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  1. Yes, I'm very special. Through a moderate mixup on my part, I had an old(er) account here and I didn't remember creating it. Now, I've realized the error and am using just one account. Dillon CS did come through and sent me a new measure AFTER I had sent my old measure in to them at my expense. Up until now, I have had no complaints about Dillon support.
  2. I don't know if the aluminum version worth that much more. I have a poly trigger on my 2.0 compact and it's very nice. It's a nice improvement over the stock configuration.
  3. The FSS definitely reduces both pre-travel and over travel. Big difference IMHO. The Competition kit makes a very nice trigger though, especially with the Apex trigger shoe It reduces pretravel and over travel some but not as much as the FSS. It's entirely shootable though.. I prefer the aluminum triggers personally. I like the contour and I have myself convinced that the trigger break is a bit crisper as compared to the poly triggers. If you want to spend the $$$$, the FSS is very, very good. But the Comp kit won't be a hindrance at all. I am
  4. I got a chance to do a little work on the M&P today. 1) Checked Apex barrel fit. The 2lbs force they recommend to "nudge" the slide into battery after final fitting was closer to 5lbs according to the trigger pull gauge I hung on the back of the slide. Did a little more fllling on the barrel and got it to 2lbs. 2) Installed Apex FRE. 3) I put a slight angle on the blunt nosed factory ejector. I don't believe the factory contour gave the empty cases any reason to kick outwards. In fact, to my eye anyway, the ejector was angled slightly INWARDS.
  5. That's what I thought would happen. I have to ship my busted measure to them, on my dime, then they'll send me a replacement measure. Not sure why. It's not repairable. Scavenge some parts off of it is all. I sent pics to indicate what broke where but nope. Send it in.
  6. The powder measure casting broke at the very bottom of the measure where it clamps on the expander die. I noticed I wasn't getting much if any belling on the cases and the measure was hopping around noticeably. Hopefully Dillon responds quickly to my email.
  7. Uniquetek has a tip for customizing seating stems: Uniquetek Tip #10 I used my wife's industrial grade "Little Princess" hot glue gun for this project. 3 minute job once you have all the tools rounded up. I think it has improved consistency some.
  8. Apparently it's a sensitive subject. Maybe because too many of us see too many "Shoot and scoot" shooters?
  9. Measuring a VERY small sample of my "Failure to plunk" rounds (20 total), I find no one particular dimension as the cause for failure. I measured OAL, case mouth dia., case length and max case diameter. Nothing stood out. However, 7 of the failed cases were CBC. 4 were FC and rest were 2 or less. The major brands like Win or RP were 2 and 1 respectively. Upon closer inspection all of the failed cases were bulged or had the "swayback" in the case behind the bullet. So it appears to me that CBC brass is more prone to this bulge thing. Some case
  10. Okay! Thanks! My Glock OEM barrels have spoiled me badly. Now I have to refine my technique and tighten my specs if I want to run the Apex as issued. I'll give your tip a shot. Thanks!!
  11. Thank you for the feedback. I've only encountered this issue because of the tight chambered Apex barrel I have on my M&P. I say "tight" because from what I gather from SAAMI chamber dimensions, case mouth diameter of a loaded 9mm round is spec'ed at 0.380". My reloads that measure 0.380" with my Mitutoyo calipers don't want to spin when I plunk them in the Apex. My Hundo gauge will only sometimes complain about these rounds and I thought it was tight! My Dillon case gauge is happy with almost anything. I'm not getting many that fail in this manner though. I haven't
  12. +1 And I act as MD at our club matches, so I get to do all kinds of behind the scenes stuff as well. I'm not complaining. The club is 10 minutes from my home and we get to have USPSA matches. I'm happy. Seriously though, I consider it good etiquette to help with setup and tear down.
  13. I am thinking the RN bullet seating stem in the Dillon seating die may not match well with the bullet profile. Just a guess. I can measure a sample of bullets and I do see some variance in length. Not a lot but some. I seriously doubt the bullets all come from the same mold. My 650 is relatively young and is in good shape. The dies are clean. All I've ever loaded on this press has been coated bullets, so it stays pretty clean. Good luck!
  14. Another factor with the plunk test is the loaded round case diameter. Naturally, using mixed range brass more or less invites this issue. Rounds that mike .380 at the case mouth are somewhat sticky in the Apex chamber. Cases that mike .378 at GTG. I think I got spoiled by the generous chamber dimensions of the Glocks. I'm thinking now the case diameter is a bigger factor than OAL. So, more rounds will be rejected into the practice pile if I do end running the M&P it appears.
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