What have you done in the reloading room today

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

  1. EMC45

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    It is olllld printer paper. My stepmother gave it to my kids years ago to "draw on" I knew right away what I was gonna do with it. It has served well for target paper for years.
     
  2. GeoDudeFlorida

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    It's called tractor feed and it was the most amazing breakthrough in printing technology since the Daisy Wheel and green-bar. :)

    Yes, I do remember line printers. I still have nightmares about that sound... :what::eek:
     
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  3. AJC1

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    What the dot maxtix are you going on about :)
     
  4. bdb242

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    Got 2 new ladders made up for 5.56 and 60gr V-max in new Starline cases and CCI 400 primers. Used AR Comp and some WW 748 I have had since the late '90's. 2.5985 +/- COAL. AR Comp was from 21.4 grs to 22.2 grs and the 748 was 23.6 grs to 24.6. Data came from my QL program. When the bench rest is finished and the wind stops blowing I will try to burn some powder Fired the first couple of rounds on the new 100yd backyard range yesterday in 40+ mph wind gusts resting on the deck railing. If I told where the rounds landed, I would be called dirty names. Will post a picture tomorrow I hope. I'm lucky, not good.
     
  5. WeekendReloader

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    Stopped by the not-so-local gun store while out and about last weekend and picked up a pound of Titegroup. Loaded a ladder with powder coated LEE 356-120-TC cast lead. Planning to test them on Saturday.

    The LGS had a bunch of powder. One pound per customer limit. Seemed like normal gun store retail pricing.
    No primers in the store.
     
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  6. MFInc

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    Sorted some 9mm brass that i processed awhile back. Augilar and Win. Primed up 50, had one primer flip and go in sideways &^%$&, Noticed they can flip with the lid on the hand primer. So might take it back. Filled my throw with some CFEP and prolly run some berry 115RN @5.2gr 1.110" in that group. I seem to be getting low on CFEP and SPP too. I have SPM's atm but still. Come on NFT!! lol
     
  7. PO2Hammer

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    Long day in the reloading room.
    Finished 50 rounds of 9mm Luger with Blazer brass, CCI 500, 3.8 grains SR-7625, MBC small ball 125 @ 1.090"

    Pulled the BL 550 off the bench, mounted the old T-7 for some 357 loading.
    Full clean and oil on the T-7, reset the 357 dies.
    Loaded (slowly) 30 rounds of 357 Magnum with Win brass, Tula SPP, 5.0 grains Bullseye, Blue Bullets 125 CRN @ 1.590".
    The CRN don't have a crimp groove, so I seat them deep enough to crimp lightly on the nose.
    Shot great at the range, even though I had one rupture.
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    It's from a batch of 357 Win that I have been loading over and over for about 20 years, may have been loaded 30 times or more.
    Round hit where it was supposed to, and no unusual recoil, no damage to the gun (Handi rifle), so I'm chalking it up to brass fatigue.
    Very accurate load.
    Handi rifle, 3 shots, 50 yards, rest, red dot.
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  8. tightgroup tiger

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    The company I bought these from accepted all responsibility for the bad bullets and is replacing the order in it's entirety.
    They said they have new employees and policies aren't being adhered to.
    Good enough for me. I'm happy. I was pretty sure they would come through, they are a good company.
     
  9. Akula69
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    Cleaned pine tar off of 500 .308 tracer and loaded same in 300 AAC over 19.2 grains of CFE-BLK. Started painting the tips green with a brush and Testors lacquer paint.

    Conclusion? there had got to be an easier way.....
     
  10. 1976B.L.Johns.

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    Popping spent primers. My brass and range / gravel pit picks.
    (In the garage)

    This will be done once or twice a week until the snow flies again.
    Wet tumble when I get a batch and finish processing and /or building ammo in the Winter.
     
  11. MFInc

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    Charged up 50 and seated, crimped 9mm rounds with 5.2gr cfep. 1.100 oal. and berry115grrn. Not sure what's next...
     
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  12. swg1

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    Belled 100 new Starline 45 colt using the 454 expander in my RCBS cowboy dies. I'll have to say the resizing die squeezes those cases mighty small and after belling, they get a coke bottle look to them (and I get inflamed tennis elbow). The look doesn't bother me, the overworking of the brass does. Definitely won't have to worry about those bullets telescoping into the case when loaded in my 92.

    Need to take a long hard look at my 45's and decide what to do. I think the hairy Remington swaged bullets are going to be reserved for my 455 reloading and possibly 45AR. All my 45 colts are new production, shouldn't need 454 bullets, 452 should be fine. We'll see.
     
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  13. Charlie98

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    I've always thought most .45 Colt dies overworked cases, although I'm sure there is a SAAMI spec they are adhering to. Problem is, there are great differences in .45 Colt chambers... if you have an oversize chamber (my brother's Winchester Trapper does, in spades... ) you might look into a custom sizer die.

    Swaged bullets, while messy and unattractive, can be real shooters. One of the most accurate loads I've ever developed was 4.0grn Unique under the Hornady 158grn swaged SWC... fired out of a 3" J-frame, no less. They are likely quite soft... I would not overdrive them.


    Continued to work on my 5.56mm case prep... incorporating my Lyman case prep tool to ream the primer pockets, and my Giraud TriWay trimmer, to fully prep and bushwhack the brass. Loaded about 60 rounds without too many problems. There is an issue with some brass... it must have not been sized all the way, so even with trimming, a few cases were still overlength.
     
  14. swg1

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    Suspect my Miroku 92 does as well. It "poof"s out the top with cowboy level loads, doesn't obturate -- black cases -- all the usual symptoms.

    Long been a fan of Remington swaged bullets for any revolver type load going less than about 900fps. Hope they start offering them for sale again in the bulk cases.
     
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  15. AgPilot

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    I organized it!
     

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    LOL. I worked on line printers, band printers, daisy-wheel, dot-matrix, and the early laser printers that were the size of a washing machine. My first computer programs were on punch cards (still have some). The first word processing systems I worked on had 8" single density disk drives (Memorex). And I worked on systems that had core memory - a 32K memory card weighed about 10 lbs as I recall. I had to toggle the front switches to enter the boot code to load from tape. Ahhh, those were the days. LOL
     
  17. Charlie98

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    My brother's Trapper does the same... it will give you an eyeful of gas if you don't step the loads up a bit. I think the chamber reamer for it was the shape of a pear...
     
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  18. kmw1954

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    Finally shot up all the prepped 223 brass I had and so now I have to start again! Slowly going to start reaming primer pockets and them uniform them.
     
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  19. Charlie98

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    Worked on some more 5.56mm last night after bowling. Still working on my case prep.... I think I'm getting it down. Loaded up about 60 rounds as a tester.

    Trimmed up about 80 .308 cases I had laying there... the old fashioned way. In hindsight, I wish I would have ordered a .308 TriWay with the .223 one. Dummy.
     
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  20. Conniption

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    Worked on 6.5X55 Swede brass prep and researched load data for the GP-90 (7.5 X 53.5mm). Specifically, looking for anything that can be dug up using a 150g TMJ bullet and IMR-4350, IMR-4831 and Vectan TU-7000 powders.
    Found a gracious plenty hen's teeth and bee's knees but near about zero for those powders! Even when looking at data for the 30-40 Krag which has been said to yield reasonable starting loads.

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  21. swg1

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    Check out Hornady data. They also list 7.5x55 so you can compare vs 30-40 as you develop GP-90 loads. Good luck.
     
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  22. Conniption

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    Thanks for the reply swg1, however 7.5X55 (a.k.a GP-11) is way too hot to be used even the starting loads when working up for the M-1889 GP-90!
    The GP-90 was a 211 to 215g paper-patched, cupro-nickeled steel tipped rebated lead bullet leaving the tube at +- 2000 fps.

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  23. swg1

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    Thanks, yes I understand the differences between the two swiss cartridges.

    You'll see in the Hornady data that there is some overlap between the 30-40 data and the 7.5x55 (GP-11) data. I used 30-40 data for mine without worry as the 30-40 is a smaller capacity round as well lowering the pressures even more in the larger Swiss case.
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  24. AgPilot

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    Wanna sell that there rifle?!?!?;);)
     
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  25. swg1

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    Nah, it's part of a set. :D

    With this one and a few others.

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