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Grizzly Dave

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  1. END of TRAIL Entry Fees
    Good morning everyone, there have been a lot of folks interested in what the fee structure will be for the upcoming 40th Anniversary of END of TRAIL in Indiana. Registration opens Monday, February 8th- below is a breakdown of the Fee structure for the event.
    Cowboy Action Match Primary Entry....... $250
    Includes ALL Cowboy Action Shooting - Main Match,
    Warm Up Matches, and Side Matches.
    Also includes one banquet dinner ticket.
    Cowboy Action Match Spouse Entry........ $225
    Includes ALL Cowboy Action Shooting - Main Match,
    Warm Up Matches, and Side Matches.
    Also includes one banquet dinner ticket.
    Cowboy Action Match – Junior Entry........FREE
    Special thanks to Mernickle Custom Holsters - our END of TRAIL
    Junior Shooter Sponsor!
    Includes ALL Cowboy Action Shooting - Main Match,
    Warm Up Matches, and Side Matches. Free entry does not
    include a banquet dinner ticket - must purchase separately.
    Wild Bunch Match Entry............................ $100
    Includes all Wild Bunch Action Shooting – Main Match &
    Warm Up Matches.
    Additional Banquet/Dinner ticket(s)......... $27.50/ea.
    Event Camping............................................. $50
    Commemorative 40th Anniversary
    END of TRAIL T-Shirt .....................................$25
    Advance order & SAVE! T- shirts will be available onsite for $30
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  2. I keep a closer eye on my 22 than my 38 or 45.  I got into the game last time, or a previous time,  things got tight, so I was ready this time around and stocked up a bit.


    I'm happy to see accommodations made for folks that weren't as prepared....for monthly matches, and scored separately.  For me, if I go out, I want an average of 10.10.4



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  3. 3 minutes ago, Hoss said:

    On my 550, loading rifle rounds, I shake each one by my ear as I box them up. I’m not saying I could tell a grain difference, but can certainly tell if it has powder in it, and I suspect I could tell a double charge, but I’m not intentionally loading one to find out! 

    I do have a RCBS lockout for in my 750. 


    There's surely ways to work around either press's strengths or weaknesses.  All a matter of what the user prefers and wants to do.


    I can say if someone gifted me a 550 along with the dies for calibers I loaded, I wouldn't refuse nor be overly inclined to sell it.

  4. Skimming thru the replies, no one mentioned that the 750 have 5 stations, and the 550 only four.  Assuming you run separate seat and crimp dies, that doesn't leave any room for a powder check die.  When I was buying my Dillon that was important to me, so I bought a 650 and don't regret it.


    Also, while the manual indexing does indeed make it easier to correct a problem, it also adds another manual operation that must be done and not forgotten.  Running properly having to fix an issue is rare, so for me the auto indexing made more sense in my mind.  If I do have an issue, I pull each case and verify that it is in the correct condition for the die it's in.


    Lastly, in this day and age, if you already have everything you need to load except the press, it may come down to what you can find available.



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  5. I agree with others, nothing can be better than a mentor to help you thru the process, and a good loading manual, while it can cause information overload, is helpful.


    Years ago I made this video to show the basic process, on a single stage press as it's helpful to know what is going on in each die / step of the process.  You may note that I use a combo seat and crimp die here, where sometimes you may be using separate seat and crimp dies.




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  6. Like.


    I like tombstone racks, plate racks, etc.  Anything that makes everyone think and aim a bit more than normal.


    Not that I'm very good at them, then again, that could be said for a target the size of the side of a barn... LOL


    Merry Christmas!




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  7. RCBS Lockout die.  Have one on every toolhead.


    Live Primer chute thing-a-ma-bob.  Don't remember who I got it from, but it's 3d printed chute that drops primer into slide out box.


    UniqueTek spent primer fitting and tube that runs thru a hole in my bench to a big plastic jar with a hole in the lid.



  8. On 11/19/2020 at 9:42 AM, Tequila Shooter said:


    I kinda do the same thing except my SPP machine is a Square Deal.  I only load 9mm with it when i can shoot USPSA.


    @Grizzly Dave any update on your primer issue?


    Was finally able to get back out to the shop.  After I cleaned the priming system, I re-oriented the kinked spring to where I thought it would work better.  Just now, I ran 300 rounds or so with no primer feed issues.  I ran maybe 20 or 30 then checked primers in the output bin, then dumped into another bin.  Rinse and repeat for all 300, no issues.


    Well, other than failing to notice that the pin wasn't in the end of a primer tube when I shoved the follower in spewing 20 or so primers all over the place....


    edit - just got an email from the nice folks at Dillon that parts are on the way.

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