Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by horsemen61, Jan 7, 2018.
Loaded up 30 rounds of 6.5 Swede!
The reloading room turned into a knife handle finishing room. I put a two piece walnut handle on a 4’ machete work knife today, while taking a break from the rain. Tomorrow, I will see about refinishing an early TC Hawken 50, poor old gun was shot and put up for years, all too typical today. Cleaning them up is quite a “treat.”
Loaded some LEE 365-125-2R with a friend last week. Made some ladder loads fit to his gun's chamber.
We went to the indoor range yesterday to try them out. Lowest charge shot ok. Next, the group tightened right up. Then each of the next charges progressively opened up. Pretty cool watching it happen. We are going to load more of the 'smallest group' charge next week. We'll probably do a few rounds +/-0.1gn on either side just to confirm our initial test.
Used the rest of my 175 gr SMK bullets. Loaded up 43 to go with the 24 I did about a month ago. Mid-range load of IMR 4064 and CCI #34 7.62 NATO primers. This load consistently groups under an inch at 100 yards. I might get better if I tested more, but times are lean. I have enough to dial in my scope and then save the rest.
Wet tumbled 200 pcs LC .223 brass, deprimed and removed primer crimp another 200. Only about 200 more left to deprime, woohoo!
Getting set up with some new toys trying to figure a way to get a decent mount system.
Didn't shoot yesterday, would've been a decent day for it.
Worked in the loading room a bit. I need a cpl pieces of measuring "kit" that's not really available. Well,it may exist.... and will start searching. Backing up the truck;
A cpl years ago I bought a "large" thimble Brown&Sharpe "tenths" 0-1/2" mic head. Surfed the bay for probably 6 months for a clean example in my bttm feeder price range. I took extra care making it into a "stationary" base version,of their bench mic,that I could use as a "tube mic". It is really nice checking case neck thickness.
On a bore ride cast rifle bullet;
The body is relatively benign as to measuring OD. Still needs to be a bench version vs handheld. But there's a problem using std mic anvils when,measuring the bore ride portion. Where the body is usually parallel and easy...... the nose can,and quite frequently is,a tapered section. And if it isn't,it may durn well be turned INTO a taper. With,tapered nose dies. So easy to make.
Anyway.... there really isn't a mic setup for what would,make my taper measures a good bit easier.
Hope to shoot a bit of 7-08 today. Still have some business left on the bore ride sections of a cpl bullets. RCBS 145SIL and the 130 Lee. The former gets run in a nose taper die(ho made) ,the Lee drops the bore ride so dang close,+- on .277 as cast it is spooky. The RCBS is nose is pushing .280.
Tapered dies,"work" because they're well,tapered. Meaning,how far the nose gets pushed in,correlates directly,to your OAL and leade engagement. It's the "straight" noses that are a little tougher.
I use these all over my work station, put them on and take them off quick and easy. Free’s up space when you need it
Loaded up 200 9mm 126gr LSWC BB having found a box of 2k that I’d bought from Mr. Dardas back in about ‘08 or so.
Put the finishing touches on 300 more 9mm rounds and cleaned up the powder area.
My reloading is somewhat seasonal, do the bulk of it during cold weather months when hunkering down in a warm house makes sense. Fortunately bulk components were acquired long before the 2020 covid occurred and dried up the shelves.
Goal is to get everything loaded until powder or bullets runs out. Doing 9mm today and tomorrow then moving to the rifle calibers.
Also watching one of my favorite movies in the process......"Ford-vs-Ferrari"
Ordered a Hornady powder cop to add to my Lee Classic turret press setup primarily for 223 as its difficult for me to visually verify the powder drops.
I have station 1 with a Lee Auto drum set up to drop 24 grains of IMR 4320. Station 2 gets the powder cop. Station 3 has a 3d printed 223 bullet feeder and station 4 is bullet seating.
I had previously preped and primed 100 cases and pulled those out to give the powder cop its first workout. About the 15th round the powder cop indicated a very light charge. A quick inspection found that the auto drum had failed to return completely to its fill position after charging the previous case. Quick adjustment to the auto drum and was back loading. Powder cop alerted me a few more times of a slightly "light" charges. Pulled the case and weighed the charges and sure enough they were a few grains shy.
Definitely a good addition to my reloading room.
That is certainly a different arrangement! Works for you then all the better!!!!
Loading 10MM using 800X and measuring the safest way possible. Anyone with experience using 800X knows it meters like cornflakes.
.........Do you mean the method, or the powder, or both?
Love the Berrys Bullets
For 9mm I use the 124gr hollow base round nose with Win 231.
edited to sound more coherent....lol
Installed a 1-6 scope and a set of offset iron sights on an ar.
That’s not a half bad idea! Do they hold tight?
There any considerations with those? Heard a lot of good things, but never tried the plated bullets.
I like them for target use . They are plated bullets, cheaper than jacketed / cleaner ( less barrel leading) than lead bullets .
You can use the same loading specs as lead bullets , very accurate for me with target loads
Loading dies stay cleaner inside also compared to lead ( no wax / lube build up ) .
Just received my first order of Berry's plated .357 flat point bullets. Hoping to try a few of them tomorrow. Wife said they looked really shiney.
Nice. I'll grab the 500 sitting in my cart. They're a good bit cheaper than my usual at Everglades.
They do make a nice looking bullet very consistent I like the 125gr target hollow point for 38/357mag
I also use 185gr hollow base round nose and 200gr target hollow point 45ACP
Deprimed and removed the primer crimp off of my last 200pcs of LC brass! I ran the 200 I did last night through the wet tumbler. Started messing with the LE Wilson case trimmers I have for 6.5 CM and 7mm RM. Almost done with the "mid winter" reloading chores! Back to loading and shooting soon!
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