What have you done in the reloading room today

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

  1. BJung

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    I assembled testloads for my 7.7 Arisaka today. My initial 7.7 - 150gr Hornady SP test isn't clear. I'm guessing it's one of three loads so I made 4 rounds for each. For my 7.7-150gr Barnes, I seated my bullets deep and worked my way out by .010". I loaded 7.7 - 174gr Hornady hpbt loads. I made 4 loads each with a seating depth at the magazine length and another set at 3.100" OAL. These are my 300 yard testloads. My groups were to the left of the target. Lastly, I made 7.7 - 180gr Hor RN. Again, my ladder test wasn't so good but I can see a pattern where bullet holes are clustering and almost horizontal. Bullets were seated with a OAL so cartridges could fit in the magazine.
     
  2. AJC1

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    This is a project I have in the future. Seems like these old war horses are very individual with bore sizes all over the map. Have you slugged the bore, and what did you end up with?
     
  3. W/Vickers1938

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    While attempting to remove grip panels from Ruger Old Army (blued) I managed to break the left panel using a little too much pocket knife, apparently the ferrule had seized on the screw. Rats, drats and other politically correct vulgar expressions of self condemnation. Was able to order a set of laminated rosewood from Numrich and will be able to get the old beast back in service. I will put a small dab of anti-seize on the threads, to prevent a recurrance.
    Thank you and have a good Thanksgiving
     
  4. AJC1

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    Decaped my 50 test rounds I shot with the boy at the range. Apparently at 15 and 20 yards I see about zero difference while shooting the little trapper marlin carbine. I was just messing around and it's what I had ready. I intend to reload and test at 50 being that its iron sights and I'm no eagle eye.
     
  5. stonebuster

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    Replaced the plastic square insert inside the indexing clamp on the Lee Classic Turret and put 7 more replacements on the shelf. Set up another turret with another set of carbide dies so I can switch over to 357 from 38spl more easily. Then I got my reloading bench better organized for the winter reloading sessions.
     
  6. BJung

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    I slugged my bore at .3115". Hornady .312" seem to group better than the Speer .311 bullets. I hope the Barnes .311 bullet groups will tighten up. My option might be to PC and size them to .3125" or make a plating unit for the bullets and then resize. I might chamber cast next but then, my cases are stretching. I hope a seated 174 hpbt bullet can seat in a case and touch the lands before the case becomes too long. The Barnes ogive touches my rifling lands but Barnes bullets shoot best far from the lands. I need to review Sierra 180 bullets to see if the ogive can touch the lands. If it's a flat base, then maybe yes.
     
  7. AJC1

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    I plan on running a long round nose bullet that I cast. Not trying to burn this ole girl up with hot rod rounds.
     
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  8. johnjohn

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    Created from pieces/parts two Lee round tray hand priming tools.
     
  9. GoldieMI
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    Fired up the 650 and cranked out 800 9mm
    147 Match Winners (RMR) over TiteGroup/Federal 100s/range brass
    I'm all set for a few more Steel Challenge matches now. Tend to do more pistol shooting in the Cold Winter Months
    Being outside in the cold, no coat, you tend to shoot faster lol...or at least I do.
     
  10. AK Hunter

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    I had to brace up my bullet/brass plastic shelf it was starting to bow very bad. I didn't want to find it dumped in the floor in the morning. I guess that's what I get for buying a plastic shelf. LOL
    Now back to sizing more brass.
     
  11. AJC1

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    The heavy duty Costco shelves are the best. Put thousands of pounds on them.
     
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  12. Skgreen

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    Good catch!
    My error, should read 43.5
    Thanks!
     
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  13. IALoder

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    Deprimed the brass from my range trip today, and put it in the wet tumbler.

    VihtaVuori was right, 155's shoot pretty well with N135! 42.0 to 43.0 were all sub moa, then groups started opening up at 43.5. no pressure signs on any, and 43.0 was 2634 fps ES16/SD7.

    73 BT-TARGETS shot sub moa with 22.7 AR Comp at 2740fps ES20/SD8, 23.0 N135 at 2704fps ES32/SD11, but 8208XBR wins again. Very similar ~1/2moa group and velocity as last time at 2726fps ES6/SD2. The 8208XBR load is the one going forward!

    140 Match Burners and RL16 shot great at 42.6, 42.8, and 43.0 with only a 12 fps velocity change from 42.6-43.0. 42.8 was 2776fps, and I believe I'll load the 10 bullets I have left at 42.8gr.
     
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  14. tightgroup tiger

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    Life has been getting in the way for me lately, getting behind.
    Have about 500 .357s , 300 327s, and 2k, 9mm that need loaded.
    Down to my last 100 357s. YIKES!
    I have some new loading equipment I want to try out too.
    Redding precision seating micrometer dies, Magneto speed, some MJ industries stuff.

    I have to work Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays both this year so I can't even sneak off to the loading room on the holidays and play.
     
  15. Nipty

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    checked lengths on the pile of 30.06 my friend gave me, only a few needed trimmed a bit. checked out more .243 to trim.. then I NOTICED I forgot the pilots for the trimmer at home. Doing 12s this week. So when time permits , no calls , no shop work I prep brass. Hopefully tomorrow I remember to grab them. And maybe the dies. Do some sizing. Partner press is small enough I keep it in my box in the shop at work. Made a base from scrap aluminum for it. Quick clamp down and were off. My lead is cool with 'government' projects when no lines are down and nothing to build or rebuild in the shop. Trying to use the time wisely.
     
  16. tightgroup tiger

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    I can't get away with that, working 12s too.
    Our maintenance shop is a main thoroughfare from North side to South side. People through there all the time.
    Have to work today for DT+1/2 + a Thanksgiving meal catered in from company.
    One thing about it, I don't have time to shoot either so what's left of my loaded ammo isn't going any where.
    Due time, Due time. I'm a patient man.
     
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  17. Walkalong

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    I don't have to "work", but I am on call for both of those weeks. Monday 7:00 AM to Monday 7:00 AM. I have to stay within 30 minutes of work. Fortunately, the range is 15 minutes away from work, so I can chance being called away from there, and have been many times over the years. I need to go get some real world data on my .22 LR at up to 300 yards. I'm zeroed at 50 yards, and about 1.8 Mils at 100 yards, program says 7.0 at 200 and 13.3 at 300, but need to check it. Got started yesterday after work, but ran out of daylight quick. I was a tad low at 200 and 300, so I need to figure that out.
     
  18. peeplwtchr

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    Used some time today to load 600 9mm.
     

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  19. Skgreen

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    Yesterday: Sized and primed (900) 223
    Today: Chamf'ed, charged, and seated (350) 223 w/various amounts of XBR 8208. (Using H 75 and S 69 gr BTHP's)
    Also happy to finally get around to loading up some of the new-to-me RMR 69 gr BTHP's as well!

    Takin a little break now and then heading back to chamf the rest of yesterdays 900,,, :thumbup:
     
  20. IALoder

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    Sorted and put away the brass I tumbled yesterday. Pulled out some .243 brass for loading up 95 Nosler Ballistic Tips, and my mixed .223 brass bag is awful full, so I pulled out 100 to load up some 62 fmjs with N133.
     
  21. AgPilot

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    Loaded up some Colt 45 trying out some True Blue Powder. Then pulled several boxes of old 45acp (Berdain primered) so I can reload them in the next few days. Too cold to go outside. Brrrrr
     
  22. IALoder

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    Sized the .243 and .223 brass I pulled out last night. Didn't feel like trimming them today, I'll probably do that tomorrow.
     
  23. Trey Veston

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    Loaded up 100 rounds of .40 S&W for a GSSF match tomorrow. Sorted by headstamps and used 5.7 grains of Ramshot Silhouette behind 180 grain RMR jacketed flat point bullets.

    Haven't shot in a match in 3 years, so will be interesting to see how I do.
     
  24. AJC1

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    Best of luck bro!!!!!
     
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  25. Trey Veston

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    Thanks! But I have zero chance of winning, lol. My highest score was a 496 out of 500, and usually finish in the 480-490 range. Only four people competing now and their scores the last match were 500, 498, 490, and 465. Incredibly good shooters around here. Just going for the fun and smell of gunpowder!
     
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