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  1. Thanks Sarge I’ll do some measuring tomorrow when I have time in the loading room. When I’m loading my plated bullets I only have 2-3/100 fail the shockbottle and those are .356 (Everglades). IV only loaded about 250-300 or whatever comes in a blue bullets sample packs worth of coated .355 and I didn’t shockbottle those, but I’m assuming my failure rate would be somewhere in the middle of the two? Either way, it seemed like the S&B brass was the problem in that last load as there weren’t many S&B loaded that didn’t fail the shockbottle. Figured I’d see if anyone was having a similar problem and I’d just sort it out to use in my plated loads or what was going on.
  2. Sarge, is S&B known for having thicker case walls? And again, 95-98% of those still plunk test. A ~12% failure in the shockbottle which IV heard is one of the tighter gauges doesn’t bother me when using cheap, oversized coated bullets. A majority of the rounds pass, usually about 12% fail the shockbottle, which I then punk test. This doesn’t bother me at all. However, 150 rounds out of 400 is crazy which makes me think the 94 S&B cases are out of the ordinary. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  3. Hey guys, So I guess I picked up a bunch of S&B brass from my local club because in my last batch of loading I had about 1/4th of the brass be S&B. Shown in the pictures below I had 145 out of 400 fail the shockbottle gauge. Out of those 145, 96 were S&B. About 95-98% of these that did fail will still plunk test and go into a practice bucket. I am using 147gr .357” so some failures aren’t out of the ordinary, but this many is a lot more than usual. Has anyone else had problems with S&B brass? Usually I don’t have anywhere close to this many rounds fail the shockbottle. The other 50 rounds that aren’t S&B is a usual failure rate for me. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  4. I have come to this same exact conclusion. I get more dust when using the Hornady crimp die which I can tel is shaving the peened edges of the brass, while my lee crimp die does not make as much dust, but I also have more rounds fail my case gauge and using the sharpie w/ plunk and spin method shows the case rim is creating the problem. To get the rounds to pass, the lee crimp die requires too much crimp while the Hornady just shaved the little bit off. YMMV, but that is the conclusion I have personally come to. This is also while loading oversized coated bullets Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  5. Thanks, that brings it to just under 7 cents/bullet for 3000 147 9mm Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  6. Anyone have a coupon code for these guys still? Would consider getting some if the price was the same/similar to the competitors but without the code it’s a little steep. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  7. I agree. IV looked at their site many times as so many people say they like their bullets, but every time I see those pictures I decide to spend my money elsewhere because I don’t really want to be buying bullets that look like that. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  8. If you’re just looking for cheap bullets IV found Everglades plated to be a great bullet and a great price. I think I got them for around $0.072/bullet when buying 3k at a time or something. That is cheaper than most of the big coated bullet brands. IV also found these to be much easier to load than the coated, as I’m sure you know after loading FMJ bullets. Although IV had decent luck with blues (only ran about a hundred or so) and literally just tried SNS for the first time without any incidents, but both of those are also more expensive as I’m sure you’ve seen. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  9. One other thing I forgot to mention, I did a sort of “plunk” test as much as I could and after dropping th rounds into the chamber pressed down as hard as I could with my finger, and when I went to flip the rifle for round to drop out, it would drop free when at 20-30° angle or more. Which would seem to me that the round isn’t really sticking in the chamber/lands. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  10. Alright guys, I did a little more digging today as I’m off work this week. So, I loaded up a bunch more dummy rounds today and did notice these marks on the bullets: Which would seem to show that it is in fact hitting the lands. However, I had to shorten the rounds all the way from 2.050” to 2.020” or less to get rid of the “jump” in length. Even though it got rid of the jump, there was still some of the same marks on the bullets shown here: So now here’s the dilemma. Seems like I can shorten the oal to reduce/get rid of the jump, but do I need to do a new ladder load shortening the length to see if I can even get there with my currently loaded rounds (would run them back through the seater die slowly working down), or since IV shot about a 1000 or more without any problems should I be ok and I just look at the problem a little closer next time I go to load these bullets? For reference, I went back and did some googling on the load and I could only find one person who was using an oal less than 2.050”, and everyone else was between 2.050-2.100”. Thanks for your advice in advance Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  11. What does it cost to send back to Dillon for a rebuild now days? I think I heard $250 somewhere which seemed a little steep. I don’t recall where I heard that though so it could be very wrong. I’m having some alignment issues as well. Alignment tool helped a bit, but didn’t resolve the problem. Mine is also the old style press without the Zerk fittings that I heard they will install if sent to them for a rebuild and it didn’t have them before. Any help appreciated. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  12. Thanks I’ll take a look at those. Guess I didn’t think to search trimming pistol brass cause IV never heard anyone mention doing it lol. I appreciate the help.
  13. So I went and checked for these threads but I couldn’t really find anything using the search tool searching “case length” “gauging” “case gauging” etc. can you help point in the right direction? Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  14. Averagejoe, I was specifically talking about gauging unloaded cases to check for the headspace which would be between the two grooves on the gauge Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  15. Thanks AHI, that makes me feel better. That’s what I figured but I wanted to double check since the shorter brass seemed to be a little more than usual shift In oal Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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