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  2. Geez. I paid $68 each for my Gen 2 140s. I haven't done the Atlas squeeze on them yet, because they have been 100% reliable so far.
  3. zzt

    9 major or 38 SC

    I have no idea how much more you would need for 38 Super. That's generally loaded way longer than I load 9mm major. With a 115 HAP 9.1gr makes 149PF and 10.2 makes 168PF. Maybe you can deduce it from that. My guess, and it's an outright guess, is you will need at least .5gr more if you load to 1.280", and probably more. 1.161 OAL; custom 2011 Open gun I built. Here is a pic.
  4. If you would like 155s instead, Shooters Connection sells them for the same price as the 140s. Ooops, not any more.
  5. Two of my three RTS2s came with almost dead batteries.
  6. zzt

    9 major or 38 SC

    Use 10.4gr Major Pistol powder under a 115 and you'll get the boom back.
  7. I use all Hornady dies except for the Lee Factory Carbide Crimp die, and the Mr. Bulletfeeder expander/funnel. The Lee FCD reduced the number of rounds that would no drop fully into my Shockbottle case gauge to one or two per hundred. The ones that failed usually had a burr on the rim from a very sharp extractor. Filing the burr off allowed them to drop fully in. You should be using .400" bullets. If you use larger, the Lee FCD will swage the portion of the bullet inside the case to .400". That may or may not affect accuracy. The Mr. Bulletfeeder expander/funnel (make sure you ask for one for Hornady) is a two step expander. The top portion expands the case to .400" or .401". The lower section is standard. This allows the bullet to be inserted into the case vertically, where it remains when the shell plate rotates. You should use no, or a microscopic bell with this expander.
  8. I mostly use 155 and 170 MBX mags, but I have two 9mm Gen 2 mags I use for classifiers or when I have to drop a mag in dust or mud. They run fine, but capacity is limited. The so called 140s I have are short. I can cram 21 in, but only 20 reloadable. That's fine for classifiers. I don't know how long the plastic base pads will hold up, but otherwise they are a big improvement over the Gen 1s. I run them just as they came out of the package. If you are looking for max capacity, by the time you add an 11 coil spring, follower and extended base pad, you are so close to the price of an MBX it isn't worth it.
  9. Since you are using a SDB, you are locked into those dies because they are proprietary. 9mm and 40sw brass are problematic, because so much of it is fired in guns with unsupported chambers. I had exactly the same problem loading 40sw on a SDB. 20% case gauge rejects. Most of them would still chamber and fire, but many did not. I solved that problem by moving to a Hornady Lock 'n Load so I could use standard dies. Your only other viable alternative is to push through size each case. You will only be 'sizing' the bottom of the case, but that's okay. That's where the bulge will be. I shoot 40 and 9mm Open. I have zero issues with range brass in 40, because the Lee Factory Carbide Crimp die takes a care of the 'Glock" bulge. That die for 9mm only resizes the neck of the case when crimping, so any bulge is still a problem. I shoot a lot and I'm not willing to invest the time to push though size the 7 or 8 thousand 9mm cases I will use in a year. So I buy fully processed once fired brass. It is resized and deprimed, swaged, push through sized, cleaned in SS media and lightly waxed. It runs 100% in my guns. I still drop them into a Shockbottle case gauge to check, just in case.
  10. I have a ProChrono Digital and a Caldwell Pro kit. Neither one will give good results if sunlight touches any port. I learned decades ago the chrono must be in the shade with the screens exposed to the sky. Lately, I just use the IR screens that came with the Caldwell. However, I use them on the ProChrono, because that is the more accurate device. 25 yards is too far to chrono. You get your most accurate results when the bullet travels a path down the centerline of the chrono and parallel to the sensors. Any deviation from this path decreases the reported velocity, because the path across the sensors was longer. 10' is the longest I chrono at. If you are shooting an Open gun, you can get away with 5'. Just subtract 5-6 fps to get the 10' reading. Bullet setback can absolutely cause wild readings like that. My major Limited load was 1.126" to work in my CZ TS. I got great, consistent chrono results. My 2011 also fed bullets at that OAL so I used them. I could feel they were inconsistent just by shooting them. I chrono'd them. Awful. The reason was inconsistent setback with mixed range brass. I loaded to 1.180" for the 2011 and the problem disappeared. I was back to single digit SDs.
  11. Are you sure your diameters are correct? .011" over is not good.
  12. 115 HAP @ 1.161" Using the FCD for lead or coated bullets may not be a good idea if you are looking for the best accuracy. I load some 40sw with .401" poly coated bullets for use at a club that does not permit jacketed or plated on steel. The FCD swages the portion of the bullet inside the case down to .400". It does no swaging when I load my normal .400" plated bullet.
  13. You must have bought some oddballs. Standard STI spacing of .375" on centers is used almost universally for frame mounts on 2011. I prefer Cheely mounts. because they already have the 1 degree angle baked in. Open gun generally have the slides lightened and that includes flat topping. All of the slides on my Open guns clear the mount by a good margin.
  14. I fail to see how a Lee FCD can reduce case tension (presumably neck tension). I use one and you cannot budge the bullet after it has been loaded.
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