What Did You Do In The Reloading Room This Week?

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Re: What Did You Do In The Reloading Room This Week?

Postby AndyC » Sun Mar 06, 2016 2:55 pm

viking1000 wrote:Loaded 44 Colt and 44 Russian, FF G and FFF G, GOEX Black Powder, Cases are Star Line. Trying some new 200 grain bullets from a company called Desperado Bullets . I ordered a sample pack of 100 to try.

That sounds like a whole lot of mischief waiting to happen :)
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Re: What Did You Do In The Reloading Room This Week?

Postby rotor » Sun Mar 06, 2016 4:08 pm

Churned out some 45ACP, 230 gr FMJ, 4.2 gr w231, 1.256 col using my new Lee Auto Drum powder measure. Would not cycle my Ruger sr1911 and need to bump my loads but didn't have time. Auto drum is fantastic at turning out exact drops with w231 on every drop, very easy to adjust. Even tested with 700x and it did a very good job. Probably need to be closer to 5 gr with w231.

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Re: What Did You Do In The Reloading Room This Week?

Postby Beiruty » Wed Mar 09, 2016 9:47 pm

Clean and fully prepared including priming 50 cases of 30-06 and 50 cases of 300WM.
SS Wet Washed some 100 223 cases and 65 308 cases and 4 6.5mm Grendel those are gifted by Bitter Clinger.
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Re: What Did You Do In The Reloading Room This Week?

Postby AndyC » Thu Mar 10, 2016 10:57 pm

size-lubed about 800 bullets

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Re: What Did You Do In The Reloading Room This Week?

Postby Beiruty » Thu Mar 10, 2016 11:12 pm

I just loaded a 100 rds of 9mm 115gr Xtreme plated bullet over 5.2gr of CFE-Pistol. Once the AP press is setup, it should functional correctly. I used the Hornady case feeder and Bully Adapter over Hornady bullet feeding die with 4-tubes on top. 2-oops. 1 case had a primer upside down, and the second was dropped into bin with no bullet.... :banghead:
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Re: What Did You Do In The Reloading Room This Week?

Postby AndyC » Fri Mar 25, 2016 12:31 pm

Finally deprimed/tumbled 200+ .308 cases I've shot through my bolt-gun - busy with trimming:

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I hate case-prep but looking forward to filling these with 178gr A-max Hornady bullets.
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Re: What Did You Do In The Reloading Room This Week?

Postby AndyC » Sat Mar 26, 2016 11:05 am

I spent a lot of time last night and this morning measuring my bolt-gun's max OAL (bullet touching the lands) with various bullets.

OAL isn't as precise a measurement as I want due to the different ogives of the bullets, so off to buy a Hornady Bullet Comparator tool if I can find one, perhaps a micrometer seating die, too.
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Re: What Did You Do In The Reloading Room This Week?

Postby Surgeon » Sat Mar 26, 2016 11:47 am

AndyC wrote:Finally deprimed/tumbled 200+ .308 cases I've shot through my bolt-gun - busy with trimming:

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I hate case-prep but looking forward to filling these with 178gr A-max Hornady bullets.


Your brass looks good and shiny. What media do you tumble it in? Also do you aneal your brass? And lastly, how many reloads do you get out of your brass? Really curious. Thanks.
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Postby AndyC » Sat Mar 26, 2016 2:37 pm

That's about 4 hours in corn-cob media with a little liquid car-polish added (about a thimble-full). I just aim for clean, they don't have to sparkle but these turned out nicely.

They're all once-fired factory cases for my bolt-gun so I can't say at this point yet, but when I've neck-sized only for my FAL (and with semi-decent local brass) and warm loads, I was getting about 6-7 loads per case before the necks split.

I haven't bothered annealing my brass in a few decades, although I probably should start again now that I have a rifle accurate enough to benefit from it - but it's early days yet in loading for it so that's the last thing I'm looking at right now ;)
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Re: What Did You Do In The Reloading Room This Week?

Postby Surgeon » Sat Mar 26, 2016 7:34 pm

AndyC wrote:That's about 4 hours in corn-cob media with a little liquid car-polish added (about a thimble-full). I just aim for clean, they don't have to sparkle but these turned out nicely.

They're all once-fired factory cases for my bolt-gun so I can't say at this point yet, but when I've neck-sized only for my FAL (and with semi-decent local brass) and warm loads, I was getting about 6-7 loads per case before the necks split.

I haven't bothered annealing my brass in a few decades, although I probably should start again now that I have a rifle accurate enough to benefit from it - but it's early days yet in loading for it so that's the last thing I'm looking at right now ;)


Thanks. I've heard about adding the liquid car wax but never talked to anyone whose actually done it. Good to know. I've been using crushed walnut and about to switch to stainless steel. I heard some good results from it. And I think I'll give the car wax a try as well. Thanks much.
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Re: What Did You Do In The Reloading Room This Week?

Postby AndyC » Sat Mar 26, 2016 7:53 pm

I've used corn-cob and walnut shells but although they both clean the brass, it takes a heck of a long time to get them reasonably shiny without the wax. Saves time and electricity to add a little wax to the mix ;)
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Re: What Did You Do In The Reloading Room This Week?

Postby Lena » Sat Mar 26, 2016 9:01 pm

Something for you to try: tumble with media add 1-2 capfuls of Hoppe's #9 you will have nice clean brass and smells great.

If you shoot a bolt gun from a bench keep a patch with #9 on it and wipe the necks as soon as they are fired they just wipe clean, it really makes cleaning much faster. Most of my rifles are tight neck wildcats I also keep a brass brush and clean the id also it really cuts the tumble time way down. Even been known to keep 00 or 000 steel wool there also it all helps a lot.

If your bench shooting or as I was hunting prairie dogs all day long keep 2 pcs of a light colored bath towel about 2" wide 2-3 " shorter than your barrel less brake if you have one, if needed rubber band muzzle end, keep wet in ice chest alternating them just lay on barrel this eliminates heat waves and with double your shots as far as barrel temp. Also a spray bottle of alcohol with work but not as well.
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Re: What Did You Do In The Reloading Room This Week?

Postby Surgeon » Sun Mar 27, 2016 3:11 pm

Lena wrote:Something for you to try: tumble with media add 1-2 capfuls of Hoppe's #9 you will have nice clean brass and smells great.

If you shoot a bolt gun from a bench keep a patch with #9 on it and wipe the necks as soon as they are fired they just wipe clean, it really makes cleaning much faster. Most of my rifles are tight neck wildcats I also keep a brass brush and clean the id also it really cuts the tumble time way down. Even been known to keep 00 or 000 steel wool there also it all helps a lot.

If your bench shooting or as I was hunting prairie dogs all day long keep 2 pcs of a light colored bath towel about 2" wide 2-3 " shorter than your barrel less brake if you have one, if needed rubber band muzzle end, keep wet in ice chest alternating them just lay on barrel this eliminates heat waves and with double your shots as far as barrel temp. Also a spray bottle of alcohol with work but not as well.


Good advice. Thanks.
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Re: What Did You Do In The Reloading Room This Week?

Postby Beiruty » Sun Mar 27, 2016 4:27 pm

I worked on this mod for the Hornady Bullet Feeder. I am still waiting to be replaced by Optics Planet.
https://goo.gl/photos/4qmUGeq8XPjrNegd9

Loaded 23 45ACP rds on the LEE classic turret
https://goo.gl/photos/v8BtZKeCtqMyzrzA7

Loaded 49 9mm rds on the Hornady AP
https://goo.gl/photos/URBn1JUWizQNkWCd8
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Re: What Did You Do In The Reloading Room This Week?

Postby AndyC » Mon Mar 28, 2016 9:27 am

Loved watching the Hornady AP at work :) I'm really tempted by the bullet-feeding die but I use cast bullets, so...
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