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

  1. .45 Colt

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    Just keep at it and keep working on it I first started with a Lee classic turret press and my first loads were really bad but a couple decades later it’s getting better and much more consistent.
     
  2. Waterboy3313

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    I've recently been thinking about that. I stole one of her little cooking pans this afternoon and used a small propane torch to warm up the clean cases. I'm hoping they will be dry enough tomorrow to finish up. I have tomorrow off work and hoping to spend a good chunk of the day catching up on some reloading. I actually considered throwing her little pan full of brass on the gas BBQ under very low heat.
     
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  3. KandBA

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    Not a lot of reloading but I stocked up on 1000 115gr FMJ 9mm from Everglades, 1000 Federal SPP, a pound of Accurate #2 and a jug of Clays. Tomorrow should be a productive day!
     
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  4. 460Shooter

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    Another 300 rounds of 9mm. Been busy, 200 rounds per bag, 1400 total sitting there. I’ll probably do another 200 and then start fiddling with 10mm again. E7B678B4-E041-40CD-A621-CE89E3504BFE.jpeg
     
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  5. Shanghai McCoy

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    Put powder and bullets in the aforementioned 223 brass the other day. Need to start processing some LC brass next but waiting on some tumbling media.
    Today was in the "teens" so, after getting my air compressor working in the VERY unheated garage, went down to the warmer reloading room and put together some 7.62x39 rounds for the Mini 30.
     
  6. Jonesy814

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    I loaded these 357 magnum, 130gr Hi Tek coated loaded with 7.6gr of Unique the other day. These make a nice plinking load
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  7. troy fairweather

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    I loaded up 10 6.5 prc rounds, I am out of powder and that's all I had left. These are mostly just to sight the rifle in. Load was 53 grains h4831 with 147 hornady eld-m hdy brass new 2.950 col should be about 30 thousands of the lands.

    hope to find some other powder soon.
     
  8. HDMontana

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    De-capped and removed crimps from some .556 brass.
     
  9. .45 Colt

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    Cleaned some .45acp brass in the Extreme Tumbler...Letting them air dry. While I am waiting for the new press to arrive I am taking advantage of the time off to get reorganized and get all the range brass cleaned and prepped.

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  10. horsemen61

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    Loaded 20 6.5x55 Swede
     
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  11. BWS

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    Got the 1911 recoil spring tester done. The stand also is used with a 3rd Accumeasure so got to find just the right spot on loading bench to put some threaded inserts in. Spring checker doesn't care,but when used as the powder measure the location is important to work flow.

    Found some old cast 185 Lee .45's gonna load up today and start looking for a bullseye load. The H&G #68 load is done. 4g 700X. Gonna try to go below that with the 185's...... hence,needing a spring checker. It's "part" of the overall handloading aspect of a well tuned 45 load.

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  12. BWS

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    Pic above;

    Look at the old T mag on left. Spring on handle slides so dosen't really do anything except.....

    Since this is a handgun loader,the spring sets the ram height. It always returns to that same spot. Cheapy upgrade. Been on there for 30+ years and,knock on wood has never been adjusted or cleaned,or anything really. Set it and forget it.
     
  13. BWS

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    Doh,pic explains it on the spring handle. It really works great.

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  14. .45 Colt

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    Part of getting reorganized for a new press includes redoing the shelf and lighting for the bench.

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    And I did some more brass cleaning with the Extreme Stainless Steel Media Tumbler, it does a fantastic job even though I HATE dealing with the water and media. I am going to try the Frankfort Arsenal Separator to see if that makes it any easier, The STM unit I have now is ok at best.

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    I am going to have a lot of brass ready to reload when the press gets here :)
     
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  15. Barman54

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    Loading half of the 300 .223 I took apart a few days ago.
    Using the 50gr TNT over 21.0gr of IMR 4198.
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  16. 375supermag

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    Hi...
    Hadn't done much in the reloading room the last few days.
    Today I replaced my wooden cabinet in the garage with a double door metal cabinet.
    I keep all my brass that needs tumbled/cleaned and/or processed in that cabinet.
    The new cabinet is considerably larger...my brass supply had outgrown the smaller wooden cabinet.
    It was something of a task manuevering both cabinets around the snowblower, lawn tractor and all the other stuff that accumulates in my garage. I could have opened the garage doors and moved some stuff out into the driveway but it was subfreezing temperatures and windy, so I just did the best I could.
    It was still cold in the unheated garage though.

    Part of an ongoing plan to reorganize my reloading room. Next step is to clear out the cabinets in the reloading room of all the stuff that isn't reloading related and put it in storage containers.
    Then I will be able to get all of the reloading dies, gunpowder, primers and associated tools organized in a more efficient manner.
    I have a large rolling shelf unit full of large Akro bins that are dedicated to one rifle caliber each that contain die sets, specialty dies, bullets, etc. A couple of the shelves are dedicated to spare powder measures, spare parts and tooling for my Hornady and Dillon presses.
    Handgun reloading dies are stored in a large cabinet with some other stuff that needs reorganized. Other cabinets are used for separate gunpowder and primer storage.
    I also have a lot of spare reloading presses and tools that I need to go through and decide what to keep and what to sell.

    Cold winter months seems the best time to do this in between prepping batches of handgun brass and doing whatever big bore revolver cartridge reloading that I need to do.
     
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  17. Waterboy3313

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    I've been pulling the handle all day. Almost have all of my range boxes filled. I have loaded so much today I can't even remember how much of what I did without looking at my notes. I bought two more 50 round 38/357 boxes yesterday that are still empty. With those filled I will have a 1000 rounds in my grab and go to the range bags. I never come close to using a 1/4 of that but at least it's ready to go for 4-5 trips if I get busy or don't feel like reloading anything. I like to keep my 2 bags ready for my pistols and have a third for rifle that I didn't include. Nothing worse than getting out there and not having something you left at home.

    I enjoy spending my quality time sitting in front of my two single stage presses making something that will not go to waste.
     
  18. Barman54

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    Boxed up 1K once Fired LC .223 Shells that are excess to what I need,to be converted to .300BLK., will be done Professionally.
    Will drop them at the Post Office on the way home from work.

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  19. Bandit67

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    I spent yesterday loading 118 rounds of .357 Mag with Nosler Sporting Handgun 158 gr. JHP's and IMR 4227.
    I'm experimenting with different powders for .357 and using my new RCBS Chargemaster Combo to see how it performs with the different types of powder. I modified the settings to make it faster and it worked flawlessly. No over or underthrows. Averaged about 15 seconds per throw with the mods and 3D printed tube insert but that's a guess because I didn't time it. So far I love the Chargemaster.
     
  20. Waterboy3313

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    I've been using the Hornady LNL auto charge for about a month now. It's really helped to speed things up. Probably one of the best things I've bought that I don't have to have.
     
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  21. 1 Cor 2:9

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    Currently experimenting with 100gr .38 cal Precision Bullets coated lead in 9mm loads. Tried Longshot got really great velocity but extremely dirty, went to universal and had un burnt powder, now trying HP-38. Why you might ask? I have a 95gr JHP load that chronos at 1300+ with an std of 12 out of a SR 9 and is a whole lot of fun. In a PC 9 does 1578 w a std of 14 so I am trying to make a lead load (less expensive) that is as much fun! Plus I have a new .44 coming tomorrow so setting up to load for that today also.
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  22. Texas10mm

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    I loaded 800 rounds of .45 ACP, my buddy using my other 650 ran 500 rounds of 9mm, then sized 10 lbs of 9mm bullets, and 10 lbs of .45 ACP bullets.
     
  23. 375supermag

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    Hi...
    A little busy in the reloading room today.
    I managed to use my RockChucker to resize and deprimed some .44Mag brass, then I flared them.
    Afterwards I used my APS priming tool to prime them.
    Final count was 445 pieces of brass.
    While that was going on I ran a tumbler full of .45Colt brass and tossed it in a bin for future preparation.

    After I finished the .44Mag brass, I resized and deprimed some .44Spl brass. No count yet...the plan is to flared and prime it tomorrow or the next day. I have some more tumbled .44Spl brass in a bin to process, do no final piece count until that is prepped.
     
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  24. HDMontana

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    De-capped a few hundred more .223.
     
  25. kmw1954

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    Finally got back and finished up some 45acp test samples using some 200gr SWC that I cast and lubed with 45/45/10. Of this test I have 20 loaded that are un-sized and 20 that are sized to .452" and then loaded over 4.7gr of HP-38 with an OAL of 1.235" and then 20 sized and set to the same length using 5.1gr of AA#2

    Still trying to figure out this loading data as Hodgdon load data shows a 200gr LSWC using HP-38 with a start weight of 4.4gr and a max of 5.6gr at 1.225"
    Then Western data shows a 200gr LSWC with AA#2 starting at 5.2gr to 5.8gr @ 1.190.... Here I was understanding that #2 was faster than HP-38 yet the HP is using much less powder.
     
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