I’ve been using the Frankford Arsenal Vibra Prime primer filler for a while now and I swear by it’s use. It’s the best time saving investment I’ve made after buying the Dillon 650XL case feeder.
here’s a quick video I put together that talks about the benefits and share some tips on how to use it effectively.
The Vibra Prime will decrease your reloading time & make it more fun to reload ammo.
You can get one on MidwayUSA for a very reasonable price ~$44.00.
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.
and voila! no more dropped live primers.
Just spent two hours switching my Dillon 550B over to 38 Super Comp and loaded 90 rounds.
Various Vihtavouri N105 powder charge from 9.8 to 10.6 and two bullet weights, 115gr and 124gr.
Now to look for some time to go to the range with my Chrony to see which load works best.
Heard this a few months ago and been following their progress up till ShotShow 2011 when they announced the public availability of their cold-tracer invention called Trajectory Identification Technology. It looks like a small sticky disc that you attach behind a bullet before you reload it. Here’s how it looks like shipped.
I believe Glow Ammo reacts to the gun powder as it ignites in the chamber and glows, much like a glow stick would. Initially I thought it was heat that activated it, I tried lighting it up with a lighter and it melted instead of glowed.
I recorded a video of my initial experience with it :
Each box comes with 255 stickers and costs around $51 shipped. Can’t wait to take it to the range next!
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 :
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’ve been having a bout of light strikes in my past two revolver matches and I’m still struggling to figure out why. Here are some pics of my reloaded ammo. Are these properly seated primers? they all look below flush.