What have you done in the reloading room today

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

  1. GoldieMI
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    Shot the 50 Rounds I put together last night for load development.
    results were different than expected - thinking I might reshoot a few loads with CCI-450s to double check. The Remington BR-7.5s I am questioning.
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  2. Hooda Thunkit

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    44 Special day on the LCT.
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    5.5gr Promo with a Lee 200gr 429-200 LRN. Used all my 44 Spl brass, about 150 pieces (!). I thought I had more. That's why I put up a WTT ad in the classified.

    Ignore the tape tag on the turret. It's a leftover.

    Getting ready for a range day with several family members. Hopefully my 90 year old Dad will be there.

    Now to switch it over to 38 Spl, load up a few hundred. The Lee 125gr LRN are tumble lubed and ready. This is 6 pounds, about 300+.
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  3. Telum Pisces

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    A buddy of mine received a Marlin 336A from 1950. It was his grandfather's gun. He's not a huge shooter and this is probably only his second gun he's owned. But he was so excited to get the gun that belonged to his grandfather. But there is no 30-30 ammo to be found anywhere around here! Even online is next to impossible to find any. If you do find some, it's sky high in price. I don't own anything in 30-30 either. But I told him that if I found the dies and some brass, I'll give him some ammo. He found a set of dies and I was able to get ahold of some brass. So I got to work loading up some 30-30 ammo for him. I have many other .30 caliber rifles and used some different grain bullets I had on hand.

    I'm probably just as excited or more so than him in providing him the ammo and him getting to shoot his grandfather's gun.

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  4. GeoDudeFlorida

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    Tried out my new powder, Ramshot Competition, in some.45ACP loads. 200gr. XTP the sweet spot was [email protected] With Speer 230gr LRN it’s at [email protected] Those were in my Starfire which about the most fun .45 I own.
     
  5. Captain Quack

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    We're just getting back into shooting and reloading so I counted our loaded ammunition. Figured out how many (primed) cases I had left over from 5 years ago. (lots of .38/.357/'06). Trying to figure out if my turret press is a Lyman t-mag 1 or 2 so I can sort out the top bolt problem. Sorting out boxes of bullets for calibers I no longer have. Just generally going through all the boxes and sorting what needs to go with what.
     
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  6. Jim Watson

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    Loaded the last of my RNFPs into .45 ACP. Although made for .45 LC revolvers and rifles, they feed in an automatic once you have the OAL sorted out, even in guns reluctant with SWCs. But they were giving variable OAL and lots of gauge failures. I put the CFC in the Dillon which I normally avoid since it adds to the effort on the handle and makes it "bumpy" as well. That sized them to pass the gauge and a different seating plug reduced the variation in OAL.
     
  7. sr1971

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    Setup the WFT for some 223/5.56 today in about 6 cases. It was exciting to see how fast it worked with some resized MHS brass!
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  8. AJC1

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    30-30 is one of the cases that will waaaaay over size if cranked down. Fortunecookie45lc did a video about it and that sent me off to measuring. Comparator tools and rcbs precision mic's have opened a hole new world of brass conservation.
     
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  9. AJC1

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    Made a decision and trimmed 100 of my 357 mag cases to 1.280. The range was 1.297 down to 1.277. I figured a .003 range in case length was still more than a little but much easier to deal with. I'll be loading some test rounds next for my new cast 180s so we will see how good or bad they work out.
     
  10. frogfurr

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    Searched for primers tonight and set up some email alerts. Been through this before and I'll find some eventually. I wish the manufactures would help us but they aren't. They just explain things.
     
  11. IALoder

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    Sized, trimmed, primed, and loaded 50 .224 Valkyrie with Berger 80.5's and PP2000MR for my wife's gun, she said she wanted to shoot it tomorrow! I also sized 100 pcs LC .223 brass. Trimming that can wait till tomorrow!
     
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  12. Zendude

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    Loaded 100 38 special on the old Lee 1000 for my next range trip.
     
  13. kmw1954

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    I hear mine calling with some 9mm. When I get to it it will probably be 5X that. 1/2 for the wife, 1/2 for me.
     
  14. Bandit67

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    I loaded 50 rds. of .380 auto to test.
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    First time loading .380 and dang they are tiny. Lol
     
  15. Hugger-4641

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    One thing you can't do with 30-30 in a lever action is trying to stretch the COAL much. At least the ones I've loaded for won't feed if max coal is exceeded.
     
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  16. Jim Watson

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    My Rem 788 bolt action is still limited on OAL. It looks wicked with a 173 gr GI boattail but is a single shot proposition.
     
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  17. Hugger-4641

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    I loaded up 200rds of 9mm 115fmj, primed 100rds of 40sw and 100rds of 5.56. Sized and primed 40rds of 6.5cm, tumbled 200 rds of 9mm. This was all between 5am and 9am, spent the rest of the day getting raised beds prepped and planted, except for the nap around 2pm!
     
  18. BWS

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    Update; 7-08 R700SPS... brrl swapped to a new CDL fluted stainless takeoff. The fluted is a magnum profile,so it's a touch bigger than a std sporter.

    If you've been following,this is the latest in a 20+ year quest(folly?) to see how stiff a POS tupperware forend can get. Used carbon arrows,fiberglass matt,filled completely with epoxy,yadayada ad nauseam!!

    Bought some USA made,pretty decent CF cloth off Ebay, <10$ for enough to do 1/2 dz stocks. We have bow building epoxy by the gallon size,pic shows the small size cans because of label/manufacturer. And is the size you should get. Think trad bow limbs. This is the industry std,and has been around for goin on 50 years. It's a NO EXCUSE product,made in USA.

    Pics show the delrin "plug" mould. This should've been aluminum.... ? maybe. The plastic works but the heat involved with curing was tricky. Aluminum is the way to go. It's turned on a lathe to .060" larger than brrl profile(learned a cpl things doing this).

    Then covered with blue tape. Wet out the pre cut CF,and wrap the plug. Cure at 175* for 12 hrs. minimum,18 is how we roll.

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  19. BWS

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    Next was the stress inducing,OMGoodness,what the heck are you thinking.... part.

    You have to calc so many clearances when milling out the guts of the forend. Not to mention it's like milling rubber. These stocks suck for anything remotely rigid. I have a dedicated fixture(pm if you need some pics/help building one) that makes the job tolerable.

    The deal is,this insert sleeve of sorts has to be installed in an expanded attitude. Think a mandrel in a case neck. So I wrapped the brrl with 4 layers of blue tape hoping,and praying this was gonna work.

    It did. And the results are jaw dropping. Trimming was a bit of a chore. But once it was,and all the tape peeled off it is a resounding success. The forend went from a limp noodle to stiff as a wedding d***. I'm talkin,beat...twist...pry.... you ain't flexing this thing,AT ALL!!

    Pics are hard to get but here goes.

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  20. BWS

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    Sorry for the "detour"... back to handloading. Just wanted to share with my loading buds. No,am not posting this elsewhere.
     
  21. webrx
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    Got tired of stuff in cardboard boxes, and decided that even though I have a lock and reinforced door on my man cave/reloading room, I wanted to lock up powder, primers, components, etc. so, got on Home Depots site and bought and installed these in the room. Not super secure, but, in the event I do leave the door unlocked no kid is gonna get to the powder or primers, etc. all loaded ammo is locked in the gun safes, so, no worries there. All together I have about 350 with shipping in these, worth it to me.

    All my kids are grown, but, they have blessed me with grandkids :)

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  22. MFInc

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    Nothing yet other than put the box of bowling pins I got for 20 bucks at the swap meet today on it. I think there's 10 in it...
     
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  23. Dale Alan

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    I loaded up a 15 round Tubb Final Finish break in kit . This kit came with a new barrel, I have never done anything like this . I took pics of the bore, looks pretty good . Will see if any of the tooling marks disappear .
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  24. Hoe50
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    Drilled out flashholes in starline 38 short colt brass to prepare them for fast draw wax bullet loading for practice. I have limited non toxic small pistol primers so I may concentrate on the brass converted to use non toxic 209 primers. This gives me shells of various origins some using small pistol some using large pistol some using 209 primers in addition to the powderless primer only 22short rim fire cases. Used a battery type hand drill this time .
     
  25. Hoe50
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    Decapped the only 30 unprocessed once fired 243 brass I have with a hammer and lee classic loader. My daughter is interested in unRetiring her lucky rifle. We typically practice with 4 to 7 minutes between shots fired from prone on called shots. In real life I only need 3 moa since 150 yards exceeds even my longest predator sighting much less shot taken. She and the rifle with premium rounds have achieved .75moa. This is that brass. The lee hand loader should get me to 2 or 3 moa no matter what. I need appropriate projos. Preferably large game ie non varmimt and loading options. A precision rifle needs glass an operator and something decent and safe to feed it. Three out of four is a tragic waste.
     
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