What have you done in the reloading room today

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  1. Walkalong

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    Range pickup, assumed they were fired in a Garand at the Garand matches, maybe not though.
     
  2. MFInc

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    Checked my OAL on what I did yesterday. While some stayed where I set it...Over half have bullets needing to be pulled and re-set. Not sure what I'm doing wrong. Maybe my RCBS die is bad. But I'm tired of this already. I set it and I'm assuming when it's locked down it shouldn't change. Been at this just over a month and It's not enjoyable at all to be spending so much time for such a small reward. So I step away from the bench for a few days while I search for a Bullet seater with a mic on it. But Im tired of buying stuff lol
     
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    Ogive to base was probably not changed. There is always a variation is bullet length due to the points
     
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    Powder coating, cleaning, dreaming of when compomets are readily available again 20210124_122924.jpg
     
  5. AR. Hillbilly

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    Opened up The box and set up my new RCBS trim pro. took a few tries to get it adjusted where I wanted it but I got it.
    won’t say it’s perfect but variations have been minimal. like all this stuff, once I get the knack of this it goes smooth.
    happier than I thought I’d be.
     
  6. DMW1116

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    Did some odds and ends. Finally scrounged enough 9mm brass to finish the last 8 bullets in a box of 100 I bought last week. Figured out CFE Pistol doesn't work very well in a trickler. Cleaned, sized, deprimed, trimmed, and loaded another batch of 180 grain test loads for 308. Yesterday this charge showed promise, but had a flier. I want to confirm it was indeed an operator head space error. This will be the last batch of test loads, as I'm running out of bullets and primer drought is a thing.
     
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  7. Hooda Thunkit

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    How much is the oal off ? If it's a few thousanths either way, don't worry about it.

    If you have a box of factory ammo, go measure some of them. It may very well set your mind to rest.
     
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  8. Charlie98

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    Primed 800 5.56mm cases with #41 primers.

    I tried to work the crimp out of some test cases with my C&H swage die, but it is not working very well... either it doesn't swage the crimp out, or I bend the rim. Works well enough with LP brass... it's just the SP brass that's the problem. So that's on hold until my Lyman case prep station arrives.
     
  9. NR53

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    Resized another 300 or so 9mm this morning. Sure wish I could find more primers. LOL
     
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  10. film495

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    just moved a bunch of stuff around, entire room was a growing pile of stuff that had to be gone through and organized, and I managed to separate out into categories, and now can at least identify which boxes are what - and what is reloading supplies and equipment, vs. motor parts, vs. household stuff ..
     
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  11. Analogkid

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    Took friday off and cast a bunch of bullets. Some 9mm I had cast late last year. Some 45acp 45colt 40/10mm and 44mag. Shake and bake powdercoated them early sat morning. Sized them early this morning in my Lee APP.
     

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  12. blackd24

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    Finished my new reloading bench. Big upgrade from my 2 x 6 clamped to a metal table. Just waiting on some inline fabrication pieces and I'll be rolling again.
     

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    More sizing and trimming 308 brass.....I can finally see the bottom of the bucket.
    Loaded up 50 223 for the Savage 11, the yotes been yippin around the farm the last few nights, hopefully ill be able to take a few out of the pack.

    Took another inventory of projectiles. Im still good.....for now
     
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  14. MFInc

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    I'm setting to 1.100" By shorter typically 1.0970-1.0989 with a digit of 1-9 in the 10/1,000's. I went ahead and ran the short ones that were within 9/10,000's as I figured that wasn't enough to make a substantial pressure difference. Is there an acceptable tolerance?

    I feel the variance in the brass lengths is causing the problem. I'm shooting for everyone to be the same, is that an unrealistic goal? I feel i need to trim all my brass to the same exact size to do that?

    I did do that with factory ammo a while back, yeah It was not consistent.
     
  15. cardinalorange

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    for 9mm? I've seen no difference in my M18 from 1.05-1.15" in chambering and ejecting. Accuracy could possibly be affected but the bullet still outshoots me 100 times out of a 100 so as long as I'm within .01 of what I want (I also set to 1.1") I don't look twice.

    (Edit- 1.05 looks wrong too. If you load one up to look at, it doesn't look right haha)
     
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  16. Soonerpesek

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    I, personally, don't see an issue with +/- .003..As far as going to the .0001, I'm not sure even the benchrest guys do that.
    By chance, did you size all these cases before loading ?
    If the bullet is moving around after seating, sounds like a neck tension issue.
    Just my 2 pennies.
     
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  17. wst38tx

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    I tumbled a thousand used 9 mm in batches today so I can get them into my reloading sequence. Gives me something to do in the evening.
     
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  18. Soonerpesek

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    Oh yeah, this is a " what you did in the reloading room today"
    Loaded 100 .30 M1 Carbine rounds.
    115 gr SNS HiTek coated RN over 14.0 gr H110,Starline cases, 1.675" COAL.
     
  19. 3Crows

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    Count my primers.
     
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  20. HDMontana

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    Chamfer and de-burred a couple hundred .223.
     
  21. IALoder

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    This morning I woke up super early on my only day off (ugh) and went into the reloading room and sized/trimmed 100 pcs of PPU .223 brass. This evening after dinner I loaded them all up with 62gr FMJ's and benchmark. It's becoming my favorite "plinker" load!
     
  22. MFInc

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    I went back in the room and measured a few more and some are .005-.006 ( some like 1.094..).and few ten thousandth's shorter.
    I did size them all through my rcbs 9mm luger die. They are Blazer and Ammo Inc cases lengths are all different, shot twice now, I think that is mostly causing my issue on constant length. But It's nice to know I have some wiggle room and wont stress if they arent all the same.

    As far as the neck tension, Had that happen on my last run so I'd run them through the crimp die as I thought this would help "squeeze" them, then bell it slightly(like barely) again and re-seat, this seemed to work. on most of them
    Appreciate your input, Thanks!

    Yes for 9mm. I'm not worried about feed issues as the ar9 seems to eat any RN I throw in it. Just not trying to over pressure and get hurt.

    My current loads btw...
    Berry's 115grRn ,5.0grCFE-P, Rem 1 1/2's 1.100 oal
     
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  23. Soonerpesek

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    I would double check your sizing die.
    I feel that you shouldn't be having as much trouble with seating length.
    Mixed cases with varied lengths shouldn't cause that much of an issue, unless a really hard crimp is being used, IMO.
     
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  24. cardinalorange

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    My understanding, and one of the more experienced reloaders can correct me if I'm wrong- but the longer the OAL the more the pressure so if you load a test round at something way outside your margin (say, 1.12) and see no pressure issues you'll be fine. I'm unsure exactly how much a longer OAL will affect pressure but I have to feel it's not extremely significant outside those that are actually getting the neck forced into the barrel. Would love some confirmation on that.
     
  25. ballman6711

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    Longer OAL = less pressure, shorter = more pressure. Exception to this is if the bullet is touching the lands, then you will have a spike in pressure.

    chris
     
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