What have you done in the reloading room today

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

  1. Big Wes

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    Thank you I just ordered one
     
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  2. Misplacedtexan

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    Yeah, trimming gets to be a pia sometimes.
     
  3. SnowBlaZeR2

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    After getting set up with an RT1500, I think swaging is now my least favorite part.
     
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  4. GeoDudeFlorida

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    Sizing primer pockets. I put together a couple of plinking loads for 9mm Sunday and just started chucking the cases with undersize or crimped primer pockets. Mostly mid-80's milspec garbage anyway so no great loss but I just don't enjoy chamfering or sizing primer pockets on small pistol cases.
     
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  5. SnowBlaZeR2

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    I do the same with pistol, but I prefer using LC for 223. I need to just get a CP2000 with an ammobot and call it a day.
     
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    132 9mm
     
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  7. IALoder

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    Trimming is my least favorite part of reloading. ESPECIALLY when I'm doing a sizeable amount of .223 blaster ammo. At least when it's done I don't usually have to trim again for a couple loadings.
     
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    @Klaatu Barada Nikto, great glass and I really like the EBR-2C reticle. It was a bit finnicky getting zeroed as there is no tactile feedback making the final adjustments. Haven't really put it through its paces yet. I like it thus far.
     
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  9. tachelberry

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    Loaded 50 rounds of 300 Savage for a 99 take down. This rifle requires fireforming and neck sizing to compensate for a tad of headspace.
    Also, loaded 100 rounds of 300 Savage for a Remington Model 81.
     
  10. Hooda Thunkit

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    Fired up the casting pot -

    Some NOE 312-208-RN, which is Al's version of the Lyman 312-299. About 15 pounds worth of Clip-on Wheel Weights;
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    This is the 4th time I've cast with this mould. It's getting easier to run it, or maybe I'm getting it figured out. I'll wait a week, then weight sort and size them. These are destined for the 1942 Sako M-39 Finn at the monthly Military Bolt-gun match at the local club.

    Then something a bit different.
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    A Lee .44 DEWC, in 6-cavity (no less).

    Don't go looking for this mould in the Lee catalog, it's not there. It actually never was there. This is a custom mould, more than likely part of a group-buy over at the CastBoolit site more than a decade ago.
    ETA: It was a CB group-buy, in 2007.

    I found it at the big Tulsa Wanenmacher gunshow a few years ago. The vendor had a stack of moulds; most never used. I'm not convinced he knew what most of them were, I think he bought an estate.

    I purchased this mould, and a few others that caught my eye. This one was NIB, still had the two halves taped shut from the factory. I used some acetone and a cotton swab to clean them out, and I'm glad I did. I got several aluminum shavings from the cavities. I washed it, heated it up 3 times, and proceeded to fight with it.
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    I eventually ended up with a pile of wadcutters. All those right angles in the grease groove and the sharp corners in the crimp grooves wanted to retain the casting in the mould. I'm hoping another few sessions will get a patina on this thing, make it easier to deal with.

    I pinned the cylinder throats on a Taurus M431 in 44 Spl, and they all measured .434". I think these babies will be just the ticket.
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    I may even try them in the Ruger...
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  11. SnowBlaZeR2

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    Tumbling brass from yesterday. There's a lot of it.
     
  12. BWS

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    Got chores done early. Shot my 7-08 with cast 130g Lee,H4198 load. Then went to loading room and loaded them up again.

    I only shoot about a box at a time,so it's not an all day process.
     
  13. AFDoc

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    It’s not really what I did in the loading room today as much as it was what I ordered for the reloading room.
    I have an AMP Mark II on the way.
     
  14. IALoder

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    Put a Radian Talon GI safety in one of my lowers, then sorted out the brass I tumbled yesterday. Put the LC .223 brass I pulled out yesterday back away, and pulled 150 pcs of mixed .223 brass out. Decided to finish off my last lb of X-Terminator, then I should be good on "blaster" ammo for the summer!
     
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  15. DMW1116

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    Prepped some Frontier 5.56 brass for test loads. My go to bullet was the Hornady 75 grain BTHP but I switched to 77 gr SMKs. I have a test batch of them with H335 and a batch with IMR 4064. I also have a test batch for my 20” barreled rifle with 55 gr Hornady FMJBT over H335. I switched primers and need to check them.
     
  16. kmw1954

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    Just now finished up test ladder Benchmark in 223 with a 62gr bullet. 22.0, 22.3, 22.6 and 22.9gr...
     
  17. Walkalong

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    Checked shoulder position on some 6.5 Creed cases.
     
  18. AJC1

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    Your 312 bullet is awsome. Did you consider a not gas checked version as I'm always trying to find molds that I can skip those. I like that noe offers both in the same mold.
     
  19. Hooda Thunkit

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    I am continually torn betwixt the checked and non-checked version of every NOE mould I acquire.

    Thus far I have ended up with the checked version, mostly because of the idea that I may decide to drive them harder than 1800-1900 fps.

    I seriously doubt I will ever go that way, but...

    I'm almost certain my next mould will be be for a bare bottom boolit.

    Almost certain. :)
     
  20. BWS

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    More 7-08 "goodness",exclusive to this site/thread. Not gonna see this anywhere else.

    Took a cpl hrs this a.m. which,could be done in a fraction of the time now,making this. I had thought it up a cpl years ago and just got the roundtoit. Have been making custom lube sizer,top punches for years. Will spare all the benefits,but here's one more.

    It took a custom reamer after prodigious step drilling on the top punch ID. Once reamed,and still chucked up,a #29 drill is run through as the clearance/minor size for an 8-32 tap. Takes a std(or any shape you want to create) cup point set screw. Hopefully you get the idea from pic below,with the screw backed out. These were the first 3 bullets and were admittedly,just donors(goofing around).

    I've been using torque wrenches on the modified Lyman 450 handles for several years now. Again,don't need to list all the reasons. In this application you have two separate controls. 1st is static depth of set screw.... as it relates to the top punch, interior depth. The 2nd,is you can set the "upset" by changing the "click" value on the torque wrench. This is an ongoing process,figuring out the correct balance of torque # vs engagement depth.

    Lee 285130R mold.

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  21. merlynski

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    First load of wet tumble with pins in my new National Metallic rotary tumbler. Ran 3 hours yesterday and I could not get the lid off. With a little ingenuity and help we got it loose. Needs a little grease I guess. 1000 shiny, like new 40 S&W!
    Next load 1000 45ACP.
     
  22. GeoDudeFlorida

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    I've seen and heard lots of debate about gas checks. Some folks say they seal the bore completely so they are always necessary for accuracy and consistency. Other folks say leading isn't a problem as long as you size your cast boolits correctly and follow the powder charge/velocity guidelines for your alloy, so they are really never necessary. Other folks say The Stig is really retired racing driver Jackie Stewart in lifts. All I know is, fast heavy boolits put holes in things.
     
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  23. Hooda Thunkit

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    For that matter, SLOW heavy bullets put holes in things. Usually all the way through, too.

    The 45-70 Gov't has done a peck of killin', at what, 1600 fps ?
     
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  24. GeoDudeFlorida

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    Good point! :thumbup:
     
  25. NR53

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    Annealed ~500 cases this morning, mostly LC 5.56, but some 6.8spc and x39 mixed in.
     
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