After a month of downtime, I managed to get out to shoot the Fathers Day match at Marysville. Was shooting pretty good on most of the stages, but tanked one really bad. I’ve also switched my dot module to a 8MOA dot which is much bigger but brighter. Worked so much better now that I can see my dot clearly, even on the 35 yard shots in the last stage.
Have been having trouble with my red-dot recently. It’s just too small or washed out. It works well at other matches during Fall / Winter as it’s usually darker but during Spring /Summer, the sun is so bright it washes everything out and I have a hard time finding the red-dot.
The one I’m using now is a 4-MOA dot modulem which I believe is marked with a green dot on the bottom of the module.
So I ordered a 8-MOA dot (Yellow) and compared the two. Here’s how they differ in a somewhat bright room.
much brighter. it’s a little large though so might get a little troublesome with tight shots but there aren’t many stages with 30-50 yard shots where a big dot would be a hindrance.
Ever since I’ve switched to using a Dillon XL 650 reloader, I’ve been frustrated with the design of the primer system. Unlike the Dillon 550B, primers that you don’t use, get tossed out by the reloader, forcing you to pick them up and put them back in the primer feed system manually. The Dillon 550b will keep the primers in the primer tubes even when you’re not using them, which makes for a cleaner solution.
On top of that problem, the missed LIVE primers fall down a chute into a super small tray, which probably holds 3-4 primers before the others start to launch off onto your floor or behind a nook.
Steve Thorne has built a more secure chute system that catches all the live primers in a small bottle. You can find this chute upgrade on Ebay : http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=271215943809
Here’s how the ugly 650 XL tray looks. All you do is to remove the retaining screws and remove the entire ramp.
Here’s how the new system fits.
Lock it down with one screw and attach the plastic “bottle” that’s provided.