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Old 06-02-2011, 17:52   #26
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I'm thinking that they earned a lot of their customers in the beginning and probably initially met their own claims .. but over time, due to either the economy or maybe a lawsuit or insurance claim, started slowly lowering their charges to make their ammo a bit safer. Maybe?
I'll bet this is close to the truth. I've purchased their ammo since day one and I do think the original was hotter.
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Old 06-02-2011, 21:53   #27
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I'll bet this is close to the truth. I've purchased their ammo since day one and I do think the original was hotter.
Yeah, I think Mike has "watered" down his loads because so many folk don't use fully supported chambers (stock Glock) and probably don't know the difference. As 10mm handloaders know, a true full power load in an unsupported chamber will do ugly things to our brass and make them unusable for reloading. And at almost 20 cents a pop, that is not an option for me.
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Old 06-08-2011, 12:14   #28
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I want a 1911 6" long slide so badly...

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Old 06-08-2011, 12:58   #29
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YEP! Btw, I've chrono'd the BB 180gr GD from my 5" Razorback and got 1380fps max and average was around 1350. Pretty damn close in my eyes.
The BB 180 chronies 1335 in my G20 barrel (4.6") so yes, right in there as far as box flap claims go. Very tight standard deviations on velocities too.
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Old 06-08-2011, 14:08   #30
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maybe a lawsuit or insurance claim, started slowly lowering their charges to make their ammo a bit safer. Maybe?
I think this may be dead center.

There is a lot of risk associated with selling someone 180gr ammo that will do 1350+ or 200gr at 1275+.

The problem is that even with exceptional testing and control during manufacture, there are many variables that you lose control of when
you release the ammo to the customer.

Many don't understand the dynamics of a pistol/ammo configuration and make changes to it or the pistol changes as you use it, The barrel gets dirty or other.

Then there is the variances in manufacturing or the pistols, tightness of the barrel/chamber, recoil spring tension etc.

It's easy to get on the wrong side of the pressure capacity/limit of a particular pistol.

Even when you have tested multiple pistols and barrels etc. Not just glocks either. Popular barrel makers have slight chamber variations also. Some of it comes from polishing the ramps for feeding issues and other "fixes" but some is manufacturing variances.

It's a tough arena to operate in. You can blow yourself up but you can't blow somebody else up.

Now the rated vs. actual speed issue is a different horse.

But, with commercial ammo, the market is tough.

The big guys like Win, can sell the silvertip or not, It probably doesn't matter much. They make guns primarily. So they drop back 8-10% from the top loads. But state ratings based on a 6in barrel.
Other big guys are even farther away from the max.

Some, including myself make a choice. I choose to be accurate within reason, of the ratings, It seems some others do also. But that means we're taking on more risk if our rated speeds are at max pressures.

If I dropped my actual speeds down but continued to state the original speeds. I may actually have gained in some areas of the market because
I would not have had the g29 kaboom issue, which sucked the air out of
my (sails)sales.

It is always a choice about the approach. But accurate numbers are important to me. Whatever they may be.

I suppose, in the end it's about tolerances.
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Old 06-08-2011, 14:13   #31
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I think this may be dead center.

There is a lot of risk associated with selling someone 180gr ammo that will do 1350+ or 200gr at 1275+.

The problem is that even with exceptional testing and control during manufacture, there are many variables that you lose control of when
you release the ammo to the customer.

Many don't understand the dynamics of a pistol/ammo configuration and make changes to it or the pistol changes as you use it, The barrel gets dirty or other.

Then there is the variances in manufacturing or the pistols, tightness of the barrel/chamber, recoil spring tension etc.

It's easy to get on the wrong side of the pressure capacity/limit of a particular pistol.

Even when you have tested multiple pistols and barrels etc. Not just glocks either. Popular barrel makers have slight chamber variations also. Some of it comes from polishing the ramps for feeding issues and other "fixes" but some is manufacturing variances.

It's a tough arena to operate in. You can blow yourself up but you can't blow somebody else up.

Now the rated vs. actual speed issue is a different horse.

But, with commercial ammo, the market is tough.

The big guys like Win, can sell the silvertip or not, It probably doesn't matter much. They make guns primarily. So they drop back 8-10% from the top loads. But state ratings based on a 6in barrel.
Other big guys are even farther away from the max.

Some, including myself make a choice. I choose to be accurate within reason, of the ratings, It seems some others do also. But that means we're taking on more risk if our rated speeds are at max pressures.

If I dropped my actual speeds down but continued to state the original speeds. I may actually have gained in some areas of the market because
I would not have had the g29 kaboom issue, which sucked the air out of
my (sails)sales.

It is always a choice about the approach. But accurate numbers are important to me. Whatever they may be.

I suppose, in the end it's about tolerances.

Yep ... its one thing to reload for one platform and test every aspect or change in a loading ...FOR THAT PISTOL ... and its another issue altogether to test a max load and then toss it out to any yahoo who wants to do the same with their OWN pistol.
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Old 06-08-2011, 14:25   #32
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Good stuff...I wish we could get someone with pressure testing equipment to run some of these 800x loads.

Hogdon? Mudrush?

1350 fps with a 200 gr. WFN is smokin! I second Keg's recommendation for caution.

Maybe I need a 6" 10mm rather then a 4" .44?
I may be able to do some sort of testing for you, But, I can tell you now
you're all over the max as far as rated pressures.

Now, I am not sure of your chamber design but, most well designed firearms have a service factor built into them that will allow you to actually use the max saami. (not glock stock barrels)

Max saami is a max average pressure. Not the absolute max allowed.

With tight/accurate charge control you can live on the edge with out seeing any issues.

But if one aspect of the config changes, you can get into trouble.

200gr wfn at 1350 with 800x, even in a 6in barrel is right on the line. No question, maybe slightly over with the 6in as pressure is still rising with 800x.

Some of the other powders wil be over at 1350.

If you setup ammo for a shorter than 6in barrel, That ammo will probably be to hot for a 6in barrel. The short barrel acts like a pressure relief/limiter.
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I may be able to do some sort of testing for you, But, I can tell you now
you're all over the max as far as rated pressures.

Now, I am not sure of your chamber design but, most well designed firearms have a service factor built into them that will allow you to actually use the max saami. (not glock stock barrels)

Max saami is a max average pressure. Not the absolute max allowed.

With tight/accurate charge control you can live on the edge with out seeing any issues.

But if one aspect of the config changes, you can get into trouble.

200gr wfn at 1350 with 800x, even in a 6in barrel is right on the line. No question, maybe slightly over with the 6in as pressure is still rising with 800x.

Some of the other powders wil be over at 1350.

If you setup ammo for a shorter than 6in barrel, That ammo will probably be to hot for a 6in barrel. The short barrel acts like a pressure relief/limiter.
Thank you, Mike, for your insight here. I was guessing that the WFN loads were right on the line and have since decided not to work that load up any further. For that matter, I'll probably stay where I'm at (FPS-wise) on all of these 200gr loads since the extra velocity isn't worth the pressure/risk. I'll most likely start by reducing the loads by a grain or so and working them up a bit, but this time, for accuracy rather than FPS.

There isn't a deer I know of that will take a 200gr XTP at 1250, a 200gr WFN @ 1300+ or a 180gr @ 1350fps and not fall. The nice thing about a 6" barrel is that I shouldn't HAVE to stress the pressure to get great velocities.

Thanks again, Mike
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Great report & awesome pics, nickE - thanks your hard work in putting it together and congrats on acquiring such a fine 10mm blaster!
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Great report & awesome pics, nickE - thanks your hard work in putting it together and congrats on acquiring such a fine 10mm blaster!
Thanks agtman! (long time no see buddy)
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Nick, Thanks for letting us share in your experience and all the data and the gun porn! It was great!
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My pleasure, Shadow!
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What an outstanding report and beautiful pistol, I'm glad to see Bob Serva has found a good niche after the DW days.
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200gr wfn at 1350 with 800x, even in a 6in barrel is right on the line. No question, maybe slightly over with the 6in as pressure is still rising with 800x.
Could you explain this a bit more? I was under the understanding that pressure will not increase with the longer barrel but rather just affect the bullet over a LONGER period of time. ??

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Some of the other powders wil be over at 1350.
For the record, I don't go over book max with powders other than 800X
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In all honesty, Nick, I don't think I've ever seen a pistol as beautiful as your Fusion. At least for my taste it is just PERFECT. Love the grips, the finish, the design, the sights, the hammer, the trigger, the way the muzzle looks, the recoil buffer, the beaver tail, the size.... EVERYTHING.

Absolutely awesome man. Everytime I see it I feel happy for you. Maybe one day I'll get one? Though it'd feel weird because you already made the perfect one and I'd hate to get an exact copy of yours and take away the authenticity from both of them, but then again I could not possibly come up with something different I'd like on mine, lol. So I'll probably just stick to a Delta Elite, which is another pistol that I really like.

Nothing quite like that Fusion though. Daaaaaaaaaaaaaaang.
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In all honesty, Nick, I don't think I've ever seen a pistol as beautiful as your Fusion. At least for my taste it is just PERFECT. Love the grips, the finish, the design, the sights, the hammer, the trigger, the way the muzzle looks, the recoil buffer, the beaver tail, the size.... EVERYTHING.

Absolutely awesome man. Everytime I see it I feel happy for you. Maybe one day I'll get one? Though it'd feel weird because you already made the perfect one and I'd hate to get an exact copy of yours and take away the authenticity from both of them, but then again I could not possibly come up with something different I'd like on mine, lol. So I'll probably just stick to a Delta Elite, which is another pistol that I really like.

Nothing quite like that Fusion though. Daaaaaaaaaaaaaaang.
Thanks man....

I honestly wasn't sure exactly how well my Fusion would turn out since I'd never before seen a Fusion (or any pistol, for that matter) with the configuration options I chose. I was STUNNED when Bob sent me the pictures as he executed everything down to the finest detail for me. It was like seeing a ghost that I had imagined but never seen in concrete reality until that point.

That's funny about wanting those same options. I remember trying to get my order in as soon as I could so nobody else had the same idea, LOL... To this day, I still haven't seen any pistol just like mine. I've seen ONE that is close but some notable differences. Thanks for the compliment, anyways.

Oftentimes, when handling it, I marvel at what a simply AWESOME piece of machinery it is. I'd wanted one for so long .... and to finally have it created and to have it perform as it does.... well, you know.....
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Excellent job, Nick!
Excellent discussion, guys!
Excellent thread!

I'm making this a sticky.
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Excellent job, Nick!
Excellent discussion, guys!
Excellent thread!

I'm making this a sticky.
Thanks Tazz!
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