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What have you done in the reloading room today

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

  1. ParallelCode

    ParallelCode Member

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    I keep track of firings per case for rifle, stopping at five uses for 223 for example. For 9mm, I'm just using them until the primer pockets get loose or the necks crack.
     
  2. AJC1

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    I absolutely agree... of all the time and way beyond nessary procedures, keeping pistol cases separated by firing is not one.
     
  3. DMW1116

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    I typically keep all my cases separated by number of firings except 9mm. I probably won't with 38 Special any more either, but this is new to me brass so I just know its only been loaded twice, once by the factory and once by me. This 30-30 brass is intended for my light "Short Range" cast load, so keeping count might not be as critical, but I don't know what I'll do with it next time around. That load is basically a moderately peppy 9mm, just from a 30-30 case. 223, 357 Mag, and 308 cases get careful scrutiny, as do full power 30-30 loaded cases.
     
  4. IALoder

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    Deprimed the brass from my short range trip today.

    IMR 7977/95gr NBT's in .243 shot well (moa-ish) until 47.5 & 48.0gr, where it shot really well (sub moa), at 2950 and 2980 fps. No pressure signs at all, so I'm going to keep working up. Just need to figure something out about the seating stem, it was starting to leave a ring on the bullet at 48.0gr.

    X-Terminator and 150 fmjs in .308 shot decent. 43.5gr was 1.3moa at 2760 fps, which is pretty darn good for fmjs in this rifle, and makes a pretty solid M80 ball clone. Not seeing the velocity I thought I would, not sure if it's worth it to keep working up in velocity. Might give AR Plus a try.
     
  5. 270OKIE

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    Tested my 208gr ELD-X loads I put together in 30-06 with Accurate 2700. I was getting stupid high velocity, like 2700fps-2900fps when book max is supposed to be 2400fps. I just got done pulling all of the bullets as I only fired a couple of them as I didn't want to risk blowing anything up. I checked a few random cases and some were 44-45 grains and some were 48-49 where the load data from Lee should be 48.9gr max. So I'm at a loss as to why they are giving me oddly high velocity. That's like 300 Win Mag velocity, guys! Any idea what could be the issue? I am using magnum primers but idk if that is making these 300+fps faster than they should be...
     
  6. NR53

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    Loaded some more .223/5.56-- 100 rounds:

    LC brass
    RMR 69 gr, HPBT
    Shooters World Tactical Rifle powder
    CCI 450 primers

    Maybe some 6.8spc later this week.
     
  7. AJC1

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    As I was reading the 300 mag thought rang in right before you said it... I would change the battery in your graph and shoot a known verification load before testing next go round.... only other thought is sometimes the graph is to close and you get gas errors.
     
  8. 270OKIE

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    Huh, I will have to load 8 at 48gr and take the Garand out again and test at 20 yards to eliminate errors. It's just wierd casue the first one was 2250, next one was an error, next one was 2700 and the last one I shot was 2925.
     
  9. AJC1

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    If that's the same load something was definitely wrong....
     
  10. stillquietvoice

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    Found some 556 brass that needed resizing, previous reloads, 600 pieces resized them and preped 700 cases total still have about 800 to go. Used the fa case prep center for the first time. Made a huge difference in time saving from my previous method.
     
  11. tominboise

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    First I ran some 9mm brass through my homemade pin tumbler. I usually run it for 45 minutes, then rinse and run it another 10. While that was going on, I resized 29 Winchester 270 Win cases and then reloaded them, using 59.0gr H4831SC and some really old Sierra 130gr SP bullets, along with Winchester Large Rifle primers. I necksized these cases using a Lee Collet die. These will be shot for practice over the next month or so, getting ready for hunting season.

    Since it's 108F in my backyard, I dried the brass on the picnic table. Humidity is 20%, so it doesn't take that long.
     
  12. JmacD

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    My set of Lee powder “scoops” arrived. So I put them on the shelf. And loaded 1 starting load of 150gr SST over 36gr varget. (308) also put all my sharpshooter solvents on their shelf
     
  13. JmacD

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    That velocity spread will translate on target in my experience. As in you shoot a pattern not a group:rofl:. Could be like an acquaintance of mine that was shooting 150 gr gmx bullets out of his 300 PRC(which is rapidly becoming my favorite 30 cal magnum btw). He said he was getting 3750 out of it… he’s also known to load stuff REALLY hot!!
     
  14. 270OKIE

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    Yeah, that's the 208gr ELD-X load I had made and the crazy high velocity made me stop before something bad happened. I just don't understand how a 208gr can even go 2900+fps out of a 30-06 so it must have been a fluke but better safe than sorry I guess.
     
  15. AJC1

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    If you have a ballistics calculator it might be fun to see what chamber pressure it would take to get that speed... I would assume it would result in rapid disassembly... you would definitely notice flat primers and hard extraction
     
  16. 270OKIE

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    Yeah I checked the primers and they were definitely starting to flow into the firing pin channel but they weren't pierced or anything crazy... And I may have to calculate that for S and Gigs
     
  17. allisd17

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    I loaded a few rounds of .25-06, some with 87g Sierra Game Kings and some with 100g Sierra Match Kings. Used H4350 powder and Federal Gold Medal primers on all of them. Fired all of them at 100m out of my heavy-barrel Savage 110. The three 87-grainers gave 1.3 MOA and the three 100 grainers gave me this:
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  18. 1976B.L.Johns.

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    Good idea!

    And thanks for having my wife as your avatar, even though I am in favor of the ole red, white and blue!
     
  19. DMW1116

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    Im surprised those loads gave you that. Whenever I get something like that I have to pay dearly.
     
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  20. DMW1116

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    Hows that combo work? I knew I should have grabbed some of that Tactical Rifle when I saw it Friday. Local gun shop has several pounds. It’s likely all gone now.
     
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  21. allisd17

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    The Savage is a great rifle, the most accurate of all my rifles, and it loves open-tip bullets. A little luck never hurts either :)
     
  22. NR53

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    It makes an inexpensive accurate round. All my AR's chambered in 5.56 like it. I don't push it that hard, only to .223 pressures. That's been the most accurate for me. YMMV
     
  23. WeekendReloader

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    Decapped 300 9mm. Still need to clean them.
    I've been going to the range and the empties are stacking up. Gotta start doing the work to get some brass back into rotation.
    Also, down to about 100 rounds of 9mm reloads (124gn plated over Titegroup). Need to pull the press handle a bit to get ready for the holiday weekend.
     
  24. GeoDudeFlorida

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    That's about an hour at most IF you're milking it. :what:
    My roof cave-in revealed a box of unprocessed 9mm that's been sitting for... ???? along with several boxes and bags of LPP .45, .40S&W that probably dates back to when I first got the Springfield, my one-and-only .40, and a box of what I think is mixed primer pocket .45. I just reboxed them last night (thanks USPS! :thumbup:) and will deal with it all later but like you I really need to knuckle down this Saturday and figure out what I've got and what I'm short on for Monday.
     
  25. JmacD

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    That’s about what we would get out of 100 grain Nosler’s from my grandpa’s 25-06.
    Edit: I should note, it was a heavy barrel model 70.
     
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