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

  1. Walkalong

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    Did some 125 Gr XTPs with BE-86 and some 135 Gr Gold Dots with True Blue. Shot 18 rounds of each this afternoon.
     
  2. Bandit67

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    Loaded 20 rds. of an experimental reduced "plinking" load for .30-06. Used some old military brass with some Nosler BT 125 grains. They were the lightest .30 cal. Bullets I have. Used the Hodgdon 60% rule with H4895. Gonna try them out Friday. By the way I think I need help. I'm addicted to reloading. Lol
     
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  3. Dirt farmer

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    Loaded fifty-three 45 acp to use up the remaining Berry's 230 grain copper plated bullets I had in a box. Used 6.8 gr of PowerPistol in mixed cases with CCI No.300 primers.
     
  4. Toprudder

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    Hate if for you. Hope you get better soon.
     
  5. badkarmamib

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    Opened my last box of lead to load 100 .40S&W on my Lee SS. Decided 2 things: 1.) a turret looks better all the time, and 2.) need to order more bullets.
     
  6. horsemen61

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    I built a new bench I’ll show pics later when I have time now I need to go to sleep
     
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  7. Dirt farmer

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    I loaded up some 180 grain Hornady SP for my Rem 700 30-06 hunting rifle.
    Using IMR-4350 loaded 3 each at 55.0 gr, 55.5 gr, 56.0 gr, 56.5 gr and 57.0 g (Max). See attached target.
    I felt like I pulled the last shot on the 57.0 gr set so I loaded up 5 more at 57.0 gr. See next target. I had 3/4" group at first 4 shots and either recoil shy after shooting 19 shots with 30-06 or mentally blew it but the 5th shot opened the group to 1 1/8". I'm going to use this 57.0 gr of IMR-4350 load for my elk load.
    I love having a reloading room and shooting range on my own property for load development like this.
    180 gr trials.jpg
    57.0 g IMR4350.jpg
     
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  8. rjbmjb
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    I finally got around to working up loads for the Nagant revolver I bought several years ago. I bought the Lee die set and played around with the case length to get them to chamber and keep the gas seal. With a 20+ pound trigger pull, I don’t shoot it often, so it doesn’t really pay to reload, but I just hate to have a gun that I can’t load for. (full disclosure- I am a reloadaholic)
     
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  9. Toprudder

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    I've got a Nagant and have wondered about reloading for it. So, it is possible with the Lee die set to leave the brass full length, crimp the nose, and keep the gas seal feature? Most of what I have read is that people are shortening the brass and loading as normal revolver rounds, and foregoing the gas seal.
     
  10. Toprudder

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    I have a feeling that my expenditures on reloading would increase, possibly dramatically, with a significant decrease in distance between my reloading bench and the firing line. :)
     
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  11. vaalpens

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    Seems like this is a common task this time of the season, loading the remaining bullets.

    I loaded up 50 of my last RMR 124gr MatchWinner bullets in 357sig using CFE Pistol. This leaves me with less than 50 of these MatchWinner bullets left, so it is probably time to order again.
     
  12. rjbmjb
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    If you leave the brass full length, you need a severe crimp to allow the cylinder to turn fully- the cylinder moves forward before it has turned enough to line up the cylinder with the chamber. Factory loads have a severe crimp to allow clearance, but this works the brass and shortens its life. I trimmed the cases to allow clearance with a milder crimp, and the cases still extend past the cylinder and into the chamber when the cylinder is all the way forward. I still need a pretty good crimp to clear the mouth of the chamber, but not nearly as much as factory. After two reloads with my trimmed cases, the brass still looks good, so I’m not sure how many times I can load with this much crimp before the case mouth splits. I haven’t tested to see if the gas seal is as good as factory. It looks like we have some warm days coming here in upstate NY, so I may be able to test it this weekend.
     
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  13. Toprudder

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    Sounds like annealing the brass might be something to consider.
     
  14. Bartojc

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    Not today, but last night, loaded up 100 125G RMR 9mm FMJ w/W231. Ran another test Sunday and got my best results so far. I think I found my range load with 125 for now.

    Ran some brass through the tumbler., and took inventory. Its a never ending cycle... :)

    -Jeff
     
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    Annealing is one of the few things I haven't tried- I load, cast, dry tumble, wet tumble, lube, powder coat, I have single stage, turret, progressive and shotgun presses, etc. Thought I was done (sigh), but I guess I need to look at annealing. Then maybe I can leave the cases longer and crimp them more.
     
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  16. Toprudder

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    Reloading is a never ending adventure. I keep finding all kinds of shiny reloading gadgets I never knew I needed. o_O
     
  17. NapalmMan67

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    I just received some boolits yesterday, so I put them on the stock shelf for some upcoming reloading I plan to do. And then I blew the dust off everything since I haven't reloaded anything in over a year.
     
  18. 460Shooter

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    Last night I set up my dies to load 10mm Auto, and chose a Longshot load to start with. Starting low at 1000 fps with a 180 gr jacketed FP.

    Made two dummy rounds to start, and they both passed the plunk test and measured to proper specs. I'll probably load up 100 tonight to function check in two different firearms.
     
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  19. jaguarxk120

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    Sizing and lubing 300 grain gas check 44 lead bullets for my Super Redhawk.
    The casting session I was using 240 grain and 300 grain RCBS 44 molds, a Lyman 454190
    Colt mold helped keep the temperature's of the molds just right.
    All three molds are two cavity.
     
  20. ray15

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    Loaded up some 40SW - 40 165gr. screamers with CFEP and 150 mild 180FMJs with Sport Pistol to take to the range yesterday, which only ensured the rain never stopped. :(

    Ended up spending the afternoon depriming, separating and tumbling brass, organizing reloading supplies and spending money on the internet on.. more reloading supplies.
     
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  21. Legionnaire
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    I cleaned, prepped, and loaded 200 .243 Winchester cases with fire-forming loads for my .243 Ackley. The prep included annealing, full-length resizing, trimming so that all are the same length, building a dummy round to help me find the lands, and loading the bullets long enough that the case heads will be firmly against the bolt face with the ejector removed. Now just need a day with less than 10 MPH winds ...
     
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    Added 5k Small Rifle primers to my cache.
     
  23. Bartojc

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    My reloading room is also my "gun" room. I cleaned some pistols, took some brass out of the tumbler. Made up 100 rounds of 9mm, and swutched turrets and powder drop to make up 45 Colt tonight :).
    After 45 Colt I may make up some more .223 or possibly a few .243. If we finally get some weather over 45 degrees I might make it outdoors this weekend to shoot a rifle instead of pistols.

    -Jeff
     
  24. Walkalong

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    Reloaded fifteen .222 Mag last night.
     
  25. 460Shooter

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    I loaded up 100 rounds of 10mm auto, attached an extended Magpul butt pad to my ACS-L stock, which sits on a Kriss Vector 10mm Carbine, and attached my Vortex Spitfire 1x to a American Defense QD mount for the same carbine.
     
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