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  1. If I have to orient the cases before loading into the cases (can't watch the video at work, but that's what looks to be the case), I don't see much benefit. If you load enough ammo on the 550, you reach a point where you can place the case, bullet, and index without conscious thought. As others have mentioned, I'd go back to a 650 to increase output.
  2. Competition - Open class 2011 Carry - Full size 1911, 1911 w/ Officers frame and commander slide, Kahr PM9, Keltec P32 - Choice comes down to what I can effectively conceal. Full size 1911 in winter, P32 in the heat of summer
  3. The club at which I began shooting USPSA required new shooters to attend a safety / general orientation class before shooting their first match. It was offered free two or three times per year. I wound up becoming the instructor for a few years.
  4. Loads shouldn't be the issue. Previous owner said he only shot 125g Zero's over VV N105. I've been either 124g MG or 125g Zero JHP on top of either 8.8g of 4756 (had old ammo to use up) or 10.2-10.4g of N105. Same loads I put thousands of rounds through my previous Pro Sx's. All 38 Super. Not sure when the gun was built; just that it was used for a year and a half by the GM previous owner. My first Pro Sx was used and I never had an issue with it. My first Open gun was a home built mess that I sent back to the seller. I think a lot depends on how close the gun is to when it left the smith and who that smith is. If some guy changed out the barrel using his father's awesome set of tools (being a TV repairman), then it doesn't matter who built it in the first place.
  5. We'll see what Bob has to say on the matter, but in my experience, he stands behind his work, even for those who aren't the original owners of a gun. With 56k rounds through it, I can't say I expect a complete no cost swap. Regardless, I'll still have some cash outlay, since this would be a good time to throw a new barrel in it 'while you're in there'.
  6. Or at least my slide is. Found this little gem, while cleaning my Pro Sx tonight. The gun had 55k rounds on it before it reached me and I've only put ~1k or so through it since. So much for my relatively low cost of (re) entry. Of course, this could have been avoided, had I just not cleaned my gun. Another helpful tip to share with your friends.
  7. Pro Grip will leave white residue on your gun. Difficulty in removing it depends a lot on the grip itself. My limited gun was both not very grippy and impossible to remove the Pro Grip from; I forget who did the texturing. My first Pro Sx with a Bob grip, was a lot easier to clean. You have to ask yourself whether you care about residue, so long as the solution works for you. The only way I recall the ease of residue removal is from when I put them up for sale and wanted them to look purdy.
  8. Ran into the same thing, so the machine is on the lower shelf of my bench. Unfortunately, I can't use the setup inline, because I tumble my loaded rounds with mineral spirits, to remove the case lube. The mineral spirits also do an outstanding job of removing permanent marker. Sooo, the marking becomes a secondary operation. You can knock out a hundred rounds in no time, so it's not a huge deal. That method also allows you to adjust the markers, should they require some fettling. Honestly, the only way I'd use it inline is with my earbuds in and turned up, because the machine makes a nasty racket. The machine isn't perfect, but it doe work well. Perfect would command a much higher price point, so this one is right where it needs to be. It's money well spent, because not recovering 38 Super brass gets expensive!
  9. When it comes to your local monthly club matches, who decides what stages are included? Does the match director make the decisions, followed by a group setup or do a few volunteers take each shooting bay and design what they want? My previous experience has always been with the former, but the club at which I'm shooting now does it the other way. There are pros and cons to each approach. One puts more burden on the match director. On the flip side, when each stage is left to the two or three volunteers, they almost seem to want to out do each other. So, it's easy to wind up with six mind bending 32 round field courses, chock full of hard cover and no shoots, plus a classifier. I'm curious what everyone else sees in their monthly club matches.
  10. All is great, so long as that media stays stuck. My concern would be what happens when it gets jarred out and starts getting places it shouldn't. One source of feed jams is replaced by another.
  11. I found it strange as well, but I eliminated all the other potential root causes, all scientific method like. It surprised me as well, but the gun ran fine, once I tumbled the ammo. The test case came from a lot of ammo known to cause jams.
  12. To answer the original question, I'm leaning toward yes. When I bailed from USPSA shooting in 2008, the Brazos ProSx was considered one of the Open guns to shoot. A decade later, I've not heard any evidence that it's not just as competitive. Sure, folks continue to play with comp and port designs, but any improvement in technology to improve performance seems to be marginal, not incremental. Aesthetically, guns have changed quite a bit. Smiths sure seem to love using their CNC machines to create pretty patterns.
  13. Ordered mine last night. So happy to have this gathering place to provide reliable advice and product reviews. Now, to choose my special colors...
  14. Good point, Sauza. When tumbling, it's best to have a large grain media. Case lube could work, depending on the active ingredient. Lanolin gets super sticky, so I'd skip that. I've started using Dillon synthetic lube, which seems to be silicon based; it doesn't have any stickiness to it. May be a good alternative.
  15. I'm sure many of you have found yourself with close to a thousand rounds of 38 Super ammo you loaded a decade ago. When this almost certainty happens, you'll remember this post and thank me. I thought is was serendipity that a used Pro Sx, like I shot 10 years ago, came on the market as I already had a ton of ammo already tuned to the gun. Except, when I was consuming that ammo, my gun went jamomatic on me. At least once per stage, I'd get a failure to go into battery. I swapped out recoil springs and worked to relax the springs in my brand new mags, with only marginal results. Darn, was this why the gun had been up for sale? Once about half of the old ammo was gone, I began loading fresh. Much to my surprise, it fed perfectly. The ammo was essentially identical, dimensionally, same powder, primers, bullets, etc. Then it hit me; the new ammo was obviously nice and slick, with a lovely shine. The older looked pretty good, but upon closer inspection with new as a comparison, it wasn't as 'slippery' to the touch. So, I threw it in my tumbler for 45 minutes and viola, a nice shine and more importantly, the ammo ran flawlessly. Thus, for the legions of folks who wind up in the same situation, I offer my advice to retumble your old ammo before attempting to use it. Back to kicking myself for not noticing sooner.
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