Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by horsemen61, Jan 7, 2018.
Anytime a guy gets a dedicated reloading room, there must be pictures!
if I could figure out how to send a pic I would! Any advice??
Typically I take a photo with my phone and then sync it with my laptop. Remember the path to the picture file on your laptop. Then at the bottom of the post window click the "Upload a File" button and navigate to the picture file.
Look just below where you type your text, right next to the Post Reply button and you will see the Upload a file button. Tap that button and the rest is easy.
After while I've got to sort out some brass for a trade with a member on another site. Its raining here, again, and I might just sit at the bench, listen to some music and just look out of the window!
Nothing nearly as exciting as the rest of you. I've been working since Tuesday on a broken circuit to my upstairs where my reloading room is at. Was arranging my new bench, shifted a gooseneck light , heard the zzzzzziiit, had a flicker then all dark. Check breaker panel and not a single circuit tripped. What the hey. Power to wall outlets in one room, rest of the floor is dead.
Pulled open all the wall outlets, switches and ceiling fans/light. What a mess. No rhyme no reason, FUBAR. Looks like something Tim Taylor would do because he certainly wasn't a Bob Villa.
Nothing exciting going on. Powdercoating 9mm all day.
At the risk of side-tracking this with a non reloading subject, this happened to me years ago.
Eventually I pulled the cover off the main circuit panel, and discovered a loose connection where the wire hooked into the lugs for the circuit breaker.
Tightened it down (carefully), and fixed it.
It's nerve-racking sticking a screwdriver in a live panel. I wrapped the shaft with a couple layers of electric tape.
Dangerous too. Buy a real live insulated screwdriver if you insist on doing it. My safety tip for the day. Been playing with electricity for a very long time. You cannot be too safe with it. Never believe anyone it's not hot, check it your self.
I'm dead in the water and cannot reload anything until I get lights back.
I bought all the 410 Remington clay sports shells they had at Walmart today, 5 boxes. $1.50 per box rebate.
Loaded a few hundred 223 fmj for range fun.
Finished case prep for ~600 5.56 nato cases. Next up. Swaging.
Well up at 645am today and began loading 124gr RMR RN and BE86. I am almost done with the lot of bullets I have left and next week I will order 1k RMR 124gr MW to replace the RN. Once done with the RN today I’ll load some test rounds of 125gr FP for 38spl and then 223rem and off to the range about 4pm.
My dad was an electrician for 30-odd years, he told me almost everything else gives you a second chance... you can recut wood, reglue plumbing, repour concrete, etc... but electricity rarely gives you a second chance. I'm licensed, now, as well... and carry that axiom with me to every wiring job I go to. Shutting the main off is a pain in the butt for the entire house, but I won't touch a hot box.
In my defense, I was young, immortal, and broke. It was many years ago.
Ain't no way I would do it today.
Further progress in my quest to use up or get rid of the odds n ends on the bench... loaded the rest of my .30 Hornady SST's (70) and the last of 2K Prvi 145grn FMJs (135.) Finally found a buyer for 4 boxes of factory .348WCF I had setting around, and 2 of the boxes of .348 bullets. Yay, progress!
Next on the press is 9mm... load up the rest of the 124grn FMJ on hand with some of that awful TiteGroup... man, I'll be glad when that's gone.
Unplug the lamp ....reset the breaker .... the rest of the circuit should come back on line. If not replace the breaker with a new one and try again....
Sometimes a fellow does not have a choice but to work a live system .....You do !!! Cut the power and figure out the problem ..... I'd be willing to bet it is something very simple ....like the loose wire/ground....
Unplug was the very first thing, there were no breakers to reset, none tripped. Opened every electrical box and what I found was a complete FUBAR mess. Going down each line and now have half back. I have a feeling it was a ceiling fan motor.
As a retired electrical Lineman and also a retired Master Electrician I've worked stuff hot all of my life. Even if I didn't have to. I'll 2nd the suggestion not to do it.
Its going to be hard to troubleshoot this unless you have a volt meter. I would start off by unplugging said lamp and turning off each breaker, one at a time and resetting them. Sometimes a breaker trips internally but the handle fails to move. This would be the easiest thing. If that fails, without a meter I would start off with a lamp or power tool, like a drill, and go around trying each outlet and make a map. Many times a circuit may include devices that share a wall so don't neglect checking receptacles on the other side of the wall. Then take the covers off and take the receptacle out of the box. You'll be looking for a wire thats off of one of the receptacles. It may be either a white or black wire.
If unplugging said lamp and trying all of the breakers does not fix the problem you should consider calling an electrician.
Good Luck with this!
Probably after church and after I take my Mom and the Wife out to lunch I'll come back home and just piddle. Straightening up and cleaning up is an on going project! If it ever quits raining and dries up I need to burn some powder!
Thanks light man, while not an electrician I have been working with High voltage industrial vac for many years until I retired. Got a very nice Fluke meter that serves me well. Yes I have been bit a couple times by surprises. So far in a 800sq.ft upstairs with one circuit I've found 4 different types of wire used. I was going to gut it and start fresh but I've now found access into the attic to where I can see and found 2 hidden boxes.
Really not intending to hijack this reloading topic. But thank you all for the help. suggestions and well wishes. I'll post when I get it back and what I found.
Ok, I'll get it back on track. I had a little time after all the Mothers Day festivities so I loaded 50 rounds of .41 mag with Accurate No. 7 and Berrys 210 gr. FP.
I did nothing in the reloading room today. Trying to recover from a morning of shooting clay birds and an afternoon of mowing the grounds of the Estate. In between I helped my SIL rehang a couple if shutters and repair some vinyl siding on my house.
Kind of a full day for an old retired guy.
However, my son loaded 250 rounds each of .45ACP and .357Mag on the Hornady LnLs.
If I feel better tomorrow, I will finish loading the 450+ cases of .45Colt that I started a couple of weeks ago. Be doing that on my RockChucker, since I will be loading several different powders and bullets.
I probably should throw some fired cases in the tumblers as well. I have some fired cases in .44Spl, .45ACP and .45AutoRim, so I might as well start getting them prepped for reloading.
No real hurry on the .45ACP, though...I have several thousand cases ready to run through the LnL.
I know that in the past I have mentioned that most reloading related "chores" were handled in the winter.
But the Wife and I found these at a couple of gravel pits in the last two weeks.
Well, what is one to do?
Cleaned and swaged, (not in one day but over several days in the past week) ready to ship to one of our sons in Alaska.
First, a before and after picture. (Just a sample) My guess is that some were fired last Fall and some this Spring, judging by the tarnish.
And the complete batch = about 3 gallons:
This should keep our USMC Swamp-Fox busy for a while!
BTW, 223 in CASE you are wondering............... get it? CASE? oh, never mind..............
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