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What have you done in the reloading room today

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

  1. Telum Pisces

    Telum Pisces Member

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    I scored!!!! I ended up with 5K SRM from Tula. Got them at $30 per 1K too! I think I need to play the lottery! Guy I bought them from said he had 500,000 stashed in a storage unit and he was basically probably going to retire after selling them all. (probably a joke) So you want to know where they are, they are in someone's basement or storage unit!

    He wouldn't let me buy more than 5K at a time because he said that he had one million (exaggeration) people contacting him to buy some.

    5K will allow me to load up without too much worry about running out in the near future. Definitely helps knowing that I can start reloading and shooting at a regular pace again.
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  2. Telum Pisces

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    For many years, I had stocked up on the Aquila 20 grain powderless .22 rounds. My kids love to be able to shoot those where ever we go. Perfect single shot practice for the youngest of children!
     
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  3. Hooda Thunkit

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    Shot the local Military Bolt Gun match yesterday. Didn't do too bad, 287-5x out of 300 -30x possible.


    Decapped the 70 rounds fired, then cleaned the primer pockets. I'll brush the necks, neck size and prime later.
     
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  4. Charlie98

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    Got back from the big shooting fest in NV yesterday... not a high volume shoot, mostly test loads for various rifles. Sorted the brass and I've now got the first batch of 6.5/.30 brass tumbling.

    Test fired an AR 6.5CM build I finished... 100% Factory Hornady shot sub-MOA, my handloads shot right at 1" @ 100 using the 142grn SMK and IMR4451. I think if I can ever get my hands on a can of one of the 4350's I'll give that a try. In the meantime, I'm going to push my current load a little higher and see if I can find the barrel node.

    My Savage 99 in .30-30 told me it must have .310" cast bullets, vs the .309" cast everything else likes. My groups went from 16" to about 4" just changing to the bigger bullet. No, I'm not kidding. If I can get a small lot of .311" I might try those.

    Time to crunch some of the data I generated and update my notes.
     
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  5. 375supermag

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    Hi...
    After a few weeks off from reloading, I am jumped back in with a vengeance today.
    I separated brass from yesterday's shooting session and then ran one tumbler each of .41Magnum, .44Magum and .45Colt brass.
    Pulled them out after a little more than 3 hours...bright and shiny.

    Have 10mm, .40S&W, .45ACP and .357Magnum yet to tumble... hopefully tomorrow.

    After I shut the tumblers down, I resized, deprimed and flared several hundred each of .41Magnum, .44Magnum and .45Colt on my RockChucker. No actual count until I prime them tomorrow or the next day, but somewhere in the 350-500 range each if my guesstimate is accurate.
     
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  6. MWC1974

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    Hope to get this load dialed in. Just loaded up another ladder. 56.2, 56.5, 56.8, 57.1, and 57.4.
     
  7. AJC1

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    20210503_125330.jpg found a new hobby making piles. The ease and function of a steel mould is indescribable. This mould has been great from the start and the more time I spend learning her ways and making small adjustments the happier I am. First cast was good bullets but I recycled them just because I dont have that much faith. Lee aluminum molds are absolutely functional but never again if I have a choice.
     
  8. Hooda Thunkit

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    @AJC1 - So load some up and shoot 'em already !

    Yer killin' me here....
     
  9. IALoder

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    Trimmed up the mixed .308 brass I have out for 150gr fmj "plinkers". I'll get to loading them sometime soon! . Also got 50pcs of mixed .223 brass out to size and trim so I can use up what's left of my AA2230 after I load up the .308 plinkers. Oh, and stared at the 8lb jug of TAC I got from midsouth today.... Had to make sure it was real!!!
     
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  10. AJC1

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    I may get out Wednesday and test the unchecked ones. My neighbor has a snubby 636 to test them in. July is when I get my 4" trooper and 1895 marlin I have been building the supply for. Two at a time isn't as fast as 4 or 6 so I'm barely full on my first cascade bucket.
     
  11. Hoe50
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    Sat down to take a 15 minute Bobby break while the microwave was heating up dinner and grabbed a brass boxer 7.62x54 that was tumbled and shiny and ... broke my decapping pin. And decided watching tv with the mrs was a safer choice than grabbing something else and trying again.
     
  12. kmw1954

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    All along I've been loading with the once fired 223 PMC brass (about 800 pcs) I've collected and am now down to about my last 30 pcs... Next time I process it all it will now all been fired once thru my gun. The "catch" I have almost 1k pcs of GFL brass that has all been cleaned, deprimed, sized and waiting to be trimmed. 1/2 of this was gifted to me from a new friend at the range and is all from the same lot and fired from the same gun. he doesn't reload!

    So today I cob tumbled 100pcs of this GFL and just finished uniforming all the primer pockets. So now I need to bust out the case trimmer and get busy.

    Last night I loaded up 12 ea. of the 69gr RMR HPBT with more Varget @ 22.3. 22.6 and 22.9gr Tonight I hope to get 12 ea more of the same only with TAC powder @ 23.4, 23.6 and 23.8gr.
     
  13. Captain Quack

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    Remembered the hard way that you tumble/polish BEFORE you deprime and size.

    Captain Quack.
     
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  14. AJC1

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    20210504_102038.jpg finished making ingots from my rmr lead. Burnt the crap out of my finger picking up a nugget I thought fell out of the box not out of the pot. First decent burn since I began casting so I figured I'm still bucking my learn everything the hard way life trend. ;)
     
  15. Dale Alan

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    I primed about 400 cases for the .223s , mixed small lots all sized where they work in 6 different rifles .Tomorrow they get powder and bullets .
     
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  16. Hooda Thunkit

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    I'm messing with some 7.62x54r that I want to shoot at 200yds from a 1935 Tula 91/30. Actually a very nice rifle, with probably the best un-molested trigger I've ever felt on a MN.

    I'm using factory ammo - sort of....

    I've posted about this sort of handloading before, so if you feel yourself starting to get the vapours, just quit reading.

    Through some careful chrono work, I've discovered I can download the factory PPU and get some really good numbers. I broke down 20 loads and measured the powder charge weight, coming up with an avg. of 51.0g. I saw as low as 45.7, and as high as 54.3 grains in individual cartridges.

    Factory Chrono - 51.0 gr = 2857 fps, ES 49, SD 23.1

    When I re-charge with 48 grains of the powder I pulled out (yes, re-using the factory powder), I get

    48.0 gr = 2555 fps, ES 3, SD 1.5 - A 3 fps velocity spread !

    I actually tested loads reduced more than this, but that's another thread.

    Today I broke down 61 rounds FROM THE SAME LOT NUMBER of PPU ammo. The same lot # ensures the same powder.
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    I neck-sized those cases. The factory primer is still intact in the cases. Next I'll reload, with the 48gr charge, and reseat the same factory soft point bullets. The bullets are remarkably consistent weight, 148.88 gr avg.
    The OAL varied .014" in the 20 factory cartridges I measured; I bet I can get them more consistent than that.

    A bit of time and know-how, I'm hoping to get a very good 200 yd load for iron sight fun with the 91/30.
     
  17. AJC1

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    I planned to break the rest of my ppu down for information purposes in 308. Its 3 moa ammunition so other than being really stupid I cant make it much worse.... currently having to much fun casting.
     
  18. Walkalong

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    I use the fine corncob, so it isn't real bad for the cases I do that way, but yea, I always have a few flash holes I have to knock a piece of corn cob out of. Most stuff I tumble with the primer in, then size/decap, then load.
     
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  19. AK Hunter

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    I tumbled some .223/5.56 & .308 brass I picked up at the range. I thought all the .308 brass was boxer primed but about 20 were berdan primed. It's too much trouble to convert them & the brass is not that scares yet. I put them away in case it gets bad enough that I need to convert them.
    Now I'm resizing everything & checking primer pockets if they need to be swaged.
     
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  20. kmw1954

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    Nope, deprime with universal die, wet wash brass, ream pockets if needed, uniform pockets, size, trim then tumble in fine cob. Stand all brass pockets up and punch/pick flash holes. Cob helps get all the small shavings out of the cases and removes sizing wax..
     
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  21. Horskinator

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    Finally pulled the trigger on a tool I have wanted for some time.... Hornady Case Prep Center is in bound.
     
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  22. Hooda Thunkit

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    Melting stuff to make other stuff is fun !
     
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  23. AJC1

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    I planned on reloading them with even charges and a different seating depth. Something needs to change because these are garbage.
     
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  24. dartor

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    Please give us a review after you've used it a bit. Thanks
     
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  25. Walkalong

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    Tumbled the lube off of 233 6 Dasher cases, cleaned the primer pockets, brushed the necks, and they are tumbling with corncob & polish. I'll let them run about an hour. Then I will need to hand brush all the necks and expand them with the Sinclair .241 expander.
     
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