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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. JmacD

    JmacD Member

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    I would question how well they would stabilize. I believe they are designed for the fast twist rates (1:8) out of the 300 PRC, etc. I really have no experience reloading for the Garand so I’m just talking out of my hat. I think I would try a little bit lighter first if it was me. But, like I said, I’m just talking out of my hat:)
     
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  2. 270OKIE

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    Hmm yeah idk if a 1-10 would work well... Ill check out the Berger stability calculator.
    Edit: Berger says out of a 1-10 at 2200fps they will not be stable... They said 1-8 is recommended. The bullets are 1.858" in length apparently... Oh well back to 208gr ELD-Ms! I have like 400 of them stashed away... and 250ct of the 220gr SMKs...
     
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  3. JmacD

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    Hornady, especially on their new or “specified” bullets usually has a twist rate guide on the box. If you start working with some of their G MX, or CX bullets, it’s difficult to go just by weight. The alloys are so different, the bullets are actually longer like something that would weigh much much more in a traditional leadcoar bullet
     
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  4. 270OKIE

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    I just edited my previous post, sorry... yeah they are recommending a 1-8 twist apparently.
     
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  5. IALoder

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    Deprimed the brass from today's range trip, then removed the crimp from the .223 range brass I picked up.

    My 45-70 and the wife's 99/44 were both still zeroed, so we should be good to go for deer season. I may have to load up about 10 more rounds for the 99/44.... Got a little carried away doing a little plinking.... That thing is so fun to shoot!

    175 smks shot a pretty consistent 1-1.5moa with N140, but pretty darn slow. Then with IMR 4064 shot well under 1moa at 2489fps ES11/SD4 with 42.0gr, then a little under 1moa at 2503fps ES20/SD7 at 42.5gr. gonna do a little detail ladder in there!

    80.5 Bergers were about the same story with N140. Right around 1.5moa, and pretty slow. Started shooting the H4895 ladder and it started getting good! 24.3 shot 1 moa at 2760fps, then 24.6gr really sucked down to probably 5/8 moa at 2811 ES30/SD 13, then 24.9 shot 1moa again at 2857fps, high es/SD, and enough ejector swipe for me to not go any higher, primer pockets were torched as well. I need to pull the last 2 steps and download them to 24.4 & 24.5gr, hopefully that's the spot for it! The rifle did short stoke off and on the whole time with H4895, so I'm going to have to crack the gas block open a little bit more.
     
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  6. JmacD

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    I really really admire a lot of the new technology in cartridges. But there is a big part of me that wants to buy an old “turdy ot six” and put a 1:8 twist barrel on it and just see how much I could get out of it… Not an AI; just one of the good old boys :)I’m not really talking about chasing some phantom velocity or seeing how fast you can blow up a gun. I mean just see what the old boy would do within reason.
     
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  7. 270OKIE

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    yeah a 1-8 twist M1 Garand would be sweet...
     
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  8. Nipty

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    Well, I am gonna try to do a little de priming after a few hours at the range today. Double checking my .308 for the Whitetail hunt that starts tomorrow here in PA. Found some brass today at the range I don't believe I have ever laid eyes on before. ..kinda looks like a fat 300 blk out or 7.62x39. Stamp looked like 1980. Gonna punch em out and run em in the tumbler. I ll get them measured n post Pictures when I can.
    Also. Seems people at out local range turned out spent casing bucket Into a trash can. Then while picking up other people's target paper I was setting mine up, while tossing them in the burn barrel, there it was.. a pile of brass. 556, 6.5 cm..and others...wth...some people I guess... gonna have to put up a sign. Seems many have lost their way....
     
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  9. 270OKIE

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    It's not 30 Rem AR is it?
     
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  10. AJC1

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    300 hmr
     
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  11. Legionnaire

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    Deprimed, wet-tumbled, dried, and full-length sized 100 once-fired Hornady 6.5 Grendel cases. They are currently in the vibratory tumbler to remove any remaining lube.
     
  12. lightman

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    Ha Ha! It did put a dent in the monthly beer budget! ;)
     
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  13. blackd24

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    Reloaded 600 9mm on the lock n load. Mixed brass and RMR 124s over a moderate charge of HP-38. My first time reloading in four months due to a move and too many other projects getting in the way of setting up my bench. I’ve been following some of the threads on the Lee 600. I’d probably be a buyer if I didn’t already have the lock n load.

    Also ordered a Lee load all after having too much fun shooting clay birds this past weekend and seeing all the empty hulls on the ground.

    Next up is taking my 38 and 357 dies from my LCT and finally setting them up on the lock n load. I have 2 good loads worked up, now all I need is some time to run a few batches.
     
  14. dh1633pm

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    Separated all the rifle and pistol brass from all the shooting we did this year. Cleaned and then sorted all the pistol brass. Where did all the 40 call brass come from? I don’t shoot that one. I shot a lot it would seem.
     
  15. 270OKIE

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    Hey PBR is actually pretty good and it's cheap! But don't drink and re load though!
     
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  16. JmacD

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    I know a guy that tried it, and after double charging some pistol stuff, and bulging a chaimber because he used the wrong powder in a 7mm-08 another time, not to mention blowing the door of his wood stove in the shop because he … that’s not part of the story; anyway, he quit reloading and just kept drinking, and then quit doing anything but drinking… and so ended his life way to young… anyway; that’s one reason I don’t drink period.
     
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  17. 270OKIE

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    Man I'm sorry to hear that...
     
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  18. Legionnaire

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    Finished prepping the Grendel brass this evening. Trimmed, de-burred and chamfered, all set to be primed.

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  19. DMW1116

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    Ditto.

    I think a range trip tomorrow is pretty much going to happen, so I loaded some 69 grain RMR over CFE 223 for testing alongside the 308 A-max loads above.

    I also built a spreadsheet of all the seemingly random loads I have in my reloading notebook. After 2 years of taking what I can get component wise, I think I'm in a position to start stocking up for loads I know meet my minimum standards. I have economical loads with generally available components for all the calibers I reload, both in practice/light and serious/heavy versions. After tomorrow I'll know if an 8 lb. jug of powder is worth the cost, hopefully.
     
  20. Legionnaire

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    Finished the Grendel test loads this morning. Next outing will compare them against factory for velocity and accuracy.

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  21. Walkalong

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    Too busy running electrical plugs in the work shop which finally got power a couple of months ago. Honey do's tomorrow, sigh......I have some primed .32 ACP cases and T&B coated bullets ready to load. :)
     

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  22. Blue68f100

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    I see you install 4 gang boxes, good idea. You hardly never have enough plugs to keep every thing plugged in. I did the same thing in my shop, plus added a 2 gang below at normal low level for those that will stay connected at all times. I had all mine on separate breakers, but at a min have your circuits jump. So there are no 2 next to each other on the same breaker circuit. Less likely to over load one that way. Your shop is looking good. Bet you can't wait till it's finished.
     
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  23. allisd17

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    Taking the 5.56 Ruger American Ranch out tomorrow for load testing. Loaded 53g SMKs over W-748 and Viht N133 (first time I've used that powder). Also loaded 69g SMKs over Varget and CFE223. My go-to powders have been W-748 for light bullets and Varget for heavy ones; looking forward to seeing how the other loads do.

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  24. AJC1

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    133 is about the same as 4198. I use a lot of 135 which is about the same as 4885. Yet to try 140 but I'd like to see if it's close to 4064
     
  25. sisyphus

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    150x 223 sized primed and trimmed
     
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