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    Jim Winchester

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  1. Thanks...'Help Desk' is an oxymoron....that is why I'm here. Guess they are 'experiencing higher than normal call demand, wait times WILL be longer than your upcoming match will allow, sorry'. LOL.
  2. Hi all, been using PractiScore for a couple of years now, seems every time I run a match using PS I learn something new. Well I've tried everything to learn how to edit a squad, ( not the competitors, just the squad itself...), and now I'm asking for help. I have a Steel Match beginning in 3 days for this upcoming weekend, ( Oct 12/13 ) and had set up the match with 3 squads on each day, ( 0900,1200,1500, 10 in each ), and since there has been nobody register for the Sunday 1500 squad I would like to delete, ( or edit it ) it. I have tried going to the 'edit squad' page and changed the squad 'schedule' but when I click on 'save' it redirects me back to the previous page with a red banner across the squad saying '5,6, squad'....and nothing else. No direction, no indication of what I need to do to correct whatever the perceived mistake is... Anyone? It sometimes PractiScore looks for the hardest way to do something, and finds it. Or is it just me... Jim
  3. I realize that I failed to mention in my original post that I stopped using the wet media, pins and all, over a year ago as I was unable to find a combination of 'wet' that relieved the 'sticking' problem, so all my 'used' brass is cleaned ONLY in dry tumblers, which leaves the 'natural' lube of carbon on the inside of the cases, reducing the 'stick/clunk' to an acceptable level. However I would very much like to use a 'controlled quality' brass such as new Starline for my important matches, ( like the Canadian Nationals...), etc., but the problem still exists of course, the same as if I had cleaned the brass in SS pins. Hence my question regarding the use of 'lube' and its affects on the resulting bullet, given the 'clumping' issue. So to satisfy my curiosity, I went to the range this morning and chronographed 3 strings of 10rds of the 'lubed' ammo: LUBED: AVG 3 Velocity 1313/13116/1304 SD: 13.3/11.0/7.0. PF: 164.1/164.5/163.0 And 3 strings of the 'non lubed ammo': NON LUBED: AVG 3 Vel 1323/1322/1324, SD: 9.6/10.6/10.8 PF: 165.3/165.2/165.5 So what I'm taking from this is that despite the 'clumping' ( see attached photo ), the SD's are pretty close, however, the consistently reduced velocity is probably due to the residual lube in the case mouth, giving less neck tension and subsequently lower velocity numbers....and...subsequently lower power factor. Not a show stopper but something to be aware of.
  4. I have a 650 that I have tried everything to have new brass, ( Starline ) run thru it without sticking at the powder funnel. Polished the heck out of the powder drop tube, which for me meant 're-polish' about every 50 rds, ( unacceptable ), tried 'lubing' the end of the tube itself every few rounds, ( unacceptable ), and then resorted to the usual lube formula, 18% liquid lanolin in an isopropyl alcohol solution, applied sparingly to the brass in an extra large zip lock baggie with a fine mist hand held spray applicator followed by the 'shake and bake' routine. This works extremely well, ( the press runs so smooth I get less deviation in COAL...bonus ), if you are NOT filling the case almost to the top with 3N38 in order to make major power factor, because...its obvious that the fine cut powder is 'clumping' and sticking to the lube residue on the inside of the case mouth, ( the area that needs the lube the most in this case, no pun intended, haha ), even after I have left the lubed cases sit overnight. My question is: should I be concerned that the affected powder has been compromised by the lube, and, could the neck tension be affected as well, either of which could cause the SD, ( standard deviation on the Chronograph ) numbers to soar to new levels, ultimately affecting my PF and possibly accuracy ??
  5. Well I did my best...and did the above exactly as described, being very careful to load each file in the correct order, and unpack with the same cautions...THREE times on 3 different Kindle Fire 8's, all to no avail. Getting pretty discouraged with the Kindle product for this BT Printer effort. My last resort might be to try to 'hard wire' the Kindle to the POS printer, skipping the BT connection altogether. However, I need to know if anyone has taken this route and could share with me the printer used. Not all POS thermal printers have a 'com' port into which you would plug the cable from the 'micro USB' port on the Kindle, and the 'spec's list on Amazon live a lot to be desired most times... Anyone? Jim
  6. I guess that is my question: What are the 'best practices' to shoot safely at an indoor range...? BritinUSA and MemphisMechanic seem to have touched on the pertinent points...not sure what level of mask is appropriate. I drink water from a sealed water bottle at the range, eat protein bars, etc...but only wash my hands before leaving the range, I have never 'showered immediately after returning home'...? Probably the next morning was as early as I got...
  7. Hi all, had the opportunity to do some indoor practice this winter, and my physician called me last week to advise that my blood lead levels are 'HIGH' and I should cease and desist whatever activity might be causing it. Well, pretty obvious it was the indoor range since I stopped eating paint when I was 3-4 years old. The range has done a $60,000+ ventilation upgrade in the last year or so, and my total attendance would have been max 5 times plus 4 local matches at other clubs...so max 10 times since last November. My base line values were 1.8 and are now at 5.6. Don't think it is life threatening but wondering what other shooters experience might be and how they dealt with it, aside from complete abstinence, which would be hard to do. Just wear a hepa mask? All the time or just when going downrange for scoring and target changes? Jim
  8. Hi all, been using my 'mini' Mr. Bullet Feeder for a year or so now with minimal issues, but lately it has begun to become a real PITA!! Every now and then, say every 10-15 rounds, it fails to drop a bullet into the case mouth, then it will drop one when the shell plate is lowered and knock most of the powder all over hell's half acre!! I have cleaned the feeder die repeatedly, raised the height clip, lowered the height clip, adjusted the heck out of everything possible, replaced the 3 ball bearings...and have no idea why it is suddenly making my reloading an exercise in frustration. I load 9mm using 125 HP Zero's and 121 RN Campro's, both bullets seem to have the same effects! Anyone? Jim
  9. Hi all, been shooting IPSC and USPSA for a couple of years now and had a great time last season shooting a few local steel matches using my STI DVC Open gun in 9 Major. Wondering if a ‘dedicated’ steel gun is necessary or could I continue to use my DVC, albeit with different loads other than my 170PF major loads, and if so what might those ‘steel’ loads look like? I’m using both WAC and 3N38 behind 121gr hollow base RN jacketed Campro’s and 125gr HP Zero’s... Any thoughts? I’m not looking for an excuse to buy a new gun, IF the DVC can do a reasonable job with a proper load... Jim
  10. I made up about 65 dummy 9mm using nickel brass and Campro 121 round nose, running them thru my Dillon 650 with the primer and powder feed eliminated...seating them to my standard depth of 1.160". They worked fine for awhile, like a week or two of every other day dry firing, ( I like to use full mags to simulate the realistic weight for mag changes...) but then the bullets began to fall out of the cases in the mags. They drop onto a gym style foam pad on the carpeted floor so can't say the shock was all that much...but after a few days of noticing this I checked the remaining bullets and found I could PULL 50% the bullets out of the cases by hand. Soooo, I tightened down the crimping die, ( a dedicated die on my 650...) but to no avail, they still fell apart. I was suddenly alarmed by the prospect of arriving at the Florida Open, ( 3 day drive each way...) only to find the match bullets I had so carefully culled into 500 of the best...falling apart in my mags on the first stage!! I went thru each of the 100 round boxes checking about 25 in each at random, all as tight as can be. Now the only difference is these have primers and powder which should make no difference, but are all brass cases, not nickel, and use the Zero 125gr HP bullets, seated to the same length. What the heck?? Anyone have a theory as to why the nickel 121 Campro's pull apart and the brass 125 Zero's don't ??? Something about nickel cases I don't know? Cheers, Jim
  11. WoW...guess everyone is busy over the holidays...oh well, still time before the season opens up here in the frozen north country But ideally I would be able to bring 5 mini’s home from the Florida Open in February, save on duties and taxes... Happy New Year Everyone! Jim
  12. We started with a set of 4 Fire tablets over a year ago, and despite the usual hiccups, ( scorekeepers neglecting to insure they were scoring the CORRECT shooter, arggggg, my nightmare ), we are certainly never going back to paper, for scoring at least. BUT...I realize that if we are ever going to graduate from an IPSC L2 match it will involve having some kind of paper backup for scoring and it seems the majority of L3's I have been to lately are using some form of mini-printer, generally clipped to the scorekeepers belt from which he/she produces an immediate backup from the tablet that the competitor has just hit the 'APPROVE' key on. There are a number of choices out there, mostly on Amazon, but before I commit to buying 4-5 of them, is there any consensus, general or otherwise, on a couple models that prove to be reliable and suitable for the task? Jim
  13. So...just the recoil spring change? 6-7lb...leave the main spring alone?
  14. I have been shooting my 2 DVC 9mm Major Open pistols ( primary/backup ) for a couple of years now, and very happy with their performance as they seem to be the right tool for my IPSC/USPSA matches, at a price point my back account can bear. However the proliferation of ‘Steel Challenge’ matches, ( I know, I put on 3 at my home club last season myself...), has me thinking I should perhaps consider something more dedicated to the ‘Steel Match’ requirements, besides 9 Major. I know STI makes a nice ‘Steel Master’ which would probably fill the bill, but the bill is what I am fretting over, having retired 6 months ago, the true cost of this ‘recreational sport’ is becoming more apparent with each passing ‘paycheck-less’ month, haha. So...my question, anyone have a suggestion as to how I could shoot reasonable ‘Steel Match’ loads reliably thru one of my DVC’s? There is no PF requirement other than to ‘ring the steel’.... Just ‘re-spring’ until it functions? I know the comp wouldn’t work well, if at all, at the reduced loads with the 5.40” barrel vs the 4.15” steel master’s tube, but other than that? Maybe just look for an inexpensive dedicated ‘Steel gun’? Jim DVC, NRA, USPSA, CSSA CHC ISPC Club Rep
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