Terrible shooting weather, so I reload


December 14, 2011, 11:38 AM
Been at home for a few days/weeks. Would love to shoot, but it seems when I might be able to squeeze in some range time, it is either raining or downright cold. Between work and attending to a pregnant wife (> 6 months along), my range time is dwindling and fast.

Been keeping myself busy by reloading. I just started reloading 1500 9mm Luger rounds tipped with MBC 124gr LTCN. I can only reload on the press when my wife is awake as she can hear each and every round hitting the completed ammo bin. So the 1500 should take me a couple of days.

I'll start on 2k .45 ACP tipped with Mastercast Bullets .452 200gr LSWC (14BHN) when done with the 9mm ammo.

I just finished loading up 500 rounds of .224 55gr HPBT (Sierra BlitzKings) that I got a few months ago from RMR Bullets. I had already loaded up 500 rounds of .224 55gr SP (Hornady SP seconds, Midsouth Shooters Varmint Nightmare [I think, I can't actually remember where I got these...LOL]). I charged each by hand while I watched TV and then tipped them on the press.

Also loaded 300 rounds of .224 Nosler 60gr BTBT (my AR really loves this stuff). I've got a bunch of .224 Hornady 75gr HPBT loaded up that I need to shoot to determine the proper Varget charge and then I'll load up the remainder of those.

I hand prime my .223 Rem brass and I have hand primed nearly 1k pieces.

I guess I need to order some more pistol bullets (9mm Luger & .45 ACP) so I can build out some more. This is going to be a long winter if I can't shoot much.

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December 14, 2011, 12:02 PM
I know what you mean, winter here in Minn., don't know what to load next, my shelves are full:)
Can't shoot much in the winter, maybe if the temp gets above 20 degrees I will head to the range and just shoot revolvers.

December 14, 2011, 03:33 PM
What is bad weather to shoot in? I do more shooting in the winter because that is when I have more time to.

December 14, 2011, 03:36 PM
Rain (light rain I can deal with, but heavier rain, not so much) or just plain cold. In the 20's is an issue for us Texans (at least the wimpy ones like me).

Romeo 33 Delta
December 14, 2011, 03:49 PM
Here in Wisconsin, I count on the winter weather to give me some quality reloading time ... and for time to develope my next "what the hell is that good for" cartridge. Since I shoot mostly Milsurps and don't have much use for surplus ammo, it requires reloading. I have even refined this process to give me more off season reloading time.

During the shooting season, after the range, I go to my gunroom and clean the rifle I've just shot. Then I deprime/resize the 50 rounds I've just shot.
After a trip through the tumbler to get it all clean and shiny, it's back into the appropriately labeled plastic box and goes on the steel rack reserved for "ammo ready for reloading".

Now that we're sliding towards winter (pun intended), it's just a question of grabbing a set of dies, a box of bullets, primers and powder and parking myself at my bench. In no time at all, I've put down 50 to 150 rounds, updated the "times fired" on the ammo cards and the now loaded ammo goes back on the "ready to shoot" steel rack.

I used to HATE winter. Now, I love it almost as much as Late Spring-Summer-Early Fall.:D

December 14, 2011, 03:53 PM
I understand I was in TX when it was cold & rainy with mud up to my shins. I still go shoot but I have been knowen to get in the car to warm up.

December 14, 2011, 04:28 PM
In TX, I hate SUMMER. Winter isn't so bad. Only really bad when it ices. My work schedule (tough even though I work from home) and my pregnant wife are my "obstacles" to range time.

December 14, 2011, 05:05 PM
Here in MI- - in our area we have cold & rain. Does not look like Christmas time.
I have over 10000 rds. reloaded. Enuf for now.
I guess I will finally start working on some old weapons that have needed attention
for a long time.
1911 45acp
M1 carbine converted to 9 MM
Old Colt 22 pistol
Retired 12 years--- you need to find something to do or you will go nuts--lots to do in the summer time--not that much in the winter.
Felt sorry for the youngest (42) (MRI Tech)--got fired yesterday---could not understand
the foreign woman doctor talking to him----guess he will have to learn arabic. It
appears that almost all the drs. in our hospitals are from someother country. This is the new America-- get used to it.

December 14, 2011, 05:14 PM
From what I've seen on the news you should be happy to see rain in Texas? We're getting a bit of rain here as well.



December 14, 2011, 05:17 PM
The barrel cools down a whole lot faster in the winter :D

December 14, 2011, 05:21 PM
We've had an unusual amount of wet weather too here in Az. so Ive been getting in some additional time on the press. I got started on a bulk box of Nosler 115 gr. JHP's, but that's going to run empty in no time. I guess I'll start loading some bottle necks to kill some more time.

December 14, 2011, 08:30 PM
I "empathize" with Michiganders' weather, but that's why I moved to TX.

I LIKE summer. We badly needed rain, but two matches have been cancelled in the last three weeks. It's supposed to rain again Sat. and another match is scheduled.:(

I'm up to 1500 pistol rds loaded. Hope it stops raining long enough to shoot some of them.

December 14, 2011, 09:16 PM
I'm halfway through loading the 1500 9mm Luger rounds. I'll probably finish tomorrow or Friday.

The weather Friday may be nice and I may have to play hookie. I need a couple of hours at the range cause it's been a couple of weeks since I've been able to go. Saturday is out with various family engagements and a company Holiday party in the evening. Sunday is MORE rain.

Hondo 60
December 14, 2011, 09:26 PM
I don't shoot as much in the winter (vs summer), but I will still get some range time in.
Infact, I'm going tomorrow.
Wanted to go yesterday, but I forgot I had an appt to attend to.

Been playing around with some Tokarev rounds &
I'm just foamin at the mouth to get out to the range & see how they do.

Last Saturday I went & it was about 25 degrees out.
I love it like that - I get the range all to my self.
Very peaceful until I start slingin lead. :D

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