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Chris Spiess

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  1. Chris Spiess

    Speer primer pockets smaller?

    It's from some variety of 'clean fire' ammunition. The lead free primers only come in small pistol sizes. Still perfectly usable, but a PITA unless you have a whole bunch of it.
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    180gr moly with 4.9 solo 1000

    I use 185gr. Precision Bullets molys. 4.2 grains game me 168PF out my old Para 5" barrel. I had to increase to 4.3/4.4 to get roughly the same PF out of a 4.75" Tanfoglio. OAL is consistent at 1.150
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    Hornady Lock-N-Load AP

    The conversion kit is $30...here The previous consensus was that the machine shop sets up and runs all the shell plates they have about every 6 weeks, then they stack up again for 6 weeks. So depending on when in the cycle you send them to Hornady, it could be the full six weeks or as little as a week or so.
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    Hornady lock-n-load

    +1 The conversionis only $30. The time involved in trying to DIY this is worth more than that, to me at least.
  5. Chris Spiess

    Which 1-4x scope

    Yes, I've done a search and done some poking around already. I'm trying to decide on a low cost 1-4x tactical scope for my AR. If money were no object I'd probably throw a Valdada or US Optics and be done with it, but it is. A Burris or a Vortex is more in line with my budget. Thoughts on selecting between these two, or possibly other options in the $500-$600 range.
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    Hornady L-N-L Powderfunnel?

    I used Lyman expanders for a long while and was really happy with that setup. However, if you want to go with a bullet feeder you have to combine your expander in with the powder drop. Frankly, I think the Hornady PXTs work ok as long as: A: not using a U-die to resize and; B: you're using jacketed or plated bullets.
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    Para P14 frame

    I don't think frames only are available. I did some finagling and got a couple frames off some warranty returns or something. They are a bit of a mixed bag: one was a .45 I think, one was a .38 Super - one is cut for a nowlin ramp, the other for a para/clark ramp. Got a good deal on them for undefined future projects. I've still got them for said undefined future projects, but am willing to part with them.
  8. Chris Spiess

    Para P14 frame

    I have a couple Armscor hi-cap frames that I picked up a while back. They are para copies. I'm willing to part with one or both, shoot me a PM.
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    need to resize new brass?

    Yes, and decap them too. I've seen a couple new cases w/o flash holes. Your decapping pin won't create the flash hole, but at least you'll find it before you put a primer in the case.
  10. Chris Spiess

    Fusion kit in 40S&W

    You have a Tanfoglio already, so you're aware of the difference in feel between it and the 1911/2011 platform. I recently switched over from STI and Para open and limited guns to Tanfoglio. I like the higher grip and overall feel a bit better, although I am still a big 1911 fan. Hop over into the EAA/Tanfoglio forum or Henning's forum and post this question up, you'll get some good responses.
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    Tripp, Wilson or Other 9MM Magazines for Spartan?

    I recently finished a 9mm commander for my son. I have both Tripp and Wilson mags for the gun. I prefer the follower and the lips on the CobraMags. The release from the CobraMags seems more controlled and consistent. I will be purchasing more of the Tripp mags for this gun.
  12. Chris Spiess

    My new EAA Witness Limited is ready to rumble

    Did you have it TIG'd or MIG'd? I assume the former. The cost of the welding from Canyon Creek isn't so much the issue as is the shipping cost to and from IMO.
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    Tanfoglio Slide Rackers

    Yipe! Me too. It certainly looks sweet, but I would lose the top of my thumb for sure! There's not enough mass to worry about.
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    Tripp Cobra 1911 9mm 10rd mag problem

    I've got a couple 10rd Cobra mags for the 9mm I built for my son. I have not seen this happen at all. I am loading MG 124s to 1.110.
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    9mm 1911 - Sluggish recoil, what to do?

    I've got a Para P18-9 and it cycles very slowly with ~132PF as well. 132PF and a full-length, full-weight steel 1911 slide is going to make for a slow combination. Try a lighter recoil spring. I've gone as low as 9# in mine, i believe it's currently running a 10#, but even with that the brass lands at my feet. Your best option is going to be bumping up the load until it's more to your liking.