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  1. I looked on both the USPSA website results page and the app. It does not appear to have been uploaded to USPSA yet. But a procedural added in error would be a valid explanation.
  2. Or maybe Practiscore messed up? I wouldnt usually jump to that one, but at yesterday’s club match I scored 110 points in 15.09 seconds with no penalties. That should give a HF of 7.2, but it give me 3.3. And HF is just a straight calculation, unaffected by other shooter’s scores. Is there a glitch in the code? I haven’t gone back and looked for other discrepancies, but it makes me wonder. Just a club match, so not a big deal. But at a bigger match...
  3. I've been loading 9mm on my XL650 for a dozen or more years now. I've got the Dillon sizing die in station 1. Lately, it has been having a difficult time pushing primers all of the way out of the case. They hang on, and then of course the new primer pushes the old one back into place. The issue does not seem to be related to any one headstamp. The die has not backed out, and the decapping pin appears to be undamaged. So after tens of thousands of rounds, what has changed? In the 100 rounds I just loaded, I had 7 primers hang up. I finally got smart and put a universal decapping die in the Rock Chucker, so I can address these as they come up. Or maybe I should be really smart and just use a different die. I'm sure I've got another one around here somewhere. But it's bugging me. Any idea on why it would start not fully decapping like this?
  4. There are a few .45 options out there. Not a whole lot, though.
  5. I had to pull out the notes from way back. In the late ‘90s I was loading a 200 gr. Montana Gold bullet to 1.235” over 5.3 gr. of N320 for a 182 PF. (This was back when Major PF was still 175). My work-up notes indicate I was getting a 172 PF with 4.7 gr. N230.
  6. Try this: use .357 Mag data, loading to the correct magnum OAL. You have the same internal capacity, which gives you the same pressure, but with the benefit of ejecting shorter cases. This works as long as you’re not shooting a really light bullet that’s not long enough for the shorter case. You may need to use a taper crimp die. Or some bullets have a second crimp groove in the appropriate location, such as the XTP .357/180 or .44/300.
  7. I have been using 231 for a lot of years. You sometimes get a bit of soot on the end of the slide with low pressured rounds like .45 ACP, but I haven't noticed it so much with 9mm or other higher pressure cartridges. Or maybe I just haven't looked. But that's literally just light "soot" that wipes right off. As far as smoke, not so much. Any real smoking I've noticed comes from the bullet. Lubed lead will obviously smoke a fair amount. And despite what some will say, I tend to get a fair amount of smoke from poly coated bullets as well. They may smoke a bit less than plain lead, but it's still noticeably more smoke than you get from jacketed or copper plated bullets.
  8. Interesting findings today. I went through all of my various bullets and loaded up a bunch of each and shot for groups using my Ruger PCC. I was shooting from the bench at a bullseye target on 8-1/2 x 11 paper placed at 50 yards. All groups were of 10 shots each. As long as I was going to the trouble, I shot them over the chronograph while I was at it. The Ruger is pretty new to me, and I didn't have any velocity data from this barrel. All were loaded in mixed range brass. I did not mess with my seating die, so OAL length varies a bit depending on bullet profile, with all between 1.070" and 1.125". All fed and functioned just fine using a Glock 26 magazine. Bullets include: 115 Rainier plated RN 115 ACME coated RN 124 ACME coated RN 124 Berrys plated RN 124 Zero JHP 147 Zero JHP 147 Berrys plated RN 147 Xtreme plated RN 147 FMJ (pull downs) I loaded them with an appropriate charge of Win 231, with the exception of the 147 gr. Berrys and 124 ACME, which I had loaded previously using WSF. The worst performing load was with the 147 gr. pulled bullets. Only 3 of 10 bullets hit the paper. These were pretty inexpensive, and I bought them to blast through the machine guns. Probably won't use them for USPSA. Next worst was the 115 ACME, with 8 of 10 on paper giving an 8" group, plus whatever the two misses would have added up to. Best groups were from the 124 ACME (2.3"), 115 Rainier (2.8"), and 147 Zero (2.9"). The 124 Zero also performed very well. Overall group was 4.3", but with one flier. Removing the flier gave a 9-shot group of 2.3". The other bullets produced groups between 4.5" and 6.25". So the gun did not seem to have a strong preference for any given bullet weight. I suspect it was more a matter of quality of construction. I was a little surprised that the best and second wrost groups were bullets from the same company (ACME). It may be those bullets prefer WSF to 231. I had stopped buying Xtreme bullets a few years ago when they gave me some silencer baffle strikes. I understand about not over-crimping plated bullets, and my dies are set the same for those as how I have them for Berrys and Rainier, which have never given me any issues. The Xtremes performed in the middle of the pack with a 4.75" group. I've only got a few hundred Xtremes left, which I'm loading up to get rid of eventually. Same with polymer coated bullets. I've had enough issues with both style that I'm going to finish these and be done with them. It will be jacketed and select brands of plated going forward, based on my past experiences. Just not worth it to me messing with the others.
  9. And how did the bore look? Everyone claims the poly coated bullets don't lead the bore, but my experience through many barrels has been different. I thought maybe it was because I was using a surplus SMG barrel that could have been a bit rough. But it's done this on commercial barrels as well. So I took a new, unfired Ruger PC Carbine and cleaned the barrel. Then I borescopes the new barrel. Afterward, I shot 300+ rounds of Berry's plated bullets and re-scoped. Then I cleaned it and shot 245 rounds of coated bullets. Results are shown below. Then I scrubbed for around 45 minutes using a bronze brush as well as copper mesh wrapped around a cleaning jag. There are still some chunks that refuse to dislodge. And if anyone is really interested, video of all the borescoping can be seen here: These were commercial bullets coated with Hi Tec poly coating, sized to .356". They were not over-crimped. Crimp is set to rust take out the bell in the case mouth, as seen below on the pulled bullets.
  10. I just picked up a Ruger carbine. I see there are a few aftermarket accessories out there for it. I'm wondering how much of it is actually needed for USPSA. Comp effectiveness has been debated here already. I plan to play with a few that I already have vs. light loads. There are magwells and big mag release buttons. But reloads are pretty infrequent in PCC. I plan to do some reload drills and try to get a feel for how much I really think one would help. So aside from a trigger job, is there much more that one would need to add for one of these guns?
  11. Well, sort of. There are drum mags designed to work with a Glock. So these should function in an AR designed for Glock mags. However, being designed for a Glock handgun means the feed tower is long enough to fit in a Glock grip. This is going to be a bit longer than an AR15 magwell. So you get a drum that hangs down much farther than is necessary for the carbine. You don't get the optimal fit, such as the standard Colt-pattern Beta Mag in an AR15/9. I am not aware of a drum with a Glock-style feed tower that is sized optimally for an AR15/9. But what is out there should feed and function.
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