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

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  1. JPM70535

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    Tamara

    congradulations, you have joined a fraternity (Sororiety?) froim which there is no escape. Once you pop the cap on your first hand made round and watch as it punches a hole in the X ring, and calculate how little it cost compared to the purchase of factory. you will start down that slippery slope where if if you see a new gadget pertaining to reloading, you will be unable to resist. Soon your bench will look like all of ours and the time you spend there will increase in direct relation to their number. you won't be able to load for one or two calibers, instead you will find yourself in possession of die sets and shellholders for every imaginable caliber. You will soon rather reload than eat, and that's a good thing for there will be no money for food.

    Rejoice, there is hope for recovery through RELOADERS ANONYMOUS. It may take the rest of your natural life to recover, but I have been told it is possible. for myself I take it one day at a time

    ps Been in therapy for 30 years and have been assured I am making progress. Woops, gotta go, I smell Bluedot
     
  2. BenW

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    Maybe with the whole "kitchen component" reloading thing Tamara has going, she's experimenting with powder substitutes. Add one teaspoon baking soda, one teaspoon vinegar. Seat bullet quickly..... :p
     
  3. bogie

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    Tamara, before you go any further, you really NEED to at least skim through a manual. And wear ()*^()*^ safety glasses.

    Next time you see Oleg, ask him if he's used any of the handloading stuff I gave him. If not, swipe... er... borrow it from him. There's a good scale, a small press, etc.
     
  4. rammy

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    :D then what to do with it !!!!!! :D you could never get one done !!!:what:
     
  5. Steve Smith

    Steve Smith Moderator Emeritus

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    Umm, guys, she hasn't been here since before Christmas.

    Strike that...day after Christmas.
     
  6. Dave R

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    I'm kinda hoping that's because she's been at the range shooting all that ammo she reloaded...
     
  7. tex_n_cal

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    Tams...

    buy a copy of Pet Loads by Ken Waters, the bible.

    Hornady's book isn't too bad.

    To keep autoloaders from swallowing bullets(kB!) and revolvers from upchucking theirs (jam) make sure the expander die is at least .005" smaller than the bullet diameter.

    Suscribe to Handloader magazine.

    Now you're done.:)
     
  8. JShirley

    JShirley Administrator Staff Member

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    So, there we where around the campfire. It's pretty darn cold out, but there's a nice fire going, and Tamara has been faithfully depriming. It seems one brand of brass she had wasn't depriming too well. She asks me if I want to work some.

    I deprimed a few, having poor luck on the brand she had warned of, and using a "little extra force" on the brand in question. And, uh, I broke her thingy. :what:

    I was crestfallen for some minutes, but she said the depriming die could be replaced.

    Forgive me, y'all.

    John
     
  9. Oracle

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    I always had problems depriming with the tong tools, but, fortunately, if you just broke the pin, you can get a bunch of new pins from Lyman for very cheap (I think it was under a dollar the last time I bought them). Just call them up and they'll send some to you.

    At this point, you should know that reloading with a mounted press is sooo much easier than using the tong tools. Plus, a basic Lee reloading setup is only about $85.00.
     
  10. JShirley

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    But can you do it around the campfire? :D
     
  11. Oracle

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    If you mount it to the bumper of your truck you can :D
     
  12. BenW

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    Bumper shmumper -- you guys are a bunch of amateurs. Flatbed truck to mount the reloading bench on, with a mounted generator to run the casefeeder, tumbler, and digital scales and such. Back truck up to campfire and go to town.

    Beep... beep... beep.


    :neener:
     
  13. cordex

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    Depriming/resizing around the campfire: Fun.
    Priming around the campfire: Fun. Even more fun when your buddy doesn't see you toss a primer into the fire.
    Measuring powder around the campfire: ...
     
  14. Tamara

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    When we left off...

    ...he-man JShirley, unaware of his own strength, had just busted the decapper pin on my little 310 Tool by a campfire in GA.

    Back home in TN, I pondered long and hard... What to do?

    I went digging around on the shelf among the die boxes, curious as to what might be there. Hmmm... A complete Lee press with dies and dipper for .357... That's pretty cool... Wait, this isn't shaped like the other die boxes; I wonder what a "Lee Loader" for .38 is?

    Cool! Just a couple of pins, a die-looking thingy, and all I need to find is a hammer! I grab some powder, a handful of spent cases, some primers, a box of 148gr HBWC's, and the Lee Loader and head for the concrete steps out front.

    The first bullet winds up seated too deeply. Following safe cartridge disposal procedures, I chuck it into the bushes. The next one turns out fine. (The .5 dipper of Green Dot and Winchester small pistol primers, in case anyone's wondering) Seating the primer on the third one results in a *BANG!* (at 0200 hrs... :uhoh: ), a seating rod launched six inches into the air, and black tats on two fingers and a thumb. The fourth cartridge turns out fine. It being freezing, and 0230 to boot, I went back in. Two days later, I launched them from my 627, and both went off fine and shot where I pointed....


    COOL!


    I just got a Lee Turret Press in at work, pre-loaded with .38 Spl dies, and have both a full set of dippers and an Auto-Disk powder measure on order (we'll see which one works out better.)

    Just think how much money I'll save if I spend all this money! :D
     
  15. tex_n_cal

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    Hmmm...

    Ummm...very good. That's something I haven't managed to do in 25 years of handloading. :evil:

    You are wearing eye protection, I trust?:D
     
  16. Tamara

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    Yes, but were you using an Estwing to seat them in a Lee Loader? ;)

    (Note To Self: Gentle taps when using Lee Loader. Also make sure primer seating pocket is lined up perfectly. :uhoh: )
     
  17. Mike Irwin

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    You know, I am REALLY thinking that everyone should toss in a buck and get Tamara a Lee starter kit...
     
  18. Tamara

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    I just got one yesterday, Mike. :)

    I'll be bringing it home and setting it up tomorrow. :cool:
     
  19. Intune

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    Oh, oh. The hills of TN thought they had seen a lot of lead flyin' during their storied past. They ain't seen nothing yet! GO TAMS! Reloading has a Zen of its own, you'll see.
     
  20. ThreadKiller

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    Ditto's on the Handloader subscription. Their (Wolfe's) Rifle mag is a good one too.

    Tim
     
  21. vulcan

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    Hehehe

    The first time a primer went off in my lee loader, I had to check my undies:what:

    It was quite loud in a closet....
     
  22. Intune

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    Sooo many possible retorts..! Not gonna touch it. Willpower.
     
  23. Mal H

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    I got so used to it, I wasn't even flinching after about 20 of them. :)

    :what:
    You're supposed to use a fairly light hammer, Lee recommended a wooden, plastic or hard leather hammer.
     
  24. tex_n_cal

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    ummm...ummm....

    Claw hammers & primers generally don't mix. At least not until they are loaded in the cartridge, in the gun's chamber.:D

    Thinking back, I do still have a Hornady Projector press. I recall a few cases of it neatly installing primers upside down, and sideways. Slightly nerve wracking to decap them:what:
     
  25. Tamara

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    Well, you know, I knew that, but I was just absolutely jonesing to load a cartridge (I have the bug pretty bad) and so I figured I'd just use the Estwing and be real, real gentle.

    I promise I won't do it again. :eek:
     
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