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  1. Isn't everything a manufacturer does factored into their product prices? Advertising is a fairly big cost to most companies. If you don't look at their ads and make up your mind as to what gun to buy based on friends recommendations, reviews, etc., then aren't you subsidizing the guy who reads every ad with a fine tooth comb and makes his decision based on who touts their product the best? It's the same with best in class numerically controlled manufacturing equipment vs a bunch of old/worn machine tools, employee training, internal quality control processes, packaging, etc. At the end of the day, customers pay for every aspect of a company's costs whether you think they add value or not. I'd much rather buy from a company with a reputation for great customer service than from one who has the rep of "once it's shipped, if you have a problem, go see a gun smith, we don't want to hear from you, we don't answer our phones and we're not going to help you!" I remember a marketing study from 50 yrs ago where the data showed that every happy customer told 4 people about how great the product was, whereas every unhappy customer told 19 people the product sucked! This was long before the internet where product problems now travel with the speed of light! To stay in business a company has to take care of their customers, even if it's only a very small percentage that need help and even if the help they need seems trivial to other customers.
  2. Jeez, that seems a little harsh! I've got 3 Springfield 1911, a 9mm RO, a .45 RO & a .45 TRP, and I know several people who also have the 9mm RO. None are loose, rattly or gritty. They all shoot very well and will eat any ammo fed them. Granted, my DW has better fit, but I'm no way am I going to get rid of the Springfield's. Sorry your experience hasn't mirrored mine! ''
  3. I've got both a Springfield RO in 9mm and a Dan Wesson Specialist in 9mm. While the RO is a fine gun, the DW is in a different class altogether. It is fit much tighter, the slide feels like it is on ball bearings, it has an exceptional 2.2 lb trigger and in my hands is more accurate than my RO. Is it worth double the price? I guess that's up to each person to decide for themselves!
  4. Hated to see the "2" for health on Hoppes. I use it a lot for gun cleaning since it seems to dissolve powder residue quite well. Back to the vinyl gloves, I guess.
  5. Definitely gonna look at the endoscope idea. I've got one lying around that doesn't have particularly good resolution but should be adequate as a go/no-go for powder charge. Will look at trying to rig it up today. Thanks!
  6. Thanks for the input. I may give it a try. The Bullet Feeder works great but I don't like not being able to see the power drop in the case before setting the bullet. If I use the 2-in-1 die that would solve that problem. In over 100,000 rounds loaded on Dillon presses I've never had a failure of the powder to drop from a Dillon powder funnel so my paranoia may be much ado about nothing!
  7. I'm with Eric, I load CBC nd have never had any more problems with it than any other brand. But, I also agree with RePete, I'm seeing a lot more military crimped primer brass than in the past. My 1050 seems to handle it OK once I got the swaging station set correctly, but I'm really surprised at how much of it I'm seeing lately. Maybe it's just at my range...
  8. My STI SteelMaster came with a Dawson ICE magwell. Very happy with it - using STI mags
  9. Just ordered a Mr Bullet Feeder for my 1050 and since the DAA 2-in-1 Seating and Crimping Die was only $21.95, decided to order it too. Haven't rec'd either yet but wanted to ask this august group if the 2-in-1 die will be of any value. I only load 9mm minor on this press and don't have a powder check system - read that with such a low powder volume, the powder check can be finicky. But, I would like to be able to see that powder has dropped and also not double dropped before seating a bullet, probably via some sort of video camera system. Not quite sure how all this is going to work but would appreciate any experience or suggestions on how to set it up.
  10. Sweet. Never noticed that the 9mm shockbottle would fit on top of the 1050 ammo bin.
  11. Inline Fabrication sells them - https://inlinefabrication.com/collections/dillon/products/locator-pin-tabs-for-dillon-1050-super-1050-press. The one for the powder drop is especially useful. $6.00 for a set.
  12. Inductive sensors and an Arduino programmable circuit is an elegant solution, no doubt, assuming repeated starting and stopping of the motor is a problem. But, a replacement motor (if/when it fails) is a whopping $67.95 from Dillon. Not sure of the economics of spending $80 plus several hours of time on a circuit in hopes of prolonging the motor life - unless you just plain enjoy the accomplishment of a project like this, which a lot of people do! I bought my press used from a commercial re-loader so my guess is that the case feeder has 10's of thousands of rounds through it and it's still going strong (knock wood!). I don't mind the noise of a case feeding every time I pull the handle, there's enough other stuff going on that the case feeder is just another "instrument" in the musical score of this fantastic machine!
  13. My RL-1050 is mounted on a purpose built 32-1/2" high bench that I made. I sit on a 29" high stool (Home Depot) and it works great for me (I'm 5'-11" tall). I'm up high enough to see down into each case to verify powder, and pulling the handle seems very ergonomic. I have a 550b on a strong mount on the other end of the same bench. Coincidentally, both roller handles are at the same height so I use the same stool for loading on either. Both are mounted a few inches too low to run them standing.
  14. I built a frame similar to the one 36873687 showed. Made it out of scrap 1x2 wood. No work of art, but it works great to keep the rounds off the table so that they drop fully into the shockbottle.
  15. If you're a right hand shooter (left hand = support hand) and are considering the "Captain Crush" grip trainers, I'd recommend you buy the left hand version - the right hand version just doesn't feel right in the left hand! This sounds weird, but they offer a right hand version and a left hand version, the difference being which direction the spring is wound. If you want to strengthen your left hand, get the left hand version. Here's a link: https://www.ironmind-store.com/Left-Turn-Trainer-Gripper/productinfo/1485/. My guess is that for many of us, the "Trainer" model (100 lb) will be adequate to significantly improve grip strength.
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