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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. Reloader210

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    Today I wept at the shortage of components in mine :uhoh:. Deer season is around the corner and I'm considering the muzzle loader at this point if they are not delivered in time.
     
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  2. Walkalong

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    I have a new sizer bushing, and a new scale, and am changing lots of powder, so I loaded ten 6 Dasher rounds to get velocity numbers and check accuracy. The new SAC bushing did indeed reduce (6 Dasher & 6 Creed) concentricity as advertised. They are excellent.

    Since the pic my .265 came in.
     

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  3. BWS

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    OK,heights of laziness;

    Got tired of turning the last ogive uniforming tool with my fingers so made one that goes in a drill motor this a.m. Pretty simple because all I had to do was duplicate the internal drill/reaming worked out on the first one.

    Take a CB,dip the nose in a little LLA, and stick it in the tool head. Go slow,and presto.... takes any potential upsetting,ridges off the ogive. If you want to try it without any real investment,you could possibly try seater stems chucked up in a drill motor. May have to go with a larger cal stem? Don't know.... might work.

    I do this as the very last op. It shows up on target as a major reduction in UFO's (flyers). It's also for use when you aren't taper swaging noses. Has certain properties when "bumping" noses as it's VERY easy to overdo that op if you aren't using some sort of depth stop,and/or the torque wrench handle which,is the best way. But it's a DANG quick process,however you apply it.

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  4. BigBlue 94

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    Ah good ol Starrett. Thats all I buy!

    I got 65 lbs of eBay lead today in the mail. Half of it are normal ingot shapes. The other are these... I started laughing immediately. I actually own one of these cornbread molds myself.

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  5. Frulk

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    Put together a dozen rounds last night for bear defense for a buddy that’s going into a wilderness area this weekend to hunt elk.

    Comprised of True Shot 310 Grain WNFPGC, new Starline brass, WLP and XX.X grains of Accurate #9.

    Load data used was from Oregon Trails.

    Will be loaded in a 2.2 inch Red Hawk.
     
  6. Walkalong

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    Shot my ten 6 Dasher rounds today, between changing lots of powder and using the new scale I dropped around 90 FPS, but it shot great with SDs still under 10, may tweak it a little. SDs were smaller before.
     
  7. dcarr

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    Loaded a tray (50) of .45 acp using xtreme 230 gr rn over cleanshot.
     
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  8. 1976B.L.Johns.

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    Kinda figured so as I saw in another thread before this a picture of your rifle....

    Looks sweet!
     
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  9. BWS

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    New(to me) Starrett 700 earning it's space on the bench,checking neck tension. This load is running .0025". That's a baby B&S machinist vise. Neither pieces were that much $$.

    Loading more 22-250 60g RCBS cast. Gonna use the new,tougher batch cast the other day.

    Got 2 more #'s of H4198 in yesterday.

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  10. BigBlue 94

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    Those little machinists vises are so handy. I made a 2" wide and 2.5" wide one in my machinists school. Then I had a fire, and everything I made except a hammer and stirling engine fan burned or rusted beyond repair. I still have it all, but most of it is useless.
     
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  11. film495

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    just about finished building a 1979 Rotax Type 343 for a Skidoo Olympic from 1978 as a donor motor. My reloading press is mounted on the same workbench, and I feel guily for neglecting it, but - trying to get ready for winder and always like to add another vintage sled every year or 2 to the stable. not a reloading activity, but this is what i did in my reloading room today.
     
  12. BigBlue 94

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    Not to get off topic, but my ATV has a 570cc rotax in it. Holy cow does that thing fly compared to the 300 Kawasaki! My 320 hp, 3200 lbs mustang didnt have that kind of acceleration...

    A couple days ago I put a 2'x4' piece of 1/4" steel on the top of my work bench for vise mounting and a sturdy work surface. Wiped both sides down with raw linseed oil, but not overly soaked. Also mounted my 60 lb Wilton vise.

    Also got the last of my "posters" in for decorating the reloading room.
    - John Wayne, as Rooster Cogburn in True Grit
    - graphic novel style painting of Kurt Russell from Tombstone
    - sketches of the SAA patent
    - Justus D. Barnes from The Great Train Robbery (1903)
    - a still shot of the cloud from the one and only nuclear shell fired from an M65 Atomic Annie, Operation Upshot-Knothole Grable. We have an M65 perched on a bluff above Fort Riley here in KS.

    Now i just gotta make some frames for em.
     
  13. Legionnaire
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    De-capped, wet tumbled, let air dry, then annealed 135 once-fired 6.5 PRC cases. Sizing them will have to wait until tomorrow.

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    Took a colleague to the rifle range today. He's originally from Boston but work led him to God's country. Helped him with a couple of deer rifles, 7mm Mag and 7mm-08. Chrono'd his loads, sighted in using a sled and introduced to concepts of reloading. He got a big kick out of the 500 S&W :)

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  15. tightgroup tiger

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    I have to say those Sterling engine fans are cool as hell.
    Too bad about the fire. Sorry to hear that.
     
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  16. Walkalong

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    Sizing nearly 300 6 Dasher cases that have been fired twice. Fire formed, then fired at the range testing or in a match.
     
  17. tightgroup tiger

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    Walkalong,
    Is there any advantages to the 6 Dasher over the 6 Creedmore? Other than the fun factor?
     
  18. Mr.Revolverguy

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    This is what I did in my reloading room yes reloading room can serve multiple purposes at least it does for me considering my bench doubles as a workshop bench also. Though it did take me less than 10 minutes to get this job done an started in loading some 45ACP on the Hornady LnL -- I wonder why
     
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  19. BWS

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    Got the 22-250,60g cast and H4198 dialed in. So what to do?


    Yup,try another powder. Got a cpl #'s of IMR4831 last month for the 6mmR and some preemo SAECO 90g. Which I parked that development because some 44 mags needed love. Gonna load some of the 60g cast in the '250 backed by the 4831.

    Surfing the web shows that this powder isn't unheard of in the big 22 but,obviously borders on too slow. Gonna load 3 rounds up at an educated guess,on pressure range where the 4198 combo works. Then start stuffing more in until the accuracy goes off. Got a sneaking suspicion it's gonna be about 2g less than starting load for JB.

    I started to get a "handle" on the 4831 in the big 6. Needed a break so walked away from it for awhile. Ready to get back to this powder.... don't normally shoot on weekends but,may have to sling a few.
     
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  20. BigBlue 94

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    Yeah, pretty crappy feeling to watch every tool and related item go up in smoke. But no one was hurt and insurance did us mostly right.

    Here's a couple pics of my fan. Was the final project in my machinist school. Manual and CNC machines used on the project. Runs on a denatured alcohol burner, and i clocked it at 700 rpms.

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  21. BWS

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    Been loading/shooting.

    You know the old saying,only change one thing at a time? Well,I didn't.

    Pic below is of the new "nose dip" components. The little ogive uniforming tool from the other day got all the LLA cleaned out. New stuff is some 1980's assembly lube,smeared on an old pce of RCBS case lube pad,then graphite powder "pixie dusted" over that. The back half of the 60g bullet is still only lubed above the GC with the same ole,3-1 BW/vaseline. After the bullet is seated to a very lite jam.....

    The nose gets rolled in the pixie dust. I did add one more knurl line just in front of the 1st drive band.

    Found 7,once fired cases someone gave me a few years ago. Didn't want to pull any out of rotation that have 8-9 firings on. FL sized them which is @.0025" headspace clearance when I set the barrel. The cases get to about .001" clearance with neck sizing only,annealing every 3rd firing. Not any more prep really than that. Did check neck thickness variation and it was <.0015 @.015" at the thickest.

    OK,that out of the way. IMR4831 @30g is 77% load density on these cases checked at the neck/shoulder. I knew this was gonna be pretty durn close to the H4198 pressure spot,and it was. Put the tiniest of tufts of dacron to keep the "logs"(powder) back against the primer and to just show'm who's boss,haha.

    Too many holes in the 100 yd target and too lazy to change it so of the first 3 loaded @30g.... two went into one hole,lost the other. Back to the bench for the remaining 4 rounds. Iced the dacron(omitted) and bumped the load up to 32g. Now it's getting interesting.

    First 3 of the four rounds were in the ".2's",meaning a single hole group barely larger than caliber,the 4th was out 1/4". And this is all in kinda crummy conditions. Breezes up to almost 5mph. Pretty durn happy. And sorry for the novel.

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  22. Reeferman

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    That is pretty cool just how does it work?
     
  23. Walkalong

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    More barrel life, less velocity, easy to work up a load.
     
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    First time ever
     
  25. BigBlue 94

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    There are two cylinders and two pistons. The brass cylinder is the compression cylinder and is connected to the other cylinder through the middle base. The other cylinder is the expansion cylinder. As the burner gets the bottom of it hot, the air inside the expansion cylinder pushes the floating piston up and drives the crank, which drives the compression cylinder up and down. The basic propulsion method is air temperature variation between the hot lower half of the expansion chamber and the top where it is finned for cooling.

    These types of fans are sold for wood burning stoves. Set it on top and it will circulate the warmer air and runs off the heat of the stove. No alcohol burner required.

    The engine itself can power anything, even say a water pump or automobile.
     
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