What have you done in the reloading room today

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

  1. CryptKeeper5

    CryptKeeper5 Member

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    OK....so I'm a little obsessive and stood there for about two hours and plugged away at it. Got everything sorted and set on the board. A little final tweaking alignment and some epoxy tomorrow should do it. I really think the old bronze tipped bullets are cool! I even remember where the wood came from. He had a slab of walnut which he used to build a stock for one of his rifles(he was also a very good wood worker). He shaved that plank off to use for the bullet board. I remember sanding it when I was a kid!

    BulletBoard.jpg My father was the director of the Wyoming state crime lab and the head ballistic/wound expert. He said at that time, these were the most popular hunting bullets used in the state so he had them in order to use as comparisons to slugs they'd pull from poached game in order to identify the rifle. I do remember all the boxes of bullets he had stacked at the lab...this was one from each! Everything from .22 to 8mm. Most of them are .30 cals. Very popular back in the day!
     
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  2. JD Fla1

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    I thought of that, using my drill press. I don't know if the stem is deep enough to try it. There is quite a bit of wiggle room around the ogive.

    the jb weld trick, I can see the slanted bullets from here..:D
     
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  3. horsemen61

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    Loaded 50 6.5 Creedmoor!
     
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  4. IALoder

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    Had a full day inside today with the rain and wind we are getting.
    This morning I primed and loaded the LC .308 brass I had prepped with a ladder of AA2520/150fmj's, and continued the TAC/150fmj ladder. Primed all of the .223 brass I had prepped, loaded up the 10pcs mixed brass with 22.6 N133/62fmj, and loaded the LC'21 up with a ladder of N135/73gr Berger BT Target.

    This evening I sized up 50 pcs Win .308 brass for trying N135 and AR Comp with the box of 155gr BTHP I stumbled across, then sized 40 pcs mixed .223 brass for hopefully trying(if it shoots well with no pressure signs) the N133/62fmj blammo ammo load in my other AR's.
     
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  5. sisyphus

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    after dinner I filled 8 stripper clips with 223 and then switched the bench over to make 308 tomorrow
     
  6. entropy

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    Finally got back down there and did one box of Trap loads. I'm off tomorrow, and if my pheasant hunting buddy doesn't call, I'll be loading most of the day.
     
  7. Riomouse911

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    I put together a bunch of .41 Mag using a 210 gr Plated RNFP and 7.5 gr Unique, then a 215 gr SWC over 8.0 Unique as starting loads for a soon to be here Model 57…and then some Sierra 210 gr JSP over a near-max charge of H-110 to feed my Redhawk and Blackhawk with.

    Then it was .38 Special time so I loaded 2.8 gr Bullseye 148 DEWC target loads and 150 gr SWC over 3.9 gr BE for a little bit more pep.

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    Stay safe.
     
  8. AJC1

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    Never shot a 41 but it's on the bucket list. Also want to own a 38-55.
     
  9. Hooda Thunkit

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    Lee will make you a custom seater plug, for $8. Look here:
    https://leeprecision.com/custom-bullet-seating-plug.html
     
  10. AJC1

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    I've reloaded a lot of mixed cases but the mixed primers would drive an OCD person right over the edge. ;)
     
  11. GeoDudeFlorida

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    You'd hate me. When I put together loads for plinking cans out in the fallow fields I mix nickel and yellow brass, head-stamps, primers... It's like the day after Thanksgiving: leftover stew. ;) :rofl:
     
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  12. Riomouse911

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    Indeed, in my usual world I would use all the same ones for each load, same goes for cases.
    Lower level loads are mixed, my near max ones are all the same.

    But sadly, in today’s lack-of-components reality, just having any primers to reload with is a victory. :(

    Stay safe
     
  13. bluejay75

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    Gents. I still consider myself barely a step above rookie when it comes to reloading but if you aren’t deburring your flash holes it’s most likely costing you 1/4-1/2 in accuracy and 2-5 SD.

    Premium brass has almost no burrs in the flash hole. This is what 120 pieces of Hornady 6.5 Creedmoor leaves behind. Even S&B had fewer.
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  14. GeoDudeFlorida

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    Spent the weekend working outside and running errands Saturday and working inside Sunday. Sunday I broke open and started sorting, cleaning and organizing the box with the MEC 600Jr. and stuff I was given Saturday. It's got some rust on it and only three bushings - 29, 30, and 32 - and one charge bar - didn't write down what it was. :( Chart said it was for 1-1/8oz. loads, maybe? The wads are WW white wads and everything is for 12ga.

    I have lots of Ramshot Competition, Red Dot, Unique, Blue Dot, and am mostly interested in 4-buck loads. I have a few thousand WW 00 2-34" police loads I bought at a state prisons system surplus auction years ago. Don't need bird shot - got a few thousand of them stored away, too - but No.4 Buck us getting hard to find and I only got a few hundred. It's handy for gators, pigs, rabid dogs - almost anything that needs puttin down hard at close range - but I like using break barrels 12ga. for by the door. Need to look into supplies for that. :)
     
  15. South Prairie Jim

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    Are you deburring or altering ?
     
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  16. bluejay75

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    Just deburring.
     
  17. MaxLoad

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    "Momma always said, It's like a box of chocolate... ya never know what ya gonna get..." :rofl:
     
  18. South Prairie Jim

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    That seems excessive, not all brass manufacturers use the same flash hole size, some use .060 other brands are designed with .080
    Might be a great opportunity to do some side by side testing and comparing.
     
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  19. AJC1

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    I use a redding flash hole deburing tool because I didnt want to figure out how much was the right amount. The tool is a little more expensive but my sanity is worth it.
     
  20. Nipty

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    Cleaned necks and sized a bunch of .243 brass. Did some inventory. Realizing how little. 410 we have loaded left. Gonna have to get to it. Have not been there or here in too long. Was hitting the woods for early season muzzleloader. Success! First year with flintlock.
     
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  21. bluejay75

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    My .06 brass does not get deburred. Only my Large flash hole brass. No kidding, I went from 10-12 SD to 2-5 SD on the same loads and I have been shooting much more consistent groups. The only other step that I added was mandreling the necks and scrubbing each of the necks. When I got tired of stabbing myself in the wrist with the debur tool I took it off for a while to see the difference and my SDs crept right back up. My tests from yesterday and me seeking better numbers on accurate loads in 6.5 Creedmoor prompted me to debur brass I had no intention of deburring just to see the difference. So if I make it onto the range tonight I will be reshooting this load below with deburred flash holes. All other steps the same.

    With one caveat. I’m going to shoot 42.0 and 42.2 from my Lyman Gen 6 not hand trickled.
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  22. WeekendReloader

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    Saturday, loaded up 100 of 9mm Accura 124gn PLRN over Titegroup for the range on Sunday. Shot the few remaining rounds from my TG ladder left over from last weekend as warm-up, then had at it. 3.7gn Titegroup with a 124gn plated works very well in my Walther PPQ. So far, the Walther likes low to mid range Hodgdon data on all their powders and bullet combination I've tried.

    Loaded another 100 Sunday afternoon to have for the next trip to the range. :thumbup:
     
  23. drband

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    Finished loading some .22TCM.
    New Lee Safety Prime worked flawlessly.
     
  24. Charlie98

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    Love those 210grn JSP's over H110/W296... my favorite jacketed .41 bullet! I have the Remington version of it... and, unfortunately, I'm down to my last 200 components. I've got about 200 loaded up... which will likely last me a bit, I don't shoot much jacketed anymore.

    Loaded up 25 test rounds of .45 Colt, 255grn cast Keith, and IMR4227... seeing if I can find the powder's Happy Place, or at least a little more velocity without going all Ruger on it.
     
  25. Charlie98

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    I've cut crimps out of primers that left less brass than that... Just... verify what you are doing. I'd hate to see you have to scrap that valuable 6.5 brass.
     
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