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  1. SteelCityShooter

    anyone know how to "bulletproof" a red dot scope

    Trying to answer the OP's question, Whitefish (posting #2) pretty much did. BITD, early red dots were notorious for failing when installed directly on the slide of a semi-auto. "Bullet-proofing" consisted of, as Whitefish said, disassembling the unit, resoldering all of the connections and "potting" the works in RTV Silicone. It allowed them to survive the recoil battering. Current high quality red dots are far more rugged right out of the box and don't need this type of overhaul and cheap red dots aren't worth the time and trouble.
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    Red Dot Riser Height Recommendations?

    I just received the adjustable Monstrum pic rail riser I mentioned above and find I get a good, comfortable cheek weld with it set at about 1/2" so I may buy a fixed riser that height. As I also noted, the rifle has no iron sights so "co- witnissing is not an issue. I just want the dot centered in my field of view when i shoulder the gun.
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    EGW 7 hole Chamber checker

    I have the EGW 7-round 9 mm (and their .38 Special/357 version) gauge and if a round fits the gauge it will fit your gun unless the OAL is too long for the barrel throat. I use mine to check all of my reloads and, while gauging them, I run my thumb over the case heads to check for high primers. Two checks at one time.
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    45acp in PCC

    Yes the brass may not be any more costly but the bullets sure are. As an example Montana Gold 9 mm 124 gr JHP are $345 for a case of 3750 while their .45 230 gr JHPs are $368 for a case of 1900. That's a over twice as expensive per bullet for the 45's. Another problem is that .45 ACP brass is now made with both large and small primer pockets so, unless you are buying new brass only, you have to sort and separate the cases by primer size. Then you either settle on one primer size and discard the rest of the brass or reset your primer station for each one. 9mm brass all takes the same primer size.
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    Red Dot Riser Height Recommendations?

    Thanks for the ideas. I found an inexpensive adjustable height riser on Amazon that adjusts from 0.6" to 1.0" so somewhere in that range I should find what I need. If it's a decent mount i'll keep it and if it's too shaky, I'll at least know what fixed height to buy. Here is the one I ordered: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B076XQQ8PK/ref=od_aui_detailpages00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
  6. I just got a brand new JP GMR15 and plan to mount a Vortex Venom on it. Obviously I'm going to need a riser to get the sight high enough for a comfortable cheek weld. Vortex sells a dedicated riser but it's about $100 and I can get others much less expensively. The problem is what height Picatinny riser should I get? They come in 1/2", 3/4" and 1" with 1/2" and 1" being the most common.. There are no sights on the gun so being able to "co-witness" is not an issue. What height riser would you recommend?
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    2.0 C with rmr cut

    EGW makes rear sight dovetail mounting plates for the M&P in footprints to match most red dots (Vortex, C-More, Burris FF, Leupold DPP, RMR, etc.) and they install easily and are very secure. They are certainly cheaper than having your slide cut and you can return to open sights if you ever want to.
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    2.0 C with rmr cut

    S&W hasn't released a CORE 2.0 yet but i can't believe it isn't in the works. Most of their big rivals (Glock, FN, etc.) already have their newest models with the optic mounting cut.
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    GP100 extractor extension

    OK, specific exemptions.
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    GP100 extractor extension

    "Shortened cases are not legal in IDPA...." OK, you can't cut down .38 Special cases but are cases specifically factory made to a shorter length like .38 Short Colt legal? If short cases aren't legal why can you use .38 Specials in a gun chambered for .357 Mag?
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    PCC red dot. Which one?

    I don't think the window size difference is a big factor but, in general bigger is better. The major difference between the Vortex Venom and Viper is the Venom has the battery compartment on top so you don't have to remove it from its mount or battery changes and, of course, you don't have to rezero it after a battery change. I wasn't aware that the Viper has set screws for the windage and elevation adjustments but I consider this a negative as i've had other red dots that had them and they tended to change the zero when tightened so you were always guessing how much to change the adjustment screws. The Venom has clicks and they are predictable and hold their adjustment.
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    Gun Cleaning Spray Alternative

    It's not cheap but Birchwood Casey "Gun Scrubber" in a spray can works very well and is polymer safe. I buy it at Wallyworld and it's a little cheaper there. As noted, avoid chlorinated brake cleaner. It's hard on most plastics/polymers and quite toxic on both skin contact and breathing the vapors.
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    Ruger PC Carbine

    Steel Challenge last Saturday and the Ruger PCC ran flawlessly. I, of course, didn't ?. Used Blazer Brass, 115 "FMJ" (really plated) and the gun is stock except for a left-handed safety, a bmiller rears sight picatinny rail and a Vortex Venom, 6 moa. Really like the gun.
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    Input on a couple of practice 9mm remanf sources

    This is off on a tangent from your original question but, while Redding makes very high quality reloading gear, you want a Dillon if you plan to reload any real quantity of ammo. Redding makes great single stage presses (or their turret, which is basically a single stage press with an installed parking lot) but they are best for limited runs of ammo at low production rates. For any real volume you will very soon want a progressive reloader and Dillon is the class act.
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    Keeping Powder in the Press

    The powder measure in use on my 650 stays full while the tool head it's attached to is in use. I'll empty it when I change the press over to a new cartridge, say from 9 mm to .38 Special. Then I empty the powder measure that's going to be out of service for a while. I usually initially fill the measures 2/3 full and refill it when it gets down below 1/3 full.