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  1. With typical mixed 9mm range brass you should be able to get your reject rate to less than a couple percent. The most likely suspect is that you need to lower your sizing die. The typical response from a new hand loader using a progressive press is “my sizing die is against the plate”. 99% of the time, it’s not. If you’re using a progressive press try this; during a reloading session with the shell plate full, try to slip a piece of paper between the edge of the sizing die and the shell plate. If you can, your sizing die isn’t low enough. It takes a few tries and a bit of patience to get a sizing die low enough on a progressive press but one you get it, your reject rate should plummet. For the record, I also use an EGW die for 9mm and my reject rate is well below 1% on the Hundo. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  2. You have a case feeder, bullet feeder and a progressive press so visually checking each case for powder BEFORE you pull the handle is literally your only job when loading. Don’t over think it... this the preferred method assuming your press isn’t automated. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  3. Ah... so you made your non-dominate eye focus at a mid range. Sounds like a good idea... did this setup work for you? I can't easily read scoring tablets without changing to reading glasses and I don't need any correction for distance. In fact, my main issue is/was intermittently focusing on the dot like it was a front sight instead of target focusing.
  4. Why would you do this? Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  5. You focus on the target only when shooting with a dot so you’ll want your dominant eye to be in focus at target distances. (Target focus) Not sure about polarization (I use non-polarized) but polarized lenses make scoring tablets difficult if not impossible to see. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  6. Looks like USPSA posted a video of your Stage 2 on their feed. Over a thousand views and climbing. I agree with their assessment... Nice job! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  7. razorfish

    9mm minor load

    I’ve never considered HS6 for 9mm Minor. Conventional wisdom says to use faster powders and HS6 is a bit slow. It’s a good powder for 9Major though. Has anyone else used HS6 for 9mm Minor? Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  8. I use Aqualube 5000 to lube my Hi-Tek coated bullets before sizing. It’s a pretty light lube and works well. BTW... you will find an active group of fellow bullet casters over at the forum called Cast Boolits. http://castboolits.gunloads.com/ Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  9. Wow. Great price on Winchester primers... Grabbed 15k myself. Got my order in less than hour before the end of the sale. Thanks for heads up. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  10. I’ve got the EGW seven hole gauge in 9mm too. It’s pretty snug but if you load your ammo to fit the gauge you’ll be better off in the long run. One thing to remember is that EGW sells their own 9mm undersize die. It’s made by Lee to EGW’s speciations. At the end of day, if your ammo doesn’t fit the EGW gauge you probably need to lower your sizing die a couple of thousandths or more. Most people will say, “My sizing die is touching my shell plate” but inevitably it usually isn’t. Lower your sizing die and run an unsized piece of brass up in it before tightening your lock nuts. Avoid using the Lee FCD until your loaded rounds fit the EGW gauge (you can load some pretty crappy ammo and the Lee FCD will fix it). I made a video a number of years ago talking about the Hundo gauge. I also talked about my EGW gauge in the video. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  11. Here’s a system that sorts brass by headstamp. Three thousand dollars though... http://www.hasgrok.com/ Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  12. razorfish

    Mini boom

    Looks like an out of battery detonation. If your COAL is a few thousandths too long for one of those barrels, a striker fired weapon will still fire. The hint here is that you had eight rounds blow out in a single barrel. That pretty much rules out bad brass and the limited damage rules out a double charge. Plunk test both barrels... your rounds should drop in the chamber and spin freely without contacting the lands. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  13. Looking at your picture, that’s too much bell. You could reduce the flare but you don’t necessarily have to. When I load coated bullets into mixed brass I use a bit of extra flare to avoid scratching the coating. Yes I get a bit of pixie dust on the press but I never scratch my coated bullets. I’ve loaded and shot tens of thousands of these “over-flared” rounds and the brass holds up just fine. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  14. The threads on the Dillon toolhead are a bit sloppy. Loosen the nut on your sizing die, run an un-sized case up into the die and re-tighten the nut on the die. This helps with final alignment. I run an EGW U-die in my 650. (The EGW die is made by Lee) If all else fails, just go to a Dillon sizing die. They’re chamfered to help guide to case into station 1. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  15. Don’t forget resale value. If you buy a press and some components and then decide hand loading isn’t your thing, you can recoup the majority of your investment. Seriously, if you think you might want to hand load just do it. If you do, I guarantee that 5000 rounds you estimate you need each year will more than double. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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