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  1. This. For some reason when I used plated bullets years ago I could never get a traditional chrono to consistently read correctly. I would imagine if you were actually getting that big of a swing you’d see other signs. Noise, feel, POI shift. When I chrono plated bullets with my labradar they read fine.
  2. I built a G17 Open Pistol with a Lonewolf barrel (also famously short lead). I have a Manson throat reamer and opened up the throat to allow me load to 1.155-1.160" with RMR or Everglades 115gr JHP. 1.160" is the max I can run due to the Glock magazine restrictions. I could probably go a little longer with the MBX metal mags, but not sure it's worth it in this platform. MBX mags are awesome...but expensive. I originally ran 124gr JHP with Silhouette and the gun worked great, but then I tried 115gr JHP and the gun really started working as intended. It's never gonna be a 2011 platform open gun, but it's as close as you're gonna get without spending 2011 money. I dabble in too many things to spend 2011 money. I have also switched to SW Major Pistol and am loving it. The whole point of this story is that with plastic open guns I found that the extra powder that I was able to squeeze in with the 115gr projectile really allowed the comp to come to life. The gun shoots extremely flat and is extremely accurate. I found the 115's pushed to 1460 FPS to be a touch more accurate than the 124's pushed to 1370 FPS. Unless you can have someone make ammo to your specs it's probably gonna be a tuff go. As stated, most major ammo is more than likely gonna manufactured for 2011 platforms and hence is gonna be loaded hot (and long) for an M&P or Glock. 2011's have better, more efficient comps, and can handle more powder to make the same power factor. Do you not reload?
  3. Which is crazy because I ordered 180’s months ago and was told it would be summer.
  4. Save yourself the frustration. I've tried relaying the lessons of basic economics to many in the "2A" community. It's like talking to a wall. "If we could just stop humans from acting on basic human nature, this silliness would stop...fairness". Good luck with that. Save yourself the frustration. Go to the garage. Get a hammer and start bashing your hand. Much less painful than the afore mentioned conversation. Most people, including the gun community, are only free market capitalist when they can get what they want at the price they want. If they can't, then that free market nonsense goes right out the window.
  5. am too in need of some 115 JHP
  6. Yep. Got an order of Nosler 175 RDF’s back last year from Midway. Needless to say they didn’t all make. They were nice enough to credit me back for the missing bullets as they’ve been back ordered ever since. That is weird. I received the 9-125 and 40-180s. Still waiting on the 115s. They said those will be this summer. Did you order a case of the 125’s?
  7. On another note... I do not believe there is a package the post office can not destroy. All my orders have been very well packaged, but damn, you can really see the abuse these boxes are taking on their way to us. Every exterior box looks like it's been to hell and back. I feel like the postal employees are doing on it on purpose at this point. "Wanna put 60 pounds of bullets in a box? Fine, I'll show you." DG and Precision are the best packaged, being double boxed. Strong heavy duty plastic bags inside strong heavy duty boxes, which are then placed inside the flat rate boxes and taped for the ride to hell. There is no wasted space inside the inside box which, and any empty space is filled with heavy duty filler material, allowing the packages to take more abuse as the bullets aren't moving around inside much at all. Blue, BBI, and Brass Monkey were all about the same. Good, but not quite as good as DG and Precision They all use smaller lighter duty boxes inside the flat rate box. They do use fillers, but it wasn't packaged quite as snug, which allowed the interior boxes to bang around and break open. Blue did use heavy duty plastic bags inside the smaller boxes which kept the bullets in one place at least. But you could tell the smaller boxes of bullets had been sliding around inside the flat rate box damaging them. Again, it's all relative. They were all packaged well. I didn't lose a single bullet in transit. But I did spend a few minutes picking up bullets off the floor after opening a couple of the packages. I don't even really fault the bullet makers. It's tough to defend your product during long distance shipping against spiteful postal employees.
  8. Orders from Blue and Brass Monkey showed up Friday. Day early, weren't supposed to be here till today. This is unusual. So far I have ordered form BBI, DG, Precision, Blue, and Brass Monkey. The packages referenced above are the only ones so far to show up on time or early. All Packages from BBI and DG were several days past the expected delivery date. But at least they made it. Have faith. They'll get there. There doesn't seem to be any rhyme or reason to which packages make it where and when.
  9. Lot's o updates. Precision Bullets 9-125's ordered on 3/16 were delivered on 4/16. 4 weeks to the day. Way better than the estimated 14-16 weeks. Which would explain the relatively fast shipping. Excellent product and packaging. Shot my first tests this afternoon. Precision Bullets 9-115's from same order, notified they'd be shipped Monday. Dave from Precision is really good at communicating! Still waiting on 401-185's. Dave advised summer sometime. Ordered a case of Brass Monkey 9-127's about 19:00 MST last night. Got a shipping notification this AM. Shipment on its way. USPS shows Saturday...so sometime next week. Hope these are as good as the BBI's and DG's. Ordered a case of each 9-115, 9-125, and 40-180 from Blue Bullets on 3/26. Got a shipping notice on the 9-125's and 40-180's yesterday. Packages show Saturday delivery...so next week. Was told this AM that 115s would be closer to June. Possibly sooner. So both Precision and Blue beat the time frame they gave when I placed my order. Not sure if they are catching up, or I just got lucky and ordered when they were making a run of what I needed? Those Bayous must be something special to be waiting on them for so long. So far I've tried the the BBI 125's and 180's, DG 115's and 125's, and Precision 125's. Can't tell a major difference between them. They're all great. No more smoke than FMJ's (Clean Shot is really clean). Phenomenal accuracy. Can't believe it took this shortage to turn me back onto them. It's good to know going forward I can just buy whatever is cheapest and available.
  10. Can’t we all just get along... Should get you in the ball park. I know people love em, but I couldn’t get anything resembling accuracy from them. Tried several powders and multiple COAL. Admittedly I don’t put a ton of effort in, since I didn’t see improvement. Decided to stick with 124/125gr. Just a cut and paste, you can ignore my little notes to myself. Gen 3 Gucci G34 Agency Arms Barrel. RMR 135 gr FP MatchWinner 1.090” 3.6 grs 982 FPS 19.5 SD / 70 ES (promise) 3.8 grs 1042 FPS 8.5 SD / 26 ES 1.100” Titegroup G34 Agency 3.6 grs 987 FPS 14.9 SD / 67 ES 3.8 grs 1032 FPS 13.6 SD / 68 ES 1.110” 3.6 grs 963 FPS 15.4 SD / 47 ES 3.8 grs 1021 FPS 11.0 SD / 30 ES 1.120” 3.6 grs 960 FPS 12.2 SD / 37 ES 3.9 grs 1027 FPS 8.1 SD / 28 ES 1.130” 3.9 grs 1025 FPS 13.9 SD / 50 ES (FTF) HP-38 G34 Agency 1.120” 4.2 grs 1028 FPS 16.4 SD / 52 ES (promise)
  11. Just started reloading BBI 180 coated bullets yesterday after loading FMJs for the better part of a decade. Shortage, price increase et all. Anyway, using a Dillon crimp die, I ran the press up with a loaded round in the station. Screwed the crimp die down till I couldn’t screw it any further. Then in small increments started moving the crimp down down until the loaded round would gauge in my Amanov case gauge, AND plunk test in my barrel. I agree. At .423 I had to shove the round into the gauge and barrel. But just a touch more, around .422, gauged and dropped into and out of barrel. I’m running these in a CZ TSO. I have to seat them at 1.120”. Started at 1.150”. Had to go all the way down to 1.120” to get them to plunk. Accuracy was superb. I know guys love to run their rounds long, but I encourage you to shorten them up and just see what happens. Almost always (almost) I get better accuracy with shorter COAL. And that’s across all platforms and calibers. For me the only exception is my open gun, when I run them at max magazine length. When I see guys with issues at match’s I’d say 8 outta 10 times their reloaded rounds are too long. Little more. Little less maybe. But it’s more often then not the case. Good luck. PS. Another issue that you don’t see as much any more, but was especially prevalent in 40 brass is bulged cases towards the bottom from unsupported barrels. Again, not as much of an issue as it used to be due to improvements in barrel designs. But can still be there. If your using once fired bras, try running it through one of the various “bulge busters” out there. I also use the Lee Undersized U die. Helps a lot!
  12. Think I’m gonna try a case of Brass Monkey 9-127s too. Anymore have any experience with Brass Monkey. Did a search didn’t find much. This is fun! Agreed. That being said, I’m still gonna need JHPs for my open gun. I know people shoot lead in their open guns, but I’m gonna stick with JHPs. Also have a Roland Special G19X that I’ll save the FMJs and JHPs for. AND i shoot plated in my suppressed Sub 9 AR...So I’ll still have to stalk RMR, MG, and Everglades websites
  13. Ordered a case of 9-125, 9-115, and 40-185’s from Precision Bullets on 3/16. 9-125’s shipped 4/12 SHOULD be delivered today. Dave advised 115’s would be another 2-3 weeks and 185’s late summer. Really digging all my new coated lead bullets BTW. Glad the shortage caused me to re-examine them. Cheap and some of the most accurate bullets I’ve tried to date. So far only shot the BBI’s and DG’s. Both awesome. Looking forward to trying the Blue’s and Precision’s. See if that “Proprietary” coating makes any difference.
  14. Used SPP with both 115 and 124 gr major loads. In conjunction with Silhouette and now Major Pistol. I switched to SP magnum primers for my major loads, but the difference is negligible. Maybe a touch better accuracy and cleaner burn. Maybe. SDs and ESs were low with all varieties of primers.
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