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Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by horsemen61, Jan 7, 2018.

  1. Legionnaire
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    The 22-250 heats the barrel pretty good and allowing the barrel to cool means it takes a long time to shoot even 25 rounds. Very pleasant this evening; just got back from a 24-mile drive through the country with the top down on the convertible.
     
  2. Jack Ryan

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    Poured bullets this afternoon and sizing them this evening.
     
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  3. 1976B.L.Johns.

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    In post 2608, you said 124 gr.
    Same again today?
    You doing 9mm?
    Just curious.
     
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  4. Jack Ryan

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    Yep, same all over again. Going to use that sweet new powder load again to. I'd like to work the "store" house down to the one or maybe two 9mm loads so I don't have to keep track of 'em all.

    Plus today I made a serious effort at getting all the bullets poured from out of the pot before I filled it up again, rather than just taking a break when my back hurt. I THINK I got a lot more bullets out of two pours this time.

    I've got about half a pickle jar of brass already primed so I wanted to get all that brass loaded the rest of the way.

    Any way, I finish sizing this evening and got them through a second Alox lube and they are drying on my classifier screen. That gold panning equipment gets a lot more use reloading than it EVER did gold mining.

    Self defense drills on the range can really burn up an inventory in a hurry at 40 or 50 a day, plus just the playing around on little hikes and stuff.
     
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  5. Hooda Thunkit

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    Not really in the loading room, or even in the house, but...

    Big storms early this week here, 90+mph winds. 2" rain. Power was out 24 hours. We ran on a small gennie, just the fridge, freezer and a few lamps.

    2 trees fell in on the range out behind the barn. Fell right smack on the berm, wiped out my rifle bullet trap, and the other setups.
    Took the saw out there yesterday and cleaned up some. Loaded the limbs up on the trailer this morning, about 6 cubic yards of 'em. Probably 2 more loads to go.

    I'll get the range back in shape in the next few days.
     
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    This is not in the loading room. Just got from the range mining the backstop for lead. Still figuring how to liberate the most spent bullets most efficiently. It's not exactly mystery metal testing similar to Lyman #2. Works great in revolvers and self-loaders. Finished out the small run of 45 ACP last night.
     
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  7. Texas10mm

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    Coated all my H&G 78 bullets, cast and coated 1000 9mm bullets and cast some RCBS 45-201 KT bullets.

    I'm in love with my MP 8 cavity 9mm mold. It drops a 125 gr RNFP with no lube groove and those bullets just rain out of the mold.
     
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  8. Mowgli Terry

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    Well, the day is over and the experiment with range scrap is nearly finished. It was possible to recover 25.5 pounds of usable lead. With bullet cores and cast bullets in the mix the lead was close to #2 Lyman alloy. A sifter is in the works. I'll remeasure the hardness in the next several days to see what the hardness turns out to be. Incidentally, I turned up a Lyman hollow base mold for ancient Webley revolvers in my new mold collection. Most of this new lead will go into 44 and 45 bullets. I'm going to do 38 Special wadcutter bullets with a four cavity Lyman mold.
     
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    loading some 9mm

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  11. 375supermag

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    Hi...
    Another busy day in the reloading room.
    Loaded 293 rounds of .44Mag with 240gr LSWC over 10.0gr of Unique.
    Then loaded 100 rounds of .44Mag with Hornady 240gr HP/XTPs over 19.6gr of 2400.

    My son and I have been reloading all week planning on a day at the gun club tomorrow.
     
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  12. Orkanen

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    I took a peek into my reloading room today. Primers are on back order. Got around 300 rounds of .38S already done, should last me through two training sessions and one competition this week.
     
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  13. Mowgli Terry

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    Lead is now in the full forty pound lead pot. Other lead pot is ready to do wadcutters. I may try the old time Lyman double ended wadcutter.
     
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    I've been turning 100 pieces of new Lapua 6mmBR brass into 30BR brass the last couple of days. Expand, then trim, then neck turn followed by FL sizing w/bushing.

    This bunch will give me 200 pieces to shoot with my new to me 30BR custom rifle.

    My hands tighten up after a while due to arthritis, so I do some, and take a break. Repeat until finished. I'm in the neck turning portion right now. Eh, being retired I'm in no hurry.
     
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    Finally settled on my 45acp load, my press is in action today,

     
  16. Jack Ryan

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    Cake pan full of bullets 9mm Colt knife 49.jpg So I finally got two full lead pots worth of 9mm, 124 gr, bullets all in cases. 896 from two pots so about 450 a pot this time.

    I can hardly believe the difference in actually paying close attention and really keeping an accurate account and watch on everything. Just to know.

    All that is left is to go run them all through the Lee factory crimp.
     
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  17. Jack Ryan

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    I just found their web page and looked up that MP 8 cavity 9mm mold. That looks really sweet. I like the looks of it and the rest of their products as well.

    Saved the page for next time I need something.

    Have you used any of their hollow point molds?
     
  18. Legionnaire
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    Right now, I am wet tumbling the 22-250 Ackley cases I fire-formed at the range this morning. I plan to anneal, size, and prime them before the day is out.

    Edit: All done!
     
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  19. km101

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    Sorted/cleaned about 2k cases of .38 wadcutter brass to load some tomorrow. Gotta try my latest model 14 at the range!
     
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    I have three of the 4 cavity hollow point molds. They are some of the easiest molds to use that I have found! Love his products!
     
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  21. Texas10mm

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    Yes I have. I much prefer his hollow point molds over the NOE hollow point system. So far I only have one of his HP 9mm molds. The 125 gr HP.

    I just realized that all my MP molds are for 9mm! I need to spread out a bit more. I am in a group buy over at Cast Boolits for a .45 ACP hollow point mold. I also just picked up an H&G 115 mold, that throws a 120 gr 9mm bullet.

    The MP brass molds are a true work of art. I've got three of them. One is the 125 HP, one is a 147 gr RN, and one is a 147 gr FN, I try and get them all with no lube groove. My 125 HP I stole off of eBay, $80 with a set of handles for a 4 cavity. It has the lube grooves.

    If you like his work then check out Cast Boolits, there are always group buys going on over there. Right now there's one for the 155 gr .45 ACP SWC. I'd be all over that but I already have a NOE 4 cavity.

    Today I sized all the H&G 78 bullets, finished coating all the MP 125 gr bullets, and loaded up 300 rounds of .45 ACP to test. 100 with the H&G 78, 100 with the NOE 155 SWC, and 100 with a NEI 178 TC bullet.

    I love casting bullets, and I love collecting molds. I've got well over 100 bullet molds, mostly all pistol molds. The more oddball the mold the more I like it.
     
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  22. lordpaxman

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    Broke the drive hub on my Hornady LNL. Dang.... It was only a run of 9mm! Hopefully service is open tomorrow, I’ve got a lot of shooting coming up.
     
  23. Legionnaire
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    Sorry to hear about the breakage. Can’t really “Like” your post. Good luck tomorrow!
     
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  24. James Fonteneaux

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    Today I loaded 100 rounds of .223 and 100 rounds of 300 BLK. The .223 was Hornady 55 gn fmjbt over 26.5 gn CFE 223 and the BLK was 125gn Speer TNT over 16.5gn IMR 4227. I'm still waiting for my can...
     
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  25. Jack Ryan

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    Have you ever tested any of your cast hollow points for expansion on game animals or anything else really?

    I water drop most all of mine to harden them and use pretty hard alloy. Do you need pure lead to make them expand?
     
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