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  1. Whoops, disregard the 2nd pic! I have no idea how that got there.
  2. Make the Texas Tree great again! Gas’er up, buttercup! Kick the tire, light the fire! Grip it and rip if! p
  3. That part, #90734, is what i drilled out from the back side. It is like a rivet. Then I just got rid of the "fart knocker" part and that torsion spring.
  4. This is just a box stock LTT model. This was only my 2nd attempt for that particular drill that day:
  5. I was an RO for the SSN/SSC at PASA in 2008. It was a s#!tshow then too. There was a SNAFU with the match hotel room. We pitched our bitch about it. The problem with the room only got resolved when I got on the phone with my girlfriend and started giving her directions to the match hotel. I had carpooled up there with a “buddy” at the time. So at the end of the match when there was the RO only drawings (names on slips of paper drawn out of a hat), our two names never got drawn because they were intentionally never put in there. Yes, I am still bitter about it. Argghh…
  6. Look at my pic on the previous page. Once you do the Dillon Powder measure retrograde, there is no need for the failsafe return rod. In turn, there is no need to keep the powder measure at station #2. what I am doing in the pic on the first page is what I call SPaRR. Single Pass Rifle Reloading. If the .223 brass (commercial/civilian once or more fired brass or twice or more fired Lake City brass) measures between 1.74” and 1.76”, then there is no need to trim it. So it can get fed right into a toolhead, and it goes from an empty fired case to a reloaded round with just a Single Pass through the 650 . The Swage It tool goes in at station #2 where the priming normally happens. The Swage It tool takes out the crimped primer pockets. Soooo…. In theory if there was a way to move priming to station #3, then I could reload once fired Lake City brass (that was between 1.74” and 1.76” long) in just one Single Pass.
  7. Yes my powder measure is at station #4 . Just thinking out loud here…. if I could prime at station #3, and leave the Swage It at station #2 that would be awesome.
  8. Drilling out that rivet on the powder measure’s “bell crank” and then drilling a hole through the failsafe rod so you can add a “cotter key” or “cotter pin” and a washer and then adding the two tension springs is called a “Dillon powder measure retrograde” . Here on my 650:
  9. To answer your first question…. I keep my old shot targets in a 3 ring binder. I can’t remember if I have done any experiments with .308, but definitely in .223, using a Lee FCD, my accuracy got worse. Or said another way: Accuracy was better without the Lee FCD. As to your second question about how much neck tension/which diameter bushing you should you use…. How thick is the brass at the case necks/mouths? If you keep everything the same as you have it now, can you chrono your loads? What kind of accuracy are they producing now?
  10. I could swear when I first got into shooting competitions in about 2005, at wally world 12ga Winchester AA’s were like $4.87 a box. I bought 3 “sleeves” of AA’s last month from Academy Sports. And you are right, they averaged about $11 a box. They were the first regular lead’ed 12ga shells I had seen at Academy in like a year and a half. I figured I should better snatch ‘em up while I can. Here in southwestern Illinois, you have to pay to put out live birds. I never really got that much into 3 gun. The hand shucking of shells into the loading port never really appealed to me. But there would be a few pistol matches that would run shotgun only side stages after the main matches. That was fun! Sorry, I am rambling here at this early hour. My point being I would rather save my #7.5’s for quail and chukar this fall and winter. I should start buying up #5’s and #6’s NOW before the pheasant season ramps up. I have saved all my hulls over the years. I literally have buckets of them. The current situation makes me glad I bought a Mec9000G years ago. I am also glad I made my own birdshot maker. Now if I had just stocked up on 209 primers about 2 years ago…,
  11. But like somebody else said up above, it is the storing of all the primers, bullets, cases, powder, etc. that eats up a lot of space. I was lucky in that I found this 6 foot tall Wright Line media cabinet from a surplus furniture store. It has a tambour door like what a roll top desk has. Those gray metal shelves are actually drawers. I liked the 6 footer so much I went back and got a 7 footer:
  12. In theory, you could put a progressive press on one of these bench grinder stands :
  13. Kipling’s poem “Power of the Dog” : There is sorrow enough in the natural way From men and women to fill our day; And when we are certain of sorrow in store, Why do we always arrange for more? Brothers and Sisters, I bid you beware Of giving your heart to a dog to tear. Buy a pup and your money will buy Love unflinching that cannot lie— Perfect passion and worship fed By a kick in the ribs or a pat on the head. Nevertheless it is hardly fair To risk your heart for a dog to tear. When the fourteen years which Nature permits Are closing in asthma, or tumour, or fits, And the vet’s unspoken prescription runs To lethal chambers or loaded guns, Then you will find—it’s your own affair— But… you’ve given your heart to a dog to tear. When the body that lived at your single will, With its whimper of welcome, is stilled (how still!). When the spirit that answered your every mood Is gone—wherever it goes—for good, You will discover how much you care, And will give your heart to a dog to tear. We’ve sorrow enough in the natural way, When it comes to burying Christian clay. Our loves are not given, but only lent, At compound interest of cent per cent. Though it is not always the case, I believe, That the longer we’ve kept ’em, the more do we grieve: For, when debts are payable, right or wrong, A short-time loan is as bad as a long— So why in—Heaven (before we are there) Should we give our hearts to a dog to tear?
  14. Slight thread…. When I first came here to this forum back in 2005, I thought everybody was in love with straight Clays for .40 major. It seemed that way up until 2012 or so. Is that not the case any more? back on topic…. like somebody said above, if the gun functions 100% with those reloads, then you are good to go and you’re like ahead of the power curve. If you are in doubt about the chrono readings, you could always ask your local club’s MD if he knows anybody with a chrono. Then you meet up with that dude after a match to try some of your handloads over his chrono.
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