Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by horsemen61, Jan 7, 2018.
100 rounds of .45acp fmj on my trusty LCT just for the fun of it. 5.0gr Bullseye.
Loaded up 200 .45 ACP last night with some CFE-pistol.
Just doing the laundry. Brass was plentiful at the range this week. This is the 9mm portion - 1000 pieces or so. Two hours later..
SS pins I assume? Formula? Still haven't tried it, and have all the stuff.
I am way behind cleaning up range brass.
Thanks; heavy on the pins. I used a FART with 8-9 pounds of pins. But I think the formula is more the key - enough citric acid seems to be vital. I've had cases where the primer was halfway removed and when I popped it the rest of the way out after tumbling the pocket was clean.
I use the Ball citric acid from the canning aisle at Wallyworld per Dudedog's tip. Three .380 case-fulls for this load, plus a few ounces of Armour All wash and wax. A lot of the range pickups had sandy dirt in them so I changed the water after 45 minutes and ran them for another hour on the fresh water as to not scratch them up. The water came out black both times - amazing how much gunk came out and these could have had a lot more carbon in them. For smaller loads I don't change the water - but between the pins and 1000 cases there isn't that much space left for water and it gets heavily loaded fast.
I don't use a wet tumbler or pins but I do wet wash my pistol brass in dish soap, Lemishine and hot water. I use a square plastic container that 2# of peanuts come in. I'll hand shake them on themselves while I read the forums or watch TV and they come out pretty clean. Then run them thru an old toaster oven to dry them then run them for about 1 hr. in a vibrator with corn cob with the Cabela's treatment. I'm happy with this process and will stick with it.
Letting my cases sunbath after taking a bath in hot water, dish soap, lemon juice, and vinegar. They come out pretty clean and all of the range dirt is gone. Once dry they will be ready for a tumble in corncob.
Lotsa rain here so its brass prep day
Man I wish I had the time right now to get to some reloading
Today put primers in 308 & 223 to have ready to load
Sorted 135 FC 9MM cases from the yellow Akro Bin in the picture in post # 454. Now I need to size them, gauge them, and weigh/sort them. Should get 100 out of this easy, enough to do ten rounds each of ten different primers.
Game plan is:
Fed 100 SPP, S&B SPP, CCI 500 SPP, Win WSP SPP. (Ones I have)
Fed 205 SRP, S&B SRP, CCI #41 SRP, Win SRP, Wolf SRM SRP. (Ones I have)(Also have the Fed 205M)
All flat head FC, no dot FC, double dot FC, or concave head FC, tossed those back in with all the other headstamps. Was going to do flat head Blazer, but had a lot of FC in that bin. It's what I am shooting in 9MM right now anyway.
Ended up with 107 cases that passed the gauge after sizing. About 1/2 of the ones that failed would go all the way in and only need a gentle push to come out, about 1/4 of them needed a good push to remove, and the last 1/4 were stoppedabout 1/16" or less from going in the gauge. Most, if not all, would chamber and fire/extract with no issues in many (Most?) 9MM chambers, but ever since I bought my EMP with its SAMMI minimum chamber I have gauged all sized 9MM brass and scrapped any that fil to enter the gauge fully and drop out from their own weight. I usually have around 10 to 15% of range brass fail the gauge after sizing. I need to weigh them all.
Curious what gauge you use?
Were most federal brass?
Wilson case gauge, yes, I sorted out all FC cases. Tossed all the rest back in the bin.
Got a new-to-me GP100 6" half-lug arriving tomorrow. Broke out the W296 and 158gr. XTPs to celebrate. Water jugs beware.
Installed my new-to-me AutoDrum I got from @tcoz !
What die do you use that even sized cases don't gauge?
Sorting through today's Yard Sale score. Over 21,000 primers including Large Rifle, Large Rifle Magnum, Small Rifle, Small Pistol, and Large Rifle Benchrest. Also a bunch of RCBS and Lee dies.
As I'm leaving the guy says "Oh brass?" and I say What have you got? He said, No I'm gonna give you some brass. Then he goes in the house and comes out with a 5 gallon bucket full.
Lee sizer, it is tapered and doesn't leave the bulged near the case head look my Redding 9MM sizer does. Neither will size all range brass enough to clear the Wilson gauge. Where they fail is near the case head where the die can't touch. A roll sizer is the only thing that would fix them. That said, they will chamber in all the other 9MM chambers I have, just not the EMP with a SAMMI minimum chamber. .3915 near the case head is tight and .392 takes a push to get it back out. The occasional over expanded 9MM case (At the case head) from soft brass or overloads will flat lock it up.
.3913" is chamber minimum at .20" ahead of breechface, .391" cartridge maximum.
.395" is chamber minimum at breechface, .394" rim diameter.
Absolute minimum chamber on a pocket pistol is ridiculous, I'd ream it. As I would a friend's aftermarket Glock barrel. If I could find the communal 9mm reamer, but I fear it was lost in The Incident.
I have read of "bulge busting" 9mm P with the Lee kit, but using the Makarov CFC die body because that is a straight case with same head diameter as Luger, near enough.
Cleaned a little...
I sent it back to Springfield when it was brand new, and they reamed it. Not much obviously. (Also replaced the slide) I guess I could have a Smith touch it up. Sounds like a good idea. I gave it to my younger son, so I guess I should do it as a favor.
"Any decent gun should be working right after only two trips back to the factory."
Genuine gunboard post.
Perhaps you have given me the push I needed to take care of the EMP. So, buy a finish reamer, or take it to a smith?
I would take it to a smith. My FLG has run a sharp reamer into all my "minimum match chamber" .45s and it sure makes them more flexible. I had one that was brilliantly accurate but I would have had to select brass and bullets to get it to function.
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