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

  1. Charlie98

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    I've got probably 6-8K cases that need the primer pocket swaged. One of these days I'll actually order that Dillon swage, mount it to a board, and set in front of the TV and start on them... Someday.
     
  2. NapalmMan67

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    Finally got the new plastic installed on my ABLP and have it back to functional operation. Also moved the retaining screw for the shuttle return spring to the outer most hole, which seemed to improve the feeding of cases. Cycled a couple hundred through the press with no hang ups so far.


    Also loaded 30 some odd pieces of .45 Colt on the LCT.


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    8ZGdfgzkQtuhYGTlYC6r0A.jpg Well, I wet tumbled 164 9mm cases and now I will deprime and add to my stack to reload.
     
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    Not a dig, just an FYI... they have these on sale directly from KMS. Something about moving their warehouse and not wanting to move all the inventory I think? I think that one is on sale for $10.99 right now.


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  6. forty_caliber
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    Ordered a one of the RCBS Primer Pocket Swager Combo 2 die sets a couple of weeks ago. Have to say this is a poorly made tool. Slow and cumbersome to use. After less than a dozen cases, the anvil was out of round. I don't think the steel was hardened properly. Returning to Amazon.

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    I agree sold mine off awhile ago
     
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  8. 375supermag

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    Hi...
    Well...a fairly productive afternoon in the reloading room.
    I ordered a Hornady powder measure for my Hornady LnL press from MidSouth Shooters Supply. I am going to use it for loading 10mm only. I already have one set up for my preferred load for .45ACP on the large primer LnL and one set up for my preferred load for .357Mag on the LnL that is used for small primer reloading only.

    After placing that order, I loaded up a variety of .45Colt loads with 250gr Hornady HP/XTPs using Unique and 2400. These loads will be tested in my Contender, stainless Ruger SBH, standard Ruger BlackHawk and my Uberti 1873 lever action rifle. Depending on how they shoot, I may run some through both of my original full size Vaqueros.
    Altogether I loaded up 200 rounds of various loadings for those guns.

    If all goes according to plan, tomorrow I will load the rest of my .45Colt brass with 255gr commercial cast LSWC and 8.0gr of Unique.
    I have about 250 cases left to load.
     
  9. Charlie98

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    I recently loaded up some test loads with IMR4227 (very similar to 2400) for my 5.5" Vaquero, they did not do that great... I don't think that short barrel is the hot setup for such a slow burning powder, and that will be the last time I do that. It is, however, a great powder for carbines, it's a big hit in my 1894 in .41, and I've got some 2400, now, to try as well. Going forward, my .45 Colt pistol loads will be powered by Unique... like they have been for almost 30 years.
     
  10. Charlie98

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    When researching swager tools, I read the reviews for the RCBS tool... and they were largely all bad. I think Hornady makes one, too, but it's design is similar to the RCBS. I'm just going to spend the money on the Dillon tool, personally. I don't own any Dillon stuff (I didn't drink the Blue Kool-Aid...) but, like Lee tools, there is always an exception.
     
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    Yesterday I put together two more metal racks and am right on the cusp of being finished in there. Right as I'm about to get started with the .445SM.
     
  12. 375supermag

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    Hi...
    I also have used Unique in my .45Colt loads for decades. More than adequate velocity and accuracy in my Ubertis and S&W 25.
    However, I am looking to see what kind of performance I can get in my Contender and SBH with 2400 using my Hornady manuals loads for Contenders and Ruger Blackhawks only section. I have loaded cartridges starting at the lower end and stopping a bit below the top end to test for accuracy. Basically, a ladder test to see what works best.
    This is my first Contender...I have wanted one for years but just never pulled the proverbial trigger heretofore. There always seemed to be a nice revolver that I needed more than a single shot handgun.
    Anyway, if the weather is decent one day this weekend, I hope to test these loads out to 25 yds and then if things go well move over to the rifle range and see how they perform at 50yds.
     
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    I couldn't bring myself to purchase yet another bench mount tool. Check out the CH4D Swager and Primer tool here. This is a high quality tool and much easier to use than the RCBS one. Mine came in late yesterday afternoon and I got a chance to try it out. Big improvement.



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  14. Charlie98

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    Well... I'll be curious! Post your results, please! I'm new to 2400... sort of. I had a can Way Back When but for some reason was not impressed with it. I actually bought some recently to try in reduced .45-70 loads, but I probably won't even do that... given my success with IMR4198 there. I'll probably load it up for head-to-head testing against IMR4227 in the .41 lever-action, and I might give it a spin in the .45 Colt... I still have some of those IMR4227 loads left to compare it with. IMR4227 isn't the most economical powder on the planet, if 2400 turns in good or better results, and works out cheaper in the end, I might just switch.
     
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    I tried one of those and don't like it as much as the Dillon. It is a little finicky to get adjusted so that it swages enough without damaging the rim.
     
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    Do you think the build quality and material is better than the RCBS, and does it seem like it would last longer?
     
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    The build quality is easily better than the RCBS. This is good hardened steel that reminds me of Redding dies. The work flow is also much improved. The shell holder sits on top of the die and the anvil installs in the ram. The diameter of the anvil just fits into the die forcing the assembly to stay square. Put the case into the shell holder on top of the die run the ram up and you are done. Easy to adjust and keep a consistent amount of swage by lowering or raising the die in the press and bottoming the ram each stroke.

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  18. 375supermag

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    Hi...
    I will try to remember to post my test results.
    I have used 2400 for years in the .357Mag, .41Mag and .44Mag revolvers for higher end loads with good results.
    I prefer it to W296/H110 because of the small window of recommended charge weights with those powders.
    I generally don't go to the top end or push the envelope as I can get adequate power and good velocity with slightly lower than Max loads with 2400.
    I have some 4227 and AA#9 that I can test as well. I just wanted to start with 2400 because I have a lot of it and have had good success in the past with other handgun calibers.
     
  19. forty_caliber
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    I'm pretty happy with the CH4D swaging tool. I was able to process ~600 5.56 cases in just a little over two hours along with inspection and touch up with a reamer. Quick and easy.

    Time to load some up!

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  20. jmorris

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    Been needing to send some fired brass to Harrell’s, so they can make me a size die. Loaded up cases for 2, 5 shot groups at 100 yds, this evening in 0-4.7 mph wind.

    I think I’m going to like this one.

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    I don't know ... I can still see part of the zero in the 10 on both targets ...

    ;)

    Nice shooting.
     
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    That is great shooting, light wind or not. :)
     
  23. TBL65

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    Shot some test loads yesterday from 3.6-4.3gr W231 at 1.135,1.130 and 1.125”

    Loaded up some 9mm 124gr RMR FPMW ranging from 3.6-4.0gr of W231 at 1.120,1.115 and 1.110” to check pressure signs.

    Then loaded 5 rounds each of 4.0gr W231 at 1.145, 1.125 and 1.110” for accuracy/group testing. Gonna try and shoot them tomorrow. Will be posting my results at some point in my “Help with 9mm OAL” thread
     
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  24. forty_caliber
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    Started loading up the ~600 5.56 cases that I've been working on. Set up the run on the Hornady LNL AP. Using Dillon carbide dies, Hornady LNL case activated powder measure, Powder Cop, manually placing bullets, and have got about 75 done so far. Press is running well with this setup...Win SR, 25.5gr of Varget under a Midsouth Varmint Nightmare 55gr BTSP w/c.

    The book said this should produce about 3100fps. I've got to see about getting a Chronograph one of these days.

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  25. 375supermag

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    Hi...
    Got back down in the reloading room after dinner tonight and loaded up 100 more rounds of .45Colt with a 255gr LSWC and 8 grs of Unique.
    Still have another 100 cases or so to load.

    Probably won't get done tomorrow...going to a gun show over near Philadelphia. Big show...son says it's supposed to be 1000 vendor tables.
     
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