What have you done in the reloading room today

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

  1. IALoder

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    Trimmed, deburred, primed, and loaded the brass I sized yesterday. .308 with N135/155bthps, and .223 "prove it" loads with N135, AR Comp, and 8208XBR with Berger 73gr BT-Target.

    Then I put away a bunch of hunting stuff, cleared off the bench completely and wiped it down, swept the floor, and put everything back.
     
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  2. Riomouse911

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    I don’t know but it’s possible. I will say the white is a matte while the red and blue are sort of metallic looking. I agree, the white bullets look better than the red and blue do. :thumbup:

    Eggleston also does holiday packs with red and green coatings. I bought a bunch of .44 200 gr RNFP last year to feed the .44 Specials :).

    Stay safe.
     
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  3. 1976B.L.Johns.

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    :confused: Sinkers can be turned into bullets...

    Liked your post, but still a bummer......

    No loose primers in the cushions to be vacuumed up...;)

    Hope to get reloading soon...
     
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  4. outdoorman63

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    Yesterday I removed the primer crimps on 50 pc's of Lake city 308, today they get full length sized and trimmed. Maybe tomorrow I will load some in either 150 gr or 168 gr haven't decided. The local rifle range doesn't reopen til Wednesday, it was closed for rifle deer season. I need to get a few more sessions in before its too cold.
     
  5. GeoDudeFlorida

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    Holiday travel and family obligations are really screwing up my reloading time. :( Managed to deprime about 200 of the .357Mag brass I tumbled last week and sorted the week before that. At this rate it will be March before I have ladders of 142gr. FMJ-TC and 158gr. LSWC built for Ramshot Enforcer testing. :cuss:
     
  6. Riomouse911

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    That’s exactly why I hid myself in the garage yesterday, family obligations can really cut into fun time come the Holiday season. I had this one free day to fill up a few of the MTM boxes that I’ve emptied so I took advantage of it. :thumbup:

    Looking forward to your ladder posts, I have a couple of pounds of Enforcer on the shelf. :)

    Stay safe.
     
  7. GeoDudeFlorida

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    I'm only working with two projectiles right now: some Fiocchi 142gr. FMJ-TC I bought years ago on the surplus/over-stock market as a proxy for generic "jacketed" load development, and some Valiant 158gr. LSWC "Keith Design" hard cast I bought even more years ago. The 142 is a good substitute for the Speer 135gr. GDHP - used to be a better proxy for the old 140gr. JHP when Speer still made it and before I ran out - and the Valiant is a good do-anything flat-point lead bullet. When I find a good all-around load for each that works well and is fairly accurate in all of my .357's I'll post it. Keep in mind, that means this one load will be used in 3", 4", 6", 6-1/2", 10" and 24" barrels, vented and unvented, and what I come up with as a "white box" load is what works in all of them - maybe not "best" in any but good in all.
     
  8. Riomouse911

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    That’s like my 158 gr coated SWC over 6.5 gr Unique and my 158 gr plated HP over 6.8 gr HP-38 loads… pretty much do-all’s at the mid-power range.

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    I have a batch of the 140 gr Sierra JHC over 18.8 gr H-110 that is an L-frame and rifle only load for me. (I don’t push anything with the L frames (edit: Should have said K frames not L frames). IMHO the 140 at magnum velocity is a nice balance between speed and bullet weight. :thumbup:

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    Stay safe.
     
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  9. doubleh

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    Nothing at all but since it is also my tinkering room I repaired my oldest great grand daughter's eyeglasses in there just a little bit ago.
     
  10. bcook4321

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    84E8A483-DCC4-4C91-B617-B56425CD68FC.jpeg Working up a quick tubing cutter - can opener Franken - cannelure tool. Needs a little more work to tighten it up and add a stop for consistency, but should do the job for small volumes.
     
  11. EMC45

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    I like that!
     
  12. Riomouse911

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    Got another break, went “Big Special” today…44 Special that is. :)


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    50 255 gr SWC over 7.4 gr Unique (Blackhawk and 629 load).

    50 200 gr coated RNFP over 7.3 gr Unique.

    50 240 gr Plated HP over 6.9 gr Unique.

    And 50 215 short nose SWC over 6.9 gr Unique. (This charge weight is a sweet spot for my GP 100.)

    Stay safe.
     
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  13. Nipty

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    This stuff cleaned up rusty dies. I mean rusty. I got them from a younger friend who got them from an older friend of ours. They were the older friends dads dies, press, rcbs bench primer,bullet collet puller set, brushes, some trimmer pilots to a Lyman (he tossed that ) and all the primers an powders thinking it all spoiled. A ton from what I understand. A Lyman scale an some other random items. However after 8 to 12 hrs the rust was gone. Some of the dies had a darker appearance. But it was also cleaning any grease an etc of the brake parts cleaner missed. After polishing with flitz all the dies I have been able to try (brass permiting) are good to go they seem.
     

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  14. Skgreen

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    Charged and seated (100) 6.5 CM
    (123 gr ELD Match over 43.5 gr StaBall looks promising.)
    Primed (477) more 6.5 cases

    Updated - Had originally posted 34.5 gr, Corrected to 43.5
     
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  15. 1976B.L.Johns.

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    Ditto.

    And there is another project, looks easy enough to build with a stop(s)! Height on bullet and depth of cannelure. Stupid spell check wanted to type cannelloni, .
     
  16. BJung

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    I neck sized fireformed cases for my 7.7 Arisaka and then used a mandrel to expand the neck so I'd have a concentric hole that is 0.0015" under the bullet diameter. I then primed the cases and then spent the rest of the time determining where a seated 150gr Barnes ttsx just started to touch the rifling. I have an ideal load and now plan to adjust the seating depth. This cartridge will not fit in the magazine but I'm looking for accuracy. I also plan to load 175gr Hornady HPBT loads as well.
     
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    Hmmm. Hodgdon’s website shows a starting load of 40.5 grains with a 123 grain bullet. 34.5 seems awfully light. Did you mean 44.5?
     
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  18. outdoorman63

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    I had planned on loading some 308 today but my daughter wants me to bring her 20 rounds for her 243. So I guess thats what I am doing today. Easy load since I have some brass neck sized for that rifle,100, gr Speer sp and 41 gr of 4831 is what it seems to shoot well.Won't have time before Thanksgiving morning to do it so I can take them to her. Tomorrow is range day.
     
  19. wcwhitey

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    100 200 RNFP’s .44 Special and 100 185 SWC-HP’ .44 Magnum
     
  20. lightman

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    I probably have a move coming up in my future and I dread it. 11,000# of lead, shelf after shelf of fired and/or new brass, a 30X30ft shop full of stuff.............. shesh! I'll never get it all moved.
     
  21. lightman

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    This morning I sorted about a half a bucket of wheelweights that the tire shop boys dropped off while I was at Deer Camp. Another buddy dropped off a quart cup and nearly a full 50 caliber ammo can of brass that he picked up while I was gone. I'll probably deprime it tonight or in the morning.
     
  22. WiTom

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    I had picked up a box of 100 Hornady FTX flex tip bullets, 225 gr. for my 44 mag, and last night, I got around to loading them up with 20.8 grains of H110. Today, the Desert Eagle really liked them, and they really do some damage when they expand. The avg. fps was 1320. I only shot 20 of them, want to save the rest, so switched to my Berry's for the rest of the day. COL was 1.640, and had no problems loading.
     
  23. IALoder

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    Measured CBTO in my .243 with the 95gr Nosler Ballistic Tips that came today. Also made up targets and got all of my range stuff out and packed. If I get everything done at work early tomorrow I can get a range trip in. It's supposed to be mid 50's, clear, and calm. When you get that in IA in late November you try to take advantage!
     
  24. Hooda Thunkit

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    My favorite casual shooting load for 44 Spl, at about 800 fps.
     
  25. Nipty

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    This morning I started to try to find my happy place with expanding on 40 S&W cases. First not enough. Then ..well I pushed the bullet in ..like about almost right where it belong. lmao. Thought wow um too much. Thought I had it on the next try. I did another. So i started a dud round to verify. Got to .117 and stop seemed to stop. Like the press acted like it was gonna start camming over. Wow what a difference here from rifle loading with expanding. Using Lee 4 Die set with the carbide sizer. One of my best friends gave it to me. With a RCBS Sizer die as well in the set! So I guess its a fine line. Because I really did not move the die a 1/4 turn. Will dirty insides of the brass cause such bullet drag? Maybe the cases need a better scrub with a brush? Range brass. My same friend got the brass. Tumbled, deprimed, sized and even primed them for me! He really is a hell of a guy. Been meaning to start on the 40 S&W. Got all my .380 stuff to load and never got the time. Now I have all this stuff. It out ranks the .380 loading because its mine. The .380 is my wife's handgun. Do not get me wrong, hers is equally important. Just I shoot a lot more then she does. She loves when i load .410 rds for her . Clay birds all day. She loves it. Have ammo for her to shoot if she decides to. Loaded 48 rds of .410 last night. Stump wads ,300 grain of #7 shot. over alliant 410. Did some with stretch wads as well over A410. We have had great patterns in both .410 shotguns with those loads. Mossberg 510 mini super bantham & Savage Turkey 301.
     
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