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  1. I looked it up after I mentioned it. This is the one I was thinking of. You can mount a chute to your press So the completed rounds enter and go through the markers without ever having to touch them. Double Alpha Academy automatic brass marker https://www.doublealpha.biz/us/double-alpha-automatic-brass-marker There are a few YouTube videos of it in use I have seen. Neat idea if you wanted to keep track of firings or your brass from someone else’s. Or I guess any other reason to keep stuff separated. I was thinking about it once I start figuring out subsonic 9mm loads. Mark those with something and leave the normal 9mm alone. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  2. I’ve seen the setups for pistol calibers where they mount right to the press. You’d think someone would be able to come up with one for rifle cartridges. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  3. I am planning on getting some 45ACP test batches together. Of my 3 45s only one has combat sights (the others are adjustable) so I will work with that pistol to start with. A non-reloading friend asked me if I needed to break it in (it’s new in the box) prior to developing a load for it. I had never thought about it. Is it worth making a couple of hundred lower mid range loads to run through it and then do my tests? Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  4. I had a personal event happen and to commemorate it I was going to get a spiffy 1911. Was looking at ordering an Ed Brown. Has anyone had any issues? Is there another builder I should look at? I realize this will be about a 4-5k expense and I want to make sure I am choosing the brand wisely. The one bonus with Ed Brown is they make their own frames so a custom serial number is an option. I have one other commemorative firearm with a custom serial and I like the idea. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  5. I have that Caldwell only mine came without the tripod. I use the included cable to hook it up to my iPad using their app. I had issues trying to do it through Bluetooth. It works fine, but depending on the range it can be a pain to set it up since it has to be down range of the shooter. Because of those limitations, I am contemplating a Labradar. Mine was $100 at a local Fleet Farm store. The explanation if you are unfamiliar with Fleet Farm (it’s upper Midwest predominantly) is that they are a one stop shop. Farm supply, animal supply, lawn/garden, auto and machinery supply, tools, clothes, housewares, construction materials, groceries, and a respectable sporting goods area. They call themselves the “man mall”. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  6. I’ve used a maglula for years and have been happy with it. https://www.maglula.com/product/uplula-9mm-to-45acp I also have this little attachment for single stack magazines. I’ve used this a lot with my Springfield 9mm 1911. https://www.maglula.com/product/1911ai-aligner-insert I would wholeheartedly recommend both Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  7. I have been absent for awhile. Made my first range trip in months a few weeks ago. First trip with the CZ Scorpion, Sig Legion X5, and Sig 365XL. Scorpion and Legion shot well. The red dot on the 365 was way off and I didn’t have the little Allen key with to adjust it. I also shot my PPK and forgot how much fun that little gun is. I was averaging 5 for 6 on a 4” plate at 35 yards. I am going to pull a couple of those 380 rounds that I loaded last summer. I did them on my beam scale and I am second guessing their charge weight accuracy. I have a couple of digitalis for cross reference now and am down to my last 20 rounds and have enough components on hand to at least load 1,000. I also wound up picking up a couple of 1911s in 45. I haven’t loaded 45ACP in the past, but I have Unique and CFE pistol that both seem worthy of a test. I primed 300 cases the other day, but I may load up those with a midrange load of Unique (230gr Xtreme plated round nose) to plink with this Saturday and put off a test batch for down the road. Accuracy may not be there, but I am not willing to pay the $40+ a box that factory ammo has been going for around here lately. I’m not thrilled with my Caldwell chronograph and will probably look for something else. Then I have test batches of .38, .357, and .44 special that I loaded up last fall to wring out. As to availability, I’ve seen primers online for .08 a piece. I stopped in to Scheel’s a few weeks ago and they had a fair selection of projectiles and a random smattering of powders (nothing that interested me). Yesterday I stopped in a small local sporting goods that does not handle reloading supplies. They were at pre-Covid supply of firearms and the pricing seemed relatively back to what it was. They had an impressive supply of ammo (no rimfire). Pricing was high, but I know from previous discussions that they mark up 25% from what they pay. Unfortunately, that may be the new normal. I know ATK/Federal was losing money running the Lake City plant and they were trying to recoup what they could with the abundance of “cheap” 9mm and .223 several years back. I am afraid we are not too far away from what will be the new normal pricing. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  8. I got the Hornady app on my phone awhile ago. At the time, you paid $20 for the app and they would send you the new edition of the manual when it came out. I kind of forgot about it, but this was in the mail today. I was surprised. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  9. I really like the circle dot reticle combination. I have a Sig Romeo4S with the circle/dot on my Tavor X95. The last of my red dot shopping spree has arrived. I have five to mount, three of which are the circle/dot combinations. Vortex is for a Mark IV pistol, Romeo5 is for a 15-22 pistol, Romeo4T is for my 300AAC build, the 507C is for my FNX pistol, and finally the 510C is for my CZ Scorpion. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  10. I remember seeing one in the 90’s at a car show that was a flatbed used to haul a Willy’s MB. Both fully restored. Very cool looking vehicles. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  11. I have heard mixed reviews of the AMP steps in the winter. Every factory version retractable step I have heard of, I have seen broken due to being iced up in winter. I think more of a temperature and ice pack problem versus snow. Not sure where you live, but I am in Minnesota. You may be a lot milder and it won’t be an issue. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  12. This reminds me of one of my cousin’s friends. He was a huge snowmobile guy (literally he was 6’7”). He used to hang air fresheners in front of the exhaust on his snowmobile and let it idle for twenty minutes or so and then hang it in his truck. Not sure how to infuse the hot brass/spent powder smell into an air freshener, but I would buy one if somebody figured it out. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  13. I have been happy with my Sig optics. I have a Romeo1, Romeo4T, and a Romeo5. I am planning on getting another Romeo4T for my 300 pistol build. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  14. Both my father and my maternal grandfather had similar saws, albeit the smaller motor (unsure if 3/4, 1, or 1.5hp). My grandfathers is a 1950’s version and my fathers is from the 70’s. The 50’s era saw has sat dormant for about a decade since my grandfather passed, but my dad still uses his. Both saws have contributed to some beautiful work over the years. I took a different path and worked through Craftsman’s, Powermatics, and currently a SawStop. My father always used Johnson’s paste wax on his tools. I use Boeshield and occasionally paste wax. I never think of bee’s wax, but it makes sense. I hope you enjoy the saw! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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