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  1. Thanks. It was in 2 bays. 2 stages in each bay, and then a tear down/setup for stages 5 and 6, one in each bay. One guy seemed to have the right idea. Had a little pull behind wagon from Academy with a camp chair and umbrella. It was in the 90's by the end of the round with no shade, so that didn't help any. I guess it's just frustration talking. I'd like to do more of these shoots, but it's hard to give that much time up to it. I have a lot of other stuff going on too. An evening shoot like you describe would be great. I'll have to check around and see if any of the ranges around here do that. I know the one I belong to does not.
  2. I shoot quite a bit at an indoor range, about 300 rounds a week. So decided to dip my toe into the competition world. Not to excel at per se, but to do something different. Went to an IDPA and USPSA match last winter and shot my 2nd IDPA last weekend. I had worked on my 2nd shot speed a lot in between and was happy with my progress in the standings. I enjoyed the shooting part, of course, but I have to say all the standing around gets OLD! 4.5 hours to shoot a little over 100 rounds in 6 stages, and helping setup/tear down. There were only 22 shooters, split into 2 squads. I can't imagine how long it'd take if 40 shooters showed up! Is this just the norm? It seemed to me it could have been tightened up in some areas, but I also know nobody there was getting paid, so kind of hard to picture rushing anyone.
  3. Agreed. Too easy to pull the threads on the alum plates. Been there, done that.
  4. Yep, they seem to be catching up a little on the non-die units. The one I bought was actually in stock, which surprised me.
  5. I just moved up from a 650 to an 1100, and you're right, the swagging is a time saver. I no longer have to sort range brass looking for the crimped primers. It's not really faster at producing rounds, assuming no crimped brass on the 650. But it does save pre-loading processing time.
  6. Part of your problem with the bullet feeder looks like the issue I had when I setup my newe MBF on my new 1100 a couple of weeks ago. Here's a thread I started on it. Get DAA to send you the chamfer video: Good advice already given on the flipped bullets. Work on the adjustments and angle of the bin to cure that.
  7. Probably because that's what the die makers advertise. From RCBS's website, for example: Each set features a Carbide Sizing die that requires no case lube to speed up your sizing. I understand lubing them anyway probably makes pulling them through the press a little easier, but it is "ok" to run them dry. I've loaded many 10's of thousand rounds of pistol ammo and never used lube.
  8. The system I've some up with does not require a magnet to separate the pins from the shells (I only do straight wall pistol). First, I put a slotted cap on one end of my Franklin wet tumbler, once done tumbling. I tip that over into a 5 gallon bucket slotted end down, unscrew the other end and rinse the shells for a bit. I then put the non-slotted cap back on, being careful not to get any pins between the gasket and tumbler mouth. Flip the tumbler so the slotted end is up and remove that cap. Dump the water out of the bucket as needed. Done slowly, you will not loose any pins. Then I put a sifter pan, like this: https://www.midsouthshooterssupply.com/item/0004487075/case-cleaner-media-sifter over the 5 gallon bucket and pour a couple hundred shells in. Rinse again and then start sifting them with the pan. Does not take long and ALL the pins fall through into the bucket. Plus it removes most of the water, so decreases dry time. I tried to use my RCBS rotary media separator, but it didn't work as well. Pins got stuck in a lot of places. I know Franklin sells one and it is probably better than the RCBS. But the sifting pan works very well, I'm not looking to buy anything else to do the job. I do use a small magnet to pick up any pins that may have fallen out onto the driveway, but I usually only find 10 or so. Remember to rinse those pins before drying them too.
  9. Here's another: https://usa-shop.armanov.com/
  10. My experience is different than yours. I cleaned with dry media for a lot of years. The outside looks the same as wet tumbling (with pins, of course). And I'd hit my dry media shells with compressed air for a few seconds as a final step, so no dust, etc on the shells. I've found drying wet tumbled shells in even a low temp oven/dehydrator will tarnish them a bit, so I just let them dry under a fan now. But that's not the only added hassle. There's also the rinsing the shells and cleaning/drying all the components used.
  11. Finally getting the feel of the 1100 and getting it pretty well dialed in. Probably still a little tweaking to do here and there, but at least it's non-stop pulling the handle for me at this point. I'm usually one to tell beginning reloaders that it's okay to start on a progressive. But I'd have to back that down a little bit now. The 650/750 are fairly simple to understand and run machines. To run the 1100, I really feel like you need to spend time on a less complicated machine first though.
  12. Just to wrap this up, I finally got enough chamfer and polish on the funnel to get it working consistently with 115gr 9mm bullets. I did call DA and expressed my feeling that I should not have to modify this part on a brand new MBF. They were nice about it and are sending me an unmolested dropper assembly in case I need it for heavier/longer bullets. I still think they should include 2 though. 115 and 124 grain 9mm has to be some the most popular stuff to reload. I know those were the hardest to source during the recent shortages.
  13. I'm kind of new to wet tumbling. Done 6 batches of 500 shells since buying the tumbler a couple of months ago. But I have a question for the guys that don't use pins. Why not? To me, I only go through the added hassles of wet cleaning to get the inside of the cases clean. If all I wanted was to clean the outside, I'd have kept using a vibratory cleaner with dry media.
  14. I've been working the funnel. Had it out several times yesterday working on the chamfer. Still getting the occasional jam there though. Polished with fine sandpaper. Bevel is now changed significantly. In the video they sent (too big to link here), they get very aggressive with the chamfer bits, but I decided to do it a little at a time. I need to call DA today about this. The more I think about it, the more it ticks me off. They have me buying tools and modifying a part on a brand new (and over priced, IMO) product in order to be able to get it working correctly. They should really have the bevel changed on these from the factory, or include 2 droppers.
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