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RickT

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    Treasure Valley, Idaho
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    Steel Challenge and Cycling
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    Richard Tompkins

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  1. All of the above. For example, Bayou changed their 115gr bullet profile and my OAL (for a 9mm 1911) went from 1.145 to 1.11". The new bullets are shorter and "stubbier". A micrometer seating die is your friend. This same bullet in my CMMG SBR is loaded to 1.08" although factory FMJ works just fine.
  2. I haven't run my 1050 manually for 3+ years, but as long as you have enough bell to avoid shaving the bullet you'll find the sweet spot where the bell "grabs" the bullet base and allows you to avoid tipping the bullet. Of course this is more of a concern going 1800 rounds/hour with a Mark VII, but the 1050 can be manually run near that hard.
  3. I'll have a set of Hunters HD Gold lenses shortly. Turns out after speaking with Chris at "HHDG" turns out they can make lenses for Rudy Project Rydon (and probably other RP products?). I sent Chris some samples including one old set of prescription RP lenses with a small mounting adapter. They are going to cut lenses to mate with the adapter to have full field monovision, clearly and improvement over the RP inserts which are a pain to keep clean.
  4. Outstanding thread! I've had cataract surgery so use 2/3 meter monovision in my right eye for front sight focus. The slight blur doesn't affect the closer targets, but when things step out to 20+ yards I loose target contrast under poor lighting conditions. Practicing for steel challenge we don't paint as often as we should and a white target with black splotches begins to appear more gray against the sand background. It helps to avoid squinting, but I'm having trouble avoiding same. I'm going to cover up the left lens and see if that helps.
  5. I'm glad I stumbled on this resurrected thread. I'm in my 70's and had surgery at age 10 to correct what was then called exotropia (I believe). While the surgery gave me good function I don't have binocular vision and couldn't, for example, pass the binocular vision test required in the 60's for pilot training. I can converge images in binocular helmet mounted displays and I suspect that's a product of the symbology focused at 300 ft. minimum. I've had cataract surgery in my dominant eye with resulting excellent acuity and use 2.25d lens with a tiny bit of cylinder in my right/dominant eye and distance prescription in my left eye for shooting SC with iron sights. Something in this thread has me rethinking the distance vision in my left eye. Shooting primarily steel challenge I find myself squinting when shooting "distance" targets and this decreases contrast. Obviously, the image is much sharper in my left eye and I now wonder if the squint has something to do with overcoming my brain's natural preference to use the left eye; I can use the sunscreen on the left lens trick to test this, but anyone with an opinion feel free to chime in.
  6. I don't generally chronograph for steel challenge, but my wife's PCC with Wiland barrel will cycle 2.8gr of SP behind a 115gr coated bullet (Bayou). Whatever the PF there would be nothing to gain going below that sort of load: Taccom Extreme bolt and Taccom 3-stage buffer.
  7. Also depends on bullet, OAL and firearm chamber. My PCC requires a short OAL and loading 145gr RN coated I'm using a LEE undersize sizing die and FCD; probably overkill, but I'm having minimal problems using a Hundo checker. I found for pistol the Dillon sizing die was fine, but my 9mm 1911 is very forgiving.
  8. The epoxy has been rock solid for many thousands of rounds; Less expensive than a new gun:)
  9. Same with the 115gr molds. His new loads have no mold line whatsoever. Had to tweak my OAL a bit, but with the Redding Comp seater that only takes a few minutes.
  10. Trying to encourage my local match to use aiming points and reread the rules which I now realize don't require a 2' high aiming point (AP): anything from ground level to 2' is deemed acceptable. It's reasonable that the 10' requirement ensures a level of safety should the competitor have an ND at the buzzer, but if a 2' AP is in use should be RO require the competitor aim at the top of the AP or is any point from ground level to the top acceptable? Seems for consistency sake an AP placed at ground level 15' out would be very close to the top of a 2' AP placed at 10'. Not trying to split hairs, but a 2' difference in AP does affect the draw.
  11. I do have IPD values on my prescriptions which should be more accurate than the "dot" method. Since I've had cataract surgery on my dominant eye I shoot with (now) a 2.25 diopter monovision (right eye) prescription and distance monovision (left eye). I can run my PCC with the right eye magnification or use my Rudy Project frames with distance inserts for that platform. I'm also going to suggest that when Brian sends out sample frames he include a sample of the lens so buyers can evaluate the performance.
  12. That's fine either way. The price is very reasonable and as much as I like Rudy Project I can't find a lens that does much of anything. I can use my Rudy Project insert with clear lenses for indoors where even the best photochromic technologies won't get close to 100% transmission.
  13. I have three frames on the way for trial. Very impressed with their responsiveness.
  14. Trying to check whether match results have been uploaded to USPSA, a match that I did not shoot. The match appears when I search on the SCSA.org website, but I don't know if these are uploaded matches or simply the results of a query into the Practiscore database. Can anyone clarify? I'm checking for an MD that is not a USPSA member.
  15. Little chance of that unfortunately. Wife and I only shoot Tier 1 matches in Idaho
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