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What have you done in the reloading room today

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

  1. stormshrike

    stormshrike Member

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    Proper
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  2. BWS

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    Haha
     
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  3. GeoDudeFlorida

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    I think that's one piece of advice everyone new to reloading should be given: when you decide to start reloading, have a plan for unloading, too. Decide before you buy your first set of dies and first press whether to buy a collet puller and collet for the calibers you plan to reload, or an impact puller - then order one or both at the same time you order the press and dies.
     
  4. Ray P

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    Ammonia is NH3; a caustic and hazardous chemical. Household ammonia is a very dilute solution of NH3 in water (NH3 in water is called ammonium hydroxide).

    Ammonium C12-15 pareth sulfate (is a surficant), with an NH4 component. Quaternary ammonium cations are generally unreactive.

    But if you are worried about ammonium variants in contact with brass, don't use dryer sheets for dust removal in media tumbling. From https://home.howstuffworks.com/dryer-sheets.htm

    "If you rub a dryer sheet between your fingers, you might notice a slightly tacky feeling. That's the surfactant, a compound that contains a positive charge and a fatty molecule such as a quaternary ammonium salt or a silicone oil [source: Kozen]. As the surfactant heats up during the drying cycle, the fatty substance coats your clothes, making them more pleasant to the touch, and the positive atoms prevent static.

    But if you pick up a box of dryer sheets to find out which specific chemicals are in it, you might not see them. Cleaning product makers have to list only the ingredients that are active disinfectants or known to be hazardous [source: Gavigan]." Emphasis is mine.
     
  5. HOWARD J

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    Trimmed 50 -3030 brass
     
  6. km5

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    took a factory 12ga 2 3/4" 1 oz #7.5 shot cut top off to 1 15/16"saved shot & wad, cut wad down,put back in, poured shot back roll crimped now 1 3/4" did not change powder nor shot. have not shot yet...waiting for my lyman book ..any input ? thanks
     
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  7. BigBoreBubba

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    Had a pretty good day of load testing at the range, except for nearly getting shot (see my post on that for details). The 50 Beowulf ladder test was a great success. 400gr. Winchester Platinum Tips over Accurate 1680. Every charge we tried was putting them in the same hole out of both of our guns, with the exception of a few flinchers on both our parts. Finally decided on 41.8gr for that one.
    My first two charges of IMR4064 under a 300gr Hornady in my 375 H&H produced ragged hole groups at 50 yards with open sights. Groups started opening up as the charges got higher. Decided on 63.0gr for that load.
    I had a ladder test loaded up with 300gr Montana LFNGC over IMR4064 as well. This test didn’t go as well. I actually did this test before the Hornady test. My ladder went from 53.0-57.0gr. I got around 1.5” at 50 with the 53 and 57gr loads. No leading that I could see. I think I can push this bullet a little harder. I think it may need that in order to stabilize. Further testing in the future for that one.
    Found a node in my 223 ladder (55gr Wolf FMJBT over 24.0gr of H335).
    Tried two different ladder tests of 240 gr. Missouri Keith style coated bullets in 44 mag. Had good success with 11.0gr of Unique and 24.5gr. of H110.
    Had very good results with my ladder test of 45ACP. 230gr Missouri Softball coated over Ramshot Competition. Very accurate at 3.6, 4.0, and 4.4gr. Had perfect function at all charges in my 1911, however, they would not chamber in my buddy’s 1911 (hitting the lands). I had them seated to 1.265” OAL. I’m going to have to play with seating depth to get them to run in his gun.
    My new Bergara 308 has thankfully decided it likes my load for my AR10 (155gr HPBT over 42.4gr of H335).
    My buddy’s BFR 30-30 produced a (tiny) one hole group at 25 yards with a 170gr LFNGC over 23.0 gr of H335.
    I brought my Dad’s 500 to try out several different ladder tests. On the first test (500gr XTP over Lil Gun) I got a pierced primer on the second shot. On examination, the firing pin looked fairly eroded, and the primer of the first shot looked pretty ugly as well. I think he must have had some pierced primers in the past and just didn’t know it. I put the Lil Gun loads away and proceeded (with caution) onto the next tests. The Lil Gun loads were in brass that is supposed to require LPM primers, and I was running CCI 350’s in it. The first charge was a measly 26.0 gr. My next test was the same 500gr XTP over H110 with Remington 9-1/2 LRP. That one went well, and I settled on 31.5gr. The next test was 700gr Matt’s LFNGC T-Rex killers over H110 with CCI 200 LRP’s. That one went well also. Found some accuracy at 24.5gr and started getting slightly sticky extraction at 25.0, so I settled on 24.5 for that one.

    Only other issue we ran into was the parallax adjustment not working on a new Vortex scope on my buddy’s new Weatherby.

    I’ve got another shipment on the way from Missouri, so I’ll be doing quite a bit more load development in the near future. Mainly 460 S&W, 45-70, 50 Beowulf, 45 ACP, 30-30 (for my Marlin), and 375 H&H.
     
  8. tightgroup tiger

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    Interesting about the dryer sheets.
     
  9. IALoder

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    Primed and loaded all of the .308 & .223 cases I had prepped. My retry of IMR4166/150FMJ, detail ladder of N140/168smk, Chrono load of N140/77gr, ladder of N135/75gr, and last but not least a Chrono load of PP Varmint/75's. This is the first time I've used N135, and my first thought was that the grains look like a little bit fatter 8208XBR, and looks like it will meter pretty well for a stick powder. Used the chargemaster lite tonight, so I'll have to play with metering it soon. When I put em side by side that's exactly what I saw, so I thought I'd share!
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  10. barnfrog

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    Why?
     
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    Tightgroup Tiger; I just re-read my post above. To me, reading it now, I came across arrogant and preachy. If you read it that way too, I apologize. Originally, my post was much longer, and I tried to edit it down to something simple, clear and direct. It certainly gained an unintentional tone which was not my intent.
     
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  12. km5

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    shot slugs with son`s 590, liked so seeing if shooting #7.5 would be ok. got 4 cases of 12ga 2 3/4 #7.5 1oz be lot cheaper than 1 3/4 1oz slugs
     
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  13. barnfrog

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    Sorry if I'm being dense. Doesn't the 590 have a 3" chamber? Why do you have to reduce the shell length?
     
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  14. tightgroup tiger

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    Don't worry about it, I didn't take it that way.
     
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  15. JmacD

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    I actually tested my first reloads. The ones off the plate were first. I admit I shut my eyes and turned my head. Otherwise they did ok. 30 ft with a micro compact.
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  16. AJC1

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    Nothing wrong with a respect and healthy fear of the power we wield as reloaders. Doing it right and focusing on each round like it will blow your face off is how I roll. My kid shoots my reloads and that is a serious responsibility.
     
  17. Mikhail2400

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    I had been seriously considering buying a brass wet tumbler but didnt want to spend the money. Then I remembered I have a wood lathe!!!! So I bought a large mouth plastic gallon jug, glued two paddles on the inside to force the brass to tumble, then ordered the Frankford Arsenal Brass Cleaning Solution and 5lbs of SS pins.
    Just finished the first load and it worked GREAT! I was very surprised at how well the FA solution and the pins worked.
    Every once in a while my brain works in a beneficial way!!
     
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  18. JmacD

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    hey…. Great idea. I might have to try that!
     
  19. km5

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    with 1 3/4" can load 10 rds his toy.
     
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  20. km5

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    the 590 is chambered for 3" but add a OPsol Mimi-clip and you have 8+1 rds of 1 3/4" its his toy ,i just reload ha ha
     
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  21. Hooda Thunkit

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    I remember firing my first reloads, about 35 years ago. Coincidentally 9mm also, but loaded with Clays.

    I held the pistol in my off hand, turned my head, and held a piece of 1" board betwixt my head and the pistol.

    Fortunately everything went just peachy, and spawned the money-saving that continues even to this day ! ;)
     
  22. barnfrog

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    OK, so I'm not crazy. That's what I was thinking your purpose might be, just never heard tell of anyone cutting rounds down to maximize mag capacity.

    Have fun and be safe!
     
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    Going to try out 1 or 2 trap loads recipes tonight, and shoot them tomorrow, my Titewad finally came.
     
  24. Ray P

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    That's kinda how I feel the first time I fire a new gun I've assembled, or a cartridge I've never reloaded before. When I do, I feel I should break out an old tire and a length of string in the style of Turner Kirkland's information section of the old Dixie Gunworks catalog
     
  25. kmw1954

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    That sounds like it could be painful! Like an unwanted wisdom tooth or an unfavored Uncle.
     
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