Category Archives: Guns

Old Blue Broke

Well after having the Dillion Precision 650XL for 26 years it has remained a remarkably reliable piece of equipment. I have had 3 parts fail in that time with the last being a part of the powder measure system.

I sent Dillion an email on Sunday of last week and Friday the new part showed up. Their lifetime no BS warranty has been great for the few times I have needed it over the years. I would step up to a Dillion 1050 or 1100 but they want 2K for a new one these days. That’s 20,000 9mm handload rounds as I am at about $100 per thousand rounds on my old 650, and I just can’t justify it unless I start shooting a whole, I mean WHOLE lot more. Which I just don’t see happening.

Well thats a relief

I really did not want to buy a bunch of evil black weapons this year and not that the Assault Weapon/Assault Pistol ban has been shelved for this year with an unfavorable reading in the committee, now I can just get one or two and be picky about it. The side note on all of this is that the Dems also will not be making weapons offenses more strict (Which the Republican Governor wants, so we can’t do that…) so we can expect to see the Homicides in Baltimore which currently stands at 44 for 2020 to not decline as the corrupt city council and the corrupt Dems in MD just will not do anything to lock up the criminals. Including not enforcing the laws on the books. So as soon as it warms up we should expect to see more of the last few years on the crime in Baltimore…

Finally getting back in shooting shape

Well I hit the range again today (3rd or 4th time this week I think). I think all the practice is starting to pay off.

The top five shots are at 20 feet with my CZ 97B. Roughly one a second. The center is 10 shots with my CZ Shadow 2 in roughly five to six seconds. I would have to look at the data from the MantisX to be sure of the time. I am pretty happy with the results of all the practice lately. It seems all the range time is paying dividends. The guys running the range said I shooting really well on Saturday as well. I just wish I was shooting my 1911s as well as the CZs…

I have been working pretty hard on my grip but am not really happy with it at the moment. I have been working on the off hand and getting the palm situated and then also getting the middle finger through pinky finger on top of the fingers of the shooting hand. Just not really happy about where my index finger of the off hand is supposed to end up. I guess I need to try and do a pistol class and maybe start to do some competitions locally again.

The race is on

Well I decided to have a race between DGbullets and Bayou Bullets. I ordered 1000 bullets from both Bayou and DGbullets at 12:33pm and 12:34pm respectively. At 2:24pm DGbullets sent me my shipping confirmation and a USPS tracking number… DG is in the lead.

Update: DGbullets to deliver tomorrow (Saturday the 15th, 3 days total time), Bayou Bullets just sent me the pre shipping notice at 5:40pm on the 14th. So if you want it fast, it seems DGbullets might be the way to go…

Tough bullet choices

Well I have loaded the first 1000 of my Bayou bullets and 500 of the DG bullets. They both shoot about the same and cost exactly the same. So I guess that I am just down to the little things. The coating on the Bayou bullets is a hair better, the DG bullets did not have any issues in the Mr. Bullet Dropper where the Bayou bullets had a few upside down. That may have been me and teething issues/learning. But the DG did not have any bullets upside down except for the one I dropped in the tube while putting bullets in the hopper. So I guess I am really down to which color do I like better. Sigh… The tie breaker would have been shipping but they both ship same day as the order happens and are equidistance from my house. I guess I will just alternate between the two… Bayou is up next….

Reloading like mad…

Well I have probably loaded 1000 9mm and the Mr Bullet Feeder is awesome. I just dump in a few hundred bullets, refill the primers and off I go. I am experimenting with the Hi-Tek super coated cast bullets loaded in front of Tightgroup in range pickup brass. I got 1000 135 grain from and 1000 135 grain from both in 9mm. First blush says that the Bayou bullets might be coated a bit thicker as pulling a loaded bullet (damn .380 cases snuck in) and the coating is intact from the light crimp and with the DG bullet there is a very small break in the coating. Yes I am doing the Seat and Crimp in the same die as I only have a 5 position reloader. I am not giving up the powder check station because safety , so the Seat and Crimp in station 5 is staying. I did weigh a random 5 bullets from each company and they are both weighing in at 135.22 to 135.64 grains with both companies being pretty equal in the spread between bullets. Now to go shoot some up.

The Red bullets are Bayou, and the Green are DG. The only real difference is that the Bayou bullets have a lube groove in the bullet and the DG bullets don’t have a groove. Did not really put them in calipers so if you want more details, comment on the post and I will put them in calipers for you.

Old Blue doing work

Well I have had my Dillon 650 since 1994, 26 years is a long time to have a thing in today’s disposable world. I have produced 10s of thousands of rounds of mostly .45acp. I have given both .308, and .223 rifle a go on the progressive wonder and it runs fine, but pistol is what I have done the most of with .45 and .40 being the only pistol calibers I have been loading over the years. Now I have added 9mm to the mix. I also added a Mr. Bullet feeder last week. I wish I had added it years ago when it came out. Man it makes loading almost a no intervention process. Just pull the handle, occasionally add cases and primers, and fill the powder hopper when I start my session and that is that. I usually do a spot check on the powder weight every 50 rounds or so but the Dillon does pretty well for pistol powder and I only occasionally have to adjust it (usually when the powder levels get lower).

This was about an hour’s worth of work. Could have gone faster but I have some milspec 9mm brass that needs to be swaged to get rid of the primer pocket crimp and that slows down the process as the primer will not seat.

Good news not so good news

Well the glasses did the trick, the front sight is now in crisp focus all the time, the target at 25 feet is in good enough focus that I can put the sights on the bottom of the bulls eye and be on it. I have always known that pistol shooting was a fairly perishable skill. After 1200 rounds through the CZ Shadow2 I feel that I have that gun getting back under control and the group size and placement keeps getting better. Now last night I got out Old Faithful, my Nighthawk Custom Dominator for the first time in a long while and gave it a go. I have always just gelled with this gun, I put the shots where I wanted them while shooting IDPA 95% of the time. Now I seem to be struggle it with trigger control and probably grip as well. I can get hits in the center, but man I have to work for them.

The upper right and lower left are the Shadow2, the rest are the Dominator. I am just pulling them low and to the right which for a lefty means a combination of Trigger and anticipation.

I think it might be time for a pistol school or two. Anyone know of a good school in the Mid Atlantic that won’t start off with “this is then end the bullets come out of” type of instruction. I think I need to clean up my finger placement on the trigger and my grip. But I am not adverse to learning new things and trying out new stuff.

Older Eyes

Well most of my shooting in the last few years has been Using scoped rifles. So I did not realize just how badly the progressive lenses on my glasses would impact my pistol shooting. As I have been easing myself back into heavy pistol shooting I have run into the glasses problem. For the most part I was just having problems seeing the sights while shooting outdoors. I then started shooting indoors more as winter hit, and that brought another problem, which was dimly lit / poorly lit indoor ranges. I finally was at my new favorite local range which is fairly well lit and I put up more lights which are magnetic

This finally let me realize that it was not the light but my glasses that were giving me the blurry sight picture so tilting my head back to look out of the bottom of my glasses where the sights were in sharp focus really tightened up my groups but did nothing for my neck. After my range time on Monday I went to the optometrist and got a single focus prescription with a Focal Distance of 26 inches and my moderate distance prescription. So anything past 60 feet will probably be pretty blurry, but in action shooting you are putting the sight picture on the target so having the target in crisp focus is not really a big deal. We will see what comes out of the new glasses.


Went to the Nations Gun Show in Virginia yesterday. Usually when you go to the opening evening of the Virginia gun show you might have a three to five minute wait in line. Not Yesterday…. We got there a few minutes before three PM which was when it opened. We finally got in the door at 3:45… I would hate to be waiting in that line today. The Gun Show vendors are making out, because people were buying while we were there. Took home a bunch of standard capacity mags and some parts for my .300 Black Out upper which is done now, and waiting to be shot…