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  1. I just saw one on Gunbroker in .40. My shooting buddy has one, and it is a major factor in my buying the 9MM. The .40 caliber version shoots like a dream, and I think you will really like the grips. He has shot amazingly well with it. My recommendation is if you see it in .40 get it. I just wanted to go to minor and see if it improves my scoring. I presently use either my Kimber, (highly tuned), or my SA RO in .45 for SS. So, the great experiment begins, (that is if the Post Office can actually deliver something.)
  2. Blue Bullets is getting caught up, my order took about 4 weeks. I do know Montana Gold is selling at an incredible rate. In the end it will not matter, if we cannot buy primers I suppose we can throw the bullets for sport.
  3. Finally decided on the SIG MAX Michel in 9MM. What I liked about it was it already has an ambi safety for us lefties, the grips are superb, great rear sight, and the magwell is already installed. By the time I buy all of those parts and have them installed in a Ronin just made no sense. I will pick either an RO or a Ronin up for a backup after a bit. Now the great experiment begins, major or minor.
  4. Thanks for the replies, I just thought it was really a paint change to sell more RO's. I will focus on either a Pointmaan from Dan Wesson, or a SIG MAX in 9MM. I shoot a 230 gr at just about 740 fps which gets me some wiggle room for the chrono stage. But the last match where is shot about 250 rds, my hands let me know what fun it was. The golden years are reminders of the fun we had as a youngster.
  5. Has anyone on the Forum purchased and competed with the Springfield Ronin? I am thinking about a 9MM 1911 since shooting a .45 for an entire season is losing its appeal. My older wrists get weary after a full day of major PF 230 grain rounds. Is there any real difference between the Ronin and a 9MM RO? Have looked a a Dan Wesson Pointman and the SIG MAX, but also checking a lower price 1911.
  6. I did look it up on the loading tables and it is not listed in the Hodgdon manual. I would be leery of using a powder that the manufacturer does not recommend in any weight or load. It is hard to tell if there might be some odd pressure spikes that might end up causing some serious damage. Contact the powder maker and ask them to be safe.
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    I think there is a huge following of Glock lovers who detest any other plastic firearm out there. I doubt any of them have ever actually fired anything but a Glock. I use an XDM 5.25 in .40 for 3 Gun, and split time between my CZ and an XDM OSP for regular USPSA matches. The only problem I had with my XDM was cracking the frame because of a weird load combination of 18gr lead bullets, PMC brass, and Unique powder. I had case head separation almost everytime that round was fired. The XDM fits my hand perfectly, I have sold all of my Glocks because I could never get used to the odd grip angle. Very reliable firearm for sure.
  8. I won a free pound of the IMR Target powder over 2 years ago, and never could find a good use for it. When loaded in .45 it tended to produce quite a bit of recoil. With my normal 147 gr 9MM bullets, it did not feel good either. This summer while being completely bored out of my skull with Covid (I will remain silent on that topic) lurking in every shadow, I decided to load 3.7 grs of Target with some 124 truncated Blues I had sitting around. With an average of 1051 FPS, and Blues at 125 grains, I get a 130ish power factor that is really very soft, and quite accurate in my CZ and XDm carry optics rigs. It worked so well in fact I will try and find an 8lb jug of the stuff, and I already ordered the 124 truncated Blue pills. It has a quicker recoil impulse that I really favor over the 147 WSF loads I have been using for years. Ya just never now what the benefits of isolation will do for you.
  9. Just got my new Leadstar Barrage PCC with the Hypertouch trigger. It does not have a shoe, but I can say the trigger works perfectly. Just getting started learning the ins and outs of the rifle, but it is very accurate and that is helped by the smooth function of the trigger system.
  10. For my Ruger 6 inch I use 296 for full power loads, an d 231 for mild plinking loads. I admit the full power 296 loads will rattle your teeth, but it does what the .44 was intended for. I did shoot some of my full power loads in one of the scandium supper light trail pistols. # rounds and I was done. 296 also loads .30 Carbine well, and the 300 Blackout, Pretty versatile.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. OK, Makes sense to me, wasn't trying to argue, just looking at viewpoints.
  15. 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.
  16. 1.136 is what I use. This works in both my XDm and my CZ SP-01.
  17. 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.
  18. 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
  19. 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.
  20. 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.
  21. 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.........
  22. 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.
  23. LOL, I just noticed you are from Evansville....lived there for 26 years. Could never stand the humidity.
  24. 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.
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