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  1. I check the factory rounds I carry in a gun this way, I’ve plunked close to 1500 rounds of Gold Dot (357 Sig and 9x19), 500 of Winchester SXT (9x19) and over 500 Hornady XTP (380 Auto) no failures, this has been over 10 years. Tactical Timmy stuff aside, that was an interesting die failure, and one I should look out for, as I collect all brass when cleaning the range, including .22.
  2. Armed Citizens Legal Defense Network. I've been with them for a long time, maybe 7-8 years now. I have carried a handgun since I could legally own one, so coming up on 10 years now. I carry any place I lawfully can. I do work in some not so great neighborhoods in some of the cities on the Front Range of Colorado, and worked as an armed security guard a few years ago at my church. I have always felt it was prudent to have some additional and recurring training (more about that in a moment), and a way to pay a retainer if I needed to. The training they provide is very good, I wish they'd send out some new content soon though, haven't had any new stuff for a couple years. Massad Ayoob, Marty and Gila Hayes, Dennis Tueller, Tom Givens, and some others I can't recall are all involved. The journal they deliver every month is really good, I've learned and brushed up on lots of knowledge there. They recommend you view the DVDs they send you and the book they sent a couple years ago annually. Benefits wise, you have a number answered 24/7 that will get things rolling, they will pay your attorney up to $25k, and bail assistance if needed. I think one of their most valuable benefits is access to expert witness testimony, having someone like Marty, Mas, or Dennis on your side of the courtroom would be huge. Other assistance is evaluated on a case by case basis from what I understand. I was told recently the average cost of defending a murder/manslaughter rap in my home county is around $50k, so it might not cover everything, but would definitely put a dent into it. Fee is quite reasonable, $135 a year IIRC, and they don't bombard you with ANY advertising from 'partners' or offers for silly tchotchkies. I'd probably renew my membership with a certain national shooting association more often if they just took my $$ and didn't send me a zillion emails/phone calls/mailings asking me to renew/give them more money.
  3. I have figured out my powders for the pistol test. To test the least sensitive powder, I will be using Vihtavuori 3N37. Silhouette will be my unknown, and Titegroup will be used for the most sensitive. I will be using a coated 124 gr bullet from Eggleston Munitions, and Winchester cases. Test gun will be a Glock 17 running the original barrel.
  4. Thanks. Anyone have experience with Ramshot Silhouette in temperature extremes? It is allegedly identical to the old Winchester Action Pistol powder. I just did some 9mm loads with it last night, that stuff metered better than any pistol/shotgun powder I've ever used. Hopefully I will get to the range to fire some next week.
  5. I've spent many hours reading all the powder vs temperature threads on here and many on some other sites. Some good info, but I'd like to go a little further. I think from my reading the least sensitive powders are nailed down fairly well, what I lack is data on the ones that are more sensitive. I'm going to do a project for a class at my university on this, so I can use some help in figuring out the powders that are least, average, and most sensitive to temperature changes. I'd like to know this for both rifle and pistol powder. I'm going to do pistol for the project, I'll probably do rifle later this year or early next year (since my only .223 is still waiting for a stock and glass). While it would be interesting to test a bunch of calibers I'm sticking with 9mm for pistol and .223 for rifle for now. I intend to test a load that just makes 125 PF, and one that is a bit hotter around 145-150, to see if there's any correlation between air space in the case and output. Testing will be done over a chronograph, with ammunition that has been held for a long period of time at specific temperatures. So far what I have from here and elsewhere: Pistol: Vihtavuori N3xx and 3Nxx are the least sensitive to temp changes, and Hodgdon Titegroup seems to be average. Some powders are reverse sensitive, e.g. more pressure at lower temps. Rifle: Hodgdon H322 and Varget are the least sensitive. Rifles also seem to more sensitive than pistols, seems logical to me because the charge in a rifle is much heavier, usually around 5 times or more than a pistol charge. What are your experiences?
  6. My research from searching this forum and some others yesterday indicates all powder but especially rifle powder is temp sensitive. Some quite a bit and others hardly at all. N320 seems to be the least sensitive pistol powder, and Varget is the least sensitive rifle powder in wide use. What bullet weight was the rifle load? If much under 77 grains 2600-2700 is a bit slow.
  7. Did they say what powder they used, and around how much or how many FPS? That is a good lube combo, Safariland's stated temperature range for CLP is -53 C to around 245 C, the range Mobil claims for 5W30 is very close to that too. I am going to run a test on some ammo over the next couple months to find out how temperature effects ammunition. I needed a project for my probability and statistics class this semester, professor gave me his approval on it today. I'll probably end up doing it with a pistol, I would do it with a rifle but my only .223 is a bolt gun and I don't have glass for it at the moment, and the stock is still being made. Perhaps I can test that in the fall. I will start another thread here in Enos-verse asking for people to tell me what powders they suspect are most and least sensitive to temperature extremes.
  8. I didn't mean to hijack the OP's thread with lubricants, just suggesting that as an additional problem when dealing with cold temps. No doubt certain powders are more sensitive to it than others, noticed several comments about that in reading some threads on load development. When someone has sat down and tested it though, they usually get a pretty small change over the chronograph, anecdotally 40-80 fps seems to be normal. My general knowledge of chemistry and physics (Electrical Engineer not Chemical) makes me also wonder if certain primer compounds may be less energetic in cold. I am still mining the search function here and at some other sites, but I feel like some better testing may be in order. It just stinks that there are so many variables in ammunition, makes doing a very thorough test quite challenging.
  9. Mil-Comm TW25B, I started when I used to shoot Sigs years ago and that is what they were suggesting I use. Never had an issue with it except the cost. Prior to that I used Rem Oil or whatever light oil/grease I had laying around. I saw a version of it being used in aircraft cannon at my job. I didn't know about using it in small arms until the Sig rep handed me a syringe of it.
  10. Shot a multigun match that was partially at night last month, I bailed after my hands went numb shooting a stage. It was very cold all day, and got worse at night (surprise!). Quite a few rifles turned into straight pulls instead of semi-autos. A few pistols did it too, and a handful of shotguns. I have looked at ammo velocity numbers with a big temperature delta, not sure it's enough to make most guns stop running (edit: unless the ammo was loaded exceptionally soft). So that makes me wonder if the lubricants a lot of people are using are too temperature sensitive, as in the viscosity increases when the ambient temperature goes down. That extra drag coupled with a little less "oomph" from the cartridge might be enough to add up to cause a malfunction. The product I use is supposed to be good from -65 C to 230 C, I've had no issues with any of my guns even in very cold weather, or a gun that has been sitting overnight in cold car.
  11. I saw people running the Colorado 3 Gun Champs shotgun stage with two vests and those Taccom leg carriers. The box fed open guys had a fence made out of mags around their backs, and the rest had hula skirts made out of Arredondo loaders. I think the RO's had some DeTurk vests to loan to those who needed them. I am trying to get better at doing my gear check when I'm in the hole, followed by my mental rehearsal when i'm on deck. It can be very hard at some smaller local matches though, some little squads don't have enough people for reset so you don't get as much time to prepare. I did get a hold of some 140mm magpuls, they do have a witness hole for the 21st round, should make that check a little easier. My Colt SMG mags have witness holes also, but since I'm moving to "real" rifle this next season I will have to come up with something for those, I use the USGI aluminum mags along with a handful of windowless Pmags.
  12. That is one nice feature about the sand/dirt ingress holes in the back of the Glock magazines. You have at least 17 in there. Got to push the top round down with your thumb to make sure 5 are in the basepad too.
  13. Shotgun only match. Walked into the start box, "load and make ready" "shooter ready?" "stand by" BEEP! blast my first four targets, reach down for the first four (plan was load 4 while moving) out of my Taccom vest...air. I only had 12 on my belt in weak hand caddies, so I was done early. There were 26 targets on the stage. 9+12 does not equal 26 in case you were wondering, especially when you are pysched out and miss a couple. I won't forget to put my vest on again.
  14. I also shoot a 9mm PCC in Limited also, I am running iron sights. At 100 yards it might take me a couple or three on a micro popper but it works well enough. My club makes no special provision for PCC, we shoot everything 'real' rifles do. Longest distance at my club is 200 yards, the hold is about 10" high at that distance, I am zeroed at 25ish/100. I shoot the NATO spec 124 gr round, either MEN or Winchester, most reliable round in my gun. Lot cheaper than shooting 5.56, I can practice more and make a couple more matches a season because of that. I don't even have a 5.56 gun right now, maybe I can build one if I stop burning my cash on ammo for the PCC...
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