What have you done in the reloading room today

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

  1. Mowgli Terry

    Mowgli Terry Member

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    OK, today it's more clean up. Also, finished setting up for making wadcutters. I'm going to use two four cavity Lyman molds for the old 358495 [email protected]'s the knock-off on the H&G #50, That bullet runs great. Those will go in my Clark custom S&W Model 14. It's the 1911 and Ruger Mark II for the Geezer Match. Who ever said reloading etc. was economical was dealing in half-truths.
     
  2. Texas10mm

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    I've tested them in wet newspaper. You can get some pretty dramatic expansion.

    Hardness is not your friend when running cast hollow points. The Lyman Devastator are designed to work with air cooled wheel weight alloy.

    I normally cast my hollow points with 1:20 alloy. Truth be told I don't water drop any bullets.
     
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  3. Captcurt

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    Got energetic and loaded 30 rounds of my favorite load for my 243. 40 grs of IMR-4350 under a 95 gr Nosler Ballistic Silvertip. This load is down right scary at the range and works wonders on whitetails, coyotes and armadillos.
     
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  4. Texas10mm

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    Casting, coating, and sizing bullets.
     
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  5. Mowgli Terry

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    Got a good start setting 550 for small primers. Everything is ready to go. Gotta load some primer tubes and it will be off and running. I don't go too fast. Going fast has been behind many accidents. These loads will use Accurate #5 and the Lyman Kieth bullet. Old time kind of load. Should be able to test out loads tomorrow.
     
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    Joined an indoor gun range sun. Took wife shooting. At the end She picked out a hk vp9 w night sights and three mags. Fitted the smaller back strap and sides to it for her. Cleaned it from factory lube.

    Got our concealed carry licenses address changed to the new house.

    Tumbled, sorted 1000 9mm brass by hesdstamp.
    Tumbled 300 44 mag all starliner brass
    Tumbled about 500 380 auto. Don't usually sort it.
    Changed over the Dillon 650 back to 9mm and gave it a good cleaning.

    Some in the reload room, some in the garage, some at the range, and a trip to the other county's sheriff office...

    What a great labor day weekend it was
     
  7. HOWARD J

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    Reworked 50 -223 LC brass cases for future reloading.
     
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  8. Mowgli Terry

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    It took a minute to get swapped over to small primers in the 550. Once the burrs were out of the new assembly everything went as smoothly. Bullets were crimped with a Redding taper crimp die. Finished 100 rounds. Going to see how these bullets work. These were the second batch sized on the antique Starr sizer. Will shoot some of these tomorrow.
     
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  9. Mowgli Terry

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    Where is everybody? Made it to the weekly match. I was mainly interested in how the 38 Specials worked in the highly modified K-38. The accuracy was good @25 yards. There was no leading. It was a good day. The RCBS 201-KT bullet continues to do very well in the 1911. Next up is to make some more of the RCBS bullet. Came home from the match and loaded up another seventy-six 38 Special rounds. This was to replace the rounds shot at the range. No problems with the taper crimping. Everything worked out very well.
     
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  10. 1976B.L.Johns.

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    Some take a day off from "The Reloading Room"!:)
     
  11. Mowgli Terry

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    Do hope this holiday does not cause regrets down the road.:(
     
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  12. 1976B.L.Johns.

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    It will most likely cause no regrets, but some, I can only assume, do not post everything that they do every day. I do not, as some is so mundane that it has become boring to read or talk about.
    Sorted brass today............
    Understand?

    Going to do some more casting before the snow flies.

    Use care and be safe!
     
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  13. Walkalong

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    Tumbled, sized, tumbled, and primed 100 newly fire formed 6 Dasher cases.

    Before tumbling etc.
    6 Dasher Fire Formed Brass @ 25%.JPG
     
  14. Mowgli Terry

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    There are wonderment's everywhere for the looking. It is a wonderment to me the number of people who load 9mm and 223. I don't know anything about 6 Dasher but probably know more shortly. In these times it's very good to have ordinary moments where cleaning brass is a triumph.
     
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  15. Texas10mm

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    The 201-KT is my favorite bullet in the .45 ACP. I've got two of those molds. Both actually drop right around 210 grs.
     
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  16. forty_caliber

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    Finally made it to the range early this morning before it got too hot. Looking at 100+ temps all week in this part of Texas. Testing some .45acp that I loaded in July. 230gr FMJ with 5.8gr of W231. 24 rounds @ 25 yards. Shot with my EDC...Kimber 5" KXH Custom w/Trijicon RMR.

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    .40
     
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  18. Walkalong

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    That's on the high end for W-231 and a 230 Gr. Be careful in those 100 degree temps. Nice shootin'
     
  19. Jack Ryan

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    I poured about 7 or 8 hundred 9mm bullets. Then I lubed and sized them and put the 2nd coat of lube on for them to dry over night. I primed 400 9mm cases.

    I was using ingots I had marked "BL" for bullet lead from salvage bullets but it also had a note in the bucket "May be contaminated". I was kind of afraid it might have some zinc in it from the early days when I very first started casting. I started out with a very empty pot and only added ingots from that same bucket. Started with just enough lead to about half fill it and kept the heat down to where it was just barely melting the lead. Then as soon as it got liquid to the bottom I scraped off a LOT of dross off the top. Cleaned it best I could with the pot only half full, then I poured a couple of the 1/2 pound ingots just to see how it filled out the mold. The lead was just barely hot enough to pour but the bottom side of the ingots looked like a really good pour and the top just looked like it was a little too cold.

    So I dropped in a couple more ingots to bring the level up to normal and they caused it to cool and bring a lot of thickening on top and I got a lot more dross off the top. It may have been contaminates or it may not. Better safe than sorry. Once it looked clean I turned the heat up to about 3/4 and dropped about a spoon full of wax on top and stirred it in. Never even flamed up the lead was so cool but it did mix in and stir up good bringing ash and dross to the top and by the time I spooned that out the wax was all smoked off.

    With it pretty hot I poured a couple in my cold 6 cav mold. One at each end and dropped those along with the sprues in to the cake pan I always cut sprues in to. They sucked but they just looked like normal cold shots. Next I poured two in the middle of the mold and they were a little better. On the third pour I filled 'em all and filled all the spru holes to the top and last ran a line of lead across the top to connect all the sprus and to really put some heat in to the steel spru cutter. Soon as the last "pool" froze solid I cut them and it cut easy. Dropped 'em in the cake pan for inspection and they looked great!

    Off to the races with a bucket of lead I've probably been dreading using for 10 years.
     
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  20. Jack Ryan

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    Put powder and lead in 540 more 9mm this evening.
     
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  21. CharliesHammer

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    Have had some issues resizing 9mm. Tonight rolled off 500 with only 4 that hung up a bit. Ran them back through with no issues. Cleaned the press and set up for some hot 158 Gr. 357 that I plan to run through tomorrow after an AM. range session.

    Also found 300 once fired 38's and stuck them in the tumbler. Gotta love surprises!
     
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  22. Zendude

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    Did my first batch of brass cleaning using an RCBS ultrasonic machine. The brass came out cleaner than I expected. Also first use of the Lyman brass dryer. Good stuff!
     
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  23. ParallelCode

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    Last night I continued working up my coyote hunting load:

    Caliber: 223 REM
    Bullet: Hornady 55gr VMAX w/ cannelure
    Powder: Varget
    Primer: WSR
    Brass: Hornady
    COL: ~2.250


    Having shot my pressure ladder on Sunday, I was able to group 10 rounds for each of the following pressure increments:
    • 25gr
    • 25.2gr
    • 25.4gr
    • 25.5gr
    • 25.6gr
    • 25.8gr
    • 26gr
    I wasn't shooting very well, but 25gr and 25.6gr grouped the best by far, 1.66 MOA and 1.7 MOA respectively. I'm going to load another twenty-five of both and see how they do when I'm shooting a little better.

    While my shooting was sub-par, my brass-ratting went very well and I managed to pickup quite a few beautiful 300 win-mag and 30-30 cases in addition to my standard 223 and 9mm hauls.
     
  24. Texas10mm

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    Yesterday I didn't make it into the reloading room.

    A buddy and I went to the NRA personal protection show.

    While there we met a couple of our friends from our gun club. One of them told me he had some .45 ACP brass for me.

    This morning I went over to his house to pick it up. It was a 5 gallon bucket full.

    Oh happy days!
     
  25. ParallelCode

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    The best brass is that which you didn't have to scrounge around to get :)
     
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