This is an update to my first reloading video I published a few months ago using my Dillon 550B. I’ve since upgraded to the progressive Dillon 650XL to reload 9mm major for my USPSA Open Gun.
I got a few PMs and emails requesting for information regarding reloading ammo for competition and have been wanting to make this video everytime I walk into my reloading room. Never got to do it but this time, I had a few hours to burn so brought my camera out and recorded everything I did.
In this video I show you my lenghty process of reloading 38 Super Comp ammunition for my USPSA Open Division race gun.
This month’s match was excellent in terms of stage design. It has lots of mediocre round count stages with tight shots. It also helps to shoot with a bunch of jokers in your squad. Made the long hours much more fun! It’s a great example of the great people we have in this sport.
This is the 4th Series Match of the Northwest Challenge where slots are assigned for the Nationals next year. You can find out more about the challenge here : http://northwestsection.org/
This was my most horrible match. My whole day was basically screwed from the start. Just stressed from having to clean up the house, traveling, hurt my shoulder, not eating properly. Bad weather didn’t help in the beginning so was really frazzled. My performance degraded progressively through the stages until the dreaded DQ at the last stage. Should have taken the time to calm down and concentrate. But I had to run shooters and run the electronic scoring system and didn’t have time to compose myself. Not blaming it on the system but should have seen the signs earlier and stopped to take a breather.
Lessons learned, my advice is if you’re stressed or not getting your mind right during a match, stop, excuse yourself, take a break and relax.
Twas a good day to be shooting but oh so bloody hot. The sun was out in full force, although the official temperature was at a maximum of 78, it felt like it was 95. we were all sweating and getting sunburnt.
Match was so-so for me, I think I came in 4th overall. I knew I was slowing down and made some mistakes including a mike on stage 4.
Gun run flawlessly again. I’m going to be shooting my 38 super comp till the end of the season before switching to the 9mm major upper that John of http://www.jplprecision.com is making for me.
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Here’s a deep dive / review / look into the USPSA Open Division race gun that I’ve been shooting for a year now. It’s built a decade ago by a local GM. I bought it used from a fellow shooter here in the PNW. Here’s the breakdown :
DAA Foldable Jet Wings
KIDD Blast Shield
38 Super Comp Ultimatch bull barrel
SV (Old STyle) Compensator
EGW Extractor, ejector & lockwork
SV Frame with stippled polymer grip
Infinity TriGlide widebody trigger bow
Infinity long flat trigger insert
Infinity round commander hammer
SPS magazine 170mm (w Grams guts & 4mm bolens) 29rnds
SV Magazine 170mm (w Grams guts & 3mm bolens) 29rnds
STI 140mm (w Grams guts & 7mm bolens) 22rnds
Ever since I started shooting USPSA Open, I told myself that I’ll push myself really hard and to my limits in the hope of doing two things, 1) go faster physically, 2) get used to the speed so I’ll start seeing my sights and getting my hits at that speed.
and it’s working.
I’ve been giving up a lot of points going really fast and for this latest match at Renton Fish and Game club, I decided to slow down a tad and see what happens. Lo-and-behold, I won my division. Granted none of the GMs and Masters were shooting, but I think apart from the first stage where I was confused as to what I was seeing in my sights, and one stage where I failed to count my rounds (stage 3), I did pretty well.
Here’s the video :
I’ll keep on pressing myself to go faster physically so I can get used to being fast and get my hits. that’s my theory and since it’s working, I’ll keep doing it.
Say wha?? Sunny? in Seattle? yes it is. We had a great weekend and the sun is spilling over to Monday too. Looks like Summer is here and in all it’s glory.
Can’t say the same for my shooting though. This matched sucked for me, sucked so bad that I came in 10th overall out of 14. By the last stage (stage 3) I practically just let it all go and just have fun.
So I shot the recent Renton RFCG match and it turned out to be a 6 stage classifier match. I came in wanting to stretch myself and shoot fast and aggressively but somehow the stress of knowing that it’s a classifier match, working as a Range Officer and picking up brass, I was mentally unprepared. I shot each stage just “hoping” my rounds will land where they supposed to be, instead of actually shooting!
After getting the results, and a local GM and good friend told me that I scored the following percentages for these classifiers :
Life’s little problems
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