What have you done in the reloading room today

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

  1. .38 Special

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    I took a half day off from work and spent a few relaxing hours casting hollow points. I have eight good ones so far.
     
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  2. Mark_Mark

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    reloading room or laboratory?
     
  3. Hugger-4641

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    Loaded a ladder of 223 rem. , 55gr sierra blitzkings with CFE-223 and N133 in aguila brass. Loaded a couple boxes of 9mm , sierra 115 jhp with HS-6 in PMC brass. Still waiting for chance to get the chronograph out. Gonna have a busy day when I finally do !
     
  4. MFInc

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    Got back in the room to address my issue earlier today with my new FA powder measure. Looked at it's simple design and I feel tolerances were not quite where they should have been, So I put on the lab coat.
    Could not get the plunger installed after zeroing on dial as per instructions. The dial could not go to 0 with the rotor installed. and was starting out at 5 grains when on 10.....

    First was a combination of the Plunger binding in the rotor due to some damage at the end of the hole along with some crud in the hole, Like it got dropped on the line or something. Couple passes with the half round file and it moves nicely now. But it wasn't that simple.

    Second was what seemed to be a machining problem with the smooth end of the plunger.as it seemed to be hitting the inside of the thimble preventing it from moving farter on the meter body, thus pushing the plunger out of the rotor. I drilled out the thimble(took set screw out 1st) so the smooth end could pass through, but there are threads maybe 1/2" down it so I had to file off about 3 threads from the plunger. I put my M8x1.25 die on first so there wouldn't be issues putting it back together. It sticks out about 1/4"past the thimble now. Was able to get it to sit at zero and it binds in the measure now if you crank it down. Need to fine tune the gauge but I have it pretty close. as most of the drops stayed within .1-.2 grains. As long as I know what's dropping and not use the gauge(until I get it set right) I'll be good I think. I have pics of most of what I did. Will post them..
     
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  5. Cooperman

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    After a 5 year hiatus because of a move, I just finished a 12x12 room in the basement off the utility room, and have all my reloading equipment and supplies unpacked. Yesterday I ordered a custom metal door bored for lock sets. Once that arrives and is installed I’ll be back in business.
     
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  6. Mikhail2400

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    I reloaded my very first rounds ever. They were 9mm with 4.0 g of Sport Pistol and an Armscor 124g FMJ. I went on the low end of the scale due to my inexperience but they did what they were supposed to do, i.e. hit the target. I think I like this reloading stuff, just wish I had gotten into it years earlier. Now I want a darn chronograph!
     
  7. EMC45

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    Sorted .32 S&W-L brass.
     
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  8. bassjam

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    Like Cooperman I just finished a room in my basement as well with the purpose of being my reloading room, gun storage room, and home office. I finally got my reloading stuff back together last week and made about 500 9mm rounds, which took care of the remaining brass I had for that cartridge. With way ammo is right now I set up my progressive yesterday to punch out .223 55grain fmj plinking rounds. Knocked out about 150 rounds, then spent the evening prepping another 300 pieces of brass which I'll assemble today after work.

    Reloading rifle like this in bulk sucks so much more than handgun though!! Just needing to ream the primer pockets from all the crimped brass seems to take forever!!
     
  9. 12Bravo20

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    A little bit of both actually. :D

    I like to build my own AR's and Polymer 80 pistols. And I am constantly tinkering with all kinds of different stuff. That is why I expanded the work bench to double it's size. I wanted plenty of space to work. On the one part is my Lee single stage, Lee turret and MEC 600Jr presses.
     
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  10. Mark_Mark

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    I love tinkering in my room too! I like polishing sears and disconnects and ramps!
     
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  11. markr6754

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    Can't like this as your experience really sucks. However, I'd put a plug out for Frankford Arsenal customer service...once you get through to them. Email through their website in advance helps, then a phone call after they should have responded. That's been my key to success. Dropped my hand priming tool and bent the ear of the loading tray so primers bound when feeding...asked if I could buy a new one...they never said no, they merely shipped me a brand new tray. I told them I damaged it through negligence...didn't matter.
    Second issue...the touchscreen on my FA Intellidropper powder dispenser wouldn't allow me to select "Auto", yet I could change the setting from their app. Asked if there was a software/firmware update...they shipped a brand new unit, despite that all sites selling them (and their web store) indicated out of stock. Paid roundtrip postage.

    Can't complain...if you have to do any more fiddling, I'll call and get a replacement.
     
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  12. NR53

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    Primed 200 9mm cases this morning along with loading 50 rounds of 6.8spc,,110 gr. V-max over H322, old SSA brass and CCI 450 primers.
     
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  13. Toprudder
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    I was just getting started when the last big shortage happened (2012-2013). I wanted to try different powders, so when I found something at the gun shows - almost anything - I would buy a pound. I've tried well over 30 different pistol powders as a result. Some I likes, some I did not. I've gone through a few that I did not like and used them all up. I stocked up on the ones I like.

    BE86, Power Pistol, 300MP, H110, Clays, Trailboss, and AA#5 are a few pistol powders I really like and will keep in stock.
     
  14. IALoder

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    Took inventory on powder, primers, and bullets. Also pulled out my box of .308 brass and found a ziploc full of primed Hornady ".308 match" headstamped brass. Necks are a little dinged up, so I'll have to run em through the sizing die, but that was a nice surprise! I'm thinking I'm going to see if I can find a nice load with IMR4166 & 168 SMK's.
     
  15. Hugger-4641

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    I'm kind of going through the same thing. My previous reloading experience with my grandad was all rifle and shot gun. I loaded some 9mm today with HS-6 and I'm not really liking the way the particles are not as uniform and seem to want to stick to the powder pan. But if the performance is good, I guess I'll work with it. According to my math I should get over 1000rds of 9mm from 1lb of powder, and I don't have that many primers anyway. I can't find any CFE-pistol, Power Pistol, or H110 at the moment, but I intend to try those as soon as I can find some.
     
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  16. Mark_Mark

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    I like H110, Universal, HP-38, Clay, Universal, Auto Comp, Lil-Gun,

    Random powder I’ve bought over the last 2 years. BL-C(2) 8 pounds, was on sale!, Accurate #5 , Reloader x10, H335, HS6, and a bunch of IMR with different numbers.

    I mostly shoot 9mm, 9mm, 9mm, .40, 45-70, .460 mag, .458 socom, 50 BW.

    will be loading in the future... 30-30, .444, .223, .50 DE, .500 SW, .44 mag, .357, 7.7 Japanese, and hopefully .375 H&H (if it don’t kick too much)

    and 5.7 very soon
     
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  17. Walkalong

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    Shot my 10 Dasher rounds yesterday after work, zero is confirmed, have velocity with weather details, logged everything last night, including a pic of the target
     
  18. MFInc

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    Yeah I seem to be having great luck with equipment choices no? I did reach out to them Immediately upon noticing the issue. They responded back quickly as well with what I need to do. Kudos to them for that. I need to send them the pics(which I need to post) and see what happens. They may not take it back since I "modified" it though. IMO however I MADE it work lol. I did a lot of test throws and it is staying fairly consistent, wasn't expecting it to throw the same charge every time as it's not a super high end unit, but it's pretty close throwing CFEP,. and trickling up .1-.2gr isn't that bad.. I just cannot go by the gauge as it it not accurate at all. But it's good to know they stand behind their stuff. We'll see what happens today when I use it.
     
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  19. MFInc

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    Picked up 200 Starline 9mm cases at Sportsman's this am and put them on the bench. Hadn't planned on getting them but I thought, these will be perfect to test the new conversion barrel I'm getting for my glock. I will use these on various loads with with different powders. Will see how my dies likes new brass.
     
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  20. MFInc

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    Have you tried wiping your pan with a dryer sheet? I had that issue until I did that. I wipe the funnel too.

    I've only used CFEP so far and been loading 9mm.1k per lb is about right as I am close to 500 rounds loaded and have about a 1/2 pound left. Been loading at 5.0gr. I'm a noob but hope that helps
     
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    Loaded up some of the my last remaining Rainier 100gr plated 32s :)
    Need to find a replacement source for 32 plated close to same weight :(
     
  22. MFInc

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    Here are the pics of what I did in the room the other night to get my Powder measure to throw powder. I sent these same ones to FA so lets see what happens...
     

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  23. Hooda Thunkit

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    Ahhh, 32 SW Long.

    I acquired a 31-1 not too long ago. I haven't yet shot it. I have some factory ammo and some brass. I have a mould to make more projectiles.

    Dies, on the other hand, are somewhat of a problem. I never would have thought that dies for a 32 SW Long would be , with the exception of crazies on the auction sites, hard to find.
    I'm not paying $100 for set of $35 dies. I'll wait.
     
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  24. Mark_Mark

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    check mom & pop shop that don’t sell
    online. That’s were I’ve had my best luck
     
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  25. ctgrizzly2hunt2

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    De-primed 200 cases of 9MM and re-level scope on 30-06. Quiet day today.
     
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