Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by horsemen61, Jan 7, 2018.
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Received some brass for 40 s&w and 357sig
200 45.ACP rounds, RP brass, CCI primers, Speer Bullets and WST powder (4.3 gr)
Put together some test loads for the wife's new .357. She is going to start with .38 special loads.
Wife's can handle pain just fine! I suggest starting with .357 then going to .38
Finally completed a total inventory of everything.
You know, one of those where you pull stuff out of a tote or ammo can scratch your head and say, when did I buy this? Of course, if the price tag is still on it, one remembers his hair was much darker then. 50 count bag of Winchester 300WM cases with a $12.99 tag. Among a lot of other gems and where the heck did all these come from........
Was good, im much better off than I thought. Got a few things I can no longer use like some dies and projectiles I have no arms for..
Was good to get it all reorganized
Here are some of those Copper Penny powder coated LEE 356-125-2R bullets all loaded up. It's not really a match for FMJ. It's more like a copper-bronze-maple syrup wash or an 'old copper' look.
Getting ready to tumble some 40s&w and 357sig brass.
Finished boxing up brass that is getting sent to members from PIF thread.
Organizing brass and the bench in general to begin mass production of ammo the rest of the winter.
Placed an order with Midway. Waiting on orders from Berry's, Graf's, RMR and some from other members.
Mounted Streamlight ProTac with laser on an AR-15. Been pretty steady morning thus far.
you been working!
I put my tumbled but dusty 308-ish brass back up in the tumbler with a bunch of alcohol soak rags. I think it worked. pic soon
308-ish alcohol tumble with rags.... FAIL
i was better off getting a roll of paper towels and wiping them off
Cleaning and found these forgot I had.
like finding Gold!
Brass is berdan primed but oh well my hk770 throws them to the next county anyway. Will use for my deer rounds.
Yeah that looks a little messy. I have learned from your mistake.
Girlfriend took her daughter to a hair appointment and decided to go to a gun shop that was close (salon is an hour away) to see if they had anything I needed....
Not really but they did have powder and some stuff for our hobby instock at reasonable prices. Also directed her to the Holy Grail..... Primers at another shop.... she was willing to go but I am okay for now. Good to know the elusive primers are out there semi-locally.
No lesson learned yet, I think if I use a bunch of chopped up shop towels soaked in alcohol that it might work. I got 25# of 308-ish brass to try. I’ll keep everyone updated
loaded 100 230gr jhp xtp, 50 for me, 50 for my neighbor. And 100 Ranier 230 RN hillbilly hardball. And ordered 3K boolets from RMR. THANKS big for the discount at RMR. WooHoo! Eva penny counts toward more loaded ammo. All on my little single stage Lee. I have a Prog upstairs NIB but I can't pull the trigger on firing it up. I like to touch and look at every round too much. I'm sick, I need help.
Trimmed some. 223.
Primers WILL COME BACK! Don’t buy at $40+ for a sleeve. This Too Shall Pass
I've never found a reason to move beyond a simple vibratory tumbler with corncob media. It doesn't matter how dirty brass is, an overnight tumble with Iosso case polish gets them good as new. If I really want them mirror bright, I'll leave them in for 24 hours (though if you're just looking for reloading-ready, an hour is more than enough). I'm almost never in a hurry. I pre-tumble mine for storage, so when I'm ready to load, I've got nice shiny brass that's good to go.
Thought I would slow down and whip up some combustible cartridges for my 1860 Army. Used my new Eras Gone .44 Johnston & Dow bullet mold tonight and here is a pic of my first few cartridges. The Guns of the West kit makes them pretty fun to make. Slow process but rewarding results and very relaxing. 25gr fff by the way.
I hear you! I tumbled these for 24+ hours with Walnut buy no polishing compounds. So, instead of stopping, trouble shoot.... I tumbled the other 40# dry without polish and it’s a dusty mess.
So, I have learned nothing (from my error) and I’m too old to not be stubborn
I've used walnut and corncob fairly extensively for the last 20-ish years, and I've found that if you want quick usable brass for reloading walnut is the way to go. But if you want shiny brass and don't mind the wait, corncob is your ticket. There's really a noticeable difference after a few hours. Corncob is slow, but does a good fine polish. I quit using walnut years ago... But I'm kind of a shiny brass snob. Lol
Loaded up my "dialing it in" ladder 8208XBR/Hornady 75 gr BTHP's in LC brass. If this combo keeps shooting this well, it may overtake TAC/75's for my favorite .223 load!
I sorted a bunch of 380 and 9mm brass and now my old eyes hurt.
Loaded 92 rounds of a 100 round box of 9mm projectiles, then spent some time scrounging to come up with 8 more empty cases. Also prepped brass for 308 heavier hunting loads - 180 grain SST. Now to decide on powder. Either CFE223 OR IMR 4064.
Have been counting, separating brass. Trying to figure out what I really need vs. what I have accumulated. Got lucky. A stray 30 caliber ammo can revealed a fresh new pound of IMR3031 an 250 55 FMJ BT. I kind of knew it was there as I could not explain the excess in Small Rifle Primers. Better to have and not need I guess. However, this situation has put me in the garage/loading room for the last week all day. I feel better for it. All organized now, getting ready to start running. .45 ACP, .38 Special, .44 Mag/Special are in the plans. I have a ton of 5.56 already loaded, need to shoot it more. Nice to know I have some reserve.
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