Quantcast

What have you done in the reloading room today

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

  1. DukeConnor

    DukeConnor Member

    Joined:
    Oct 30, 2016
    Messages:
    187
    My fathers day present from my son was to help me sort brass today. While that may not sound signficant, think buckets and buckets of mixed brass. Stacks of ammo cans, plastic shopping bags etc....

    It was quite the task. started about 8am and just finished up.

    Definately a great fathers day present. I can actually see the garage floor.
     
  2. GBExpat

    GBExpat Member

    Joined:
    Nov 5, 2007
    Messages:
    5,337
    Location:
    Rural, far beyond the beltway, Northern Virginia,
    I started out my day tumble (re)lubing ~225 swaged 158gr .358" LSWC bullets that my dad bought ~50 years ago.

    He got these bullets, mailorder, from Herters for $1.42/bx. :)
     
  3. Mowgli Terry

    Mowgli Terry Member

    Joined:
    Dec 6, 2016
    Messages:
    1,095
    Location:
    Tennesse-former Confederacy
    We had a clean up day at the range. I was able to scrounge up some range scrap while the range was closed. This scrap included cast bullets and jacked bullets. The range where I scrounged was mainly for shooting FMJ bullets. Got home an got gear out of Skunk Works annex. Melted down what I had found. Turns out the mix came out slightly softer than Lyman #2. Next time it's going to be on a range where more lead bullets are deposited. Too much bullet jackets in his load. Unless something unexpected happens, this lead will be used to make up 44 caliber bullets for my Skeeter Loads. In the meantime some 44 Special brass will be tumbled. I may cast some 44 hollowpoints.
     
    Toprudder and 1976B.L.Johns. like this.
  4. TBL65

    TBL65 Member

    Joined:
    Apr 26, 2019
    Messages:
    68
    Location:
    Ohio
    Got my reloading stuff set up in the garage after moving into our new place. Loaded a total of 50rds of 9mm on my RCBS Rockchucker. 20rds for accuracy testing and the rest for general plinking. Also primed another 200 pieces of brass
     
  5. Highland Lofts

    Highland Lofts Member

    Joined:
    May 1, 2019
    Messages:
    64
    Now you are setup you can start shooting more..
     
  6. Mr.Revolverguy

    Mr.Revolverguy Member

    Joined:
    Feb 24, 2007
    Messages:
    1,430
    Some development work this weekend in the reloading lair :) Using quickload, handloaders ammunition reloaders journal dvd set (nice fathers day gift) and a few other manuals I am trying to develop my own Short barrel load for this beauty
    DSC00804.jpg

    Yes thats right short barreled 454 Casull loads lol
    20190616_144529.jpg
     
    1976B.L.Johns. likes this.
  7. markr6754

    markr6754 Member

    Joined:
    Jul 12, 2018
    Messages:
    180
    This is a continuation of the weekend, so all this happened. Loaded 250 rounds of 9mm with CFE-Pistol, 100 rounds with HP-38, all under 115gr HBRN from Everglades Ammo (still have about 3,000 left to load). Resized 200 9mm cases previously deprimed and wet tumbled. I also tested out my new Hornady LnL Powder Drain Insert, and got familiar with the Hornady 1911 Primer Tube filler. The primer tubes don’t fit in the LnL Classic Press Auto Prime adapter, but I found I could connect the shorter, narrower Auto Prime pickup tubes with a piece of shrink tubing to transfer the primers from one tube to the other. It’s a work in progress..but really speeds up my case priming.
     
    1976B.L.Johns. likes this.
  8. Legionnaire
    • Contributing Member

    Legionnaire Member

    Joined:
    Dec 24, 2002
    Messages:
    5,909
    Location:
    Texas
    Loaded 32 test rounds of .223. 40 grain Hornady V-Max over Hodgdon H-335. Destined for my Model Seven.

    223-40VMax-H335.JPG
     
    1976B.L.Johns., TBL65 and Bandit67 like this.
  9. tightgroup tiger

    tightgroup tiger Member

    Joined:
    Mar 20, 2011
    Messages:
    2,754
    Location:
    Piedmont/Triad, NC
    I have a young man who is thinking he wants to learn to reload, and wants to know what to buy, so he is coming over tomorrow to run my equipment. I am cleaning up the mess in my reloading room before he gets here. Just got done sorting 2k of 9mm and it was getting a little embarrassing in there.
     
  10. ohihunter2014

    ohihunter2014 Member

    Joined:
    Jul 2, 2015
    Messages:
    5,151
    Post how they shoot. I found a deal on 40gr but was afraid my 1-9 twist would rip them apart.
     
  11. Legionnaire
    • Contributing Member

    Legionnaire Member

    Joined:
    Dec 24, 2002
    Messages:
    5,909
    Location:
    Texas
    Will do, but it will be a couple of weeks before I can get to the range again.
     
    ohihunter2014 likes this.
  12. lightman

    lightman Member

    Joined:
    Feb 7, 2011
    Messages:
    1,296
    Location:
    england,ar
    I started trying to get better organized after I retired 4 years ago. Sold a bunch of stuff, gave away a bunch of stuff, threw away a bunch of stuff and organized a bunch of stuff. Still working on it but its much better.
     
    Toprudder and ohihunter2014 like this.
  13. 375supermag

    375supermag Member

    Joined:
    Sep 14, 2013
    Messages:
    489
    Location:
    Southcentral Pennsylvania
    Hi...
    Too busy to get into the reloading room the last couple of days.
    Finally made it down to the garage today and started tumbling the brass from my weekend of shooting with my son.
    Loaded one tumbler with a mixed load of revolver brass and the other two tumblers with mixed auto pistol brass.
    Might have "slightly" overloaded the tumblers...I will run them for a few hours and see how the brass looks.
    I dumped one .30cal ammo can full of revolver brass in the one big tumbler and split a full ammo can of auto pistol brass between the other big tumbler and the small tumbler.

    As I said ..I may have overloaded the tumblers a bit, we will see how they look in a few hours. If they aren't sparkling shiny, I can always split the loads up into smaller batches.

    Hopefully, I can get some reloading done this afternoon after my wife wanders home from work. I have a lot of brass to load in a bunch of calibers plus some to do for my oldest daughter and her husband.
    Tomorrow I should be able to do some reloading as well.
    Thursday, I plan to go to a gun auction so no reloading that day. Probably won't bid on any guns but there is a large amount of reloading tools, dies and components available. That is where my focus will be
     
    Toprudder likes this.
  14. Mowgli Terry

    Mowgli Terry Member

    Joined:
    Dec 6, 2016
    Messages:
    1,095
    Location:
    Tennesse-former Confederacy
    My parts came in from Dillon. What happened was that the primer feed was rebuilt. These replaced parts came when the press was converted to a 550. That was maybe twenty years ago. Installed new parts and loaded a few 44 Special Skeeter loads just to if everything worked. It did. The Skeeter loads have plenty of horsepower without tearing the guns up.

    Called Magma Engineering yesterday concerning Master Caster. Lady allowed how molds had been converted and it would be two weeks or so when the machine was to be finished. Plans are to make common bullets four times a year. Small volume bullets made as before. The bullets in the run of Skeeter loads worked great. It may necessary to have some Bubba work undone of this mold.
     
  15. 460Shooter

    460Shooter Member

    Joined:
    Feb 12, 2011
    Messages:
    9,535
    Location:
    The Land that Time Forgot
    Last night I loaded up 100 rounds of 357 Magnum ammo. 158 gr RMR HPs over 16.4 grains of H110. Tonight I'm going to bump up to 16.5 gr.

    It was a very smooth and stress relieving loading session also. I've had a craptastic few weeks, and I really needed some simple and smooth loading time.

    Think my press is getting dry. Time to lube it up.
     
  16. Constrictor

    Constrictor Member

    Joined:
    Jan 3, 2007
    Messages:
    538
    Location:
    Mo
    Loaded 1k rounds played 44 magnum last night.
     

    Attached Files:

    ohihunter2014 and 1976B.L.Johns. like this.
  17. Blue68f100

    Blue68f100 Member

    Joined:
    May 25, 2011
    Messages:
    4,980
    Location:
    Piney Woods of East Texas
    Nothing in the reload room, but the storms last night took down some trees that are blocking my rifle range. So I'm in cleanup mode again. For more storms are foretasted tonight.
     
    ohihunter2014 likes this.
  18. 375supermag

    375supermag Member

    Joined:
    Sep 14, 2013
    Messages:
    489
    Location:
    Southcentral Pennsylvania
    Hi...
    I finished up sorting out the handgun brass that I tumbled yesterday. Took longer than I had anticipated...about three hours between last night and earlier this morning.
    A bunch of .40S&W was mixed in with the 9mm, 10mm and .45ACP...problem is we weren't shooting any .40S&W during our last range trip. Must have been on the ground from previous shooters and got picked up with our brass.

    I have 100 pieces of .45AutoRim brass in the small tumbler now.

    Spent the last couple of hours cleaning some revolvers.
    Don't know if I am going to do any reloading today... couple of other things to do, plus leaning over a workbench separating brass is playing games with my lower back.

    I still need to do a bit of research before the gun auction tomorrow...sure don't want to overpay for something that can be bought at retail for less.
     
  19. Walkalong

    Walkalong Moderator

    Joined:
    Nov 20, 2006
    Messages:
    57,783
    Location:
    Alabama
    That would be a lifetime supply for me. I doubt I will shoot any more than that before I pass the Redhawk down. . :)
     
    tightgroup tiger likes this.
  20. Constrictor

    Constrictor Member

    Joined:
    Jan 3, 2007
    Messages:
    538
    Location:
    Mo
    Oops I meant plated 44. In the next few weeks I will be loading 1k hot 44's. I like my magnums.
     
  21. ohihunter2014

    ohihunter2014 Member

    Joined:
    Jul 2, 2015
    Messages:
    5,151
    Sized and trimmed half quart bag of win 5.56 that was given to me from the local police range. Man is it slow trimming with a Lyman ez trim in an electric screw driver! Deburing and chamfering tomorrow night.
     
  22. markr6754

    markr6754 Member

    Joined:
    Jul 12, 2018
    Messages:
    180
    Loaded another 200 rounds of 9mm that I primed last night. Went a bit slower than usual, as I used my new Lee Universal Expander die, rather than the standard expander die in my Lee 9mm set. Consequently, my cases were expanded enough to set a bullet on for seating, but the bullet won’t stick in the case mouth. I have to guide each round up into the seating die to ensure the bullet doesn’t tilt just before I seat it. It’s probably a lot easier on the cases, as they cases are truly “minimally expanded, but now slower going. On the plus side I may be able to skip crimping, as the crimp die barely touched each case, and I couldn’t measure a difference in before crimp and after crimp.
    So I have nearly 800 rounds of 9mm in 95gr JHP, 115gr HAP, and 115gr FMJ RN. Time to go shooting!
     
    1976B.L.Johns. likes this.
  23. Walkalong

    Walkalong Moderator

    Joined:
    Nov 20, 2006
    Messages:
    57,783
    Location:
    Alabama
    Have gathered stuff to load 6 Dasher.
     

    Attached Files:

  24. Jeff H

    Jeff H Member

    Joined:
    Sep 14, 2009
    Messages:
    1,650
    Location:
    Ohio
    Started the process of cleaning up the reloading room before we put our house up on the market this fall.

    Boxing up brass/bullets and loaded cartridges that I won't need for the next 6 months. The first load was about 10 ammo cans full of ammo and 10 or more jumbo coffee cans full of empty brass all headed to the storage facility. Several trips to go still. I need to get everything I keep at the house jammed into the closet where the safe is. I have a long way to go until I have that room pared down that far. :scrutiny:
     
  25. tightgroup tiger

    tightgroup tiger Member

    Joined:
    Mar 20, 2011
    Messages:
    2,754
    Location:
    Piedmont/Triad, NC
    Well the 20 year old came over to see what reloading was all about, the one I told about in post 2109. I had him load on my ABLP Lee progressive press loading .357 Mag and he did great. He fell in love with it and wanted me to work up what it would cost to buy that press to load 9mm on it.
    I told him he would have to load 90 box of it to break even with what the equipment cost so I told him to buy the supplies and come use my equipment and I will oversee he work until he is comfortable with it.

    For 9mm he will have to use my LNL-AP with case and bullet feeding.

    He told me today he is thinking about buying a .357mag just so he can run the ABLP press again because he liked it some much.

    I think he is intimidated by my LNL-AP, understandably so. I told him I had the 9mm shell plate for the ABLP so if he bought a set of dies and 4 bushings I would teach him to set it up and load from start to finish.

    He is one of my apprentices at work, (Industrial maintenance and electronics) and he is SHARP for a 20 year old. He has already completed a two year trade school course in Industrial maintenance and electronics since he graduated high school.
    Now he will be my apprentice for re-loading.
    I can't believe how he took to this, I gave him an old 47th edition Lyman's manual to take home to read and study.
    He is already cost comparing for bullets, primers, and buying brass. He is going to buy 3k of fired brass and I will have him deprime and clean it before we start loading.
    Then we will start at the beginning with die setup, to priming, to reloading.

    I think I'm as excited as he is!.
     
    Last edited: Jun 20, 2019
  1. This site uses cookies to help personalise content, tailor your experience and to keep you logged in if you register.
    By continuing to use this site, you are consenting to our use of cookies.
    Dismiss Notice