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  1. tacomandood

    Keeping Powder in the Press

    I’m in a dry desert climate, so I usually leave powder in my hopper for up to a week or more at a time. However, I hardly ever fill it more than half way unless I plan on loading 1000+ rounds that day. Using a Dillon 1050, and haven’t had any issues with inconsistent powder throw... I thought that’s what the baffle is supposed to prevent? Anyway, the only times I empty the hopper is when I’m only resizing/depriming brass, adjusting the die, or changing powder. Haven’t had any issues with the hopper turning yellow or corroding, but it’s still pretty new, I guess. I figure I’ll get one of those Pyrex glass ones eventually, just haven’t had the need for it yet.
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    IPSC training in San Francisco area?

    I’m from the Reno area too and didn’t know that. How does that work out? You just show up and pay someone and have your bay? I don’t really like the guy that runs the main range there either though. He’s kind of a high-and-mighty f*#k that treats most people like they’re idiots or not worth his time. I’d much rather head down to the Carson Range which is free and has a few bays that are first come first served or can even be shared. Depending on what you’re planning on doing.
  3. Also, as mentioned above, there's no way you'd be able to catch an overturned primer at the average speed you'd be running a 1050. You'd have to focus almost all of your attention on that station which would be annoying since 1. the primer seat station is on the back of the press and 2. you wouldn't be able to remove a case very easily anyway even if you caught a messed up primer before seating it.
  4. Just upgraded those things from Reloading Innovations this last week. I got the lighting kit, which makes everything clear as day. It's way better than the lamp I was using before to just light up the seat and powder check stations. I got the bearing and low-mass detent ball, which seem to have somewhat smoothed indexing, but the spill stops definitely kept the powder from moving at all inside the case. After about 1200 rounds in one night, I'd definitely say it was worth the money spent.
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    Ran my first USPSA match this weekend

    I DQ’d my first official USPSA match. Guess I joined that club right away, but at least I got it out of the way quick too.
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    First Official Match, First DQ

    Well I blew that one before I even got a classification lol. I’m hoping I don’t have too many more of those in the future, and hopefully never again if I can help it.
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    First Official Match, First DQ

    Yeah I definitely read the rulebook before my first match, and did a little USPSA introductory reading and “test”. Like I said, I just got ahead of myself because I felt hurried for taking so long to make ready, so when I turned back around to the start position I was trying to get my gun loaded as quick as possible. A pretty big brain fart, especially having been on several ranges and knowing that you shouldn’t draw facing uprange. I think it’s because I’m so used to just going out and shooting on my own in the desert that I don’t normally think about that when I’m loading a mag. It’s already something I’ve implemented into my practice too.
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    First Official Match, First DQ

    No, it was a loaded start, and since I was in a hurry I’d attempted to load my gun while I was facing uprange. I’m not sure he knew it was my first one since I’d been there for a few action pistol matches before, as I mentioned. And yeah, it wasn’t his responsibility to tell me, I just completely missed such a simple rule lol.
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    First Official Match, First DQ

    So last Sunday I had my first DQ... on the second stage... at my first USPSA match. I’d shot a couple action pistol matches that were just treated like whatever before, so my first USPSA match didn’t feel that daunting to me. Unfortunately, I made a stupid mistake that I know I’m never going to do again lol. It was on a classifier that had you start facing uprange, and you had turn, draw, and engage the targets. The Roscoe Rattle, if some of you are wondering the name or are familiar. I was the second shooter in the second stage. Anyway, after the RO gave me the “make ready” command, I did a few practice draws and took my time getting a good sight picture. After feeling like I was wasting everyone’s time, and being a new shooter to the club, I got anxious and moved to my start position quickly facing uprange.. Without even thinking, I put my left hand on my first mag, and right hand on my gun. The RO just kinda stared at me, and waited.. The second I drew out of the holster he yelled “STOP, DQ”. It took me a second to realize before I looked down and said “DQ?.. Oh, yeah...” and then holstered my gun and slowly walked back to the bench. The best part was that this was a 2-Classifier-Stage match that our club does twice a year, and I was hoping it would help me get my initial classification sooner. Either way, I was pretty embarrassed at first, and just sat there on the bench while the next couple of shooters went. Then, after a few minutes of thinking about what went through my mind, I promised myself I’d never do something so stupid again to get myself DQ’d. I’d figured I could either leave early, drive 45 minutes home, and pout the whole way back about my mistake... Or I could hang out, watch how some of these other A&B Class guys shoot the stages, and help with pasting targets or running PractiScore on the tablet. I ended up being the main PractiScore guy for every shooter, that way nobody else had to worry about handing it off to try and load mags or get ready to shoot or whatever. By the last few stages, I was over being DQ’d and generally enjoyed just hanging out with everyone. Some of those guys were telling me stories about their first DQs being at State and Section matches, and it definitely made me feel better about doing it at just a local one. I ended up sticking around to help clean up, and then won the end of match raffle for a $50 gift card to a local gun shop! So I at least got my money back for registering for the match, which softens the blow about the whole DQ thing. I even stopped by Dairy Queen afterward and got myself a milkshake to celebrate! Overall, it ended up being a pretty humbling experience, especially for my first match. The good thing is, I think the way I took the DQ has allowed me to be even more motivated to do well at the next match coming up. I know I’ll never make that mistake again, and I’m excited to have another chance at it next weekend.
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    Hey All!

    New here, but I’ve been lurking for a little bit now. Not entirely new to shooting, but definitely newer to practical shooting sports. I’ve been getting pretty heavily into pistol shooting after turning 21 last year, but found it to be a little boring when there wasn’t an objective goal to strive for. About 4-5 months back, I started researching IDPA and USPSA and decided I’d like to try and get into either one at some point. At the same time, I was looking to get into reloading since my average round count per month was about 1000-2500. Fast-forward to end of August/beginning of September and I was able to purchase a Dillon 1050 and participate in a local Action Pistol match. Wow was that fun! I’d convinced one of my other friends to come with me, which made it that much better for the first time. Anyway, I’ve now begun my descent down the rabbit hole of competitive shooting lol. It’s still blows me away with how much there is to do, but it’s also given me something to strive for in shooting instead of just pointing a gun at a target. It’ll be at least a few months before I get a classification in USPSA Production, but it’ll be nice to see where I stand compared to others and how I can better my shooting skills. So, that’s where I’m at now and hopefully it’ll be a good hobby that I stick with for a while (even though my wallet’s crying lol).. Thanks for reading!