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  1. Level 10 lock arrived quickly. Tore down my 1050 and removed the center shaft. Used a 1/6" drill bit to put a small pilot hole in the broken bolt before using the reverse drill bit. As soon at the 1/6" bit started a decent hole, the whole broken bolt spun down on the threads. Ok its loose. Popped in the reverse drill bit , it bit and spun the broken bolt out with no effort. Well the original Dillion factory installed bolt did not have any LocTite on it. No wonder it backed out and broke! (assembled on a Friday prob) Re-assembled with fresh grease and installed the Level 10 lock bolt easy. I ordered two of them so I can preemptively install on my other 1050. Well that one has the bolt LOCKED in. I am going to assume this one was a Tuesday assembly and got the factory thread lock. Any more pressure and I prob would have broken the allen wrench. Figured its in solid so will keep an eye on it and swap in the lock system if it starts to move. Rather spend time reloading than heating bolts that are working up to brake them free from the thread locker they have. Bolt fresh from shaft, no thread locker.
  2. Ya the beep is a mind eraser. Hmmm prob helps to train with the timer and beep.
  3. I know this is zombie thread.... But I do load my .308 bench on my old trusty 550B. I do case prep on my 1050, deprime trim, clean #2, then back in the 1050 for primers. Then old school tray up 50 cases and use an RCBS chargemaster for each powder load, station 2 insert case, station 3 hand set and press bullet, 4 very light crimp. They shoot better than I do.
  4. Little but looking for more info on how to train correctly with dry fire.
  5. Ah so if it gets loose it can break it. Rodger that. Ok Level 10 lock system ordered for both of my 1050s. Will take apart the press tonight and start the broken bolt extraction process. If this happens so much I wonder why such a small bolt was used. That shaft could support a 1/2"-20 bolt threaded into it easy. Might still get loose but would not snap off.
  6. Anyone else have this happen? I found a half a button head bolt on the bench on the left side of the press. Went looking for what was missing a bolt and discovered it was the main center cam cap locking bolt. The other half is stuck in the cam center. No event, pop or anything out of normal, just found it laying there. Maybe 18 months old press. Anyone have this happen? Success backing the broken nub out?
  7. Shooting a Glock 34. The round I ran dry on had a 20 shot stage. Yes running fast sounds good as I move into more matches, but for the first one I moved but not lightning speed. Key for me was watching that 180 and not sweeping my hand or feet reloading or holstering. Looking forward to the next match in two weeks.
  8. Yesterday I shot my first USPSA match in Albany Oregon at the Albany Rifle and Pistol club. Outstanding day and looking forward to the next local match in two weeks. #1 thing for me was just finishing and no DQ’s. Checked that box and finished clean. Take aways from a new guys eyes: #1 - I had no idea how different (and fun) each stage was going to be. I now see the sport gets really creative in setting up the stages so they are challenging but fun. This may seam obvious to those in the sport but from the outside I had no idea. #2 - Be forward if your by yourself. I was, no buddy there to tell me what’s up. So I would just walk up and introduce myself and say its my first day. Everyone I came in contact with was friendly and happy to help explain what was going on and answer my questions. Like “when on the clock and I step out of the shooters box, is it ok to step back in before I shoot?” Stuff like that. (Answer was yes) #3 - Get there early and ask if you can walk around and look at the stages. No one told me you could do this. But out of curiosity I started to nose around and discovered other shooters digesting the stages and walking/discussing how to shoot them. Met more people this way AND quickly learned allot of what others just assume everyone knows on how to shoot the stages. #4 - Use a proven known gun and ammo, and dont mess with it the night before the comp! A new shooter in my squad had all kinds of FTF issues with his gun and did lots of clearing drills on the clock. This shooter had made some adjustments the night before to his gun. Then a very experienced shooter with a race gun had all kinds of ammo issues, he changed his loads the night before. I was happy I had my old Glock that was cleaned 4 months ago 100% stock and my 50cal can of the same 115g loads I always make, these were made almost a yr ago. It all ran like a champ. I am way way off from needing any crazy mods etc. (NOTE: only thing I did the night before was to case gauge every round I would have with me for the comp. I read that on this forum.) #5 - I assumed shooting Production was the way to start. Fortunately I was coached by two different event organizers to shoot limited. So glad I did. From the outside production sounds the way to start, like in motor sports. But no. Not having to do allot of mag changes really allowed me to focus on being safe and finishing the stage. Yes mandatory mag changes in stages, but “monkey see monkey do” works as you see all the others shoot before you do a mag change in that Same spot, makes it easy for you to repeat. The ONE mag change due to running dry caught me off guard and was the ONE spot I almost DQ’ed myself, RO told afterword I came close to braking 180. (That target was about 170 so the degrees of operation for margin of error was small) I also learned to count the shots and in advance know where your mag change needs to be. #6 - Run SLOW - Slow is fast and slow is not DQ’ed. I intentionally went really slow. I am 48 and know 28yr old me would have showed up to “run and gun” only to probably go home early for something like finger on the trigger for a mag change. My 48yr old self said, slow, slow and finish. Glad I did, there is enough to keep track of just remembering how the stage is meant to be shot. For example a stage with “Shoot all targets 3x”. It was amazing the amount of guys before hand reminding everyone “remember this is 3 shots per target, its easy to forget”. Only for them to get up to go and they double tap all the targets, show clear and are told of the procedural on all the targets. Argh! Worst yet, the very NEXT guy does the same. Keep it simple as a new guy, those guys that got the procedural were experienced and still made mistakes! The KISS, (Keep It Simple Stupid) principle is so true applied here. Going into this match I did have an advantage as my local club CVSC in Dundee, has a new USPSA shooter chair person. That person (Nick, great guy) sent me a ordination packet online that also included a written test of the rules. Once read and completed I met Nick at the range and he had a mock stage already set up. I had one on one training how to shoot my first match, with safety of course being #1. This helped me considerably and I am very thankful for the volunteers that do this like Nick. Bottom line I can see this being very addictive and looking forward to more matches. Time to load more ammo!
  9. Sorry to resurrect the this older thread, but having the same issues with my AmmoBot driven D1050. Case jumps the stock shell plate, falls over = Jam + bent decapping pin. I almost went though my whole batch of Squarial Daddy pins for the Lee Universal. I was even bending them back to the point they finally broke. 200 cases to jam. Nuked like 7 pins. I am just processing brass, de-capping, sizing thats it. Running 1500 RPH. The case shuttle is just not putting the brass in the shell plate reliably. Will try the blue painters tape but what am I missing? I have to stand there with the STOP switch in my hand like I am playing Jeopardy and eyeballing that brass to tip. Look away for a second and wham there goes another one.
  10. Good suggestion on the set up. Everyone else thank you for the info. Makes sense to swage away.
  11. Nope. As far as I know it was set up right and working fine, it just let go all of a sudden. Way way weak like I said earlier with the root of the thread thickness to the wall crazy thin.
  12. RCBS Rockchucker II. At age 18, 30yrs ago I bolted it to a chunk of plywood I C clamped to my dorm room desk at Oregon State. D550 Post college about age 22 got it used from the “nickel ads”. (Remember those!) thought I had made it with this thing for years. #2 D550 about 5yrs ago. D1050 three yrs ago, and sold one of the D550’s #2 D1050 about a year ago Two AmmoBots for the 1050’s a month ago. Still have the D550 for precision rifle bolt loads, but now can process (decapping, resize, trim) rifle brass with the AmmoBot driving one of the 1050s. I have also looked at the Mark7 mainly for that 7th station so you can run a powder check. I really wish Dillon added a 7th station with the D1100. I have been eyeballing my presses thinking what all it would take to convert the 1050 to have the 7th station. (Huge work I know, but I do metal design and manufacturing for a living) Since I own my own 3D scanning equipment I am thinking I may scan the the press and pull it into SolidWorks and play with it a bit. (New main frame, shell plate, die head etc. but I think a bunch of the suport parts might transfer over if the throw of the primer shuttle can be adjusted to fit the slightly larger shell plate). This is where the Mark7 shows up as, well cheeper option to look at! For now I am happy with what I have over all.
  13. I have thought about using a $200 plastic tub cement mixer. Toss in brass, water, pins etc. and let it go. Large volume this way and dump system to unload.
  14. I have been loading my own for the past 30yrs. Started with a single stage RCBS Rockchucker II. Went to D550 for years then a D1050 about 3yrs ago. I now run twin 1050s that I just put automation on. I have quite a bit of investment in reloading equipment, however it allows me to shoot as much as I want. I reload more than just 9mm, but even in 9mm loading subsonic loads my costs are about half of commercial. 300BLK subs are exactly 1/2 the cost of commercial and I load a much better round. I actually enjoy reloading its a continuation from the range for me. I dont have allot of free time for it, so that is why I have invested into the equipment that will maximize my time. Also if we see ammo getting restricted being shipped, the components most likely will not be. I do buy in bulk and round like 9mm I have down to .12 per round. But still takes the time to load them.
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