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  1. Sorry for specifying the brand. Looking for the one that rhymes with Pass Pedal.
  2. Could someone point me in the direction of a *thumb rest [generic]* for a STI Steel. Ideally silver color. Gold or black will do. Thanx
  3. Alright, I ask this with out yet trying the Arredondo slide, all inquiry / ZERO bashing. I recently purchased a Arredondo slide as I shoot Shooters World Major Pistol powder and have notices some powder though out press components and shell plate. The reality is that I do not mind it as it not much and every three hundred rounds I air can blow it off. My real desire was to drop the .04 - .14 grain spreads I constantly get. I know +/- .1 grain it can be standard but coming from a precision rifle world I would like to attempt to achieve a bit tighter consistency meaning better ES and SD. My new Arredondo powder slide seems of a lesser grade and quite honestly a bit flimsy. AGAIN I have not tried it and everything I have researched say they are great. Before I break down a not broken process, what makes them better that the "metal" Dillon slides?? The slide component inside the Arredondo is threaded and seems a lot easier to drift/give that the harder metal ones. Thanx Y'all!
  4. I found this post below and seems like something I may end up trying. I just wonder what the best way to polish that sucker to a mirror finish. I chucked up the powder funnel from my 650 in one of my lathes and took off a couple thousands so the re-sized case would slide up to the flare and then re-polished it. I loaded a thousand rounds this morning without a single case sticking...it works Awesome now....I had eliminated most of the powder getting all over the shell plate when loading except for when the case would stick...after a thousand rounds this morning, not a speck of powder anywhere....Thanks again...:)
  5. So you recommend spraying the inside of the case?!? I have read the posts about polishing and things to make it better, but I'm afraid somethings is wrong. Maybe this is it, lol.
  6. I am having some "resistance' or "sticking" of the powder funnel on NEW cases on my up cycle on my Dillon 650 press. It is the inside of the case that gets opened up to accept the bullet. I don't think I can lube the inside of the case as it could interfere with the load and make power stick to the "rim" of the case as well as the funnel creating a mess. It is only doing it with NEW cases once fired there a slight hesitation on the uplift but not a "sticking" Am I doing something wrong? is there a remedy? Thanx y'all. Pic attached! IMG_7001.HEIC
  7. Looking for some private lesson or classes as intro to Practical Shooting. I have shot plenty of 3 Gun but really would like to get detail info and pointers on the skills USPSA requires. I live in San Antonio Tx. Can anyone recommend a good “coach” or private instructor in the Central Texas area. I don’t mind driving an hour or so. Thanx. btw- I am dry firing already.
  8. Thats a great idea, except the few matches I have gone to, none of the people have the guns im looking for and if they did I have yet to see one hand their open rig over. lol I just purchased a Chaos, and I haven't seen seen any. The way I did it was talking to the builders and understanding what their goals are with the engineering / design. Atlas is design to return to true zero. Limcats tend to be flat shooting do to their long slides and long comps and look flashy. Do your research and a lot of the info can be obtained by talking to the builder. Just MY $.02
  9. I worked up my MAJOR PISTOL load in my CK as recommended instead of the WAC i was using. Looks like I will be about 9.6 gr. to get 172PF instead of the 6.7 of WAC. I feel a quicker smaller kick, but still not the infamous “dot not getting out of the glass” unicorn some of y’all talk about. (Jk) My question is are the pictures below un burnt powder? I obviously worked my way up and could have been some of the higher loads I tested. But unsure if that is what that is. Thnx y’all.
  10. 1.) Ok so below are the pictures of the primer sets after installing the reloading innovation spill stop pegs. In my opinion the wheel didn’t turn all the way and it pushed the primer partially, turning it partially. I also saw some primers that favored one side. Needless to say is took them off. They are great to arop the apillage but but I felt like they were pressing on the breaks when the round started to engage. 2.) My OAL is not as consistent as I would want it to be. I am currently loading 1.162. That’s just as close as I got it to 1.160 and figured it would make a darn difference. BUT! Every 4 or 5 round are coming out to 1.166 or 1.165. I am using range brass from Everglades ammo and doing zero trimming and anything for that matter. Is this something I need to address? I come from the precision rifle loading world where I trim, neck turn, uniform, anneal, etc.. thanx in advance!
  11. ZZT, I was doing so research on that powder yesterday and ran into someone shooting exactly the same gun I have with that powder. From what I can see major pistol powder will produce a crap ton of gas and should accomplish what I expected open guns to shoot like. Do y’all use shock buffers and cut the spring if the spring is binding. Does that make the slide not hit as hard fo y’all?
  12. Not so much that he steered me away from it but said they have ran many different powders and settled on WAC as being the better choice. I will definitely try HS6. At this current stage in my experience I really count tell much difference between 170 , 172 , 174. Haha. i am a true believer that ‘too’ much gas will go out the front in turn creating more backwards recoil. Sounds like I need to try a 8# spring as well as a different powder around the 170-172 PF. Run drills and work on grip. Just don’t know if someone’s has tried a better comp, fairy dust powder, lighten slide, cut springs. Etc... Not looking for a magic potion, but any insight or recommendations for more experience open shooters.
  13. Kujo - that’s pretty flat. Obviously your grip has a lot to do with it, but I can tell you mines not quite like that. What spring # is that? Aanda - I originally wanted to play with HS6 as my research pointed that way. But does a powder actually make that big a difference? CK told me 172 PF “maximized’” the comps. What are yalls experience.
  14. New to the forum as well as open shooting. Have shot my fare share of three gun as well as PRS matches. Very familiar with reloading, and have a XL650 loading MG 124 JHP. Believe The thunder comes with a 9# recoil spring. I called CK and they recommended OAL of 1.160 and steered me away from HS6 and advice WAC. I loaded; 6.8gr - 170.1 PF 6.9gr - 171.9 PF 7.0gr - 174.3 PF 7.1gr - 177 PF 7.2gr - and didn’t shoot as 7.1 was high! I have three upward barrel holes. I know everyone expect the open guns to hit like tiny baby farts and I understand it’s not realistic, but I feel I got to do some further tuning as I feel this gun hits like my 34glock with a lighten wolf spring and regular loads. I have already upgraded to a thumb rest but will do anything recommended. I shot a open open gun at a 3 gun match and it felt like a freaking .22. Btw I have read and read all the “FLAT’’ major threads but can see if I’m doing something wrong or where to take it from here. What would y’all advice. Thanx yall.
  15. I have a brand new 650 XL, and its doing the exact thing. I just set it up last Thursday and it seems the slower you go the more it catches. The metal tabs pointed with the red arrow is bent and I was wondering if it was meant to be that way and obviously it is.
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