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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. CharliesHammer

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    Will try to capture the week. Started the new .40 cal project. I ran 500 through the new bulge buster with 500 pieces of brass from a THR member. Reloaded 500 rounds of 180 Gr. FMJ from RMR was a good experience using sport pistol for the first time. It metered great and shot clean a winner. Thanks for the input from everyone.

    Went to the desert with old friends and new ones, a great day. Some middle schoolers shooting to 300 yds was fun to watch. It was great, 223, .556, 22.250, 30.06, 7mm, .22, 22 mag, 7.62 x 39, 7.62X54, .38, 357 mag, 9mm, 40 cal, .50 cal. 500 S&W, .45 ACP, 6.5 & Creedmore, a great day to say the least.. I'm sure I forgot a few
    • Came home and loaded 1000 115 Gr. 9mm, 100 180 gr 357, 500 158 gr rnl, and set up for 124gr 9m RN FMJ. Tumbled 5 full loads of brass. The best part was NO masks, social distancing, 3 generations of Americans downloading with ZERO interruptions.
    • Went to the indoor range today with the 1911's and shot some tite groups with piss poor eyes, some days your on!!
     
  2. Shak3s1977

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    Casted, powder coated and sized 430 170gr Keith style bullets, and 350 230gr rnfp bullets. Both casted from MP molds 20201127_211541.jpg
     
  3. jeffreybehr

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    Bought another rifle, a Savage 110 Tactical Desert in 6mm Creedmoor (hereafter 6Creed)...
    https://www.savagearms.com/content?p=firearms&a=product_summary&s=57137
    ...a set of Lee dies and a Forster Ultra Micrometer Seater, 500 pieces of StarLine brass, some Superformance and StaBALL 6.5 powder, and a Vortex Strike Eagle 4-24X50 scope...
    https://www.eurooptic.com/Vortex-Strike-Eagle-4-24x50-with-EBR-4-MOA-Riflescope-SE-1627-Kit.aspx

    As the result of being diligent and lucky, I have LOTS...maybe a lifetime's worth at almost 77 years old...of CCI small-rifle primers.. Found loading data from Hodgdon, Hornady, Sierra, and Nosler and copied relevant data* into a spreadsheet for ease of use, and started planning my initial break-in and group-testing loads.. Culled two Berger 6mm bullets from my inventory.

    One of these days, one of the two rifles I've ordered will actually appear and I'll be able to SHOOT something!!!!!!!

    * I'm interested in only those powders that produce the top 3/4 of velocity results, and of what I already have, only Reloder 19 and 760 qualify.. Superformance and StaBALL 6.5 powders seem to be the best at achieving highest velocities..

    EDIT--if anyone wants the reloading-data excel spreadsheet, PM me with your e-mail address and I'll send it.
     
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  4. BWS

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    Woohoo,got to go into the loading room. But,it was only to "deliver" a new tool. Pics forthcoming.

    Got up this am and retrieved a weldment that I put together in the shop over the last cpl weeks. It is a revolver frame wrench that utilizes MGW plastic inserts. They ain't cheap but,Midway has them for 40$. So,I chose not to dink with it,purely being lazy. But I wasn't,when making the Brute,handle. Been curing all night over a hot plate. Did a black krinkle finish. Turned out about 95% coverage,and used up the bttm of a can. It's designed to smack it with a lead hammer so the paint is superfluous..... looks cool hanging up in the loading room though:cool:
     
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  5. bersaguy

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    I was very pleased to get into the reloading room on Thanksgiving for the first time since my son was born in August. Loaded up 150 9mm with Everglades 115 jhp. And for an added bonus, was able to get to the range yesterday to test them out. Found an excellent load with those bullets with 6gr power pistol (1.103") averaging 1187fps with about a 3" spread offhand @ 30 yards. 6.2g pushed them out a bit quicker @ 1227fps with a slightly wider group. Maybe in a few months I'll get back in there and make up a mess of them at 6.1g;)
     
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  6. tightgroup tiger

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    I loaded 925 9mm with 124gr matchwinners on Friday. I may load another 1000 today. I noticed yesterday out of my peripheral vision that the powder measure didn't return all the way to home position on my LNL-AP. I noticed it sounded different and started half watching it.
    Ended up taking it off, dumping it out and giving it a good cleaning and some dry lube. Had some powder get rolled into the area between the casting and the drum. Had my powder check die set to lock at 3.0 grains so not worried about a squib getting through but it was a sober reminder of how fast and easy things can go all wrong.
     
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    some casting this morning to get rid of the last of the buckets or range lead. Stocking up for my winter projects.
     
  8. Walkalong

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    Loaded some more 6 Dasher, need to load some 9MM for my nephew who got his first handgun recently and needs rounds.
     
  9. markr6754

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    Deprimed and resized all of the cases we fired last Tuesday...about 600 9mm including gifts that rained down from over the partition, and 77 40 S&W, which is sad. It means I lost 23 new 40 S&W cases forward of the firing line.
     
  10. sr1971

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    Sorted, cleaned, resized, deprimed, and trimmed some 500+ new to me assorted once fired 357 brass. I like friends and like friends that will bring you fresh unwanted brass more!
     
  11. Skgreen

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    Between yesterday and today, sized and primed ~1,650~ 223.
     
  12. BWS

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    New revolver frame wrench.

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  13. IALoder

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    Loaded up the "verify" loads for .308 150gr interlocks with IMR4064 and Benchmark. Sorted out the brass I picked up while I was in range gremlin mode letting my .243 barrel cool down. Lots of depriming and cleaning to do!
     
  14. jimmyvegas29

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    Finished pulling the last 430ish 9mm reloads, last batch only took 45minutes, over 900 pulled today. So i guess it was the unloading room today.

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  15. chamokaneman

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    I just got the part for my Lyman Universal trimmer that allows for using it with a drill motor. Did a little test run of 25 cases or so and I like it a lot. It made me start in on resizing the 1500 or so range pickup .223 I have.

    The prospect of trimming all those sucks much less now.
     
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  16. jimmyvegas29

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    I had about 1100 223 i was dreading resizing, bought a giraud trimmer, best $114 ive ever spent, done about 3500 223 cases on it in the last few months.
     
  17. DanK3Pos

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    I've been working up a new 9mm load over the past few mornings. I'm working with Unique, a powder that is new to me. I've found that I like working with it. Also, the bullet in question is an Acme 125gr RN-NLG (round nose, no lube groove) a coated lead round that looks like your basic FMJ. Seeing as the press was already set up for a 124gr FMJ, I anticipated very few changes would be needed. I was wrong.

    I had to adjust the seating depth shorter a bit for the Acme round to pass the plunk test in my CZ SP-01, from 1.125" to 1.10". I did not adjust the powder charge (a mistake). I was surprised to find pressure signs on my first test rounds. Chrono said 1275 fps and there was primer flattening and cratering around the firing pin. There also may have been some gas leakage around the primer. Would that load work? Sure, but I'm not trying to make major here and there is no reason to push the limits.

    I also tested the barrel from my XDM 9mm compact, which has a 3.8" barrel. I was surprised to find it did not pass the plunk test, even though the load was good for the CZ. One lesson learned was to CLEAN YOUR BARREL before using it for a plunk test. That was part of the problem. In the end, I dropped OAL to 1.085" and I reduced Unique down to 4.5gr. Will be testing that load this morning as soon as it is an hour that won't upset the neighbors.
     
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  18. Charlie98

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    I used to load 9mm. Granted, this was Back Home, Years Ago, when I was young and stupid and I wanted everything I loaded to be maximum. I got into the same problem with Unique in the 9mm... and I consider Unique to be a very forgiving powder. I was not as attentive to bullet seating depth as I am now, and that, coupled with full charges of Unique in that tiny 9mm case... well you can see where this is going. I ultimately gave up on loading 9mm, although this was back when you could buy a box of loaded 9mm for $4 or so, sold all my components, and even gave away my 9mm... I was THAT done with it.

    I have started loading again for the 9mm... but cooler heads have prevailed. I am probably more cautious loading 9mm than I am any other cartridge.
     
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  19. peeplwtchr

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    I decapped .223 this many times. My back isn't gonna be happy tomorrow. :(
     

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  20. CharliesHammer

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    So true my powder measure o ring went bad and wasn't smooth. I bought a bunch and change them as soon as I notice them cracking.
     
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  21. tightgroup tiger

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    You know? The single most effective thing I have done to smooth out my 9mm reloading is to sort my brass by head stamp. I measured about 50 of the 925 PMC 9mm brass and found them all to be about .005" of each other and I know most all of them were truely, once fired brass. Of the 925 rounds I loaded on the first day, I had one that I had to pull and pitch, had two 380s that I failed to get out when I sorted them.
    I threw three pieces of brass away right after resizing because they resized to hard, and had three mixed in that were already primed,
    All in all it was one of the most pleasurable, larger, reloading session I have had in a long time. I wasn't rushed, I didn't care about time, it was just reloading bliss.
    That doesn't happen very often with reloading 9mms.
    When I was loading mixed brass I was stopping constantly because they never felt the same. I sort everything by headstamp now.
     
  22. Charlie98

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    Amen.

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    Loaded up 25 each .45ACP for testing... 2 different charges of WST, 2 different charges of W244, all with the 200grn RMR PRN, for the 4" Kimbers. Last test I did with WST it was 115F, so I'll see how the cooler temps affect velocity this time. WST is supposed to be reverse temperature sensitive... let's find out.
     
  23. kmw1954

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    I have been saying for a long time, every time the subject comes up that yes I do sort my pistol brass by headstamp. Not because I think or believe it makes a difference in performance but because it does make a difference in my reloading. I reload most times on either a Lee Pro1000 or a Lee Pro4000 ABLP and it really helps in making every stroke feel the same or nearly the same. As I rely on feel just as much as sight and sound while reloading. If something feels different or doesn't sound the same then usually there is something amiss. Time to stop for a quick check.
     
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  24. 1976B.L.Johns.

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    Started on a new venture yesterday.... Reloading 45 ACP.

    Loaded ten, went and shot them, (8), yeah, they went bang and the bullet hit the target. Nice round holes.

    It is funny, that when I try a new cartridge to load, it is still like the first time ever firing one that I put together. :) (I hear "Boston" in the background..."Feels like the first time...) :rofl: Anyways.......

    Today, finished loading the bullets (only 100) purchased years ago at Superior Shooters Supply, once again at that time looking into the future as to what I may buy in a firearm. (I know there are some here who have done that. ;))

    6.0 grains of Unique touched off by a CCI 300 to launch the Hornady 230 grain HAP in WIN range pick-ups with an overall length of 1.25 inches. Plunk, fit in mag and feed, fire & eject just fine in my new Kimber..

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    Put one dummy round away for future reference....

    Now to find more bullets!
     
  25. Charlie98

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    That’s Boston-More than a Feeling, or...

    Foreigner-Feels Like the First Time... ;)


    6.0 Unique under a 230 is perfect! Rock on!!!
     
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