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What have you done in the reloading room today

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

  1. HDMontana

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    That's a real bummer for those that live in areas that you have to go to a gun range to shoot. I'm in the country so I can go in my back yard and shoot small calibers. Large calibers I drive up into the mountains and shoot because i still have neighbors not too far away. Hope you are able to get out soon.
     
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  2. GravelRider

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    About 2500 rounds of .223.
     
  3. 27hand

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    In the past week, I was reorganizing my garage and got to a stop point.

    Cleaned, sized and reloaded about 60 rounds of .308 for sight in.
    Cleaned sized and reloaded about 50 rounds on 30.06 for my 1903A3 and a buddies Rem 760.
    Cleaned and sized about 70 rounds of .300 win mag, loaded 40 and my RCBS 5/10 scale broke.
    I got it in about 1973 or 4 so it has served me well for. 300 win mags, 30.06, .308, .44, .41, .357 and .38s.

    The tenths indicator plate adhesive let go.
    I contacted RCBS but have not heard back.

    I considered reattaching the plate, getting weights to see if I can fix it to be accurate or simply getting another scale for $100 + -.

    This model.is no longer available and I've seen them on Ebay but think ill.bite the bullet and get a new one

    Any suggestions on a decent scale for around 100 bucks?

    I did get 600 Speer 125 gr bullets for my .357 sig and bought a computer task chair for my loading corner.
     
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  4. Rembrandt

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    Received another shipment of 100 round ammo boxes from Berry's today.....right arm muscles are getting stronger with each pull. By the time get everything loaded, may compete as a professional arm wrestler. :D

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  5. AJC1

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    Started getting together for casting. I melted down all the lead I had sitting around. My first issue is my smelting pot sprung a leak. It had a big chunk of lead in it when I got it so I figured it would be ok but that was indeed not true. After grabbing a new pot I was back in business. Borrowed some wax from the girl next door and got clean lead. The governor put Memphis on lockdown so I grabbed some michelob ultra cans for ingot molds. They worked amazing and I was happy I figured something out. After cranking out 550 223 rounds on a single stage in three days it was a different adventure.
     
  6. AJC1

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    I used to buy a bunch of boxes like that but I found out that the seller and belott boxes I could pick up at the range were free and had no space between the rounds so I could pack a ton of them in my safe and when I was done with them I would just bring them home and fill them up again. I still use the nice hundred round boxes for my match ammo though
     
  7. Walkalong

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    Very nice.
     
  8. NapalmMan67

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    I told my wife 25+ years ago I wanted to acquire some acreage for that reason. But, we were young and broke and didn't. Now we're older and broke and still can't. Of course the cost of land has gone up exponentially during that time frame too, which makes it more unrealistic for us now. :thumbdown:

    Just hoping this crisis is short lived and we can get back to as "normal" as we were before.

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  9. Hooda Thunkit

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    Did some straightening up in the safe. I was hurting for room, so I just re-organized.

    Most interesting find was an envelope with "Stash Cash" written on the outside. I had completely forgotten about it.

    Inside was more than a few hundred dollar bills.:what:

    With Mrs Thunkit on furlough, and my business very, very slow, this could come in handy in the coming weeks.:)
     
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  10. Shanghai McCoy

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    Freezing rain and snow here so de-primed and sized some 223 brass.
    "Borrowed" back the rock tumbler from the kid and it's running with the brass in it.
     
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  11. 375supermag

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    Hi...
    Finally received half of my online bullet order today.
    500 bullets for 9mm, 45ACP and .44Mag each. Still waiting for .357Mag, 41Mag, 10mm and 45Colt...
    Son and I spent the last two days clearing brush in the woodlot, prepping lawn care equipment and spreading grass seed.
    I am stiff and sore, so no reloading today for this old guy.
     
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  12. NapalmMan67

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    De-primed, sized, and re-primed 100 .38 Special cases at lunch.


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  13. AFDoc

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    What have I done in my reloading room today?

    I sought (and found) solace and relaxation in my reloading room as my kids have taken over my office for their online studies.
     
  14. Charlie98

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    Loaded up 50 test loads in .41MAG... using 2400 and BE-86. I haven't loaded 2400 in probably 20 years; in the mid-'90's, I bought some as my initial foray into 'Magnum' powders for the .41, and .45 Colt carbine loads, but never really saw the light over max charges of Unique... burnt it up and never looked at it again. Since I've gotten into lower velocity cast rifle loads, I've come full circle... back to 2400 and possibly Unique for low-velocity .30-30, .308, and .45-70 loads. I have since decided against this path, I've also discovered IMR4198... which settled that question pretty handily, and without the need of wads or filler, or the dreaded blown case (which I have witnessed with Unique.) I shoot a lot of .41MAG in my Marlin 1894, using primarily IMR4227, but with 2# of 2400 to use up, I thought I'd give it one more try... this time in the longer barrel of the Marlin .41. Who knows... it might perform better than IMR4227! The BE-86 loads are just a roll of the dice to see if I have any further use for it; I bought a # of it for the 9mm and .45ACP... and I think it's too slow for what I want it for there.

    Also loaded up 50 rounds of .45-70 with AA5744... using up the last of that powder... and the LaserCast 350grn FP. I've found IMR4198 and AA5744 to be almost identical, and I use IMR4198 in other cast rifle cartridges, so I don't see the need for another powder on the bench.
     
  15. BWS

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    4198 is magic in several cast rifle loads for me Charlie. This is a #12 Accumeasure rotor that drops 18.8. Use it in 223 bolt guns behind 55g cast Lee's and same weight RCBS mould. Have s bunch of Uniflows but like the way the little Accumeasure throws the 4198. Screenshot_20200403-212051_Gallery.jpg Screenshot_20200403-212156_Gallery.jpg
     
  16. Charlie98

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    It's turned out that way for me. I originally poo-poo'ed it because I was stuck on slower powders... IMR4895 and slower. I had some suggestions on cast bullet powders from another site, so I decided to just throw my life (and $30) away, and waste my time on a can of IMR4198... and it was like the clouds parted, the angels sang, and the sun shone on my reloading bench. After that, I started investigating the relationship of faster powders in rifle cartridges, the result being a complete shift to faster powders except for the M1 Garand (still IMR4895) and my Savage .308 bolt gun (IMR4064.) In the .348WCF I've gone from H4831 all the way down to either IMR3031 or 4198! It's crazy.
     
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  17. Walkalong

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    That "turret" powder measure setup is seriously cool.
     
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  18. Erief0g
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    What have I done in the reloading room.
    ABSOLUTELY NOTHING!

    Press is detailed clean. Have 1000's of rounds loaded for 9mm,45acp,44 mag. Range isn't actually closed but due to families underlying health issues I only work and grocery shop.

    Miss the smell of burning gunpowder.

    During the limited amount of supplies on hand one can easily worry they don't have enough supplies but when my rounds fired count goes from 1500 a month to zero... I've got enough supplies.

    Dang it!
     
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  19. TBL65

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    Haven’t done much lately due to still working my normal schedule but with my work schedule changing here I’m gonna have plenty of time.

    Found some CCI small pistol primers at a local shop. Although a tad bit more expensive than online, after factoring in shipping and hazmat it equals out to being close enough in spruce so I picked up 2x bricks of 1000.

    gotta decide on what other bullets to order and try and find some more 9mm brass and I should be set to stay busy for a while!
     
  20. gifbohane

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    Peels- How many grains of H335 do you normally use on this bullet? I use 24.5 grains.
     
  21. TBL65

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    I know you didn’t quote me but,
    I’ve been using 24.0grs of H335 for my 55gr FMJ loads
     
  22. BWS

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    I've been developing a load for the minty Lyman 452488 mould from that nice gentleman who's dad bought it new in the late 50's. Was using 3.6g 700X behind a real nice 190g Lee mould and tearing it up pretty good. Recoil is lite through the ported commander with the Lee. Only shot about 50 of the Lyman's at that setting.

    So this a.m. before work shot the Lyman with 3.3g of 700X. DANG,like butta. It's so soft shooting my 9 y.o. Gdaughter would be grinning ear to ear. The accuracy is "about" the same as the 3.6,will know better with some more time shooting it. I need to chrono it..... gun cycled it great. Will shoot some more for awhile,then.....I just ordered a new FPS(firing pin stop) from EGW. going with a little tighter radius on the bttm edge.

    Not up on the 1911 history to the last degree but,my 1917 born 1911 has an unmolested FPS and it's NOTICEABLY more towards square. Colt or the Army? changed the spec on it to make it easier to rack the slide.... pretty early on in the development(CRS on the dates here). Anyway,I'm going to "fit" this oversized part and basically just copy my old one. It's sposed to slow the slide just a touch on recoil. I got the mag lip geometry figured out.... made a recoil spring checker. The load is cool..... if it flattens the top end during recoil,I'm gonna be doing backflips.

    Got this project going so when my boys come home with their handguns..... well,they don't have a chance beating me at 15yds. Age and treachery smackdown on the youngins!

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  23. Obturation
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    I assembled some 454 casull rounds. 25 grains of h110 under a 360 grain wlnfp gc Oregon trail bullet with a Remington 7 1/2 primer in twice fired starline cases . these are pretty stout but still about a grain below max. Woof.
     
  24. DukeConnor

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    I finally got my 650 case feeder to reliably feed 300 bo brass right side up. started cranking them out. 50 in I brake the decap pin. Guess I was running it a bit fast.

    Shut down the 650 and fired up the grill.
     
  25. KS Plinker

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    Sorted and de-primed 675 pieces of various brass this afternoon.
     
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