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

  1. PO2Hammer

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    Loaded another 100 rounds of 9mm 'field points'.

    125 grain cast coated cone, 20 from MBC and 80 from BBI over 3.5 grains WST in Win brass with a WSP primer.

    What a sweet load. Cycles my stock 9mm 1911 (12lb recoil spring), very accurate and soft shooting.

    You have to love working with WST, super clean burning, very bulky - you're not going to double charge WST in the 9mm without seeing it.

    Gotta love sorted brass too. No surprises at the press or the range.
     
  2. Driftertank

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    Decided to FL size some 7mmRM cases that have only been neck-sized for a few cycles. Got one stuck in the die and almost ripped my little press out of my flimsy secondhand desk/reloading bench...

    Got online and ordered 200 new cases so i can start from scratch and not worry about figuring out how many cycles my brass has already endured...
     
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  3. Charlie98

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    I've stuck a few cases in my day... I think I'm on my 3rd set of .30-06 dies. My problem was not enough lube on the bottom of the case... I was worried more about the neck and shoulder and I guess I left a few too dry. Not anymore... I hose those mothers down. Press selection can be an issue, too... I used to use my little RCBS RS3 press, which is quite small. I struggled to size cases like .30-06 and my big .348WCF cases... even .308 on occasion. I stole my brother's Hornady single-stage press and was amazed at what some additional leverage gets you. I've since switched to a RCBS RockChucker... and life is good.
     
  4. Jack Ryan

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    Loaded a couple hundred 410 shells last night.
     
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  5. Arkansas Paul

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    I have no idea what you're talking about Thomas. He's going to "save money" like we all do. lol
     
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  6. forty_caliber
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    Oh right you are. I'll save TONS...someday.

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    Started re-sizing ~600 5.56 brass. Broke the de-capping pin rod about 1/2 way through. Ordered a new set of Hornady dies so I'll have another set on-hand. Called Lyman and they are going to replace the rod at no cost but I'm out of business for a day or two.

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  8. Charlie98

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    Stop on over, I'll borrow you mine... I've got about 1500 cases that have been setting in the garage for about 2 years... I doubt I'll get to them this week... :D
     
  9. Charlie98

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    Loaded the rest of my .45-70 brass... about 70 rounds. Trying to use up the rest of my AA5744. Loaded 5 test rounds in some new (pulled) LC18 brass for the M1a. My big question was whether or not there was enough neck tension left, I didn't really want to have to go in and neck size all those cases.
     
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  10. Legionnaire
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    I've become a fan of the Lee universal depriming die.
     
  11. forty_caliber
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    I de-capped these prior to wet tumbling. I was being lazy and set this up on the LNL AP so I could use the case feeder. I was cranking through them through just the sizing die and the de-capping pin caught the bottom of the case instead of the flash hole. I bent the rod and snapped the pin before I could stop. All it took was half a heart beat.

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  12. 1976B.L.Johns.

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    Yup, it happens......one gets going and the next thing ya know...whoops! Was not paying enough attention. Could be a pebble or a Berden .

    I am with Legionaire with the Lee universal depriming die. I have ordered two new pins in the past twice, was not paying attention so that one is on the shelf ready to keep on de-priming.
    But with experience, and maybe luck and older age, I have not had to replace a pin in some time now. Having a spare is nice, cheap insurance.
     
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  13. Legionnaire
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    Exactly. Having a spare pin is good insurance. I probably ought to pull the depriming pin from some of my sizing dies since I decap almost everything before wet tumbling these days.
     
  14. 1976B.L.Johns.

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    Just what I do too.
     
  15. Jack Ryan

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    Got the trap out today for another skeet session with the 410. Shot 50, really not too bad. I think I'm picking up on this a little.

    I been doing a good inspection of these hulls the last couple times through and they are getting pretty dodgy. I don't even try to keep track of which ones and how many times they've been reloaded, if I notice a split or crack I just throw that one away. A good close look at all I shot today cost me about 5 or 6 hulls out of 50, but I bet some of those are several years old. Reloaded every thing I shot this afternoon plus a couple extras I found rattling around in the trap wagon.

    I've probably worn out a grand total of about 25-30 now after several years because I'm missing that many hulls to fill all my boxes. All Winchester AA
     
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  16. waldens

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    Yup, but I’ve bent the tip of the decapper on that too, twice. Got the Squirrel Daddy hardened steel rod, no problems since. Got the 3 pack, which is probably considerable overkill, but you never know.
     
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  17. Hooda Thunkit

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    Fired 60 rounds of 7.62x54r out of my Mosin 91/30 at the club Military Bolt-gun match last Sunday. Didn't do real well, but it's fun.

    Decapped those rounds, cleaned the primer pocket (just because), neck brushed 'em all. Dry tumbled for a few hours, and then annealed those 60 pieces.

    I think next month I'm bringing the Sako-barreled M39. Maybe I can get in the top half of the scores....
     
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  18. forty_caliber
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    Replacement Hornady .223 dies came in yesterday. Got a shipping notification for the replacement Lyman parts that I broke.

    Disassembled the Hornady dies and ran them through the ultrasonic cleaner with Hornady gun parts cleaner solution. I was amazed by the amount of crud came off of these dies. A cloud of dirt started lifting off the parts as soon as I turned it on. Dried, oiled and reassembled.

    Finished resizing the remaining cases. Used the quick change plate to mount the Hornady case prep center to the bench, setup for small primer, and adjusted for 1.750 trim to length.

    Plan to start the case prep for ~600 cases soon. Then on to swaging the pockets. I might get to actually load these up some day.

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  19. Charlie98

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    I don't know why... but I always feel guilty when I walk by my tumbler... and it's just setting there, all lonely, with nothing to do. So, I'm tumbling all my weirdo brass that has been setting... I have my bucket of 9mm running through it, now, did some .41's yesterday, and I'll probably start on the .45ACP tomorrow or next. I have a gargantuan pile of rifle brass to resize, once I start on that, it will definitely be busy... I resize and then tumble them vs tumbling them first. Of course... I need to get out there and do it...
     
  20. Sody82

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    Cleaned and sorted a 5 gallon bucket of range brass. 20190507_002938.jpg
     
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  21. forty_caliber
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    Does anyone happen to know what the Frankford Arsenal Lube in the spray bottle is made of? I can't find a MSDS for that product.

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  22. Bristol Mt.Man

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    I cast a bunch of 40 S&W, 180 gr semi wadcutters. Nothing fancy, but they sure do fly nice!
     
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  23. lightman

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    Not in the loading room but in the shop. I sorted through three 5 gallon buckets of mixed type looking for a few letters for a member on another board. Man are my finger tips sore!
     
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  24. Jeff Flannery

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    Just moved and finally found all my boxes marked "reloading" And now it's all back together! And for the first time, not in the basement or garage! That's what happens when we by a 4 br house and only need two!!!
     
  25. ohihunter2014

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    Got some reloads tested tonight and I think I did pretty well! Savage axis 223rem, 55gr Nosler varmageddon BT with h335. Put a level on the scope and rest and took my time. I’ll load more of them tomorrow for another check and then adjust OAL too see if I can tighten those groups! Also shot RMR 124gr MW with BE86 from the M&P full-size at 20ft and had most touching. Ordering 1k of them Monday. 38spl didn’t do so well though. Thread coming for that issue.
     

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