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About sof

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  1. sof

    Dry fire question

    Regarding the part of your OP where you ask if dry firing can damage the gun, I made several Cajun Gun Works modifications to my CZ SP-01, and he recommended that you do not dry fire after having done so. As I feel lots of dry firing is the single thing that tames my bad habit of flinching, and I like to do so with each of my pistols except the 22, I found a size of o-ring that stays in place when I cycle the slide, and put it right around where the hammer strikes the rear of the pin. No problems yet with many, many dry fires.
  2. Couldn't run velocities as I don't have IR setup, but we brought out his original loads ( his first set prior to the questionable ones), two brands of factory rounds, some of the questionable rounds, some new reloads that were redone with the lighter crimps, and some reloads of mine with a different powder for some blind comparisons of loudness, accuracy, and fireball. The guys rating it were 2 other range officers, my friend and myself, and we used an area where there was no other shooters at the time. Mags were loaded with one of each of the above in random order with the order recorded for each mag and then the mags were fired and graded. We all agreed all the bullets were within normal range for any of the factors rated, and only one of us identified a particular round that was a hair louder. It did turn out to be the questionable loads. Accuracy was pretty much identical and fireball was inconsistent. I don't think I'd dismantle and reload on that basis.
  3. He checked the OAL. We got rained out today, but plan on going on Monday to chrony
  4. Just to clarify, we were thinking along the lines of too much crimp, not too little and thought to re flare the cases and then crimp lighter. He will be checking the charges first on a few to ensure they are in range of 6.1 which as stated above is a light target type load.
  5. Contacted my friend and the gun is a Glock 19 with 4" barrel. We plan on taking some of his previous problem free rounds and some of these to the range on Friday and using my new chrony for the first time to see what kind of speeds they are developing, and comparing them to the 1100-1200fps cited above. Will we need to calculate the power factor? I don't think so, right? If the speeds check out properly, does he need to recrimp them all, which is the current plan. Meanwhile it will give me a chance to set up and try the chronograph hopefully without shooting it. Two birds with one bullet!
  6. I really like my Springfield TRP, but if you reload, be ready because the tolerances are tighter than tight. Once you get that down, it's flawless.
  7. I'm not sure on the particulars of the gun, but I did tell him to check out his crimps. I'll ask about the fireball too.
  8. Good point on the crimping as earlier in the day he told me he had some issues with his press when he switched from .45cal to 9mm although he did say that he had to weigh all the charges while he was resetting things due some issue with his press. I don't know if he had crimp issues too. I think I'll call him tomorrow.
  9. The range officer where I shoot asked me an interesting question today and I don't have an answer for him. He was shooting some reloads that he made up and a couple of the people present at the range and he himself all agree that the report from the gun was unusually loud. He has used the same recipe for 9mm before, 6.1 grains of Power Pistol @ 1.12" col with 115 grain FMJ RN bullets. Also, I looked it up online and there are no threads out there on the net with what a louder than normal report signifies. It seems rare that something like this doesn't at least have bad opinions out there. Any ideas?
  10. Very good value and they do seem to work just fine on the pistol range. As stated above they are awful for rifles unless you are using a scope mounted really high with a kind of straight up non cheek wield. So they are my go to pistol ear protection and I'm well satisfied.
  11. If you are going all the way out to TNT or Heritage Guild in Easton, stop at SARCO in the little strip mall before Heritage. They almost always have a couple of different types of pistol powder and primers in stock. Also the older gunsmith whose name escapes me at the moment said that if you call in advance he can often get many other pistol powders for you even in the 4# or 8# sizes.
  12. I have used Titegroup for 9, 38 and 45 and like it a lot. Meters very, very well and at 4.3 grains for 9 and 45, you get a lot of rounds. It seems to be available regularly too.
  13. sof

    Ammo questions

    I have found 223 to be easier to find and there is no reason to worry about shooting 223 out of a 556. Theoretically you could lose a tiny bit of accuracy with 223 due to the bigger jump of the projectile to the barrel but if you are that good that you can have that be a factor, maybe you need 223 Wylde which will also shoot both 223 and 556 with no issues. Read up a bit more before worrying about it.
  14. I vote with NJKen. Once I started seating and crimping (very lightly) in separate steps, all problems disappeared.
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