What have you done in the reloading room today

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  1. Walkalong

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    Sorry, I'll be more careful with my wording. I have since sized those cases (26 minus one I tossed for damage to the case mouth), and they are tumbling in dry corn cob. I'll soon get them out, trim them, chamfer/deburr, uniform the primer pockets, brush the necks under power with a nylon brush, then tumble them with corn cob and polish for a little while, then run a brush in the cases a couple of times by hand, make sure all the corn cob is out, then hand prime them, then use a .241 mandrel on them.
     
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  2. Mark_Mark

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    You do all this to brass? amazing!
     
  3. Walkalong

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    Did some other stuff to it before that, but no, not most brass.

    These are cases/loads that I expect to shoot under .5 MOA with SDs under 10, and under 5 is better.
     
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    Next step in my experiment in converting .30-06 brass to .280 Ackley Improved. @Charlie98 sent me some once-fired .30-06 cases. I pulled the oddball headstamps to try first in case I messed them up: 3x Barnes and 3x Western.

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    First step was to anneal them to ensure the necks were malleable.

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    Then lubed them up well and ran them through a .280 Remington FL die. I started with the die backed out and worked it down until the bolt would just close on the case with a solid crush fit.

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    Then loaded them up with 150 grain Partitions over a charge of H414.

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    Not sure when I'll get to the range to fire form them, but I'll follow up with results.
     
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  5. Mark_Mark

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    You are one of those Long Range Precision Rifle Shooters! Lots of guys/gals here in Seattle got bored of USPSA and IDPA and when to the Long Range game.... Talk about how a whole new level of $$$$. One day when I have the time!
     
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    Which bullet/powder combo you using currently on that dasher? My dasher gets picked up next weekend.
     
  7. Legionnaire
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    Well, pretty sure my curiosity wouldn't let me sleep tonight, so I did the round trip to the range for the sole purpose of fire forming the .280 AI cases. Here is the result. The necks are definitely shorter than factory .280 AI brass or cases formed from .270 Win or .280 Rem, but I'm still calling this a win. I didn't chrono the loads or shoot for accuracy. When I start working with the remaining .30-06 cases, I'll test the fire forming load to see what it's doing.

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  8. Walkalong

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    RL-15 & Berger 105 Hybrids.

    I now have 100 twice fired, fire formed, then shot in a match or in test loads at the range, and fully prepped/primed cases ready to load for a Feb 13th match.
     

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  9. The Car Doctor

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    I put together this target stand. I've got a bigger steel plate on order that I will add to it.
     

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  10. Austin Albright

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    Where did you get the hanger piece that attaches to the down tubes. My buddy and I are trying to put something portable together to hold AR500 steel plates we have purchased.
    Your stand looks like it might be the "cat meow".
     
  11. Austin Albright

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    Just purchased two pounds of Hodgdon Longshot powder. Now I can load up some 9mm with bullets just received from RMR earlier this week. Life is good.
    This is the first powder I've seen locally in a good while.
    Finishing prepping 223 brass. Almost have about 1500 rounds done. Sure takes more time than loading up 9mm's on the Dillon 750.
     
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  12. blackd24

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    Attempted to load my first round of 223... Primer would not seat.. FC cases with the blue lining.. Crimped. Waiting on a dillion pocket swagger and will try again another day.
     
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  13. The Car Doctor

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    https://www.ebay.com/itm/2-X-4-Target-Stand-Brackets-Set-Of-2-3-8-Steel/182750032677?ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT&_trksid=p2057872.m2749.l2649

    You can also get them where the 2x4 is oriented the other way, but I like these because it gives a nice flat surface to set soda cans on.
     
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    installed lighting under my bench and mounted my presses with my inline fabrication shipment.
     
  15. Hugger-4641

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    Just got through sorting 1000rd of 40sw brass I bought from a member here. Would I be correct to guess that all of the "Winchester" stamps are actually made by Winchester and the "Win" stamps are actually from some other contractor?
     
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    That would not be correct
     
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    Ok, can anyone tell me the reason for the different stamps?
     
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    I'm going to guess it is cheaper for 3 letters to be stamped than 9 to keep production cost down perhaps?
     
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    That might make sense if they weren't still using the "Winchester" stamp. I know there was a lead free .45 that was stamped "Win nt"', but these used a small primer. I guess I'll go ahead and separate these two headstamps and see if there is any difference when I load them.
     
  21. Constrictor

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    Not sure. They also have slightly different fonts sometimes too. It doesn't matter to me why they spell out their brand or abbreviate it. It loads the same.
     
  22. ctgrizzly2hunt2

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    You may want to hang steel plates off chains, those bullets can come back at you with a solid mount holding those plates.
     
  23. ericuda

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    Decapped another half a coffee can of 380, 9, 38 special and a couple hundred 5.7x28. Jeez 380 is the toughest if they are slightly out of like they crush.

    Currently having some coffee processing 223. Actually used my Wilson gauge to set the die up. Prolly don't need to but I have it.

    Been running thumler all weekend cleaning brass changing brass every 6 hours or so.
     
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  24. horsemen61

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    Loaded 50 rounds of .223
     
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  25. lightman

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    When I sort 9mm cases I sit down at a well lighted table and dump a bunch out on a towel and surround myself with empty coffee cans. I only sort 5 different ways. FC, RP, WW or Win, other commercial and odd military. Then I start picking them up, look at the headstamp and toss them into the approfiate can. A magnifier like the one pictured is a big help to us older guys.
     
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