What have you done in the reloading room today

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

  1. kmw1954

    kmw1954 Member

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    Walkalong you've been really beating the Dasher up buddy! The new gun my mentor has just received is a 6mm XC I believe. He went from a 6BR
     
  2. Hooda Thunkit

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    Break down 10 rounds. Weigh the powder charges, find the average.

    Drop the average powder charge 5%, reload to a consistent length.

    Try that.
     
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  3. Walkalong

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    And going to run it again this Saturday unless something happens. I ordered a new barrel the other day, but it's for the backup/loaner gun I am building. By the end of this year the current gun will be close to or needing a new barrel. My buddy just bought a Proof Prefit for his Origin action, and it is shooting very well. At the price point ($479 @ Altus), they seem to be a great value. A cut rifled Bartlein will run you 50% more, but they shoot lights out, and mine has kept shooting great despite the round count. Time will tell how the Proof button rifled barrels hold up, but they seem to shoot very well.
     
  4. lightman

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    Yeah, it don't take long to look at a hot piece of lead! ;) Been there done that!
     
  5. lightman

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    Nothing much except housekeeping since I melted lead last Friday. I do have 1000 new 41 Magnum cases primed and ready to load. Waiting on a slow day.
     
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  6. Charlie98

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    Still tumbling and sorting. Put away the leftover ammos from my trip.

    It's funny... I poured my tumbled .45ACP brass into the box with the other empties... all that shiny, freshly tumbled brass against the older, not so shiny brass tumbled prior. My OCD kicked in..."should I re-tumble the already tumbled brass so it's as shiny as the newly tumbled brass?"
     
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  7. Hooda Thunkit

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    Loading up the PPU 7.62x54r that I broke down... scoop and trickle the 48g load of factory powder, re-seat the factory 150g BTSP.
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  8. Blue68f100

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    Add some wax to your cleaning mix to keep the brass from tarnishing. I have some 45acp brass that was cleaned 5 yrs ago and still has a shine to it.

    Hopefully you did not dump your 45acp into brass that contained 40 cal and 9mm.
     
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  9. AJC1

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    Did yard work today insted of casting, remind to never do that again. ;) I did get my er40 collett holder so i can make hornady tool cases. Not so exciting. :(
     
  10. Mostly Lead

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    Built a counter for my single stage press, a switch is triggered every time the arm goes down and a display gets updated with the shell count. (guess who finally got their first Arduino kit and needed a project :thumbup:)
     
  11. Walkalong

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    Finished prepping the 233 6 Dasher cases after work, will prime them this evening. Likely load enough for a one day match tomorrow.
     
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  12. Frulk

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    Set up a MEC 12 Gauge Size Master I ordered from Midway. Problem now is the long search for supplies/charge bars/bushings and a load that will work for me in SASS Matches.

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  13. MFInc

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    Separated pistol brass in varying stages and head stamp, trying to get a handle on it all Still have a bit unsorted 9mm and 40S+W. Going to break in my Lee Bulge buster on the few hundred 40 cases that don't plunk after sizing. RCBS die seems to remove it on some. Still need to go through and take out any with a huge bulge. Hoping the buster does that though.
     
  14. IALoder

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    Primed and loaded up the 100pcs mixed .308 brass I had prepped with AA2230 and 150gr FMJ's. Ran myself out of AA2230, .308 blaster loads sure do use up powder quickly!!!
     
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  15. Hugger-4641

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    Primed 100 new cases of Barnes 300wm brass and loaded some test seating depths for 200eldx and 76.5gr of H1000.
    Took some Hornady American gunner 6.5cm 140gr bthp and re-seated to test depths. Tumbled 200rds of 9mm and changed oil in my tractor. Should sleep well now!
     
  16. AJC1

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    That's more than a pound per hundred. :eek:
     
  17. Walkalong

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    Primed 233 Dasher cases last night. The 21st Century tool makes it easy, and I love the click adjustable depth setting.
     

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    Have you done testing on depth settings? I always was curious. Seems as though the really competitive guys have tried every including sorting primers by weight. As much as I enjoy this people must spend hours a day unloading our efforts and making data charts.
     
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  19. memtb

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    Still trying to get this 460 XVR load “ironed-out”! Shot yesterday with new brass, which eliminated my extraction issues. So, will start working up to larger charges and higher velocities.....and hopefully, still be able to extract cases. While 400 grainers @ 1400 ain’t bad....it should do better!

    So.....will load 5 more today, step out to the backyard range and “torch” these off! Would love to see accuracy, velocity (1500 would be nice), and easy extraction! memtb
     
  20. Walkalong

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    Heck no, just make sure they are to the bottom of the pocket. What I am doing is working, so ........ :)
     
  21. GeoDudeFlorida

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    I dug out the RCBS collet puller, .35 cal collet, and 20 rounds of .357Maximum I was given decades ago that's WAY overloaded for any handgun, even a T/C. They were put together by a local hunter - now deceased - for a T/C SSP but he something REAL wrong at some point. He blew up a T/C Super 14 in .357Max. I had a T/C Super 14 .35Remington at the time and he gave me about 700 rounds of this stuff and said, "Do what you want, I'm done with hunting." I didn't know it at the time but he was real sick, died a couple months later. Kind of sad but he was in his 80's.

    They're R-P Max cases sized about 0.010" long, loaded with .358" Sierra 180gr. SSP-JSP bullets and 22-1/2 gr. of some slow-burning ball powder - can't tell which one, maybe H110 or 2400. Over the years I've been pulling the bullets for use in my T/C and Model 600 .35 Remingtons - like they were made for - and resize/reloading the primed cases for a heavy lead or jacketed bullet more appropriate to the caliber. The RCBS collet puller has made thisw chose a LOT easier and, if I got any 110gr. GDHP left :( I'll load these up for varmints. The powder I used to burn off on the back patio but this time I'll set it aside for the sparkler experiment. :)
     
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  22. eb in oregon
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    I think that a bad idea. Sparklers are an entirely different type of powder than gun powder. While gun powder does burn it burns in micro seconds, not seconds. I'm pretty sure all you'll get is a "poof" and a flash. And I surely wouldn't want to hold one. Best to use the scrap powder on your lawn or vegetable garden.
     
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  23. gifbohane

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    Received an email from Midway that my order was on the way. I was surprised since I hadn't ordered anything since Christmas. Looked further into it and it seems that the mold handles that I ordered have been backordered since then. Now I gotta wait for the molds.

    I do not know if I should be happy or sad.
     
  24. GeoDudeFlorida

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    It can't be any more dangerous than home-made det cord. Not to worry, I will be careful.
     
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  25. Hugger-4641

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    Yep, I'll be out of H1000 and have to switch to 4831 or RL17.
     
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