What have you done in the reloading room today

I was out and about working on stuff today (spent most of the afternoon running a skid loader actually) but I did pick up 50 new Hornady 308 brass for $28. And a pistol sized rotor for my powder thrower for $35. And a new mtm all in one bench block for $5. Other than that I got my brothers rifle ready to run for deer season. 🦌
 
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May want to consider adding cooling vents for the SCR. It all depends on how much load your heater pulls. They do heat up. I normally mount the SCR's to a Al (or steel) skin of my box to disperse the heat.

I converted a convection microwave to my baking box for powder coating. Had to add some insulation to areas that were designed to circulate air for the microwave sensors no longer being used.

Nice neat packing :thumbup:

It's not that visible but the SSR is on a heat sink. It's still pretty warm here so i took the cover off and turned on a fan that I have mounted right above the area the box will be used when running the autotune last night. I plan to only really use this during the fall to spring time too, I don't cast in the summer, being AZ and all. It's just now starting to cool down to sub 100F highs, haha.

I ran some testing with it last night and today after doing the autotuning and it's pretty amazing how well this can hold a set temp, at least with no "lead load" in it yet.

So far it's holding a +/-1 degree Celsius. I simulated the time it takes to open the door and add a tray of bullets in there and took the time while I watched the temp.
It took about 25s to get back to at least 196C and then with my set at 201.6C it only over shoots to about 205.7C over the next 45 seconds. Then it settles back to the set temp with the standard variance in about a minute. So should give some pretty consistent curing, at least compared to the stock set-up of the oven, which was swinging by 15-20F and sometimes could barely even get up to 385F.
 
I wore pants in the reloading room (shop) today! PANTS.... as in Levi Jeans!!!!

I replaced the In Line Fab universal mount that I robbed from the bench so I could mess around with ammo inside the house while it was well over triple digits in the shop.

I now have the ability to move between spaces.
 
As usual, several times a week I knock out the spent primers out of the brass cartridges.
Do not post that mundane chore often but I am tonight to respond to this...

I wore pants in the reloading room (shop) today! PANTS.... as in Levi Jeans!!!!

Lev'is were once my favorite jeans.
Until I heard they were anti-gun.
Haven't wore them for years with near new ones collecting dust.
Should give them to Goodwill or something............
 
Decided to tackle the 3lb coffee can of live ammo I find at the range. I started with 223 and 9mm. The bullets will get melted down, powder will be for a light show on a moonless night. Most of the brass gets tossed into the scrap bucket. The primers will be used for my favorite 357 mag load using BE86 with a reduced charge to account for magnum and rifle primers. I wound up with over 400 pieces of 9mm. 20230916_095540 (640x372).jpg
 
Nice!

Did you use your own cat, or the neighbors?
Asking for a friend. :p
That’s one of the new kittens we adopted from our vet. Someone left a box of kittens and they managed to adopt out all but two brothers: a lynx point and a tuxedo, both tabbies, Bert and Ernie. They were getting old enough they needed a forever home other than the vet’s lobby and a cage. So we took them. What’s two more?
Bert there has decided to be my new reloading buddy. I haven’t had a reloading buddy since Mac passed.
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He was crazy about gunfire. Used to hunt snakes for me when I went walking. He hunted down a moccasin once and came to get me. I walked right up thinking he killed it. Nope. Just stunned. I haven’t danced like that since I stepped in a fire ant nest. If anyone saw that scene they’re probably still laughing. That was almost 20 years ago now and it still makes me smile. 😁
 
As usual, several times a week I knock out the spent primers out of the brass cartridges.
Do not post that mundane chore often but I am tonight to respond to this...



Lev'is were once my favorite jeans.
Until I heard they were anti-gun.
Haven't wore them for years with near new ones collecting dust.
Should give them to Goodwill or something............
Reassembled all my dies I had disassembled trying figure out how to make a new one. Loaded mags for tomorrow’s range visit and got everything else ready.

I won’t wear Levis brand anything either. I know boycotts like this are folly but so be it. My biggest waste of time boycott is not going into DC (ten miles away). After much of 34 year career in that hole, I’ve only been there about six times in the 17 years I’ve been retired. They were unavoidable. If I go again, I’ll wear Levis.
 
I know boycotts like this are folly but so be it.

I regularly drive through Illinois. Through Illinois; I rarely stop. If I do stop, it's to relieve myself.

I will not spend money in Illinois.

Perhaps it's a useless gesture, but it's the only way I have to protest the political environment. Funny thing; I was speaking to my Dad, he thought I was wasting my efforts - it wouldn't make any difference. Then, not 20 minutes later and without knowledge of the prior conversation, one of my cousins mentioned the exact same thing. He would not spend money in Illinois; he would pass through, perhaps leaving some bodily waste or snack trash, but would not spend money in the state.
 
Unpacked the 9mm brass I fired this morning.

Had zero light strikes using the OEM hammer spring. Decided to go ahead and remove the (2) remaining aftermarket springs in the trigger assy. / go 100% OEM springs.

Kinda fun to do a little light-duty 'smithing every now and then, even if a couple small springs are involved! :thumbup:
 
Cleaned, dried and sized yesterday's brass. Just how upset should one be to Crack a neck on yet another free piece of range pickup brass.... I love my roll crimps on perfectly trimmed brass and I'm not going to quit... 20230917_154852.jpg
Probably most happy my inspections are catching the things they should. This one was sneaky.
 
I made up a few dozen cartridges this morning, since we are down into double digits temperatures, finally!

6.5mm 147 grain Hornady ELD-Match
Staball 6.5
Remington 9 1/2 primers
once fired Hornady brass
 

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Restocking spent calibers:
  • 9mm
  • .40 S&W
  • .357 (Pictured)
  • .45 ACP is next
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Oh and this weekend I scored 4# of Alliant Power Pistol at my local gun club swap meet for $100, that'll keep me busy for a bit.

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