What have you done in the reloading room today

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

  1. AJC1

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    Make up a max mag length round at 2.260 ish and function test.... if that works load an ocw ladder and set to testing.
     
  2. Nasty Canasta

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    I had 48 44Mag cases sitting around empty so I got them sized & primed/flared for some Hornady 240gr XTP's that I'll finish up tonight-nothing much really as I'm caught up with most everything at this point other that the huge pile of 9mm brass that I've been finding/picking up & loading at my leisure.
     
  3. GeoDudeFlorida

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    The brass from Saturday and Sunday is first-tumbled and sorted into boxes for processing but now I'm not sure if I want to put them back or load them up. I've got some .38/.357 loaded that's been sitting for almost four years. Not many full "boxes" of 50 but a lot of them are only missing one or two. Have to give it some thought.... In the meantime, last night was sorting and boxing day. 50 WCC 68 M41 .38Spl, 50 Federal .38Spl, and 50 PMC .357Mag, nice and clean and ready for decap/resize. :)

    BTW: the WCC 68 had crimped primers, originally. All of my RA and WCC M41 Ball ammo has had them but this lot was really tight in the pocket, too. If you experience crushed primers in a .38 check to see that it's not one of the WCC year M41 headstamps.
     
  4. 270OKIE

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    Yeah and you can load 45acp, 45colt, 40s&w and others with it too! So maybe a few thousand each.
     
  5. lightman

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    Still unpacking boxes! I think I finally have everything that is mine in the loading room now. Not put in place but in the room! :)

    But I had a frustrating morning. I had a dozen cigar boxes full of cast, sized and lubed bullets that were still in the garage. While I was moving them inside I had an avalanche and spilled 6 of them. Bullets everywhere! :fire: The good news is that I cast with one alloy so there is that. Also my Wife keep the house very clean so there is a minimum amount of dirt stuck to them. That is, if I decide to sort them. I think there were 4 different types. Right now I'm thinking they will see the melting pot again. :fire:
     
  6. NR53

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    Sized 270 LC 5.56. then trimmed about half of those.
     
  7. Tinker-S

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    Got it. Thank you.
     
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  8. Grumpy_old_Fart

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    Loaded 50 rounds of 7mm rem mag with 69gr of magpro under Hornady 162gr AMAX's.. need to sight that one in too.. now I have around 5 to sight in.

    Edit: I forgot the 50 243 loaded with RL17 and 90gr nosler BT.
     
  9. dcarr

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    shot up half a box of .357 loaded with tg this morning, worked but would rather use 2400, clay, or several others that i have about a quarter inch in a one lb jug left :)
     
  10. rwilky78

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    I feel your pain!
     
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  11. NR53

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    Trimmed the other half of these, then deburred the flash holes on 500+ LC 5.56 cases. I'll swage the primer pockets later this week, then put these back for future use.
     
  12. IALoder

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    Trimmed the .308 brass I sized last night, then found load data for 150 fmjs and X-Terminator, and decided on a start point.

    Cleaned the BCG and wiped out the receiver on my 6mm ARC. Leverevolution and factory loads are very dirty! At least it's just carbon and it cleans up easily!
     
  13. Win1892

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    Put together some 30-30 rounds for a friends recently acquired Marlin lever gun.
     
  14. DMW1116

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    Mostly I’ve been reloading 38 Special target rounds. I have about 15 left so it’s time for more.

    Tonight I loaded up a test array for my new Canik. I have a load with HS-6 and 115 grain Berrys it shot pretty well so I’m trying HS-6 with Hornady 147 grain XTPs for a gun specific load. Loaded from 4.5 grains all the way to Hornadys listed max.
     
  15. ParallelCode

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    - Turned 200 9mm handloads into spent brass
    - Deprimed and tumbled several hundred cases.
    - Primed and expanded ~180 blazer 9mm cases.
     
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  16. Trey Veston

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    My stepdad dabbled in reloading back in the 70's. Realized he would never reload again this week, so gave me everything he had. All of it was stored in his gun vault and in mint condition.

    It all fit in a large plastic tub, and most of it was in .357 mag and .44 mag, which I don't own, but I thought all of it was exceptionally cool and the 8 lbs of powder is still good and the 4400 primers were most welcome.

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    Already mounted the RCBS press on my bench and cranked out 100 rounds of .40 S&W GSSF match rounds much quicker than usual due to being able to de-prime, size, flare, and re-prime using the two presses.

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  17. AJC1

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    Tons of cool collectable cans all look like they should pass for loading based on condition... I use the green jr3 that you got, and it's not flashy but works wonderfully... what a haul... congratulations
     
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  18. Trey Veston

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    Yep! All of the cans were full or nearly full, except for the Bullseye, which was half full. No sign of degradation and all smelled and looked like new. The RCBS stuff from that era is incredibly high quality. He gave me his RCBS powder measure a year ago and it is an awesome piece of precision equipment.
     
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  19. BWS

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    That 700X and PB can be outstanding in .45 ACP. Try starting loads,then come up from there just a smidge.

    Never could get them to work in target 38's,as well,as in the 45 auto.




     
  20. Hooda Thunkit

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    What a wonderful gift from Dad! Use it in good health!

    Before I got the Lee Turret I would mount 2 Challenger presses side by side, with a powder throw in betwixt the two.
    Starting with a sized and primed brass I would bell in the left press, move to the throw and charge the case, move to the right press to seat/crimp.
    It worked very well, but the turret is faster.
     
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  21. EMC45

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    You did really well on that deal.
     
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  22. GeoDudeFlorida

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    Good news but a little bittersweet. Too bad your stepdad had to make that call. We all will someday - if we live long enough. I plan to try. ;)

    You can expect an IM from the west coast contingent in Seattle about those Lee Loaders. :rofl:
    I have the LL for .44Spl not the magnum. Can't imagine trying to load 9mm on one given the tapered case. I think that set typically came with an expander for the case mouth where most sets didn't.
    Nice stuff and very useful! Congrats and ATB to your stepdad.
     
  23. markr6754

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    I think I need new glasses, or just a slap in the back of the head. I sat down to duplicate a previous load...and AFTER completing all 100 rds decided to enter the data into my Reloader's Workshop db. I knew what I loaded, but the workshop lets you enter other potential charges for the same components. That's where I discovered my error.
    So, I loaded 100rds of 9mm 124gr JHP-RN over 4.5gr [email protected]". Since I dropped these charges there's a high likelihood that some charges were closer to 4.6gr. Hodgdon's list CPRN at MAX 4.4gr, and Hornady XTP at 4.2gr.

    They came out perfectly, I was so proud. Now...well, I'm stuck between tearing them back down or trying out a few in my pistols approved for a regular diet of 9mm+P rounds. Or...just wait until I've completed my AR-9 with the 10.5" Rosco barrel. Definitely not going to try these in my micro pistols.
     
  24. tightgroup tiger

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    Oh, that sucks. Glad you caught it. The good news is that you loaded them at 1.110 and the JHP data you were referencing was max at 1.060 so your .050" longer with your loads. You may not be in +p territory yet.
     
  25. markr6754

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    Thanks for providing some optimism to the equation. You may be right...still, I'd rather the load had been done on purpose rather than through ignorance. I need to go back through my notes and see where I picked up that 4.5gr would be a good load. Could be that I had a load at 4.4gr that shot softer than expected so I thought to bump it. I'll know for certain once I dig back into the data. I hate when I find an issue just as my wife calls me down for dinner. In the end I figured I can fix a hot load, whereas I can't fix a cold dinner.
     
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