What have you done in the reloading room today

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

  1. JmacD

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    My full size 9 will eat the same light target stuff as my carry gun just fine. But, if I want to go fast or am doing drills, I almost always load just into +p territory.
     
  2. CQB45ACP

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    Decapped, sized, and gauge checked the 130 45acp cases I shot at the range this AM.

    (After the range but before I went home, I went to my favorite BBQ joint. While I waited for it to open, I visited a couple of spots on the Manassas battlefield which I enjoy immensely.)

    Tomorrow I’ll wet tumble about 200 45acp cases.
     
  3. BJung

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    I assembled testloads for expansion testing my 10bhn 4-160 LHP bullets. Two will be unmodified bullets. Two will be filled with caulk. All will be shot into jugs of water and one jug of wet newspaper. I have some tin to add to an ingot of lead with the same alloy if these bullets shatter.
     
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  4. ParallelCode

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    Wet tumbled and dried ~200 blazer brass 9mm cases.
     
  5. 1976B.L.Johns.

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    You really have to fix that! ;)
     
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  6. dcarr

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    Christmas is coming up, just saying
     
  7. AJC1

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    I wonder if Santa is still making jm marlins in his special shop. :)
     
  8. dcarr

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    I think i recall getting the .45colt marlin at christmas, keeps on giving. Love it. Had to be tuned up with a rasp and sand paper to make the bullet feed smooth.Never did come up with a .45 colt that fired well in both the blackhawk and marlin. I'm wandering, bed time.
     
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  9. Bearded Phil

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    Picking up on a suggestion from Walkalong in that 32 ACP thread I got some bullets from TB, some of their 45-70 405gr RNFP and 357 180gr FP to try out. Just a small sample of each to see what they're about. 50ea of the 405gr and 100ea of the 180gr.

    The 180gr look and weigh pretty good. The 405gr have some slight defects such as incomplete fill and lows of 402ish grains up to 411gr at the highest but most of them were squarely 405gr +- 1gr

    Anyway, loaded 40ea of the 405gr tonight with I4198 to try out next time I can get to the range. By visiting the TB website I found out about Magma Engineering which I gather makes the molds and automated casting equipment that many commercial casters use. They're located in Queen Creek, AZ which is right in my area so that's kind of neat. I also see they sell their molds modified to use RCBS handles which is also kind of cool. If the price is right I may see about getting some of the profiles I've used from commercial casters to have for myself.

    I'm used to using the 405gr mold that they make that has one large lube groove sized to .459" (from SNS) and TB sells 405gr from Magma's mold that has 3 smaller lube grooves and they size to .460".

    I'm interested to see what differences in accuracy I may encounter, if any. And if they shoot well enough I may get a 250ct pack to hold me over 'til I can get casting myself. We'll have to see. I do have about 400ish on hand still that I've gotten from SNS.

    The 180gr I'll load up into 357 Mags for tests sometime soon as well.

    New loading workshop is going well. Will be ready to get topcoat paint by the weekend and get that done. Then to the flooring. I have a coworker that has left over hardwood flooring from his own home project that he's willing to sell me cheap and he has enough to easily cover the square footage I need. It's shiplapped style flooring that's maple and pre-finished with a dark cocoa color which should fit well with the theme I'm going for. A light yellow for the walls, cream off-white for the ceiling and trim and then dark stained wood for the baseboards and the bench I'll build.

    We've got winds of 30mph forecasted for the area this Saturday so that's good motivation to stay home from the range and get work done. Y'all know what they say, soonest done soonest fun!
     
  10. Trey Veston

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    Yeah, I heard those Lee whack-a-mole loaders were worth some money among the survivalist crowd. Only have the 9mm and 44 Mag versions and both look brand new. Probably worth more than the $5 price tag on them, lol.

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  11. CQB45ACP

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    Wet tumbled & sorted (S&B, Winchester, Federal) 202 45ACP cases of which ~130 were shot yesterday. Frankford lite tumbler with Frankford stainless pins and packet of stuff.

    Back in rotation they go.

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  12. .45Coltguy

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    Bearded Phil, if those .357/180's are cast[maybe coated], try 11.5gr 2400 if you have some. That is a very good load, especially in a lever gun.
     
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  13. Bearded Phil

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    They're coated. I picked the up here.

    https://tbbullets.com/38-357-180gr-tc-polymer-coated/

    I don't have any 2400 to try out unfortunately, I hear a lot of good things from the other cast 357 shooters on here about it.

    I've been using I4227 for my cast 357 needs and getting along ok. These FP 180gr I'm planning to load up sets of 10ea at 13.0gr to 13.5gr in .1gr increments.
    When I tried MBC's 180gr WFN (which I actually put to the scale last night and found were closer to 190gr) my best groups I tried out were at 13.0gr and 13.3gr.
     
  14. AJC1

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    I like 2400 a lot, but #9 has been very good recently... based on availability I might contend its a better option.
     
  15. .45Coltguy

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    Phil, what powders do you have for the .357? I've used Unique, Universal[very good], 2400 and BE-86.
    BTW, T & B bullets are what I use along with Missouri. Been ordering more T&B lately tho. Good bullets.
     
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  16. NR53

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    Loaded 100 rounds of .223/5.56 today:

    Lake city brass
    RMR 69 grain HPBT
    Shooters World Tactical Rifle powder
    CCI 450 primers
     
  17. Bearded Phil

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    I have I4227 (~7ish lbs left), most of 2lbs of SW Heavy Pistol and about 1-1/4lbs of 800x
     
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  18. .45Coltguy

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    Of those, IMR 4227 looks fine. I've just not loaded any of those powders.
     
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  19. Bearded Phil

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    I want to get back to trying the SW Heavy Pistol. Last year when I tried it I capped myself at 12.1gr for a 158gr JHP because of the SW online loading data tool but on the bottle it says 13.1gr max with a Sierra 158gr JHP.

    Fastest I got out of my 20" rifle with 12ish grains was something like 1250fps. I also have a lot more standard SPP on hand to use now, my testing showed better SD/ES with standard vs magnum primers.
     
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  20. AJC1

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    It's supposed to be their version of #9. No mag primer required. I have one pound and when my current pound of #9 is gone it's up next...
     
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  21. Lennyjoe

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    Rolling another 1K of .223
     
  22. IALoder

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    Sized and trimmed 15pcs .243 brass. Today a buddy/coworker and I were talking about .243 Win, and he said used to run 95gr NBT's with H1000 with a lot of success, so that got me thinking..... Maybe 95 NBT's will shoot well with a similar powder AKA IMR 7977 which I have a lb of. Hodgdon even has load data for 7977 with a 95gr bullet. Gonna give it a try!
     
  23. GW Staar

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    Hmmmm. I wonder what my .243 Win. Target Model is worth? Used once, a box of 20. Laziness made me then buy a RockChucker. ;) More accurate than the RockChucker, but laziness won. Powder measure that came with it was for Win. 760.....wow....first 5...one 1/2" hole at 100 yards, with a cheap $110 Remington 600 Mohawk....I was 20.

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  24. 270OKIE

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    Cue the hipster hippie man bun dudes rocking their Lee wackamole Loaders and their powder scales saying the old stuff is better, man... It puts you more in tune with the powder, man... Cue me laughing watching our RCBS Chargemaster go brrrrrrr! :rofl:;) We do still only have a Lee single stage press though. I say this in fun of course, I just love modern advancements in technology, you basically have to be an ID10T to overcharge a case with the chargemaster. That being said, you should double check when you first get it running as it likes to wander a bit depending on the exact shape of the powder grains. Flake and ball powder (Longshot and Accurate 2700) is fine but stick powder(Retumbo and H1000) is a bit harder to dispense...
     
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  25. Buzznrose

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    Loaded 400 rounds 9MM

    124 gr XTREME FMJ RN
    4.0 gr VV N320
    CCI SPP
     
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