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  1. The hardener in your original post is what caught my eye. Epoxy paint? HVLP airbrush?
  2. Nice work! What’s your refinishing process? It looks terrific.
  3. Any idea how many reloads you had done on that case? Measure some case lengths and see if they’re at least the minimum specified length of 0.744”. Not OAL, case length. 9mm rounds seat on the case mouth. Too much crimp and you screw up how the round seats. Slight taper crimp, not roll crimp on 9mm.
  4. Your first attempt at a new wildcat cartridge? You didn’t have your glasses on when you looked at the size of the die? Rule #1 ( or is it #2 or #3) - no drinking adult beverages while reloading!
  5. Are you working with a mix of factory and reloaded ammo? I think the 220gr military ammo should have had 40.0 grains of powder.
  6. Do a little snooping around here: http://www.ilrc.ucf.edu/powders/search.php You should be able to narrow it down to a few (maybe even one) likely candidates
  7. Hmmm, maybe it's time to do a little searching for generic replacement bottles. I see MEC reloaders all the time on Craigslist with damaged or missing bottles. I'll measure up the ones I have on hand and see what parts alternatives I can find.
  8. Selling some 40 S&W factory ammo & bullets: 100 rds Winchester 165gr FMJ Target 40 S&W - $30 50 rds Speer Lawman 180gr TMJ 40 S&W - $20 ~900 Berry's Bullets, #72953, Double Struck, 40 S&W/10mm, 155gr Flat Point - $75 for the 900 that are left in the box ~375 Better Bullets, Super Hard Cast Alloy Bullets, .40/10mm, lubed & sized .401, 175gr, Semi-Wadcutter - $30 for the 375 or thereabouts that are left in the box Must be able to meet in Colts Neck area (Rt34 & 537) to pick up factory ammo. Must have FID, matching DL, and cash when picking up factory ammo, no exceptions. I can split the bullets into smaller amounts, take PayPal F&F for the bullets, and ship if the buyer will cover the additional cost of shipping. The first to post "I'll take it" in reponse to this post wins the sale. Then follow that with a PM that includes your name, what you're looking to buy, and a date/time you'd be able to pick up. Will respond to messages in the order they're received.
  9. Blackjack988, Berger 6.5mm 140gr Hybrids are Target, right? If so, I’ll take all 500. Let me know. THX!
  10. I found GRT while searching for an alternative to QL. Actually, I was thinking of doing my own program from scratch, but I like to snoop around and see if anyone else has been there done that before I reinvent the wheel. I was so impressed with GRT that I become a patron that supports their efforts. GRT runs on Windows and Linux. Wide support for Windows, only one distribution of Linux has been thoroughly tested. GRT is available for free, but it is not open source. Public release updates are provided in Windows and Linux versions. Interim (or beta) updates are made available to patrons and only for Windows. I think the model that provides the basis for the data is better (as in more accurate) than that used in QL and GRT includes a plug-in that allows any user to upload their load, chrony, component measurements, and pressure data (if they have Pressure Trace) to a database that is used to continually refine the powder burn characteristics. The whole project seems exceptionally well thought out to me. Now for some of the inner workings of GRT. The program includes an OBT feature that supplies full and half node values and a target analysis module. Accurate results REQUIRE inputting exacting measurements of your fired case capacity and measurements, barrel details, and bullet weight and measurements. Default values for almost everything are preloaded in the database and wildcat cartridges and new bullets are added to the database as fast as users upload new info. Do I sound like a salesman for GRT? Sorry about that, I just think it’s an amazing tool that has resulted from the combined efforts of a great reloading community. The GRT community forum is hosted on Discord, which I had never even heard of prior to stumbling across GRT. Then I found that NJGF is also on Discord. No cost to join the forum, but patrons get a few perks like direct support and communication with the development team. I haven’t found anything about GRT yet that I don’t like, so that’s also a plus.
  11. Forgot to answer your question. Lower powder charges for heavier bullets are typically due to the pressure increase associated with getting the heavier bullet underway. Lighter bullets are easier to get moving and the pressure rises more slowly.
  12. kc17, I just ran what I think you're looking at in GRT load simulation software. Looks like 3.4gr of Titegroup is bumping up against the max recommended pressure. This is just a simulation, like QuickLoad software. So, all normal warnings regarding working up a load apply.
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