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Old November 06, 2018, 11:02   #1
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Rainy day loading.

Lousy day out today so I am running 3-100 rnd batches of ammo in DAG Berdan brass.

Setting primers with hand primer is always fun.



First hundred rnd batch was with Varget. Forgot to photo that one. Starting next batch with 4064 and then I will finish up with one using 4895 all using cusome 136 gr FB .308 bullets.

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Old November 06, 2018, 11:07   #2
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I'm not taking a picture of my reloading area, which is the kitchen floor and a Lee hand press.

I need to pick all that stuff up so I can mop.
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You do realize, that if all this rain were to be snow that we keep getting day after day after day a dinosaur would have to climb on top of a mountain just to spit
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Old November 06, 2018, 11:48   #4
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Looks like you are getting ready....





....to test ammo


Aint you old enough to know what works by now?
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Was it raining on June 11?

If you are taking pictures of the grandkids with the same camera, ya might want to set your date.
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Old November 06, 2018, 13:25   #7
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I'm not taking a picture of my reloading area, which is the kitchen floor and a Lee hand press.

I need to pick all that stuff up so I can mop.
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Was it raining on June 11?

If you are taking pictures of the grandkids with the same camera, ya might want to set your date.

Today is 06/11/2018 Six November 2018. Get with it dude.
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Old November 06, 2018, 16:17   #9
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45g of all three powders?
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45g of all three powders?
Yes Sir.
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Today is 06/11/2018 Six November 2018. Get with it dude.
Izzat military date? We normally program ours mm/dd/yy.

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No problemo. Having had a Dad, myself, two sons and now a grandson in the military, it's just easier to keep it all the same. Too darn old to change now.
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That "grungy" old Rockchucker looks familiar.

I had my handle threaded for the newer style round ball, like it much better, especially on long sessions. Looking at doing the same on my Pacific.
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Yes Sir.
Very good, carry on!

I'm swaging primer pockets on LC 5.56 brass. Decided to move it to a more comfortable location. Built a portable press stand from scrap, glued with Titebond 3 and Kreg jigged it. One coat of tung oil after light sanding.

Got a ziplock bagful done last night.

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Clamped it to the coffee table, works great! Now just got to get the rest of the 5 gallon bucket of LC 5.56 brass done.....
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No progressive press? For shame.

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I like having more time for shooting rather than eating that time up loading, but to each their own.
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I like having more time for shooting rather than eating that time up loading, but to each their own.
It goes both ways. Sometimes I wonder how uniform my powder dumps are when I get a stinker that shoots 4 inches low.
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It goes both ways. Sometimes I wonder how uniform my powder dumps are when I get a stinker that shoots 4 inches low.
I get +/-0.1 gr. on my RL550. Did a trial run with twenty charge weights. I mainly load IMR 4895 and Ramshot Tac. Same consistency with both. Trust your equipment, set it up correctly, and operate it consistently. I know any abnormal results are me and not the rifle or ammo.
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I get +/-0.1 gr. on my RL550. Did a trial run with twenty charge weights. I mainly load IMR 4895 and Ramshot Tac. Same consistency with both. Trust your equipment, set it up correctly, and operate it consistently. I know any abnormal results are me and not the rifle or ammo.
I know but it gets low sometimes and aint paying attention
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I will never stop developing loads till stop buying and building new rifles, especially precision/custom turn bolts. Then we always have new projectiles and powders to test but have to admit have been buying more and more Tubbs DTAC in 5.56 and 7.62 as my standard "test ammo" to use across a variety of rifles to compare accuracy on a level playing field. His 5.56 69 grain SMK's are some of the most consistent rounds I have used across a wide range of my 5.56 poodle shooters. Their 6XC offering am still having trouble building a load that outperforms it by enough of a factor to warrant the effort though I keep trying and its about as cheap to buy their loaded ammo as load real precision handloads at times.

I do all my precision loading on single stage presses in lots and generally set up two or three presses. One for neck size/shoulder bump, another for bullet seating and a third press if doing a crimp so once set up and run my ladders then decide on final charge don't have to worry about any error in resetting dies even to a thousandth or few. Leave the presses set up till have my load tweaked including any seating depth, crimp pressure, shoulder bump adjustment stays locked in same position then run however many rounds think I may need.

As to progressives I cant stand swapping calibers and having chance at losing uniformity. Except for installing a new set of dies about twenty years ago my 45 acp progressive has not seen a die adjustment, powder drop tweak, etc in 30 years. When I purchased my first 40 Smith and then bought a second and third purchased a Dillion Square Deal B in 40, set it up and developed a load which has not been tweaked since. Same with my 5.56 and other caliber setup Dillons. On occasion a die needs replaced or press needs and upgrade but otherwise they run years with zero changes so know getting same ammo a decade from know as a decade ago.

Have power trimmers in at least fourteen cartridges that never get changed and RCBS three way trimmers in all 224, 257, 308, 277, 338,6.5mm, 7mm and add them as RCBS does so my trim length, champher and deburr never changes. Have 224 three way trimmers in 22 hornet, 5.56, 22 Nosler and other 22 caliber set up trimmers. Same with 30 caliber have trimmers withe three way cutters set up in 308, 300 Win Mag, etc and once they are set up unless wear a cutter completely out never rest that trimmer. Something about knowing my case length, die settings and powder measure settings never change and do not have to tweak obsessively if use the same device for multiple cartridges just seems to make sense, save time and ensure consistency.

I like to see folks constantly trying to improve their loads. Met a man during Sandy Hoook shortages due to me beating him to all the local powder he needed in his early 80's then who shoots 22 Hornet almost exclusively now. We have become friends and he has taught me more about the Hornet than had ever known. Watching him run ten rounds into a single hole at 100 and shooting 1/2 MOA and under at 200 yards with his Hornets has been an experience that has really upped my game with tiny rounds. Watched rifles was sure were sure had best load developed for them suddenly shrink 1/4 MOA and more under his advice and tricks. I will never stop trying to come up with more accurate rifle/ammo combinations.

What do you do if hear a country calling DX or interesting station call while have radios blocked with loading stuff? I have to keep my radio bench separate from reloading benches.
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What do you do if hear a country calling DX or interesting station call while have radios blocked with loading stuff? I have to keep my radio bench separate from reloading benches.[/QUOTE]


That's simple, loading is way more important these days.
I have become a SWL while at my bench.
When I do operate it is mostly CW.
Gave up contesting and collecting QSLs about 20 years ago.
Now a relaxing QSO fills the needs.
Used to mess with Packet, RTTY, SSTV, and some FSTV on 450 band.
I do miss the 75 AM rag chews at times.
Keep the old Collins at the ready in case the urge returns.



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Old November 11, 2018, 20:06   #23
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Iíve just reloaded some .308ís. One of my pet loads:

SIG Sauer brass, CCI BR2 primer, H4895, Hornady 178gr. ELD-M.

Loaded on a Lyman T-Mag II.

Load is near the maximum, should get me a tad over 2700fps with a 26Ē barrel.
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