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  1. Glock 17 1.3", 3.5 gr, 136 avg PF w/SD of 8 1.3", 3.8gr, 142 avg PF w/SD of 6 I know I chrono'd more, but can't find the data sheet.
  2. I have the Hundo in 9 and 40. 9 always passes and 40 mostly does. My guns swallow the ones that do not pass without issue. What I like best about this gauge is it makes it quick and easy to spot flipped or high primers, or to see any obvious malfunction - albeit extremely rare. Then I set my 100 round MTM on top of the gauge for a quick transfer. One quick inspection and flip into another MTM case and I'm good to go.
  3. I too have the older one that I added a case feeder and auto drive. I bought the channel clamp because MIke said it was an upgrade designed for automation. Works well. I didn't have issues prior to the upgrade, but it reinforces the unit and beats breaking the unit.
  4. It’s been a while, but I thought I remembered folks not recommending the MBF expanders on the 1050’s. The Dillon powder funnel was preferred. I don’t remember why... I’m d and it’s been a while - LOL. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  5. I hope Last Man is returning. It has to be one of the best shows ever! Big Bang had to grow on me, but I love it now and I immediately took to Young Sheldon. All three shows could not be cast any better!
  6. I had mine done 15 years ago. It was great for the first 3 years, but the vision in my right eye began deteriorating. My ophthalmologist said the cornea was too thin and the procedure should not have been done. The cornea is drooping and my vision in that eye sucks. I don't remember the prescription for it, but even corrected, I can't make out letters/words of normal type. Fortunately, my left eye is fine. I'd never do it again because screwups are permanent. Doc claims a cornea replacement is in my distant future, but I doubt I'd ever do it. My laser doc was extremely well respected and expensive, but it still went sideways. If you do it, I'd at least recommend you get two independent consultations to ensure your corneas are thick enough. Best of luck.
  7. It's a universal case neck expanding die to hold the bullet in place before it is seated.
  8. If you plan to load a fair amount of rifle, I’d seriously consider upgrading to the 1050 for the swagger alone. A prep head and a loading head. It’s expensive but worth it to me. I started with the 550, upgraded to 650 and then to the 1050. Wouldn’t process volumes of rifle brass any other way. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  9. I’d say 223 because you shoot it more. In rifle, I’ve only loaded 223 but I can’t imagine them being much different, especially at the distances you are shooting. If you decide on long distance precision, that’s a different animal and out of my wheelhouse. Lots of rifle folks should be posting to you shortly. I say go for it. Stick powders will be a thing you’ll have to deal with if that’s your type of powder. Polishing the funnel and slowing down helps with the powder bridging and changing to an RCBS, case activated powder dispenser I hears helps too. Best of luck Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  10. Hanna is the shepherd and Maddi the mastiff. Best of friends.
  11. Given you intend to load about 800 rounds of 9mm per month and given the good advice from those above, also consider the amount of time you have available for reloading, and will it be changing in the near future. How good are you from a mechanical perspective? Do you mind keeping both hands busy between pulls? There are other things to consider but this is what comes to mind from my experience. I researched this forum and reloading manuals extensively before I bought a press. I started on a 550 because I intended to load 9, 40 and at some point 223. The 550 is fantastic press, but I got tired of the manual indexing and wanted a case feeder. While Dillon makes a case feeder for 550, it gets mixed reviews and as I recall, more negative than positive. Wanting to be more efficient, I went to the 650 w/case feeder and thought I was in heaven until I added an MBF. I was tired of 223 case prep, and perhaps a lazy, but I got a deal on a 1050, mostly for rifle. I still use the 650 and my setup is over-kill, for the number of rounds I shoot these days, but I wouldn't trade any of the presses. I've rambled, but hopefully, you can take something from my costly but enjoyable experiences to make the best decision for yourself. I'm glad I started with my 550, but if I had it to do again, I'd have bought a 650. Load development is no issue with it, and as long as you have some mechanical ability and this forum you'll be fine. It sounds to me like you are in the 550/650. Same is true for the 1050, but it probably doesn't make sense unless you plan to reload rifle. I don't have much spare time, so it is valuable to me crank out quality rounds quickly. And cost, it's a big issue but I think others already mentioned it. Best of luck.
  12. It seems to perform, but for a sales/promotional video: I don't get the purpose of the cardboard for processing 300 blackout. Looks pretty tacky. I don't remember the caliber, but after the blackout, there was a tool-head setup with a rubber band and a non-trimmed zip tie. I didn't check the price tag for it, but I'm sure it's hefty and folks spending that kind of cash probably expect it to look a little more professional. I'm not knocking the product, per se, mostly the presentation and possible lack of engineering. But maybe I'm missing something.
  13. The more you fire of a particular load will give you a better/more accurate SD. I’d shoot at least 20 of each load. As for the workup, I bump .2 grains per step. It’s more efficient. If you really want to go for fine tuning, you can play with .1 grain increments when you’ve about found your sweet spot. Either way, your on the right track. Best of luck. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  14. armydad

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    I cannot help you on a brand, but really do your homework on this, and when you have a few you like, test them on a target that simulates a human body, and check for expansion. Expansion is a key element for a defensive round. I have seen one particular unknown brand JHP act like ball ammo. It went through a 2x4 and kept its shape. No expansion. From what I could tell of it, and the other un-fired rounds with matching bullets, from the same magazine, was that the hollow-point configuration was less pronounced than Winchester Ranger defensive rounds. I don't know enough to tell you how hollow point design vs. metallurgy, vs other characteristics affect expansion. Best of luck
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