What have you done in the reloading room today

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  1. 375supermag

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    Hi...
    Separated brass from yesterday's range trip.
    Put the rifle brass aside for future processing. Tumbled a tumbler each of .41Magnum, .44Magnum and .357Magnum brass. Dumped 10mm and .45ACP brass in bins for future processing.

    While the tumblers are running I resized deprimed and flared 150-200 pieces of .45Colt brass and about 50 pieces of .44Spl brass. All processed on my RockChucker.

    Fairly productive day...
     
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  2. Toprudder
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    Went to the range yesterday. 9mm, 10mm, and 357mag, a total of 180 rounds. I did not shoot but 30 rounds of 10mm since I didn’t bring my brass catcher. That gun flings the brass pretty far. Got back and cleaned my guns, then sorted and decapped the brass.
     
  3. Howland937

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    Wasn't in the reloading room, but sorted out some boxes of stuff I put up years ago. Found a couple lbs. of 3031 and Varget and most of a lb. of H414. No primers (think I already raided them) but a few odds and ends bullets.

    Loaded up some .223 with Varget to try in a new-to-me rifle and loaded up 100 .38 Super with 125gr Gold Dots.

    Attempted to coat some .356 and .452 bullets to see if my system is going to work. TBD
     
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  4. Phantom 309
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    My very first bullet casting session today. First few drops went into the reject pile as expected, but I got into the groove and started churning them out pretty quickly. Lee .358-158 RNFP 6 cavity mold. Planning to order some powder from Smoke4320 over on castboolits.com and give 'em the shake 'n bake powdercoat treatment.
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  5. kmw1954

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    Been casting and loading that sister bullet Lee 452-200 RNFP in my 45acp Witness with great success.
     
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  6. Targa

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    That is one helluva a good first casting session! As for that Lee .358 mold, if I could only have one mold for a 38spl/.357mag that would be the one. It turns out perfect bullets effortlessly.
     
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  7. Erief0g
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    Transposed quite a bit of loads, notes, and chronograph data to a more organized document.

    Still have more to complete and then double check all values but it's been a needed accomplishment for some time.
     
  8. Legionnaire
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    Did some more work with the .243 Ackley. Measured the fired cases from yesterday’s outing and found that using Redding’s +.010 Competition shell holder gives me a .002 shoulder bump. Then measured the distance to the lands so I can run my next test loads seated .020 off the lands. With those data, loaded up my next test loads. Should be able to shoot them tomorrow.
     
  9. webrx
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    Since Covid started, working from home, my reloading room/gunroom/mancave is also my office. I am in it every day for work, but once I knock off for the day, I am usually messing around with something gun or reloading related Right now, I am getting setup to load 45 colt for my 1873 and my BP conversion cylinders.

    I was able to get some 9mm at Cabela's this weekend, 500 rounds of white box so tucked that away for a rainy day, also did an inventory to see where I sit for primers and powder. Running low on a few staples, SPP Magnum primers, bullseye, and trailboss - there on my find and buy list.

    Also wanting to add a lb or two of W231 or power pistol for 9mm if I can ever find it in stock, I have unique and titegroup I can use to load until then, and loaded ammo inventory is not bad.

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  10. WeekendReloader

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    I powder coated most of the LEE 356-120-TC bullets I cast last weekend from RMR lead. I used Eastwood's 'Full Gloss Clear' powder with the airsoft BB shake-n-bake method and it worked great. They look like little sugar treats before baking and melt to a nice clear coat. I did three trays full to yield 890 perfectly coated bullets. That should keep me going for a while!
    For these clear ones, I dumped them into a bucket of water right out of the oven. I'll see if there is any change in the leading situation in my Walther polygonal rifled barrel from my previous batches of air-cooled after powder coat bullets.

    That's a piece of parchment paper on the tray. It works great to protect the tray and the bullets don't stick to it.
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    Please pardon the dirty oven. It was the right price... Free!!
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  11. WeekendReloader

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    Also cleaned a few boxes of 30-30 brass. These are decapped and wet tumbled in a small HF rock tumbler for 45 minutes with SS pins, a dash of Lemishine and Armorall Wash & Wax.
    I've loaded the 20 Winchester brass 2 times already and the 20 Remington brass are once-fired. I'm going to try my hand at annealing these before sizing (never done it before, so why not learn something new?).
    I'm planning to load these up with Trail Boss using a 150gn Berry's plated bullet.
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  12. Mark_Mark

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    Reclaimed 400 primers for a reworked.

    1st time decaping live primers. Yes! 2 cups of strong black coffee. Everyone should try decaping live primers.
     
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  13. AJC1

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    Cleaning inspecting and sorting brass from Saturdays trip. Think maybe this case is ready for greener pastures 16176347606985583430328740055399.jpg
     
  14. Mark_Mark

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    I don’t know, still looks ok???? you try resizing it?
     
  15. AJC1

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    First inspection before anything. I clean, dry inspect my brass before any processing. Likely a range pickup that is just going in the recycling can.
     
  16. kmw1954

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    Spending a rainy day once again at the bench pounding out that box of 500 9mm reloads that are junk that a friend had someone make for him. So far it appears that they are all light on powder as I've read starting load for this powder is supposed to be at 4.8gr and after pulling 100 bullets the powder avg. is 4.56gr.. A whole mix of asst. brass and the neck tension also appears to be all over the place.

    Once completed I will resize the brass after sorting it and see how much of this powder I can salvage. Hopefully he has more to make up the shortage.
     
  17. swg1

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    Sorting and consolidating ammo. While I don't have as much as some, I do have more than most and as part of the continuing effort to clean up and organize my gun room, it was time to sort ammo. This meant hauling a lot of ammo out of the garage (where it never should have been to begin with) as well as re-organizing my ammo cabinet in the house and getting the surplus out of it and into cans if appropriate. Listed some 260 Rem on gunbroker too. Traded that rifle for partial payment on a motorcycle years ago,... So after all of this, the mess in the gun room is back to slightly over knee deep again.
     
  18. AJC1

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    Cleaning up someone's mess is always a nightmare. Maybe using a lee scoop???
     
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  19. kmw1954

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    Good example of why we don't shoot other peoples reloads.
     
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  20. WeekendReloader

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    Exactly!
     
  21. 1976B.L.Johns.

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    Moved the Rockchucker from its storage in the reloading (spare bed) room to the garage/shop for another season of de-capping to keep the mess out of Mrs. Johnson's sewing room. :confused:. (Yeah, I know.)

    Decided to do that after my early morning trek to the range to clean up the place and pick spent brass before things thawed out.
    (Always muddy in the Spring)

    First evening since the end of October (in the seventies today) that I am not wearing long-johns.....I feel naked! :eek:
     
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  22. entropy

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    Last night, (yes, reloading doesn't stop for holidays around here) I loaded 50 more 62 gr. FMJ .223. Probably not going down there tonight but if I do, it's back to depriming/sizing .223 cases.
     
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  23. Don_P

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    Just finished assembling 300 9mm Xtreme 147gr RNHP over 3.5gr of Vihtavuori N320 powder This combination shoots exceptionally well out of my CZ Shadow 2 Orange.
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  24. koni

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    Finish my load work up for 100gr ELDM. 100rds in the cleaner for the night. Tomorrow going fishing loading the 100 and maybe hit the range / back yard tomorrow evening.
     
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  25. Trey Veston

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    Actually found 180 grain Hornady XTPs in .400 in stock on Midway's website. I haven't seen those since probably last June anywhere. Ordered the max amount of two boxes. Stung a little at $32 for a box of 100. But they are my absolute favorite bullet for my .40 S&W and 10mm defense and woods loads. Was down to a couple hundred, so doubled my stock.
     
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