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  1. Any good pistol powders but HS-6? Using for USPSA open division.
  2. I'm new to reloading and new to 9 major. I have a quick question, how specific is 9mm brass needed in reloading for 9 major? I think I've read somewhere that you can't reuse 9 major brass as often and some say because of the pressure the wouldn't reuse it at all. I've also just stumbled across +P brass which I didn't even know was a thing. Should I stick with only new brass, once fired brass, processed range brass or +P brass?
  3. Hey all! New to the forum but no to shooting. I have been shooting for about 30 years or so. I have been a trainer in the shooting arts for about 23 years or so. Funny that I just now decided to give competitions a try. So I decided to try out USPSA and my first match will be on May 7th if I can get everything in order by then. I'm thinking of trying out the Limited Division with a major power factor in .40, I hope. I also just started reloading as well, so I am trying to learn as much as I can at this point. I have read that this is one of the best sites for competition and reloading information so I am hoping to learn a lot and give back as soon as I am able to. I don't know if it matters but I just picked up a Springfield Armory XD(M) 5.25" Competition in .40 S&W to use in competitions. I haven't shot it yet but I'm sure it will handle nicely. Pleasure to meet everyone. Mat
  4. Hi gents. I'm in the process of configuring my two 550b presses (long story), and I'm wondering if the roller handle is worth the money over the stock handle? If so, why? Seems like a lot of money for an option. Thanks!
  5. This photo was posted in another forum. The question was to scrap or reload. Note that this was found because the user deprimed, cleaned their 9mm brass and inspected it rather than depriming on stage 1 during their progressive loading.
  6. So I want to start reloading, concern of mine is I live in an apartment. I read somewhere that it's a good idea to be in a well ventilated/open area when you send your brass through the tumbler, figured I could do that outside or at my girlfriends house. I was wondering if it's ok to do the reloading process in my bedroom? I have plenty room for a workbench, actually just built and set up a 5 1/2 foot workbench that's two feet deep for workspace. Should I be reload somewhere else other than the room I sleep in?
  7. I just purchased a STI Edge 40 S&W Competition Ready Pistol from Dawson. I would like to reload for USPSA Limited division and would prefer to not reinvent the wheel. What have others found to be an optimum reload for competition and accuracy? I would be interested to know what people are shooting in terms of bullet weight/brand/typd, powder mfg/type/weight, C.O.L. etc.) Thanks to everyone in advance for your advice.
  8. I have recently tried a new brand of bullets from thebluebullets.com. After using moly coated bullets for quite a while, a couple of local USPSA shooters here in NC started a bullet company. I tried a sample pack, loaded them to major PF in .40 with Clays and tried them out. They worked great. Accurate, no more smoke than any other bullet I have tried and no blue residue in the barrel when I cleaned it. I decided to try them in the next match. I shot my first "A" classifier (this may not be due to the bullets, but who knows....lol). I am sold, these are great bullets, I save on shipping and I get to support a local business. They offer all the popular USPSA calibers and support our sport.
  9. Hello All, I'm new to open 38 and wondering which is better to reload 38 super or 38 super comp? My gun will handle both just trying to get a perspective on differences. thanks mark
  10. I understand this topic has been brought up before but ive already eliminated most of the comments people have suggested, Loading 147 gr polymer heads with N320 3.3 gr which used to work flawlessly in an M&P Pro. I now am getting about 1/5 rounds tumbling in the Shadow 2. Crimp is not removing any polymer off the heads. Tried reducing the powder. can anyone help me with this as i am stuck. Note: i would like to stick to 147 gr heads
  11. I would like to load 3 different pistol calibiars and up to 5 differnt rifle calibers. And I will have a case feeder on machines that i choose. What would you recomend for cost and efficenty and performance. Thanks Smitty
  12. So I recently pick up a CK Arms Hardcore Open gun in 9mm and I'm about to start loading for it and I was wondering what, if any extra steps you take in your reloading process for 9 major? A little back story, I've been reloading 9 and 40 for a few years and my process is fairly quick and simple. For 9 it's sort, tumble, and load. Simple as that. I use a 550 so i just double check the case before I put it into the case. No Biggie. For 40 it's a little more in depth as I sort, tumble, push through size, then load it in my SDB. I also check the 1st, 5th, and every 100th round to make sure my powder bar is still set correctly. I'll be loading on my 550 and most likely I'm going to get a new quick change kit so I can keep my production and open loads separated and won't have to change everything every time. Also is a Redding competition seat die overkill? -Jim
  13. Hello, I will start my new season of IPSC. I am a newbie on reloading. I shot in minor production. I would like some informations on reloading. My goal is to be a minimum factor not more. Because like this, there will be less recoil, best gun control, faster return to target, so less time which is important for ipsc. (my wife shoot with me, and less recoil is better for her too) Im scared to load my cartridges for 125 PF. 1) because if there is a difference between my chrono record and the one on the competition, I may not pass and not being classed. 2) I was told that according to weather conditions, atmospheric pressure from one place to another, that can change the power factor? is it true ? how many this can change the power factor? In the end, I'd really like to know the smallest value of factor that I can take, without taking the risk of not passing the chrono on a competition. Finally, last question, the power factor influences really much the accuracy ? The research for the reduced recoil with light load will not going to influence so much on accuracy ? I heard that for the 9mm 124gr best power factor was 133, someone would already heard that and have some sources to prove it? sorry for my bad english, I try to do my best. Thank you for your reply. PS if needed : i shoot with cz75 sp01 shadow. bullet : 124gr LOS powder : n320 primer : sellier & bellot brass : wincester / magtech
  14. I apologize if this has already been ask. Is it possible to reload 22-250 on my Dillon RL550B? Can RCBS dies be used on this loader? I don't see that Dillon makes dies in that caliber. Thanks.
  15. Guys and gals, I am in the process of planning/constructing a case collator or feeder if that what some may call it because I like to tinker and I am also all about saving money. The question I have is after watching video after video of folk's builds is, have any of you that have made one put some type of clutch contraption on yours, and if so, how did you do it. I have only found one person so far that I have seen that has a clutch on it. Everyone else seems to be just running theirs without worrying about a hangup. I have read about one guy that put some type of sensor on his that shuts off it it detects some type of interruption. I don't know how it worked, but his was electronic. I am wanting to build just a basic case collator that is effective. I do value my time, but I also as mentioned before, like to build things like this for fun and it will be used often, so I am not worried about putting 4-6 hours in a project like this. I think in the end, if it works well and looks decent, and I haven't dropped 100.00 bucks in it, problem solved and I had a good time doing it. Thanks in advance guys. Have a safe weekend. EW
  16. Hey there folks. Went to my local range today and picked up some 308 brass with "EDGE" headstamps. I've never seen these before so it sparked my curiosity. Google and several other search engines are a bust, not coming up with anything. Anybody have some ideas who uses this brass or who actually manufactures these cases?
  17. For those local to San Antonio, is there any place that sells VihtaVuori N320?
  18. So I had some ammo issues with my rounds not chambering fully in my limited pro. I beleive that they were set at 1.09 OAL, but they were acting like they were too long. I ended up swapping out to my stock 2 and it ran through the ammo with no issues at all. What is everyone specing their OAL at for their limited pro's?
  19. I've used my son-in-laws Dillon RL550B press to reload 9mm for a while now and it works well. At some point I want to get a .243 rifle and reload my ammo and thought about setting up my own reloading bench with a more basic single stage setup. Looking into all the popular presses out there I discovered the Foster Co-Ax reloading press. Has anyone had any experience with the press?
  20. New to the reloading game here so any advice would be much appreciated! I am wondering if WST can safely make major PF out of a Glock 35 with a 180gr .40 due to the case pressure loading WST short in a not fully-supported KKM Barrel. According to Hodgdon reloading data with 4.9 grains of WST you are theoretically making 932fps, almost a 168PF, but at 32,000psi. However that load data is out of a 4" barrel vs a 5.3" of a G35. I have been doing a little research and have found that with a KKM barrel many can run an OAL at 1.135". Can I load safely to say a 170PF?
  21. First of all, let me preface this by saying that I'm not a good pistol shooter. That said, here is my question: While recently doing my ladder testing for a new load, I noticed my groups were pretty tight horizontally but were about 4 X worse vertically. This wasn't just one group but affected most of them. Some of that was likely me and my older eyes trying to align the tops of the sights with the center of the target. But could something else be at work here? I was shooting 25yd groups off a sandbag under my wrists. I'm using 165 gn Zero JHPs over 4.8 gn of HP-38. Mixed brass with CCI SPP. Random weighings during the reloading session had my powder charges coming in between 4.8 and 4.9 gns using a RCBS beam scale. Ideas? Suggestions on how to work this?
  22. My goal is to approximate the sweet snappy recoil of my protection ammo in practice reloads. Carrying Speer Gold Dot 40 S&W GDHPs alternating both 165 & 180 gr. in my well-trained and nicely modified M&P full frame (heavier guide rod & spring, four varied Apex upgrade kits, Polymer Trigger & Improved Extractor). I need the advice of one who's attempted same or generally loads practice rounds for that quick snappy less muzzle lift more predictable sight tracking and faster slide-cycling kind of recoil I get from Gold Dots. I've read this can best be achieved by using light bullet weights in combo w/ medium burn rate powders. Suggestions for specific powder and bullet combos appreciated. So far I've tried HS-6 using min to max powder loads w/ 165s. Even min is slow and pushy w/ muzzle over-lift while max is WAY over powered enough to rattle my slide & recoil spring/guide rod enough to be heard thru electronic ear protection. Speer 40 S&W GDHP Reported Muzzle Velocities: 165 - 1150 (Starting FPS) 180 - 1025 (Starting FPS) Closest I've found so far numbers-wise: RBR* Powder Gr Starting Muzzle FPS 44 Hodgon CFE 6.8 1149 *Relative Burn Rate Thanks in advance for your advice.
  23. Hi Everyone, I'm new to the open game and just finished up my first 38 supercomp. I'm probably going to end up getting 124s to use, but I have a bunch of 115s sitting around and was wondering if anyone had some recommended loads to make major pf. Also, does anyone use 115s as their primary major load? For either 9mm major or 38 supercomp? Just curious what others were running.
  24. Glad to be here. Trying to learn my way around the forums. Thanks in advance.
  25. OK I am looking for Real world experience with Hodgdon CFE Pistol for use with 9mm Major loads for Open Pistols. I am looking for actual Data in the following fields. Pistol used Barrel Length Comp used Poppel Holes Y/N Powder Throw Projectile Weight Projectile Profile Jacketed or Plated or coated OAL Chrono Data I am Starting to work on this myself and will build my own data set but this this where I plan on starting. Pistol used; STI TruBore Barrel Length; 5in Comp used ; STI TruBore Poppel Holes; N Powder Throw; Starting point based on Attached data from Hodgdon's web page. 6gn to 7.2gn Projectile Weight ; 124 Projectile Profile; HBFP Jacketed or Plated or coated; Heavy Plate Berrys OAL; 1.150-1.160 Chrono Data; So thinking that the test data used by Hodgdon is a 4in non-comped pistol I think Starting at 6gn I should be someplace in the 1370-1400 FPS with the intent to get and keep the FPS around 1450. And then again to repeat when I get my New Limcat Razorcat.
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