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  1. Hey Rowdy, 34th overall is a solid showing! Nice work. I looked through your video, and I'll give you what I noticed, and my opinion (whatever that's worth to you...) Broad strokes: Commonalities I noticed in your 4 worst stages: Field courses requiring hitting precise spots to engage targets (ports, tight positions next to walls, etc). Wide(r) transitions (than in your 4 best stages). On those wider transitions I noticed, what looks like a lot of over-transitioning on those targets. Like you're either staring at your front site during the transition, or you're really muscling the gun trying to get it to the next target quickly (00:46s, watch your muzzle as you go from the paper to the first popper, and then from the 2nd popper to the partial. 00:54s, look at the difference in your muzzle and how cleanly it stops going from the open target to the popper, vs popper to the next open target. Generally speaking, this over transitioning seems to happen more coming off of hard/small/far away targets.) There were several instances where, on the last target of an array before leaving that position, the camera looked like it started moving before you broke your last shot. (I'm assuming if your hat cam is moving, so is your head/eyes). Maybe leaving a bit early with your vision? (00:18s, 00:36s, 1:44s) Commonalities in your 4 best stages: Generally stand and shoot/classifiers type stages Closely packed arrays/ narrow transitions Transitions on most of these targets were clean and crisp. Movement and reloads were very clean. On the two stages where there was some movement your entries seemed much more controlled and confident. Target confirmation was good. You saw what you needed to see on each target, but nothing more. The gun didn't appear to hover or stall on any particular target. At 1:36s, it looks to me like your gun is recoiling differently for different targets. On the close open and partial, the muzzle comes back down cleanly and stops. But when you transition over to the far away steel, particularly the mini's, the muzzle starts snapping down much more aggressively, causing much more muzzle shake/wiggle. This makes me think you're changing your grip/tension based on the perceived difficulty of the shot. Increased tension could be a reason the two miss/makeups on the steel at that position. Overall your gun handling and reloads looked super clean and sharp. You shot well, and got good points (91% I think?). Your movement, especially entries into specific positions seemed a bit rough sometimes, like you were hunting around in a port, or stepping into a shooting area with the gun up but having trouble getting set up and stable. The stuff I'm mentioning is small stuff, but I hope it helps.
  2. Thanks Desk-Jockey. I needed something to break up the 8' of solid white.
  3. I used some 1 1/4" wood screws, right into my bench top. I thought about bolting it, but as of now, I don't see a need to go that route. Screws are holding just fine.
  4. It's really going to depend on your setup. Most guys I've seen use a straight length of 3/4" pipe mounted just to the left of the case feeder (about 10 or 11 o'clock, if you're facing the press) for a 650/750. I actually mounted my post at about 1 o'clock, directly behind the press, but used some 45 degree bends to move the bullet feeder back to the left side of the case feeder (I'm running a 750). I mounted the floor flange where I did to move the mount into "dead space" on the bench and keep it out of my way. It's working really well.
  5. The best answer is: go as big as you reasonably have room for. No one ever said "man I wish I had less workspace". I recently built a bench in my basement for reloading, and went with 8' long, 33" deep. I built a shelving hutch for the back, for things I wanted to keep close at hand, and shelves underneath. (Again, no one ever said I wish I had less storage space). I'd recommend going bigger than you think you'll need, so you have room to expand. You don't want to wish you had built it bigger, or be rebuilding a bench in 12-24 months from now. I built mine out of 2x4 framing, 4x4 legs, and a double 3/4" laminated plywood top. Painted, and then 4-5 coats of polycrylic. Durable, but cheap. Build pictures here: https://imgur.com/a/Y0P6hP7
  6. I've run about 4000 125 gr Gallant RN coated 9mm rounds through my MBF. I haven't had a single upside down bullet since I set it up. From set up I used a separate standalone mount (Range Panda) mounted on 3/4" black pipe. So the collator was mounted at exactly 45 degrees. Once I got the shim plates and ramp dialed in for my bullet profile, it has been boringly reliable. (Dialing in the dropper die was a bit more involved, but not unreasonable. And since I got it set up, it's been great too.)
  7. For reference for anyone else having primer issues on the 750: I was also having issues with mine. Every 10-30 rds, primers would stop feeding, and then after 2 cycles, or sometimes 20, the press would randomly kick out 2 primers, flying all over the place. In my case the primer cup was aligned correctly. What fixed it was I replaced the small tip at the bottom of the primer magazine tube. When I looked at the one I took off vs the one I replaced it with, visually I couldn't see a difference. But something was off, or maybe slightly damaged during assembly, just enough to cause problems.
  8. I think he said it was similar. I'm not sure he said it was the same one. I'm not well enough versed in Dillon's to say they're the same, and I don't want to put bad info out there.
  9. The timing of this is uncanny: I was all set to finally buy a press this week. I just got off the phone with Dillon about 10 mins ago. Here's what I learned: - The 750 is on the same frame/chasis as the 650, with a few places machined out differently for some tweaks. The big differences between the 650 and 750 are the priming system and how it indexes. - The 750 uses a priming system more like the 550, with a sliding bar that will hold a live primer until a case is in the station (no more dumping live primers down the ski jump if there's no case present). And this system is also supposed to be safer, because there's more space/separation between the primer magazine and the primer in the station, reducing the possibility of a chain detonation. - The 750's indexing is supposed to be slower to reduce /eliminate powder spillage. It's also supposed to use a roller bearing to make it smoother. It also doesn't start turning the shell plate until a bit later in the stroke, to allow for longer cases to be used. (Those are the words of the Dillon sales guy). They've also supposedly redesigned the bearing surfaces to reduce the index ring (I think that's what he said?) breakage that the 650 has. - Price is +$50 from the cost of an xl650. - Sales guy said almost all 650 accessories will still be compatible (tool heads, roller handles, case feeders, etc will all still fit). - 750 is supposed to start shipping next Thursday. When it does, 650 will still be supported (obviously) but will no longer be sold. So now I'm in a dilemma. As a guy who was literally ready to buy a 650 this week, what do I do? A: order the new model hotness, and learn the idiosyncrasies and issues on the fly and find the tweaks and fixes along with the rest of world, because it's a new press. OR B: order the soon to be discontinued, 650, secure in the knowledge that because of the 20 yr service history, all of the known issues have known fixes and tweaks, after market parts or DIY solutions for them.
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