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  1. Yeah, I had issues with alum plates also. I will only use steel ones now. CZC does offer a steel plate for their cut now. I have an S2 slide cut by CGW for my SRO. Not quite a year on it, but have shot many 1000's of rounds through it. No issues at all. I did not have any other lightening mods done.
  2. Love my Hundo also. I got a Dillon 1100 recently and it's really helped with brass issues. Not only does it have the swaging station, but it allowed me to use 2 sizing dies. First one is a normal carbide die (RCBS) and the 2nd is the Lee undersized die. Unusual now when my reloads don't pass the Hundo gauge. I'm sure you could use the Lee die as the only sizing die, but figured it would take less effort to use it after normal sizing. There is some crap brass out there, though. I do still sort the brass I bring home that didn't come out of my gun. Here's a thread I started a while back here about some stepped ZQI 9mm brass:
  3. And the AR primers don't even work well on hammer fired guns. I bought some Win equivalent ones, #41's. They would not go bang very often with my Shadow 2 (even with an extended firing pin) or my P229. Non-AR specific small rifle primers are no issue though.
  4. Had that issue on my 650 when it was new. It was the clutch needing a little tweak. Have not had that issue with my almost 2 month old 1100, but probably have not exceeded 350-400 yet.
  5. Agreed. I actually found 3 - 1100's in stock at a store in the Mpls area recently (https://www.gunstop.com/). I bought the 9mm w/o dies 1100 they had in stock, along with a MBF, which was also in stock there.
  6. jejb

    Shadow 2 optic cut

    If you go CZC, make sure you get the steel plate. Much more secure for holding the optic screws. I went with CGW for my optic cut earlier this year. I don't remember what the estimated time was, but once you're on their waiting list, they will tell you when to ship it in. So you are not w/o the slide for the entire time, only for a couple of weeks. The reason I went CGW is that I didn't want a plate, I wanted my SRO direct milled. I'm very happy with the results.
  7. This makes more sense, that they are being cautious about over-expanding rather than trying to manipulate the market. And now it's just taking some time for them to get the new factories/machines/supplies/employees in place to try to meet the new normal. Sig has said they will start producing their own primers for their ammo in their new plant in Ark. So that should put more primers on the market, from whomever is supplying Sig now.
  8. Curious about this. How are they manipulating the market?
  9. I shoot 115 and 124 in my S2O in CO. Mostly 115 since they work great and are a bit cheaper
  10. Why not get the RC fixed? That's what I did (weak hand) a few years ago. Yeah, rehab is a pain and you won't be able to shoot with the impacted arm for a while, but it's worth it in the long run, IMO.
  11. Agreed. Small pistol primers were getting pretty easy to source for me locally, but it has all but dried up the last month or so. Glad I bought a bunch while they were available. Bullets have not been an issue through this shortage. Just have to plan ahead a little.
  12. I'd rather shoot more rounds really. I'm a well stocked reloader. And did enjoy the USPSA shoot as well. I did hear something about them using 4 bays at some time. I think they were talking about when more shooters signup.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. Agreed. Too easy to pull the threads on the alum plates. Been there, done that.
  16. 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.
  17. 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.
  18. 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.
  19. 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.
  20. 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.
  21. Here's another: https://usa-shop.armanov.com/
  22. 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.
  23. 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.
  24. 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.
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