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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. Charlie98

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    Since my 25yr old Midway tumbler bit the dust, finally, a few weeks ago... the brass has been piling up. Bought a lightly used Lyman from a friend of mine... and just got it Friday. I have to say, it's built much better than the Midway, but the bowl setup isn't the best... even the larger bowl is too shallow. So... being me... I just mounted the old Midway bowl on it! Lids fit just fine, I had to add a few bumpers to the bottom of the bowl to get it to set square on the frame... and we are off to the races! Frankentumbler!
     
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    Friend had a unknown caliber 1903 springfield come in, did a chamber cast for him and looks like a .358 Norma Mag.
     
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  3. Mowgli Terry

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    Well, finished up loading 150 WC loads. The load of 3gr.of Bullseye with the 150 WC is about standard with me a large portion of the rest of the world. Also, cast a few 358477 bullets-155gr. SWC.Cleaned up a little in the Skunk Works. Got the range box loaded up with cartridges and handguns. A minimum of running is circles and screaming and shouting in the AM. This shooting stuff is addictive.
     
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  4. 16in50calNavalRifle

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    Assembled some dummy rounds with brass and bullets a guy gave me when I bought his Uberti Winchester 1866 short rifle in 45 Colt. So, technically, my first rounds in that caliber. First new caliber for me in many years.
     
  5. Toprudder

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    Reloading room has been slow for me lately. All I did last night was to take some factory second 223 bullets and weigh them, clean the meplat (soft points had not been fully trimmed) and then put them in the dry tumbler. The bullets were extremely dull as they came. This was also the first time in probably two years that I used the dry tumbler. A little NuFinsh and mineral spirits in the media, a couple hours tumbling, and the bullets look great.

    Sometimes the extra effort isn't worth the money saved.
     
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  6. Texas10mm

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    I needed to load some match ammo for the .45 ACP. Ran 400 on the Dillon 650. 4.2 gr WST under a RCBS 201KT bullet.

    I ended up with 398 gauged rounds. One piece of cracked brass and one sideways primer that was my fault.
     
  7. CleanDean

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    I looked for my most accurate .223 loads. IMR 4198. &. 55 gr. Speer BTHP.
    Found them
     
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  8. forty_caliber
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    Dare I say this...I have enough ammunition loaded. I have got to get a range day in soon to make some empty brass.

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  9. Piratesailor

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    Welp.. moves my set up to a new workspace in the garage. My wife completely took over the office and I had to move it. So I figured I’d do a full inventory of everything shooting related and I definitely need to hit the range more. Since I did join a shooting club I’ll work more competitive loads.
     
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  10. tactikel

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    Melted and alloyed 95 lbs of lead, now I can cast some boolits. It's been too cold to cast for 5 months!
     
  11. ohihunter2014

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    How accurate? I have some 4198 for 45-70 I’ve been debating on using in 223rem but haven’t gotten around to it.
     
  12. dartor

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    I pick up live ammo left on the ground at the shooting range. I have been pulling the bullets with side cutters on my single stage press for the past couple of days. The bullets will be melted down and added 50/50 to wheel weights and cast into new bullets. The powder will of course be fertilizer. The primers will be used for practice ammo and the brass will be scrapped. At last count I'll have well over 500 small pistol primers.
     
  13. Charlie98

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    Now that I have a functioning tumbler, I've gotten to sorting my fired brass. Culling through my 9mm brass (I only save 3 different headstamps) and my .308 brass... culling out the 'once-fired, processed' military brass that has been giving me fits with case and neck splits. I have enough Prvi and RP brass to keep everything fed for a while, until I empty the 500 new LC17 loaded ammo I have (for the M1a.) I stole my label maker back from my wife and labeled some of the storage containers... so I don't have to keep pulling them down and opening them to look at the sticky note inside.

    Also received 200 385grn powder-coated cast bullets for the .45-70, cast for me by a friend. Working up data with AA5744 and IMR4198...
     
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  14. forty_caliber
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    Looks like we are going to have a break in the weather this weekend and I'll finally get a RANGE DAY!!!!! :)

    Put together another 15 round ladder test today with IMR4895 under 168gr BTHP Match. The last ladder test 38 and 41.5 grains were very close in performance. This round I'm pushing the envelope and exploring some upper end charges. 5 each of 41.6, 42, 42.4.

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  15. Legionnaire
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    Sunny today, but wind was 15-20 mph with gusts to 30. Tomorrow looks better.

    So I spent my Good Friday day off measuring the distance to the lands and then building some test loads for my newly assembled Model 7 in 7mm-08. New Lapua brass, 150 grain Nosler Partitions, range from 44.1 to 46.5 grains of H414. COAL 2.819, which puts the Partitions 0.020 off the lands. Also loaded enough to shoot a couple of groups where the OBT model suggests I might find nodes. Hopefully tomorrow will tell ... if the wind lets up.

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  16. Armored farmer

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    Let us know what you think of that uberti rifle, plz
     
  17. Armored farmer

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    I stamped out 60 more .45colt 255gr cast swc and smoked two pork butts(on the porch of the reloading room, does that count? 15557162395602922549074865960990.jpg ).
     
  18. forty_caliber
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    Pork butts look like they are going to be delicious. It that a Traeger their cooking on?
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  19. Armored farmer

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    Yes and no... a Traeger knock off called pit boss, it's a nice smoker.
     
  20. NapalmMan67

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    Finished priming the approx. 250 of 9 Luger cases I had decapped/sized last week.

    Wish I had the luck some of you do in finding piles of spent brass at my range so I had more to process.
     
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  21. Phil70

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    I would also like to be able to find brass at my range.
    Range I go to about everyone reloads, so don’t take their brass!
    Unless you ask them if it is ok to.
     
  22. CraigC
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    Got my heavy oak table moved and presses remounted. Almost there!
     
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  23. Ej3

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    Yesterday installed Inline Fabrication's quick change system top plate with flush mount quick change base plate/spacer.

    Although my bench did not flex too much, this is a major improvement. I am very pleased with the results.

    I had previously installed their 48" inline rail wall mount organizer for using the bins.

    From the sitting position and a top of bench height of 30", this setup works well for me.
     

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  24. Texas10mm

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    I picked up about an extra gallon of 9mm brass after the match today.
     
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  25. forty_caliber
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    Made it to the range today and had a good time. Tested a box of .45acp that I loaded a while back. 4.3grains of TiteGroup under a Hornady 230gr LRN. Nice, soft shooting, and accurate.

    I didn't get a chance to run my .308 ladder test. My old Millet 4-16x54 died. It was fine a couple of weeks ago but now it won't hold zero between shots. It had a good long run since I got it around 2005. I'm thinking of replacing with an Athlon Argos BTR 8-34x56.

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