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  1. I just moved my 9mm from my 650 to my 1050. In my 650 I loaded 9mm no problemo. Same gear on my 1050-problem About 1 in every 70 cases has the primer not get knocked out, Then the swagger smashes it back up into the case. Wasn't so bad at first but getting progressively worse. I called Dillon and talked with the tech, who surprisingly wasn't that helpful. his solution was that 'its a known issue, just put the die as low as you can and deal with it.' It is a factory Dillon decapping die. I've tried any combination of die as low as possible, die backed off a little, shellplate tight, shellplate loose etc. Nothing seems to change the problem. I have noticed that when this happens, the primer is barely hanging onto the shell, almost as if the it is BARELY not knocking it out, or the primer is stuck on the end of the pin and is getting sucked back up when. Pictures attached: How far the primer is out of the pocket after the case goes in the die, and 2 the primer getting wrecked by the swagger. Any advice? longer decapping pin?
  2. So I've been kicking this around for some time now and I think I'm at the point where I'm going to do it. I carry. I carry everyday. I carry everywhere I am legally allowed to carry. I shoot my carry gun ... occasionally. Actually, I get some rounds through it somewhat frequently. Just last weekend I shot my new carry gun to insure it's all dialed in. I was shooting it out to 20 yards and was doing ok. Reality is I was shooting about 7 inch groups or so with the new carry gun at 20 yards. Probably 5 inches consistent with the flyer or two that would grow it to 7 or 8 inches. Anyhow, it just got me to thinking, I should shoot a match with my EDC rig. Now, I carry appendix and that won't fly but everything else should work. I could do my IWB holster (4:00 position) and IWB mag pouch and just have the second mag in my pocket JIC. I wouldn't do this consistently - I like the competition side of things too much - but I think occasionally running the EDC rig better covers me for if I every do need to use it. Just wondering if anyone has shot a few matches with their true EDC rig and what the experiences were like. I'm shooting my new Sig P365 and the ten round capacity is actually pretty beneficial for this situation alone. Thanks in advance! Jack
  3. Those that know me, know this has been a long time coming. Hope this is a helpful little nugget I wrote up. This is just some stuff I like and what I use. Having used just about every part and part combo this is what works for me. I have reasons for each part. I get alot of questions and i hope this finds some well. As always YMMV. @PatriotDefense @johnbu 9mm GT Stroked slide Beveled mag well(transition between mag well helps smooth reloads) Tuned 9mm Extractor(typically factory extractor is 38. 9mm needs more tension for reliability) Polished and Lapped rails. Hammer face angled and polish(smoothes recoil and slide movement) Hammer strut hole opened and smoothed( eliminates spring bind and friction. Also a must for única hammer ( Slide faced and comp(if needed) retimed. Breach Face inner edge chamfer and polish (smooth feeding) Extractor Channel polish( crud gets built up here. This ensures free movement ) Fireing Pin channel polish.(reliable strikes) Slide bottom front Chamfer(reduce's drag on 2nd round and reliable feeding) Slide rear bottom Chamfer(smooths recoil as slide travels over hammer) FPB removal( not needed in open. Reduces FP drag) All before adding parts. My favorite parts list and combos V12 barrel EGD Brass grips(bring weight back into hands) DAA adjustable thumrest, hand checkered by me Henning Mag well Gen 1( design keeps magwell from walking forward) Over sized Safeties, hand checkerd by me( more dexterity) Henning short Trigger(medium spring) PD Light Guide Rod PD Fireing pin(heavy for reliability) Única DA/SA heavy hammer(used as SA only) #patriotdefense bolo disconnector( eliminates pre travel) EGW sear (gives shortest reset) 6-9lb recoil spring (I prefer 8lb) PD 13lb hammer spring( works with heavy hammer and pd parts) PD reduced Power FP spring Xtra power Extractor spring 9mm Extractor PD reduced Sear spring Precision made sear cage pin made by me( eliminates sear cage + sear wobble, and a crisper disengagement on trigger press) Factory polished sear cage( less friction on moving sear) Xtreme G2 racker or Angled G1 racker. Xtreme trigger plunger Factory trigger bar (almost need to own several to pick best one) Over sized mag release(factory) IPSC Alex RTS2 mount 8 MOA RTS2 or 8 MOA slide ride Única Hammer short strut. #dgbullets 115g bullets HS6 or AA7 powder Current Slide/Frame combo Older Limited frame with better checkering and up swept beaver tail GT slide V12 9mm stroked. Also Tanfoglio 40s&w slides will and can to be tuned to run 9mm reliably with a 9mm barrel obviously. The Spare GT barrel that comes with the gun, can also be used with limited slide in conjuction with cone comp. This is basically what you have to do to the GTs and this is thee best parts and parts combos I've used and found. Enjoy.
  4. Okay guys, so I read through over a dozen forums that mentioned loading 9 Major for open division using CFE pistol. I found everything from starting loads, to burn rates, to people claiming it is the exact same powder as WAC with a copper cleaning additive. What I haven’t found, is anyone discussing the difference in “feel” or dot tracking compared to the popular 9 major powders like Autocomp, HS6, etc. Is there any reason that CFE pistol isn’t more prominent in Open division? Excuse my ignorance, I’ve only loaded minor thus far, but I just bought an open gun and would like to keep as many components the same as possible. Thanks in advance!
  5. Hello, My my name is Alex and am looking forward to starting USPSA in Carry Optics. I am happily married and a father of 2 (2.5 yrs & 1mth). I reside in San Diego, Ca and am planning to Dallas, TX by the end of the year. I plan on running my Glock 19 with an RMR. I come from a “tactical” shooting background and just want to stay active and become a better more consistent shooter. Pictures below i plan on running, minus a few things[emoji1687]Here we go!
  6. I posted for the first time a while back about my newly rediscovered enjoyment of reloading 9mm and .44Mag. I have a vintage 1986 Square Deal press, which between Dillon and me now has a few newer parts and overall works great. I am gradually getting wiser as to how to ensure quality at various points in my process-installing an inexpensive light near the bullet setting station, to ensure powder level looks right, using a case gauge on the finished rounds BEFORE I take them anywhere near a range. I also check and record the COL for that particuar batch. I've become a brass collecting fiend on my range visits. I sort the brass pretty carefully, culling out the .380, .40, +P, etc. I then clean the brass in a tumbler-really prefer the walnut media for getting them clean. I notice though with these once or more-fired cases that I'm getting anywhere from 5-15% which fail to fit in the case gauge. Most fit great, easy in easy out; these few absolutely refuse. Haven't traced it to a particular brand. I ensured my sizing die was going all the way down the length of the case, I began checking COL more frequently, thinking maybe I'm seating the bullet too deeply and bulging the case. I spend a little while after every loading session with the bullet puller, trying to save the bullets and powder. Recently I heard about an "undersized" sizing die made by Lee and maybe some others, which sizes the case .001-.003 smaller than spec. Supposedly competition shooters who want to avoid ANY problems feeding use them, as do some who experience some problems with re-using range brass. I have an RCBS partner press I picked up for a good price, thinking I'd use it for sizing cast bullets. The undersized die would fit this; and I could pre-size my used brass before putting them thru the Square Deal. Does anyone have any experience with these? Is it a good idea? Should you seat the bullet not as deep, since shrinking the case might increase the pressure?
  7. I just bought three 9mm sample packs from Blue Bullets to try in my CZ Shadow-2. They are the 125gr round nose, 135gr TC and 147 gr round nose. They are all .355 in diameter. I have a couple of pounds of HP38 and a little Titegroup . According to Blue bullets I should use recipes based on lead bullets that is the same size. Does anyone have any recipes that I can use as a good starting point with the min and max loads.
  8. I'm trying to compile load data for Ramshot Silhouette. I've seen many threads that mention it so I thought I'd start one for Silhouette only to make it easier to follow. Please post your favorite Silhouette loads and make sure to include bullet type/mfg, weight, grains of powder, velocity and any other data you have like temperature as I've heard this powder is temp. sensitive. I'll be posting my first try next week with the following: 9mm (major) 7.8 grains Berry's 124g HBRN, heavy plated 1.16 OAL Velocity: tbd Temp: tbd (outdoor) Chrono Type: LabRadar Gun: CK 2011 - 5" with 2 popple holes and Bedell 3-Port (MaxComp) Titanium Compensator I really like how this powder meters and so far has been the most consistent of all powders I've used. Could be because it is so small and harder to clog but I like loading with it. We'll see what the chrono says. I'm worried about the temperature sensitivity however since I tend to cut it close at the chrono table.
  9. After a long time of shooting/carrying 9mm Glocks, had a strong desire to try a 9mm 1911 style pistol! Never did get away from my love of the .45acp/1911, so after much research, I went to Bud's last weekend and picked up my Springfield EMP4.Grabbed some of my match 147g GSSF loads, a few 135g coated practice loads, and purchased a couple of boxes of the Federal 124g American Eagles at the store. After running each mag with the 124s for functionality, I was amazed how well these performed in the EMP4! All testing was done at 10yds at Bud's indoor range. Lighting was great at the target stops but a bit weak for the FO front site.....EMP4 didn't care for the 147g CMJs, and did so-so with the 135g coated. So now I'm faced with starting my load development for the EMP4 9mm, and wondering what the consensus is here for initial bullet weight?Thinking about trying some 124/125g JHPs from Zero, etc....or should I look to the 115g pills that I've never used in any of my 9mm reloads! Have noticed that Atlanta Arms only offers their "Elite" ammo in 100, 115, and 147g! No 124/125g in this Elite line. So, I'm a bit confused there......Normally like to use N320......but have plenty of Bullseye, Titegroup, CFE Pistol, WW231, and N310 though I don't think it would do well in 9mm. Accuracy is my #1 goal.......guess I'm just not familiar enough with the smaller pills (115, 124/125), and not sure where to start, bullet wise. But again, the EMP4 sure liked the 124 AEs and never missed a beat!Truly appreciate any info you can share!Thanks,Ben
  10. So I figured I should start this as a replacement to my scattered notes on shooting, this way they are in one place. Maybe others can help or my experience can help someone else out. I will try my best to organize posts for my own and other's sake. It may very well turn into an actual diary since shooting sports have quickly become a true passion of mine.
  11. This thing is awesome. In a small brief testing period of my own, it far beats out the V12. Less Powder, 115g Major, and much softer in hand. I do not have this barrel reamed by the good folks at PD yet. I was very anxious to test it out and quickly made up some loads I knew wouldn't touch major with a 115 from the V12, but Might with the Durso comp. Sure enough I made 166pf with 115g Blues over 7.9g of Power pistol. Loaded @ .....1.06. I can't wait to do more testing with a better powder and after reaming. Thoughts are on AA7.
  12. What is the longest practical 9mm OAL with a 124gr Precision Delta JHP in a 2011? What techniques or practices contribute to success when loading long 9mm OAL's? From reading here it seems like somewhere between 1.180" and 1.200" is the longest practical with the limiting issues being bullets falling out, bullet setback, or bullet tilt. Freebore shouldn’t be an issue for me since I measured 1.220” with the fired case technique. SV and MBX magazines so i'm good to 1.225"++ there. I’m loading on a 1050 with a Redding dies (could change to a tighter sizing die if recommended) and am planning to remove a little material from the expander in station 2 for more neck tension on jacketed bullets. I do minimal belling and just crimp to remove the bell. I use mixed range brass. I try to make sure all the cases are laying on their side when spraying them with 1 Shot lube to avoid getting much lube inside the cases. I have shot a test batch of 1.200" loads over slightly compressed 3N38 without issue. A little background if anyone cares.. I’m new to open. I am developing a load for a midlength (5” barrel) AKAI V6 2011 with 7 barrel holes. I like the idea of loading as long as practical to keep pressures as low as possible with a gun that is going to take a lot of powder to make major. I started out load development with 3N38 and was unable to make power factor with 8.9gr which was about the most I want to try to stuff in the case because of potential spillage. 8.9gr 3N38 124gr PD JHP 1.190" OAL slightly compressed Win SPP = 1273 fps or 158PF. Planning to try HS-6 next so it will likely not be compressed. I will of course do the thumb pressure test to check for obvious setback issues. I figure if I am successful with 1.190” the extra 0.025” is 1/3 of the way to 38SC length and softness/flatness/goodness. I realize that I would be better served by loading to 1.165” like everybody else and using this time to dry fire instead of trying to reinvent the wheel. Thanks, Greg
  13. Hey Guys, I have about 5k 9x19 rounds I want to load up using the following components. 5k 124g. Speer Gold Dots 5k Starline new brass 5k CCI 550 (Small pistol magnum) primers I am looking to duplicate the 124gr. +P factory load I get out of my stock G19. which run about 1225 FPS. I am looking for a powder and/or load recommendation that will get me to 1225 fps with minimum flash/muzzle blast. I have been handloading for about 30 years so understand the concept of start low and work up. Thank You in advance for your assistance.
  14. https://photos.app.goo.gl/f6CSo61bNbfvNxGbA https://photos.app.goo.gl/SZ1sB7VHe28UeZVj7 Ok so I shot a local Steel match last weekend, pretty much Production div. using a gen 4 glock G19 with stock barrel. On 2 separate occasions, different stages, different mags, I got total lock-up of the gun. Bulged cases that won't fully enter the chamber. I drop the mag and bang on gun to get the slide open. Confirm, yep, bulged case. Now to my own fault I *thought* I case gauged every round for the match, didn't do it at home instead did it as I was loading the mags for each stage. Won't do that again, obviously 2 of these slipped by. So I'm like WTF, 1 bulged is going to happen, 2 is cause for concern. Go home, check out my sizing die and what do I find, but a 22LR case the was totally pierced by my decapping pin. It was preventing the empty case from seating completely into the sizing die, resulting in cases that are way too big. No idea how long its been on there. Must have been in with my 9mm brass getting tumbled and I didn't catch it when I placed the case in my press. Pulled it off, reset the die, cases are sized perfectly now. Also, since its steel challenge style rules, my 2 lockups were obviously my slowest runs on the 2 stages they happened during. Put it behind me and still pulled off a Division Win. ? Can't be the first time this has happened to someone, but I figured the pin would have broke rather than making it all the way through.
  15. Has anyone been able to get their 170 MBX mags to run reliably? Not having a open 170 mag kinda stinks. Heard of the "squeeze" but have not heard if this was a final resolution for a trust worthy big stick. Info appreciated.
  16. I have started reloading the Xtreme 9mm 147 grain bullets.These are longer with a pointed nose (I used to load Montana Gold 147 with the flat nose). These Xtreme bullets get a ring around the nose on station #3 of my Dillon 550. Questions: 1) Is there a way to adjust the station to prevent this? 2) If not, will it affect the accuracy of the bullets?
  17. Flat-Topped w/Serrations only Flat-Topped w/Serrations and Lightening Holes
  18. Hello to all of you. I'll be getting a new STI DVC open. It will be 9mm and I plan to shoot 9mm major. I have experience reloading, but not 9mm major. I'm looking for suggestions as far as OAL, powder and qty to begin loading major for this gun. I'm planning on using 124gr round nose RMR bullets. My first approach was going to be using the maximum suggested powder qty found in reputable reloading books for 9mm + 1gr. Any recomendations are welcome.
  19. I got a new SA Elite Range Officer 9mm a couple of weeks ago. Before I did any testing, I tightened the bushing to slide fit, and did a 3# trigger job. Below is the results of my test. I used 9 shot groups because the magazine only held 9 and to keep things consistent with the Ransom Rest without changing mags. I used factory ammo and reloads. Bullet Bullet Wt Powder Chg Wt. Primer Case O.A.L Avg E.S. S.D. PF Grp Size Notes Date Temp °F Crimp P.D. JHP 115 P.P. 6.00 S&B Win 1.080 1.35 7 shot avg @ 25 yds R. R. 3/28/18 78 0.3765 P.D. JHP 115 P.P. 6.00 S&B Win 1.080 2.04 10 shot avg @ 25 yds R. R. 3/28/18 78 0.3765 P.D. JHP 124 HP38 4.30 S&B Win 1.085 3/28/18 78 0.3785 Fed AE FP 147 4.40 Fed Fed 1.060 1.84 10 shot avg @ 25 yds R. R. 3/28/18 78 0.3770 Fed AE FP 147 4.40 Fed Fed 1.060 952 54 15 139.9 1.62 10 shot avg @ 25 yds R. R. 3/28/18 78 0.3770 Rem UMC FP 147 3.80 Rem Rem 1.090 963 39 11 141.6 2.25 9 shot avg @ 25 yds R. R. 3/28/18 78 0.3775 Rem UMC FP 147 3.80 Rem Rem 1.090 2.49 9 shot avg @ 25 yds R. R. 3/28/18 78 0.3775 Aguila 147 4.10 Aguila 1.110 954 13 4 140.2 1.93 10 shot avg @ 25 yds R. R. 3/28/18 78 0.3750 Bayou TCG 120 T.G. 3.80 Fio Rem 1.060 10 shot avg @ 25 yds R. R. 3/28/18 78 0.3785 Blazer 115 CCI Blazer 1.150 4.75 10 shot avg @ 25 yds R. R. 3/28/18 78 0.3785 Rem UMC FP 147 3.80 Rem Rem 1.090 963 39 11 141.6 2.05 9 shot avg @ 25 yds R. R. 4/2/18 78 0.3775 Aguila 147 4.10 Aguila 1.110 954 13 4 140.2 2.08 9 shot avg @ 25 yds R. R. 4/2/18 78 0.3750 Blazer 124 CCI Blazer 1.150 1123 26 8 3.29 9 shot avg @ 25 yds R. R. 4/2/18 78 0.3785 Fed Syntech 115 Fed Fed 1.122 1186 22 6 136.4 6.10 9 shot avg @ 25 yds R. R. 4/2/18 78 0.3785 Fed Syntech 124 Fed Fed 1.120 1099 47 13 136.3 6.10 9 shot avg @ 25 yds R. R. 4/2/18 78 0.3785 P.D. JHP 115 P.P. 6.00 S&B Win 1.120 1195 30 9 137.4 2.31 9 shot avg @ 25 yds R. R. 4/2/18 78 0.3770 P.D. JHP 115 P.P. 6.00 CCI Win 1.120 1221 54 15 140.4 1.76 9 shot avg @ 25 yds R. R. 4/2/18 78 0.3770 P.D. JHP 115 P.P. 6.20 CCI Win 1.120 1227 32 11 141.1 1.57 9 shot avg @ 25 yds R. R. 4/2/18 78 0.3770 P.D. JHP 124 CFE 4.90 CCI Win 1.120 1082 21 7 134.2 2.05 9 shot avg @ 25 yds R. R. 4/2/18 78 0.3770 P.D. JHP 124 CFE 5.10 CCI Win 1.120 1122 43 12 139.1 2 9 shot avg @ 25 yds R. R. 4/2/18 78 0.3770 P.D. JHP 124 CFE 5.30 CCI Win 1.120 1161 49 14 144.0 2.22 9 shot avg @ 25 yds R. R. 4/2/18 78 0.3770 P.D. JHP 124 CFE 5.50 CCI Win 1.120 1187 22 7 147.2 2.88 9 shot avg @ 25 yds R. R. 4/2/18 78 0.3770 P.D. JHP 124 P.P. 5.40 CCI Win 1.120 1113 35 12 138.0 1.91 9 shot avg @ 25 yds R. R. 4/2/18 78 0.3770 P.D. JHP 124 P.P. 5.60 CCI Win 1.120 1128 26 10 139.9 1.44 9 shot avg @ 25 yds R. R. 4/2/18 78 0.3770 P.D. JHP 124 P.P. 5.80 CCI Win 1.120 1152 27 8 142.8 2.31 9 shot avg @ 25 yds R. R. 4/2/18 78 0.3770 P.D. JHP 124 P.P. 6.00 CCI Win 1.120 1187 27 9 147.2 1.37 9 shot avg @ 25 yds R. R. 4/2/18 78 0.3770 P.D. JHP 124 P.P. 6.20 CCI Win 1.120 1199 41 13 148.7 1.66 9 shot avg @ 25 yds R. R. 4/2/18 78 0.3770 P.D. JHP 124 HP38 4.30 Fio Win 1.085 1108 23 8 137.4 2.42 9 shot avg @ 25 yds R. R. 4/2/18 78 0.3785 Bayou TCG 120 T.G. 3.80 Fio Rem 1.060 1108 23 8 133.0 2.88 9 shot avg @ 25 yds R. R. 4/2/18 78 0.3785 Bayou TCG 120 S. Pistol 3.50 CCI Win 1.120 946 76 20 113.5 3.61 9 shot avg @ 25 yds R. R. 4/2/18 78 0.3770 Bayou TCG 120 S. Pistol 3.70 CCI Win 1.120 997 23 7 119.6 3.49 9 shot avg @ 25 yds R. R. 4/2/18 78 0.3770 Bayou TCG 120 S. Pistol 3.90 CCI Win 1.120 1022 51 15 122.6 3.00 9 shot avg @ 25 yds R. R. 4/2/18 78 0.3770 Bayou TCG 120 S. Pistol 4.10 CCI Win 1.120 1069 26 7 128.3 3.16 9 shot avg @ 25 yds R. R. 4/2/18 78 0.3770
  20. Looking to begin reloading and these NAS3 casings do promise high reloadability so I was wondering if anyone has used them or if they are too good to be true. I would be happy to accept any recommendations for a person who is new to reloading and is currently gearing up to begin competing as well. Shooting mostly an STI Apeiro if that matters. Thanks guys!
  21. Looking for race holster recommendations for the 9mm gold team. I have been running a DAA X and have not had stellar results. Though constructed well, I seem to get alot of binding no matter how I have adjusted it. Hoping others can share their experiences and suggestions. I may go a different holster direction if things don't work out. Thanks AP
  22. Hi folks... As I mentioned in my original intro post, I am a retired Army guy that is just now getting into competitive shooting. I am currently setting up my Dillon 650 to load 9MM. Because of my reliance on a VERY fixed income, I need to avoid a lot of indiscriminate buying and testing of components.... Here is where I am: Primers will be either Fiocchi or Winchester (because I can get them reasonably, and do not want to worry about "hard" CCI or "soft" Federal...). I am purchasing some of both for trial data..... Bullets and cases will vary depending on what I can reasonably source. Right now I am buying some cases in 5000 lots (mixed head stamps..). Bullets will probably be Berry's or one of the other plated bullets for range practice. I plan to test and load a more "capable" jacketed bullet for match use. My intent is to try all three standard weight bullets, but will probably select 124 or 147 because of the recoil impulse. So with that in mind... Here is my quandary. Powder..??? I don't want to buy (and WONT buy..) multiples of possible iterations just because they "might" work. So here is my criteria (admittedly, I am a little in the dark here...). I have selected six potential candidates to make 9mm MINOR floor. Those are: Unique; Silhouette; True Blue; Power Pistol; Win 231; and Universal. I also realize that there is a multitude of possibilities and an equal number of opinions..!!! What I would like to do is select THREE choices for testing. I am trying to avoid VhitaVuory powders because of the ridiculous pricing. I also do not favor powders that are "compressed loads" Sooo, a medium density powder that meters well (Dillon 650...) and makes the floor at a reasonable pressure. Truth told, I am also trending against Silhouette. There is a distinct lack of Silhouette data for 9mm published in manuals. However, I realize that there are some folks here who swear by it... and of course some who swear AT it as well. So, if you folks could just recommend your three top choices and your reasoning. They don't have to be part of my six choices. I am open to being convinced...if you have a reasoned approach. Here is a little Gen Info background. I am NOT a newbie to shooting (of any kind..) nor to reloading. My Dillon is 18 years old. I have more die sets than I can count. I started reloading with a single stage in 1969 for rifle calibers. My handgun loading experience is pretty light though... mostly hunting loads in big bore handguns (44 Mag. and 454 Casull..). Please hold forth... You won't embarrass me or hurt my feelings.... Sorry this is so long... :-(
  23. In short order, I need some reliable intel on 147g TMJ, 9mm major loads. I have 4756, Auto comp, CFE, Silhouette at my disposal and not much else. EDIT - TMJ for those that think their smarty pants. Yes, shooting lead based bullets out of a comped gun isn't a great idea, not the end of the world, but does gum things up. EDIT - This is for an open gun. Didn't think I needed to state that as who in their right mind would try 9mm major in a stock gun PLUSS it isn't IPSC legal to do so. Sot thanks for the comments thus far, but I do know what I am doing and why. Comments on 147g loads only please. Not lectures on why it is a bad idea or why I shouldn't.
  24. Love my GMR-15 but have always felt it had too much weight out over the barrel for me. So I change the barrel to a BSF tension barrel and the hand guard to a ICGW (Mark Isler) carbon fiber hand guard. I saved 8 oz on the barrel and another 6 oz on the hand guard. Very please with how it turned out and it is still a nail driver. Here a couple of photos of my rig.
  25. I'm having some issues with my loads and I want to get it sorted out rather than just trying to treat the symptoms, so I'm turning to the great minds of Benos. I can't figure out a solution, so any input would be nice. I've been loading on a Hornady LnL for a little over a year now, and I've loaded just over 10k 9mm since I got it. I think since the beginning, I've had a couple rounds per 100 that wouldn't pass the case gauge because the mouth of the case seemed too large. My fix was to simply increase the crimp on my Hornady seat/crimp die which would work, but then I'd end up with a couple/100 with a bullet being crimped by the case. There seemed to be no in between. I checked my sizing die, made sure it was sizing all the way down, adjusted my flaring die so that it flared only just enough for the bullet to be loosely held in place, played with the seating/crimp die, etc. The mouths on the cases with this problem clearly still flare out a little bit. There seems to be no correlation between the problem and these variables: 1. Headstamp. Federal, CBC, Geco, PPU, PMC, Blazer, et. al have all done it) 2. Bullet choice. I'm using RMR 147gr plated RN, which are .356" at the base, but it's happened with basically every bullet I've used. 3. Die settings. I probably haven't tried everything, but all the logical things don't seem to make a difference. I haven't tried sorting brass by length and seeing if it makes a difference, but I really don't want to have to do that every time I pick up a random case at the range. Anyway, my solution was finally just to get a Lee FCD and hope that it solved the problem without introducing any other problems. I set it up according to Lee's instructions (screw in die body until it touches shellplate, screw down mandrel until I feel resistance).Everything passes my case gauge now, but the FCD seems to be shaving my cases, leaving me with brass shavings all over my press. Everything comes out of the press with a mouth diameter of .378", but some cases are still getting torn up. Here's a picture of what the worst-offending cases look like: If you have any ideas feel free to share. If I could get everything to work without having to use the FCD, that'd be great, but that may be a pipe dream. Anyway, thanks in advance for any input you've got.
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