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

  1. Skgreen

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    My hopes relative to using my Hornady 38/357 bullet dropping die with coated 9mm were short lived,,, :( (post 3357)

    I caved and ordered the DAA dropper die. (Has not yet arrived)

    Planning on feeding it with my OEM bullet tubes as that's what I have and it suits me just fine. I don't really want a 'multi-tube dispenser' full of lead riding my brass/die, and springing for a full-blown system, just to shoot cheap bullets, doesn't sound like money well spent to me.

    Found a you-tube video that shows a hand-crafted adapter (Mostly PVC & CPVC) to use the same DAA dropper die with a Hornady bullet feeder. (Not to be confused with several other video's showing other alternatives)

    The 'HBF' adapter video contained enough info that l am currently fiddling with some of those same components here at home.

    I cant go any further until the die gets here, but after spending some time with the video, these components, my calipers and my bullet tubes, it looks like a 'Hornady bullet tube to DAA/MBF bullet feeder die' adapter for 9 mm will be far simpler to craft than I once thought. (Perhaps as easy as some very light Dremel work on 2 pieces of CVPC)

    While I know that the need for an adapter to use Hornady bullet tubes with a DAA/MBF dropper die is comparatively quite small, I enjoy reading about the creativity of others here at THR, and my journey may spark some creativity in others.

    Once I'm further along, I'll report back, (good, bad, or otherwise.)
     
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  2. Jack Ryan

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    Loaded up a couple hundred 410 shells last night.
     
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  3. 375supermag

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    Hi...
    Tumbled some .357Mag, .44Spl and .44Mag brass today.
    Resized and deprimed, then flared and reprimed and then loaded 270 rounds of .45Colt on my RockChucker. 255gr coated LSWC over 8.0gr of Unique. That's a lot of cranking on the press handle for an old retired guy...to be completely honest, I primed the cases on my RCBS APS bench mounted priming tool.
    Still have a hundred or so pieces of .45Colt brass that I am trying to be decide if I want to reload with some test rounds. My son would like to use some of that brass to build some heavy hunting type loads to test and C
    chrono only Ruger SBH in .45Colt using AA9.
     
  4. 460Shooter

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    Got my back ordered RMR bullets in on Monday so I loaded 100 rounds of 9mm tonight.

    Think I need to replace my tumbling media. Cases look pretty clean when they come out but my dirty ass fingers say otherwise.
     
  5. DukeConnor

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    I bought a Franklin Arsenal brass dryer. it is a rebadged food dehydrator. i used it last night and am very satisfied with its performance.
     
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  6. Shanghai McCoy

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    Prepped and primed 100 223 cases last night.
     
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  7. NVcharlie

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    Load 100 9mm to play with my new case guage. 20200110-125939.jpg
     
  8. Jack Ryan

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    Last night I cleared off all my 410 stuff from the bench plus a little "remnant" cleaning from before that and started getting set up to make some test loads of 3/4 oz 20 gauge skeet loads. Searched the internet for recipes. Started getting stuff out and figured I'd make a few of those and test enough to pick one today, then load up a hundred this evening.

    So far today I've watched the news, went to lunch and now I'm on the internet... maybe tomorrow.
     
  9. Walkalong

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    Sized 7 more 6 Creed cases, tumbling now.
     
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  10. Jack Ryan

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    Felt so guilty after posting that I actually went down stairs and worked on that project a little.

    Had to tape a 7/8 bushing for my Lee Loadall to get it to throw 3/4 ounce.

    122 bushing according to the chart should have given me 13.8 grains of Red Dot but it only threw 13. Gave me 1100 fps on 3/4 ounce of lead.

    ... and just like that, it was supper time.
     
  11. mavracer

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    Loaded up some 75gr ELD match red rockets in 224 Valkyrie ladder from 26-27gr BLC2
     
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  12. DukeConnor

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    thats a hell of a case gauge
     
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  13. Skgreen

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    (Update to post 3401)

    My 9mm/38/357 DAA dropper die arrived.

    I intend on using a 1/2 CPVC coupler* to interface with the die. (About 70 cents @ Homer Depot)
    Looks like removal of ~30 thou~ worth of material from inside one end of the coupler with a Dremel will enable the coupler to interface with the die.

    On the 'topside' of the coupler, I intend to use my OEM Hornady bullet tubes.
    If I place my 9 mm tube inside my 45 ACP tube, align the bullet windows, and install (1) OEM clip through both tubes, that same combination fits rather nicely in the top of the CPVC coupler with no other modifications required.

    Granted, the 9 mm tube may drop into the die a small ways when I remove the clip from the bullet tube(s), but the die is constructed in a way that the tube won't drop too far, and should not have a negative impact on the dies performance. (The proximity of the tube relative to the inside of the die is important as you do not want to allow the bullet to travel though any area large enough to allow the bullet to cant/tilt before it reach's the die. In other words, the alignment of the bullets in the tube needs to be maintained, and a reduction of the distance from the tube's exit to the internal workings of the die is actually a positive, not a negative)

    I've had previous 'ideas' that didn't pan out and I'm still a long way away from assembling/testing/tweaking, so it's far too early to claim any kind of 'success' here, but,,, 'so far, so good'.
     
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  14. Tilos

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    I use this tubing and wrap tape around it to tighten the fit into the die if it's loose.
    If it's too big to fit, I cut 4 equally spaced slits in the end of the tube.
    Drill a cross hole near the bottom and top for hitch pins to contain the bullets after filling.
    https://www.petmountain.com/product/lees-thinwall-rigid-tubing-clear?variant=19894
    Clear tube, no window(s) needed but I do have a support on the upper end as these tubes are 3ft. long.
    Each tube hold 50+/- bullets, so run 2 tubes and add another primer tube.
    works for me,
    :D
    Edit: I use the 7/16" OD tube for 9mm/38sp. .437"minus 2x 0.032" wall thickness equals 0.375 ID.
     
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  15. Walkalong

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    Forgot and left the 7 Creed cases tumbling all night, trimmed them this AM before leaving for work.
     
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  16. BWS

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    Shooting and feeding the .45 Commander today.Got the indoor range back in operation after 10? years of having junk piled up.

    Anyway,after about 1/2 dz loads I ended up at 4 g of 700X behind a H&G 68,200g swc. Along with a new 14# recoil spring. The ported barrel and 3# trigger makes this very easy to shoot and dang accurate.

    Thought I might have to make a rotor for the Accumeasure but a 4L drops exactly 4g of 700 so was extremely happy. I was using a Uniflow for work up. This Accumeasure has a machined adapter I made to connect it with a Lee powder through expander die.

    So now it's,load a box.... go downstairs and practice. I'll never be as good a pistol shot as back,"in the day" cause of O.L.D. disease but,can get pretty durn good. The "little" Commander thinks it's a bullseye rig,haha.
     
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  17. Walkalong

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    Chamferred/Deburred those cases.

    After trimming, before and after chamferring/deburring.
    Deburr-Chamfer - Before & After @ 70%.JPG
     
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  18. PapaG

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    As I'm just getting organized after moving from my 40 year "perfect" loading room, I spend an inordinate amount of time finding what used to be at my fingertips. Today, fifteen 45 Colt 250 grain XTP rounds for #1 son and this weekend's last deer season. For me, 18 rounds of 357 with Skeeters load of a 358156 g.c. and 2400. Same purpose. Tomorrow, mount a shotshell press.
     
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  19. Jack Ryan

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    Got a box of these loaded today and tested. Once the loader gets running and everything settled in the 122 bushing is throwing about 13.5 grains and that gave me a pretty steady 1250 fps. I tested 3 shells today.

    Then I set up the trap and broke clays with the rest of the box and a half a box I already had for comparison. Final opinion, these are pretty sweet. Kinda makes the 20 more like a 28 gauge. For shooting here at home, in the yard these are PLENTY. I'd have to get out the extension cord and add it to the "button" to get to far for these to break 'em.

    I'm loading all the 20 gauge hulls I have laying around with this. 3/4 ounce of 8's and 13.5 grains of Red Dot.
     
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  20. Waterboy3313

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    It's been a busy week. Very unproductive for reloading. Seated and crimped 50 45 acp rounds that I started Tuesday night. Only about another 100 rounds of 357 and about the same in 38 special to get myself caught up by Sunday morning. The 9mm it can wait and it probably will. Forced to work love to shoot. It will all happen in time. Too dang cold to be pulling the handle out in the garage any longer tonight.
     
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  21. Skgreen

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    Update on post 3413:

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    I apologize for the poor lighting in the pics,

    Fitting the adapter to the MBF die took maybe 10 minutes tops..
    Die came with no instructions, so I filled it up with my 'lumpy lead' and set it to where it worked.
    Loaded die again and filled my '2-tube arrangement' to the top.

    42 pulls resulted in 42 bullets dropped.

    Next, 12 bullets from my 'odds and ends' bucket. Mostly 9, some 357.
    Loaded the tube/Dropped them in the same order you see below.

    100_0864sml.jpg

    12 pulls, 12 bullets dropped.

    Sooo much more to comment upon, but this thread really isn't the right place to say it.

    After some more R & D, I'll post-up in a different thread.
     
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  22. 27hand

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    I sized 248 .357 mag cases waiting for my .41 mag bullets.
     
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  23. Jack Ryan

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    Loaded about 250 20 gauge shells over the course of a couple days. Not really sure how many empty hulls I have left, I found another bucket this evening.
     
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  24. HDMontana

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    Loaded up some .45 acp. Discovered I had picked up some small primer .45 brass. That puts a stop on the progressive rather quickly. Guess I will have to check my .45 brass a little better.
     
  25. horsemen61

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    Cleaning “The Boom Room” is all I’ve accomplished today
     
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