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  1. I start at 23.5 and go up 0.3 per step. 0.5 is too big a jump for that small case IMHO. Greg
    3 points
  2. I have a few rifles that are extremely accurate. I've always thought of shooting as being sorta zen like. Just like bowling, you know when you are going to roll a strike as you release the ball. I know a good shot when I pull the trigger. I always chalked it up to good days verses bad days. Today I sighted in a 22 and tried several types of ammo. I didn't want to shoot and figured it would be a bad day. My first group really sucked. I took a break and sorta forced myself to pay attention to the basics. Groups improved immediately. I think I learned something, ie even though I don't feel at the top of my game, I can still shoot on a bad day. I always figured I couldn't shoot well when I didn't feel good. Evidently, I can shoot ok on a bad day.
    2 points
  3. The talk of camming over or not reminded me of a funny thing that happened when I first set up my 650. I was making 20p cases and loading them and started to check lengths and saw that my OAL was all over the map and getting shorter. I set my press up where there was no cam over....in fact I could not even get to a cam over place no mater how short or long I went. So, I set up my dies and went to work. When the loaded rounds became increasingly shorter I stopped and investigated. Turns out the block of wood I used for a spacer between the bench and press was interfering with the handle. I was hitting the wood block at the bottom of my stroke and set my dies to that point. As time went on I wore into the wood and the handle went further and further down setting my bullets back further and further and smashing my shoulders back too. Since I was not crimping I really did not feel the difference. I had to completely reset all the dies and start from scratch. I set it up for a slight cam over so I could feel when the cycle was complete. New machine mistakes!!
    2 points
  4. What is crazy is that they are paying those injured or killed by the "vaccine" while still injecting it into anyone who will hold still including children who are least likely to have a severe case of covid and most likely to have a negative outcome from the vaccination itself.
    2 points
  5. The proof is in the pudding. I've tested a lot of .22LR ammo including rifle and pistol match ammo, and w/o exception the CCI SV stands with or beats them all. IMO, there is no better "bang for your buck". I wait for deals on it and buy it by the case.
    1 point
  6. Yeah I hear you. Some guy on here is making me buy two MAGNUM uppers for an AR. I expect those rimfires will stomp a mud hole in my but on the first range trip!! Greg
    1 point
  7. OK Here is one reply today from said manufacturer's Technical advisory team . Precision machined from solid steel and heat-treated to perform flawlessly. Wide mouth and rounded edge at the opening allow smoother case insertion. A single shell holder may be used for multiple calibers. Mr. XXXXXX as stated on our website , Typical tolerances would be + or - 0.001- 2 ,you sir are not the first to ask and it's always good to know . Sincerely ; name withheld
    1 point
  8. Knew you wanted to come see the launch, I was hoping you could make the trip, understand how the lexicon plus age catches up. Awful lot of stuff on or around military bases, between now and 50 years ago.
    1 point
  9. Looks VERY promising. I can't wait until you stretch it out a tad. Greg
    1 point
  10. You summed it well Ton. Sometimes you have to dig deep and pull up the skills that are buried there. I'm sure not as young as I was and the frequency to the range is down for various reasons. Zen is a good way to put it. I had a long talk with Ritch a few months ago about bench technique and put it to use. I felt like I had been reborn. It just seemed "right" and I was very elated. I've always performed under pressure and now it's internally driven. My handgun work is helpful but the razor sharp rifle work just requires it all. I try to limit myself to 100 good trigger pulls a day at the bench testing and developing ammo. In the old days it was twice that. I too will keep on going until I can't. I like to watch others shoot but I have to be in the mix. Rampy I'm hoping you get some progress on your claims etc. Do what you can and we're always here no matter rain or shine. Greg
    1 point
  11. On the AR - I do need a better light on it. RIght now I have a chineseum 800 lumen light on it. It will illuminate man-size targets by the fence, but could be better. Details aren't the easiest to see that far out. It is 102 yards from my front door to the fence. I'm running a hand held light with push button tail cap right now in the light mount - I'm running a 10.5" barrel with a hand guard that goes almost to the end of the barrel, giving me a comfortable, natural grip and my thumb sits right at the tail cap. Besides the TLR7 on my pistol, I have a Streamlight Polytac XT (I think that's the model name) as my EDC light. The Cloud Defense light you made a post in the other forum about looks like a good replacement, but we just enrolled our son in private school this year after a really bad experience with the public schools, so the gun fund / gear fund is a lot lower right now. Worth it for the boy's mental health and better education.
    1 point
  12. I have found that getting older is not near the problem as is the diseases that seem to hitch a ride with age. The arthritis, glaucoma, Parkinson's, diabetes, cataracts, etc, etc. Three of my shooting buddies, world class competition types, came by last week. The one thing we all agreed upon was our discussion at dinner 40 years ago, to go and do while we still could, because one day, we would no longer be able to go and do. Today we are all reaching the physical end of that road. I guess it comes to all of us. Two of the group are not with us, one is still alive, but he has no idea where or who he is and one died last year. Boils down to, do it all while you can.
    1 point
  13. totally understand your thoughts and personality like LVPO better than dots on a rifle. I’ve got a green dot on a shotgun & have mixes do feelings about it but I’m 2 lazy to get a red dot & change it out Looks like you would need a bright flashlight with a long throw to supplement any exterior lighting you have I’m debating about getting a modlight for a handgun replacing a U boat, really don’t need the extra light but…… I’m looking forward to when modlight drops the HOG as that baby looks super impressive
    1 point
  14. Thoughts? We need image hosting here like every other forum on the planet. Two or three clicks and your photos are posted directly from your files and never lost by the forum. If you want people to post photos, you need to make it direct and easy. Matt
    1 point
  15. Spot on. Yes, the human eye/mind sees green "better" than red, but you can not discount your environment. If I lived in the "red rock" of Utah or such, green might be better for you. So much of shooting and gear is personal preference, and having the experience to trust your self in these decisions, and not depending on a handful of "experts" that are anointed to tell you what is good or is bad, or if you get wrapped up gun/gear snobbery. It's called "operator envy." Thanks for the tip on the SCCY. You could of used only one word-Sigma. I have had the misfortune of shooting one, one time. The only good thing I can say about it is it went bang every time I pulled the trigger, for a few magazines, anyway. I really appreciate sharing your experience with pistol RDS, and Holosun. John
    1 point
  16. It looks like the cci sv is the winner, followed by the aguila target. Actually, I'd be confident with anything I tried today.
    1 point
  17. That's a great one! My AA Turrets are set that the platform can only max straight up and not rotate over. I have a Formica topped bench and it doesn't wear down. Greg
    1 point
  18. I'm leaning toward blaming it on the Wild West of chambering reamers. I think the companies do a great job on their end but that being said I'll point at the barrel guys whether they be full blown factory or full blown custom. I suppose I view barrels in a bit different light than most shooters. My path toward my opinions has wandered all over the firing range and reloading benches. I still look forward toward your coating work. I'll be there to wear 'em out. Meanwhile we will continue to work on making our hair styles more spotty. Greg
    1 point
  19. I'll try but I don't have your skill in explanation. I'll try it in order more or less but it will be kind of free association. All heights are supposed to be the same but the placement of the shelf the case sets on varies from brand to brand as there is no industry standard. Dies allegedly from a company are developed using there shell holders so this is supposed to be consistent for their stuff. Obviously tolerance stacking may well come into play here. If you get a maximum depth shell holder shelf and a minimum base to shoulder die you can see where sizing down may be on the ragged edge of OK or not at all. Enter my bench grinder to make things more movable downward. I don't have a lathe to cut the die down but I wouldn't do that anyway as shell holders are the cheaper part. On the DILLON the plate can't be thinned down to give you more room to turn the die in. If there is a weak link in the Dillon system it is that plate flex with once again tolerance stacking with a skinny case, a max Dillon plate opening and a bit of flex. That'll rip the rim right off an under-lubed case and you get to get the drill and tap out to cure that. I know all about that!! Dies are SUPPOSED to be standard. But that doesn't make a big rat's patootie. The dang chambers are all over the place. I have 223 chambers from 0.000 to 0.008 over SAAAMI spec minimum as measured with my RCBS Case Mics. My M1a has a chamber that is about 0.001 UNDER minimum and my Hornady die and shell holder will only get me to 0.000. I need at least a 0.003-0.004 undersized on minimum. That die took a trip back to Hornady to be cut down. That was before I learned about shell holder grinding. Those two never leave the box when in storage. They go hand in hand. I have specific holders for cases using 223, 6.5, 6.8 and 308 that are about 0.010 ground. Those are the only holders I use for those cases on my onsey twosey match stuff. If it's bulk stuff my Dillons have served me well on the 300, 550 and 650 so far. Really the intro of the various shell holder brands can be a real bugaboo for the reloader. I have an old LYMAN that is very thin and isn't close to 0.250 tall. I just deal with it. I agree in theory everything should fit every time. If you are like me buying custom dies from Redding, Hornady and CH4D al sorts of wild variations can be noted. I have three custom 6X6.8 dies and243 LBC dies that all cinch up different than the standard 6.5 Grendel die with bushings. It is what is. The doo doo is not too deep at least for a guy that has some measuring tools and an analytical non-OCD brain...LOL Greg
    1 point
  20. Will add a link when I find one. I have doubts it is going to be successful as a failure would be the perfect reason for biden to step in and squash another Trump policy, putting men back on the moon. Not really concerned about it as it appears Space-X is well on its way to getting the same job done for far lower cost and likely could do so without government assistance though the government would surely stonewall every effort to do it.
    1 point
  21. SpaceX will have a mats colony before NASA puts people on the moon again. They are using 80’s technology & pieces parts to have a disposable system that was a good idea in the 60’s NASA is a major waste of money and proves the private sector can do it better cheaper
    1 point
  22. No, it's time for a different shell holder IMHO. Greg
    1 point
  23. @Retcop I didn't want to quote your whole lengthy reponse. I'll go in pieces The SCCY - a good friend of mine bought one, thinking it would be good for his wife. He asked me to help his wife learn to shoot, because she won't listen to him (a common theme among wives in my experience) so we setup a range day. He came, she came, my wife came. I brought a bunch of guns for her to try - he brought his Ruger and the SCCY. The SCCY has an atrocious trigger. If you ever tried a Smith & Wesson Sigma and thought "This is a terrible trigger" - the SCCY trigger is as bad, possibly worse. Not smooth like a good double action, but heavy and gritty with a break that was inconsistent. The ergonomics of the gun may or may not fit you - I won't speak to those. The SCCY also had some issues with double feeds / failures to extract during the maybe 200 rounds we put thru that gun. It was such a bad gun my friend said he's going to put it back in the box and just leave it unloaded on the shelf, he didn't even feel right trading it in or selling it to someone else. I had her shooting an M&P full size, a Shield (not the Shield Plus), my Walther PDP, and a Sig P225, her husband's P95, plus a couple of .22's - unsurprisingly her favorite guns were the Walther P22 and the .22 revolver. She also found the red dot equipped guns easier to get hits with - "put the dot on the target" is way easier to teach than "okay, you align the sights just like this, focus on the front sight and make the target blurry" Honestly - I think I'd rather go to the Taurus G3C Toro than a SCCY - I was impressed enough by another friend's G2C and it's lack of malfunctions in the thousand rounds I helped him shoot it (major improvement over my experiences with older Taurus semi autos) that the G3 Toro wouldn't be an automatic no. You're still in the ballin' on a budget price range, so if you decide you hate red dots on a carry pistol, you can probably get back close to what you paid for it. Maybe more depending on how gun laws go in the next year. If you're willing to bump up a tad in base price - the Canik TP9 has a lot of options for optic ready pistols that get high remarks, I have not owned one, so I won't say much beyond that, but I have acquaintances that have them and swear they're top notch guns, including guys who shoot them in USPSA / IPSC competitions. Our Academy Sports stores sell a lot of the Canik stuff, and I've seen some models going for under $400, some of the more feature-filled are going for 5-600. You said you're not a big fan of the Shield ergos - I get that, everyone's hands are different. I'd hate to see someone struggling to learn a new skill (pistol red dot shooting) because the pistol isn't right (either by terrible trigger, poor reliability, or poor ergonomics) If you have a Glock, another option would be getting an optic cut slide, transferring the internals over, and throwing a dot on it. If you like it - great, if you hate it - Glock slides should be easy sells. RE: the Holosun sights - you can turn off the auto-adjust brightness really easy. I do NOT like auto adjust, because I like to run my dot a little brighter than others and I leave it on one setting. I'm in SE Texas where most days its sunny & warm - a lot of our soil here is light in color, the trees are light in color - I look out at my crushed concrete driveway and it gets VERY bright during the light of the day. Same with going around town - concrete roads, concrete parking lots. I run my dot bright enough that it doesn't wash out. In the dark there is NO hunting for a dot, but I also run a light on my gun. The dot also does not wash out in the light. I could take or leave the whole solar panel thing on the Holosun sights - I don't usually find myself open carrying, so the panel isn't getting enough light to recharge the battery (a purported feature) or keep the sight ON if the battery goes weak. The gun is either hidden under my clothes, or its on my night stand or my desk. That's it. The Holosun 507K - the smaller sight you'd probably put on something like the SCCY or the Shield etc does *not* have a solar panel nor auto adjust brightness. The larger sights like the 507C, the 508T and the 509T do have solar panels / auto adjust options. Its a feature that just does nothing for me and how I use my guns.
    1 point
  24. I recommend we make the Biden family jointly and severally liable in the US.
    1 point
  25. Torn about this. Taxpayers probably shouldn't be on the hook for this - but if the government mandated it, or allowed companies to mandate it - maybe they SHOULD be. Businesses that mandate it for employees as a condition of employment should bear responsibility, as should the makers of the bad vaccines.
    1 point
  26. Trying to get 18 to 20 year olds the right to carry. SInce the Constitutional Carry Bill Texas passed does not include 18to 20 year olds, 2 young men have filed suit. The Judge found in their favor, but put a 30 day stay on his own ruling. Texas legislature does not meet again until January, and the Judge made several unproductive suggestions in his ruling which will basically make this age group jump through more hoops, or will be subject to some restrictions on how/what/when they can carry. Everything from having to still get carry permits, training classes, or allowing concealed carry only for those ages. Judge was doing good, but must be a wokester to believe the IIA is the one thing in the BOR the government can absolutely put limits on. Looks like 18-20 year old will eventually get to carry, but with Texas going purple, I suspect the Constitution will not apply equally for law abiding 18, 19, and 20 year olds, even though they have to register for selective service, and be forced to go fight a war at that age.
    1 point
  27. China abandoned their 1 child policy in 2015 becausw of low birth rates. Now couples can have two kids. Govt. still has something to say about kids, as when an adult child living at home becomes pregnant. The2 kid policy has not helped increase the birthrate much as of 2020, which is said to still be too low because of economic reasons. I would argue it is also because of the utter despair of the CCP's wage slaves not wanting to bring more kids into their world. On the other hand, there is no reasons for countries such as America to have such low birthrates for certain demographics. Seems like people don't want build up the greatest nation on earth, but would rather stick with the mindset of spoiling their rugrats rotten, and "winning" by dying with the most toys. If you want the country to remain free you must at the least get closer to the birth rates of people who are parasites on the system by choice. Lat dive I took into this, the USA was barely reaching/ or slightly missing replacement birthrates, and it is gotten worse since then. I know from experience with my own family that having 3 kids has no noticeable economic hardship over having at least 3, and sometimes 4, mostly depending on housing costs. Not every kid needs their own master bedroom. Parents and their children need to end the expectation the kid can pick any University in the country, and Mommy and Daddy are going to give them a free ride no matter what. We also need to get rid of the stigma of not going to college. Have more kids, you patriotic young folks, and raise them on Jesus. Marry the mother first, please.
    1 point
  28. FWIW, I took factory loaded Federal Gold Medal Match 175gr(SMK) ammo out to the Armory shoot in NM. I handed my Savage 10FP/LE-2A to one of the guys in our group who had never shot a scoped rifle before, and with very little prep he scored a first round hit on a 1MOA target @ 1000 meters.
    1 point
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