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Bad day in the garage...

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by laxd211, Jun 7, 2011.

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  1. laxd211

    laxd211 Member

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    Broken thumb. Blisters on both hands. Maybe a ruined die. A lot of spilled powder. I think I got my bad luck out today. Made a couple hundred rounds and set up a trimmer finally.



    So what are your bad days at the bench like?
     
  2. BADUNAME37

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    A spill of powder is always a bummer.
    When I throw my charges into the scale pan then dribble up to the exact weight but I end up throwing over a bit, and have to start scooping it back out of the pan. That is the most frustrating thing I can think of that actually takes away from the progress I seem to be making! :banghead:
     
  3. Josh45

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    Ouch. Hope it goes better next time. As to date, Im still in the process of getting all equipment together. Quite time consuming when your on a small budget!

    Sorry can't share any experiences in this paticular field.....
     
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    Ruined some perfectly good brass.
    Made an entire box, only to realize the shoulder won't fit in my barrel.
     
  5. capreppy

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    I'm new and like others, I have good days and bad days. Initially, I had more than a few bad days, but the time between bad days increases with each time I reload. Learning the nuances of the press was key to decreasing my bad days.

    Getting a new handle (8-ball replacement for my Hornady LnL) relieved me of the blisters I had initially and definitely relieved the stress on my wrist.
     
  6. armoredman

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    My first batch was the worst - nobody told me a ROLL crimp was a bad idea on 9mm loads. :) Oops.
     
  7. codefour

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    Broken thumb..??

    How did you break you thumb and get injured..??
     
  8. Funshooter45

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    Hmmm... I have never broken any bones while reloading. That is not standard technique I'm sure.

    My worst in quite awhile was last night when I had charged 25 cases of 7 MM Mag with 780 Supreme powder. Sure enough, when I reached for one to seat a bullet, I dropped it and spilled 65 grains of powder all over the floor. I wasn't worried about the mess as much as annoyed by the waste. You would have thought the powder was worth $20 instead of $0.20. I just still remember the powder shortage of a couple years ago.
     
  9. laxd211

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    Thumb broke in the process of removing a stuck case. I even loaded that case down with lube, twice. I broke it tightening the vice to get it out. I was tightening it and i heard a "pop" and instant extreme pain. I should have stopped for the day at spilled powder. Also got the blisters trying to take it out.

    And I know what you mean about watching all that powder go to waste...terrible feeling.
     
  10. Clark

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    Two weeks ago I made a part for a large C clamp, and vanity caused me to polish it in the lathe at high speed. The 3 jaw chuck jaw smacked and pulled in my thumb. The part IS shiny.
     
  11. tommyintx

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    it was too late to be loading, i was way too tired. but i had planned on shooting today. So i thought my scale was set to 4.0 grains.. and it was reallly 3.0. now i have (500 of them) 200grain LSWC squib loads for .45. they won't even rack the action.

    FML
     
  12. Walkalong

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    Nothing more fun than getting a finger to close to a high rpm hardened steel chuck. I know all about that. :eek:
     
  13. Harley Quinn

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    This is a sad tale... :eek:

    Regards
     
  14. Jon_Snow

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    Ouch, time to go out and buy a lotto ticket, you're due somethign good after a day like that.
     
  15. CHEVELLE427

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    mine was.

    i started a batch of 9mm and had my index card laid out with all possible formulas i would/have use and i went to reloading:cool:

    got about 3-4 hundred done and i could see the light at the end of this session,,:)

    then i glanced at my index card (for about the 5th time) and then i saw i was using the wrong formula for the powder i had started out with.:eek:

    sob :cuss:

    glad i had that rcbs bullet puller i bought 20 years ago and only used on maybe 5 bullets.

    so now i went to pulling all the bullets back out:( and reloaded them with the right stuff.

    im almost sure i would have had a ka-boom if i had not spotted this.

    JUST SHOWS DON'T GET TO COMFORTABLE AND KEEP CHECKING YOUR WORK ALL THE WAY TO THE END;)

    the upside , i just got a ac unit for the CAVE.
     
  16. courtgreene

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    the rcbs bullet puller is the greatest eraser money can buy. Imagine the ache your arm would feel if you had to use a kinetic puller for hundreds of bullets. not to mention powder going everywhere.
     
  17. sixgunner455

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    saturday, I was sizing some 7.5 Swiss cases on my spare, single stage press - on the 18th case, the press disintegrated.
     
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    I gotta ask....how long have you been reloading?
     
  20. Steve Koski

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    Once I poured half a pound of powder A into a jug containing half a pound of powder B. That royally pissed me off.
     
  21. Steve Koski

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    Another time (newbie days) I picked up a loose, heavy single stage press. The handle fell down and the ram came up and munched my fingers nicely. I did a little dance.
     
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    You guys need to slow down. Nothing worth getting hurt over. Work safe.

    Lathe's can be dangerous as well as end mills and any thing mechanical. But they don't have to be if you follow all the safety precautions.

    Yhea, accidents happen that's why they called accidents. But they don't need to happen.

    Reloading is suppose to be enjoyable. If things are not going right, it's time to walk away for a break or till next time. When reloading work with the TV OFF, Radio OFF, and anything that can distract you. If someone interrupts you stop in state you know where your at. Then resume after they have left. Avoid anything that can be a distraction.

    Reloading requires you undivided attention.

    Be safe .......
     
  23. laxd211

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    Ok, so here is the whole story. After I lowered the bar on my RL550 (I was lucky enough to inherit it from an uncle who no longer was into reloading), I got a case that I thought was soaked in lube stuck. I have the dillon dies (.308). So I tried following the instructions that came with the dies on removing a stuck case. I screwed the depriming assembly as far down as I could and tried to remove the case with pliers (per directions). Enter blisters one and two from pliers slipping.

    Next, I figured I would use my RCBS stuck case remover. Unfortunately, I would have to drill down the decapping pin in the die in order to be able to pull (oh well, the dies came with a replacement). So I drilled away, tapped, and tried to pull. After fiddling, finally got the case out. By this time, I had also stripped a little off the edges of the depriming assembly trying to get it down more.

    Enter vice grip. So I thought tightening the vice grip down on the top of the depriming assembly and going from there would be able to get me a usable die. So, in the process of tightening it down, my and slipped a little (from the lube I was using) and a whole bunch of pressure went into bending my thumb back to a snap.

    I have been reloading for two years, but that doesn't matter when you are having a stupid day.
     
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    Had one of the hopper screws fall out of my Lee Autodisk measure while loading .357. The hopper pivoted with the sliding disk and just kept dumping powder while the case was under it. I wound up with a .357 case full to the top with Titegroup, about a triple charge or more. Then I broke them all down because I didn't know how long ago the screw had fallen out. I was dumping the powder into a plastic vitamin jar with a screw top to salvage the powder. Then I wound up bumping the jar and knocking it all over the floor.
     
  25. beardking

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    Not nearly as painful as the previous stories (especially the OP's), but sufficiently sucky for me:

    I was rearranging my bench after rebuilding it and notice the spent primer hose and collector (an empty gatorade bottle with a hole in the lid) had come dislodged from my Lee turret press. I leaned down and went to reconnect it and when I pushed up on the bottom of the press the wood ball handle smacked me in the forehead. Hard. Twice.
     
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