Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by horsemen61, Jan 7, 2018.
Got home from work
Sized the 1st 3rd of 700 that I deprimed earlier this week.
Got all of my empty .45Colt brass prepped today.
161 pieces of brass, resized, deprimed, flared and primed with CCI Large pistol primers.
Then I prepped all of my empty .44Spl brass.
Same deal...212 pieces of brass.
Still have a large number of .41Mag brass to prep.
Little tired of cranking on the RockChucker.
Might take a break tomorrow... we'll see.
Loaded that little box of ammo under my new Henry .44
Decapped another 500 of .223/5.56 brass. Start military crimp removal tomorrow.
Still reloading 12 gauge shells.
Lubed/sized to.429 these bullets cast on August 15th of last year.
Dad made these boxes (with lids) back in the eighties according to his date and initials on one box.
The interesting thing is a box holds 200 .429 cast bullets and 2 gross of .357 just as neatly!
Yesterday in preparation for my renewal class and range re qualification I went to my open BLM range. I shot about 100 rounds of 9mm ammo out of three guns (Shield,G26 & G17). I do not know why but I just shoot the Shield better than the Glock's.
I also shot a few 5 shot ladder loads I loaded up with BE86 powder and 124gr Extreme bullets. Overall I was pretty impressed with these loads using from 4.8 to 5.6 gr of BE 86. The hotter loads were a little snappy even in my G17 but not to bad. I chrono'd a few of each and velocities were very linear and consistent, ranging from about 1050fps on the low end and about 1200fps on the hottest loads. Eventually I am planning on loading up some RMR JHP 124gr bullets using the BE86 powder so this gives me a little idea of how they will perform.
Decapped 100 223 cases
What BLM range are you using in the state of Jefferson?
Some years back we got a nice rock tumbler cause the kid wanted to do lapidary for 4H. Well, the kid changed their mind and the tumbler got put in the garage and forgotten.
I "found" it last week and thought I'd put it to work cleaning some 223 range brass that I've had sitting around. It's a double barrel tumbler so 100 shells each works pretty well and the corn cob media gets them clean enough for blasting brass.
Its called the Slate Pit off of Rice Canyon Rd above the High Desert Prison in Susanville Ca. It is a nice carved out area up next to the Hillside which the BLM maintains for target practice. I usually go during the week and rarely even see anyone there but I know it gets used because I pick up some Range Brass each time I go.
I finished off the open box of 124 gr 9mms and changed the Dillon over to .380. I had laboriously single stage sized and primed some .380 brass and just could not bear the thought of three more passes to get them loaded. So I borrowed a shellplate and put the dies in the toolhead that I used to load .44-40 with in the CAS days. I took the decapping spindle out so I could run my primed cases through first. I'll shoot the first 21 tomorrow to see if I have it right.
Sorted about fifteen pounds of forty or so pounds of brass given to me by a non-reloading friend who was cleaning out his dad and brothers stuff. About 30-30-30 38, 9, 223, with the rest 380, 270, 357. Another pile from another friend was 44mag, 45 Colt, 45 cap, and 357.
Lots of tumbling, sizing and loading for the winter months. About six three pound coffee cans full so far.
Yesterday, I got some large pistol primers and 200 gr SWCs for my new attempt to load some .41 mags.
So, with the 200 cases, 1K of primers, bullets in 200 gr SWC, 210 (jacketed Deep Curls), 228 gr and 240 grs, I'm ready to start.
With these, I'll have some ammo to burn for the S&W 66, NMBH in .41 and Redhawk in .44.
I loaded about 60 of the .357s a couple days ago.
Chucked an RCBS military crimp remover in a cordless drill and went through 1000+ .223/5.56 brass. Wet cleaned them all after that.
Last Night I trimmed 260 Once Fired .308 NKE through the Gracey.
With work and travel, it's been a while since I've been able to get to the bench. Did so today.
Prepped 50 new Hornady 280 Ackley Improved cases, then loaded up some foulers and a pressure test using RL16 under 150 grain Nosler Partitions. I couldn't find any 280 AI data using RL16, but Alliant's site had a 280 Remington recipe with a 150 grain spitzer and QuickLoad rated RL16 highly for the cartridge, so it wasn't hard to pick a starting charge. Working up a hunting load for a new-to-me Cooper 52 Classic.
Now I just need a day to get to the range ...
Started a work up on some .357 125 gr Hornady XTP bullets that were mixed in with my last RMR order. Seems I always gravitate towards the heavier bullets so this will be an interesting test. Weather isn't looking to good for tomorrow so I probably won't get a chance to try them out until next weekend.
Deprimed and trimmed 50 6.5Grendel brass
Got up early yesterday, and finished the rest of the 700 .223 by sizing them.
Running a 1000 cases of .45 acp in the FART to clean them up.
Loading up some test loads for my 6.5 Grendel
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haven’t picked the charges just yet doing that now
cleaned up a couple 50 round boxes once fired .38 Special factory loads, also got around to prepping 50 new Starline brass cases for loading in same caliber. Sized, expanded, all ready to get loaded next time I have an opportunity to sit at the bench.
Over the last week or so just working off and on at it I've reloaded 500 410s, 500 20ga., and 500 12s. Still got the 12 gauge loader set up on the bench.
loaded 500 9mm 115gr acme and used up the last of my sport pistol powder ,
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