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  1. Weird... I'd noticed considerable variation in seating depth even on smaller calibers (223/308), enough to be a problem for 600/1000 yd F-class. Sent from my SM-T710 using Tapatalk
  2. Interesting... do you run them thru all in one pass? Or two, one for sizing and one for seating, so that the force required to size doesn't mask the feel of seating? If you already have a Prometheus, what do you hope to gain from an AutoTrickler + AutoThrower ? I moved to the AutoTrickler on my Sartorius GD-503 when they first came out, and eventually replaced it with the FX120i. Ah. I think I recall having to do something like that with seating on my Co-Ax, actually (been a few years). Good to know, though. Thanks, Monte Sent from my Moto G (5) Plus using Tapatalk
  3. FWIW I don't have any intention of loading precision rifle ammo with the Dillon APM. If I set it up like my smaller cartridges it'll be with two tool heads - one for sizing & expanding, and one for charging & seating. Charges would be dispensed on my FX120i + AutoThrower + AutoTrickler. Sent from my SM-T710 using Tapatalk
  4. If you can, take 2-3 fired/cleaned cases of each make, number them, weigh them, and then fill them with water and weigh them again. Distilled water is best, but room temp tap water will work 'close enough' for a quick check. Given the average water weight (weight filled minus the weight dry), along with some other info (powder, how much, bullet, seating depth, MV of the original load) we can plug the numbers into a program like QuickLoad and give some ball park estimates. Sent from my SM-T710 using Tapatalk
  5. Hah! I was wondering what the buttons would look like for a case head that big What die set up do you have there in the Whidden tool head? XL powder die, I presume? What about the seater? I've been using a Forster Ultra BR seater in my Co-Ax; I had some concerns about clearance under the sleeve as far as getting a long bullet like a Berger 300 or Hornady 285 ELD-M in there...
  6. What's the largest cartridge that you have personally reloaded on a 550 or 650? Were you happy with the results over a regular single stage like a Co-Ax?
  7. Triggertech, Huber, Bix & Andy, CG Extreme, Timney and Jewell are all top names for the precision bolt gun game. Sometimes it depends on whether you want single stage or two stage, adjustable trigger shoe, or what you want for a pull weight range. Or if you want a safety. As I've found out recently, they aren't nearly as 'drop-in' as on say, an AR. There's a good chance that it may need some fitting and timing by a gunsmith. Sent from my Moto G (5) Plus using Tapatalk
  8. All set up next to the 550 ready to go Sent from my Moto G (5) Plus using Tapatalk
  9. AutoTrickler.com get the full meal deal, with the A&D FX120i, AutoTrickler & AutoThrower. then head over to Area419.com, and get all the 'bling' to upgrade it (bullet powder cup & trickler base are pretty much essential, IMHO). Fast single-kernel accuracy for about half what the *lease* on a Prometheus costs, much less purchasing one outright. Sent from my SM-T710 using Tapatalk
  10. Seems like the Wilson case gauge is just trying to check your headspace / trim length, and leaves enough room to let differing chambers not run into problems around the case web. Which is pretty much right where your Hornady case gauge is giving you grief. What do your fired (preferably deprimed) cases measure using the LnL comparator? They are a *relative* measurement, not an absolute. My comparator would likely read slightly differently than yours even on the same case, due to +/- production tolerances, the light radius at the edge of that hole, etc. etc. What matters is your 'before' measurement vs your 'after' measurement. And before you get too caught up in only sizing the brass a certain amount because of some random numbers off the internet... here is what is currently probably considered 'best practice' for fitting the brass to your chamber: Bear in mind, this is coming from guys that do 1k BR and LR F-class, where they want top-shelf accuracy... but part of that involves not having to wrestle your gun every time you close the bolt!
  11. Y'all do know that you can do caliber changes on these presses... they don't *have* to be dedicated to one cartridge forever and ever ? Just funnin' ya! I think he said he got an Revolution after the 1050... and never mentioned selling that one!
  12. Another good read... https://www.usrifleteam.com/blog/rays-new-labradar One bit of particular interest (to me, at least): Not sure if I'd ever updated the firmware on my unit, so maybe that is/was part of the issue I have been fighting. But like I said, their guy pretty much leads with "you aren't setting it up correctly", which is a bit irritating ?
  13. https://forum.snipershide.com/threads/labradar-with-suppressor.6902439/
  14. The internal batteries have caused some issues... if they get low - and they do, surprisingly quickly - you'll still get the low battery problems even with the external power pack plugged in. But if you *remove* the internal batteries entirely, and just use the external power pack, that little issue goes away...
  15. I'm pretty sure that they aren't really intended to trigger with a suppressed rifle as they come from the factory. There is a microphone attachment for air rifles that a lot of people use that supposedly helps. IIRC, I used mine with the trigger set to Doppler mode and it worked fine. That said... I've had a lot of issues with the acoustic trigger on mine. Like it's basically *never* worked, outside parking it right next to an extremely aggressively braked gun. I've always had to use Doppler mode for it to work right at all... as it turned out, part of that was that my normal firing position setup doesn't really let me park the unit out by the muzzle. In Doppler mode, it works (worked) fine back by the receiver of the gun, with the added bonus that I could actually reach the controls during the string without having to get up out of position or reach up with a stick to push the buttons (I've had the unit way longer than the BT phone app has been around). But even when I did have the chance to use it 'properly', with room to position the unit out by the muzzle it still didn't work in Acoustic mode ( (next to, behind, forward, didn't matter). I've used other people's units with no issue, and have other people try mine. The common factor was that mine doesn't play nice in Acoustic mode. I contacted their CS a couple times, wanting to send it back in to get checked out. Basically the discussion started and finished with the beginning assumption that I didn't know WTF I was doing, and to call them from the range (can't, poor cell service up there). I let it slide because Doppler mode *was* working and letting me use the unit the way I wanted to. Unfortunately, recently even that went to pot and started screwing up and giving me the 'acquisition error' warnings after it triggered... on no shot fired! Contacted their CS guy again... went thru the same dog-n-pony show, finally had to call him and specifically tell him I wanted to send it back in, and he emailed me an RMA form. Sent it off Saturday... so we'll see how it goes. Maybe he's right, and I don't know WTF I'm doing... but after 2+ years using it, I have my doubts
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