Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by horsemen61, Jan 7, 2018.
Case gauged 1100 to 1200 rounds of 223 and boxed them up.
My 7-08 DD(daily driver) R700 cast bullet rig project is coming along,slowly but,that's normal when looking for those last tiny improvements. Just need to be patient.
Back to working with a really pretty '16 R700 CDL SF 30-06. Another CB rig. I had gotten a Lee 309-150F mould awhile back but it wasn't till a cpl months ago that it finally got cast with. Decent product,definitely worth the money.
I had initially started with H4198 behind this 150. Took my time,and worked all the way from starting loads,upward to where pressure signs just started to show up.... then stopped. Not the right powder to be going after high intensity '06 loads. Found decent-pretty durn good accuracy about 90% up the pressure/velocity scale.
Annealed some cases and starting work with Varget. Have had VG success with this powder and medium/lite for cal bullet weight. Found a peachy 7-08 load with 130's that's well into jacketed "book" values. So the 150 in the '06 "should" be right there as well. The H4198,hot loadings, took care of....what the bullet can handle. Therefore,the Varget should be a downhill run in that respect. Load some,shoot some groups....rinse,repeat.
Been oogleing over some "exotic" wood,turning blanks. Thinking Bacote or something along those lines for a new set of accessory handles. The cherry handles I made a few pages back have worked out super on the loading bench.
Will give them to one of my reloading sons as a Christmas present..... he can use his own accessories,haha. Just giving the handles. Looking forward to it,just gotta find the right deal on wood. Will post up pics when I find some slackjaw wood.
Just moved from Fla to Indiana.
Still getting organized, but, slowly getting there.
Off the top of my head...
Some 9mm 147 with Accurate #2, Some 40 S&W 155 with BE-86, and some 10mm 200 with Power Pistol.
Looking forward to the next range trip
Loaded up some 45 colt with 215 gr bullets I cast from range scrap lead. A starting load of Bullseye and LLA lube. Lee FCD made a real nice crimp. We'll see how they do.....
Finished case gauging the last 1000 or so 223 and labeled and boxed them up.
Sorted by headstamp 1000 9mm. Went to the range to test a load
Got back and now tumbling the 5-600 the wife and I shot. Will be loading primer tubes and preparing to load up at least what we shot today.
Well done. now load'um up!
I loaded 20rds of 444 Marlin that I emptied yesterday.
More brass prep
And more brass prep
Yup,sometimes several times a week during non-snow months.
Made two bases for my Wilson trimmers so I can mount them on my loading bench via bolts from inside the drawer as shown with the Forster. I had already made bases for my RCBS and Forster trimmers years ago.
Old one from my Benchrest days that I cleaned up and bolted to the Sinclair stand, and a new SS one on a Wilson stand. Made two bases for them.
Will be set up for 6 Dasher & 6 Creed.
Walkalong I’d love to see your reloading room!
As for me I’m still sorting through the chaos that is my MANCAVE!!!!!!
Got just over 700 rounds of 9mm cranked out on the Dillon 650.
124gr rmr mw at 3.9gr sport pistol at 1.075 oal.
All the testing in MY firearms puts this at the perfect load for my needs. 3.7 or 3.8 would have sufficed for my shadow 2 but the wife's vp9 needs the 3.8 for consistent cycling. With that said her grip if tired isn't always correct so I bumped up the .1 grain more for a better ejection in case of powder variance or hold on firearm. Shadow 2 only showed the group opening up at 3.6gr. All strings above that maintained the excellence that I expect from that firearm.
It's still early so I may load up another 5-700 today. If that happens I can change to 45acp and start working on some new loads for that with two different bullets
Went out to the range this morning and finally shot my first reloads. I did 3 batches of 10 rounds for my .45 acp Kimber. I was actually happy with all 30 rounds the second and third batch were very accurate and I feel I will be busy today making more duplicates.
My 9mm work up isn't exactly what I hoped for but I only loaded 20 rounds in two different powder charges at the very low end of the starting point.
45 ACP day- loaded up 100 rds of 230 gr FMJ that I just got from RMR. Had a few 230 gr plated RN that Dudedog sent me a while back, threw those into the mix. Finished up with another 100- 200gr plated FP
Shot ten test rounds I loaded up a couple of days ago against what I had been shooting in 6 Dasher. (Load #4 vs Load # 5)
Load # 5 used a .001 tigher neck bushing, had .3 Grs more RL-15, and was .005 longer.
Yea, I know, never change more than one thing at a time. That said, it seemed to settle the numbers down a little.
Three sessions throwing the lever today netted 1650 rounds of 9mm.
Seems like that sport pistol leaves a light silt over the press. Time for a clean up.
I did have two new experiences.
Sellier and bellot NONTOX casing in my sorted brass. It is crimped.
My Dillon decap station stopped on that. Got that figured out and another five or six rounds I here a click I'm not used to. The circlip that holds the pin in the die snapped. The site still did its job but the pin would pull down and snap back. I actually found fragments of the original when I dropped the new one and had to search for it.
loaded up some 44 mag
Walkalong! Nice shootin! My bucket list before it gets too cold is to try that .22-243 I resurrected last year. That ought to be almost as fun as your 6 Dasher. It'll be interesting to see how accurate it is......if I get a health break this winter.......we'll see if I can burn the barrel with the first box.
Ladder loads using Unique in 357 Sig and finished off the box with Blue Dot in the 357 Sig.
Loaded a 10 round test batch of .308 deer loads 150 grain Gameking 43.0 grains of IMR 3031
Got my dies set for 9mm Luger.
Gotta get that ladder going.
Switched my powder hopper from WST to Bullseye for the winter months. I like Bullseye and Unique for extreme cold.
Sorted my 45 auto and 9mm brass by headstamp. So much bad/crimped 9mm brass out there that I inspect them as carefully as I would a rifle case.
Loaded 45 auto with 185 Nosler JHP, 20 rounds at 4.5 Bullseye, 20 at 4.8 Bullseye.
Same for the Rainer 200 PSWC, 20 at 4.5, 20 at 4.8.
Break is over, heading back down to the bunker to load some 9mm with Bullseye and 124 grain Rainier PRN.
I'm really going to miss my Rainier bullets when they run out.
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