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Ranger Dan

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  1. Been watching every day. I agree with J-BAR, it is like chess, can be boring unless you understand the game and the strategies the teams use and the skills it takes to make it happen. Just watched Belgium vs Croata this morning. Great game yet ended in a 0-0 tie.
  2. SNS Casting has a good selection of 9mm coated bullets: Coated Bullets - 9mm - snscasting I've used their 45 bullets for Wild Bunch, good bullets.
  3. "The Magnificent Seven" hmmm heard of that somewhere
  4. I've always used dry media tumbling. Think I am going to switch. A friend who wet tumbles then reloads using my dillon brought the cleanest brass over. I need to start shopping for a wet tumbling solution.
  5. The beauty of it is the simple instructions allowed the shooter to still complete the stage without a penalty.
  6. I second Outlaw Gambler. I sent him a total wreck of a 97, fore end shot off by a 44 at close range (don't ask, even though it's a good story). Came back match ready and been going strong since.
  7. Perfect timing, tell your wife you need a new safe for Christmas. In the mean time start clearing space in the garage for your reloading bench. Welcome!!!
  8. The only "possible" penalty I see here is the first transition from 1st pistol to 2nd pistol. If the 1st (still loaded) pistols muzzle is not in the holster before the 2nd pistols muzzle clears its holster, that would be 2 loaded pistols in hand. Otherwise "Next Shooter"
  9. Thank you for stepping up. I check here every day for updates on the 2A battles being fought all over this great country.
  10. Saw CCI, Aguila, and Federal SPP, CCI SRP on the shelf at our LGS on Friday. Limit of 1000 per customer per day. Still much better than nothing.
  11. I found stick on bifocal lenses work pretty good for me. They are made to stick on the lower half of the lense, just reverse and put in the top of the lense for shooting. I only need one for my right eye and they are around $20 a pair.
  12. Each powder has specific advantages and disadvantages. You have to read up on them from the manufacturer. I use titegorup, so am familiar with its properties. Very fast burning pistol powder that is not position sensitive so is excellent for use as a light load in large capacity cases. These same properties make it not so good as a full power "hot" load, because only a small amount of over charge will exceed maximum pressure, and you have a very small window of charge weights to work with. I use this powder for all my "light" pistol loads from 9mm to 44 magnum. For hotter loads, longer range shooting I use slower burning bulkier powders that will fill the case and prevent overcharging. Another powder similiar to titegroup is "clean shot", same fast burn rate and position sensitivity, but much bulkier. Takes about twice as much clean shot to make the same weight as titegroup. Read up on "Internal Ballistics" a discipline that precedes "External Balistics" and will explain a lot about how all the components of ammunition tie together.
  13. I use the magneto speed chronograph. Works great on all types of rifles. Haven't tried it on a revolver yet.
  14. Stage instructions call for 10 rounds to be fired. Only 9 rounds were fired. 1 miss for an unfired round.
  15. Gateway Kid is spot on. Would like to add before you drop the big bucks on the 550, check out the advantages the 650\750 has. It's not just the auto indexing, there is also 5 die stations as opposed to 4 on the 550. This provides space for a powder check die. Basic process goes like this: station 1 deprime and resizing, station 2 primer and powder case belling, station 3 powder check (beeps if not within limits) station 4 bullet seating, station 5 crimp. The 750 has an upgraded primer feeding system. As others have pointed out, at any station you can remove a case and continue the loading process, powder will not drop if there is no case under it, and with the 750 no primer will feed if the one before it is not used. I did a lot of research before spending $$$ on a progressive and concluded the Dillon 650 with case feeder is the best progressive press available, this was before the 750 was introduced. Not saying the 550 is not a good press, anything from Dillon is top notch. Disclamer: I don't work for Dillon, just love their stuff.
  16. The search system could use some upgrading.
  17. Hodgdon reloading data center website is a great source for load data. I always check it when researching a new load. Hodgdon Landing | Hodgdon (hodgdonreloading.com)
  18. Their website has May 4-6 2023 Shootout Alabama State | north-al-regulators (northalabamaregulators.com)
  19. And this is why (just my opinion) it is best to start out with a single stage press. Learn the process and nuances of each and how some are different when loading different calibers and components. Case belling is a good example, if you are loading jacketed bullets, most calibers don't need the case "belled" however the inside diameter of the case still needs "sized" after resizing the outside diameter to get the correct neck tension. Another advantage of having a single stage is load workup and testing. You will only be loading say 5 rounds at a time to get your preferred recipe, easier and more precise on a single stage. Once you have your recipe, set up the progressive and go to production. Yeah, lots of similarities with cooking, my reloading room is referred to as my kitchen. Been reloading since the 70s and still only have 2 presses, RCBS rockchucker and a Dillon 650. I can load some 20 different calibers from long range precision to cowboy action on these 2 presses.
  20. Congratulations Ethan, did not know you shot CC and here you are National Champ.
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