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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 decappi
  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
  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"
  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.
  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 o
  12. Like most things, they have their place. However, in a sport like USPSA where your largest stage should be 32 rounds, there may be limited utility vs. a big stick. Drums are heavy and sometimes a bit clunky. But depending on the design, they can be significantly shorter than a stick mag of similar or smaller capacity. This could be a benefit if shooting through some really low ports. On on the other hand, some subgun matches have stages that require 150 or 200 rounds to complete. Drums really come in handy there.
  13. Interesting. I built a few mag holders for grease gun and Reising mags around 15 years ago. They're ugly as sin, but they work. Now that I can buy BladeTech Tec Locks, it's even better. I built some Desert Eagle mag holders not long ago, because I couldn't find anything I liked. I may may have to try some new GG mag holders and see how they work out.
  14. I was running around a 250 PF. Can't really download and keep the gun running. And yes, it had no problem taking down steel, even with low hits.
  15. So the other day just for fun I ran a Desert Eagle L5 in Open Division at the local club match. This is the aluminum frame "lightweight" version of the Desert Eagle. Among other things, it has a comped barrel and the factory mags hold 10 rounds reloadable, even though they are only marked as holding 9 rounds. Besides being oversized and obnoxious, I thought it might be a viable option if I ever have the opportunity to shoot in a mag restricted state. I think I would shoot an un-comped gun in Limited if the rules still allowed .357 mag for Major in that division. I don't recall
  16. The Hogue is pretty customizable. It has a trigger guard lock, so the gun won't come out when you're moving. You can disable it at the "make ready"command, or it's pretty easy to disable as you draw. It comes with a bunch of different shims so you can modify it to fit various size guns. And if that doesn't work, you just build your own shims out of wood or plastic. I just shot a match yesterday using one I had set up for a Desert Eagle. Just because I can.
  17. Nice! Now take that 60-round mag and Taccom a 40-rounder to it.
  18. Just to stir the pot, what exactly does "side-by-side" mean? Is this mag coupled setup "side-by-side"? And if so, how long until someone comes up with a coupler that puts the mags in this orientation? Definitely not "side-by-side".
  19. That brings up a minor point that I'm still scratching my head over. Maybe it was discussed somewhere in the last 13 pages and I missed it: why restrict both mag length and mag capacity? If you have a 10-round limit, does running a big stick provide some kind of advantage?Or maybe this was put in so it's set up to eventually drop the 10-round limit from the rules?
  20. That argument doesn't go very far. Are you suggesting that nobody shoots Open in California, since they have a 10-round mag limit?
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