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  1. Yes, the 9mm uses JPs 308 silent capture springs
  2. Feedinator is amazing. It adapts to the speed of the rollsizer and doesnt jam up like the dillon. Having a glitch with the control board, they are sending me a new one. Ill have better data in a weekish.
  3. Smithcity

    Next Level GM

    Entries and exits, shooting while moving, getting your hits, superior stage planning and execution. All that combined with the fundamentals. It is really hard to consistently execute the full skillset for a single stage nevertheless an entire match.
  4. Smithcity

    Next Level GM

    LvlIII matches and classifiers test different skillsets. This is why you see A rated shooters pulling 85%+ in major matches and 75%'s on classifiers. Also consider the classification system. When only considering classifiers, GM is 95% or higher. Some GMs shoot them at 95%, others pull 125%'s on them. Clearly those two scores are miles apart. Lastly, GM represents only a couple percent of the sport. Those winning nationals represents a fraction of a percent of the sport. Most people in this sport shoot lvl1 matches, and might do a bigger match every once in a while. In the realm of lvl1 matches, most GMs shoot their percentage. When it comes to the 0.1% skillset at lvl3's from top GMs, you see a wider span of skillsets amongst the GM population with several shooting 80 and 70%'s. That 70% score at nationals is probably a 100% relative to their local club. Certainly one could argue merits of separate classifier and or match classifications.
  5. Ergonomics is different for everyone. People have large hands small hands, stubby fingers, long lanky fingers, etc... go with a selector configuration you can reliably operate, beyond that I dont think it matters. If you can operate your existing lever fine, I doubt you will see a performance increase with a different lever.
  6. I've run with both 45deg and 90deg levers in a lot of matches and classifiers to find that it didn't affect my times at all. At this point I believe it's only a preference / comfort thing, not a speed thing.
  7. Ive taken delivery of a feedinator, set it up, and ran a few hundred cases through it on the rollsizer. Initial impressions are positive. The feedinator runs faster than the rollsizer with 6 pins. The feedinator doesnt have the funnel jamming issue that the dillon case feeder has. A few times cases got jammed while the shell plate rotated, feedinator auto unjammed and kept feeding. Will have to keep testing!
  8. What distance? Inside 10 yards you should be able to rip mostly alphas without a dot. Once you can do that, add the dot and use partial sight pictures to clean the rest of your hits up. No, I'm not joking about building muscle memory without a dot.
  9. Reliable PCC feeding is primarily a function of 3 things. Shape of the chamfer / feed ramps, depth at which bullets are presented, and angle at which bullets are presented. I've found that franken builds typically can't reliably feed certain types of ammo. The only PCC's I've seen that reliably feed a diversity of ammo are the CMMG Guard, the JP GMR 15, and the Sig MPX (I've not played with a scorpion yet) and unsurprisingly CMMG, JP, and Sig control those 3 critical variables and tuned them appropriately. All of the franken builds I've encountered (including my own) struggle to feed some type of ammo, often JHP's. Long answer to say...I don't know what your AR9 can feed as you probably didn't design those 3 variables in a way to ensure reliable feeding. If you want reliable feeding, go with a combination of parts that have been vetted and designed correctly.
  10. I thought I tried setting the tube height for the 38super and ran into issues with the 9mm. I'll have to give it another try, see what happens, and report back. I hate them 38supers!
  11. Good to know. The immortobot upgrade makes sense if you already have a dillon case feeder....and the case feeder is reliable enough. Now, if there was a cost effective way to remove both 380's and especially 38supers from my 9mm brass so my rollsizer stopped jamming with poorly sorted brass!
  12. I'm sure the immorto case feeder upgrade is good and I don't want to bash it. What I will say is that I don't think the dillon case feeder is built for these higher speeds (much like the case pro wasn't built to be automated, the case pro comes with problems when you automate it!). The Feedinator has sensors built into it to adapt to the speed of what it is feeding, it cannot spill brass everywhere from a jam, it also has sensors to self un-jam should a jam occur, and its built for 10k rph feeding. If you buy a dillon case feeder and upgrade the motor, you are at $450 (MSRP), the feedinator is ~$400. Conceivably, the feedinator is cheaper and designed for high feed rates. Seems others don't have much experience with the feedinator, I'll be a guineapig.
  13. I've about had it with the dillon case feeder on the rollsizer. With the case feeder attached to the rollsizer mount, the vibrations from the rollsizer are well coupled to the case feeder and I get a lot of jams at the funnel and brass falling out. I've decoupled the two by moving the case feeder to a separate mount, don't seem to get the brass jams at the funnel but if I run 3-4 pins on the rollsizer the case feeder is runn 100% of the time and I'm running into a lot of instances of casejams at the shell plate. I.e. cases that start falling late and the shell plate jams the case against the top of the feeder clutching out. I don't think the dillon case feeder was designed to run constantly at the fast speed. You are probably fine running 2-3 pins on the rollsizer, obviously you are limiting the full potential of the rollsizer. I was going to get an upgraded motor for the dillon case feeder to take advantage of ~6k cases rolled per hour, but i'm pretty sure I'll just have more issues at a higher speed. I'm dumping the dillon case feeder and buying a feedinator. Seem's its designed for high feed rates!
  14. Of course the answer is, "it depends". The first "it depends" is on the quality of your brass. Is it well sorted, did you pre-process your brass, etc... For example, I fully pre-process my brass (sort, wet tumbled, roll sized, decapped, 3 sizing dies, wet tumbled) before it touches my evo. By the time I'm done processing, I have some really well sorted well sized brass, actually allows me to run the evo pro at a clutch setting of 0 for loading 9mm! Some other things can help, I've found the mighty armory decapping die to be superior than the dillon die, i.e. you aren't going to have snapped decapping rings. I've had a couple upside down cases (out of 4k rounds) with the evo-pro, partially dependent on how well you adjust the case feeder. I've never had a single primer problem, never had a tilted case. EMI might be an issue however I avoid EMI problems by running everything off a high quality UPS. The Evo pro is plugged into the battery powered side of the power supply, everything else runs off the surge protected only side of the UPS, isolates the electrical accessories from the main press drive. You can still have hiccups if you don't adjust the dies correctly and or don't lubricate the machine, between torque sense, clutch sense, swage sense, powder sense, and bullet sense, there isn't much of anything that holds me up and I have peace of mind while the machine runs. I can easily crank through more than 500 rounds without stopping to fix a problem. Might have more of an issue with unprocessed brass.
  15. Done that a dozen plus times, not a problem. Just dont run it more than 3minish
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