Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by horsemen61, Jan 7, 2018.
He is human, too. LOL.
Yes. I don't double handle and that .1" cracked case mouth just was not going to show up until product gauging.
An occasional flipped primer seems to be Dillon standard.
I'm not sure where the missing primer went.
Started straightening up the man cave. Christmas bring the start of the reloading season for me. Spring through fall has too much going on to reload unless I need a few more hunting rounds.
Loaded the first ten rounds of 125 grain HP bullets for the sporting rifles in .30-06 Springfield. I've been saying for years how versatile the round. Now I'm going to use some light bullets.
Started of with the Saturday morning at the range shooting with buddies. Tried out a new to me, medium 357 load that had a decent snap but not a barn burner. I'm new to reloading and have only used 296 for full tilt loads. I tried out Unique and was happy with the end result. My powder measure seemed to have a tougher time metering the Unique as consistently as 231 or 296.
I rolled off 400 9mm rounds. Tumbled a couple of loads of 9mm, and 38-357. I started case prep and only made it through 100 rounds of 9mm.
Reloaded 150 rounds of x39 with 123 gn Nosler VG and A1680. Still have about 5 lbs of 1680 left before I switch over to CFE BLK for good.
Switching over to a dillon 550. Trying to get my new desk and press set up.
I expanded and primed 550 cases 9mm and 250 cases 380ACP. Want to get a head start on replenishing my diminished ammo. I used my Hornady LnL Classic with Auto Prime for the 380 ACP, and my Lyman All American turret for the 9mm. I’m convinced that on the press priming is easier and faster on the Hornady. Since the primer is picked up straight from the tube I can keep one hand on the handle and one hand feeding and retrieving cases. The Lyman priming system requires 3 hands to operate smoothly, so productivity is slower. I’ll have to time a few hundred cases on each to measure the real difference.
I started loading all my centerfire ammo in earnest now that deer season is over. 127 7mm-08 rounds cause I'm still tuning and working out the distance to lands for tightest groups. 100 260 rounds so I can work at the range this coming spring trying two different primers. 87 22-250 rounds cause I just love shooting that gun, all load tuning done long ago, just enjoyment now. I want to work on an accubond load for the 308 but my son uses it for deer and he's sold on the 165gr partition loads after some great performance on last three deer. I will still see what kind of accuracy its got with the accubonds it shot unbelievable with match kings when I first put it all together. Bought some new redding dies for the 7mm-08 also and I want to compare them to the foresters I been using. Waiting for some ammo boxes to show from Midway to help organize the bench better. This Is A Fun Time Of Year!
Cleaned five pistols, two of which had over 500 rounds through them..
Sorted probably 1500 cases by caliber.
Wet tumbled, rinsed, and dried maybe 900 9mm.
Will sort by headstamp once dry and hope to wet tumble/ dry a batch of 45acp as well.
Loaded 80 rounds of 6.5 CM for my RPR with 41.5 gr of H4350 with 140 ELDM bullets. They shoot great in my gun.
Placed 2 pounds of reloader 17 on my reloading table today.
First time trying alliant powder, got it dirt cheap.
With deer season over I'll be loading some hunting loads to try out this week.
First thing this morning was make 50 cases of 45 acp, 50 9mm and 50 38 special need to be reloaded. Then I came home from the range and started knocking primers out. Cleaned and resized all that was shot. Plus I picked up 180 9mm cases that were left behind by the group of squirrels that were shooting next to me. I decapped all of that and tossed it in the ultrasonic cleaner. I like 1 time shot brass but 9mm is probably my least favorite to reload. I have way more than I want or will ever shoot but I keep acquiring it like no tomorrow. Why can't these people choose to leave the cases I really want?
Anyways, back to "The Room"
Inspected and sized 350+ 44 Mag. today.
Stocked some powder and bullets.
Picked up a Kimber Micro 9 "Shot Show: package deal. Very nice pistol. Now I have to tool up to reload 9mm.
Studied how close I could come to 10mm performance in my Beretta 96A1 40 S&W using Longshot powder.
Ordered a V3 AutoTrickler/autoThrow and A&D FX-120i scale
Picked up 399 Brass out of 400 that I unloaded this morning- just couldn't find one
Crummy day, feeling like poo...so it was time to tumble some brass. Ran a ton of 38 spcl, 44 spcl, 44 magnum, 223 Rem, and 9mm...kept the tumbler going all day in the garage. Lots of clean, shiny brass to work with over the winter.
Went through another set of test loads in 45acp, using 200gn plated bullets, and Sport Pistol powder. This is the third set of test rounds I have done, because I was having a hard time believing the results.
I tried a mixture of large and small primers of various types, and this powder is the most sensitive to type of primer than any powder I have tried. In all of the tests I have done comparing primers, the large primers were alway the highest velocity, then small magnum primers, then small regular primers. For most powders, there is less than 40fps difference. I’m seeing over 200fps with this powder, but the interesting thing is that Winchester small magnum primers are faster than anything else. Also, CCI 550 small magnum primers are slower than CCI 500 regular small primers.
In addition to the unexpected differences in velocity, I am also seeing large standard deviations (> 45 fps) and extreme spreads, so I think there is something else going on, like case position sensitivity. I think I will load up some 38spl with this powder and run my powder-forward test to see if that is the case. It will also be interesting to see how this powder performs in higher pressure calibers like 9mm or 40.
My Mrs. was feeling under the weather on Sunday, so I took the opportunity to make some 9mm for her. Off the top of my head, about 300 124 JHP with BE-86 then another 400 with 147 Berry's HHP and Bullseye. A very productive day
Ordered a Hornady LNL auto charger this morning should be here by Friday. I have about 150 rounds of various cartridges to reload but I think I'm going to wait until this weekend so I can try it out. I'm hoping this will help speed up the process a little bit.
Old model or their new model?
That's a good question. I didn't notice anything saying it was either new or old. Hopefully the one that works best gets left on the front porch.
Busy in the reloading room today.
Separated brass from yesterday's shooting session...tossed it in bins for future processing. 9mm, 10mm, .45ACP, .357Mag, 41Mag, .44Mag and .45Colt... didn't make a count of how many.
After that exercise, I primed a bunch of revolver brass.
.41Mag...183 pieces of brass.
.44Mag...236 pieces of brass
.45Colt...286 pieces of brass
If all goes as planned I will be loading these up tomorrow.
That's a months worth of free time hobby work for me. I admire your dedication.
I thought I was doing going today I resized, primed and expanded 50 .38 special cases and 50 .45 acp cases. All after work and before my wife came home.
Sounds like you may want to move to a progressive some time soon. I'll do 500 lots of 38/44 in a session. I'll typically resize and prime them, then store for when I'm ready to reload. Stuff like 9mm I'll de-prime, resize and prime in real time as I'm reloading.
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