What are you buildin' in your loading rooms?

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  1. Cwlongshot

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    Just a post to get things movin' as we approach the summer doldrums...:p:D

    I have 50 223 cases prepped. 100 300 BO cases all prepped, 50 6.5 Grendels all prepped and last night did 50 25/45 cases all prepped.

    That's cleaned, resized, trimmed, primed ready for powder and bullets.

    I need to find, make or build some way to store all the cast bullets I am creating... for now they are in HD zip loc bags under the bench...

    What ya got going on our bench?

    CW
     
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    A whole lot of nothing, it is a bit depressing not having my reloading equipment, but when thieves get into your storage, it can really set you back. If i had the option, I'd be resizing 5.56 for .300 blackout and casting my own bullets.
     
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    VERY sorry to read this!! I hate a thief, :mad: mostly cause I would GIVE to help most folks...

    CW
     
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    Nothing special...just .38spl. I shoot a bunch of .38's so I always have a few thousand rounds ready to go. I don't have to do much change up to switch over to .357. Just adjust the expander and seater dies.

    When I switch over to rifle calibers I have to change the press. I only do that once a year or so.

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    Not a lot, reloading is a deep winter past tine around here, summer is too valuable to waste much of it indoors...

    But when I'm rained out elsewhere, I'm working on a few things;

    Going through a coffee can of 30-06 brass I was given, depriming and sizing, getting them ready to tumble.

    Then loading this year's box for sight in and moose season, and some light hitting range fodder if I can find any more 100 grain FMJs like I had once before.

    Also a buddy gave me a few rounds of brass he found in his stuff, 25-20 WCF, getting ready to load them for my limited stock(All total I have kess than a box of 50).

    And, was given around 150 rounds of .41Mag, some had gotten wet/soaked, and some is loaded way too hot, getting ready to pull bullets, and re-load them myself.

    Have until Sept. 1 to get '06 loaded to hunt with. The rest might take me till 1st of the year or after... No rush.
     
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    I'm tentatively planning on a couple modifications to my C&B Revolvers to be done on my coming vacation in the next 2 weeks.
    1. Mainspring Swap in my Remingtons.
    http://1858remington.com/discuss/index.php/topic,5248.0.html
    2. Possibly cutting a loading gate for my Kirst Conversion. I've put this off 17 years so far...
    3. Possibly attempting a cap rake / cap post install on a brass frame Colt for practice. Then trying it on my steel frame Pietta 1851 & 1860 Colts.
    4. Maybe install an over travel set screw on the Remingtons.
    http://1858remington.com/discuss/index.php/topic,3801.30.html

    I need to see what's available at my local hardware store for set screws, drill bits, JB Weld, + I need a new center punch.
    Then I need clear off the work bench in the garage try positioning my drill press over my vice.

    I have that new Pietta 1851 Navy Colt to clean up and shoot.
     
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    Sounds like some interesting projects! Let us know how it goes.

    I just loaded 50 rounds of .454 Casull using 240gr Hornady XTP/Mags over W296. Other than that I haven't loaded much since last fall. Unless you count reloading without a case by seating a .530 patched round ball over a healthy charge of 3F Goex in my GPR. ;):D
     
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    Been playing with working up .30-40 Krag loads with Hornady 220 grain bullets. Remington 180 grain factory was very inaccurate in my gun and it's got rather slow rifling but still the big 220 grain bullets show promise. Just have to keep playing with powder charges until I find the happy place. Hopefully I'll get to have thing squared away before hunting season.
     
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    @AK Adventurer

    I'm curious about your depriming and sizing before tumbling. The main reason I tumble first is to clean up cases so they don't scratch the sizer die. And I keep the primer in so the primer pocket doesn't fill with media. I would think that there's a chance of media getting inside the primer cup internally. Not being critical, just curious.

    I use corn cob...what's your media?

    -John
     
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    Well actually, I should correct myself; These days I have a universal depriming die, so I am just depriming, not sizing first.

    But for years I did size first, because I had to, to deprime. Then I Was careful about heavy outside grime that could hurt a die.

    Anything that I thought was dirty enough to hurt a die, got cleaned with the primer in, and processed after just to be safe.

    I'm just making sure the primer pocket gets cleaned really well. I like the pocket and flash hole as clean as I can get them. Also saves me the work/time of reaming/cleaning the pockets by hand between depriming and priming. :)

    Also, I don't actually tumble my own currently. A buddy has a horizontal drum tumbler, and runs it with a liquid cleaner, and the brass only; no media. He had trouble with media getting stuck inside cases and went to a liquid. I did know what the liquid cleaner is, but I've forgotten.

    I do have one of the vibrating "tumblers" and used to use a treated walnut media, but it always left a heavy red gummy residue inside the cases. It was a pain to get out, along with chunks of the media that got stuck-- especially in the bottle neck cases, so I gave up on it.

    I keep meaning to get an untreated media to try, or get my own sealed tumbler that can run liquid, but never do since my friend doesn't mind running my brass; It helps him get bigger batches to run-- works better with bigger quantities in the tumble. And as a bonus he works a night shift where he can take it to work with him... Saves us both bothering folks at home with the noise. ;)


    I ended up doing it this way because I didn't clean for every loading. Only every 3, maybe 4 times. I just got in the habit of processing everything first, then setting aside the dirtier ones for cleaning if I thought they needed it. Then I noticed the primer pockets came back cleaner than I was getting them by hand, so I stuck with it.
     
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    Just 9mm and 6.5 CM these days.

    My wife was an unhappy little woman when she had to move my brass, including over 30,000 pieces of 9mm, to our new home while I was offshore. :confused:
     
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    I sixed a couple hundred 357 cast & powder coated bullets tonight.

    Then sized n primed another 50 Grendel pieces. I need to order more. I now have two Hrendels to feed!!

    CW
     
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    Slysir, for years just one routine step in my brass cleaning process was to use a dental pick and clean out all of my primer pockets. I used walnut media. Then one day I read on the internet about using Lizard bedding and a claim that it will not clog up the primer pocket. I needed new media so I stopped by Petco one day and got some Lizard bedding (finely ground walnut....I think) according to the internet grail you also blend in a cap full of liquid car polish. Well, the bottom line is it worked for me. My dental pick has been mostly retired and I'm still working on my first bag of Lizard Litter, the southwestern blend. The cost of the Lizard Litter is much cheaper than any of the media I found so not a big deal to take a chance, it was worth it for me.
     
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    I'm so far behind I shake my own hand coming and going. But anyhoo I have a bunch of 6.5x55 bedan primed brass waiting to get loaded. There is also a 41 swiss waiting to be converted to centerfire and some lebel converted to 41 swiss waiting to be loaded. I'm on the lookout for a round nose mold for the 41 swiss. Gobs of 30-40 krag. There is a fair amount of primed 30 carbine and .357 mag. My 38-55 win needs some fodder loaded up. Time and energy is what I'm lacking
     
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    The only loading I've done as of late was 210gr cast for the 44 Mag Marlin and 180gr cast for the 357 Mag Marlin. I need to get back to working out the 35 Remington load. That one is cast as well, and about 210gr.
     
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    I have about 250 more pieces of .223 brass to prep to add to the 250 I have ready to go, then I'll make another run of .223 match loads with 69 grn Sierra Match Kings. Then I need to do some load development with 77 grn SMKs for the 600 yard line. After that, I'll swap toolheads and fly through a few thousand 45 ACP and 9mm.
     
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    Intersting!

    I'll have to grab a bag to try in my machine some time...
     
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    I have tried 68 & 69g without much success. (1:8 barrels) 62 shoot lights out. Found a nice load with Varget and 65 Sierra (big game bookits) last year. A friend passed along a load with those 77’s and WOW they shoot!!

    Dunno about the 68/69g. Its likely just me and not finding a good load. Im hyper crytical with these loads as I have been spoiled with accuracy with most loadings .

    But even my fun gun upper. Factory 1:8 bbl pencil barrel will shoot a 62g hand load with ARComp into loose 1” @100 Those 68/69 barely see 1.5-1.6”

    Not a problem just a comment. Nothing one can do that the other cannot for my uses. The 77 was a “just wanna see” loading.

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    I made up 100 bullets last night to test later today.

    40S&W using 4.2g of CLAYS and a 145g Cast bullet. MY cast and powder coated bullet.

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    CW
     
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    Nothing currently. Summer is the time I’m usually loading shotgun shells a thousand at a time. However there’s a Dunham’s a very short distance from me that will put Remington Gun Club on sale for $49.99 a case. I find that the gun club patterns very well for me, which hasn’t been my experience with the bargain Federal or Winchester.

    I just picked up 5 cases and that should last until August. :14:
     
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    The full-powered .38spl loads I've been making lately (using bullets out my new Lee SWC mold) shoot AWESOME in my S&W :dblthumb:...I'll need to crank out a few hundred more of them pretty soon.
     
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    I am making a new reloading/gun/piano room. It will be the ultimate Polecat Cave. Trying to design a bench into which I can insert modular pieces, so I can quickly latch on whatever presses, measures, trimmers, vices, etc in whatever order.

    Once that is done (if I ever have time to finish it, heh), I need to work up a perfect load for my M39, make a new firing pin for a Hollenbeck drilling, maybe install some 20ga liners in the same gun, and regulate a Chiappa Double Badger (which will probably require making a new spacer for the muzzle end, soldering it in, and mounting a new front sight).
     
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    400 rounds so I don't have to use factory for the next range trip
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    7.62 x 54R.
     
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    Not any loading going on right now. I've been depriming and wet tumbling 9mm and 5.56 a bit. Probably have 1150-1200 9mm, and 600-700 .223 ready for powder and lead. Just haven't felt like doing anything that needs concentration, and sure don't want to do any without.
    Be safe folks!
     
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    Tonight I sized a pile of different cast bullets.

    Then loaded 300 more 40’s on the Dillon with my nurple cast bullets.

    Last was thirty test loads with Unique and a 175g cast/powder coated bullet.

    I shot some of the nurples out of the carbine @ 50 yards, shot Rested into 2.5”. I was pretty pleased with that!

    CW
     
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    Loaded up 20 45Colts for my pop last night. We are headed up to Maine and he wanted to shoot a few of my Cast Powder coated bullets.

    I loaded up 6 235 wad cutters and 14 225g NOE HPS. With Unique powder.

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    Loaded up 20 of these goofy bullets last night with various powders. Fired them all this morning so now I am back to having empty brass again.

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    Do they sell black powder coating? I'm just not a fan of crazy colors. Ok make that any color other than black, gray, silver, or brass (fmj).
    I don't cast but want to soon.
     
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    What is that? Case is a 30-30 I'd say, but what the heck is the bullet? :)
     
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    HaHa!
    It's a .30-40 Krag loaded with a Speer 100 grain Plinker (aka half-jacket).
     
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    Ah yes, the other old 30! I didn't know it looked so similar!
     
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    They are similar (not my picture).
    .30-30 on left, .30-40 on right
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    I got home from a short trip up to Maine.

    Found the Mail gurl has left me a small pile of boxes!! In one was a .314 & .401 LEE push thru sizer die. These are quite the ticket for power coated bullets! They are not always good at actually sizing bulelts to the nubers stamped on the die..

    The .314 is closer to .312 but luckly the .401 is .401-.4015!

    SO, I sized up 500+ .401, 145g powder coated bullets.

    CW
     
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    45 long colt hard cast 250gr with Unique and 38 special loads.
     
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    Unfortunately my reloading bench is in disarray much like my shop bench in the garage.... Working a 8-10 hour day at work and another 4 to 5 in the garage makes it hard to stay on top of stuff sometimes. But I did just get a new rifle and need to go shoot up the ammo I have so I have a reason to reload some 308!
     
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    SURE DO!!

    GREY

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    Mirror BLK

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    Hammered White

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    Stone Gray

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    Last night I sized and installed gas checks on about 750 25/20 boolits.

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    I'm always working on something. Reloading and long rang shooting is kind of a thing for me. 20180602_225258.jpg 20180629_111916.jpg
     
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    Doesn't that sheet metal bench top get a little warm in the summer? :rolleyes:

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    Working up loads for 300 blk with 90 gr xtp bullets and trailboss.
     
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    Very! I normally shoot prone but We have had this bench in the family for over 20 years. We normally cover it with a blanket before use if its hot.
     
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    GOOD looking bench Huston!!! :35::35::35:

    Last night found me sorting cleaned brass form Sundays shooting. Then I was prepping 223, 25/45, 6.5 Grendel and 450 Bushy.

    Hoping for another range trip this weekend. I had to change scopes on the Grendel and still need more work with the 450 now that I have a Linear Comp on it!

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    Last night I prepped 250 Grendel cases from the tumblers to the bench. Resized, Trimmed and Primed with Remington MATCH SR primers... Sitting like soldiers in a row.

    CW
     
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    Did a quick switch over from .38spl to .357mag. Sometimes I just stand there and stare at the bullets...:confused::22:

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    Me too John!

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    I'm in the middle of straightening my bench up before this weekend-I need to catch back up on 45acp, 308, 357 max and some 223 for the contender pistol... If it weren't for the airguns, I'd be getting no trigger time at all!
     
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    The most tedious step in my reloading is the charging. I stopped using a powder measure years ago opting to weigh out each load. The resulting accuracy and consistency was well worth it. But recently I've been looking at the auto chargers (getting lazy).
    Hornady Lock-N-Load auto charge and the RCBS ChargeMaster Lite have caught my attention. Hornady being the least expensive.

    But I'm still torn between trusting a digital scale opposed to the tried and true beam. Electronics have a way of going fubar. I've been using the same Lyman scale since the 70's. I seriously doubt I would get the same life out of a digital, even though I don't have that much life left in me!! Geezer :cool:

    When I factor in the cost, I can't help but think of the components I could've bought instead. Anyone using one of these? Thoughts, comments!!

    -John
     
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    I have a couple RCBS UNI -FLO powder measurers I also have a couple REDDING measurers a X-15 and a 3BR. I also use a LIL Dandy form time to time. all checked on a beam scale. As we all know, some powders are better then others, but with a good consistent cadence I am always amazed a the consistency I get from these measurers. RARELY do I need to trickle them to weight.

    Last night I charged and seated bullets on 100 6.5 Grendels. Two batches of 50 pcs each. I set up at 26.5g threw 5 charges all where within the index line of perfect. I charged 10 more cases and seated all bullets. The repeated, dispensed and weighed 5 cases, then charged 10 more and repeated. the ONLY thing I had to do was refill the hopper. I use a powder defuser/baffle. I tap once on the up stroke and three times on the down stroke, every time I dispense a powder charge. I have my measure to sit empty when static. What I mean is, NO powder sits inside the adjustable measure, until I move the handle to the top of its stroke. This has been my way for over twenty years since setting up this bench.

    Years ago, I never tried to be exact. I set the measure close and trickled to exact. But after pulling thousands of factory loads I saw vast variances in powder charges. it would surprise most and explain things for others. But I am not speaking of 10ths of grains here... I would be surprised if my loads where even close to 1/10th off desired amount. As I said, when checking the thickness of the line was the most it differed so .006/.007" heavy or light. One thing I will add, with extruded powders, if it "crunches" thru a charge, I'll toss that back into the hopper and take another as THAT charge will differ more than I accept.

    I do own a electronic scale, but would not dream of trusting it to powder duties. I use it for bullets cases and such. I have four beam scales but only two set up on my bench. I test one against the other to prove accuracy as well as using my scale weights.

    Hope you can follow my explanation.

    CW

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