Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by horsemen61, Jan 7, 2018.
That looks pretty dang RCBS green to me IA,nice job.
Sinclair concentricity gauge to mark the case body, I mark the case head free hand with an X.
Getting ready to load with 150grn powdercotet cast bullets, BNI = 15.
Powders I want to try Vitavauri N110 and Alliant 2400.
That's probably why mine ended up like this...
Snapped a cpl pics for you cast,accuracy chasers.... yeah,you know who you are,Haha. One of the neat,and DURN convenient things about cast is we get to mess with'm. Don't like the nose shape? Diameter #'s got you down? Lube issues?
It's all,"just a thing". This is a RN mould,but that doesn't mean it's gonna stay that way. There's 2 different torque wrenches in these pics. The beam style is used to find yield point #'s.... and it does work for other chores when,"sneaking up" to a force is required. Once you find your #'s though,the "clicker" type wrench is WAY more faster/cleaner.
There's just no comparison trying to get consistent,nose bumps by feel(short factory handles) vs set it and forget it,clicker. One look at the noses on a gang of bullets shows the difference. Your eyeball will spot unbelievably small inconsistencies. These were "clicked".
lost 3 to neck splits while fire forming
is 6 Dasher based on .308?
I also did a little horse trading for some 30-30 brass. That will use the last of my Leverevolution powder and give me a reason to get those new peep sights I’ve been eying for nearly a year.
Gratuitous pic, 'cause we all like pics -
I'm changing the load I shoot. I was shooting the Lee c312-185-1r with 2400 powder, at about 1500 fps. I wasn't getting good enough results, so something different is in order.
I cast some of the NOE 312-208R (or whatever he calls them, it's a Lyman 312299 clone), tumbled them and loaded some up to try.
Here they are checked and tumbled with 45-45-10 mixture.
Loaded some with IMR 4198, using culls to test. I can shoot out behind the barn, but only to 75 yds. I tried various loads, starting at 21.5gr. Best results were with 24.0 gr.
I haven't yet run them across the chrono, but using the available data and interpolating, I estimate at ~1750 fps.
5 shots at 75 yds, issue iron sights.
It's not going to win me any matches, but it's also culls, a portable bench, and less than ideal shooting circumstances.
Loaded up the number required -
Weight sorted the bullets, sorted the brass, seated to 3.084 (.005" off the lands). We'll see how this works.
No load requirement at all.
Most folks don't shoot full-house loads, but some do. There are even some that shoot mil-surp, but that's usually the newbies. The majority of participants shoot handloads, and about half shoot cast.
Some things to think about when shooting the old military iron in a match -
First - the expense. At $1 (+) per round, factory ammo can get expensive. it's a 60-round match. Every month.
Second - why shoot full power rounds ? Paper don't take much killing, and the barrels on some of these rifles are irreplaceable. Also, it's shot at 100 yards. One doesn't need 3000 fps to reach the target.
Third - recoil. It's a 60 round match.
I prefer cast; it's cheaper, it's softer shooting, and I cast my own. And I'm frugal.
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