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  1. long-time recreational shooter but never a diligent competitor, best i ever got was a b class way back when. my eyes are going a bit so borrowed a slide-mounted RMR from a friend, discovered it made life way easier. definitely a learning curve picking up the dot on presentation but motivated for the first time in a long while to keep a regular dry-fire regimen and presentation improved steadily. returned my loaner carry-optics pistol and sent my own off to be milled. in the interim, went back to irons. bummed to find that they were not quite so easy as the dot but prompted me to slow waay down, start over and go back to basics - press out, sight alignment, trigger pull straight to the rear. with the rmr, had gotten used to always keeping a focus on the target (no finding the target, then bringing focus back to front sight). falling back to irons and realizing i'd either lost those fundamentals or really never had them down all that well to begin with maybe. figuring out all over again just how far out the target can be (or how big it needs to be) in order to get good hits with a flash sight picture or a hard target focus (fuzzy front sight) vs. at what point do i need to pick up the target and then bring focus back to front sight for nice crisp front sight and fuzzy target. how close does a target need to be (or how big) to easily get good hits with both eyes open vs. when do i need to close one eye or squint? Starting out target transition drills working for time and gradually just slowing down and paying attention to when I pick up the target, when I pick up the sights, what I’m actually looking at when the shot breaks. did I call that shot, was I actually aiming when I pulled the trigger or just using the force… on the timer, I’m not sure I’ve really improved any but I’m thinking I have developed a better idea of what I’m actually doing, what I should be paying attention to and what I am (or was) missing in my hurry to beat the clock. my milled slide comes back from jagerwerks this week, will be interesting to take it out and compare irons technique (and time/accuracy) vs. carry optics.
  2. jaredr

    .380 ACP

    just when you get a good steady pace going reloading 9mm a fricking unwanted, unloved, undersized and generally useless .380 worms its way into the mix like that creepy guy who invites himself over on the weekend when he overhears other folks talking at work on a friday afternoon. best case, (when you realize that resizing operation just got waaaay too easy) everything has to stop while you remove the shell plate tab and pull the case out of station 1. worst case, you figure it out when the unwanted little bastard makes it all the way past the powder drop then gets pulled off the shellplate on the upstroke by the case mouth expansion of the powder drop die. to quote heavy Jake Sullivan: "europeans!" Ok, he was talking about .32 ACP but same thing still applies.
  3. don't ask what happened to mine i'm sure it's somewhere underneath/behind the reloading bench, currently weighted down with 800 lbs of projectiles... anyway, i can turn one the lathe faster/cheaper than ordering a replacement, can anyone mike their roller bearing for me and let me know how big the outside diameter is? Thanks in advance!
  4. I officially have the worst luck in the world. Christmas eve, no work for the next 4 days, finally getting back to the shop to load and i go to calibrate my Pact BBK scale and get an "err 1" error code. I have searched the forum and done a general google search but can't find any instructions on how to reset the scale (if it can be reset or rebooted). Anyone have any info they can share? Thanks, Jared
  5. a while back i loaded up a 1,000 rounds of .308 for my bolt rifle using factory new brass and now getting near the end of my loaded ammo. Have segregated all my brass from this gun, will be neck-sizing only. I can find out the hard way but figured i'd ask first - for resizing the neck only: 1) do you still need to lubricate the cartridge, andnd if so, 2) can you get by with hornady one-shot or do you need to use a lanolin type lube (which requires cleaning all the brass again before loading? thanks
  6. i'll offer a caveat - I should have distinguished between battle-rattle and match or precision ammo. not worth reloading for carbine matches and short distance plinking (e.g. 3-gun type competition where i just need a hit on cardboard at 40 yards). On the other hand, if i'm using quality components and take the time to sort brass by headstamp, i can make ammunition that's as good as federal gold medal match for about 1/3 the price. Not bragging or boasting - i'm not turning necks or doing anything crazy, just using (unfortunately) more expensive components (e.g. sierra SMK vs. 55gr fmj) and using stick powder.
  7. how do you know those butler creek flip up scope caps have been used? they're broken...
  8. looks like centerfire rifle ammo prices are getting back to reality after the price-inflated craziness of the last few years. Just finished prepping and reloading 5k rounds of 5.56 and i get an email flyer advertising armscor for $310/1000 rounds (admittedly plus shipping). I can reload 5.56 on pick-up brass for less than that but given the time and effort involved in brass prep, i think i'm going to take the lazy way out and just shoot some factory ammo for a while. my grandmother would shake her head in disappointment (she grew up in a cold-water flat and would squeeze a penny until it begged for mercy. then she would squeeze it more). any feedback on armscor 5.56 ammunition for general range practice? not looking for super match ammo but something that will hold at least ~3 moa would be good.
  9. Have decided I’d like to try out a slide-mounted red dot, wanted to solicit some advice and/or feedback from others on the forum who have already put one together or had a chance to try one out firsthand. I’ve no experience using any slide-mounted red dot optic. I’ll try and offer some insight into what I’ll be doing with it and what I see as my options for parts/components and machine work, keen to hear people’s thoughts: Intended purpose intended purpose is just plinking, (square) range practice and general goofing around. Not building this to compete in open or any other division. Not intending to use this for any self-defense purpose (avoiding the theatrically solemn “well, if your life is on the line…” discussions that follow equipment debate at other places). No hunting, fishing, pest control (unless you include the occasional empty bottles or cans that make their way out of the garbage can at my local range). Intended Firearm Already have a gen 3 glock 35 that sees limited range use. Since I’m not sure whether the slide-mounted dot is something that will really work for me, my thought was to just build a separate red-dot top-end for the G35. This would allow me to actually do some back to back testing at the range (i.e. stage performance for time) comparing irons (or at least the factory plastic post and notch) to the red-dot just by swapping top-ends without the expense of buying a separate firearm. In the end, if I decide the red-dot isn't doing it for me I can just sell the top end and keep my otherwise unmolested G35 with its current crappy plastic factory sights. Installation method? Definitely want to mill the slide and sink the red dot as low as is practical. I’ve seen a few pics of folks bolting a mini red dot (e.g. tasco optima) to the slide using an adapter that sits in the rear sight dovetail. Yuck. Given what I’ll invest in putting the slide together and buying a quality optic, I might as well spring for a decent installation. Not planning on mucking around with running any backup iron sights – if the dot goes down, pistol gets a scolding and goes back into the range back. This pic shows a burris but you get the general idea. No irons, just the optic. Red Dot – which one? Trijicon RMR. Thinking the RM06 – 3.25MOA dot, auto-adjust for dot intensity or manually adjustable (8 brightness settings according to product website). Downside is it’s pricey. Upside is its pretty indestructible by all accounts. Deltapoint is another option but generally the tacticool crowd seems to be in love with the RMR, so I figure if the Russians ever invade for my stamp collection (actually, not as funny a joke as it might have been 6 mos ago) I can take comfort knowing my optic won’t let me down. I dunno – should I save $250 and just go with a Burris fastfire? Any thoughts on pros/cons of RMR vs. other brands (there’s a ton of options at there, tho the fastfire, deltapoint and RMR seem to be most common). Slide/top end manufacturer Unless anyone has any horror stories about their slides or machining, was thinking of just getting a built top-end replacement slide from Lone Wolf. Lone Wolf advertises a 416 stainless built G35 replacement slide (all parts except barrel and sights) for $388. Additionally, they’ll mill the slide to install the red dot for $125. Downside is between the cost of the barrel and slide, I’m getting close to the cost of a new G35. On the other hand, I could just pick up a more affordable hobby… Appreciate any feedback anyone has in general and certainly interested in any reviews or customer experience with lone wolf's slides or their machinework to mill the slide for a dot. Thanks in advance!
  10. Hey, any idea when you'll be releasing the 5.56 gauge?
  11. if cost is no issue, the 1050 beats the 650 hands down.
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