Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by horsemen61, Jan 7, 2018.
Crimped 650 rounds of .223 on my LEE press finishing them off in time for 4th of July week
Sorted and cleaned up my latest estate sale score. Over 2000 rifle bullets in .30 cal ranging from 100 gr. up to 200 gr. round nose, spire point, hollow point, flat nose, and "plinkers" along with 7mm 154gr and 175gr round and spire points. Mostly vintage Hornady with a few boxes of old Speer. All were tarnished from years of basement storage but a quick tumble in corn cob media had them shining like new. Also scored a couple boxes of .38 Speer 110 gr. Hollow points, 2 lbs. of 760, a set of Lee .221 fireball dies, and 6 Lyman Mould handles. It was a good weekend. Now I have some experimenting to do.
Took possession of a new gun safe. It is already just about full.
Many years ago, a friend of mine called me for advice. He was looking at gunsafes, and wanted my opinion on what to purchase.
I said " The next biggest size."
Finished up the last of my .45-70 brass... trying AA5744 and the LaserCast 350grn bullet.
...now on to the .30-30's...
I bought the biggest I had room for which was several sizes up for what I needed at the time. It's now too small and I need to buy another one.
Wife and I went to the indoor range last night and shot a couple hundred rounds. So, I cleaned the guns, and sorted/decapped all the brass I brought back. Standard routine after every range trip. Now I need to load some more 45acp, down to the last 100 or so on the shelf.
Father handed me a box of .30/06 brass from his last range trip. Dumped them in the tumbler, let it run for a couple of hours. Dumped them out, found 4 loaded rounds in with the brass . Got them decapped, sized, trimmed, and inspected. Still not looking forward to reloading them with his IMR4350, would be looking at a powder station if I reloaded his ANY more often than I do...
I haven't done a thing in a couple of weeks and then it was only prepping about 50 .223 cases. I should have a box of 9mm bullets in next week and I'll get busy on my continuing pursuit of getting one of my 9mm pistols to give me some decent accuracy.
Installed a cupboard to store my powder. Got it on clearance at Lowe's. Flared 100 .45acp cases that I will load after lunch. Doing a work up with CFE Pistol v. Unique using my Hornady 185 gr. XTP rebate bullets. Today is the first day of a week long heat wave here in MI. Gonna spend a lot of time indoors with the A/C cranking.
800 rounds of 9mm for Steel Challenge!
Tested a freebie digital scale, couldn't get consistent results. Got out my trusty beam scale, recalibrated for level (won't make THAT mistake again...), and loaded 50 .30/06 for my father. 165 Sierra GameKing over IMR4350. Good times.
Cast up about 250 45 colt and sized and lubed. Now to weigh out and separate. 92 degrees too hot to be casting.
Loaded 100 rounds of .45 acp using my Hornady XTP 185 gr. rebate bullets and Unique to test against the 100 rounds of .45 I loaded yesterday with the same bullets and CFE Pistol.
Loaded my first batch of 50 .357 Magnums with 158 grain Extreme Plated RNFP over CFE Pistol. Want to try BE-86.
Loaded 40 rounds of 6.5 Creedmoor 140 grain bthp with a charge of h4350 and new to me Federal Gold medal match primers!
Bought 16 pounds of Varget. Does that count?
If it cools down enough I need to get to the bench this week to work up some new loads for the 45acp using the AA#2 powder I just picked up and the Berry's 185gr Flat Point that I also picked up at a close out sale for like 1/2 price. Just shot some of those in 200gr with AA#5 and they worked well and cycled flawlessly. Also need more 9mm as the wife and I are going to a Meet and Greet Shoot thru another forum. We had one last year also and it was great fun.
Cleaned up the guns, and sorted the brass, from the last range trip (yesterday). Really hot and humid, but got to shoot with some friends that I don't get to hang out with often enough. Just before this trip, I loaded some 223 for my precision rifle, so we could shoot out to 500 yards.
Now I need to load up some more 223, 44mag, and 45acp.
BE86 has worked very well for me in 357mag and 44mag, for mid-range loads. Not position sensitive, so I get very consistent velocities.
I really like this thread. Just sayin' ...
My first .45-70 Gov't handloads.
Besides my first 10 .45-70 loads, I learned the value of a bullet puller, and why you don't tumble .357 brass with .45-70 brass.
There was also some .45acp brass, which didn't help matters. Lesson fully learned.
Bet you want do that again.
Doing brass prep on 250 224 Valkyrie Starline brass.
Been loading up 9mm and 380 to take up to a forum group shoot this coming weekend. Still need to load more 45acp!
Tricked out my 30+ year old Rockchucker using inline fabrication upgrades.
Micro mount,primer catcher,shell ejector,ergo handle and LED lighting.
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