Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by horsemen61, Jan 7, 2018.
Loaded 200 9mm, sorted stuff.
It seems to work pretty well for 38 special. I've tried CFE-P also and surprisingly the velocity was better with Titegroup, and it was much more consistent. I'm using plated 125gr. bullets and the +P max charge for Titegroup, 5.0 grains. Start 10% lower and work up. It's very consistent and the accuracy is good. I've also tried 4.5gr. (4.6 is max for standard pressure 38 special) and it was not as consistent. With as much case volume as 38 special has it looks to me like more powder usually works out better from a consistency and accuracy perspective.
That's a lot more enjoyable than dong brass prep.
Yesterday it was 41° today it was 47° so I made more brass. Now, I am not saying I am a wuss with cold weather. O.K. I'm a wuss! So I make brass when I can because by Friday we will be back into the -° So my little brass monkey will be doing a lot of depriming.
Primed 500 cases with a RCBS hand primer....barely had enough strength to type afterwards....but did manage to complete an online purchase of a bench based primer
Loaded 100 rds of 45 and put together my 9mm lower
I put up a picture of Jell-Dogs cat Savana (lots of rats in the state capital in CA ) by the picture of my dog Dude. (avator is when he was a puppy)
Hopefully their spirits will guard my reloading room and keep it safe.
Got to do some work in there tomorrow.
I’ve been working on replacing the ammo I’ve shot over the last 3 years. We moved and I haven’t had time to load much. Now I’m replacing what I’ve shot up.
Sunday after the boys went down I cast 200 .480 Ruger 400gr swc
Monday after the boys went down I spent 1.5 hours sizing and lubing all those and then I loaded the remaining 150+\- brass I had left to load, quick loading because they were flared and primed and powder measure was all setup already from last weeks batch where I ran out of bullets.
We will see what this evening holds. I have lots of wheel weights I need to sort and smelt down. I need to sell the lead to make some cash to replace the components I’m using up. I assume fresh non oxidized Ingots will sell better.
All morning today, and most of yesterday. I tidied my loading bench as proudly shown here, with
everything almost in place. You wouldn't believe what it looked like before.
Loaded 200 rds 45acp.
This evening, I will prime my last 277 rounds of processed but unprimed 223/5.56 brass.
Unless I end up buying some more brass on a whim, this is the last of the brass I acquired to provide for my reloading needs for the rest of my life.
I always break large batches of brass like that up into 100 round batches and put it an MTM reloading block. I set all the brass in the holes mouth up and then make patterns (rows, diagonals, diamonds, etc.) as I decap the brass turning the decapped cases over so the missing primer is now visible.
Makes the time go a lot faster.
Worked up some 41 mag target loads with 220 gr plated Rainier bullets and Unique to test on Thursday.
WOW, I do the same thing...
I started weighing charges for my favorite rifle loads, and recording the powder measure settings in my record book. I've got a new Rockford Arsenal powder measure, and I want to get it set up.
Successfully resized .308 brass to 7mm-08 for the first time, loaded it and shot it at the range today. It shot great too!
coughed, blew my nose, looked at the cluttered bench. Blew my nose, coughed. Coughed, looked at the cluttered bench. Blew my nose, coughed, blew my nose, went up to my bed for a nap.
Worked up some test loads of 44mag, using the Zero 240 JSP bullets I just received, and Ramshot Enforcer powder. I hope to make it to the range this weekend to test.
I haven't done a thing today. I'm waiting for it to warm up a little before venturing to the garage which isn't a garage anymore and has turned into my shop and reloading building.
Yesterday afternoon I put together a couple hundred 148 gr. full wad cutters. I'm gonna play around with revolvers some. Later today I plan to load some 9mm with various powder weights. I'm on an accuracy hunt.
250 rounds of 45acp flat point for punching paper and pins.
Yesterday....Been working toward processing a bunch of Korean War era (LC 53) .30 carbine brass. I've only loaded handgun so using lube and trimming most every round is something different, and not so fun! But-hay, I've more time than money right now so.....
Being new to trimming, that pile of brass shavings seems like such a waste! I guess you don't get as many loadings from rifle brass?
Cleaned/tidied up today. I've been moving a couple piles of "I'll get to this later" stuff around the 4 benches in my shop for about 6 months, it "got out of hand" a couple months ago, and today, enough was enough. Seems to happen a time or two every year...
A place for every thing, every thing in its place...
At least for today...
You should see your trim waste drop off markedly after the second or third firing. It'll always grow a bit, but it'll slow down considerably.
Number of loadings from any brass will depend on a handful of factors, mostly on cartridge pressure and how you treat your brass, but some on cartridge design, firearm design, etc. Low pressure rounds, or moderate loads will last a long time, while high pressure rounds will eat up brass in a hurry. If you treat your brass well, it should be the primer pockets which end its life, but not everyone wants to bother with push-through drawing dies, annealing, etc.
I can get more loadings out of 223rem brass than I get from my 44mag cases, typically. Not much a guy can do to increase life of cartridges like 7mm Mag when shooting full power loads. I get more loadings out of .30-06 brass than 9mm, but I anneal 30-06 and it lasts a LONG time, whereas "glock smiles" are what kill my 9mm brass most of the time - I don't take the time to push-thru 9mm, and I never anneal pistol brass.
We had 5 days with temps between 41° and 50° so I made a lot of brass. Well now with a high for today at 10° I ran my FART 3 times and my sonic cleaner 4 times. I now have my Brass Monkey depriming my rifle brass so it can go through the FART tomorrow. And yes I laugh at child labor laws.
Watching this tread reminds me what I forget to do, like go put some brass in the tumbler.
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