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RickT

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    San Francisco Bay Area
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    Steel Challenge and Cycling
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    Richard Tompkins

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  1. I bought one with my Mark 7 and had the same thought. A bench-mounted button with more positive contacts would be much better. I love my Mark 7, but found that a quick thumb press wouldn't always close the contacts. Once I got past the learning phase I no longer need the button.
  2. I capitulate! I mount a 2x4 to the wall backed up by t-nuts. Bolt the 2x4 to the bench, back the bench up to the wall, mark the 2x4 location, screw 2x4 into the studs and re-bolt bench to 2x4. Never had a problem going through 150K rounds. Just lazy.
  3. I've recently moved and haven't yet set up my reloading bench which at my former home was robustly fastened to the wall studs. The bench is quite heavy and generally I have 200-300 lbs of bullets on the bottom shelf (below the bench). Anyone running this setup on a standalone bench and if so have you noticed much vibration? I'm inclined to fasten to the wall despite the trouble doing so just due to potential issues with the bullet feeder.
  4. ebay or Amazon you can get an endoscope with a WiFi direct output (to cell phone, tablet, etc.) They have a built-in light, but any old Small LED light mounted on the same axis will do just fine.
  5. I haven't had this happen to me, but I know when I first started with the 1050 (small primers) adding an upside down 45 case (weight) to the plastic tube that assists primer feeding really smoothed things out a bit. Something to think about going forward.
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    Winchester primers.......

    Not problems with either Winchester or CCI. I switched to the slightly softer Win primers to ensure detonation in my EDC (practice rounds only of course)
  7. I've never had one move over several thousand rounds. Several months ago I call Uniquetek with a question (one of my two units had low friction and they suggested putting a small piece of low stick clear tape if I was concerned. I don't use the tape and both of my units have stayed dead on.
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    ACME 147 vs 145

    I've tried both in our 9mm 1911s I'm not sure there is an accuracy difference, but chambering the first round is smoother with the RN. I'd buy a sample pack of each and give them a try. You can weight 10-20 of each and measure the weight variation if that's a concern in your application.
  9. Have you added a small amount of additional weight to the primer tube push rod? Most use a 45ACP case which fits nicely over the end of the rod. \
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    Sport Pistol Powder opinions? A year later

    There are a good number of threads on this forum and elsewhere that discuss SP usual related to performance at minor PF in various handguns/PCC. Have you searched?
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    Sport Pistol powder

    My wife is running 3.5gr SP behind 115gr coated. I run 3.1gr SP behind 135gr coated. I prefer the feel of the 135gr. "Recoil" may be less with the 115gr, but there is a bit more "snap" as felt in a 9mm 1911. YMMV.
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    Tripp Cobra 10 Round Problems

    Our Springfield 9mm 1911s have been flawless with Tripp mags over what I would estimate is a combined 150K rounds. We no longer run 147gr FP primarily because we don't have to make PF, but they ren flawless with the occasional stutter when chambering the first round. For heavy bullets Acme 145gr (RN) work great in our 1911s FWIW.
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    Do-all load

    This particular club had some frag injuries on a falling plates setup probably due to bad design of the plate mount. They launched a study and came to an erroneous conclusion. I don't want to flaunt the rules so I'll bump up my load by .1 gr. My wife's normal load is on a 115gr bullet, but she'll go ahead and run the 120 PF load just for this match. Of course we shoot regular matches frequently and I've seen only one minor injury where tweezers were necessary to pull a small fragment out of a forearm.
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    Do-all load

    This is a non-sanctioned SC match, albeit decently well set up. They had some frag injuries when shooting falling plates and launched a research/test effort to redefine safety requirements with respect to bullet weight/velocity. Thus 120 PF for bullet weights under 180gr (as I recall). We practice 2x/week with our sub-minor ammo, all bullet weights from 115 to 147gr. I have never seen any evidence of a bullet failing to fragment and this is after 200K rounds, self and wife combined, but their range their rules.
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    Do-all load

    I'm currently running 3.1gr Sport Pistol behind 135gr Bayou bullets in my softly sprung 9mm 1911: a bit sub-minor since it's for steel challenge only. This same load (and OAL) runs in my SA EMP, HK P2000 and CMMG Guard. The little EMP has a short, stiff spring, but the heavier bullet and what I expect is a medium speed powder just works in the 3" barrel. Things are good when life is simple. I'll chrono all four next week and post the results. One of our clubs requires a 120PF and I know I'm just below that with the 3.1gr load.
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