What did you do in the reloading room today?

Snuby642

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Could be worse I have small grandchildren reloading assistants.

One of them actually broke a lyman universal decapper.

You can cuss at a dog!

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The youngest child likes to help remove media from tubled brass, I think soon he will shake it back into the bucket instead of floor.

I was throwing culls into a trash can
Grandson decided all should go there, and helped me out.

About 350- 400 spent primers fit into the collection tube or the floor depending on where you decide to keep them.

It's all good, give the dog a treat for me.
 

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And 2143.....

All washed, deprimed and swaged, headspace bumped .004, neck tension set to .0025, trimmed to 1.750". Won't have to do that again for about 20,000 rounds
See this is where I am wanting to get too lol. The first stage of brass prep sucks. I don’t mind grabbing and loading though.
 

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Lyman pro 2500. Do a shit load at once and start early. I probably put more in then I am supposed to lol.
 

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Concrete mixer? I did 2500 and iirc I did it in 3 or 4 batches. STM tumbled in the Frankford Arsenal tumbler. Dried them in the same batches in the brass drier they sell. It wasn't bad.
I don’t wet tumble my .223 or 9mm anymore. Just too much damn work.
 

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I don’t wet tumble my .223 or 9mm anymore. Just too much damn work.
I find it to be much easier than dry media. Set the timer and walk away. When it's finished dump it in the separator and give 6 - 10 turns, dump it in the drier and walk away. When you come back in 2 hours or so it's clean and dry with no dust, residue, or clogged flash holes. Much cleaner process
 

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I’m using some Russian shit called Buckwheat that someone recommended on here. It doesn’t dust.

Also with the tumbler model B you can only fit like 200 cases of .223 in at once.
 

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I do about 600 at a time. And buckwheat goes in pancakes not brass tumblers😁
What stainless tumbler can you do 600 at a time!? Jesus.

I have never seen buckwheat before but it works well. Can’t read the packages it comes in but whatever lol.
 

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What stainless tumbler can you do 600 at a time!? Jesus.

I have never seen buckwheat before but it works well. Can’t read the packages it comes in but whatever lol.
We used to eat buckwheat pancakes growing up.

This bucket of 2100rds I just processed used to be about 2700. I already loaded about 600rds out of it. But I washed it all in 5(?) loads.
 

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Had some Winchester fired brass sitting looking at me for a while. Deprimed, tumbled, cleaned flashole, uniformed primer pockets, sorted by weight in my super sorting station. Necksized and then loaded 11 different sets to check jump distance on a bullet I had sitting on bench.
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Not a good idea
It is never a good idea. But, like a cat chasing a fluffy ball, or a fish going after a glittery lure.....I JUST CAN'T HELP IT!! LOL

So, Yesterday I was down in "the vault" (my gunroom in the basement) and decided to load up some 30-06. I was going to use 178 ELD Hornady's. When I got to the bullet stuffing phase I realized the box I thought I had was gone! I hate it when I have too many boxes that look the same.:( Of course, no one in town carries anything

Anyhow, realized this morning I have a box of generic Midway 180's. And since these aren't precision loads, I'm gonna have to do that. At least I didn't have to dump all the powder.😁

Aaaaaannnnd....I picked up my new (to me) Husqvarna 640E in 8MM.😁;)😁:cool:
 
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Loaded up my 212 eld x win mag loads for deer camp next week!
 

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Aaaahhh...the 'ol incipient case head separation trick ;)

Added: I didn't see you posted later. That isn't just a case of not enough lube. It is INCIPIENT CASE HEAD SEPARATION!

I'm glad you found this in the die, and not while firing the next load. If you look at the case wall thickness you can see it starting. During inspections you should run a thin metallic point, i.e. an extended paperclip or O-ring, down to the bottom of the case and feel for a groove there.
 
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Ran an OCW test today on a new lot of H1000. Ended up in a totally different mode. Old lot was 77.8 gr @ 2950 fps shooting sub .5 moa. New lot is 76.3 gr @ 2840 fps shooting sub .5 moa. Both lots are shooting single digit es & sd #s.

Got some more loaded to 76.3gr to verify load later this week.
 
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Short but productive day.
@ 1000 head stamps sorted on 223 clean and inspected deprimed range brass.
50 primmed.

And reloading room cleaner by a ton.
 
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Loaded up 100 .300 BLKs. Of all the stupid things I bought H110. Can't seem to remember it's ball and my little powder measure for that doesn't work well with ball. I found a dipper that gave me 16.0 gr. of that and loaded them. They aren't accuracy rounds (.300 BLK? Why you can compete with a .308 out to 800 I thought???) so as long as they go bang and get the bullet out of the barrel around 1900 fps, I'm okay with it.

Why, oh why, did I ever think I really needed a .300 BLK?
 
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Loaded up 100 .300 BLKs. Of all the stupid things I bought H110. Can't seem to remember it's ball and my little powder measure for that doesn't work well with ball. I found a dipper that gave me 16.0 gr. of that and loaded them. They aren't accuracy rounds (.300 BLK? Why you can compete with a .308 out to 800 I thought???) so as long as they go bang and get the bullet out of the barrel around 1900 fps, I'm okay with it.

Why, oh why, did I ever think I really needed a .300 BLK?
Been there. I bought a 16" 1:7" prefit for my Bighorn to shoot subs. I even went as far as to buy a TBAC 338 Ultra for it because it's so quiet. But I use 6.5gr of Longshot in mine. I think it's Longshot in that hopper....dang it...
 

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It was @spife7980 that turned me on to a great 300 blk load.
It is published I think on the jug and hornady book?

12.1gr CFEBLK / 220g rnfb hornady interlock @ 1060 fps.

Almost zero recoil, movie quiet with my AAC can. Shoots moa and better out of my Remington and cycles my aac sbr.

Thanks for reminding me I have some need loaded.
 

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It was @spife7980 that turned me on to a great 300 blk load.
It is published I think on the jug and hornady book?

12.1gr CFEBLK / 220g rnfb hornady interlock @ 1060 fps.

Almost zero recoil, movie quiet with my AAC can. Shoots moa and better out of my Remington and cycles my aac sbr.

Thanks for reminding me I have some need loaded.
I gotta say, the subsonics have a lot less recoil than any of the fast(er) moving projectiles.
 

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Other than the price of the bullet itself cheap centerfire trainer for new shooters especially any leary of center fire.

No recoil or noise (at a private range)
Makes for a very good learning experience.

Subsonic suppressed rimfire first for basics and then a series with 300 blk suppressed to get them used to ( a big scary looking bullet.
Next series is 223 ar suppressed and double bagged ears.

That is normally enough indoctrination to calm them down on long guns, scary looking black rifles and many start shopping for thier own asap.

Uncontrolled noise, heavy blast concussion and recoil will run off timid otherwise future 2a supporters.

Ammo that won't hold close to 1 moa will also frustrate new shooters and make training more dificult for all.

Reactive targets mixed with paper shooting has seemed to work well for me on squeamish converts.
 
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Ran an OCW test today on a new lot of H1000. Ended up in a totally different mode. Old lot was 77.8 gr @ 2950 fps shooting sub .5 moa. New lot is 76.3 gr @ 2840 fps shooting sub .5 moa. Both lots are shooting single digit es & sd #s.

Got some more loaded to 76.3gr to verify load later this week.
300wm with 190's or so?
 

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I tried to reload today in my new reloading room... Walk into the room and realize I left all my bullets at my old house.. Beer and TV it is haha
 

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Other than the price of the bullet itself cheap centerfire trainer for new shooters especially any leary of center fire.

No recoil or noise (at a private range)
Makes for a very good learning experience.

Subsonic suppressed rimfire first for basics and then a series with 300 blk suppressed to get them used to ( a big scary looking bullet.
Next series is 223 ar suppressed and double bagged ears.

That is normally enough indoctrination to calm them down on long guns, scary looking black rifles and many start shopping for thier own asap.

Uncontrolled noise, heavy blast concussion and recoil will run off timid otherwise future 2a supporters.

Ammo that won't hold close to 1 moa will also frustrate new shooters and make training more dificult for all.

Reactive targets mixed with paper shooting has seemed to work well for me on squeamish converts.
I agree with all you are saying. I will add though, when I have a situation where accuracy is needed I use sub-moa ammo. The .300 I loaded will do that out to 100. Getting hits beyond that takes a lot more refinement that new shooters won’t have in that rifle. That’s when I like to bag up my .223 and let them work on accuracy with a 16X scope.

But, very good point you brought up. Get them behind a gun that they can do what it’s intended for.
 
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350 pc of 308 deprimed quick inspection (4 culls) half in the tumbler.
Hornady 168 eldm over varget cci 200 0.045 off lands, .0015 - 002 neck tension
42.0 got 0.74 group and 43.0 got a 0.65 group, 41.0 and 44.0 both opened up.

Factory fc gmm shoots 0.98

So loaded six sets in 0.2 increments covering that less the 42.0 and 43.0.

Plan on my son shooting those asap.

Not sure how is best for jump tests for next load.
Plan is 2 groups to confirm best load at .045 off
And then? These loads could get beat up in field conditions so I
want to stay off the lands by 0.005 to 0.010 thousands
could use recommendations on that.

To be honest would be very happy to lock down the .65 groups but
this is a test of all the help I have gotten from snipers hide so I feel like
I should put in max effort with the tools I have.

Chronograph on final product will be done and go from there.

Our family greatly appreciates all the help from the hide.
 

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I set up my 6GT dies in a dillon 550 toolhead for headspace, neck tension, and seating depth in anticipation of getting my barrel in. I also test-burned a pc of Hornady brass in the Amp for the Aztec setting. I'll probably load up some Satterlee style ladders in both Hornady and Alpha brass using StaBall and 4350 just to have them ready to go.

I also made a trigger pin for my Vudoo out of a 1/8" drill bit shank. Little fucker just escaped when I punched the original out...
 

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Finally got some powdered unicorn spunk to try.
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I am in your same boat. Today is the day..... I delve into my stash of Reloder 26..... 9 pounds.

Gonna blast a few 150 ELDx out of my 7mm RemMag with 68, 68.5, and 69 grains just to see where it is compared to Reloder 25 on the Hornady book..... since they dont have data for R26 😖
 
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