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  1. As I understand it, and someone step in if I am mistaken, Federal Match primers are suggested when using the 11.5 hammer spring. It is pretty remarkable that you got consistent strikes for 4500 rounds using factory ammo! Was it Federal match ammo?
  2. Sounds similar to what Lanny Basham describes as occupying the conscious mind (being pissed off, a mindless pre- shoot routine, etc.) and letting the sub-conscious mind take over shooting the stage. Being pissed doesn’t work for me, but you may be on to something that works for you.
  3. Compete with a Shadow 2 in Production and Springfield 1911 in SS. EDC is a 9 mm Springfield XD sub compact, nightstand gun is a G22. My thought process on the EDC and nightstand gun is to make it a simple, striker fired platform, nothing complicated for life and death situations.
  4. Practice takes dedication and sacrifice, upgrading a part typically takes little of neither. It is human nature to take the the easy (perceived anyways) route, in this case purchase a part to make me a better shooter. Once the reliable/good gun quotient is achieved, the ROI for the latest gadget is nil. The ROI on practice will always be there.
  5. I consistently shoot 1-2 matches per week and dry fire for about 30 min. at least 5 times per week. But, life happens and I find that I will periodically go up to 2 - 3 weeks without a match or dry fire practice. Ironically, this time off is not detrimental and I actually see a performance gain.
  6. I plan to switch to Limited next year for a change of pace. I have been shooting production for about 4 years. Last year I switched to Single Stack (major) in December for local matches and to train for the Western States Single Stack Championships in February. Switching back to production after 3 months of Single Stack gave me a whole new appreciation for shooting minor with 2 more rounds. Had to be be careful not to think of the two additional rounds as “extra” and employ the philosophy of every stage needs to be the majority A’s with minor scoring. I believe the experience in Single Stack made me a better production shooter. That said, it has been my observation that the really good Limited shooters I squad and shoot with don’t think of their hi-cap mags as having extra rounds and don’t tolerate C’s and D’s.
  7. Just got the results back after about two months of the changes I implemented and my blood level is down to 22. I think this is a pretty good improvement for just a couple of months. I am confident now that if I stay on course the levels will continue to drop.
  8. Update, I received the MBF, set it up, then loaded 200 rounds. Spent the first several rounds working out some fine adjustments then just started loading. The MBF works great and the concentricity issue is solved.
  9. As mentioned here earlier by someone, too much flare can be the enemy of concentricity, and so can too little. I have maxed out what the PTX can provide and the Hornady collets in the bullet drop system are prone to fatiguing and breaking frequently when too much flare is used. Prior to using the PTX I primed and flared my brass first, then ran them through the press a second time. I experimented with different amounts of flare, nothing crazy, and found the Hornady collets crack when introducing any more flare than what the PTX can provide. So, since I am going to try the Mr. Bullet Feeder powder funnel I though I would try their bullet drop system too. Thus I will avoid the cracked collet problem and hopefully have a bullet sitting deeper in the case prior to seating. But who knows, I may encounter different issues with the MBF and still have the concentricity consistency issue.
  10. What I am trying to achieve is a little more flare so that the bullet might seat more uniformly. I am experiencing about 5% to 8% case gauge failure, I think this is too high. Assuming the brass was properly prepped/sized, it seems to me the most obvious causes of a bullet not seating uniformly (concentricity) is that the bullet is not sitting perfectly upright (and a little deeper into the brass) prior to entering the seating die. Below in the top photo is a bullet that failed case gauge, the second photo is the reason the bullet failed, a slight bulge at the bottom of the seated bullet, the third photo is the same bullet on the opposite side showing no bulge (apologies for the quality for the photos). Note, the rest of the bullet diameter is within SAAMI specifications, including what looks like a bulge towards the base; it looks pronounced due to the lighting but it measures .391. I am beginning my approach to reducing the case gauge failure rate with introducing more flare and, based on feedback here, a different bullet drop system (Mini Mr. Bullet). Thank you to everyone for your feedback.
  11. A few have suggested that the Limiter will provide more flare, as I mentioned earlier in the thread, I found another way to adjust for what I believe is the maximum flare without the use of the Limiter. Here are some pictures showing the results I am getting with the PTX (without the limiter) and the measurements to confirm that I am getting the maximum amount of flare as possible. The photo on the left shows the maximum flare on the PTX at .367, the middle photo shows the OD measurement of a flared 9mm brass at .389, the photo on the right shows the brass wall width at .011. If you multiply the brass wall thickness x 2 = .022 and add the PTX max flare measurement of .367 you come up with .389 OD, the measurement of my flared brass. If someone is obtaining significantly more flare with the PTX using the limiter I would be pleasantly surprised and inclined to try it.
  12. Glad to hear that the extra precautions you are taking are effectively lowering your lead levels. I am pretty much taking the same precautions, which are really pretty easy (#Ishouldhavebeendoingthisallalong), and hoping for a similar result.
  13. I adjust the PTX/powder dispenser in the LNL bushing while the shell plate is at the top of its stroke and 9mm brass has fully activated/bottomed out the metering insert while observing the case rim slightly contact the flat portion of the PTX. I know I am getting all the flare possible using this method.
  14. The Hornady Bullet die does require a flare to release the bullet from the internal collet system and the collets do periodically break. Found that out at the most inconvenient time when trying to load the day before a match. Now I always have spare collets.
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