What have you done in the reloading room today

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  1. AJC1

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    Dont know how far you are from mciver but it would be cool to meet up for a shoot.
     
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  2. lightman

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    Just finished removing the crimp on 200 223 cases. I also broke down a rifle thats going in to get rebarreled. Thats removing the stock, trigger, scope and the rings and bases. I may or may not venture out to the shop and pull the barrel off. We'll see!

    My hands have gotten soft since I retired and I started using those thin mechanics gloves to help me hold cases. They look like those that weightlifters and bicycle riders wear. Another device thats useful for holding cases it a tap handle. The handle that holds taps when you are threading a hole.
     
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    Trimmed 550 7.62x39 previously sized brass.
     
  4. IALoder

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    Deprimed the brass from my range trip today, also had to pull some 10 165gr/AR Comp loads, and 15 150gr/AR Comp loads. I started a little hotter than I should have in the .308! 77smks/AR Comp shot well right at Alliant's max, no pressure signs, so I'm going to load another detail ladder around there. PP Varmint and 77NCC's shot well the first 2 groups, then opened up after that, so I'll load a detail ladder around there as well! I wasn't shooting very well today, so I don't feel like I gave the loads I did shoot their best chance to impress. Hopefully I shoot better next time!
     
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    It looks like you learned a whole bunch today, which is awesome!
     
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    Walked upstairs to look at some components... and went right back downstairs. The A/C unit for upstairs crapped out a few weeks ago, so it's about 100F upstairs... :(
     
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    Started loading the Lehigh Defense 90 grain 9mm into test batches. Hopefully it won’t take all night and I can try them tomorrow.
     
  8. Walkalong

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    Sized 20 "Win" 6.5 Creed cases. They weigh nearly identical to my Hornady 6.5 Creed cases, so I am going to use them for load work up until it is time to fine tune. That will save wear on my Hornady range brass cases, which I will fine tune with. Then I'll use my older brothers once fired Hornady cases from his rifle to load for him. Yes, using his rifle to work up the load.

    I tumbled the lube off, so now I have to trim them, and finish prep work. Expanding with a Sinclair .262 turning mandrel will be the last step. If that is too tight, I'll switch to the .263 expander mandrel.
     
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    Also learned I can’t count and skipped an increment, so tomorrow’s testing might not be as thorough as I’d have liked. 5, 6, 7, 8, 10
     
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  10. AJC1

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    Got some of that new common core. :)
     
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    “It isn’t enough to say, ‘2+2=5’, you have to believe it.”
     
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  12. BWS

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    Haha
     
  13. BWS

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    I'm a little lost for words?

    '16 R700 CDL,30-06 shoots 150g Lee's with pert near starting book JB loads of Varget into bragging groups. Never "really" cared how or why,figuring it was just a great fit and some very real diligence at the loading bench? A half century behind the trigger adds in too.

    So I'm at the loading bench with a box of 20 cases. No pressing need for more of the Varget,varmint vaporizers as there's still a box of 20 loaded. Got a big jug of IMR4759,yes.... that stuff,haha. Figured what the hey, gotta use it up somewhere might as well give the ole shoulder a break? and load some light stuff. 22 grains should be round 1800.

    Ain't many 150's left. These 200 or so were cast up,heck 6 months ago? whatever. They are/were at the verge of being stupid hard. Roto metal "durn near lino" with some older WW's thrown in. You drop one on thr floor and they nick the concrete.... not really,but they ring when you tap them. They were cast with a med amt of frost,and water dropped. Using them with the 4759 seems a waste but,I'm talking 20 rounds,who cares.

    Halfway through the seating op,one STICKS in the seater and gets unceremoniously pulled back out. Am sitting there with this stupid look,questioning life..... the universe... and considering any new heart meds? Took the die apart and didn't see much. The "M.O." on the Varget load sees a light jam on OAL,that is part of the magic. Also,hardley any lube.... like practically none. So it's not like there's gobs of lube smooshed up in the die... nope,a very tiny amount. I gaged the die @.311 where the bullet interfaces with. The bullets "may" have grown a "tenth" (.0001") is all I can figure. Tension or interference is set with custom turned spuds on a Lyman M die. Expander ball removed from sizer. I can't quote #'s on the tension but it obviously works,well.... on the Varget load. I'll say .003 and not be far off.

    It must be bullets grew,and I have been right st the ragged edge of sticking one all along? Just don't know what to say. I lowered the seating stem,raised the body of the die and finished the box. But that's the first I'd touched the die setup for over a year. It "was" setup to just kiss the cases on seating.... not a crimp,just a little peck of a kiss to close anything on case edges.

    That was a novel,sorry.
     
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    A novel perhaps, but a romantic one. Filled with pressing, and kissing, and ......

    Sigh.....
     
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  15. Big Wes

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    Installed my new MEC metallic press on to my bench today. Man o man is that thing smoooooth!:)
     
  16. merlynski

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    Sorted a bunch of 40S&W brass by headstamp.
     
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    Finished fully prepping the Win 6.5 cases. Ended up putting back six cases that the .288 bushing would not size down enough, will be adding a .287 bushing to the fold, maybe a .289, used a Sinclair .262 expander after the .288 bushing. Now I have 16 fully prepped cases to start load development with whenever we're ready.
     
  18. merlynski

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    While sorting a 1000 lot of 1xF 40S&W purchased indoor range brass I found a dozen with a headstamp I had not seen before: WMA nn, where nn is a 2 digit number starting with 1. There were four of them where nn was 13, and three of the four clearly have crimped primer pockets. Any Ideas what this is?

    OOPS, Typo corrected: WMA not VMA
     
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  19. AJC1

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    The number is the year of production
     
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  20. IALoder

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    Resized the .308 brass that I pulled yesterday and reloaded it with the lower charges of AR Comp. Hopefully I can get out tomorrow morning to shoot before it gets super hot out!
     
  21. AJC1

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    I'm going night fishing. This heat is ridiculous.... shoot first thing in the morning now it not at all.
     
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    Thank you, who is WMA and why the crimped primer? (I know why primers are usually crimped on MIL brass.)
     
  23. AJC1

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    Google says its winchester military Screenshot_20210612-173755_Samsung Internet.jpg
     
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    Thanks again! Since I have a militant dislike of google I use DDG, and it did not come up. That somewhat explains the crimp . . . does any branch of the Military use 40S&W?

    Next step in the RR is bulge busting on all those cases. My G-Rx die came in yesterday. Tomorrow though, its been hot here too.
     
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  25. AJC1

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    Not in my experience but I'm just a squid. I have no idea if the FBI or any of the other agencies use 40 ordered to military specifications.
     
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