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  1. I like heavy bullets over a light charge of fast powder: 160gr coated bullets and 2.8gr of Clay Dot makes about 130PF in my gun. Shoots well, too, although I haven't done any serious group shooting.
  2. ICORE's pretty dead south of the border, too, unless you're lucky on location. I can drive to the entire Western PA USPSA section, five or six Ohio clubs, two or three section/state matches, and one area match in less time than it would take me to get to the nearest ICORE club. I hope this isn't too political for the forum rules, but given the pace of and limited forethought evident in the last few years of rules changes, I'm perfectly happy to be in a division that HQ doesn't seem to care much about.
  3. I 3D printed one of the adapters, which I've been using since the start of this year with no trouble. Wouldn't solve the length issue, though.
  4. I keep a canister of Hoppes Lead-B-Gone wipes in my shooting bag.
  5. TK's Super GP moons are the best ones I've found so far in regards to fit. SpeedBeez are cut too loose and aren't thick enough, so they wobble. Moon Clip Depot is the right thickness (0.025"), but also cut too loose, so they're not any better than SpeedBeez from a rigidity perspective. Ruger factory moons hold Starline brass rigid and can be loaded without tools, but they're made of 304 or 18-8, or some other non-magnetic stainless. TK moons hold Starline brass rigid, but require a tool to load. The blued steel ones are also too magnetic—I need a really good grip on them to get them off of my rack. I'm hoping their stainless ones don't grab quite as hard, but haven't had the chance to buy a pack yet.
  6. Thanks, appreciate the link—I was looking for '40 compensator' and missed all the threads by leaving out 'open'.
  7. I've had to trash a few SpeedBeez moons in a year of hard practice, mainly from dropping them loaded with dummy rounds on a concrete floor. I also had to throw out a few blued steel moons that saw use during a rainy match.
  8. The 9mm factory crimp die works fine for me, with the adjustment dialed almost all the way out. Puts a nice straight-wall crimp on. The carbide final-sizing ring isn't a concern like some people say (or hasn't been for me), because the sizing ring has to accommodate the largest width of a 9mm case, which is .390". Plenty of room for a .379" .38 case to fit in without getting squeezed.
  9. It's my understanding that you can't trim .38 Special to Short Colt because the web starts too high in the case, and you can't seat bullets. 'Mid Colt' works, though. I actually just ordered a 750 plus casefeeder, so I'm up to the minute on the right accessories. According to Dillon, you need: * The small pistol casefeed plate * F (9mm/.38 Super) powder funnel * .40 S&W purple casefeed adapter * Remaining parts from the .38/.357 caliber conversion kit I plan on using Lee dies for size/seat/crimp.
  10. I'm messing around with a 3D-printed Open Glock frame. I don't expect it to be competitive, so to avoid having to worry about blowing things up with major 9mm, I built it for .40. It'll run with factory ammo, but I'm sure I can work the compensator better with handloads. Much of the factory ammo I've tried is still pretty snappy. (165gr Federal is pretty decent, though.) Bullets I can find in stock are mostly limited to 140gr coated, 155gr plated, and the usual 165/180/etc. that more ordinary loads use. On the one hand, I'm assuming that lighter is better. On the other hand, plated might be better than coated for keeping the compensator clean. Is that true? For powders, I have a ton of options, and plenty of time to wait for things to come into stock. Naively looking at the charge weight in my Lee manual as a proxy for gas production, Accurate #7 and HS-6 seem like the leading candidates. Autocomp, N350, and Silhouette are up there, too. Are there others I should be considering? Is volume a better proxy for gas, or am I on the right path looking at charge weight?
  11. On my recently-arrived Commander, 10'll catch dry fire and all the rest won't. Not sure what the best all-purpose setting is yet.
  12. I know a guy who comes to three or four matches a year and has a TSO (granted, in .40), and some other CZs in 9mm. There are tons of shooters with fancy kit who treat competition as a recreational activity rather than a sport. Heck, I have several thousand dollars in guns I use as range toys that would be good in other competitions I don't take seriously enough to do regularly. My clays shotgun comes out of the safe once or twice a year, and half the time, I'm just hauling a friend up to the range and blasting hand-thrown birds for fun.
  13. You're relying on match participation numbers to say this, but we've already been over why you can't do that. Limited Minor participation is almost exclusively beginners who didn't bring enough magazines to shoot Production, full stop. It's important to cater to beginners, but not to the extent of changing the rules. Not every golf hole is a 60-yard par three. Go is played on a 17x17 board, even if a 9x9 board is way easier for a beginner to play on. There are race cars faster than amusement park go-karts.
  14. I'm not strongly convinced it's possible to make a ruleset where major and minor are roughly even in Limited, outside making the points something absurd like 50/30/10 and 50/32/12 instead of 5/3/1 and 5/4/2. Even then, it would probably end up depending on stage design. Major scoring is a big advantage. 23 rounds vs 20 in a magazine is an extremely small advantage. It's hard to account for that without making a target that's much, much more forgiving than it is now, or making Major scoring much less of an advantage. Beyond that, major's worth relative to minor is different in different divisions. If you make it too small, suddenly, it's only worth shooting a 9mm 1911 in the dedicated 1911 division, which seems wrong. More broadly, there are logistical problems that I don't trust the organization to get right, however you try to balance major/minor. You'd have to monkey with classifier HHFs, and the last few times USPSA has added or changed divisions, they haven't done a good job at that. cf. PCC using Open hit factors at first, including for turn-and-draw stages that PCC shooters don't turn and draw on, or Revolver allowing 8-round guns and all of the classifiers with 7 or 8-round arrays suddenly turning into GM-makers. The relative stability of the classification system over time is an asset, and I don't like the idea of upending it while tilting at the major/minor windmill.
  15. From $593 to $670 for the press itself, and from $264 to $325 for the case feeder, I believe.
  16. I ended up ordering a 750, which I found in stock for the pre-July-1st-increase prices. I'll use the savings over a bigger machine to buy some more brass and maybe get some kind of primer tube filler, and just pay a bit more attention to the upstroke primer seating.
  17. Yes—in fact, I shoot a division where DA is the only thing. Great for your trigger and grip fundamentals, let me tell you.
  18. The glossary defines a sight picture as looking through the sights at a target, and a target as a scoring target or no-shoot. Aiming at a berm (or, for that matter, a person) may be a DQable offense for some other reason, but it isn't a sight picture per the glossary definitions. No, it isn't, because illegal 'gun handling' isn't well-defined for a PCC after it's been uncased but before you reach the line and go under RO supervision. Carrying it vertically is fine. The glossary definition of 'handling' is 'manipulating, holding, or gripping' while the trigger is functionally accessible, though, and that doesn't leave a lot of room for doing other things under the exceptions allowed in
  19. A sight picture is given as an example of proscribed conduct. It isn't the end of the list. Hoisting my gun up over my head to look through the sight is conceivably not simply 'carrying vertically' anymore, and could fall under the proscription against manipulating, gripping, or holding the gun. It needs clarification, but again, it isn't black and white in favor of 'no DQ'. Clearly. This is a six-page thread.
  20. On reflection (see also my most recent post before this one), I'm not sure it is as clearly laid out as it ought to be. I haven't been following USPSA rulebook changes for very long, but something I've noticed is a seeming reticence to strike existing wording in full and change it—HQ seems to prefer to add clarifying text in most cases, which can have the opposite effect.
  21. Do you think it ought to be a DQ to uncase a PCC at the side berm and look at the berm through the dot, without shouldering the rifle? That's not aiming at 'a target', as the appendix defines it, and thus not strictly against the letter of the rule, but I think it's exactly the kind of conduct the spirit of the rule aims to proscribe. Anyway, the key part of the rule is this: Side berms/backstops may be used for casing and uncasing or removing from/placing on conveyances only. That is, that's the only thing you're allowed to do with a PCC outside of the supervision of an RO or at a safe area. Looking through a sight is not explicitly permitted, and thus is not allowed. The rest of the rule says all other gun handling must be accomplished under the supervision of an RO. Lifting a gun up high enough so you can see through the sight vertically is plausibly manipulating it under the definition of 'handling'. Looking through the sight, unshouldered, against the berm would fit that definition too. It may not be black and white in favor of a DQ, but it isn't black and white against a DQ either. Probably something NROI should weigh in on.
  22. The part where it says all other gun handling (direct quote from the rulebook: "e.g. sight pictures, turning dots on-off") must be accomplished under the supervision of an RO, also quoted in the post you quoted, the second half of 10.5.19. I'm not going to opine on whether or not it's a good rule, but it is pretty clearly laid out in the rulebook as not kosher.
  23. The Ruger I shoot is proving a little pickier than Smiths on account of the transfer bar. It's been tricky getting my Lee turret to seat primers consistently, so I'm a little nervous about other feel-based/on-the-upstroke priming systems.
  24. I'm expecting to have some space in the budget soon to upgrade to a progressive press from my current turret press, which has been good to me but takes a long time. I can easily justify something in the Dillon 750+case feeder price range (either a 750, or maybe the Hornady LNL AP with case+bullet feeder). I could probably stretch a bit for a 1050, if I wait longer to make the buy. I plan on shooting about 1,000 rounds a month once primers can be had for reasonable costs again, and I only have about 2,000 rounds of .38 Short Colt brass, so I don't know how much I'd gain from a 1050. On the other hand, five stations might be a bit limiting if I want to do a bullet feeder, and separate seat-crimp. What do my fellow revolver guys recommend?
  25. I don't do a lot of semi-auto shooting on the clock, but some time with FreeCAD and the 3D printer has convinced me that I don't care for either bullets directly out or bullets directly forward. I made up some magazine carriers that connect to the belt plate with a vertical hinge, so I can adjust them for toe-in/toe-out, and belt plates that connect to TekLok with screws through semicircular channels, so I can adjust the whole assembly for camber. I like almost directly bullets out for a magazine carrier at my belt buckle, and about midway between bullets out and bullets forward for a carrier at my hip bone.
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