What have you done in the reloading room today

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

  1. Hooda Thunkit

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    Let me help :). If it is a ball (spherical) powder, it ain't 2400.

    2400 is little short sticks. An extruded powder.
     
  2. Walkalong

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    Loading some of those prepped/primed 6 Dasher cases
     
  3. GeoDudeFlorida

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    I'll take a bad picture and post for identification when I start ripping them down. ;)
     
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  4. Dale Alan

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    I have been taking inventory of primers, powders, and bullets to see how things balance out . Powder is in the lead , with bullets trailing primers by about 10,000 . I will never use up what I have so looks like my sons will have some extra primers to use . Good to finally get an accurate count on things .
     
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  5. swg1

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    Been doing the same lately. With brass, primers, dies, bullet molds, powder etc. Great to have it all in one place and have a handle on it. Stops me from bringing home another set of dies and placing right next to the same on the shelf. Happened twice now,... Did that same stunt many years ago with a couple of rifles. "Alright, I'll put this right here, huh? What the heck? I already had one of these. Oh yeah,... It's a nice one too"
     
  6. IALoder

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    Decided to put a light crimp on the .308 I loaded last night with the lee FCD, got some .308 brass out to verify the N150/165gr load, and some mixed .223 brass for some 62gr FMJ/X-Terminator loads.
     
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  7. Charlie98

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    Loaded 40 rounds of 6.5CM for the AR-10, 142grn SMK’s over IMR4451. I wound up with 1 lone bullet left over out of the box... so I have 101 of them left. I should probably start looking for more bullets, one of these days.

    Used the new Lyman case prep center to debur the cases and uniform the primer pockets... I’ll say it again... why did I wait so long to get one???
     
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  8. Hoe50
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    [I did this also decades ago only with a borrowed lee classic loader plus bullet puller mallet and scoops when I was visiting Whittington while in nm on business. I was shooting against some folks from a nra ila mailing list who had offered to coach me. More like school me. I had surplus and lapua ammo and a model 39 and a 28 both with Swiss barrels. One guy had hand loads and a national match Springfield and the other hand loads and a 98 Mauser with a match grade trigger and barrel.
    After I excused my first groups during sightin as being the gun or rounds They helped me sort out the loads there to take away my alibi or excuses. They improved accuracy markedly even using the lee loader to reassemble them. I was humbled in every way. That was the intro I had to handloading.

    QUOTE="Hooda Thunkit, post: 11921699, member: 245957"]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.[/QUOTE]
     
  9. MFInc

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    Ran some 40 s+w cases through the Lee bb, some plunked after, the ones that didn't did after I sized them again. Put about 200 mixed 40 cases into the tumbler. Will need to sort, size, and de-bulge those. I want to get ahead on having brass ready, before I go shoot again. As i will have lots of new brass after that. I picked up some Longshot and more Speer 110grhp 30 caliber bullets today at Sportsmans too lol. Put that away. Not even sure why I got the longshot. My powder reserve for pistol now is ridiculous imo. But I have wide range to work with. Looked at the " new -" trigger connector I got for my Glock and I swear it's used. But no time to deal with that now. Going to polish it anyways..
     
  10. Walkalong

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    I'm short on bullets, compared to powder and primes, but I still have my casting stuff, and I have enough to last me a good while at my shooting pace.
     
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  11. AJC1

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    Do you shoot on your own property and recover your lead. That would be such a sweet arrangement. There will always be some loss but then powder and primers would be all you needed.
     
  12. Walkalong

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    I used to salvage lead at the gun club when I was still casting
     
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    Started with my daily health regimen.

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  14. Dale Alan

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    That is my next step , I really need to be casting my own instead of buying them .
     
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  15. Dale Alan

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    I finally finished my inventory of powder/primers/bullets . I was curious to see how well I was balanced out . My powder and primers greatly out number my bullets , but if I am being honest with myself I have enough bullets to last the rest of my days unless I live to be 120 . My plan is to give my son and and few fellow shooters my excess primers and powder . Just my excess primers should keep them going for quite some time at a normal pace , I have to do some calculating on powders before I figure out what can go . I am thinking maybe I should dole it out a little at a time just in case they see the crazy prices people are paying .;)
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  16. eb in oregon
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    I too am pretty sure I've more than enough to last to the end of my days, and I still have at least 100 pounds of lead, molds for all my pistols, and powder and primers. However I'll still buy something on occasion as "you just never know." And I seem to forget sometimes I've already got enough and just buy more anyway.
     
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  17. Dale Alan

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    I do the same thing , my wife pushes me to stay well stocked so I have her enabling plus my own tendency to be well prepared . I guess it's not a bad problem we have .
     
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  18. AJC1

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    If they get a pile all at once they will act differently than two or three smaller doses. I call it the lottery effect.
     
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  19. AJC1

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    Working on a set of 46 winchester 308 cases for testing. Sized cleaned mandrels cleaned flash holes chamfered and debured. Giving them some sun time to completely dry before priming.
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  20. BWS

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    Cast up 300 45 acp bullets this a.m.

    Ridiculously nice, 1960's Lyman 452488. Bought it from an older gentleman on another forum. His dad bought it new. I got the original box with handles. He said he remembered his dad casting for 45's. Well he may have,but it wasn't with this mould too much. Looked to only have one cast on it? like maybe a cpl hundred.

    I've got a dang nice assembledge of moulds,not a collector by any stretch. Just a solid working bunch of classics that are proven in the field and target range. This '488 mould is a bloomin sweetheart. Yes,today saw it in the little mould oven whilst the melt got up to temp. Yes,I did all the prenups...yadayada.

    There were NO rejects. From the first drop,they were jumping out of the mould on opening. The melt was just some "poor'ish" range scrap. Clean,just not much enrichment. No matter,high quality bullets were raining.

    This has to rank in the top one or two,easiest moulds I have.
     
  21. GeoDudeFlorida

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    Sweet find! You got real lucky on that find.

    Oh, and pics or it didn’t happen. ;)
     
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  22. MFInc

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    Pu tin some work on the APP de bugling and sizing about 200 40 s+w cases, then sorted about 400 40 s+w cases by head stamp today. Mostly all once shot Federal and Winchester. With some PPU, Aguilar, PMC, R P(Remington?), and a few misc from freedom and extreme. Tumbled the purple cased training cases I got at the range awhile back. They are nice pretty now with a few 9mm going back in the tumbler as they got inside the 40 cases and still purple. I picked up an RCBS hand primer today as well as I am tired of the lyman auto prime spitting primers and will save much time.
     
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  23. BWS

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    Bwahaha,good one. Bought it for a "you suck" price so will spare that. Here's more of the story. Got it in the summer of '20? or around that time.... I think(CRS).

    Keep most of the cast in a very nice wooden,drawer box. Each drawer has slide in wood deviders. Take business cards and write on the backs,the bullet/mould dope and they slip fit nicely into the devider's dado. When first getting the mould I made up a card and slipped it in one the empty spots. Then,instead of putting 488's in there... I had some Lee 190's. They were sposed to be in the next bin along with several hundred more. Somehow they got put in the wrong spot.

    Couldn't remember that I hadn't actually cast with the 488 but reaching down into the labeled bin there was 50 +- in there so,obviously it had been cast with? ... NOT. The other day was wanting to "revisit" the 488 wondering what freakin load did these use.... and found that,uhhh that ain't a 488.

    Looked all over and never found any. Now they could be hiding? Or,I just thought there had been some cast. Had been shooting H&G 68's,the 190 Lee's,and doing pretty durn well given my age. Just never got around to casting the 452488.

    Anyway,here's a handful of the little silver beauties along with the mould,handle,and box.

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    Here's a pic from back when it first arrived. The mould is on backwards for some reason(that's how it was sent). The seller said he used to take it out and clean/preserve it once in awhile.... probably just mounted it wrong. He had taken excellent care of it. 1947 Wade 8A lathe. Got it for literally beer money. Some dumba$$ ran into the original cabinet with a forklift. I Tigged in a bunch of repair sections. They also jimmy'd open a drawer because they were too stupid to turn the knurled knob.



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  25. GeoDudeFlorida

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    I'm more jealous of the lathe than the moulds. Makes my little Unimat look like a baby toy. ;)

    Great find, on both. That 488 is about the best .45 bullet I've come across. I've shot them in .45ACP, .45AR, .45 Schofield and .45 Colt. Enjoy!
     
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