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10mm Hunting / Re: Montana Gold FMJ Flat Point
« on: January 26, 2018, 07:19:27 PM »
Since there have been no responses I'll chime in. I've not tried those bullets because it is my understanding Montana Gold makes their bullets for target shooting and not hunting. The meplat of non expanding bullets coupled with velocity determine the size of the wound channel they produce.  These bullets have a decent meplat but not quite as big as hardcast bullets like Beartooth and Montana Bullet Works.
If these bullets hold together and don't expand, they should penetrate pretty well and make a decent wound channel. I might buy some and experiment with them this coming spring. They may shoot more accurately than the hardcast bullets I am loading.       

10mm semi-auto handguns / Re: The 10mm market hole
« on: January 26, 2018, 08:22:13 AM »
I'm sure some folks would buy 10mms for concealed carry if more were available but I wouldn't be one of them. I prefer the 9mm for its magazine capacity and easy to handle recoil. Where I do like the 10mm is for woods carry and medium sized game hunting. For that purpose, I have three 6 inch 10mms which are easy to carry and pack enough power with 200 grain loads to do what I need to have done in the woods.     

Range reports / Re: Bullet tests
« on: October 24, 2017, 09:01:33 PM »
If you need penetration, it's hard to beat a hardcast bullet. Especially, on big, tough game like bears.  Great test Ramjet!

I emailed Hornady a few months ago asking them about using the 200 grain HAP for better penetration than the XTP. They responded saying the performance would be better with the XTP. I assumed they meant a wider wound channel with the XTP than the HAP. I loaded up 50 200 grain XTPs and 50 200 grain Montana Bullet Works WFNPB loads. I have no doubt the hardcast will outpenetrate the XTP but the XTP ain't no slouch either. I guess it depends on what you want...expansion or penetration.   

10mm semi-auto handguns / Re: Just ordered a Ruger SR1911 10mm
« on: August 17, 2017, 07:46:51 AM »
Can't speak to the Ruger 1911 but you asked about front sights. I'm 52 as well, so black front sights don't work well for me.

I've put Dawson Precision fiber optic front sights on my STI Perfect 10 and filed the rear sight notch a little wider so I could more easily pick up the target. I also put Dawson's on my Glock G40. My Dan Wesson comes with an excellent tritium/fiber optic front sight. I have also put fiber optics on all my revolvers and my 22 pistols also wear them. I tried a gold bead on my S&W 629 and just couldn't pick up the front sight as easy as I could with the fiber optic. I prefer green fiber optics to red but both work pretty well. Dawson Precision sends you replacement red and green rods with the front sight purchase so you can change them out if you like.       

10mm semi-auto handguns / Re: Glock 40 Dissapointment
« on: August 16, 2017, 07:49:42 AM »
Mine came with fixed sights. I bought and installed a Dawson Precision adjustable rear and one of their fiber optic front sights. 

Gunsmithing / Re: 1911--primer flow issue
« on: August 16, 2017, 07:37:17 AM »
That crushed brass issue....the extractor isn't holding the brass tight enough for the ejector to do it's job, and as a result the brass gets crushed against the barrel hood before popping out of the way.

Your friend can probably fix this himself in about 10 minutes by watching a youtube video about extractor adjustment.

Thanks sqlbullet, your pics are exactly what is happening with his pistol. The piece of brass on the far right in your photo is what all his damaged cases look like. He won't try and fix it himself so his pistol went back to RIA yesterday.   

Gunsmithing / Re: 1911--primer flow issue
« on: August 15, 2017, 06:52:20 AM »
I have a co-worker who has an RIA 5 inch 10mm. Don't know the model. He is sporadically getting crushed brass with two longitudinal rips in the case. The pistol will eject the ripped rounds straight back into your chest. Did this with three different types of factory loads. He emailed RIA last week, they returned his email the same day and I believe they emailed him a shipping label to send it back. I called S&W yesterday morning about a new 686 which is locking up in single action mode.  S&W emailed me a return shipping label within minutes of our conversation. Today at lunch, we are both heading to Fedex to ship our guns back to the manufacturers.

My point in telling you all this is simply to communicate you may want to contact RIA and tell them what is happening. They may be able to reassure you this is normal or send you a shipping label for them to make it right. I don't have any fired primed 10mm brass to compare with your pictures as after every range session, I deprime my spent cases in preparation for stainless steel media cleaning. So, I can't confirm whether my 1911 10mms have the same problem or not.       

10mm semi-auto handguns / Re: Springfield Armory XDM 10MM?
« on: August 10, 2017, 05:56:56 AM »
I like the XDM platform and own four of them.  Two full size which are chambered in 9mm and 45 and two subcompacts which are my carry guns also chambered in 9mm and 45.  I installed Powder River Precision triggers in em and they are excellent. I would be interested in one chambered in 10mm if it were a 6 inch model. I like the 10mm for woods defense and hunting but prefer the 9mm as a carry gun. Regardless, it should be an interesting pistol.     

A few years back, a homeowner on the Kenai Peninsula here in Alaska, dispatched a brown bear in his yard with a 1911 chambered in .45 ACP. Last year, a guide up here killed a brownie with a 9mm shooting Buffalo Bore hardcast lead loads. (I bet he won't do that again)

You could add a stouter recoil spring to your current Glock 21 and shoot 45 Super out of it for more horsepower but the recoil will also increase. It's pretty hard to beat the 10mm for a woods carry load in an auto pistol. 357 Sig, 40 Super, 45 Super and 460 Rowland are other options. Some more limited than others. 

If recoil is a problem, you could add some weight to your Glock 20. I put the following in my G40 to increase its weight, Thug Plug (3 oz), stainless RSA (1oz), Taylor Force brass weight (4 oz) added to the bottom of my magazine. A heavier pistol means less recoil. Conversely, if you handload, you could load some 200 grain hardcast down to a more comfortable recoil level.         

Reloading 10mm ammo / Re: IMR Blue
« on: July 20, 2017, 07:33:19 AM »
IMR states the following on their web site about Blue vs the competitor, presumably Blue Dot.

"For pistol usage, pistol data is materially different from competitor data with lower charge weights and higher velocities at maximum pressures."

So, it appears Blue will produce higher velocity with a lower charge weight than Blue Dot. It remains to be seen if it will be any more consistent than Blue Dot at various temperatures as the latest MSDS dated June 2017 states Blue is a double based powder. It will be interesting to see if it will shoot more accurately than Blue Dot?   

Reloading 10mm ammo / Re: Montana 200gr wfnpb
« on: July 18, 2017, 08:13:07 PM »
I'm loading the same bullet but without the hi tek coating. I bought 100 sized .402 and 100 sized .401. The .402s wouldn't properly chamber in my G40 KKM barrel, my STI Perfect 10 nor my Dan Wesson Bruin. I resized the remaining .402s to .401 and ended up seating them to a COAL of 1.240 to fit all my pistol magazines. I'm using 9.5 grains of Blue Dot for an average velocity out of my STI Perfect 10 of 1196fps.

Nicke10mm had the throat opened up on his KKM barrel to function properly with the .402 sized bullets but I'm not gonna do that for my pistols. The Montana BulletWorks bullets shot a bit more accurately than the Beartooths in both my STI and my Dan Wesson.  I haven't tired AA#9 because Blue Dot gives me what I need velocity-wise.     

10mm semi-auto handguns / Re: 10mm Newbie
« on: July 13, 2017, 08:22:20 PM »
I've got a Perfect away with your questions.

10mm semi-auto handguns / Re: Perfect 10 guide rod/spring
« on: July 13, 2017, 07:47:35 AM »
I have a Perfect 10 and it gets easier the more times you do it. I only recently stopped putting a glove on my right hand to prevent the pain and occasional bleeding I would experience. I install it like the STI video shows. I could not find another way to do it. It would be easier if it had a barrel bushing like my Dan Wesson Bruin. 

I see STI stopped producing the Perfect 10. I expect parts and service to the pistols will still be available in the future. If not, SVI may be able to help us.         

Reloading 10mm ammo / Re: Cutting Edge 190 grain copper solid
« on: July 09, 2017, 09:10:07 AM »
Interesting. The cost doesn't deter me as I am use to paying close to $50.00 a box for Barnes TTSX rifle bullets which I handload. The Cutting Edge web site says you can push these bullets to the same velocity as other 190 grain bullets. It looks like they have a pretty good sized meplat too. Aside from some additional case chamfering being needed (according to their web site) it looks like this might be a good alternative to hardcast lead.

Please post your results on here. I'd be interested to see how they do in your gun(s). I too prefer hard cast for woods defense for bears but don't like dealing with lead removal in my 10mms and particularly my revolvers. This might be a good solution. A simple application of Patchout/Wipeout may be all that is needed to remove any copper fouling...just like my rifles shooting Barnes bullets.


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