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  1. I have been using the Frankford Arsenal Vibra-Prime for 9 years, and I don't use the adaptor. It works perfectly.
  2. I also went the Mark 7 route in order to have a bullet feeder and a powder check. I use the RCBS lock out die and it works perfectly, without any wires.
  3. There should be no confusion. It's a hit. IVC's post explains it very well. See the September/October 2019 article in Front Sight. Here is part of that article: Barrel hits USPSA September/October 2019 9.5.5: The Misunderstood Rule The second issue is how do I score barrel strikes. At my last class I was informed any hit that was either elongated or had no grease ring or crown at their local club was scored as a mike. I was also informed barrels were not repaired between shooters or matches and were shot up pretty good. One class memb
  4. I agree. I just started using a two pass procedure on my Mk7 Evolution. I use the Mighty Armory decapping die with the primer flicker spring in the second station. This spring is very stiff and really snaps when the primer is pushed out of the primer pocket. I just prepped 3,500 cases and had zero pulled back primers. I have the swager in the third station. If a primer isn't removed, the swager won't let me lower the handle very far. That is the way I verify that there are no pulled back primers. I might be able to feel a ringed primer, but I doubt it. I haven't experienced any since
  5. You burned me. I just ordered the light kit. I hadn't seen one for the Mark 7 until now. Thanks.
  6. I tested the use of the .40 Dillon sizing/decapping die yesterday on my Mark 7 Evolution. Seating the primer into the second round failed, and I quit using it. The primer was sideways, just like using the Mighty Armory universal decapper with the spring upgrade. The 5 cases I decapped were decapped just fine. I finally figured out how the Dillon decapper works and ELK-K's modifications, but for the Mark 7, less spring power would probably be better. I'm almost positive I'm going to buy another toolhead and use a 2 pass process. I'm not sure if want to to swage or not on the fi
  7. Has anyone used the FW Arms decapper for 9mm range brass that includes a lot of military crimps? I'm still struggling with primers being pulled back during decapping on my Mark 7 Evolution.
  8. Thanks guys. I haven't figured out yet how ELK-K's modifications would work, but in the meantime, I'm going to try the .40 sizing/decapping. My friend decapped 150 9mms this morning using the Dillon .40 die, there were no sucked back primers, and the cases were not re-sized. I'm hoping the less aggressive spring won't mess up the priming system on the Mk7. Buying another toolhead and decapping and swaging only in the first pass is probably faster than what I'm doing now. I try to watch for the spent primer going down the tube. If I don't see it, I listen for the primer to drop
  9. I having trouble with decapping 9mm range brass. Occasionally a spent primer gets sucked back into the primer pocket and the Mark 7 Evolution jams up when the case and spent primer are in the swaging station. I first tried the Mighty Armory decapping die that came with the Evolution. ThenI tried installing the MA spring upgrade, but the shock from the strong spring flipped new primers over and I got sideways primers being seated. Then I tried a Lee Universal decapping die. Finally I removed the spring from the MA die and filed the pin tip to a wedge shape. So far, this has work
  10. Thanks Teros. That's a lot of useful information. I thought I was missing an important set of instructions on the web.
  11. I haven't been able to find the instructions you're referring to. Could you point me to them please?
  12. I was lost when setting up the swaging on my Mk7 until I bought the go no-go gauge from Ballistics Tools. https://ballistictools.com/store/. Then it all came together. Make sure the primer pocket is reasonably clean when using the gauge for the best results. Also, use the gauge to check if the primer has already been swaged before swaging and making adjustments. Seems like common sense, but I learned both lessons the hard way.
  13. Topic I added back again this morning is gone already this evening. I give up. I'll just scan all the unread content. These days I have the time.
  14. I don't believe that the hardware and software I'm using makes any difference as this is a website issue. But, I'm using a 27" iMac, Safari browser, and the latest Mac OS. Another followed topic was dropped overnight. I'll dutifully add it back now. Strange stuff.
  15. I keep having issues. I have been following the topic "Mark 7 - general Discussion" for some time, and it disappeared overnight, again. The other two topics and two forums I have been following remained active, for now at least.
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