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Reloading 10mm ammo / American Reloading Mixed Bag 10mm Bullets
« on: November 11, 2017, 09:08:40 PM »
I order 2 bags of 500 mixed 10mm bullets from American Reloading. Total cost was $68 so I figured to give it a try.

I didn't count each type of bullet, it was taking enough time sorting them by weight and type. But here's a picture of the bullets I got, sorted most to least left to right.
1) 180 gr HP
2) 155 gr FN Leatherhead coated
3) 115 gr frangible
4) 180 gr FMJ
5) 124 gr RNFP frangible
6) 155 gr FMJ
7) 146 gr FP FMJ 0.355 diameter
   





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Reloading 10mm ammo / Where does 10mm brass hide those little legs?
« on: November 04, 2017, 07:17:37 AM »
I started reloading recently for my Witness Hunter in 10mm. My brass was pretty beat up and I realized I needed a 22 lb recoil spring for my pistol. Got to the range yesterday and the good news was that the brass wasn't getting mangled. Bad news, even with a 22 lb recoil spring brass was everywhere! I was finding it in around corners and just bizarre places. My only theory left is that 10mm brass actually has legs that it uses to try and get away.

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10mm semi-auto handguns / Witness Steel Compact Reliable with Comp?
« on: November 02, 2017, 09:29:45 AM »
So I keep working on this idea of a compact sized 10mm with a threaded barrel and compensator. An option for woods carry and carrying in places that are more sketchy. I am working on researching details between the G29 and Witness Steel Compact.

The Witness Steel Compact has some reputation of not being reliable and not being able to handle full power loads. I was to the point of not considering it and then read that it is reliable with softer 10mm loadings. This got me thinking... A good comp reduces recoil, so that can address the full power loads, and now could address the reliability! So my question is... Would this be correct? I am guessing that the reliability issues that sound related to magazines might be related to the pistol being undersprung, and that might be leading to the feeding issues with full power loads. i.e. The slide is outrunning the magazine feeding ability.

I probably should just get the G29, but I love my CZ 75 type pistols and my Witness Hunter. I'd like to stay in the same style of pistol that I practice with most often.

Thanks in advance for any thoughts and help with trying to think of ways to get this Witness Steel Compact running in 10mm with a comp.

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So.... I am seeing pictures of Witness Steel Compacts in 10mm with rounded slides and squared slides.

Rounded Picture:
https://www.carolinaballistics.com/products/semi-automatic-eaa-witness-741566107023

Squared Picture:
https://www.fwtguns.com/eaa-wit-10mm-12rd-3-5-8-stl-wf

The manufacturer part # and UPC both seem to be the same from what I can see. Calling the shops is not helping because they usually draw these from their warehouses and can't check the pistol in the case for me. Is there any way to know which model I would be getting? I know the slide cracking problems were due to some bad batches back around 2011. Either way, I would prefer the heftier slide for the 10mm.

Thanks in advance!

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Gunsmithing / Anyone tried putting a rail on a Witness?
« on: October 28, 2017, 09:24:36 PM »
I have a Witness Hunter. I've seen guys using a rail adaptor for shooting tripods for their rifles. Thought that would make a really stable rest for handgun hunting, but the Witness Hunter doesn't have a rail.

So, has anyone tried mounting a rail on the Witness Hunter or any of the Witnesses that do not have rails? If so, how was the experience and what worked/didn't work?

For example, CZ Custom has this for the 97. I've also seen rails for 1911's. I'm guessing I'll have to get something and modify it for the Witness.
https://czcustom.com/products/insight-weapon-lights/czc-97b-picatinny-accessory-rail.html

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Reloading 10mm ammo / Coated vs Plated vs Jacketed - which is worth it?
« on: October 14, 2017, 04:58:41 PM »
Some context:
A local guy makes coated bullets and with local pick up he listed 1k of 180 gr bullets for $75 (not listed on his site). That's the best deal I've found and I got 100 to test. They're working good, or were. Got everything running and made my work up. All was well. When I loaded more last night I started noticing some where the led has pressed up as the bullet was seated and crimped. This didn't happen to any in my work up. My cases where still being expanded the same, so now I have to trouble shoot this issue. Here's the guy's site:
https://hsbullets.com/collections/40s-w/products/40s-w-401-180gr-100-count?variant=42388443218

All that being said because it made me wonder if coated is worth the trouble. I know tons of people use it for 9mm. With how much I shoot 9mm it will be what I use next (got a bunch of Berry's at $55 per 1k that I'm going through). BUT... For 10mm is coated lead worth the savings?

If not should I use plated? I found good deals at Xtreme.

I also found some new FMJ at Rocky Mountain Reloading that is about the same price as their plated bullets. Since I will only shoot about 2k of 10mm a year should I just get Jacketed for a little more and have better quality?

Thanks for all the help in advance!

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10mm semi-auto handguns / Witness barrel longer than 6"?
« on: October 11, 2017, 01:37:04 PM »
Does anyone know if a witness barrel exists that is longer than 6"?

I love my Witness Hunter and I now I am wanting to get a 10mm threaded barrel for a muzzle break. The goal would be the fastest possible follow up shots.

Ultimately, I could get a full size Witness and get a 6" barrel threaded. I'm just wondering about a longer barrel so I could still use my Witness Hunter.

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Gunsmithing / How to adjust the Witness FPB timing
« on: October 11, 2017, 12:03:21 PM »
So when I got my Witness Hunter (in 10mm, obviously) I dove in to figure out the action. It's slightly different than the CZ 75's I have. As I was checking things out I noticed that the FPB cleared the firing pin at the exact moment the hammer hooks broke away from the sear. Even though I had no FTF's in my first range trip I wanted to have a little sooner FPB clearance.

How to check this? I get a pen, pencil, or something to press on the back of the firing pin. I cock the hammer back and then hold it with my thumb in the exact spot it rests at cock. Then I put some pressure on the firing pin so it goes forward and contact the FPB. Then slowly pull the trigger and re-apply the pressure off and on to the firing pin. I hold the hammer so it doesn't fall forward when the hooks break away from the sear and crash down on my pen or fingers. When the firing pin block drops down enough it allows the firing pin to go forward. This will be very noticeable in how far forward the firing pin goes when pushed forward.

Back to adjusting the timing. So here's some pictures of the FPB and Firing Pin faces that engage.



So to adjust the timing the FPB face needs to drop down and out of the way of the Firing Pin sooner. There are two faces that you can remove material from. The first one seems to be the face that the extended FPB's require. I think I saw them at Patriot Defense and they were oversized...?  The second face is the one I removed material from.




I slowly removed material and would put things back together often. If you remove too much material the FPB will rest in a position where it never engages the Firing Pin. i.e. It is rendered useless. I removed enough that the FPB moves out of the way of the FP about half way through the trigger pull, rather at the end when the hammer hooks break away from the sear.

I would imagine this is the process I would use if I put in one of the Extreme Hammers with shorter hooks. Since I haven't gotten one yet I don't know exactly how they have the timing set, so I can't speak to how much, or if any adjustments are actually needed.

If anyone wants a little video clip explaining any of this just let me know. I also polished all the contact points on the FPB. The Witness Hunter comes very well tuned and polished so I didn't have to do much overall work to the pistol, but I can do walk throughs on polishing if anyone needs it. I have videos for manual safety CZ's, start to finish (disassembly, polishing, upgrades, mods, etc.) that I did for my comrades on the CZ forum. Since the Witnesses are a little different I can try to do something in the future if there's an appetite for it here for 10mm Witnesses.

PS- I am at a conference right now so I can't get to my pistols for more pics or videos till the end of the week.

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10mm semi-auto handguns / What are the "Good" Witnesses?
« on: October 09, 2017, 05:08:08 PM »
I heard that Intercooler had done a bunch of testing on the various Witness pistols in 10mm to see which ones were strong enough for the 10mm. I am trying to search the forum but I am coming up empty handed at the moment. Can you guys point me to any testing or commentary on the quality of the Witness Pistols?

I'd specifically like to know if the Compact Steel Witness can hold up in 10mm with proper springs and what not, but I will take any and all information on all Witnesses. Thanks in advance!

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I snagged a Witness Hunter in 10mm in July. I put the heaviest recoil spring in that it came with. I have been shooting S&B loads I got on sale (mostly to get brass while I got reloading components). Now that I am reloading do I need a heavier recoil spring for full power loads?

Is there anything else I need to know to care for my Witness Hunter? I've heard reports of slides cracking in the past.... Has that been sorted out? Are there any reviews or stickies of reviews and testing?

PS - I'm new and trying to read through documentation and get a feel for the forum. I come from the CZ forum and it's nice that the layout seems similar. Anyways, feel free to point me to any reviews or sections with answers. Thanks for the help!

PSS- a few pics as I have progressed through some purposeful practice to improve longer range accuracy so I can hunt with this pistol. Everything was 25 yards, standing, 2 hand grip. Except the last ones (outdoors) were 30 yards. Threw in a mix, so I wasn't cherry picking my best groups along the way. I'm no marksman, just trying to get better.


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