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Finally read the FAQs

Finally read the FAQs (3/11)

  1. 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?
  2. 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.
  3. 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)
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.)
  7. 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...
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. My RDB kit from CMMG has done this too. I only took it to the range once after assembly and haven't yet sent the time to sort it out. Mine is the 5" barrel with an attached can. I was under the impression my reloads (135gr seated long for 1911s) were crashing into the rifling and not allowing the gun to fully lockup in battery. I have yet to track down a source for chamber reaming. Is it moreso a function of nonexistent case support?
  13. Where the issues present with factory ammo? Springfield probably isn't going to want to hear about your handloads. What do your loads chrono? My 9mm guns aren't really happy at 125 PF. 132-135 is more of the happy spot. 1.15" is pretty long and you're beyond that. I'm at 1.125". Having a few mags in your collection that are reputable can be a good diagnostic tool for 9mm guns. A few metalform 10rd mags at $20 won't set you back too far. Tripp and Wilson ETM are a little more, but those are your three "go to" 10rd mags for 9mm. Another good diagnostic tool for 1911s is a recoil spring tester. Guns that aren't super slick may need a little more spring to feed. 9-11 pounds is what I would consider typical for power floor 9mm. Why the tester? Springs will vary from the rating on the bag quite a bit, and will set over time. Some spring manufacturers are worse than others on variability and being high/low. Measuring the OAL uncompressed and the tension when compressed to 1.625" will tell you everything there is to know. Beyond mags, ammo, and recoil spring, a mainspring in the 17 to 19 pound range is a good starting point. I was unaware that the springfield ils system had different firing pin and mainspring rate. I'd hate to diagnose a gun that is off the beaten path with nonstandard systems that impact recoil cycling of the gun. Improper extractor fit/geometry/tension can also slow the gun down during feeding. So that's something to learn about too. I've also seen some springfields be pretty rough on the underside f the stripper rail. Smooth is better here. The issues you describe seem to point to a gun that is low on slide velocity...short stroking and sometimes so much that it is overrunning the magazine. Low power, questionable springs, and other things that interrupt cycling (including poopy mags) are part of that story. If there is a gun problem, I've heard good things about several warranty departments, springfield being one of them. It's a pain to send it off, but it seems they have more time and resources to make it right that the people slapping the guns together.
  14. I will say WST is a light grey flake, which may be easier to see in the case than some darker powders. I do have a friend using a powder cop on a 550. I think it involves using a combo seat/crimp die on station #4. That might be one solution but it seems like that would add more work for your right hand. Another solution would be to prep and prime brass on one pass (perhaps on a different press) then move the powder die to station #1 with a powder cop in #2. Not as easy as switching powders, but another option...
  15. I use WST with 135gr bullets with good results. Smoke is minimal with coated (no lube) but the smell is unique. I think some of the concerns like "it's no longer listed by the manufacturer" and "beware of pressure spikes" start to arise at heavier bullet weights, which is where you are. (There are plenty of users on this board that have burned plenty of WST in 9mm through the years.) But perhaps you (and I) are fine near the minor power floor. It is fluffier in the case than 231 and significantly more volume than TG. I'm transitioning from WST to e3 in 45 (200 gr major) and will likely consider it for 9mm once small primers come readily available again. Case volume and clean/consistent burn at the low end of the power/pressure spectrum were my considerations for E3 vs WST. E3 gives about 15% more volume than WST for me in this application. I'm certainly not ragging on WST, as it's given me good results for light loadings across multiple calibers. Somewhere I have a spreadsheet that takes charge weights to achieve my desired power factor and divides by density to look at case fill. Along with e3, I remember Unique having a high projected volume for light 45 loads. (I haven't looked into Unique for 9mm yet.) I remember AA#2, Bullseye, American Select, and Sport Pistol being a few that were pretty similar on volume with WST for a given projected velocity. I think it's LEE that publishes a VMD (density) chart for common powders. Case fill isn't the end-all priority for my reloading but it is something to consider. In theory, it factors into velocity consistency as well based on powder settling in the case.
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