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  1. Some background - I've shot maybe 250 rounds from a pistol since October 2019 and I attended a defensive pistol class last week with my daughter as a refresher. It was all basic/intermediate level stuff. Any where from contact - 15 yards, all draw and shoot: one or two shots center mass or a Mozambique, multiple shots with mag changes & slide lock reloads, failure drills with random dummy rounds mixed into your mags by the instructors, shooting from cover while squatting, kneeling, sitting, laying on your back or side, changing positions while behind cover, shooting while moving backwards, strong hand only with a light in your weak hand, mag changes while shooting with light, strong hand only at contact distance - all in all decent review considering I haven't practiced in a while. So, at the end of the day they had a challenge stage set up - best time of two runs .... Starting with hands hanging naturally at your side, at the beep draw and engage four ~10 inch round plates with 2 shots each @ 15 yards and add second for each missed plate. The plates were ~36 inches apart and to make it more interesting the heights of the plates varied up/down by about 3 feet (L-R the heights were about 24", 55", 36", 18"). My second run of the two was 3.93 seconds with 8 hits. In general I felt that I did OK but also think I definitely could have been faster. I took way to long to acquire my sight picture before breaking the she shot and could have transitioned a bit faster between plates. I was probably being too careful and dressing it up too much. So did I do ok getting 8 hits on 4 targets at 15 yards in under 4 seconds from an old leather carry holster? For reference I was shooting a Kimber Custom II .45 acp with 175 PF loads, the holster was a old leather OWB Bianchi Askins Avenger.
  2. All, Thanks for the info. I pulled out the old Hornady Projector and cleaned her up this weekend. I ran about 500 rounds of 45 thru it to work out the kinks from the years that it sat dormant. Probably need to source a stronger spring for the Auto Powder measure (or just run it semi automatic) . Also gonna need to re-engineer the primer feed a bit as the little wire loop spring has gone soft over the years and there likely are no replacements at this point.I do have a few idea, just need to see if I can get some bits n pieces made.
  3. Jack, Thanks for the feedback. I agree that it's not the cheapest way to get brass, but its not unusual to shoot cheap factory ammo and save brass until you are ready to reload it. I'll be shooting the M&P anyway and have yet to get ramped up for 9mm reloading. Once I have the load settled I will be buying in bulk. I am a relative newbie around here, but rest assured I am far from a newbie to crafting precision hand loads having shot Bullseye, IHMSA, NRA HP and LR over the last 30 years. Plunk test is a given, that's no different than running my Stoney point tool into a rifle barrel with a given bullet to determine where the ogive touches so pretty much SOP in my book. FWIW, I'm eventually going to load Bayou's in my 45 too. I currently shoot uncoated 200gr LSWC over 4.5 gr Bullseye in my both Kimber and Springfield.
  4. I appreciate the data on known loads. I 'HAD" a crono... I "executed it" a month ago testing rifle loads.... swapped scopes and forgot to verify that it was turned down to 100 yard zero..... Sent a 175gr TMK through the LCD.... I plan to get a replacement but am weighing my options. Would like MagnetoSpeed but that looks like rifle only. Might get a Caldwell in the interim or pistol and archery only.
  5. Looking for suggestions. Have a big jug of HP-38 and am looking to load 9mm minor for a S&W M&P. I plan to use Bayou Bullets, but don't know if I want to go 124 gr, 135 gr, or 147 gr. Currently I'm shooting whatever I fmj get cheapest at Walmart and saving the brass - WWB, Federal, etc usually 115gr. I'm thinking between 3.5 and 4.5 gr load depending on bullet weight, but don't want to beat the gun up with +P pressures for a minor load.
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