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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. 270OKIE

    270OKIE Contributing Member

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    Let me know how your show goes tomorrow cause me and dad have been lowering prices on stuff to basically be the cheapest at the show and we still don't have much luck with sales. Seems people are willing to pay the 14 bucks to come in and just look around all day and at the same time not be willing to buy anything lol. Of course we are an FFL so that turns like 50 percent of our customers away for various reasons. Sigh... Good luck to you this weekend!!
    Edit: Oh I almost forgot the best part is when people get mad when we tell them we charge sales tax like the signs with our FFL and Sales tax permit on it and our business shirts and signs and credit card reader and such don't tell them to at least expect to pay tax? Like I'll tell people a box of hollow point 556 will be 20 plus tax and they are like can I pay 20 Cash and I'm like no it's 20 plus tax, cash or card. Seems like people are very wary of using cards for anything at a gun show... And this has been going on since we started doing shows in 2021, not even since the new gun shop transaction coding stuff has been going on this month.
     
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  2. Walkalong

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    Berrys 230 Gr RN and Zip. Average 609 FPS, 5" 1911 16 lb spring.

    7 yards. 4 in 1 out.
    Zip & Berrys 230 Gr RN - Colt Series 80.JPG
     
  4. 270OKIE

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  5. 270OKIE

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    230gr gang represent! Any data on that load? I've seen Zip online but never seen it in person.
     
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  6. Hooda Thunkit

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    I used to tell people "No, I'm not charging sales tax. I'm collecting sales tax.
    Those idiots at the State Capitol charge sales tax. Got a problem with it, call your State Representative."
     
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  7. 270OKIE

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    Yeah we have started telling people that we have to give Uncle Kevin (Kevin Stitt, our idiot of a governor) his cut of our sales. (Sorry if this is too political but I just wanted to vent.)
     
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  8. Walkalong

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    Sadly no, I didn't log it before I shot it, and just jotted it down, then lost it I guess. My guess is in the 4.0/4.2
    Gr range. Zip is very similar to W-231, could pass for a long lost brother.
     

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  9. GeoDudeFlorida

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    In Europe you haggle over the quality of the product while praising the sellers storefront to get a better price. In Mexico and Central America you plead poverty while praising the product to get a better price. Only in the USA do people criticize both the seller and the product to get a better price. Crazy, man.
     
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  10. JmacD

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    I tripped last night and dumped an entire bowl of cereal all over my bed… so all the laundry I had spilled out of the laundry room and covered my reloading room. Currently have the mattress topper draped over tue chair and gun vice to dry…

    But…. I did get a universal decapper ordered… and my 270 dies have made it from one side of a county to the other is shipping… pfft! So much for 2 day….
     
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  11. JJFitch

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    Back in 2011 I loaded 200 .223, 55 grain FMJ using a defective sizing die. The manufacturer stated that they used a third party for finish polishing. It turns out the brass ended up with a slight ring around the base that prevented chambering in my newest AR15-A4 (flat top, metallic sights) used in club metallic sight steel matches.
    The manufacturer replaced the die! I finally got around to pulling 200, 55 grain bullets and reloading after resizing! Took about 2 hours! :)
     
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  12. Jim Watson

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    A 200 gr .45 at 660 fps has the same power factor as 9mm, same Newton recoil, although some say they can feel a difference in raw velocity.
     
  13. kalielkslayer

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    She only pointed twice. First time it was a dead bird. The second time I thought she was doing that again. But 3 got up.

    I was in the process of trying to find down birds when that happened so I deliberately just shot one, marked the spot, got the dog there.

    That silver thorn is thicker than manzanita, but with stickers. She did good but some of it so think she couldn’t get through it. She ran the edges until she smelled a bird.
     
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  14. nick22

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    I loaded up a couple hundred .38 specials for my daughter. The load was a 158 gr LSWC on top of 3.8 grains of N320. These are great plinking loads that don't wear her hand out with her pretty wood grips on her 637 smith.
     
  15. CQB45ACP

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    Wearing an N95 mask & nitrile gloves, I decapped, sized, & gauged 100+ each of 9mm & 45ACP I shot yesterday.

    No longer wearing the mask nor gloves, I wet tumbled the 9mm and they are sitting on the bench drying. Will wet tumble the 45 tomorrow probably.

    Had to bulge bust about a dozen 9mm—these must’ve been someone else’s I picked up off the floor. Oddly, had to BB four of the 45s. I say oddly because they were definitely mine and shouldn’t have needed it.

    The mask & gloves are new for me after reading the thread last week about lead levels.
     
  16. JmacD

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    I’m dead… haha I wear gloves a lot, more to keep smudges off brass than anything,
    use lead off to wash with, and use cold water etc, but since memory loss is one sign,… what was I talking about?
     
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  17. AJC1

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    I will not question one's desire to protect health, but exposure of a marine and army RSO, the guys that clean up downrange on an indoor, or guys that handle resale of bulk once fired are exposed at a significant level. I believe our exposure is well handled by hand washing and proper ventilation while casting (absolutely not in the kitchen like some of the old greats). Vibratory tumbling is probably the highest exposure for a home gamer and you wet tumble so unless a test ever said your high, probably not a big worry.
     
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    reloaded a box(50) of .45 acp eggleston rn 230gr over silhouette with small rifle primers
     
  19. JmacD

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    May I add, I’m putting an exhaust fan in my reloading room… I worry more about my little helper than myself…
     
  20. 270OKIE

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    Have you tried TAC? That works awesome in 308 so Idk how it would work in 243... It's a medium burn rate so I'm not sure if that would work considering you said it seems to like slower powder?
     
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  21. GeoDudeFlorida

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    Let’s not forget, @CQB45ACP is a heart attack survivor with stents in his arteries. There are some extra precautions to consider if one wishes to continue being a survivor of such incidents.
    Meanwhile, I found a box of old Shotgun News magazines buried in the rubble of the storage room. Water got past the plastic lining and they are completely ruined. They contained some pretty good articles on reloading and some recipes I still use (and have documented elsewhere) I will spend some time today trying to salvage a couple of big three ring binders of old recipes from the late ’90’s. I only have a few documents left to go through. So far only one small binder has been salvageable and it’s damaged. :(
     
  22. JmacD

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    Not sure if flooding or fire is worse to clean up…
     
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  23. CQB45ACP

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    Indeed! Thanks!

    Sorry about the mags. I have a large and largely worthless collection of auto mags from the 60s & early 70s. Pristine condition but again, worthless.
     
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  24. Hooda Thunkit

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    NOE 312-208-RN.JPG

    cast from Lyman #2 alloy. First time I've cast that alloy.

    Yep, some are frosty. I'm really having problems getting the right temp with this mould.
    I've cast with it 5 times now, and am struggling with getting the mould to release the bullets.

    I've cleaned it (multiple times), smoked it, temp up to 780*, down to 735*.
    It's just sticky as hell. I end up whacking the handles 4-5-6 times to release the bullets.
    I've used a hardwood dowel over the edges to rub down any sharp lines. I've run a cotton swab over it (when cool and dry) to look for burrs.
    I've checked it with a loupe. Nothing I can see.

    I have other NOE moulds, never had the sort of trouble this one has. I really don't know what to do. Maybe call Al, see what he says.
     
  25. IALoder

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    I think TAC might be a little fast for it. It really didn't like Varget or IMR 4064, and TAC is a bit faster. My .308 and .223's do love TAC though!
     
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