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  1. This thread is certainly timely on two fronts for me: First in regard to primer seating, when I got thick into revolver this last year I was still hand seating. Being over-zealous on try to "well-seat" primers, I was giving the primer tool the death grip and seating them a little too deep. I obtained the primer tube and mount for my single stage JR2 and after getting the feel of that, it seems to doing well. While I'm fine cranking out .40 on my progressive for Limited USPSA shooting, my comfort level keeps me on the single stage for short colt for the revo. This keeps my production numbers down but sufficient for the one ICORE match a month I attend (and live fire practice). Secondly, being new to the Federal primer hunt, I got a little bit of the magnum primers to try. I have the first 200 rounds loaded to test next week. Maybe re-chrono although those on the googles say that there's only a 3-5 point bump in PF and there's no pressure signs in my current load. I don't expect a bit of hardness to be a factor. After mishaps with two Wolff springs in a row, I had the factory mainspring put back in and it sets off Winchester primers now.
  2. Like the OP, I came to this sport late in life. Like the OP, I ache in the morning, can't see too good, and since I've had a tussle with the Big C, my bod's been carved, radiated, and injected with toxic chemicals. But for some reason, this sport gets me going. It's probably the adrenaline rush of running a stage. Am I ever going to win? No, I'm starting to doubt I'm even going to make it out of D class. But I'm still getting out there. BTW, I've seen guys a whole lot older than you and me who need a cane to walk between stages, but there out there slinging lead.
  3. Sometimes I think all the math involved in scoring takes some of the fun out of it. My usual MO is take a couple shots at steel and move on. If I'm still at that array with ammo in the gun, I'll come back to it. If a Texas Star is present, I save it for last and give myself one reload. Keeping shooting at steel and missing sucks the fun out real quick. Of course, "in the heat of battle," I have also felt the urge to keep slinging lead until they're all down...
  4. My story isn't long but here goes: Started with an XDm 4.5 9mm in Production. Scored a gently used but tricked out XDm 5.25 in .40 and went to Limited Major. Last year caught the Revolver bug. Started shooting ICORE Classic with a Smith 66. Over the winter got a 627 and started shooting Limited in that sport. Still shooting the .40 in USPSA but considering either getting the stones to shoot wheelie in that discipline or go Carry Optics to combat the "old-guy-eye-itus." Too many divisions for a newb with a short attention span. SQUIRREL!!!
  5. See my post above. What I’ve quoted is literally copy and pasted from the steel challenge rule book in the equipment requirements for revolver .
  6. Okay, again I don't shoot steel challenge but I do USPSA and ICORE and know USPSA and Steel Challenge are allied so figured they'd interpret the rules similarly. From the SC rule book: "Minimum bullet caliber / cartridge case length.38 cal. / 9x19 mm." I think the word "minimum" protects Short Colt users. .38 is technically a .357 diameter bullet, .02 larger than 9 mm (.355). Volume and length-wise, the short colt case is slightly larger than 9x19 (.765 mm vs. .754 mm) so one could argue that you're above the minimum cartridge length particularly since Short Colt is typically loaded longer (I load SC 1.19 inches). So by either measure, Short Colt is larger than the minimum and legal. Another question I have is why someone would want to shoot Steel Challenge with Short Colt? My understanding is that reloads are typically not on the clock. So why not just shoot .38 special if a speedy extraction (my experience in the advantage of short colt) isn't needed?
  7. As long as it makes power factor, yes. edit: just saw this was in speed steel. Was referring to USPSA.
  8. I have the TK. Don’t know if it’s any better or worse than the others. Like any gauge, it’s rather conservative. If it’s tight in the gauge, I know it’ll fly into the cylinder.
  9. This is where I am too. Of course my 4.5 has had a lot of rounds through it so needs other love but sending it out to get refurbed and an optic mounted would be more expensive than an OSP with an optic.
  10. Ironic since I’ve heard Glock shooters with the same complaint about XDms.
  11. I started with strong hand reload but almost swept myself a couple times during the heat of a competition. Spent last winter training myself to weak hand. Better muzzle control and I don't have to re-grip. You can retrain the muscle memory. Now when I'm loading loose ammo at practice, I'm more comfortable grabbing the ammo with the weak side. Of course, I like to joke: I have two weak hands so it doesn't make a difference...
  12. I'm still in the "sucks" category but working into "sucks a little less". One pointer I have is spend some of your precious dry fire time just working on reloads. At our house, I'm the first one home so I have about a half hour that I spend in the hobby room. Almost 10 minutes of that is just going from on target, reload, back on target. If you're looking for ideas on dry fire drills, Steve Anderson's book is fantastic. http://www.andersonshooting.com/products/refinement-and-repetition/
  13. No co-witness if your battery dies. Pretty hard to tap an iron sight in mid-match.
  14. What does your friend hate? So far, this one feels the best giving the gun counter handshake.
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