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  1. The red and blue ones are most likely Mighty Armory decappers and/or hold down dies and the gold ones FW Arms decappers and/or hold down dies. These are what I use.
  2. You are welcome! I consider the term neck tension a variable indicating the constriction of the neck only. I deliberately do not use the term for what I'm trying to say because that is a product of the neck tension AND the length over which it is applied to the full diameter of the projectile.
  3. Of course you can get away with this as long as your cases are under max length. At some point they will become too long so in that case you could either trim them or toss them. The precision shooter wants consistency however, and that also means all case necks should be the same length. Differences in case neck length result in differences in pull/push out force needed to push the bullet out of the case neck. This is not what precision shooters are looking for. Having said that, most of us mediocre shooters will not notice the difference, and certainly not at short range. My fodder loads I do not trim as long as they are under max case length. But for my match loads I always make sure the case lengths are uniform.
  4. To add to what the posters above mentioned about the proper application of lube, polishing your sizer dies once in a while can also be beneficial.
  5. Like others mentioned, the typical fmj .224 bullet is not very accurate due to the inconsistency of the bases mostly. In the past I have been down the road trying to get FMJ's from numerous makers to *consistently* group under a MOA @ 100 meters but it has been a very frustrating endavour. The only FMJ that came close in my experience was the 55 FMJ from Hornady. But that was years back and I don't know about their quality now. Even the more expensive Lapua's and Sierra's performed mediocrely. So don't waste your time trying to chase your tail and get a quality match/hunting bullet so you can at least rule out 1 variable in the experiment.
  6. Fwiw, the average FMJ rifle bullet is not known for its accuracy. How is your accuracy with a quality match/varmint bullet using this method of reloading? You have to isolate variables before you can come to any usefull conclusion. Otherwise it's like chasing your tail.... (been there, done that). Having said this, the only time I use an expander that actually puts some type of flare on the case mouth (with a M-die) is when using MrBulletfeeder on my Evo. Otherwise the bullets will fall of the case during shell plate rotation. In other situations it is not necessary to do this when using jacketed bullets. Even not when seating flat base jacketed bullets with a sharp radius, usually a good chamfer will be sufficient to seat the FB bullet without damaging the base. But I think posters before me adressed these points as well.
  7. I load 45 and 9 mm on my 650's and always run my powder measures in station 3 because I have Lyman M-dies in station 2. Been doing that for about 15 years now, never had a problem. Even when I run a powder measure in station 2 (for loading .223 and .308) I always prefer a (double) return spring over the fail safe rod. Not saying it's better but it is what I prefer.
  8. Not all 9mm barrels are created equal. I have slugged quite a few of the decades and have seen bore ranges from .354 to .357. If you want to know what you have than slug the barrel.
  9. Hi Ozzyj, I like to load at the lower level of the spectrum as I don't have to worry about the PF. 5.3 grain N340, a Hornady 115 XTP and a S&B SP primer is a very accurate load in my Shadow 2 at 25 -50 meters.
  10. I prefer the FW decapper over the Mighty Armory and Lee decappers for .223 especially because the sliding sleeve makes sure the decapping rod enters the case mouth without nicking it. It will pierce straight through a berdan case as well I noticed...... Your Lee decapper has a build in safety against breaking/bending the pin on a berdan case. The decapping stem is secured by the nut on top of the die and it should slide upwards (without damaging the tip) when encountering a berdan case (or anything elso it can't penetrate).
  11. Exactly these 3 brands of brass have been the most consistent in my experience (weight, neck wall thickness variation). RWS brass is good as well. Having said this, out to 300 meters I don't see any difference in score (Service Rifle) when using this brass or other brands or even mixed brass. A quality match bullet is much more influential than the brass. I still use Lapua the most for competition though, but that's a more a psychological factor.
  12. Fwiw, I personally prefer N340 over N320 for the 115/124 grain jacketed/plated bullet range.
  13. That's the most influential variable in my mind, considering all other things equal. A jacketed (or properly plated) bullet with a consistent, closed base like a Hornady XTP, Lapua CEPP or a Speer Gold Dot almost always seems to outperform other bullet styles in my experience (9 and 45 pistols). That's a general observation that always seems to return over the 27 years I have been reloading and swaging my own jacketed bulllets. This also goes for jacketed rifle bullets I swage (.224 and .30). I do most my pistol training bulls eye style at 25 meters. But as always, YMMV.
  14. DAA recently released a short powder bar to address this issue. https://www.doublealpha.biz/daa-extra-short-dillon-powder-bar
  15. I use lube very sparingly and roll the rounds over a rag when finished. Never had any issue while using this process.
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