVI .38 Super and had a question on OAL and MBX magazines. The load is a MG 115 HP with 8.4 grains of Longshot which gets me around 165-168 PF. I had set the recommended OAL at 1.245 per SVI. The problem I am having is the .38 Super rounds (not Supercomp), are hanging up in the middle of a 170MM MBX tube. My 140 STI mag does not have any such problems. After talking with a very helpful MBX person, I found the internal measurements of an MBX vs. an STI is different with less room in the MBX front to back. It was relayed to me to shorten the rounds because the shorter measurement and the rimmed Super cases would possibly cause the stacking issue. With this in mind, I ended up with a 1.209 OAL to finally stop the noses of the rounds from sticking and rubbing in the tube. Is this something others on this forum are seeing? My PF did inch up to 170, but there was not pressure sign difference at all. I just want to be sure I am not asking for trouble. If I didn't have 2k pieces of .38 Super I would not worry much about it.I would just move to using Supercomp which I load further out. Having shot Carry Optics for the last 3 years, I thought I would give Open a shot (pun intended) as it seems CO is now the crowded field. If I had decent eyeballs I'd go back to, yes, you read this, the dreaded L10 division.........Mom always said I was a little bit different.
  13. LOL, I just noticed you are from Evansville....lived there for 26 years. Could never stand the humidity.
  14. I would say your OAL is way to long. My OSP runs from 1.10 to 1.18 (this applies to my own XDm only), and that depends heavily on the bullet type. Blue Blullets will run longer then Montana Golds for instance. The info you are referring too is an AVERAGE, not a Gospel. Some rounds can run longer, some are shorter. Sarge and motosapiens are correct, read up some more on the forums here. The plunk and spin test is the best test on whether or not a load will work. If the loaded round will not spin freely sitting in the chamber, and drop out with no pulling or hitting you are close. Keep lowering OAL until it does so. In addition, as you shorten OAL, the pressure also builds up, so watch for problems. I do not run max loads in my XDm since the OAL is shorter then the manual lists.
  15. Make sure your extractor is not bent away from the case rims. If that is OK I would say your brass is "Glocked" brass which is bulged at the bottom of the case. I use a Lee EGW resizing die which eliminates this bulge. Also, make sure your OAL is not too long for the XDm chamber. Take a loaded round and place it in the barrel and make sure it spins freely. I doubt this is causing the problem, but check it to be sure. Normally a too long round prevents the ammo from seating and allowing the slide to fully close.
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