What have you done in the reloading room today

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

  1. 1976B.L.Johns.

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    Got it! Thanks!
    Thought it may be along those lines.......
     
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  2. 1eyeedshooter

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    Changed the scope out on my favorite deer rifle !!!
     
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  3. GeoDudeFlorida

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    STILL processing old range pickup 9mm. Tonight it was primer pockets. 200 pockets checked, about half needed a little attention (reamered) and about 50 giver take needed more (uniformed). Now I got 300 to inspect and fiddle with and 400 ready to load. Then I can start on the bigger bag from that box. Found two oddballs, both WCC 1987, with stubbed pockets. The Lyman tool took out the two little stubs in the pockets real quick.
     
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  4. AJC1

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    Measured some 38 special cases and did some research on trim length. My 50 rp cases ranged from 1.151 to 1.145. The minimum spec is 1.135 so uniforming at 1.145 seems decent. This all became a thing because my lyman 50th lists trim length at 1.149 and that seems extremely arbitrary.... I'll evaluate a few more brands to get a good feel before I set to making chips.
     
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  5. Walkalong

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    Yep, takes a long time though. The easiest way to break it and get neck tension back to normal is seat the bullets a hair deeper. For the most part it's a non issue. For the most part, but there can be times, assuming reloads have been sitting long enough, years is my understanding.
     
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  6. webrx
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    Put 2 mags through each carry gun (Wife and I), put 100 rounds through the two new guns (Security 9 Compact and .22 LCP II)

    Disassemble, Clean and lube all guns that were shot

    New Sec 9 had a couple light primer strikes in first mag, there was a burr on the firing pin hole, cleaned that up, and no more light strikes the next 90 rounds.

    I'll put more rounds through it to be sure but, so far, liking this new "next" carry gun (Sec 9 Compact) as a potential replacement for the lc9s.

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  7. Charlie98

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    One of my worst load trials was BlueDot in the .38SPC. I was trying for a moderate load under 158grn cast, out of a 3" or 4" barrel... and the results were abysmal. People talk about Unique being messy... BlueDot took the cake here. I only realized years later that I was using it inappropriately... it really wasn't the powder's fault. BlueDot behaves much like 2400, it likes heavier charges, or at least higher pressures, like in the 9mm.

    I have since sworn off BlueDot... Hercules (Alliant) issued a warning about using it in, of all things, the .41MAG. This was after I had already used it in the .41... with mediocre results as well... although I didn't blow my pistol up. BlueDot is a niche powder... and I don't have that niche to fill...
     
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  8. AJC1

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    I was curious where all these weird 38 loads came from and boom right there in the rcbs casting manual. 2400 in a 38 spl not a chance I'm doing that.
     
  9. GravelRider

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    My Hornady 7th edition reloading manual lists trim-to length as 1.145." But really, as long as you are within SAAMI specs, you should be fine. And SAAMI specs are 1.155-0.020 (so min 1.135, as you said). You could trim to 1.135" if you really wanted, but there's no real point to trimming that much brass if you don't have to. A standard guidance is to trim to 0.010" below max, though that can vary quite a bit depending on the cartridge, the firearm, your goals, etc. And 0.010" below max is 1.145."

    In case you have never seen it, here's a link to the SAAMI website where all of their manuals in PDF are: https://saami.org/technical-information/ansi-saami-standards/

    Specifically, here's the manual for centerfire pistol cartridges. Go to page 47 for 38 special.

    https://saami.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/ANSI-SAAMI-Z299.3-CFP-and-R-Approved-2015-12-14-Posting-Copy.pdf

    I've been meaning to print out the centerfire rifle and pistol manuals and have them bound at Staples, but just haven't gotten around to it.
     
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  10. AJC1

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    I did do the deep dive and got my numbers off the sammi prints. Two decades in the navy always has me go to the source document for facts. With all the crazy crap on the internet I dont know why everyone doesn't do the exact same thing. Thank you for providing the reference, I believe we should do it waaaaay more often.
     
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  11. GeoDudeFlorida

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    Yeah, I may have to abandon the idea if 6.3gr. doesn't get me close to 1Kfps in a 4" without approaching 16Kpsi (based only on what I can observe without proper pressure-testing equipment, obviously). 6.6gr. is MAX according to Lyman's using a plain lubed Linotype FRN bullet (Lyman's 48th, Lyman bullet # 358665, 6.6gr. Blue Dot @ 855fps) but I'm already getting better than that in fps by going to a higher brisance primer and powder-coated bullet. Sometimes little things make a big difference.

    I know 1000fps from any heavy bullet in the .38Spl WITHOUT going +P is a tall order. May not get there without using jacketed and +P - oh, my aching wallet!!! :mad: I typically stick to 750-800fps with VERY heavy bullets but those are pushing the pressure envelope and only really good for hunting at close range - and those are pricey bullets - CP 180 or 200gr. WFN-GC. I may not get there with a softer (and "cheap"-er) 14-16BHN 158gr. bullet and Blue Dot - or at all. Small pistol magnum and standard small rifle primers do help keep the mess down, fwiw. And at 5.9gr. I saw zero signs of over-pressure.

    My old load using the Speer 158gr. GDHP was from the +P section of the Alliant manual - 6.3gr. of Blue Dot - and it was making right at 1K from my 6" Official Police, 980 from my 4" Police Positive Special and 15-3. Those are both really easy to carry guns in a hip holster. The old 140gr. Speer JSP was doing 1K without going close to MAX loads. That was a darn good do-anything bullet, too.
     
  12. outdoorman63

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    Woke up early and couldn't sleep, so I full length sized 120 of the 308 the wife recently deprimed, 50 of my new 300 black out and lol loaded 3 rounds of 243 for my neighbor. He showed up saying his son couldn't find the rest of the rounds I loaded for their 243 and were going out this afternoon. So I took a few minutes to do it. Maybe this afternoon I will load some of the blackout.
     
  13. IALoder

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    The reloading bench got used as the "deer hunting gear" bench over the weekend, so I cleaned it off, put everything away or washed it, and took a couple swipes on the Spyderco ultra fine stone with my gutting/skinning knife. Even though I only shot twice with my 45-70 Marlin 1895GBL (once to check zero, and once at a 3" dia tree that decided to position itself in front of a nice wide 10pt), I did a quick barrel swab, and gave it a light coat of oil. Back to loading tomorrow!
     
  14. tightgroup tiger

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    What did I do in my reloading room? Laundry :uhoh:
     
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    I got 550+ 9mm sized, deprimed, and tumbled. Now I'm powdercoating some 158gr Lyman 358-477 that I casted the other day. The wife likes purple bullets? The wife gets purple bullets lol.

    They passed the Hulk Smash test. Screenshot_20211206-204511_Gallery.jpg Screenshot_20211206-204535_Gallery.jpg Screenshot_20211206-204522_Gallery.jpg 20211206_202358.jpg
     
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    Prepped 50 cases of 357 for target loads. This will be my showdown batch to decide between CFE Pistol and W231. Both shoot best with a minimum charge under a 148 grain wadcutter. I just need to decide which shoots better.
     
  17. AJC1

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    Did a little sorting and brass prep. I set up my federal 308 cases and got the ruff status. 118 cases had a max weight of 180.3 and a minimum of 174.7 grains. Pulled 2 50 round boxes with 176-177.8 as the low group, and 177.8-179.2 as the heavy group. Total spread was 5.6 grains and of the selected 100 was down to 3.1 grains. I enjoy this sorting and end up doing it twice as the most effective time is after full prep and I do that after their fire forming in my rifle. The 100 piece spread was much smaller on Remington cases while Winchester is just as bad. 20211206_103731.jpg 20211206_103749.jpg
     
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    No Prvi in there? :D

    Are you saying the RP cases had more consistent weights vs Federal or Winchester?
     
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  19. AJC1

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    Yes my 50 round box had a .4 grain spread. I only had a few more pieces to help.

    That privi was sorted exactly the same.
     
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  20. Charlie98

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    My main bolt gun stash is 500 RP cases... they have always treated me well.
     
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    Were these fully prepped so they are in the same state?
     
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  22. MFInc

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    Cool. Thanks. I've done over 1k and haven't had any issues seating bullets other than operator error during the learing process.
     
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    Heading down there after lunch to load Trap loads until SWMBO comes home, then sit with her for a while, then going back down there after supper. Goal is 6-8 boxes.
     
  24. AJC1

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    They were all once fired and only cleaned. Technically that's the same state, but I resort after fire forming in my rifle and full prep. The purpose of the first sort is major outliers, causing safety issues.
     
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  25. IALoder

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    Sized the .223, .243, and .308 brass that I pulled out last week. Looking forward to finally playing with H4895 in .223 and .308 again.
     
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