What have you done in the reloading room today

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

  1. BWS

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    4831 may not produce the highest velocity in "smaller" cases but,boy howdy can it turn in some fine accuracy.
     
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  2. BWS

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    That looks pretty dang RCBS green to me IA,nice job.
     
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  3. HDMontana

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    Loaded up a couple hundred .223.
     
  4. Walkalong

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    Marked 100 loaded rounds for a PRS match tomorrow. I made an attachment for my
    Sinclair concentricity gauge to mark the case body, I mark the case head free hand with an X.
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  5. Zendude

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    Getting 38 special dies set up on my Lee Auto Breech Lock Pro press. I bought the press several months ago but haven’t started doing too much with it yet.
     
  6. xring3

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    Primed a bunch of 9mm
     
  7. Legionnaire
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    Used up the last of my last H414 in some .260 Remington loads. Then loaded up some test rounds in .243 Ackley: 90 grain SGKs over RL16.
     
  8. Targa

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    Loaded up .476 Arsenal 415 grain swc over 25 grains of H110, Lee .476 400 grain RF over 22 grains of H110 and a H&G #50 over 3.4 grains of Universal for a little range fun tomorrow. I am not sure what to think about the Redding profile crimp die, I have only used roll crimps for the heavy hitters but that wasn’t an option for the Linebaugh so I guess I’ll see how it goes.

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  9. Tonny99DK

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    Full length resized, trimmed and washed 120, 308w cases.
    Getting ready to load with 150grn powdercotet cast bullets, BNI = 15.
    Powders I want to try Vitavauri N110 and Alliant 2400.
     
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  10. MFInc

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    That's probably why mine ended up like this... 20210326_172014.jpg
     
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    0600 and I'm already at it.. Gonna load up another 50 45 Colts, and start prepping 44 Mag cases for an upcoming session with Ramahots Enforcer. I guess while I'm at it, I might as well try the Enforcer in the 450 Bushy with the 250 FTX
    Always tinkering.......
     
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  12. BWS

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    Coffee cup in hand..... up early loading up a box of semi cull 130g Lee 7-08's. Going to work with a bud cleaning up around his farm,sorta halfway getting ready for Turkey season(I'm using a longbow). I like to take him something to shoot this morning.

    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".

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  13. Dale Alan

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    I've been loading up some cast "mouse fart" loads for my .308 . I just finished, been at it since 4am . My son is coming over today to shoot ,I can't wait to see his reaction when the .308 feels like a 22 magnum . He has shot reduced loads before, but nothing as mild as these loads . It's supposed to get above freezing today, spring has sprung and the sap is running ...life is good.
     
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  14. DMW1116

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    Inventory 308 brass to load the new box of 168 gr Amax and CFE 223. I see a vicious cycle developing for 308 and 223. I ran out of H335 powder for the number of bullets I had, so I went looking for more and found it. Then I ran out of bullets for that load, so I have to get more. Next I’ll run out of powder again. I found some primers so that will last me a while, but eventually that will trigger the shopping spree again.
     
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  15. horsemen61

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    I’ll resize some 6.5x284 Norma!
     
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    fire formed 198 6BR into 195 6 Dasher
    lost 3 to neck splits while fire forming
     
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    is 6 Dasher based on .308?
     
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  18. DMW1116

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    Found enough once fired brass that I started reloading the latest 308 load: 168 grain A-max over CFE 223 with CCI #34 primers. This load already shot under an inch during incremental testing. This batch will confirm if that was just luck. If I load all this I can and use twice fired cases, I’ll have enough to justify rezeroing my rifle to these away from the 175 gr SMK loads I have. More of those will have to wait until I can find more IMR 4064 and more projectiles. They sure shoot well though out to the 150 yard mark where I zeroed them.

    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.
     
  19. Legionnaire
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    Let’s see. First a range trip to shoot my .243 Ackley test loads. That went well. While there, picked up 49 fired Starline 6.5 Grendel cases someone didn’t want, as well as a single Lapua .260 Rem case. Got home home and deprimed and wet tumbled the lot, and promptly traded the cleaned Grendel brass for some 7mm-08.
     
  20. Hooda Thunkit

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    Working with my 1942 Finn Sako M39, the one I shoot at the monthly Military bolt-gun matches at the local club.

    Gratuitous pic, 'cause we all like pics -
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    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.
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    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.
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    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 -
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    Weight sorted the bullets, sorted the brass, seated to 3.084 (.005" off the lands). We'll see how this works.
     
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  21. DMW1116

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    That’s pretty awesome to be able to use those old warhorse rifles. For military rifle matches like that are you required to copy the original military loads?
     
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  22. Hooda Thunkit

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    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.
     
  23. CowboyTim

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    Went through the last batch of data from testing my 8mm Gibbs loads and posted it to the 8mm Gibbs thread...and I wrapped a pork butt on the smoker to finish cooking.
     
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  24. sr1971

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    Cleaned and sharpened the daily carry after depositing some long awaited projectiles from my LGS. Those boys are doing a great job given the state of things. I always buy at least one item to keep 'em afloat.
     

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  25. MWC1974

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    Loaded up some 9mm over the weekend. Decided to Download GRT this afternoon. Messed around with it for a while, quite the handy little tool. Although, it did have me second guessing every single load I have on file, until I got used to the editing functions.
     
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