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

  1. NR53

    NR53 Member

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    Annealed my first rounds with salt bath annealing. Only did ~100 pieces consisting of 5.56, 6.8, and x39. Pretty easy and fast. I like it.
     
  2. Shanghai McCoy

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    Yesterday I managed to load up all the 9mm 124 FMJ bullets that I'd had. Still have boocoo brass and about 1300 WSP but only LRN and LTC slugs. Guess I oughta find some more FMJ. o_O
    Oh, and the rock tumbler I've been using got reclaimed by the kid. Guess they are REALLY bored with the whole Covid Confinement...? :uhoh:
    Any suggestions for a good, not expensive, case cleaner ?
     
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  3. peels

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    Covid-19 home confinement boredom is setting in....so took the time and confirmed inventory of loaded rounds and components. 223 components were a little off...Did some fancy none-GAAP accounting magic and got the books squared up. Geared up and about to load another 200 rounds of 223 using H335 and RMR 55 FMJ.
     
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  4. Charlie98

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    Ran a quick primer inventory... I've been loading up quite a bit lately so I thought I better get a handle on primers. I'll need to get another case of CCI LR primers as soon as I see them at a reasonable cost, but no hurry.

    Finished up the first lot of 140 RP .30-06 cases for the M1... size, trim, deburr, tumble, prime... ready to load! I have another 150 FC cases waiting behind it.

    I think I'll research and load up my test powders in 9mm and .45ACP this week. I've got WST, W244, SportPistol, and I'll have a control group with Unique. If I have enough 9mm bullets, I'll probably load the rest of them up with TiteGroup, too.
     
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  5. Harriw

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    Technically this was yesterday....

    I haven't loaded any shotshells in a few years (don't shoot skeet nearly as much as I used to), but I loaded up 100 shells yesterday just to convert the bags of empty shells that were cluttering up my bench into usable ammo. Before I did that, I realized my homemade bin brackets for my Hornady LNL were very much in the way of my MEC 600:

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    So I went out to the shop and built a sliding dove-tail mount for my bin bracket to make it removable:

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    MUCH more pleasant to use the MEC now when I need to:

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    And now I have another 100 rounds of #9 tucked away in the cabinet, and less clutter under the bench.
     
  6. Charlie98

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    I got rid of my Sizemaster a year or so ago... I just don't load shotshell like I used to, or, rather, I don't unload shotshells like I use to. I still have about 1000rds of 12ga AA-duplicate setting on the shelf, date code says I loaded it in 2008.... so....
     
  7. Harriw

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    I built a home-made wet tumbler based on this one:



    There are lots of other designs on youtube though - take a look and see what you might be able to do with what you have lying around? This design works quite well, and I have no reason to doubt that the other designs would as well.
     
  8. Harriw

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    Yeah - according to my reloading book it's been 2 years since I last used mine. But I'm stuck home anyway, and figured I'd rather have loaded shells gathering dust than empty hulls :)
     
  9. Nature Boy

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    Loaded up some new bullets for .308 and 6mm BRA and hoping the range isn’t on lock down so I can do some testing today
     
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  10. Armored farmer

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    I have all my .357 and .45 colt cases loaded..
    Now it's off into unfamiliar territory:
    .30-30?
    .30-06?
    Or my nemesis.... .45acp?

    I have cast 170gr .309GC in abundance
    ...and cast. 230gr TC in abundance +
    Help me choose!
     
  11. Rembrandt

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    Today was a first.....finished another 1000 rounds of 9mm (Now up to 2000 completed) while attending Church...(on-line services).
     
  12. Hooda Thunkit

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    Finished length trimming the 223 brass that showed up in the mail. About 1/2 needed a skosh skimmed off.

    There's something about trimming that really chaps my hide. It's just incredibly tedious to me. I'll do a few score at a time, I have to break up the monotony.

    The last batch is in the dry tumbler, now it's on to flash hole uniforming.

    Funny thing, flash hole deburring doesn't bother me at all....
     
  13. Stew0576

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    Long weekend in the reloading room, I use a Lee turret press, loaded 400, 45acp 230gn jhp zero bullets with 5.7gn unique and processed and loaded 50 6.5cm rounds, 140gn hornady sst with 40.9gn of h4350
     
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  14. Texas10mm

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    I pulled all the bullets on the 300 Blackout rounds that didn't make the cut. The perils of loading cast bullets in a cartridge for which there isn't a lot of data.

    Then I sized up the rest of the 300 Blackout bullets I had.
     
  15. Shimitup

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    Got a shipment of CCI41 and Fed AR rifle primers from Midsouth last week, I've been knocking out a lots of boxes of ammo for the AR. My inventory of .45 ACP was running seriously low so last night and this afternoon I've cranked out 6 boxes of that, both range fodder (MBC 200 swc) and SD loads using Hornady XTP 200gr. After spending weeks prepping .223 brass and loading that stuff it was wonderful to get back to a pistol caliber! Man oh man! .223 is tedious! Running a bit short on .44 Mag and I've got lots of emply .358Win brass for the Browning BLR that should be attended to. I had been necking up .308 last year then digging around in the attic I ran across a large stash of real .358. No idea where I got it.
     
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  16. Bandit67

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    Put together 100 rounds of .357 mag with Nosler Sporting Handgun 158 gr. JHPs, Accurate no.7, and Starline brass. According to Nosler data this is the most accurate powder they tested. We'll see how they shoot in the Blackhawk and the old Taurus 66.
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  17. JO JO

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    today was 308 day for me ,

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  18. Bugster

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    I loaded 40 rounds for my semi-new 6.5 Creedmoor. Next I plan to get out my brass by caliber to sort by headstamps. Some of it I have more than I need so it will be a bit of a chore, but it'll keep me busy in my favorite room of the house. ;)
     
  19. Toprudder

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    Got all of them sized, and finished processing about 750 of them. I like the Lyman trimmer, but I almost wore a blister on my thumb feeding the cases into it, I’ll need to find a good glove I can wear. Knocked them out pretty quickly, though.
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  20. Highland Lofts

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    A nice relaxing weekend. Friday night I resized a hundred 22-250 and primed it. Last night I sorted some brass and knocked primers out.
    This morning I wet tumbled just under 600 pieces of 223 and just under 600 pieces of 9mm. Got them on my drying racks, I hit the brass with a air hose to get most of the water off of them and let them sit a few days before I put them in my storage containers.

    In between tumbleing I trimmed the 100 pieces of the 22-250 brass. I will be loading up two sets of ladder loads to try in the two 22-250 rifles I aquired.
    I have a hundred 68 grain bthp bullets to try. When the cabelas or sportsmens warehouse opens back up I will pick up some more bullets to try out in these two guns.
    I will be useing H4350 powder in these bullets.

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    I made an adapter to run my RCBS trimmer with a cordless screw driver.
    I made an adaptor for the cordless screw driver for my Lyman trimmer as well.
     
  21. TBL65

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    Finished up the addition to the bench. Got it stained and painted. Got the DIY quick change plate done and got the gifted Lee press mounted. Even got it inside and placed next to my current bench. Will try and get pictures posted in here/ reloading bench thread shortly!

    also got a case trimmer in the mail today!
     
  22. Ironicaintit

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    I made an oops.
    Began putting together some 223 with 55gr soft points, and my memory said it was "X" amount.
    I'd only made 43 of them when I stumbled upon my actual documented recipe, and found I was point2 grains overweight.

    ugh, .2 isnt a lot, but it's more than enough to be wrong by! Found myself awake at o' dark thirty and pulled them, and reassembled with the proper dose of 3031.

    It reminded me that you can learn a lot about neck tension differences between headstamps when pulling with a collet.
    All else being the same, some brands just grab more than others.
    Frontier and FC pulled relatively easily, and I couldnt tell them apart... while the AMA stamped cases I had were really holding onto that sucker.

    so, even if cases appear identical (neck thickness, overall weight, internal volume), sorting by headstamp is surely the way to go, if you are after the utmost in accuracy.

    This PSA brought to you by coffee
     
  23. Armored farmer

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    Mechanix.
    Designed to maintain dexterity.
    We use them . Farm, hunt, ...even anti coronavirus. Lol
     
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  24. Dunross

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    In the mornings I work outside until noon or one when it gets hot enough to make my desire to work outside melt.

    Then I come inside and work on my range brass stash that has been waiting for me to get around to it for years. Everything I own has been tumbled and nearly all of it decapped and sized. Discovered I lacked a #3 shell holder so I could not do the .30-30 brass. Managed to find a used one at an area gun shop that carries used reloading equipment so perhaps I can get to it in the near future.

    At the moment I'm trimming .223 brass with my new Lyman trimmer. I've always liked their equipment, but this trimmer right out of the box pissed me off. I bought the model with the manual crank shaft and the power shaft. Haven't settled on a permanent mounting for it so I've been using the manual crank. Trimmed about ten pieces of brass (nothing nickled) and then it simply stopped trimming. It turns smoothly, everything seems to be working OK, but the cutter head is not trimming. Did some board searches and there have been occasional posts about Lyman cutter heads dulling quickly. So, I swapped that cutter head for the one on the power crank and have cut more than a half-gallon of brass so far. That cutter head works, the one that was originally on the manual shaft went dull in nothing flat. Bad heat treatment I think.

    Anyway, I've still got about another four so or quarts of .223 brass to trim, then I'll deburr and polish once again. May as well since I can't find any 62gr sp or fmj .223 bullets!
     
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  25. Texas10mm

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    I broke in my new mold.

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    8 cavity H&G 275 clone. This was after taking 15 lbs to coat.
     
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