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Finally read the FAQs

Finally read the FAQs (3/11)

  1. Two I've had: Dan Wesson Wraith...which is odd because the Valor isn't. A really early STI Trojan...which was odd because I had another that was a serialed a few hundred guns later, that wasn't.
  2. I used 4.3 of WST behind coated 200 gr SWC for 1911s and seems GTG in my 5" 625. Velocity is right at 165 pf. Now running 4.0 E3 for the same. Velocity is up a hair from WST depending on temperature. Different bullet than you, but should give you another data point. Biggest plus is not getting that pungent ammonia smell when shooting. Metering in a dillon drop is good enough for my purposes. I do have a uniquetek baffle in place.
  3. I was referring to this one. Not ICE. IPSC model. https://dawsonprecision.com/magwell-1911-ipsc-classic-division-by-dawson-precision/
  4. Dawson IPSC if you don't want to be as deep as the ICE. Aluminum funnel and MSH.
  5. You said it's a new gun, so I'm going to speculate a little further than the ignition system. I've had titanium firing pin guns and they ran fine, but you might want to make sure the firing pin return spring isn't also super hard. How's the alignment of the firing pin hole to the primer? I had a 9mm striker gun (not a 1911) get light strikes because pin was hitting towards the edge of the primer. Hard to imagine on a large primer, but I have a friend who had the same problem with a 45 Ruger 1911. Ruger put a new upper on the gun to solve the issue. Are you sure the gun is going into battery properly? That the brass is sitting properly against the breechface?
  6. Second for WST in 135 grain 9mm. It's been very useable for me. Good case fill. Probably not as clean as n320. Affordable and (usually) available. 231 and bullseye will do it too. You've got lots of options if you're hurting for powder. AA#2. American Select. Red dot. Clays. Universal. CFE Pistol. Sport Pistol. True Blue.
  7. First photo, tripp cobramag with dawson (black) and tripp stock (stainless) Second photo, Metalform (black) and Wilson ETM (stainless) Third photo, Wilson 47D (black) and Wilson ETM (stainless)
  8. With the IPSC magwell, I get away with regular ETM basepads as well as the similarly profiled Tripp and Metalforms with the plastic basepads. (There's no way about it iwth the ICE magwell.) They stick out a little. I can get a photo if it's of concern. I do have some tripps with the Dawson basepads and it helps. Bit if you have a good seating technique, you're good.
  9. To digress...I think my limitation with e3 may be consistency of metering in the Dillon measure if I want to see SD<15, ES<50. Time will tell. Probably also time to ditch the Dillon beam balance. Edit, further digression and response to perttime's reply... My desire for tight velocity spreads (making power factor) is not connected with any perceived need to improve perceived accuracy for my application.
  10. Trigger guage range is too low. You want to test to a repeatable length of 1.625". $12 scale from amazon. Verify it on occasion using some water jugs. Guiderod is 1/4" because it matches the ID of the spring almost perfectly. Threaded enough to hold a washer and nut on the end. There's another washer in the end of the PVC (held there by the cap) to give the spring something flat/square/even to sit on at both ends. I have marks on the side of the board to quickly measure the relaxed length of the spring...should be 6.5". Slots in the lower stop allow adjustement of compressed length for the jig. Short piece of pipe is cut to exactly 1.625" and is used to set compressed length of the jig. Crude but took the guesswork out of dealing with my 9mm guns (not feeding if springs get too weak) and 45 guns (fail to lockback if spring to stiff for whatever ammo.)
  11. e3. So far, I'm as happy with it as I was with WST. I have yet to run enough to know if it's any cleaner. This spring will tell. (WST was pretty clean.) My goal is a 200 gr SWC at 840 fps. I'm under the impression that there are a half dozen powders I'd be happy with, so why not try to get one that keeps the velocity spread down, case fill up, and a smell I can tolerate. (My quest for clean was based on a cranky gun this summer. The gun ended up having an extractor on the way out, which got resolved.) I was never unhappy with bullseye, but all the unburned powder on my sweaty arms...
  12. I strangely had eactly the opposite experience. Wilsons (ISMI?) were consistent, but low. Springco were 10% to 20% low. Wolf was within 5%. With a tester...at least you know.
  13. On my last hunt for a new 45 powder (barely major, 200 gr swc loads) I strongly considered n310 as it has a good reputation for being on the cleaner side at my light loading levels. However, I did find some forum commentary on temperature sensitivity that made me go a different route. But that was way back when multiple powders were easily attainable...in July.
  14. Ditto on ammo and mainsprings. One of my guns is fine on 10# recoil springs and one has a little more headroom on an 11#. Make sure the extractor geometry, tension, and deflection aren't goofy, and that it isn't rotating and flopping around. An extractor that's bumping all over the rim during feeding will slow down the feed cycle too. If you're going to do 9mm 1911s seriously (or 1911s in general) then order a bunch of three packs or ten packs of springs that work from wolff and put them in your new gun acquisitions so you know what's in there. And buy or make a spring tester for recoil springs. I see 20% variance from brand to brand and sometimes almost as much within a brand.
  15. If you've had good experience with 185 SWC coated, why change? Missouri Bullet Works? Summers Enterprises? Both ship that bullet with reasonable lead time. 200 gr SWC coated grooveless is my go-to, as it's available from multiple suppliers at reasonable cost (Missouri, Summers, and DG.) I know the OAL that feeds in my gun, crimp and charge weight are what they are. Why change? They're all rolled to .452.
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