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.
Can’t wait to get my barrel “re-barreled” for 9mm Major. This 38 Super Comp thing is pissing me off. I spend 80% of my time on the range looking down on the ground looking for my brass. UGH. I hate it.
This is what I see most of the time. DIRT.
I’m so done with picking up brass. Either I man up and stop picking up 38 super comp brass and shoot new brass, or I switch to 9mm Major. what do you think?
Shot a fun match today with my Open gun. First time taking it out for a spin and picked a Northwest Challenge Series match at Paul Bunyan Rifle Club in Puyallup, WA.
Match was good, I ended up 9th overall, 1st Unclassified and won one Stage. I did have a TON of Failures to Eject. I’m not sure why, initially I thought it was the 8lb recoil spring. After the first stage, I switched to a 9lb spring and it still happens. I have a feeling that it’s caused by my thumb pressing on to the slide causing it to lose momentum and not reciprocate enough to eject the brass.
Here’s how the brass looked like after a FTE :
From the looks of it, the brass didn’t get ejected in time and the slide slammed forward making it to catch onto the side of the chamber causing those dents.
Here are some screen grabs I made from my hatcam video showing how the rounds ended up :
John (of JPLprecision.com) if you’re reading this, expect a call from me soon I need some help to resolve this problem. Perhaps I need a Swenson Safety and a slide racker.
Just got my first box of Starline 38 Super Comp brass ready to be loaded. New brass is just so fancy to look at. Now I don’t really feel like loading and shooting them.
Just got my reloading components in today via the awesome Powder Valley Inc. Loaded up 40 rounds of 9mm and ready to chrono them out of my Glock 19 to see if they make minor power factor (which is 125 or 125,000).
Recipe is :
- Berry’s Plated 124gr bullets
- 3.7 to 4.0 gr of Hodgdon Titegroup powder
- Federal Small Pistol Primers
- Various Brass
- 1.121 to 1.130 OAL
Time to head to the range!
As you’ve all know, I’ve been having issues with light strikes for the past 4 matches with my revolver and ammo. I’ve talked to numerous experts on multiple forums, tried many ways to fix it, from increasing trigger weight, hand seating primers etc. None worked properly. Until one day, I shot a USPSA match at Paul Bunyan with brass that I’ve shot and reloaded 3 times after getting it from a friend.
All 100 rounds shot perfectly, without one single light strike. The next 100 rounds were brass that I’ve not used before and there were two light strikes. I pulled the light strike bullet, deprimed it and lo and behold! This is what I saw :
the primer pockets were crammed up with crud, not just black soot/carbon from normal wear, but white powder like substance. The brass that worked well, didn’t have this crud anymore because I’ve shot and reloaded them several times.
This is how the primers looks like :
The fix that solves all these problems, is to clean the primer pockets. I took a small screw driver and scraped all the white crud from all my brass.
Now I’ll not have any more problems YAY! Finally!
I wanted to trade some of the .40 S&W brass (3,000) that I had for some 9mm brass that I intend to reload and decided to do it today. I started counting in batches of 5, but after 300 rounds, I can see that this is going to take a LONG time to complete. I decided to use the weight approximation method to count 3,000 rounds. Put 300 rounds on my weighing scale and to my surprise. 3lbs. HMM! Does that mean that 1lb of .40S&W brass = 100 rounds?
I took 10 rounds and weighed them, 1.5oz. Wow that’s pretty close. so instead of counting up to 3,000 which I suspect, would have taken me a good hour or so, I packed three ziplock bags, 10lbs each for a total of 3,000 rounds. approx
10mins and I’m done. Great! Back to some wine and TV.