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  1. Haven't bent a Dillon pin yet, but when I was having problems with primer drawback on my 9mm die, filing a set of angles on the tip -- so that it hit the primer off-center -- instantly cured the drawback problem.
  2. You might consider running factory mags - I have a few ETS mags, and they've been decent, but the springs aren't as stiff as I would like(added a Wolff extra power spring to one of them, and that helped).
  3. That caught my attention too, that seems a little odd...
  4. At the match 15 minutes from me, the $20 match fee is waived if you help with setup/teardown. [Side note: several times last year, there were a number of people who signed up to help set up and tear down, and while we usually seemed to have plenty of people setting up, only about 4 of us ended up staying long enough to put everything away. Because of that, and I need to pitch this idea to the MD, I think he should discount $10 for setup, then if you stick around and help put everything away -- rather than just tearing down and leaving a pile of stuff in the front of the bays -- you get your $10 back, effectively waiving the $20 but ensuring that people stick around long enough to do what they signed up for when registering.] At the match 2.5 hours from me, it's supposed to be $5 off the $20 fee for helping with setup, but since I rarely have the exact change for paying cash, and the link for paying $15 with card never gets sent, I end up paying full price for that one. That said, I'm already investing 5 hours of driving and gas, so the extra $5 is negligible, especially considering that the people are friendlier(different culture that side of the mountains) and everybody helps tear down afterwards.
  5. ACME will do .357 if you send them an email. Place your order, then email them your order number and tell them that you want them sized to .357"
  6. I've had decent results with 231 and Titegroup. HS-6 was pretty good too, and Bullseye is the old school option, but both seem a bit dirtier than 231 and TG.
  7. If I'm reading that correctly, you're having more trouble after sanding? If so, you might need to either remove a little more material or slick up the contact points with maybe some silicon based lube or wax - apply it, then rub off what you can(I'm thinking along the lines of what some people do with pistol mag carriers, or ski waxing).
  8. In my experience, the stock and mag release can both make a difference. If rubbing on the stock, sandpaper the sides of the magwell slightly. If the mags aren't rubbing on the sides of the stock, an extended release may be the ticket, mostly because they let you "push the button in further", for lack of better explanation. Note: extended releases, though nice, can lead to accidentally tumbling out the mags when you don't want them to(snagging on belts, packs, fences, whatever) -- not a big deal in most competition, just something to watch out for. I think the easiest way to isolate what needs changed is to separate the stock from the action and see where they are hanging up by test fitting in each. They should drop though the stock, and also drop free of the receiver, if that makes sense.
  9. Hodgdon shows 1.15" OAL for that bullet in their load data, but doesn't have FMJ data to compare against. I can't tell you the difference in case volume, but if that plunks in your barrel, you can use Hodgdons info to work up your loads for your bullet/powder combination(depending on whose powder you're using, obviously).
  10. Bigger bullets can actually help reduce leading, as they fit more tightly to the bore, helping scrape away lead left behind by previous bullets. When loading plain lead bullets(I'm sure it applies to coated as well - still conducting tests, personally), they say that fit is one of the biggest parts in preventing leading. And they do bump pressure up a little, which is why you want to drop your powder charge a bit and work back up. But the way I've heard it, you'll be having problems chambering before you need to worry about pressure. The bullets were all good - plated were HSM(.355") and Berrys(.356"), and seemed about as consistent as any other plated I've tried. Coated were ACMEs, which have been extremely consistent for the little I've used - among the best coated I've run yet(once I choose a weight on those, I'll definitely be making a bulk order) Gun is a Glock 19, used the stock barrel for plated, then I moved to a Faxon barrel for coated.
  11. This may also be something to look into: How are you shooting your groups? When testing loads, you want to take yourself out of the equation as much as possible: I shoot seated, with my back against something solid, steadying/resting my arms on my knees, and focusing on trigger pull/sight alignment. A lot of people use sandbags on a bench or table to support their hands/pistol instead, which is a really good system if it works for you and your setup.
  12. OAL is one of those things you'll have to experiment with to know for sure: start at your max length, find the most accurate powder charge, then shorten the OAL a little at a time(I use 0.01" increments, but some use 0.005" increments), watching for pressure signs as you go. Some powders can get really "spikey" if you get too short, so that's something to be aware of. Bullet diameter will also take some experimenting. In the barrel I use the most(and therefore work up loads with), I found that it prefers the larger diameters: .356 plated is more accurate than .355, and the one .357 coated bullet I've tried was more accurate and cleaner than the .356 version of the same. That said, when going to larger diameters, you'll have to keep an eye on your crimp and adjust as needed to avoid denting the bullets(which can really hurt accuracy). Larger diameters will also go a little faster for the same powder charge, so working up your charge whenever you change diameters is a good idea(basically mandatory - just cut the powder back a couple tenths of a grain, then work it back up). As @superdude said, " Your barrel will tell you what it likes. " Finding what your barrel likes can take a lot of time experimenting, but if your ultimate goal is maximum accuracy, that's what it'll take to get there.
  13. I'm liking that... Doesn't have the ability to hide targets the way barrels do(such that they get looked over), and would take a few extra target stands, but it looks like they would be really easy to move/set up, as well as not taking up much storage space. Could also use those in conjunction with other walls to make some interesting layouts.
  14. If it makes you feel any better, I appreciated the 13 year old thread bump - probably wouldn't have seen it otherwise, and I do enjoy seeing what the veterans of the sport have to say, especially their personal race gun progressions/advancement
  15. "Beer can grip" - I like it. I'm in that camp as well: bullets forward for pistol, back for rifle(using my back pocket as a mag carrier).
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