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

  1. 375supermag

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    Hi...
    I took a few days off from reloading because my cast bullet suppliers have kind of let me down.
    Still haven't received any of my ordered bullets.
    Today I primed some cases that I had previously processed.
    I used my RCBS APS bench mounted priming tool to prime 310 pieces of .45Colt brass and 360 pieces of .44Mag brass. All with standard CCI large pistol primers.
    I have plenty of primers, cases and powder...just can't seem to get anybody to deliver bullets.
    I have some .41Mag bullets that I will probably load tomorrow...my records say there should be 240 left in my supply.
    I also have a couple hundred .357 caliber bullets. I may load up some .38Spl rounds with them later this week.
     
  2. CptnAwesome
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    First of all I straightened my reloading room up, it was the worst it's ever been.

    Then I did case prep on some 22-250Rem, 6.5Cr, 264 Win Mag, 270Win and 280Rem.

    I've been reloading since 2015 and love it!... All except case prep...
     
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  3. AJC1

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    Well today was quite the garage "loading room" adventure. I loaded my first 200 rounds of 223, which just happens to be the first bottleneck cases I have ever delt with. The 45/70 and my lever guns use pistol cases. So with no suprise my adventure started of with a stuck case. Should have cleaned the dies first like I normally do but where is the adventure in that. Fifty cases later thinking I had everything dialed in, Murphy dropped by and I got another stuck case. This one would not rotate and come out with vise grips, so I went mechanical and drove it out with the expander ball rod. Needless to say that rod is far from resembling straight anymore. I took the rod out and used my expander mandrel to round and open the necks for the rest of the evening. I was also trying out the new enduron 4166 powder and it does not meter very well out of my chargemaster. Completed 200 rounds from start to finish and I'm done for a day or two, while reflecting on the lessons I learned.
     
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  4. Texas10mm

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    Ya need to LUBE those bottle neck cases. Hornady One Shot works very well on straight wall cases, not so well on bottle neck cases.

    Get some lanolin based lube or some Imperial wax.
     
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  5. entropy

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    Sizing and priming my remaining brass in .38. That's about all there is left to do until I can afford some bullets, powder, and shot.
     
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  6. 375supermag

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    Hi...
    Just finished loading up what I could for my .41Magnum revolvers.
    Final count was 249 rounds with a 215gr coated commercial cast LSWC over 8.3gr of Unique with CCI standard large pistol primers.
    Still no word when my online bullet order will ship.

    May load some .38Spl tomorrow if I can find the time and some inclination. Have quite a few coated commercial cast LSWC...maybe a couple hundred or so. Alternatively...I may use them for some .357Mag rounds.
    Decisions, decisions...
     
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  7. BWS

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    "Breaking in" a NOS, 2 holer Lyman 225415 this morning. It is the "shorter" earlier version that,with the GC,weighs in @49g on the money. This is from Lyman's black/white box period. Looked up,best I could for the born on date but already forgot....CRS and OLD setting in,haha.

    Did several cleanings,and went over it very closely looking for anything suspect,alls good. Like any steel 22 mould it really takes some work to get the heat into it with the cavities being so small vs the block size. It "wants" to cast..... still new and put it away after a cpl hundred.

    Knew it was going to take a cpl good casting cycles to get'r dialed in but wanted to see what it's "dropping" at on the measures. Looks like I got lucky. Running .2265 on the body and .22 on the nose just before the first drive band. Would give it a solid B+ on roundness but this is going to improve a touch the more it gets used.

    Shot some 150g Lee 309-150F in my R700 CDL after casting. These are at starting jacketed velocity and pressure. Great load but dang it's tough on my 62 y.o. shoulder. I bought an,as new old Past shoulder pad off evilbay a few weeks ago just for this rig. I won't even say what this rig is capable of @100 because folks wouldn't believe it. Pretty easy to load for though. Gun is bone stock with a Earnie the gunsmith trigger spring which nets a 2 1/4# pull. And a minty 4-12 Redfield 5star from the '90's.
     
  8. Bandit67

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    Forgot to take pics but I made 50 rounds of .41 mag with 210 gr. XTP's and W296 in Starline brass. After that I made 50 mouse fart loads of .45 auto with Berry's 185 gr. HBRN's and Bullseye in mixed brass.
     
  9. AJC1

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    I use imperial sizing wax. It was a dirty die. I have stuck 2 more in my next 250. I am using a mandrel now so no expander ball and getting them out with a punch is a breeze.
     
  10. BWS

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    I hear ya Bandit,have been loading/shooting some real easy .45's lately for a commander that thinks it's a B.E. gun. Still searching for perfection. Latest mould is a '58 or '59, MINT Lyman 452488. Got it from the original owners son who kept it wiped down as a momento from his dad.

    But point of this post is; even loaded on the lowest end of velocity,a 185g .45acp still is going to get some attention on the terminal end of things. That's a big chunk of lead and when you consider the accuracy potential of these pistols...... head shooting mouse's is very real. Have fun,BW
     
  11. lightman

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    The frowney face and 223's finally pushed me to guy a Giraud trimmer. It was expensive but I wish I had bought it sooner.
     
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  12. Charlie98

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    I'm thinking about a Tri-Way... I really can't justify the big Giraud.

    Finished trimming the other ~150 .30-06 cases for my M1, and went ahead and loaded them up. 150 generic 150grn FMJ's over IMR4895, and 150 Nosler 168's over IMR4895. I finally broke into my last 8# jug of IMR4895 (it actually has about 10# in it after I consolidated it. Yes, same lot #.)

    Did some further bench sorting. Because of space limitations, I've had to move some of my loaded ammos out into the main room, on a wire shelf I use for general storage. My bench has 3 shelves... top is for powder, middle for loaded ammos, bottom for bullets, but I've loaded up so much ammo the past year... and, unfortunately, have had very little opportunity to unload much of it... I'm running out of room under the bench.
     
  13. lightman

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    I haven't done much over the last few days. My MS has been dragging me down lately. But yesterday a buddy came by and I fixed him up with some 270 and 30-06 brass. He saw that I used the plastic Folgers coffee cans for storing brass so I also fixed him up with 2 large garbage bags of coffee cans. We go through a can every week or so and I have friends that save them for me.

    Today I'll get back to tinkering. I have 2 marathon runs of 44's and 45's that are prepped and ready to load as soon as I get the bullets sized and lubed.
     
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  14. DukeConnor

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    Still trying to get through a tube of cast bullets in this damned APP.
     
  15. SlowFuse

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    Well, this "Q- word" situation has me doing stuff a little different. I'm about to load a very small run of 32 Long for an old hand ejector.

    The bulk of my loading equipment (progressive, turret, single stages, powered case prep and powder measures) is in my FIL's basement mounted on a bench about 30 miles away. But here I am stuck at home and looking for something to do. I've got a Lee hand press and one of their cheap C-presses mounted to a portable stand. For this i'm using the hand press, hand primer and other manual tools like the pocket cleaner and chamfer/debur all made by Lee. Will be dipping and confirming with a safety scale. All of this equipment is stuff I bought many years ago and replaced with "better" equipment. Hand press was bought to do case prep away from the bench specifically but never really used it the way I thought I would.

    When I pulled this thing out I thought about the thread by @daniel craig and the input he received whether positive or negative. Well here's a situation where it's coming in handy to me, not having to dig out my single stage and the stand to mount it on is nice for such a small run.

    Anyways, pics make everything better... Revolver could be in better shape, that's how I received it. Serial puts manufacture around 1921, still shoots fine.

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  16. daniel craig

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    Hey, thanks for your input band for thinking of me. Much appreciated!
     
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  17. MDof2

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    Played with hot brass....
    Drank cold beer....
    'Rona19

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  18. Texas10mm

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    I loaded up 200 rounds of 300 Blackout, cast some more bullets, coated bullets, loaded some 9mm.

    I also found out that the bullets from my new SWC mold are really too long for 9mm. I guess I'll have to get a 38 Super.
     
  19. GoldieMI

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    or a 9x25 Dillon setup for one of your 10mm's...that's an easy swap...and a handload special. 9mm long in a 10mm case...happy reloading time!!
     
  20. Obturation
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    I've been busy in the reloading room lately, I'm home more than at work so when the littles go down for a nap I head to the basement.
    Been sitting on a bunch of prepped brass in bags on my bench a few months.
    This afternoon I did 50 454 casull loads of 300 grain xtp mag bullets over a full case of w296 with rem 7 1/2 primers in New starline cases.
    Yesterday I did 50 45-70s over trailboss, the 4 days before I did 100 357s per day- all the same - 14 grains of 2400 under a laser cast 158 grain swc. Before that I loaded up 50 454 casull cases with 250 grain rnfp laser cast over trailboss (as an experiment- should be good for 1000 fps and feel pretty darn light, in the 45 colt case I think it'd be a couple hundred fps less?) .
    Now I'm getting it together to load some 30-30s. I've got a lot of cases, a pound of leverevolition powder and some of the flex tip bullets - got to do a work up as I've never used this bullet or powder before. I've got about 300 30-30 cases with "Duke" headstamps from the John Wayne commemorative ammo released several years ago- I think I'll use those for extra style points.
    I'm gonna keep rolling , I have enough to keep me rolling this way for the foreseeable future, I'm going to need some pistol primers and some 2400 but otherwise I'm well stocked. I do have a couple powders laying around I bought 2-3 years ago I've never used I may work some loads up with too. I have some bullets ordered from MCB but I'm sure they're backed up, ordered like 10 days ago, 180 grain coated 357s and some 405 grain coated 458s.
     
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  21. BWS

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    Not "in" the loading room..... and even when it's finished and being "used",isn't in there either but..... the results sure are.

    The dang sprue plate on the NOS 2 holer,Lyman 225415 I'm breaking in,has the sprue holes the same size as their 30 cal sprue plates:what:

    They're durn near the same size as the little 22 rebated GC size. So,I measured Lee and RCBS 22 mould sprue holes and they're noticeably smaller. Don't really want to do it but have to make a new plate for this mould. There's another option and that's Tigging up the existing holes and then drilling them back out. I can Tig'm blindfolded but the setup to drill isn't appreciably easier? And still would have to "surface" them. Might as well cut out a few "blanks" and start from scratch?

    If I was smart :uhoh: would make up a drilling fixture for hole location. I'll come up with something. Really "need" this little mould to start producing......

    Got other stuff to be loading but this is one of those thorns that needs attention. And going at thorns/bushes? with a category 3 tractor and a 10' bush hog(our machine shop) is going to make very short work of this problem to get back into the the loading room:evil:.
     
  22. Walkalong

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    That's my kind of problem solving right there.
     
  23. Paul Toms

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    Continued loading. In one box with 4 containers we have 9mm, 40 S&W, 45 ACP and 357 Sig. No matter what pistols we have on, we can grab the box and have 300-500 rounds ready made. Sunday was 300 rounds of the 357. Still more to make to fill up the box.
     
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  24. NapalmMan67

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    Kind of at a standstill more or less for reloading. Have a bunch of test loads I'm waiting to try after lockdown ends before cranking out a bunch of each.

    I could reload some .38/.357, 45ACP or Colt, but have a bunch of each already. I know, more is gooder, but I'd like to unload some before cranking out more of them. I'm beginning to miss the smell of gunpowder in the morning...


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  25. BWS

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    Woohoo,back in business with the 225415!

    Made 4 plates instead of one. Took an hour to cut them out and get'm ready to punch holes. Even cleaned the shop up a bit as I went. Then,mowed grass for a cpl hours conjugating exactly how to proceed. There's no guarantee Lyman holes are perfect? So instead of basing anything off there specs...

    Punched the hole for the hold down screw,mounted the plate and then just used basic layout protocol and got the holes deadnuts over the cavities. Ran out of cold blue awhile back so left it in the white. Pretty nice steel. Was a ground finished 3/16" thick,Lymans are 1/8".

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