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Finally read the FAQs

Finally read the FAQs (3/11)

  1. I was unable to remove the swage rod or lower it enough to allow pulled back primers to be ejected, so I cannot use station 3 to decap. I will swage the primer pocket in both the first and second pass, but will use universal decappers as the hold down die. At least that's the latest plan.
  2. I got a message from Clint007. He is using a sizing/decapper die with the decapper removed in the swaging station, a proven option. I decided I would try a universal decapping die in the swage station, with the decapper removed. I used the Lee Universal Decapper. I screwed in the die until it almost touched the shellplate. I can just barely pull out a piece of paper pinched between the die and the shellplate. With or without any case in the swaging station, there is no cam-over or additional force required to fully lower the handle. This is to be expected because the die does not contact the case and goes outside of it. I adjusted the swage rod using a primer pocket gauge. I had to turn it in from the previous setting because the case is lifted up a little from the shellplate when the swage bar contacts the case. I decapped a bunch of military brass, and checked the primer pocket with the gauge. If I couldn't insert the GO gauge into the pocket, I ran the case through the swage station and checked it again. This setup is working perfectly so far. I swaged about 30 cases with no issues. I can't detect any movement of the shell plate, and can barely feel any resistance from swaging the primer pocket. There were no issues with the case not being centered well enough for the swage rod to easily go into the primer pocket. This setup should make loading easier, as there shouldn't be any cam-over issues when trying to swage cases with thicker than normal bases. The first pass should be easier too. I won't be swaging in that pass, just decapping. Here's my setup right now. First pass - station 1, case feed; 2, universal decapper; 3, universal decapper (swage rod removed, should eliminate pull-back). Remaining stations are empty. Second pass - station 1, case feed; 2 empty; 3 swage; 4 size and prime; 5, expand; 6, powder drop; 7, lock-out die; 8 bullet feeder; 9, seating; 10 crimp.
  3. Clint007 - Did you ever try out your idea to use a universal decapper with the decapper removed as a hold down at the swaging station? I am using a two pass system and range brass on a manual Evolution. On the first pass I have been decapping in station 2 with a universal decapper, and swaging in station 3 using a hold down die. Often I would encounter a significant increase in the force required with the handle. Almost always, there was a case with the headstamp "X-Treme" in the swaging station. I made a measurement and found that the distance to the inner bottom of the case from the case mouth was 0.024 inches shorter than other cases, resulting in extra force and probably a "cam over" situation. I was thinking that using a universal decapper die instead of the hold down die at the swaging station might be a better setup. I also want to avoid sizing in multiple stations and in both passes. I only want to size when I load in pass 2, using the sizing die in the priming station. The sizing die centers the brass very nicely for trouble free priming (knock on wood).
  4. I see no formula for felt recoil in SAAMI's web site, or anywhere else. There is a formula at SAAMI's website for Free Recoil Energy, but that is not the same. Energy = 1/2 times mass times velocity squared, but recoil is mass times velocity. For the same power factor (which is recoil or momentum), most shooters agree that the felt recoil is less using a fast powder and heavy bullet.
  5. Yes, you can use Practiscore for your practice sessions. Here's a link to the Practiscore Community that will help: https://community.practiscore.com
  6. Not true. I made an error, and the Midway gauge will allow a 1.125 DG round to plunk fine. My mistake.
  7. I've only loaded a few for the chrono, but with the plunk test results, I decided I needed to shorten them a little from my normal 1.125 to 1.120 inches in my S&W barrels. To pass my old Midway case gauge consistently, I would need to reduce the OAL to 1.050 inches. That's why I like my Hundo gauge which doesn't try to check OAL. Very nice bullets, and obtainable. I'll be buying more in the future.
  8. Thanks for the pictures! On my Mark 7 Evolution, I switched to a two pass procedure from a one pass. I did this because I would either get flipped (new) primers or pulled back spent primers depending on the decapper being used. I've learned to love the two pass system as it is less troublesome and easy, but am curious as to whether the new Apex 10 primer system might reduce or eliminate flipped primers when using a Mighty Armory or FW Arms decapper with a powerful spring flipper using one pass loading.
  9. Thanks Sigarmsp226. I tried both the Mighty Armory universal decapper with a spring popper and a Dillon .40 caliber sizing and decapping die, which also has a spring to pop out the primer. Both worked fine except that I couldn't use either and prime at the same time. The new primer would flip sideways quite often. I've since gone to using two passes. On the first pass, I only decap and swage. If the primer gets sucked back, and it never does using the Mighty Armory decapper, the swaging die will tell me right away. I then wet tumble with pins, so I also get clean and dry primer pockets as a bonus. Also, I'm assured that there are no .380s or Berdan primers after the first pass. The second pass I use another decapper and hold down die in the swaging station, just in case, and this pass is very pleasant without worrying about unprimed cases or .380s. The two pass system is slower, but I'm very comfortable with it now and really enjoy loading again. The FW Arms primer popper that centers the brass looks awesome, and if I need another decapper, that will be the one I buy. Thanks again for the update.
  10. The Mark 7 auto drive powder check requires its own station. So does the RCBS lock out die. Wouldn't this eliminate using a bullet feeder and a powder check on the Dillon presses? That for me would be a big advantage of the Mark 7 machine with its 10 stations. When I decided to go to a progressive press, not being able to have both sent me straight to Mark 7. But many loaders can, and do, use the bullet feeder, do not use a powder check, and do fine. I can say that the RCBS lock out die I have installed helped keep me out of trouble when I was learning how to run my progressive Mark 7 Evolution. Too many times. Having 10 stations is appropriate for someone like me, intellectually challenged and financially gifted.
  11. At my first match, an IDPA match, I had registered and was sitting under a pavilion with about 20 other shooters waiting for the stage briefing. My buddy had trained me on the range commands and listening for the timer beforehand, so I was somewhat comfortable shooting the stages, but I didn't recall him saying anything about safe areas. In the company of many, I unzipped my gun bag, made sure the gun was clear, removed it from the gun bag, and holstered it. No one said a word. I'm still embarrassed, and I should have been DQ'd right then and there. Another time I had trouble with rounds chambering during a USPSA match. I took the gun to a safe table, and cleaned out the chamber with a brush. To test it, I had brought a piece of brass with me. The brass plunked fine after cleaning the chamber. I must have gotten some debris in there. I now know that handling a brass case at the safe table is a no-no. Dodged another bullet.
  12. Got it. I knew down deep that I had misunderstood. I looked back at the posts, and I see where I went wrong. Sorry for the hassle.
  13. Perhaps I misunderstood, but it looks to me like 10. Per their website, the FX-10 has a "proprietary 10 station, gear driven, rotating shell plate". I watched the video and took notes. There are 9 threaded positions and 1 case feed position, just like my Mark 7 Evolution. In the video, the press was set up like this: 0. Case feed 1. Decap #1 2. Decap #2 3. Swage 4. Prime and neck expander 5. Open 6. Powder measure 7. Powder check 8. Bullet drop and bullet seat 9. Crimp
  14. I just checked, and Quinetics still hasn't updated their video. I sent them an email making the obvious suggestion that they do so. I've been using mine for three years and it has worked great. Sometimes I pull a container of range ammo picked up off the ground, about 100 or so, and it goes quickly.
  15. Thanks for rotating the video. My neck is recovering already.
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