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  1. Just to throw out a "few" years of experience with these bullets - these coated bullets don't always perform the same in each type of gun (production, open, PCC, and etc.). About 30 years ago, the moly bullets really became 'the' cost-efficient bullet for the game. Today the coated bullets from the likes of BBI, Bayou, Blue, and etc. have taken over that title. But each of their coatings aren't necessarily the same, and that is sometimes on purpose, as some are harder than others. So again, the bullet that shoots well in a production gun may not perform as well in a PCC. My point here - with each platform, you should really look at different bullets and start your comparison from scratch. And to repeat - the hardness of the coating is usually the difference here. The harder the coating, the more likely it will chip, break apart while going down the barrel, and etc. The harder the coating, the most likely you will have a lot of crap build up in the comp. Here is another reason that people have inconsistent results, especially from non-jacketed bullets - HOW they load the bullets. Non-jacketed bullets really do not like much crimp. So how do you minimized your crimp - an undersized die. Undersized dies allow the brass to hold the bullet from the bottom....versus you having dig the top of the brass into the bullet. With an u-die, I can load with a crimp .001 larger than the diameter. As example - if you measure the part of the brass between the top of the brass and the bottom of where the bullet is in the brass, I get 0.380 in a 38 Super. Therefore my crimp is 0.381. Also - the seating die makes a BEYOND huge difference in correcting inconsistency. If a bullet isn't 'perfectly' straight the moment the seating die makes contact with the bullet, it will go in a little crooked....maybe not enough to fail case gauge, but certainly not a bullet that will be consistent. Using a die that has the ability to straighten up the bullet before the seating component makes contact (i.e. Hornady and Redding), will dramatically help with groups and consistency.
  2. In fact - they will ask you send them a picture of the broken part and a new one will be heading your way soon. They are very good when it comes to broken pins.
  3. A few of things to note here: burn rate of the powder is the most important thing here. If you are shooting 9’s, then know your options are very limited. Just because you see smoke being pushed up through a comp doesn’t mean the comp is getting proper gas to work effectively. In the super calibers, HS6, autocomp, and similar powders are too fast in my opinion. Need to look at AA7, N105, or 3N38. With 9’s.....would recommend AA7. There is a difference between popple holes and hybrid holes. Popple holes are small and hybrids are around 3/16 or just under. When hybrid holes first entered the scene in the early 90’s (we used 4 initially), they only lowered bullet speed by around 50fps. So the barrel holes have minimal impact on bullet speed (when up to two tenths of a grain of powder will replace that speed) and don’t impact recoil much either. But the real advantage of the holes was giving the dot a truer up and down movement. Shortly after their introduction, most realized 4 holes were too many. That is why you see 3 hybrid holes as more common today.....and 4 with popple holes. Now with barrel profiles changing, as with Barsto, AND still using super.....being forced to 2 hybrid holes. Things are constantly changing. And as Sarge stated - the vast majority will find 8lb Springs optimal and will settle on one of two PF sweet spots (172-173 or around 176). There are always outliers, and I am one of them as one of my guns prefers 178pf with AA7. As for springs, would heavily recommend Springco or ISMI. With Wolff springs, you don’t always know if the spring in the package comes close to it packaging label.
  4. Luckily most folks have learned from the obama years......supplies can get very tight and expensive. Luckily I learned my lesson from the clinton years.....so the obama years were manageable for me, and here is why: Keep at at least one year of supplies on hand and that is your “zero stock limit.” What does that mean - if you shoot 10K rounds a year and you order supplies like twice a year.....you need a minimum of 15K to start the year. Because once you hit that 10K level, you are out, dipping into reserves, and etc. So that way you will always have at least 1 year of supplies available and give you time to find them and find them at a decent enough price in those tough times. In reality, I would argue to keep at least two years worth on hand as reserve. That is a serious investment for some, I understand. But think of it this way - there is no shelf life of lead, primers (when stored properly), and thus you can easily sell the stuff if you need.
  5. Here is WHY this rule is in the rule book: Before today’s modern holsters that are designed for each style of gun, holsters were somewhat generic and thus would be modified if your gun didn’t have that “perfect” fit. Without that perfect fit, the trigger could be pushed back far enough to cause the gun to fire. Once I saw someone holster a gun, the gun fired, and in recoil jumped up, and the as it came down....fired again. Three shot rang out before he was able to get the gun out of the holster. So yes, this rule is in play to prevent you from putting a gun in a holster with safety off because once in the holster, you have lost control of the trigger.
  6. Being one of the older GM’s still in the game, I have been around many generations of these shooters. The finger over the trigger guard type grip (and I also use it) is definitely not a common one. Jerry Barnhart was one of the most successful in this game, before Eric, that utilized that grip. When I used to work with shooters, I would show them both grips but only to see which one gave them the feeling of the strongest grip. Some folks need their pinky finger, versus their pointer, to be very integral to that grip and getting that finger higher was needed. Thus giving the size, shape, and/or dominance of each hand, the finger over the trigger guard allows for that better combination. But that grip is rare as most will have a better grip with all four fingers under.....but unless you try, you don’t know 100%.
  7. They were still selling SAS frames up to around 2010.....as I still have a couple I won in that timeframe.
  8. Some of the comments here are a bit misleading. The reason you may not need to tune MBX mags is because they are semi-tuned when made. Whereas the original STI and even SV mags were just formed with generic specs and thus required tuning. Since most on here probably haven’t been playing the game too long......it used to be big business to tune mags. Today’s mags, well, you don’t hear about that service or need like you used to. And with the introduction of Bolen (now Taran) and Grams, that helped eliminate the need for perfectly tuned mags as well. Today, as long as your lips on the tube are close to proper spec (and that is so easy to achieve today) and you are using good springs......mags problems are almost a thing of the past.
  9. This is Brad. Part of the reason the dot didn't track perfectly up and down.......I was having to hold the gun with the camera between me and the gun. I was watching the the dot from the camera's back screen. In other words - didn't have the best grip and stance. For my match loads - I run N105 and MG 121's around 175pf. Since that video was made, I have completely rebuilt that gun. Today two of my open guns use the Brazos Thundercomp and my primary gun uses Dave Pruitt's A-zone comp. In all 3 guns, I have 3 hybrid holes through the slide and thus the barrel (as opposed to the little Poppleholes). Both comps work very well, but they certainly have a different personality. The Brazo's comp seems to prefer a pf of around 170 - 172 and I get better results when using a 124gr bullet. Dave's comp seems to work better around the 175pf and using the 121gr bullet.
  10. There is a reason for why the C-More is designed the way it is..........and thus why it is named as such. For some folks that often switch back and forth between limited and open, I might see an argument for a sideways C-More. But for the other 99.9% of the folks that would do that........you just converted your C-More to a C-Less.
  11. get a dremel with a smaller cutting wheel and make you a cut so you can use a flathead screwdriver
  12. Stages are posted - http://www.tnsection.com/2014state/2014state.htm Also - follow the Facebook page for other match information - https://www.facebook.com/TNSection
  13. We do not want minimum competition. For many years, the TN match has operated under the belief that if a division cannot get 10 people in it, then that division did not meet our threshold of a section championship title. I suspect that is the same reasoning why Level 3 matches require 10 people per division. Bottom line, the TN match has always operated with higher standards.
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