What have you done in the reloading room today

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

  1. kmw1954

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    Results from shooting these loads yesterday while at work at the 200 yard distance. Didn't get a chance to chrono any. Top of the target is marked which load is which. The center target is the 24.6 load and was also the first shot with a cold bore and after scrubbing out the barrel. Also was still making adjustments to the scope from 100 yards.

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    You are truly a GOOD friend!
     
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  3. lightman

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    Last night I started sanding out a barrel channel in a rifle stock. Ran out of sand paper and quit until I could get by the parts store today for more.

    What was I thinking when I rebarreled and went from the standard Remington Varmint coutour to a 40X contour? But it will be nice when I'm finished!
     
  4. AJC1

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    I used deep well sockets as sanding mandrels. Hope that helps.
     
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  5. stormshrike

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    Organized my new range bag, and loaded 100 45ACP ACME 230gr coated LRN over 3.8gr WST. That used up most of my processed 45ACP brass, so I got out some once-fired to process when I get some time.
     
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  6. lightman

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    Thats exactly what I'm using. A complete set covers about any contour you might want.
     
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  7. GeoDudeFlorida

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    Tried out a new .38Spl load with mixed res: 5.9gr (starting load) Blue Dot under a 158gr PC’d FRN, Federal cases, CCI SPM primers. The idea is to make a higher speed, moderate pressure, general purpose “special”. Primers looked good, no signs of flattering or flow, velocities were in the high 800’s but there was a lot of unburned powder and ES was over 60. That’s not acceptable to me. Accuracy was okay I guess at 25yds but I wasn’t really trying for groups, just not to hit the Chrony. Nice day, 75F, sunny, two revolvers - Colt police positive special and Smith 15-3, both 4”. Next set I bump up to 6.3gr. I think I will see better burn and less variation with a heavier load.
     
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  8. Nipty

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    Yeah, depriming and cleaning up .40 s&w. Finding the occasional 9mm or .380 in the mix. My friend gave me a very nice assortment last visit. Just have no time recently at home. The white tail season started. Stuck at work 12s .. I like to stay busy. So..Finding crimped federal cases, yep they will keep busy. 40 s&w federal NT is the head stamp. Never seen them before. I am set up in office of maintenance shop. Got my Lil partner press clamped down popping primers. Ultra sonic cleaner going. Watching YouTube video on whitetails. We do our best to do good prevention maintenance so we have good night and wkends here.
     
  9. BWS

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    Very slight tangent,that will quite possibly lead to a much more refined rabbit hole;

    Gas check prices are,or have gotten out of control. Hornady can keep theirs at pushing 50$ per 1K. I have a very good supply,and can say that Sages GC's are very nice at about half what Hornady gets. But,the writing is on the wall.

    For my Christmas present,found an "excellent" condition,1930 first edition;

    "Die design and diemaking practices" by Franklin D Jones; Book. It'll be near Christmas when it arrives (media mail is gonna be sloooow),will have wifey wrap it up. Just sayin,I WILL be making GC's in 2022. Got enough 16oz copper drops from our sheet metal shop to make GC's for like,ever? Only thing missing,besides the dies is a rolling mill,so we can control thicknesses. And can get whatever materials needed should it be required? And sorta halfway looking for an, OBI punch press. These are all but outlawed by OSHA.... to the point,a few years ago they were about free for the taking? Just to get them off the premises ... literally,that's how much liability they "represented". Just a wrinkle in how things change in an industry.... the point IS however. This whole process can be as simple as hitting a switch. Will keep y'all in the loop.
     
  10. bcook4321

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    Woke up at 4am and couldn’t get back to sleep. Decided to load about 500 rounds of 357 with some 2400. D935BA33-D2DF-4240-BAB1-19D206D7D255.jpeg
     
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  11. Hooda Thunkit

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    Try some HS-6 if you have it. Makes a very nice full power 38 Spl load.
     
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  12. BWS

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    Just a quick,and not so little of a diagnostic tool;

    A page or 2 ago I showed a down N dirty,stepped "Lyman"'ish spud. Still waiting for the used M die off evilbay. I used this wack a mole style spud to get excellent results(albeit slower) opening the 260 necks to receive some uber accurate cast bullets. All that went just peachy,now on to how things aren't always what they appear;

    100 new Lapua 260 cases. Neck thickness is very consistent,no complaints. What I found though was that when I stuck(technical term) the spud in a full length,juuuust shy of bumping shoulder back,sized case......

    The neck to body alignment is dismal at best,downright obscenely bad on some. Once fireformed,they come out of the Brux chamber deadnuts perfect.... no surprise as this is exactly what we all,already know. The point of this rambling is how much difference there is in throwing a case up on a concentricity fixture.... even with $$$ "tenths" indicator and trying to get a sense for this, new case.... neck to body alignment.

    Stick the 6-8" long spud in there and literally,halfa$$ roll it on anything near flat and well,it's like somebody hitting the light switch. Like enough to light up a football stadium. You may(should) turn both ends of the spud,this will allow you to check as fired diameter on one end,and as sized on the other. 15 min. job on a lathe.And obviously this isn't a piece of rebar, snag a nice piece of drill rod or something. And yes,you can work on alignment before your new cases ever see a sizing die or chamber.... it's that dang easy.

    As usual,sorry for the novel but just goes to show,after almost 50 years of handloading there are still new things to try. Y'all have a great Sunday.
     
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  13. webrx
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    After 3 years of sitting in a box (yeah, I am a bit of a creature of habit), I finally broke out the Lee Auto-Drum and attached it to my turret press. Played around with it, ran 25 or so drops, then another 25 to see how accurate it was (HP-38) came out + or - .1 mostly it stayed right at 3.9 to 4.0 but did get one 4.1. I thought I had a no powder charge in the first 5 rounds I caught an empty shell case as I was rotating to put the bullet in (I did not hit the little button), so I pulled all 5 just to be sure. Turns out I did not, but, it put the seed in my head that this disconnector may not be a good thing. Loaded the first 25 rounds with the disconnect in place making sure I hit it and looked in every case (which I am anal about anyway), then took it off, and proceeded to load 75 more without a hitch, measuring every 5 and all checked at 3.9 to 4.0.

    I have always weighed every drop since I started reloading so this was a major milestone for me, putting trust in a powder measure to drop what it is supposed to without weighing every load. I do make sure to look in the case and check powder volume visually, and if it even appears slightly different it gets weighed. a double charge or no charge are obvious with this setup, a little harder to see small variances, not sure .2 or .3 will make a lot of difference in a 9mm and I am loading on the light end of the recommended charges right now.

    Because you all like pics

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  14. MWC1974

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    Ladder test for my new .308. Found a pretty good load pushing 2700FPS with 2.5SD. Not too sure I want to mess with it anymore, I’m probably going to load up 20 of those and sight it in today.
     
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  15. kmw1954

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    Great to hear you finally took the leap.
    It really is a nice pcs. of equipment and many others Love it too. Me for one! Some had problems with it leaking as I did when I first got it. Mine was one of the early ones and they have since made upgrades. The first year mine went back to Lee twice, broken. Haven't had a single issue since then. No I didn't give up on it like many people do with Lee stuff.

    I have been using mine now for over a year in loading 223 rounds and so far have used Varget, BL-C2, Benchmark and TAC in it. All held pretty steady to the target weight. The small extruded Varget was the most difficult to try and use.
     
  16. GravelRider

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    I got 500 .308 cases processed. Resized, swaged, trimmed, primers in. I'm still waiting to go to the range to see how my test loads work out. If I find one I'm happy with, I'll then be able to get them all loaded up.

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  17. AJC1

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    I have seen the gas check availability and cost skyrocket as well. It essentially doubles the cost of a pistol bullet for me. I currently only have one gas check mold and I'm trying to buy molds without to avoid the issue.
     
  18. GeoDudeFlorida

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    Yup. Right around 6.5gr for the sweet spot at just over 950fps. But that’s maximum and shows it. So does Accurate No. 5 at 5.5gr but both hit higher pressure before hitting 1000fps. Blue Dot operates at lower pressures but it’s dirty until you get into higher pressure territory. I’m planning to stop just past 1Kfps with a 158gr PCFRN for close in work. Currently using a Speer GD 158gr but those are getting harder to find and pricey. The 135gr doesn’t punch through hard grissel as well and Speer stopped making their excellent 140gr JHP for some mysterious reasons. I’ll look at HS-6 and No.5 again with SPM primer if Blue Dot don’t get it but for some reason I keep thinking magnum primers in specials with HS-6 was a no-no. Need to check my notes. Thanks!
     
  19. AJC1

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    I believe your 135 Gd observation has to due with it being developed as a short barrel 38 sd round. I would not fancy that bullet over about 900fps but that's just my impression based on the material.
     
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  20. 1976B.L.Johns.

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    Well, today I skipped the "fun part" of reloading as said in a previous post.
    After looking at my inventory , I decided to round up some more .357 mag. brass, sized 150 more pieces of range pick-ups along with a box of unknown reloads given to me by a friend that I tore down a bit ago.

    Trimmed all to length (1.280"), then put the unknown primed brass in the walnut media vibratory tumbler as they looked pretty grimy compared to the others, especially the new ones.

    After all, everyone knows shiny ammo shoots better! :confused:
     
  21. AJC1

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    Well it does prevent bullet cold weld :)
     
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    The day isn't over yet. I finally got around to sizing the 6GT brass I shot last Monday. I'm dry tumbling the lube off as I type. They'll be hand primed with CCI 450s before I call it a day.

    ETA: ... and done. Ready to load some evening this week.

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  23. 1976B.L.Johns.

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    I do not know what that means.....:(
     
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  24. bdb242

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    My die set for 9mm bought new by me from RCBS years ago is stamped the exact same way. I have loaded thousands of rounds with them.
     
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  25. AJC1

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    It's a discussion on another board I'm interested in. Galvanic corrosion is what the actual problem is being called. In plain terms the two metals are molecular bonding between the neck and bullet.
     
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