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#41 GuanoLoco

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Posted 12 November 2015 - 02:17 PM

Advanced planning and negotiation skills required.  I used the Birthday + early Christmas gift ploy, plus health benefits from reducing abuse of poor elbows.  Zero effort required on Guana Loca's part other than staying home to accept signature required delivery.  It was a winner!

 

Plus you are reloading for two now.  You've got an even better angle than I do - shamelessly use it!


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Posted 12 November 2015 - 02:34 PM

Plus you are reloading for two now. You've got an even better angle than I do - shamelessly use it!


I like the way you're thinking

Building an addition on the house this winter (will have room for new reloading room in the house when finished) so no big purchases on the horizon.... But might sell my ACCU Shadow

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Posted 12 November 2015 - 02:48 PM

Maybe sew together a few baby blankets with a wood ring from Hobby Lobby.  I heard it was a seller's market.


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Posted 12 November 2015 - 06:23 PM

There is going to be a significant price increase January 1 on the Mk7. 



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Posted 12 November 2015 - 06:45 PM

There is going to be a significant price increase January 1 on the Mk7. If you are looking to order one, PM me for a discount code.


How significant?

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Posted 12 November 2015 - 11:26 PM

Hook a brother up.

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Posted 13 November 2015 - 01:02 PM

All PM's answered.  



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Posted 13 November 2015 - 01:57 PM

Dy run, first night after setup. Currently set up for 223, but using no components for initial testing.



It will be a few more days before I get a chance to take it for a real spin.
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Posted 13 November 2015 - 04:51 PM

Comoooon wanna see it load some 223. mine has only beeen doing 40



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Posted 13 November 2015 - 05:27 PM

Dy run, first night after setup. Currently set up for 223, but using no components for initial testing.

It will be a few more days before I get a chance to take it for a real spin.


Jealous
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Posted 13 November 2015 - 07:01 PM

Jealous


Your jealousy was the primary reason I bought it.

Mission accomplished.
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Posted 13 November 2015 - 07:06 PM

Your jealousy was the primary reason I bought it.
Mission accomplished.


Fuck OFF ;)

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Posted 13 November 2015 - 07:21 PM

Video of a dry run? That's like watching a porno of old people dry humping.

Push some fucking brass homie!
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Posted 13 November 2015 - 07:25 PM

Fuck .223, get the 9mm going

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Posted 13 November 2015 - 08:14 PM

I'll be separated from my new toy for a few more days, then I'll take it for a spin of 223. Either a short run just to prove it works, play with dwell, etc -or- I'll run off a 4 lb jug of CFE 223 if I get on a roll. More that that I'll have to work up a load with my other powder, VV N133.

Hmm...on further thought 4+ lbs CFE223 * 7000 grains/lb = 28,000 grains / 27 grain load = > 1000 cartridges. Asuming I can get this rig/calber running reasonably clean, that 1000 now IS a short run!

I've got plenty of 9mm loaded, and swapping calibers back to 9mm is a bit of a nuisance. So no rush other that I just want to do it. Actually swapping calibers isn't bad with a dedicated tool head, but you do have to re-tune a few things like Mr. Bullet Feeder, swage depth, primer seating depth, etc.

I've got to think about a new bulk order of bullets, then powder. I'm down to 8 lbs ETR-7, barely 16K rounds. Problems, problems.
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Posted 13 November 2015 - 08:18 PM

I'll be separated from my new toy for a few more days, then I'll take it for a spin of 223. Either a short run just to prove it works, play with dwell, etc -or- I'll run off a 4 lb jug of CFE 223 if I get on a roll. More that that I'll have to work up a load with my other powder, VV N133.
Hmm...on further thought 4+ lbs CFE223 * 7000 grains/lb = 28,000 grains / 27 grain load = > 1000 cartridges. Asuming I can get this rig/calber running reasonably clean, that 1000 now IS a short run!
I've got plenty of 9mm loaded, and swapping calibers back to 9mm is a bit of a nuisance. So no rush other that I just want to do it. Actually swapping calibers isn't bad with a dedicated tool head, but you do have to re-tune a few things like Mr. Bullet Feeder, swage depth, primer seating depth, etc.
I've got to think about a new bulk order of bullets, then powder. I'm down to 8 lbs ETR-7, barely 16K rounds. Problems, problems.



This switching stuff on an autodrive 1050? I don't get it. Shouldn't you just get another autodrive 1050? Quit making things complicated.
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Posted 13 November 2015 - 08:27 PM

I was actually contemplating MORE tool heads...like one for 223 brass prep, or 300 Blackout if that works out.

Swap time isn't bad compared to pulling the stenking lever 9000 times.

I don't have a burning desire for multiple rigs.
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Posted 13 November 2015 - 09:04 PM

Oh christ, you only have one toolhead. How long is that going to affect your credit score?

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Posted 15 November 2015 - 01:48 PM

I have 2, one for 9 and one for 223 (brass prep AND loading) - somewhat inconvenient. At least until I process about 20,00 223 cases and I've already processed probably 10,000. With the Mark7 that should be a whole lot easier than it was before.

I am contemplating taking a page from Canuck's book and preprocessing all of my 9 mm brass as well. Decap, Resize maybe even resize with U-die. I think I have well in excess of 30,000 cleaned and QC'd 9mm cases on hand .
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Posted 17 November 2015 - 09:47 AM

Comoooon wanna see it load some 223. mine has only beeen doing 40

 

Ask and you shall receive:

This is my first night's attempt to load with the Mark 7

Brass:

Misc military brass decapped, sized/trimmed to 1.750" on a Dillon 550/RT1200

I think this brass was all was swaged on a SuperSwage 600 rom before I had my 1050.

Individual batches loaded using same headstamp brass, all my odds and ends that I had sorted - back when I still sorted 223.

Load data:
27.0 gr CFE 223
55 gr FMJ-FB (flat base, hollow point) Varmint Nightmare Extreme bullets (Using Lyman M-Die for case neck expansion)
CCI #41 Small Rifle Primers
2.220 COAL
Chronoed at ~2940 fps from 16" barrel

Notes:
Clutch Levels: 3 -> 2
Shell Plate Index Speed: 9 (slowest)
Dwell: 9 -> 3
Speeds: 900-1800 Rounds/Hour, 1500 reliable, 1800 was not

At any speed (900-1800) and the shell plate index speed set to 9 (slowest) I had issues with the CFE 223 (very fine ball) powder spilling. If you look close at the end of the video you can see a fine powder spray when the shell plate indexed.  I'm using a polymer index ball and trimmed a loop off the spring. Shell plate is as tight as it can be. I could minimize or eliminate spillage by using my finger to dampen case movement between the powder die and bullet dropper die. This isn't an attractive solution.

Dwell 4-5 is still set too high, no issues with time to drain powder into 223 case. Experimenting with lower values.

I could run well at 1500/hour but at 1800/hour I would have periodic issues with the case necks getting dinged by the M-Die (I think) or bullets falling off from vibration. Note the toppling bullet at the very end of the video where I turned it up to 1800 RPH.

 

Also: The unit is not yet bolted to my bench (2 layers 3/4" plywood on kitchen cabinetry).

I did have occasional issues with the Android unit resetting itself, this appears to be due to EMI from the case feeder. Still experimenting with different wiring options, no solution found yet.  This is a nuisance as it isn't clear whether the tool head was rising or falling when interrupted, and the unit has to be re-calibrated before it can start.  This has a higher potential for screw-ups, like squibs if you don't fix it right.  Note I took off the ratchet per manual (recommended for the brave/meticulous I think) but am questioning this decision now.



Most importantly: I didn't have to pull the lever, but monitoring the unit required a fair amount of attention. This should improve as I get more familiar with the machine and get the kinks worked out.


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