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  1. Not an open shooter, but what I've seen in the 9 Major threads, it seems to be a matter of personal preference, though the 115s should make more gas. Hollow points are supposed to deposit less lead in compensators because they don't have exposed lead bases(compared to FMJs); CMJs would also not have exposed bases.
  2. Last weekend I had a primer hang up on the edge of a primer pocket and pop. It was a WSP. Several weeks before that, I had one hang up in my primer feed tube, and I don't know how many I've accidentally crunched. This makes me think L-N-Ls just don't like WSPs(maybe they're out of round or something). The only trouble I've had with CCIs(which I've run twice as many of through that press) has been due to me not leaning into the press enough on the priming step, so I'll be switching back to those for sure.
  3. Those sound like .45 ACP numbers...
  4. This. The Bayou 200s are basically H&G #68 style bullets, so 1.25" should be just right. That 231 should work great, and I've actually got fairly similar results with Titegroup, if you wanted to standardize on one powder.
  5. Did this solve your problem? If all you did was change springs(ie: if it was working, then you changed springs, now it isn't), adding a little more tension to the grip safety leg should solve it. Otherwise you may need to peen the nose of the stop-bar(for lack of a better term) or replace the grip safety. If the gun is new enough, or came that way, warranty should cover the repair.
  6. Not to necropost, but I've been using the Champion ones from that link(which work great over my prescription glasses), and my only complaint is that they do start to dig into my head and get uncomfortable about halfway/three-quarters of the way through the day with my Walker Razors(which, admittedly, don't have the most cushioned ear cups). Other that, they're clear, haven't gotten too scuffed over the past year and a half of use, and feel fairly sturdy. Currently I'm looking at getting a set of ESS Crossbows to replace them, which I'll try to use with contacts(which I've never worn before), and if that doesn't work, I'll buy a prescription insert set.
  7. Seems like the end conclusion of that test that: a)enough money was saved over the lifespan to pay for new barrels(not fancy ones, but still) b)the barrels would have lasted longer than they had if they would have cleaned them and hadn't been doing so many mag dumps. That said, I don't use much steel, but I have heard of people having problems with it sticking/binding in some polymer magazines, such as the Magpul Glock mags.
  8. Could also be yellowjackets/wasps, rather than actual bees... Some of us have been known to call most "flying stingy" type critters bees, just because that's easier to do than trying to figure out if they're bees, wasps, or hornets :D (Could be a regional thing, I don't know. I'm a little bit north of Homie, so he might be able to back me up... Or just confirm that everyone I know prefers to use vague language :p ). Either way, sucks to have to throw a stage out, but it's a good thing nobody had an allergic reaction.
  9. No experience with the Hi-Speed National Match, but I have an SSA-E that I like pretty well - decent weight and feel, with no doubles or light strikes. That said, while I like a nice trigger, I'm not one to worry about the feel being 'perfect' or whatever, as long as it's reasonably weighted/not super heavy or light(M77s get an immediate Timney upgrade ), safe, and consistent. There are a lot of good options out there, and I'd recommend trying a few different ones if possible, just to see what you like.
  10. That's pretty much the load I started with. And I think that HS-6 is a good powder to start with as a new pistol reloader because as you mentioned, it's hard to double charge, plus it's pretty forgiving if you're running on the top end(sounds like it's semi-common among 9 Major shooters) accidentally, and it gives pretty good accuracy. It does get a little dirty on ~130pf 9mm loads, but it wipes right off. Other powders to try later might be Titegroup(versatile, but has a low charge weight, which is fine if you have good quality control), Sport Pistol(sounds like it's similar to N320, but cheaper. Supposed to be cooler than Titegroup, plus a little "fluffier"), or W231/HP-38(classic powder for 9 and 45 ACP, and while a number of people run it with heavy bullets, Hodgdon doesn't recommend it for 147s, but it would be good for 115s or 124s)
  11. Having a stock of the "wrong" weight of bullets shouldn't hurt you, competitively speaking, as long as your gun likes that weight. I have trouble telling the difference in impulse between 115s and 124s at the same power factor, but every pistol/barrel I've tried those loads shot the 115s more accurately. (That said, I really like the feel and accuracy of 147s, and the velocities they run at lead my barrels less with coated bullets) I'd say just find a good load, run those until your components are used up, then try a different weight. If it shoots accurately enough, the only difference is the recoil impulse, which shouldn't affect your overall time enough to matter if you have good stance and grip. (Disclaimer - I'm just a C-class nobody, but I've spend more time than I should've trying to find that "magic load", and finally got to the point of realizing that I have many other things to work on before bullet weight influences my match placement at all. I enjoy reloading, but it's easy to get sucked down a rabbit hole trying a couple hundred rounds of this or that to see what's "best")
  12. https://www.hodgdon.com/cfe-pistol/ Under the description and SDS link there are a pair of dropdowns that can be used to find loading data.
  13. While I haven't worn them in a match yet, I've been running in a set of Altra Lone Peak 4s lately and can't find anything bad to say about them - they feel like they'd do well on gravel, concrete, and fault lines, and wearing them all day wouldn't be an issue at all. Incredibly comfortable, with an aggressive, yet grippy tread(can't report firsthand on longevity at this point), wide toe-box, and zero drop. I can't directly compare them to Salomons personally, but reviews(mostly on trailrunning sites) indicate that the Salomons have a more aggressive tread pattern, taller heel, and narrower fit.
  14. Your best bet might be to go to a match and try what people there have. Otherwise, the Taccom caddies are a pretty decent deal - the one that I have has a little wobble to it, but it cost half of what some of the 'nicer' ones did and will show you if duals are the way to go or if you can handle quads. I went with an eight shell caddy(I think it's the 'sport' model) that holds two quads, but I can snatch out duals if needed, so I could see which method fit me best.
  15. I've really been liking The Three Gun show. Triangle Tactical, and That Shooting Show are both pretty good too. I find that the ones with multiple hosts or host/guests are easier to listen to(that's why I prefer Triangle Tactical to Berry's solo podcast - it's just easier for me to pay attention that way) you also get more--and clearer-- information when you have different people involved. Since I found the Three Gun show(mid-March), that's been constantly playing during my commute. If you like Van Halen and don't mind random dog noises, Anderson has a lot ton of good info, but audio quality varies and it would help to re-listen at times to really get all that he's saying.
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