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

  1. Charlie98

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    It's worth the money for a swage die. I have the C&H setup, it's reasonable, and supposedly better than the RCBS, but not as good as the Cadillac... the Dillon bench mounted swager. It does require some amount of setup to get it just right, however.

    I don't pick up range .223 brass... I already have about 10K cases of my own bagged up setting around the reloading room waiting to be processed, and I've probably scrapped another 10K. For what reason, I don't know... I don't reload for .223, at least not in any volume. But. Given the current circumstances... you never know. ;)
     
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  2. Charlie98

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    I really need to invest in something like that... having to trim cases is bad enough, then you have to turn around and deburr them... :confused:
     
  3. DMW1116

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    Finished loading the rest of my target rounds for 30-30, 110 gr FMJ with H335. Next will be some 160 gr FTX over Leverevolution powder. Hopefully I'll get my OAL issues figured out too.
     
  4. Ghost In The Fog

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    Finished loading the remaining 66 of the first 100 Lightning 55 grain FMJ's I did the ladder work up on. I settled on 24.7 grains of Accurate 2230. This shot great with good chrono numbers and standard deviation. The speed was about 250 FPS slower than the load data for the Hornday 55 Gr. FMJ but it worked well and I am going to stick with this load. I hope to re-verify my numbers Thursday morning just to be certain and then work on loading the remaining 1,900 Lightning I have.
     
  5. kmw1954

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    Right now everywhere I look the swagger is OS along with a few other small tools I'm looking for.

    I have just recently started shooting and reloading for a Savage Axis 223 bolt rifle so I started picking up range brass and I tell you it is an addiction! Already I have a box that weighs about 40lbs. of 223 brass that is being sent to a friend.
     
  6. forty_caliber
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    Loaded up the 35 test pieces of brass that were annealed with the new Annealez and neck sized with the new mandrel setup. 44.4gr Win 760 under 130gr Berger OTM Tac. It was a little uncanny how every bullet seating action in the series felt exactly the same.

    The Redding BB2 was an absolute pleasure to use. Plan to fire these over the Labradar at some point. Will post results.

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  7. dcarr

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    I don't think it was cheap but my arthritis in hands and fingers is getting worse. Like my grandma said, growing old is the pits.
     
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    We sure to check these out when shopping for a new case trimmer. The bombdiggity.


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  9. dcarr

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    Clicked on your link, if i was reloading rifles, especially volume, i'd have to have it :)
     
  10. dcarr

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    Range in the morning, clean shells in the afternoon, stuck in a rut
    50 each .45auto
    27 each .45 colt
    10 each .45 colt to ftx length
    32 each 9mm
    47 each .357
    Once all my 225gr ftx bullets are gone I will just shoot/reload 250 xtp in the (marlin).45 colt, most
    of my shots would be 50 yards or less, wild hogs maybe.
     
  11. BWS

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    There's a R700 firing pin spring,compressor somewhere around here but dang if I can find it so had to make another. Did a way over due bolt detail and FP spring swap on the 22-250. Then shot a bit. The trigger spring has settled in at just under 2#'s..... and clearly the detail helped ignition, it shot VG.

    Then after lunch,rolled out the casting cart and ran off a cpl hundred of the 60g RCBS 22's. This is the second cast with this mould. Went with a little tougher alloy,which is why I stopped casting. Want to see what's up with this blend. The mould cast noticeably better,and will hit it again as soon as these are used up.

    Coco loves casting bullets too. She also stays with me in the machine shop,lays right beside me, never blinks with chips or noise..... beats anything I've ever seen for a companion dog.

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  12. kmw1954

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    BWS, I would love to see more of those cast bullets. Are you gas checking these also?
     
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  13. Charlie98

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    I'd be happy with a Giraud TriWay...
     
  14. BWS

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    kmw1954,

    IIRC,got 3.... 22 cal bullet moulds. The lightest is an old Lyman 225415(l think that's it).... Lyman is notorious about changing weights on moulds. Sorta wasting space even talking about them,they're strange in that way and right many casters just say no to Lyman. In anycase,the 415 here is a 45g mould. Came with a sprue plate that has the same hole diameter as their larger moulds... which ain't hitting on a whole lot. I machined thicker,WAY nicer replacement sprue plates with seriously more accurate to the center line of the mould,sprue holes that are the right size. Mould casts great..... just don't have a gun that likes it?

    Several 12 twist 223's here. And several 14T 22-250's and one,12T 22-250. None of them like that bullet.

    Got a 55g Lee 225-55RF that is a SWEETHEART mould!!! For every guy that complains about Lee quality (lack of).... well,they made up for it with this two holer. It is slap perfect. I'll post a pic of a R700 ADL 223 that utilizes this mould. It's a 2016 model 700 and is a switch barrel. Has a sporter and a varmint barrel,both are 12T. It along with this mould is stupid accurate.... at velocities that folks would call me a liar if stated(it's WAY up there). The bullet gets a medium-med heavy jam. The pic shows the leade engraving,and dosen't do justice to how perfect the "fit" is.

    The RCBS 60g mould is what I've been yappin about the last week or so,after shooting handguns for a cpl months. It was ordered new from Midway. The R700 22-250 LOVES this mould. It's an old Sendero barrel screwed into an old reciever. I surface ground a recoil lug to spec,which was based on a particular sizing die that I wanted to use. Sorta like setting up a Savage,but instead of the barrel nut,you grind the 700's recoil lug. A little more involved but that's the gist.

    Yes on GC's(gas checks),no on lube(not in the traditional sense).... no powder coat either. The bullets get roll sized and the lube grooves get knurled. Then the tiniest bit of lube applied by hand just above GC. After seating,which sees TIR runout <.001 there's one more thing that gets done. It's aa ogive uniforming op. This custom reamed "little goober" ( LG for short) gets a blob of mule snot.... slang for Lee liquid alox,and spun on the ogive. This rig gives up a little because of the 12X scope but,not a whole lot. Anything over 1/2" @100 and it's driver error. But,normally I just rip off 5 shot groups as fast as possible,from X bag setup and keep them around 1/2-3/4". I'm a varmint chaser,get a little bored shooting targets. The rig deserves "more glass" but,I like this one. Sorry for the novel.

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  15. kmw1954

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    BWS, Again than you. I have just been casting lead pistol bullets for about a year and still learning and find this 22 fascinating. Hove wondered if the lead would hold up to the velocity and pressures.
     
  16. BWS

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    That's the Lee 225225-55RF

    This shot is a 7-08 RCBS145SIL that gets run in a, 5 at a time "gang fixture" across a Bridgeport to mill the bases. This mould drops the bore ride section a touch big,so look close and you can see where the nose has been taper swaged. This shot also shows the knurling pretty well. I can't talk about this process cause of some personal reasons(another forum pretty much screwed the pooch on this) but what's so neat is the almost microscopic "lube star" on a stainless varmint 11* crown. Looks like a micrometer barrel meaning, there's 4 or 5 semi heavy lines radiating from the bore. These are the lands..... then,between each of those is about 5 much smaller lines. That's the knurling. In effect,it allows much less lube to be used. And what you "do" use,gets delayed,or held onto before slinging off on the trip up the barrel. This 7-08 load is at starting book loads for jacketed,around 26-2700 fps. And shoots bugholes. This rig also needs more glass but,it's an old B$L 3-9 that I got broken,off fleabay for 15$. We fixed it and now I wouldn't take 500$ for it..... you know how you get attached to stuff.

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  17. PapaG

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    Another 30 223 with lc brass, Sierra 55 bthp, 25 Varget today. I want 500 of these, 500 38, 500 45 ACP and 250 each of 357 and 44 Mag by 11/3/2020. Nothing special about the date, chosen at random. Going to try for a couple hundred 30m1 carbine, too.
    Since I'm awaiting some serious surgery, I'm quarantined and have not much else to do.
     
  18. bersaguy

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    I cleaned up the loading bench, primed 6 9mm cases, just what was left in the priming tray. Organized my stray fired brass. All in all, with a two month old at home now, think I did pretty good;)
     
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  19. dcarr

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    you did, don't believe what anybody else might say, been there done that :)
     
  20. 1976B.L.Johns.

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    Wet tumbled a multiple batch of left over 380 acp, 38 special and 357 magnum... just to fill the drum.
    Dried and sorted.
     
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  21. 375supermag

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    Hi...
    Busy the last couple of days in the reloading room.
    Yesterday I ran a tumbler each full of .41Mag, .44Spl and .45Colt. Today I ran a tumbler each full of .357Mag and .44Mag.

    I also resized, deprimed and flared 2-300 pieces of .44Spl and .44Magnum brass. No exact count...will count them when I prime them in the next couple of days.
    I also threw about 500 pieces of .357Mag brass in a bin for future loading on my Hornady LnL progressive press.
    Then I resized, deprimed, flared and primed 252 pieces of .41Magnum brass and 323 pieces of .45Colt brass...all done on my RockChucker and APS priming tool.

    Good day after taking a week or so off from reloading to attend to s few other projects.
     
  22. kmw1954

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    Sorry I just can't give a like for someone awaiting surgery though I do wish you well and a successful procedure. I've been thru too many myself.

    That short wish list should keep you busy once recuperating. Again Well Wishes!
     
  23. Ghost In The Fog

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    I purchased 2 pounds of Shooters World Tactical Rifle to put on the shelf in the reloading room. I've heard good things. Good speeds, meters well and costs significantly less. $22.95 per pound compared to $32.99 for H335 and $30.99 for Accurate 2230. Powder is going up but at least I have found a somewhat local store (61 miles) with ok inventory.
     
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  24. 375supermag

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    Hi...
    Spent a few hours in the reloading room today.
    Gathered up my cleaned brass from the last couple days and finished up priming the .44Spl and .44Magnum brass.
    .44Spl...254 pieces primed
    .44Mag...264 pieces primed

    All done on my APS bench mounted priming tool.
    Tomorrow or the next day, I hope to start loading loading some of this primed brass.
    Ammo cans are getting close to empty.
    Going pheasant hunting Saturday so if I want to go shooting with my son on Sunday, I need to get some of this brass loaded up.
     
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  25. BWS

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    I gotta make a new uniforming tool for cast bullet noses on the 22's. The one I made a cpl months ago works fine,internally (where it interfaces with the ogive) ..... but it's finger powered. Forget that,next one is gonna have a spud sticking out to chuck up in a drill motor.

    Hopefully get to it tomorrow. Flushed shop truck steering rack,and added an inline cooler to it today. Tired,didn't even feel like shooting.

    Still bouncing around an idea or two for making a bench mounted primer seater. One that will be depth adj. Thinking about a 2" diameter "thumb wheel" for depth. Mark the outside with sequential scribe lines.... there's a cpl $$$$ on the market geared towards BR shooters..... figure mine will be towards hillbilly varmint shooting? You know.... cheap/free.

    Tomorrow is a new day.
     
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