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  1. I use SNScasting's 200gr SWC which is an H&G68 shape that Bullseye shooters have been using for decades. COL of 1.250" (or maybe slightly longer, to 1.255"). There are some 1911s that don't like anything but round-nose, though.
  2. I got a 550 in 1999 and it's still my only reloader. Originally shooting Bullseye, and now USPSA/SteelChallenge/Bullseye/BowlingPin, I load only .45ACP on it, and lately average a few thousand rounds a year. Switching between round nose and semiwadcutter takes a few minutes, adjusting powder (now that I have a $10 dial on the end of the powder tray) is ten seconds. When I've got the primer tubes loaded, using known-good brass (either new, or already-checked-for-splits/dents), and completely focused and continuously moving, I can crank out about five rounds per minute (300/hr), but can't sustain it for more than 1.5-2hrs. One should of course always be completely focused, but if one is not adjusting loads or troubleshooting, there seems little danger of no-charge/doublecharge, much more likely is screwing up not seating a bullet and derailing the routine costing a few minutes getting everything set again. Music good, TV/podcasts/sports/etc too distracting. Beyond the reloader itself my essentials are an electronic scale, a primer flip tray, and a case gauge (your barrel might not be as tight as the gauge, and besides taking the barrel out of your pistol every time you're reloading seems pretty annoying to me). Mounting it to a really solid surface, and (with the strongmount or not) a comfortable height, is critical. I recommend an aftermarket light that shines down through the hole in the center of the dies mount, rather than a physical powder-checker of any sort. Get enough extra primer tubes that you can fill an entire 1000-primer box into tubes (of 100 each) in one go. I'm mulling getting a 750 for my .45ACP and starting to shoot .40S&W/10mm and keeping the 550 for that, but funds currently don't allow a 750 (or a new pistol for that matter). For anyone getting into reloading I'd recommend starting with a 550. Singlestage is IMO pointlessly slow, but 550s are the sweet spot for learning all about it and will suffice for pistol shooters doing less than five thousand rounds per year. Hope this helps.
  3. Thank you both! Quick question, what's the max mag capacity for .45 for it? One mag reseller shows 13rd and 25rd magazines, I'm certain the latter aren't 140mm and 13rds sounds a bit low.
  4. I understand that .40 is more competitive than .45. I want to stick with .45 because of the following considerations: - The cost of outfitting my Dillon 550B for .40, and the hassle of switching calibers including between LP and SP primers - I have a lot of .45 reloading components and supplies on hand - I have pistols, a revolver, and a carbine all in .45ACP, I currently don't own any .40 (or even 9mm for that matter) guns - Going from 8 to 17 is enough of a jump, 8 to 19-20(?) doesn't get me a whole lot farther Are there any striker-fired doublestack pistols besides Glocks I should be looking at?
  5. Thanks! Yeah, I'm willing to bump the budget a bit if needed. I do prefer coated bullets so an aftermarket barrel would be necessary, but probably could get by pretty well without a magwell. 17+1 is plenty good enough of an improvement over 8+1.
  6. I have been a 1911 shooter for a decade of shooting Bullseye and for two years now shooting USPSA (as a D-level shooter). Yesterday I shot my first major match (the Area 7 Regional championship) in Singlestack with one, alongside a buddy shooting a Glock 9mm in Limited. By the time we were halfway through the match, I was spending every minute that I wasn't shooting or taping targets cleaning magazines, and my stage planning was as always focused mostly on where I was doing reloads. Meanwhile my buddy was tapping his dropped mag against his hand to knock the worst of the dirt off it, loading them back to capacity, and sticking them back in his belt, to shoot the next stage with his not-cleaned-in-the-last-year Glock. I very much prefer consistent trigger pull (so no DA/SA), don't want or need a red-dot sight, my budget is sub-$1K (for gun, mags, holster, and pouches), I'd like to stay with .45ACP as that's the only caliber my Dillon is set up for, and finally, I have big hands that should accommodate any doublestack pistol. My initial thought is a Glock 41 (though I don't know what max magazine size is Limited-legal), but I open to anything with a reputation for reliability despite harsh conditions. Can any of you help me with advice/recommendations here?
  7. Understood, thanks for this explanation.
  8. It's true I don't know much about basic metallurgy (though I do know steel is harder than copper). On the other hand, I know that water is a lot softer than rock but if you run enough water over the rock and eventually you have less rock. I'm not saying this proves that coated bullets are significantly better for steel barrels than copper jacketed bullets, I'm just saying it's not completely dumb to think that it's possible.
  9. And even in Bullseye, it'd only be for the slowfire, which is typically one-third of the overall competition. And there, I'd think that you'd improve your overall match scores more by dryfire practice than spending that same amount of time cleaning primer pockets.
  10. On that same site: https://www.classicfirearms.com/1911-45-caliber-28rd-drum-magazine/ It makes me smile just thinking about it.
  11. I've got a 20yr old Dillon 550B that's only done 45ACP. Up until recently, I've loaded ammo using recovered/cleaned brass, and as I've generally been shooting Bullseye, my loads are consistently on the lighter side. Several months ago my brass supply was getting low due to shooting action pistol matches where I generally get some or none of my brass back, so I ordered a case of new Starline and started using it. Yay on skipping the dirt associated with punching out spent primers, but I'm seeing that instead I'm getting brass shavings from the powder drop station, and I think possibly from the bullet seating and crimping stations as well. Could anyone please tell me if this is normal/expected, and what it is likely from? Thanks, -IglooDude
  12. I'm having this problem as well. A Dillon 45ACP gauge shows some rounds just not quite seating all the way; they extrude less than the thickness of the rim itself. It happens with Winchester used brass (98% of which I'm sure has never been in a Glock barrel), but not unfired Starline brass.
  13. The negative responses here seem to be half "No. Just no." and half "Not enough other revo shooters." It does seem like if the half wanting more competition all started shooting it, there'd be enough competition after all. I have a Model 625 (and reload 45ACP for my 1911s and carbine anyway), so it's pretty inexpensive for me to show up and be competitive except for the 33% more frequent reload thing. And why the hell not, it only leaves me a little bit farther behind than my usual singlestack does.
  14. 230gr RN is the default, yes. 200gr SWC for Bullseye, and I prefer it for USPSA because of the awesome holes it makes in the cardboard, and everywhere because the recoil is a little less thuddy than the 230gr. The price is that it has a smaller margin of error for feeding reliably. I use WST and 4.0gr under the 200gr for Bullseye and Steel Challenge, 4.4gr for USPSA major PF under both 200gr and 230gr bullets. WST is also reverse-temp sensitive (here's a thread discussing it) so be aware you might want to load hotter when it gets hot out to maintain major PF:
  15. I've got no .40 pistols, nor 9mm pistols, for that matter, but do have a carbine, revolver, and a few 1911s all in .45, and I reload. So, I'm more than a little biased here. But there's one reason to prefer .45 that no one here has mentioned yet, which is that when you're shooting SWC bullets, you get these big giant holes in cardboard targets that are easier for scorers to see and marvel at. Oh, and every once in a while, a .45 hole hits the perf line where a .40 or 9 hole will not...
  16. Are the recommendations pretty much the same for .45ACP (S&W 625) as well? I've got some black metal moonclips, no markings and 15+ years old, that allow quite a bit of directional play in the rounds - if I'm not reasonably close to vertical loading one, then it isn't going to go into the cylinder.
  17. Exactly this. My current 1911 has had some sort of "mechanical challenge" almost every match. So I'm paying more (a lot more, admittedly) for a custom 1911. The bonus is, it'll be a gun I can be competitive with in virtually every shooting discipline that allows 1911 pistols at all: USPSA, Steel, IDPA, Bullseye, Bowling Pin, and... what other ones are there?
  18. This may be a dumb question (so, I'll ask it ) but in a circumstance where accuracy is that much more important, is cocking the hammer an option? I have a 625 with a very smooth double-action pull and a crisp featherweight single-action pull, and I have enough thumb to get the hammer down fairly quickly if needed. That said, I'm a D-level shooter that just shot my 625 in a bunch of classifiers last weekend for the first time.
  19. I'm looking for the article I found, that found - all other things being equal - that coated bullets with the lube rings were slightly more accurate and slightly faster than the non-lube-ring equivalents. On that basis, I'm going to continue to order my SNS 200gr SWC with the lube rings because otherwise it seems to be a pure coinflip between the two.
  20. Indeed. Well, I should confess, I have a friend who has been able to set me up with his spare Glock 9mm and holster so I've already done a couple Limited USPSA matches, and I've already got a 625 revolver (with a nicely smoothed out trigger) so I can also pretty readily go in the other direction and shoot Revolver in competitions with relatively little additional investment.
  21. This. I am in the process of ordering a custom 45 1911, because I can use it for Bullseye CF/45 (including service pistol), steel, USPSA SS major, IDPA, up to bowling pins, all with just swapping out a recoil spring (and oddly enough, removing the magwell for the CMP service pistol shoots). I don't want five or six different guns, I want one really really good gun that'll get me to Master in any discipline that I put the effort into. And steel always falling when hit and (particularly when using semiwadcutter) making nice big holes in paper/cardboard targets just makes me smile.
  22. Welcome, from over in Chester! Have we met at any Piscataqua/Chester/Dunbarton/Pelham USPSA matches? I just started them about a year ago.
  23. Yes, but this stage explicitly specified an empty (holstered) pistol, and pulling full mags from a bin, and putting them away however you wanted while proceeding with the stage. My shirt pocket was faster to re-stuff than my belt pouches.
  24. Thanks, that's really helpful to know, I've been getting ready to buy a few more mags anyway.
  25. I'm about to start back up with the H&G68 coated SWC rounds, after a long time with 230gr RN. Since there's no lube ring on these coated ones, they can be loaded to longer OALs - does anyone have a recommendation on OAL for best feeding/chambering? Yes, I know, for most reliable feeding I should just stay with RN or TC... And for that matter, how many grains of WST to stay comfortably in Major PF?
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