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  1. This is what I've done on the spur of the moment as I often have gym shorts on around the house. Otherwise it takes about a minute to put on a pair of pants with belt loops and use the rig as intended. Practicing with a rig you are not going to compete with? Only if there were no other option.
  2. ddc

    Production P320 X5 complete

    hmmmm, now you've got me thinking about a new barrel for Christmas.... lol
  3. I agree. I also know that for me personally once I got to the point where I was loading about 250/week and more on a Lee Classic turret that I was getting to really dread my reloading sessions. (250 = 1000 lever pulls). Since I upgraded to a 650 (and I've now loaded longer on the 650 than I did with the turret) I don't consider the time necessary to reload to be a negative at all.
  4. This is an issue that comes and goes with my 650. Supposedly pulling out the powder funnel, chucking it up in a drill or lathe and polishing the heck out of it is supposed to help. Right now it's cooperating. Next time I will try polishing. Don't know why it isn't consistent. I wonder if brass with a thicker case wall might exacerbate the problem.
  5. This is an issue that comes and goes with my 650. Supposedly pulling out the powder funnel, chucking it up in a drill or lathe and polishing the heck out of it is supposed to help. Right now it's cooperating. Next time I will try polishing. Don't know why it isn't consistent. I wonder if brass with a thicker case wall might exacerbate the problem.
  6. ddc

    Production P320 X5 complete

    Excellent. Yes, shortening the OAL from 1.16 down to 1.12 would have bumped up the pressure, a little more "umph" as you say. That is actually a fairly significant reduction in OAL. Somewhere in the reloading forums is a test somebody made charting velocity vs. OAL for a given charge weight.
  7. If you decide to disassemble that mechanism... that spring is held in a compressed state by the "slide spring pin". It is kind of a wonky setup because as the pin is unscrewed it will be pushed laterally and start to tilt as the threads unscrew unless you provide lateral pressure on the case slide block. And therefore it is subject to getting launched across the room. I think that will make sense when you look at it.
  8. Ok. You have "jogged" my memory. I am now remembering an issue I had that sounds similar. The "case insert slide spring" (item 13 on the Platform Assembly page, page 52 in the manual) seems to be responsible for raising the platform/shell plate back into position. If that spring is broken or slack or if there is a lot of friction in the case feed mechanism then the platform will not go high enough to clear the primer ram. I would suggest cleaning that entire assembly and replacing that spring. If you don't have a replacement then gently elongate the spring by pulling on each end so that you increase the spring tension slightly when it is compressed. Be careful with that. Getting that spring out is easier if you remove the upper slide cam first.
  9. ddc

    Production P320 X5 complete

    You may have been just touching the rifling. But then you said that they were hanging up around 2/3 or the way in so that kinda argues against that I would think. hmmmmm.... Perhaps that chamber is just very tight. SAAMI spec for the case mouth is .380 and for the chamber at that point it is .381. You may have been right on the edge for your new chamber. Note that chambers are cut all over the place and SAAMI spec is just a guideline as opposed to an absolute requirement. I would hope that 1.12 and .378/9 should do the trick.
  10. "It was "rising to soon as the plated passed over it" I'm confused as it seems as though you are describing a scenario where the primer disc is rotating as the punch is elevated. At the point in the process where the punch is elevated the shell plate and the primer disc should have completed their rotation and they should be static and indexed. The only thing moving in that area should be the primer punch as it rises.
  11. The first time I took the machine apart enough to require the alignment tool (had to replace the index ring) I was surprised to find out that "aligning" basically meant adjusting the "slop" in the platform when in was bolted down such that the primer punch was lined up properly. I guess I assumed something more sophisticated was going to occur. Oh well, I guess it works well enough.
  12. ddc

    Production P320 X5 complete

    oops... I totally blew by the part where you had the new barrel fitted. Whatever worked before will have to be re-verified and possibly modified. 100 rounds isn't a lot. Things might smooth out after another 100 or so. You did the "plunk test". So at least they drop in and drop out with no effort I assume. Did you attempt to rotate them after they dropped in? I'd vote for going a little shorter and seeing how that works out. 1.140 would still be on the long side based upon what I've seen for 9mm minor loads. With respect to the Blues I've used them in other guns with no issues but I wasn't thrilled with them in my X5. Looks like George16 is also using a 10# spring. Haven't seen many that low. Maybe that weight is more common than I thought. Did the gunsmith set up the gun with those recoil springs (9#/10#) or is that after you got it back?
  13. ddc

    Production P320 X5 complete

    Yes. How new is your gun? Mine was finicky for the first couple hundred rounds.
  14. ddc

    Production P320 X5 complete

    I'm curious if the problem is related to one or both of the following: 1. Your COAL is longer than what most people I've talked to are using. 1.145 is about the longest I've seen. 2. Your recoil spring is lighter than what most people I've talked to are using. 12# is about the lightest I've seen commonly used although I've seen at least one person going down to 11# Edited to add: Just for comparison in my X5 I'm using: 1.RMR 147 FMJ FN 2. 1.12 OAL 3. crimp to .378/.379 4. Prima V 3.5 5. 13# recoil spring/Springer tungsten guide rod
  15. and dreaming about something with a bit more capability?
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