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Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by Tamara, Nov 26, 2003.

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  1. Tamara

    Tamara Senior Member

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    So, as I shamefully admitted in a recent thread in GenDisc, I don't actually... you know, reload yet. I do, however, have a metric buttload of borrowed reloading stuff here in my apartment, and I've saved a ton of brass over the years. Last night I re-found my big ol' brass box. This sort of inspired me. About four minutes ago, I got even more inspired when I saw an object in a red box labelled "Lyman Ideal 310 Tool, complete with dies" for .44 magnum. I pulled out the pliers-shaped gizmo, and noticed one die with a long pokey-looking thing that looked as though it might knock a spent primer out of a case. Feeling a rising sense of discovery, I dashed off to my brass box and brought back a freezer bag full of spent .44 Mag shells. Threading the likely-looking die into the pliers and then sticking a shell in...

    [Tom Hanks voice from Castaway]I have made fire![Tom Hanks voice from Castaway]


    ...or at least I'm well on my inquisitive way to doing so. :uhoh:
     
  2. cordex

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    *snicker*

    Here it comes ... now some of Tamara's more esoteric guns will actually get fired.

    "You mean I can reload this ammo for less than $40 per box?"
     
  3. Quantrill

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    Tamara,
    I hope you lubed it first. Those little 310 Tong dies do not come in carbide (which is what you use for straight wall cases without lubing them). They only come in steel and must be lubed before inserting into the 310 dies. If you don't have case lubricant and you really want to play, I have been told that STP will do. Quantrill
     
  4. Peter M. Eick

    Peter M. Eick Member

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    Welcome to the world of reloading! This is where science meets the art of shooting. I find the reloading part of the hobby almost as much fun as the shooting part. There is such satisfaction in finding the right load to fit to your gun and your shooting style.

    Ask questions, read a lot and keep careful notes. I wish I had kept better notes 25 years ago when I started reloading. SIGH!!!!!!!!
     
  5. Edward429451

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    Bwahahaha! the reloading bug is alive and well. Don't scratch, you'll only make it worse...:D

    Got Primers?

    :D
     
  6. BenW

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    Welcome to the wonderful world of reloading. Now the big question is, how long will it take you to go from the "survivalist" 310 tool to a Dillon 650 with auto casefeeder, redundant digital scales, digital powder charge, 5000 round tumbler, ad nauseum... so you can be a reloading dork like the rest of us? :D

    ---and I write this 15 minutes before I retire to my dedicated reloading room to crank out a few hundred 45s... :)
     
  7. Peter M. Eick

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    One other comment. The real beauty of reloading is like today. I blasted about 900 rnds of 357 mag with between 12 and 14 grns of 2400 and 158 grn Lasercast SWC's. I also blasted about 700 rnds of 38 special with about 4 to 4.5 odd grns of Univ clays and a 158 grn lasercast SWC. In round numbers I probably spent about $100 on ammo because I went for name brand bullets. Had I shot locally cast stuff it would be about half of that.

    When you reload you just shoot, it is fun, and the reloading is very relaxing and enjoyable. I hate to say it but I am quite excited about reloading my cases and looking at the nearly 3000 9mm cases all preped and ready. I see some power pistol and 115 grn Rem JHP's reloads by Sunday!

    Enjoy the whole new aspect of the sport.
     
  8. Edward429451

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    Allright, its Santa Claus time and she's a legend on the board. I'll send her a set of dies if someone sends her a press.

    Who's got a spare scale? Anyone? Anyone?

    The reloading care package.
     
  9. Kamicosmos

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    I'm kinda surprised you weren't into reloading before. Since you like the role-playing stuff...it's kinda like that. Lots of numbers to crunch to find that magic Min/Maxed load... :D
     
  10. MaterDei

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    What a great Thanksgiving story

    I think I'm gonna cry.
     
  11. Dave R

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    That feeling is gonna come back stronger when you touch off the first round you made yourself.

    And stronger still when you get a tight group around the X ring.

    And again when you touch one off in that .577.

    It will really enlarge your enjoyment of shooting.
     
  12. P95Carry

    P95Carry Moderator Emeritus

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    Tam's ...... my pre-existing respect and admiration for you has become ......... well ................ WORSHIP!!:p

    It's gonna take a night's sleep to get over this enormous high I am on because of this .... just wish I had your load of brass .. :eek:

    Continuous updates and progress reports are now ... mandatory. Your board status dictates it!
     
  13. Old Fuff

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    Now all is lost. Tamara has crossed over the line. Who knows, next it may be .32 S&W Long wadcutters. So many cartridges .... So little time ......
     
  14. Mike Irwin

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    "a metric buttload..."

    I think the brothers call that "Junk in the Trunk..."
     
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    50 bux says mike wouldn't say that to any woman FTF.....

    i hope...:D
     
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    I told you she'd grow up and become a real shooter sooner or later, didn't I?
     
  17. Cal4D4

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    Tong tool resizing of .44 brass is done to the tune "We must...We must...We must increase our .....
     
  18. sm

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    First, Anybody told her about shotshell reloading yet...? I was reminded by a friends wife I get to help take some 30K hulls from the old house to the new house being built. Oh- house will have 2 reloading rooms.:cool: [though at this point I'm not sure if his wife wants me to actually visit, but just move stuff, she still gives me a funny look :p ]

    Second, I admit, I have cheated on metallic reloading. I did the shotshells in 4 gauges and my buddy did the metallic...so...looks like time I did more metallic. I can state right off, a 200 gr SWC is a whole bunch easier to pick up when dropped that 1 1/8 oz of #8 hard shot that gets "dropped"...I learnt quick - huh ? :p
     
  19. Black Snowman

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    Borrowing someone elses advice on this board I tried using Pam as a case lube and it works suprisingly well. It's just canola oil so if you have that and a spray bottle you can spray lube even cheaper. It is a little messy so be sure you have a backstop for the over-spray and some paper towels to clean up the brass after resizing.

    Welcome to the wonderful world of "Rolling your own" :D
     
  20. Mike Irwin

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    "50 bux says mike wouldn't say that to any woman FTF....."

    You can send me the $50 now. You lose.

    And I had the palm print across my face to prove it. But I got the stupid, stupid, annoying cow of a coworker out of my face, and she didn't bug me again.

    Mean, hateful, spiteful thing to do at a "happy hour" but she was a mean, hateful, spiteful woman who fully deserved it.
     
  21. Ryder

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    Time to get your hands dirty, eh? Neato :)

    You pop off that first round yet? That's when the real fun begins. ;)
     
  22. Tamara

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    Heck, now I have to figure out what all these other dies are for. :uhoh:
     
  23. pax

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    Dangit, Tamara, does this mean I have to give him his $5 back?

    pax
     
  24. Jake 98c/11b

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    I think I have you beat Tamara, I have a Dillon 550, an RCBS rock crusher, two midway case cleaners, several scales, over 25 pounds of assorted powders, tens of thousands of brass cases (hell, over 13,000 .223 alone), bullets by the hundredweight, lead by the metric ton, a case prep station, cases of primers, several manuals, dies in at least a dozen varietys and I have yet to use any of it.

    Sad I know, time is tight but the price was right.
     
  25. Dave R

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    Tamara, you didn't mention a reloading manual...

    That will tell you what all those other dies are for.
     
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