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Larsen E. Pettifogger, SASS #32933

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  1. The factory measure seems to be very accurate. The factory measure comes in a dedicated location on the press. Left in this location you either cannot use a powder checker (I like the RCBS lockout die as I cannot hear the ones with a buzzer) or have to use a seater/crimper combo die instead of separate seat and crimp dies. I guess they have had enough complaints that the factory had a powder measure relocation kit on their new products page on their website. However it was not yet for sale so I decided to use a Dillon measure as the Dillon measure also uses the Mr. Bullet feeder funnel/expander and saves one die location. Also, I do not like leaving powder in the measure and there is no easy way to remove the factory measure to empty it. All my Dillion measures have quick releases so that was another plus. After I substituted the Mr. Bullet Feeder in place of the factory feeder the relocation kit became available. I got one and at some point may reinstall it.
  2. Here are a couple of photos showing the "problem." If you are loadings 9mm, .38 Super, .40 S&W or .45 ACP (the only calibers currently available for the feeder) the full scale automation is not a "problem." It really makes things fast. Here is the factory set-up. Bullets come down from the bullet collator. Green arrow. They go into a feeder. Light blue arrow. From the feeder they drop into a shuttle. Light purple arrow. The shuttle moves the bullet under a micrometer adjustable bullet seater. Dark purple arrow. All this is done in one stroke of the handle. If you remove all the factory bullet feeder parts (or do not buy them in the first place) the press has a lot of room for longer cartridges. In this photo the Mr. Bullet feeder is installed. It drops the bullet. Then it is seated and crimped like in the normal loading procedure.
  3. The factory BULLET FEEDER will only do short action pistol calibers. Without the factory bullet feeder (which is an extra cost option) the press will load pretty much the same rounds as a Dillon 650/750/1050. As noted in the photos I adapted a Mr. Bullet feeder to the press and it works fine with .38s and .357s. P.S. You not being a puny old geezer could probably pick the thing up with no problem.
  4. Hope the deal goes through. It would make a good TV show on the order of Deadwood.
  5. I saw it on one of the streaming services yesterday. Might be it is on Prime.
  6. Here's one I am tinkering with to see if it will make a good SASS shotgun. It has been so hot I have not had a chance to try it in a match yet. Right now the plan is to try it out at the Western Regional.
  7. Update. I decided I want to try and save some benchtop space so I ordered an Inline Fabrications quick detach setup for the Dillon 1050 and the X-10. Then I discovered something totally "obvious" but had not paid attention to when ordering the adapter plates. My presses are all wired. They have case feeders, bullet feeders and lights. The wires have all been carefully bundled and run up through the benchtop and up onto the presses. These quick detach things would be great for presses with no wiring and do not weigh as much as a small block Chevy engine. I decided to go ahead and try moving the 1050 and putting it on a docking station and then moving the X-10 to the end of the benchtop and wire them so I could switch them back and forth. The Dillon was heavy and quite a chore to get it off the bench and down to the floor so I could install the quick change base plate. Then I tried moving the X-10. This thing is HEAVY and picking it up, setting it on the floor and then lifting it back up was not in the cards for this old fart. It is super stable on the Inline Fabrications flat mounting plate (not the quick change plate) so I just put a couple of bolts in to make sure I never pull it off the bench onto myself. (The benchtop and powder coated mounting plate are slippery and the press can be slid around very easily. It would not tip over while loading BUT it could be acidentally slid off the bench.) Plus I had my doubts if the docking station could actually hold such a heavy press. As noted previously the factory X-10 bullet feeder only works with short rounds. E.g., 9mm and .45ACP. No .38s or longer shells. So I took the Mr. Bullet feeder off the 650 and machined a mounting bracket to attach it to the X-10 column in about the same location as the factory set up. Observations so far. Using the factory mechanized bullet feeder it would crank out a lot of 9mm. Without the bullet feeder it will load longer shells and rifle ammo like any other large press but the number of shellplates is limited right now. The shellplate and pretty much everything else runs on ball bearings and is super smooth. How long it will stay super smooth is a question only time and thousands of rounds will tell. For now I will continue to piddle around with it and decide if I should sell the old reliable 650 which is now sitting on top of a safe. (The 650 I could lift up there with no problem.) The 1050 next to the X-10. The X-10 is huge and HEAVY. The 1050 bullet feeder hangs off the side of the case feeder. I made a bracket to mount a Mr. Bullet feeder directly to the X-10 column. The 650 feeling lonely and depressed on top of a safe.
  8. There you go. A tube is a tube. Does not matter if it is on a Winchester, Marlin or Uberti.
  9. The tubes have zero to do with bullets collasping into the case. That is a function of the quality of your brass (e.g., case neck splits) and crimp. The tubes help with friction in the tube caused by smaller diameter rounds zigzagging in the tube. Uberti uses only one size tube for all its calibers. Original Winchesters and Marlins used tubes for large and small calibers. In the first photo is a .45 in the Uberti tube. In this photo there is a .357 in Uberti tube. On the left is a small caliber Marlin tube. In the good old days I use to put Marlin tubes in Uberti tubes for .38s and below as they were an exact sliding fit in the Uberti tube. The only problem is this made the guns, especially those with 24" barrels, muzzle heavy. The aluminum and plastic liners reduce that weight. But neither of these liners is going to have diddly poop to do with bullets collasping into the case.
  10. I see lots of these trailers on YouTube. Only problem is they never tell you where they are to be found. The copyright date is 2022 so it is out there somewhere.
  11. And SWINE. Students Wildly Indignant About Nearly Everything. Applies even more so today.
  12. I was at the mall the other day and as I was walking by a store this charming young lady stepped out and began talking to me. Her eyes were looking at me. Her body language was enticing and she was a decent conversationalist. I was smitten. I was ready to propose when a clerk told me she was some sort of holographic AI. The photo does no justice to how real she actually appeared and sounded. She was in 3D. Alas all I have are fleeting memories of her.
  13. Open Tops are not Single Action Armies. They use the old style leaf spring on their hands.
  14. Uberti and Pietta both use the plunger and spring. USFA used Uberti parts in a lot of its guns.
  15. Nothing like digging up ann 8 year old dead topic. I started reading the thread and noticed several of the responders are dead. Then I looked at the posting dates. POOP.
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