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  1. kamick: It's the RTS2R in 8moa. Ordered directly from C-More so was able to the get the 8moa at the time. I wanted a larger dot for quicker acquisition for Run-n-Gun. Bad news is about third time at the range the optic would shut of after most shots. Two trips to the range and shut off 14 and 18 times during the range time. Sent back to C-More (my time, my dime) they replace the circuit board and seems OK now. Did have to re-zero once I got it back. The viewable window is larger for the RTS
  2. ddc: Exactly the kind of info that helps, thank you very much for your insite!!! HesedTech: My MBF, case expanded, powder funnel just arrived his afternoon (Friday), I'll try and switch out this weekend. Latest update: The wife's project lists ++ haven't allowed me to get back in the shop to reload so had to declare time. Before dinner purged the CBC casings out of the press and reloaded with the Blazer rounds I was able to recover from the last couple range visits. Didn't change any settings and once again, as fast as I could pump the handle was dropping rounds into the blue bin. After dinner sat in front of the TV and gauged all the rounds and every one passed just fine. It's not OCD to sort head stamp if it makes this much difference in loading.
  3. Thanks HesedTech good info You have my curiosity with the Mr Bullet case expanded funnel. I'm still using the stock Dillon and I do have to occasionally align and hold a bullet as it goes into the seating die. Using the Dillon powder check in #3 station and the Hornady bullet feeder die in #4, out of stations to do separate seat and crimp, using the Hornady Match Grade seating die which I've been happy with so far. Yes to water wash before decap. Those casings are part of the accumulating batches of brass I don't load so were from quite a while ago. Different system for wash and rinse now. Now I rinse with RO/DI water (almost distilled) using Armor All wash n wax and finish off after couple more rinses with RO/DI water again. Dry brass in dehydrator and no spot problems.
  4. Resizing die is set-up so hand tighten until firm contact with shell plate, lower ram and give die a bit more than another 1/4 turn down. Recapping pin has a full 1/4" of pin exposed. Shell plate is set up so hand tighten bolt until plate is tight to ram plate and then back off bolt slightly until plate indexes freely. Does CBC crimp primers as I'm not aware that they do. Had plenty of bell with the Blazer, little to none with the CBC. Berry's plated, .356 147gr FP All the setting were the same, just different brass.
  5. Sounds good ddc. I don't think you're OCD as I do the exact same thing with my head stamps. In the past I only loaded the Federal brass as that was part of my recycling program. Buy Federal Am Eagle 147gr flat points and recycle them as empty brass. Range brass was separated and have supplies of Win, RP, Blazer and CBC. The rest is all mixed including stuff with the mill stamp. Started off with (12) quarts of Federal brass and that's what I use for Run -n-Gun but end up walking away from almost (100) cases per week which take a toll on the brass supply. Getting low on Federal and having to start using the other flavors. I did notice sizing and seating the CBC took more effort but surprised that the exact same setting that worked perfect with the Blazer did not work at all with the CBC. Think I'll try running some Win and see what it does On a related side note... I just made arrangements to pick up 10# of range brass from my gun club @ $1.50 per pound which I've never done before. We'll see what kind of head stamps we find out of that mess.
  6. Been working on load development for the new CZ and last weekend loaded (250) rounds of 9mm using Blazer brass. So far I've been using mixed brass doing small batches until I get the load I want but mixed brass has been major PIA running through the press. Tried loading it up with the same sorted brass and the Blazer ran flawless. As quick as I could crank the arm rounds dropped in the bin. Ran a bit over one hundred of each powder weight till I ran out of Blazer and then hit the range Monday. Every round passed the plunk test and cycled perfect. Tonight I loaded the brass bin with CBC brass and didn't change anything. Attached below is a photo of what every round coming off the press looked like. Noticed I wasn't getting as much bell on the case mouth, readjusted the powder drop and bell a bit but still getting messed up cases. WTF??
  7. Like kmanick, I ordered a Shadow 2, Tungsten finish, blue grips, comp package from CZ Custom and then ordered a 2nd full upper and had them do the CO milling package. Took a while but now I have the standard slide with open sights and the 2nd slide with my C-More mounted. Love this gun!!
  8. Spares would be handy if I had been running the press for a while. After years of running the Hornady LnL I drank the blue cool-aid and spent LOTS of money starting over with Dillon, dies, case feeder, alarms, etc.. Latest .... still no replacement tube, Dillon support says PO is just slow. It's been twelve days since I requested the replacement part and no part. The one time I needed a warranty part for my Hornady I had the part in hand within thirty-six HOURS.
  9. Oh ya....75gr Hornady BTHP for bullets with those loads.
  10. First time for everything, at least this one for me. Worked up a series of different powder weights using AR-Comp starting with 21.7 up to 23.0 in .2 grain increments. Used MagnetoSpeed V3 for all my original chrono tests but that's different story. Now using a Labradar and a suppressor which the MagnetoSpeed would not fit so retesting different load weights as speed and grouping have changed slightly. Without the suppressor the last time I tested 23.0gr of Ar-Comp the V3 had average of 2716 fps. Made it to the range Sunday on a balmy 21 degree MN day to finally retest some loads and started with 21.8 and worked up. Got to 22.8, fired one round and gun jammed. Finally was able to take rifle apart to get to the live round in the chamber and discovered a loose primer between the case head and chamber which was keeping the bolt from going into battery. When I got back to my shop I sorted all my spent brass and found one missing the primer. Pulled my chrono reports and the one round at 22.7 clocked at 2,823 fps while 22.5 was averaging 2,762. Interesting that I've loaded up to 23.0 before without issues, might have been a fluke case/primer. When I tested the 23.0 previously it was with the V3 and it was 65 degrees out no suppressor compared to 21 degrees and suppressor. Joys of reloading Hornady brass Federal Match primers Hornady single stage press RCBS Chargemaster 1500 powder dispenser
  11. Latest update. Dillon support said replacement primer tube shipped on Friday 2/08. Kept waiting, no tube. Finally asked for tracking number or other status regarding shipment. Received e-mail late Friday 2/15 with USPS tracking number that said shipment created Monday 2/11. It's now Tuesday 2/19 and still no replacement tube.
  12. Sent an e-mail asking for tracking info. Have a local reloading supplier that is a Dillon distributor so order from him, haven't ordered directly from Dillon yet.
  13. Getting curious how Dillon shipped the replacement primer tube. E-mail on last Friday said they were shipping it and still haven't received it yet. ??
  14. Well.......... Jerry Musclek uses a cement mixer.
  15. Interesting point. I started off using Lemi Shine with my initial wash but kept hearing it was mainly to help soften the water and I already have premium soft water (long story). I've tried some batches using it with the rinse and some batches don't use it at all. Time to start logging the process and see which one works best. I don't lube pistol cases and use One Shot for rifle loads. Length of tumble is variable and sort of how large a load and how dirty. If I'm tumbling a large load of dirty brass I tumble 2 to 2-1/2 hours, 1-1/2 for small batch. I think the really full batches may also be part of the issue. With four quarts of brass I don't think they get to tumble as much and more like roll around. Definitely interested in the Brass Juice.
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