Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by horsemen61, Jan 7, 2018.
Loaded 500 rounds of 9mm on my Dillon 650. Good for while
Slow weekend. Tumbled ~100 10mm and 357 Sig
Separated brass from yesterday's shooting trip.
No counts yet...loaded one tumbler with fired brass in. 375SuperMag and another with .357Magnum.
Have 40-50 pieces of brass each in.41Mag, .44Mag and .45Colt to tumble along with a large number of 9mm(300-400) and .45ACP(200+). Don't really need to tumble or prep that brass yet as I have a good bit of loaded ammunition in all of those calibers and a lot of tumbled brass ready to reload.
Probably wait until I have a few hundred of the big bore revolver brass each before I bother to prep any.. most likely another range trip or two. I could probably go three or four months of shooting before I needed to tumble or prep any 9mm, .45ACP or .357Mag brass...I have thousands of cases tumbled and ready to be run on the Hornady LnLs.
Loaded some 45 Automatic with Berry's 185 plated SWC and WST. 15 rounds @ 4.4 grains, 15 @ 4.6, 15 at @4.8.
Glad the 185 PSWC is back in Berry's line up, great little bullet.
Finished power coating 200 45LC 200 grain soft cast bullets.
I added another 4 foot florescent light fixture above my bench for better lighting today. My equipment is in my garage and usually I try to open up all the doors and window while I'm working. The time change makes it darker and today it was windy. Even my electronic scale picks up the slightest air movement change. So in the middle of my groove I decided to close everything down and then realized I couldn't see. I had a left over 4 foot fixture so I went at it. Now I can see and a managed to load 50 45 acp and 50 38 special despite the lighting change. Now all my ammo boxes that I take to the range are fully stocked and ready to go. I've got my fingers crossed for good weather Sunday morning.
Loaded 100 rounds of 357 today. I used a 158 grain XTP and 16.5gr of H110 for these
Yesterday I loaded 100 357s using a Hi Tek coated 158gr bullet from Summers Ent. I used 15.2gr of H110 for these. This is my 357 magnum plinking load
It's been a while since my last reloading room post. So I'll just give a small recap. A friend of my father in law gave me the 3 5ish pound buckets of brass in 9mm, 10mm and .45. At least 1000 rounds of each! Score! Same guy is trying to sell me his Dillon 550C, new in the box. He was gonna reload but just never got around to it apparently. I've resisted, as the Pro 1000 is running smooth as butter, but the price keeps coming down.. I might cave.
So with all the brass, I had to break down get at least a vibratory tumbler. So I picked up a RCBS cheap from a buddy's dad. Tumbled all the brass over a week or so.
Started loading 9mm using my 100 or so leftover RMR 115gn FMJ's. Placed a small order from Everglades for some plated 124 FMJ's and some 147 JHP's for a different buddy. A few tweaks and the 124s are all loaded with 5.7 gn of Power Pistol and ran a ladder work up for my buddy's 147's. (He wants to recreate the sig vcrowns) Nary a hiccup from the Pro 1000. Keep the powder hopper and the primer tray full and she'll run all day. I was having to use some 1 Shot on the cases towards the end, so when I was finished I disassembled, cleaned and lightly lubed them. Put them away til the next run of 9's.
Moved on to the 10mm. Brass was tumbled and cases sorted by head stamp. Deprimed, resized, and primed on the turret press. Back to RMR 180 FMJ's. 100 rounds with 7.8gn of BE-86 and 400 with 8.3gn. Went back a little far in my reload log book and started loading the lighter loads before I realized I had more accurate rounds with 8.3gn, so I stopped on an even number.
Recently picked up a XDM 40. So I picked up 2000 cases from BMoney on the classifieds. Good dude, fast shipping, good prices. Ordered some 165gn plated flat nose from RMR. I think I might get another set of dies and another die head for the Lee to keep from having to reset the dies from 10 to .40. but I'll just suffer this time around. I'll start ladder rounds after shotgun deer season here in Illinois this weekend.
I really just can't say enough about the Pro 1000 though. A few tweaks and proper maintenance and she's a runner. I'm sure there are faster presses, with more stations and auto this and that, but for the money I'm more than pleased.
Loading 240 grain lead in 44 Special for my Blackhawk instead of the 200 grain I used to load for medium frame double actions.
I am thinking that should read you sized them to .430, not .230.
Apparently I'm too late to edit.
Just sorted and deprimed a tub of brass that I acquired before deer season. This was mostly cartridges suitable for deer and was a nice change from the normal 9mm, 40 S&W and 223. There were a surprising number of 300 WSM, 300 Winchester Mag, 243, 30-06, 270 and a few 6.5CM.
I used my new Lee Value Turret Press and Auto-Drum powder dispenser for the second time. I wish I had tried a turret press for handgun rounds a LONG time ago. This thing is wonderful. And when you factor in the price, it's incredible. The Auto-Drum is very accurate. It meters out Unique with no difficulty at all. I haven't tried it with fine powder like H110 yet... I'm wondering how leaky it might be.
Got a batch of 257 Weatherby brass neck sized & tumbled, cleaned the primer pockets and de-burred and chamfered the case mouths on the Hornady power case prep tool which is a great time saver. Got 'em all primed also. Now when I get some time there's some RL-19 and .257" 100 gr. Nosler Ballistic Tips just waiting to get put together. Discovered this load two months ago and been meaning to make up more but life got in the way. Probably won't get to the rifle range to re-test and chronograph it until after deer season. That's the kind of busy life I enjoy.
P. S. Desmobob; ... Let us know how that Auto-Drum works out with the H-110. That's my go-to 44 Mag. powder. ( Inquiring minds want to know ).
Loaded 150 rounds of 9mm Luger with 124 gr RMR TC Match Winners and 7.2 gr of AA#7.
Had a 380 acp sneak into the mix. Dirty little bastard.
I shoot .380, 9x18, and 9mm Luger. And I have 58-year-old eyes. Sorting brass can be a challenge.
just got done working up some loads with blc-2 powder pushing a Hornady interlock 139gr bullet . I love working up loads starting at minimum load and working up with 1/.2 gr increments. It never ceases to amaze me what 1/2 gr difference powder charge will do to tighten up a group
By the way, I as loading 7mm/08
Threw together some 250 grain cast lead FP and 5.8 grains Trail Boss for .45 Colt. This load is an easy shooting and very accurate. I have become a Trail Boss convert in large capacity revolver cartridges.
More elk killers. 300wsm, 180gr Nosler Accubond, 66.6gr AA-3100. Hunt starts one week from today
My son and I are shooting together in a 2 man team F Class match this weekend. Load up .223 for him and .308 for me.
Completed my first 100 rds of 9mm using my new bench and my new Lyman All American 8 turret press. I’m loving the much shorter stroke over my beloved Hornady LnL single stage. I’m also loving that I had missed resizing one case when I prepped and primed these more than a week ago. I hardly missed a beat...pulled the decapping pin off my Lyman MSR sizing die, then expanded it, powdered it, seated a 115gr FMJ round nose, and right back to dropping powder and bullets in the rest. Glad I spent nearly two years on a single stage before moving to the Lyman All American 8. I believe I’ve honed my craft, and now I can improve on my efficiency with an 8 position turret press.
Been a little lackadaisical about reloading the last few days.
Pretty much have more than adequate rounds loaded for everything.
My son loaded up a few rifle rounds in a few calibers as tests and he loaded up 500 rounds of 9mm on my small primer LnL.
I did load up 50 rounds of .44Spl for my Taurus 441 and Uberti SAA clone...6.3gr of Unique under a 240gr commercial cast lead flat point. Velocity should be around 750fps according to my Lyman reloading manual.
FWIW, I run 7.5 gr of Unique under a 240gr commercial cast LSWC for my Lipsey Ruger flat top.
Been working on 9mm today. Tumbled a bunch and loaded up 400 rounds. Trying to build up my 9mm stash while the weather was bad. Going to drop some more in the tumbler tonight and sort through a little bit.
Some 45 colt reloads as well as some 25-06 with 100 gr nosler b-tips
Finally got to go try out my 9mm and 38 special workups this morning. I found 2 happy loads for the 9mm and a good 38 special swc load. I shot about a 100 rounds between 9mm ,38 special and 45 acp. After getting home I sorted the brass, knocked the primers out and cleaned everything in the ultrasonic cleaner in two batches.
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