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

  1. badkarmamib

    badkarmamib Member

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    Took inventory of primers, powder, and projectiles, and tried to reconcile those numbers with how much my wife and sons say they plan to shoot this year :( On a higher note, I am going to Sportsman's Warehouse for the first time Tuesday, so all may not be lost yet...
     
  2. NapalmMan67

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    After a "doh!" moment... I figured out the decapping pin had backed out of the die a bit. Reset that to the proper depth and ran about 60, .45ACP test rounds with a new bullet weight for the G30.
     
  3. Walkalong

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    Got the .357 Mag range brass out of the tumbler, the ones I put in three days ago, sure are shiney. :)
     
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  4. 375supermag

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    Hi...
    Not much today...
    Separated the brass from yesterday's range session. One .30 cal ammo can full of handgun brass...took about an hour.
    Couple hundred .38Spl, probably around 400 .357Mag, couple hundred .45ACP, maybe 50-75 10mm, 65 .41Mag, 50 .45Colt, 50 .44Mag, around 150 9mm and about 20 .40S&W.

    We also went through a few boxes of .30/06, about a box of .270 and a few hundred steel cased .223.

    I will be running the handgun brass through the tumblers tomorrow. I have some other handgun brass to clean also so I will be running separate tumbler loads for each caliber. The rifle brass will be tumbled later when it is needed.
     
  5. Tilos

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    Will you be selling any of it ? :uhoh:
    had to ask :oops:
    :D
     
  6. 375supermag

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    Not likely...
    Only have truly excessive amounts of two calibers...9mm and .40S&W.
    I do have a few thousand .357Mag cases but they will all be reloaded repeatedly each year.
    Same with .38Spl and .45ACP brass. Actually looking to buy quite a few hours hundred more cases of most other handgun calibers over time. Never seem to have enough of any of them to make me happy. It seems like when I reach a certain number of cases in a given caliber, I immediately begin thinking I need a few hundred more.
     
  7. 375supermag

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    Hi...
    Three tumblers running...one with .45Colt brass, one with.44Mag brass and one with
    .44Spl brass.
    Once I get them cleaned, I need to tumble some 10mm, .45ACP and .357Mag brass.

    Busy day tomorrow. Probably won't have time to do anything in the reloading room.
    Maybe Thursday or Friday...busy weekend so I won't get anything done those two days.

    Things should calm down after Sunday for me so I may be able to get some large caliber handgun brass resized, primed and expanded starting Monday. Those will be mostly for 100-200 round lots of full power loads for my .41Mag, .44Spl, .44Mag and .45Colt revolvers. I will do them on one of the RockChuckers since they are small runs.
     
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  8. PO2Hammer

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    Jinxed Tuesday.

    Working up a load with coated bullets and WST for my 9mm. Had 10 loads each from 2.8 grains to 3.4 grains of WST in .2 grain steps with 2 different 125 grain coated bullets.
    Put them in a MTM 100 round ammo box with labels on top to keep track of which load was which.
    Went to put the ammo box in the range bag and the latch popped open, most of the rounds either dumped out or relocated themselves inside the ammo box.
    Luckily the 2.8 column of rounds stayed mostly intact so I knew my starting loads were safe.

    Head to the range, waiting to turn left on the 2 lane highway and I almost get rear ended by a woman driving a State of Wisconsin van.

    At the range the 2.8 grain loads were way too weak for my stock 9mm 1911. The rest of the rounds were randomly mixed, but you could tell the difference in each power level, with the 3.4 loads working the slide.

    Not sure if I'm going to be a fan of WST in 9mm.
    It took 3.4 grains WST to get the slide working, and 3.8 grains of WSF to do the same job.
    But the WSF load felt and sounded softer.
    I'll have to give both loads another try at the 50 yard bullseye lane.

    Only shot plates today because that near miss on the highway had me a little riled, and I didn't think I would do well at slow fire.
    2 hours later and I'm still a little tense.
     
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  9. Texas10mm

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    I finished sorting "the bucket" the one that catches all the bad stuff. Then I loaded 400 rounds of 9mm.
     
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  10. stillquietvoice

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    I up 150 223 and 100 7mm08 over the last 4 days I only had a little time so spread it out and for a while I had a little helper.

    My 5 yr old grandson. Shown seating bullet on a 7mm08 case. IMG_20190319_194548.jpg
     
  11. NapalmMan67

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    This morning I broke down a handful of .38, .357, 9 and .45 reload mistakes I've acquired over the last year or so. Will recycle components accordingly.
     
  12. Toprudder

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    A guy at work thought he was getting a really good deal on some 10mm ammo, but what he ended up getting was a 500 piece bulk box of Hornady 10mm 180 FP bullets. I took them off his hands for what he paid, just to help him out. So, last night I used them to make some test loads, from 9.5 to 11.0gn of BlueDot.
     
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  13. Texas10mm

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    Well, now he knows the differences between bullets and ammunition.
     
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  14. tightgroup tiger

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    I haven't been doing anything in the reloading room. Wife has the flu so I'm dealing with getting her better before I open the new Lee Auto Breech Lock pro that is sitting on my counter. It just came today.

    She comes first.
     
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  15. bds

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    Absolutely always! My wife insists on it.
     
  16. Hooda Thunkit

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    One year, Santa brought Mrs Thunkit a nightshirt that has printed on it "The Queen of Absolutely Everything"

    It fits her perfectly.
     
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  17. kmw1954

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    Mine is also my partner in crime, enabler, shooting/fishing partner and best friend. She has stood by me thru 5 major surgeries and countless heart caths. I have learned last fall when she had a knee replacement that I am no where near the caregiver that she is. Though she tells me I did great.

    I have been using a ABLP for a number of months after using a Pro1000 for years and the transition to the Safety Prime still fouls me up. Will be waiting to here your take on this press!
     
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  18. tightgroup tiger

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    I would be lost without her, especially after 40 years of marriage, and I'm not as good as a care giver as she is either.
    My Pro1000 from 1992 left a very bad taste in my mouth from trying to prime on it. It was just evil!
    Yes, this one only has a safety prime on it, but when I bought it I thought I would still use my old 27 year old Lee Auto Prime ll to prime my cases with ahead of time.









     
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  19. tightgroup tiger

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    The last up grade that just came in on Windows 10 just hosed my computer with THR. Windows 10 is such a piece of crap.
     
  20. 1976B.L.Johns.

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    It may not be your PC, as I had trouble a couple of hours ago. My server said it was on THR's end?!?

    Sorry, not gun related, but I almost drew mine.............:confused:

    Edit, there was a problem tonight, check on "New posts".
     
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  21. PO2Hammer

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    WST vs WSF part 2 in my very picky 9mm 1911.
    Loaded 50 rounds each of 3.4 WST and 4.0 WSF under 125 grain cast/coated cone bullets from BBI.
    At 25 yards (standing, slow fire, 2 hand) the WST load was forming a nice tight core group of about 3" minus a few fliers.
    The WSF load was all over the place, another 'shotgun blast' load that my gun doesn't like.
    I'm going to explore WST more closely as a target powder.

    It was also brass harvesting day. With the snow gone for the first time I grabbed several hundred Win 9mm cases out of the wet sand.
    Time to soak and rinse them before the mud & sand dry inside the cases.
     
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  22. HDMontana

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    Loaded the first 30 rounds of .45acp on my new hornady lnl ap. Took it slow and easy. Still need to do an adjustment on the bullet feeder die. Would not drop a bullet every so often. Primers fed fine. Powder measure with ptx expander worked well also. I'm liking it so far.
     
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  23. 375supermag

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    Hi...
    I have two Hornady LnLs on my bench. They are running quite well.
    Keeping the primer feed and shell plate clean goes a long way toward smooth operation. Compressed air is helpful in keeping random powder from accumulating on the shell plate. It helps to regularly clean under the shell plate and keep it greased.
     
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  24. 375supermag

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    Hi...
    Got down to the reloading room this evening and resized and deprimed 448 .45Colt cases.
    Took just about 1 1/2 hours on my RockChucker.
    Don't know if I will get them primed and expanded tomorrow or not.
    I may resize and deprime some other calibers until I get all the big bore revolver calibers done and then prime and expand them all.
    I do have a small run of 100 .38Spl and another of 150 .357Mag to load for my daughter.
    I may run those next depending on how I feel tomorrow.
    I won't be able to do anything in the reloading room Saturday and Sunday, so I don't want to start on her cartridges unless I have time to do all of them at one time.
     
  25. NWISkunk

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    Checked for the correct depth of 300, .223 primer pockets, and whether the primer pockets were too loose, using a new Ballistic Tools Swage Gage Small Primer Pocket Gauge.
     
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