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  1. ipser

    Digital vs. Balance Scale

    I would do free float plus buy a better barrel, though I really like the low front end weight of the pencil barrel. Who makes a high quality chrome lined pencil barrel?
  2. ipser

    Digital vs. Balance Scale

    If I ever build another it will be free float, but this one is standard delta spring and A2 handguard. I hesitate to fine tune the bullet seating for reliability.
  3. ipser

    Digital vs. Balance Scale

    I went to the range yesterday and, as expected from the lack of variance in reloading, I did not see any improvement in accuracy by weighing each round. What I get is about 2MOA (out of an AR15 with a 20" pencil barrel). I had never heard of balance scales going bad but I can imagine that corrusion might affect it at the balance point. But I don't see any. I am reluctant to drop a couple hundred on a digital scale if it is not faster than my balance scale and doesn't improve accuracy. (I have a long wish list of other toys to spend my money on.) Given what I've seen I'll go back to bulk loading 223 (and 9mm) and checking powder weight on the scale at the start and every 50th or so. I am going to do the same test again with my bigger caliber ammo because it uses extruded powder that might vary more by volume. 2MOA is 'good enough' for an AR15 that is not built for competitive shooting so this is not a distressing outcome but if anyone has any suggestions where else I might look to improve accuracy, let me know.
  4. ipser

    Digital vs. Balance Scale

    I loaded up a batch over the last couple days to take to the range tomorrow. I weighed the powder from every single round after using the Dillon powder drop. Interestingly, 90% or so balanced without adjustment! Only about 10% required some fiddling. Probably because I'm using Bl-C(2) ball powder. I will compare my usual batch load to the carfully weighed batch but I don't expect to see a difference.
  5. ipser

    Digital vs. Balance Scale

    I'll report back my results.
  6. ipser

    Digital vs. Balance Scale

    Would doing up a load on my Dillon balance scale where I weigh the charge for each round be a good test of potential accuracy? https://www.dillonprecision.com/dillon-s-eliminator-scale_8_7_25215.html
  7. ipser

    Digital vs. Balance Scale

    Reading through the replies here, I'm thining very had about this question. Everyone here seems to be a fan of the high end gizmos. But it's not just cost, it's also time. These don't fit easily into the reloading process. Lots to think about here.
  8. I have always used a balance scale to check my powder drop at the start and intermittantly, about every 50 rounds. I'm thinking about getting a digital scale to do a load of 223 where I check the weight every single round. And I would like to check my larger caliber rifle ammo every round as well. I used to own a super-cheap digital scale but it started acting funny so I threw it out. But what I liked about it, when it worked, was that I could zero it on the empty case and then check the weight of the case with powder. Would a digital scale speed up reloading when checking every load? Would a trickler help? What is the best scale for doing that?
  9. I have two upper assemblies, one a flat top with an ACOG and RMR combo and the other a plain carry handle. (Both are 20" pencil barrel.) I love the the ACOG/RMR setup. I've had an opportunity to do some training on it and I used the RMR the whole time. It worked perfectly even though it is a bit high over the bore. I quickly got used to the chin weld and found the dot very quickly. I had kept my carry handle upper assembly purely for nostalgia but I'm now thinking about putting an RMR on it. The main disadvantage is cost. Also, as with the ACOG/RMR setup, the RMR would sit high over the bore. The main advantage would be that putting the RMR on the carry handle would make it easier to shoot at close distances and it would be close enough to the elevation of the RMR over the ACOG that I could cross train on them. I have not done any training with the iron sights, I may try that next just to see how it compares with the ACOG/RMR. What do you think?
  10. I recently acquired a 2A Arms AR 22LR conversion bolt carrier group. I've tested it with a few 22LR ammos. It is unrelable with subsonic (of course). It is more accurate with CCI standard velocity than Federal Champion. I found this: https://www.midwayusa.com/product/702742/cci-tactical-ammunition-22-long-rifle-40-grain-plated-lead-round-nose It is supposedly designed for semiauto. I've never seen it in stores. Does anyone have experience with 22LR in the AR? What is the best ammo? Edit: This is not a dedicated 22LR but my 223 AR.
  11. ipser

    To our California members...

    Basically, it means CA has to stop banning 'assault weapons'. Because all of that 'asinine' stuff was how we got around the ban. We are expecting the worse with the Dem supermajority and Gov Gav.
  12. ipser

    To our California members...

    I found a company that is shipping to CA and still has magazines in stock: https://grabagun.com
  13. I found a company that is shipping to CA and still has magazines in stock: https://grabagun.com
  14. A handful are shipping to CA already but others are waiting for an official letter from the CA DOJ. But all are out of stock already. I imagine that there is going to be a huge surge of shipments to CA over the next few weeks. If anyone would like to empty their bucketful of old USGI aluminum mags, let me know.
  15. ipser

    To our California members...

    I'll take one! Actually, I'm not looking for donations. I'm happy to pay retail. I'm just trying to find GI steel mags.
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