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  1. OptimiStick

    Mark 7 Presses worth the money?

    “ A fool and his money are soon parted “. And the Evo backorder is down to 2 weeks. Don’t ask me how I know.
  2. OptimiStick

    Mark 7 Presses worth the money?

    Agree, except I don’t think the dies is a big overcharge. There is 10 stations, and if you look at their other components line item pricing - bullet feeder and case feeder, they don’t seem to be way over charged. So I think you get a lot of dies...heck I think my seating die was like 80 bucks or so. I just think they should be included, like they were at 2700. I wanted the manual Evo too, and would buy at 2700 - even 2700 plus the die-pack fee , but 4400 is a nonstarter. Like Tanfastic said, I am apparently not their target segment. Oh well. rounds on the 1050 shoot just as straight. Lots of matches won with rounds from a 1050 , and they DO target my segment.
  3. OptimiStick

    Mark 7 Presses worth the money?

    Current market facts are they are 2x cost of the market leader for the high end manual press, and I can't find anyone who says yeah they're in for a manual press at $4,400. the 6K+ plus automated press is a different market than i was curious about. After feedback I ordered the RL1100. With the spare change I'll upgrade to MBF Pro or stay regular MBF and add a CP-2000.
  4. OptimiStick

    XL 650 primer tube jammed!

    I think the tube itself may be the same. Tips are different - but the priming system is completely different between the 550 and 650. 650 uses a rotary disk priming system. Took me a while to get the hang of it coming from the 550. Get yourself the primer feed stop switch mod. It's super helpful.
  5. OptimiStick

    Mark 7 Presses worth the money?

    No. the $4,461.13 comes from me when I size out the manual press with basic priming system, ($2,849.95), basic case feeder ($349.95), basic bullet feeder ($469.95), basic powder measure ($329.95) and die-pack ($461.33) . $3,999.80 is without the die-pack. The die pack adds $461.33 for a total of $4,461.13 in USD. Dillons come with Dies. I do not know if the original Evos for $2,750 included dies or not.
  6. OptimiStick

    Bluetooth hearing protection to make phone calls

    I have the Walker Silencer BTs (inner ear active plugs). The stock tips don't seal well, but with some good aftermarkets they seal really well. They have a hissy background noise if you're in a really quiet area (like when I was testing them at home) but I don't notice it at all outdoors or at the range. There's an app you can control modes and volume from your phone, and you can stream music. It also has call control so you can answer calls from the earplugs, but I have not used it. I just use it for music when I'm loading. They're a little louder than I like at my indoor range when I'm next to an AR, or close to an open gun, but fine with anything else. And best of all they are rechargable in a cradle like AirPods (but bulkier cradle) , instead the constantly draining hearing aid batteries. That was the big draw for me. They aren't perfect, but I like them better than my bulky active muffs. Walkers Silencer Bluetooth Rechargeable
  7. I have the smaller CED also. I was torn between that and the larger one - i'm glad I went with the smaller one. with 2 guns, muffs, glasses, rags, and 8 loaded 2011 mags - it's at its weight limit. I keep extra ammo separate in an ammo can.. there's room for it, but it's just too heavy. I'm afraid it'd rip a strap or handle. I use it for general range use too just so I don't have to load/unload it, but something smaller would be fine for the range.
  8. OptimiStick

    Mark 7 Presses worth the money?

    I have dies too - in my other presses where they are staying. The Dillons come with dies, so when comparing price - I’d compare with dies. You have to get them somewhere, and they cost money. I guess it doesn’t matter. If you can justify the 2750 to 4000 bump, 4000 to 4461 probably won’t be the straw that breaks the camels back. As you said, it looks like they are really only interested in selling the Pro/automated at this point anyway. I would like like to know though if people are still buying the manual press at that 4400 price point. Or 4000 + dies, however you want to frame it. If the market just doesn’t bear it, maybe it will come back down to a reasonable ( to me) price. Or maybe that is just wishful thinking and people are still lining up at the 4400.
  9. OptimiStick

    Mark 7 Presses worth the money?

    $4,461.13 when you add the dies.
  10. OptimiStick

    DG Bullets

    I like them. I can load that profile fairly long even in some of my pickier chambers, so I can just load one OAL which is nice. I do get a little rub occasionally at the mouth when I seat them. Using a Redding Comp seating die, and I don’t get that rub on any of my other coated. It only happens about 1 out of 15 or 20, and I haven’t seen any smoking or leading from it. They shook great for me. I thought they were slightly cheaper than Acme and Blues after coupon, but I’ve been shooting through a lot of old stock and haevn’t bought anything but DG recently, so I could be wrong there...
  11. Anyone have a discount code for Precision? I want to give them a look.
  12. I run Blues, Acme, and DGs. .356s are a little more accurate in my gun. Acmes smoke a good bit out of my wife’s M&P CORE, but none of my other guns. DGs sometimes rub down to the lead out of my seating die. Just occasionally and it seems random. I haven’t noticed any smoke or leading from it though. DGs I think were the cheapest after coupon. I’ll give Precision a try though since they are basically local to me. Haven’t heard of them before this thread. Honestly they’ve all been about the same , so as long as they have the truncated cone type profile in 147 grain, it comes down to price for me. As a totally useless aside - Acme’s look the coolest when loaded.
  13. OptimiStick

    Mark 7 Presses worth the money?

    Unfortunate. But even then,I can go automated on an 1100 for less than their manual Evo.
  14. OptimiStick

    Mark 7 Presses worth the money?

    Yeah. I can do a CP2000 + RL1100 for under that. Or automate the 1100. I can understand some price jump due to demand, but not that extreme. Are lots of people buying at the $4,461 price point for a manual Evo? I get that you guys are loving it when you got it for $2,700 ( don’t get me wrong, I’m jealous that I missed the boat). Are the orders still flying in and stuffing their manufacturing queue at the new price point ?
  15. OptimiStick

    XL 650 primer tube jammed!

    Man that is some rough luck. I use Winchester wsp almost exclusively now. 30,000 at least thru my 650, and I’ve never had that happen. I don’t clean my primer feed tube as often as I should either. I have had them turn and stick in my pickup tubes occasionally when the plastic pick tip gets a little worn. Hopefully the new feed tube will fix you up.