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04-27-2005, 07:31 AM
Some things get etched in the mind the hard way, and when you do something really stupid, it is hoped that you are smart enough to remember not to repeat the act of stupidity. I loaded a 100 rds. of K-Hor, cast loads with various powders but the same bullet, and put them in a 100 rd. plastic box designed for 223 etc. bullet up. Really looked nice, and I had about 8 different loads with 3 different powders to test for group. Then when putting them in my range box to take out to the range, I managed to tip the box over. It is now painfully obvious why they make the shorter boxes for Hornet and 30 Carb. as, about 1/2 or them ended out of the slots, and I can only hope that I was able to get most of tem back in the right slots. Now in retrospect, if I had been smart enough to put a 1" or so piece of foam on top of the loaded rounds they could have tipped over in the closed box and they would have stayed in place, and my loading room would not have been exposed to so much vulgarity. :mad: By thw way, does anyone know of anyone who does make a 100 round ammo box specificly for Hornet?
As they say in Pa. Dutch Country: "Ve get to soon old, and to late smart!"
04-27-2005, 08:37 AM
1Shirt, Midway has a .22 Hornet/.30 Carbine box (#504.) I want to thank you for the foam plastic idea for taking up the dangerous space caused by short cartridges in tall boxes. Of course, I always throw foam plastic away upon arrival, so I'll have to cut a wooden filler for the .44 Magnums in the 50 round .30/06 box that I filled yesterday. I've gotten my loads mixed up in exactly the same way-makes for some interesting chronographing.
I use a 50 round slip-top .45 pistol box to hold 100 Hornets, one up and one down in each hole.
It makes for a compact and rattle-free arrangement.
Cheers from Darkest California,
05-05-2005, 06:34 AM
Ross, Loaded 100 rds of K-Hor yesterday and used a 44 Mag. slip top box as you recommended. Works great, and have a quantity of these boxes. Exelent tip! This old dog learned a new trick. Many thanks, 1Shirt
05-05-2005, 07:47 AM
Whether the rounds fit the boxes or not, if the lid is open all bets are off! I've spilled more danged boxes than I care to remember, mixing the contents up so all the careful work in making a variety of experimental loads is wasted.
I now get small labels, about 1/2" x 2.5", from the stationery section of a department store, and on these I write enough info to identify the specific load with what I already wrote in my Loading Diary. For example: 311299 WW Q .314 Fx, 25.0 4198, CCI 200, May5/05. This tells me the boolit type, alloy, hardness, diameter, lube, charge, primer, and date loaded. Alternatively, one could just assign a code number to each load and note it on the small label AND in the bench Diary.
I use 50-round boxes, and whether loading five or ten rounds of each test load, the labels fit on the boxes nicely in the vertical position oposite each row of five slots (or two rows of five).
Here's the solution to the dump-and-mix-up problem.
Get a set of colored Sharpie markers and place a different-colored mark on each label AND the primers of the associated rounds. The markers usually come in a set of four different colours(blue, black, red, green). If using ten-round samples, a line or spot on each primer AND THE LABEL, remember, is fine, leaving one set of ten without color. If using five-round samples, just use some thought to create two different marks with each color...lines on half of 'em, crosses on the other half, etc.
THEN, when the box falls over and spills, one can at least sort the rounds back into their proper arrangement.
05-07-2005, 10:24 AM
I'm sure any foam works, but the light blue DOW insulation board worked good for me, it is closed cell so you can cut it any which way and not end up with beads like styrofoam...and it is FREE if you haunt construction site dumpsters hehe
05-07-2005, 06:43 PM
Bruce B...That's my method too. Then I use 2 X 4 white labels to record the data and indicate color used on each load.
At the range, the chrony readings, pressure signs and accuracy are indicated on the labels.
At home, the label data is transposed into the computer and the loop is complete./beagle
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