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Pulled Another 'All Nighter' -For Fun- Last Night!

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by ZipperZap, Dec 7, 2006.

  1. ZipperZap

    ZipperZap Well-Known Member

    Happened to me again last night - told the wife, "Quite by
    accident, honey!" ... but it was worth it!

    Was sitting around here reading the instruction manual
    for our RCBS progressive and figured that I could
    probably knock out just the instillation in an hour or two
    - which I did - and then go to bed. Of course, by then I
    'just had' to run off a few 'test runs' - did the obligatory
    adjustments and made the obligatory mistakes - finally,
    got the little 'munitions factory' up and humming along at
    the advertised 650/hr. rate of production and by the time
    I had set up and made a .44 Mag. dies plate and run that
    one, too, it was about 5:30AM.

    ... mumbling something about "being too old for this kind of
    all night stuff anymore" I finally got to bed for an hour's worth
    of shuteye.

    Alarm went off at 6:30AM - fixed the wife's breakfast and got
    her off to school - I'm such a good little house husband -
    and now I'm waiting for the range to open at 10!

    ... and yes, it does out perform the Dillion - the primer strips
    and swapable pre-adjusted dies plates make it a whole lot

    I picked up three plates and am going back for about five more

    However, I think today I have a monumental clean up job scheduled
    for our 'little bench!'

  2. Starter52

    Starter52 Well-Known Member

    Zipper, every year around the holidays I'll get into a reloading frenzy and will load up every round of brass in the house. I've learned to keep tumbled and deprimed brass in containers, just waiting for the bug to hit.

    Right now I have a couple of hundred .45/70s, .30-06s, .30-30s and .243s all set to go, along with nearly a thousand .38 Specials (our favorite round) and hundreds of .45 ACPs, .357s and .44s.

    I also have several hundred empty 12ga. and 20ga. hulls that I leave to the boys to reload.

    The plus is that when the snow melts in Spring we have enough ammo to last until the middle of July.
  3. Ben Shepherd

    Ben Shepherd Well-Known Member


  4. The Bushmaster

    The Bushmaster Well-Known Member

    Night time is for reloading...Day time is for shooting. (Unless you like to observe the muzzle blast flame. And I do. Bit of a pyromaniac).:D
  5. AmbulanceDriver

    AmbulanceDriver Well-Known Member

    Zipper, while I wasn't quite so bad, I was up until about 1:00 AM this morning loading .38 on my single stage. I finally started reloading for my revolver (I started w/ reloading for my milsurp rifles) and just realized how much fun it is. Took me a long while setting up the dies, but once I got that all dialed in (and the powder measure) just started cranking it out.

    Need to actually go look at my now loaded boxes of ammo to count up exactly how much I loaded.....

  6. Navy_Guns

    Navy_Guns Well-Known Member

    There is a 3-month period between when NASCAR finishes in in November and it starts in February. This is divided into two distinct phases. First is "hunting season" which runs through the first week of January, or until I've got enough meat in the freezer to last me until next year. The second phase is "reloading season". The start of reload season came early this year since I got two deer in the freezer in the first week of muzzle loader season.
  7. Walkalong

    Walkalong Moderator

    Hey ZipperZap
    Can you pake a high resolution pic of the RCBS and post it? I can't find one around here to look at and websites don't have good pics. Many Thanks.
  8. Crimp

    Crimp Well-Known Member

    Great review! Nice looking bench! I've been thinking of the RCBS but have held off because of all the Dillonites that say don't waste your money...

    BTW, isn't that a FZ1 sitting there? I had one for two years and got rid of it before it killed me! ;) Gotta' say I still miss it... Since then, went through a BMW R1150RT (hated it) and am riding a 1500 Suzi cruiser now.
  9. TFin04

    TFin04 Well-Known Member

    Nice SV650S! I've got a red one just like it!

    Oh ya, nice little bang factory you've got too. :D
  10. trickyasafox

    trickyasafox Well-Known Member

    i kinda burned out on tv my fresh-soph year of college. so the last two years when i am home, instead of watching tv i reload.

    sometimes i wonder if i'm a bit obsessive, i hate leaving a box half loaded, and i hate having empty boxes that aren't reloaded.

    it gives me a goal though, and i do think its a lot of fun.
  11. The-Fly

    The-Fly Well-Known Member

    Nice to see I am not the only fool doing late night reload marathons :neener:

    This weekend I reloaded about 1k rounds of 38spl, 500 rounds of 223, and about 800 rounds of 9mm.
  12. Barr

    Barr Well-Known Member

    During the summer and winter breaks I like to load 100-150 rounds of handgun a night on my Lee progressive press or 75-100 shotgun shells on my Mec single stage press.
  13. duck911

    duck911 Well-Known Member

    As a non-reloader looking to learn from some of the best (whom I happen to think reside on THR forums), I'd like to ask, are all-night reloading benders SAFE?


  14. michael_aos

    michael_aos Well-Known Member

    That reminds me. My wife asked me this afternoon if we should go to the range tomorrow, since the weather forecast is so nice...

    I should load up some .38 S&W Special, but its such a pain switching from a large rifle caliber to a small pistol...

  15. Caimlas

    Caimlas Well-Known Member

    I imagine a large part of it has to do with the kind of equipment you have (say, if it's the expensive automated kind, it's likely more safe, as you just check it thrice and away you go - supposedly), but in general I'd guess "no" - unless you're a nightwalker and sleep during the day. :p As someone who is perpetually inclined to the "all night bender" for programming and various other tasks, I'd feel uneasy about shooting ammo that wasn't reloaded with a clear and alert mind.

    I might make concensus for a person who has been reloading for years and has their process down to a mechanical science - and is diligent about safety, however.
  16. The Bushmaster

    The Bushmaster Well-Known Member

    Even with progressive presses one must pay them a lot of attention as they will double or no charge you without warning. Be rested, alert. No beer, or hard drink and pay attention to the reloading god of your choice (Free country and all that)...:D
  17. Walkalong

    Walkalong Moderator

    Listen to Bushmaster.
    We can't say this enough! Be carefull, be safe, have fun. :)

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