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

  1. Walkalong

    Walkalong Moderator Staff Member

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    Tumbled, sized, trimmed, uniformed primer pockets, chamfered and deburred 112 6 Creed cases. I need to tumble them a little while, then brush all the necks, then they are ready to load.
     
  2. NR53

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    Shot about 100, 9 mm Luger yesterday. Loaded 200 more this morning. I like to keep ahead. LOL
     
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  3. blue32

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    250 rounds of 9mm finally done. Sorted some range scrap to begin the process once again.
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  4. AJC1

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    Today's pile of 38/357. If I keep this up I may need to have a smelt plant built in Memphis 20200712_191306.jpg
     
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  5. kmw1954

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    Exactly what is it you sort?
     
  6. Toprudder

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    I have a friend in the metal recycling business. He got in a big batch of range brass with a good selection of calibers. He let me sift through it, I basically left all the 9mm and 223. I walked away with 62 lbs of brass for $93. Got home and sorted out all the calibers. I had mostly 45acp, 40, 308, and 38/357. But, I also got a decent amount of 30-30, 7.62x54r and 7.62x39 brass boxer primed. Also some 10mm and 50AE.

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  7. AJC1

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    At that price you got the deal of a lifetime. Now you have to mortgage the house for primers powder and bullets. ;)
     
  8. Toprudder

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    Well, $1.50 per pound is the going rate for scrap brass right now, which is all he can get for it. I wish I had time to sift through the whole container, I think he said it was 1500 lbs. I probably only went through about 200 pounds of it, just to get the 62 lbs I walked away with. I’ll probably sell some of it, I’m toying with the idea of selling brass as a side business when I retire in a few years.
     
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  9. BWS

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    More 357 magnum loading;

    The 3" 686 Smith just doesn't think much of Tightgroup. 4.5g,while on point WRT pressure/velocity for a nice midrange load was struggling with accuracy. I dropped down to 4.2g and was noticeably softer shooting and a little better accuracy. But it's too soft for an "honest" midrange load.

    Loaded up some Blue Dot behind the 358156GC and will shoot tomorrow.

    About time to start loading up those 85g Saeco 6mm's that were cast a cpl weeks ago..... but will keep on the 3" 357 for a few more loads.
     
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  10. AJC1

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    My observations with tightgroup is accuracy is in the low end. I like 4.0 with a 115 in 9mm and 3.0 in 38 spec with a cast 158. I havent tested enough fast powders to make a much broader observation but anecdotally the same seems to be true with bullseye. Your results may be different but I like mid range loads with unique and full power with 2400.
     
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  11. 375supermag

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    Hi...
    Needed to get back in the reloading room today after yesterday's trip to the gun club.
    Spent an hour or so at one club verifying some loads for a couple of AR15s with my son.
    Then we went over to another club and shot some steel plates for a few hours. Filled up two coffee cans with empty brass in several calibers from a bunch of different handguns.

    So today was brass separating and processing day here at The Estate.
    I put the 9mm, 10mm, 40S&W, 357Mag and .45ACP in bulk bins for future cleaning.
    I tumbled a load each of .41Mag, .44Mag and .45Colt brass for three hours.
    While that was tumbling, I primed 150 pieces of .357Mag that I had previously processed with Federal Small Pistol Magnum primers.
    Then I dumped a charge of 20.2gr of H110 powder and seated Hornady 125gr XTP bullets. This load shoots quite well in all three of my BlackHawks and S&W 686 Silhouette model revolvers. I don't shoot it in my Colt Troopers or my son's Uberti SAA clone or his S&W 66.

    I then pulled the brass out of the tumblers and resized, deprimed and flared it. Ended up with 178 pieces of .45Colt, 40 pieces of .44Mag and 84 pieces of .41Magnum brass.
    I still have processed brass from last week to prime and load as well. Total available to prime tomorrow is 414 pieces of .45Colt, 259 pieces of .44Magnum and 168 pieces of .41Magnum brass. Hopefully I can at least get that primed tomorrow and get started on loading some ammunition. Priming will be done on my RCBS APS bench mounted priming tool, the powder will be dumped with my RCBS Little Dandy powder measure and bullet seating and crimping will be done on my RockChucker.
     
  12. Toprudder

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    @375supermag , after sorting a bunch of brass today, and then reading your post, it reminded me why I like to load the large revolver calibers. No Berdan primers, crimped primer pockets, stepped cases, or mixed primer sizes like I have to deal with for 45acp or 9mm. :thumbup:
     
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  13. Highland Lofts

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    I pick up range brass at the gravel pit we go to. I have been knocking the primers out a couple of hours here & there. I just put a load of 223/5.56 brass in my wet tumbler. When it gets done I will put it on to my drying racks. We are taking our grand kids to state park on the puget sound for a few hours. When we get back I will tumble some 9mm brass.
     
  14. BWS

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    Tightgroup out,Blue Dot in;

    3" Smith 357 and the Lyman 358156GC loves 9g of BD. Probably in the 1000-1100 range. Cases are juuuust dragging coming out. Nicer recoil impulse than the TG. BD is in between Unique and 2400. Great powder for midrange 357 magnum.

    My son gave me the bottle of TG,he'll be getting it back. It's ok,just not all that much different than any other fast powder. Which is what I thought,but he was interested in me testing it?

    Sposed to be picking up a new to me, Lyman 358311 mould tomorrow. Gonna load it with PB powder(got lots) to around 800fps for my Smith #14.

    Also have an "incoming" Lyman 429244GC coming from eBabe. For a DW 744 that's minty new,and stupid accurate with a 429421. Have a bunch of 44 gas checks in inventory and will use them up for a deer "poleaxe" load.
     
  15. BWS

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    Been cleaning and organizing today here at the shop. Got the 3" Smith done but wasn't done having fun? Shot the commander (avatar)...... holy smokes that thing will SHOOT.

    3.5g of 700X behind a 185g Lyman swc that gets some..... how to put it? Intermediate swaging. Instead of using a std top punch in the lube sizer;

    I lathe turned one,along with it's "matched" seating die stem. The first op is to refine the outer most edge of the front driving band. Cleaning it up..... controlled by,using a Proto "clicker" 3/8" torque wrench which is used in lieu of the factory handle. Yes,the depth stop gets adjusted and used,its the force applied to the bullet whilst "against" the stop.

    So now the leading edge is durn near perfect...... to seat,we use this edge to set depth.

    On a plunk test;

    Along with dialing the guns springing to the load.... I set the "plunk" to be just a tiny bit high. This is where all that attention to the front driving band edge shows up. Think of it in rifle terms as a lite "jam" on seating depth. These are target loads that I shoot indoors....like maybe one click above complete powder puff load levels.

    I stopped using "official" NRA style paper targets. Bought 5 packs of,unruled 4X6 index cards off fleabay on the mega cheap. Take a sharpie and make a quarter sized black dot in the center. The commander will obliterate that dot @10yards offhand:thumbup:
     
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  16. Toprudder

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    Decapped about 2000 45acp cases, and 1200 38spl cases, on my Lee APP. Love that press! Then I wet tumbled the 45acp (two loads in my FART). I have the second load drying now.
     
  17. NR53

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    Annealed ~400 cases this morning, consisting of 5.56, 6.8, x39, .308, and 243.
     
  18. PO2Hammer

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    Loaded 60 rounds of 45 automatic.
    30 with a MBC 185 grain CSWC-BN and 4.0 grains WST.
    30 with a SNS 200 grain coated CSWC and 4.0 grains WST.

    Sorting and dry tumbling my range brass.
     
  19. Highland Lofts

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    I got home and took the 223 off my drying racks and put in a bunch of 9mm cases in my FART.
    Counted out a 1,000 223/5.56 for a fellow member and will.count out a 1,000 - 9mm when these cases are done in the tumbler snd put on my drying racks.
    After I get them on the drying racks i hit them with the air hose to get s lot of the excess water off of them. I will see how many I tumbled then count out what I will need to finish off the 1,000 - 9mm and get them out in the mail tomorrow or Thursday.

    Since I bought the frankford wet rotory tumbler I quit useing the dry tumbler.

    I think when I sell two more orders of 9mm & 223 cases I will buy another Frankford Wet Tumbler and make more drying racks.
    I have access to lots of range brass.
     
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  20. SlowFuse

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    Cast a couple hundred of these... 358-150-RN.

    Was about to buy another Lee sizer/punch but stumbled upon an old Lyman 450. Sooo... off to buy lube dies.
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  21. Jim Watson

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    Broke my Dillon 550.
     
  22. Highland Lofts

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    Just got all of the 9mm put on my drying racks
    About 1,200 pieces. Blew them off with the air jose snd brought them in the house to dry. Tomorrow afternoon I will set them outside in the sun to make sure they are dry.

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  23. AJC1

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    Before I noticed the dowels in the rack I thought I was looking at a pallet worth of ammo.
     
  24. Highland Lofts

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    I have the racks made with 1/4" dowels for the bigger mouthed cases and some made with 16 penny galvinized finish nails for cases with small mouths.
    I need to make more up, the 9mm I tumbled yesterday was 9 cases short of filling up all of my drying racks. Almost 1,200 cases.
     
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  25. jleyring

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    Loaded up some 7mm, with 160gr Nosler Partition for my bothers rifle.
     
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