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    Took a batch of clean brass out of the ss pin tumbler and put them in the dehydrator. Just started another batch of brass in the tumbler.

    Now I'll head upstairs and start prepping food for the family BBQ we're hosting tonight. (Ribs and Sesame Chicken skewers with fresh corn on the cob ...)
    I may have passed my "Best Before" date, but I haven't reached my "Expiry" date!

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    Making a big batch of alloy outside with the big gas fired pot .

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    made a few boxes of 7/8 lee 12 ga

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    Quote Originally Posted by copdills View Post
    made a few boxes of 7/8 lee 12 ga
    Do you have a favorite recipe you'd be willing to share?

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    Still sorting weights. Bigger came over and we sorted 2 buckets each. That leaves 14!

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    Went in there to load up a few of the 32WCF boolits I lubed & sized recently. Dug out the boolits and finally found the new empty brass in a cartridge box....but twenty were already loaded with the exact load I intended to load! Checked my load notes and discovered the kind soul that loaded my ammo for me also recorded the load data.....in handwriting that looks quite a bit like mine dated just last week! Even made a note of the new COAL. In an earlier session I loaded some 38WCF and finally started a section for it in my Load Notes book, can't believe I've been loading this cartridge for about two years and didn't have a notes section for it.
    I've had a lot on my mind lately but these little adventures in my loading room give me a chance to laugh at myself.
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    Too windy + questionable weather forecast today -> me casting, sizing, and lubing a small pile of LBT ~470gr. FP (truncated cone), but plain base* CB's for my .45-70 Marlin #336. Those CB's are scary accurate @ 100 yd. too, but are deadly at both ends with heavy loads!


    *Originally 1 cavity was cut with a gas check shank, but after a few rounds of 1,300 - 1,350fps in such a light rifle, I decided a GC wasn't necessary and sent the mold back to Veral Smith to remove that feature. He did and both cavities drop equally accurate CB's.

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    Set up the Dillon swager to do military 223's. Goal is to have 2000 sized, swaged, trimmed and chamfered by fall.
    Someday i will get a Dillon Power Trimmer.....but $400 is slowing me down.
    Collector and shooter of guns with selector switches and threaded barrels. Collector of suppressors, SBR's, AOW's and SBS's. Lead and brass scrounger. Never too much brass, lead or components in inventory! Always looking to win beauty contests with my reloads.

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    I ran about 150 Lyman 452374 boolits through my Lyman 45 sizer this morning. I had cast the boolits a couple of days ago but hadn't gotten the 45 set up for them yet. they feed Like pouring water through a funnel in my 1911 and shoot pretty accurately.
    I also loaded up 50 rounds of Lee 230TC for the 45ACP. I am going to try those in the same gun and see how they feed.

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    Cast a nice pile of 311299 bullets for future use .

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    Got my new Lee 358-158 RF today. Got 'er up and running and knocked off a quick 350 to runn the pot empty as I get ready to set up a pure lead run of Lyman 525 Slugs. Plus my new Patron Banner became live today! WooHoo!

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    Yesterday I lost 2 hours looking for my lost keys until we found them in my wife's pants pocket. Didnt get the pot on. Tonight I had one hour of light so dumped about 20 good 311-119s. Couldnt get the pot and the mold right. REALLY wanted to get some 358311 cast but light failed before everything was right. Got two partials and two cast, neither of them properly filled out. Tomorrow I'm headed straight for the pot ....
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    Yeah, I head straight for the pot in the morning,too. Any way I finished emptying a Square Deal by filling 9mm brass with TiteWad and 124 fmjfp for the HiPoint haha.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Michael J. Spangler View Post
    Coated some 9 and 44 that I laying around.
    Made some cool little "collar buttons" from a modified .457" RB mould I picked up here on the forum.
    Can't wait to shoot them. They weight about 163 grains.



    Now that looks awesome!

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    I found a box of 9mm that I had promised to a security guard here at the hospital. He thinks lead bullets will cause leading. I haven't had any in several years......
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    I had surgery on my right(strong side) elbow a week ago, & have been trying to shoot & reload one handed with my weak ( left) side. It is quite the experience.
    Been going slowly & methodically so far. I have , along with the missus, shot some .38 sp & .22 (semi auto) then citrus cleaned & tumbled about 150+ 38sp. cases, de-primed them & now am working on trying to chamfer the mouths & clean primer pockets before priming, powder measuring & seating boolits. Everything is slow & sure, and enjoying it even though it is at a snails pace.

    I started a thread about a week ago, asking for tips on this type of thing & have been getting some pretty good help from some of the members here. That is very helpful & very cool for them to try to help out. I try to thank them each for the help , as without their input I would be just winging it along. The hints & tips/advice is making a kind of a bummer situation into a more enjoyable adventure for me.


    Typing is a hassle, but I am working on that too.


    Gonna go work on those cases again in a lil while. Just taking a break now. I keep trying to use my right hand absent- mindedly & it is taxing to not be able to use it &so I have to stop to take a break to rest a bit so I don't overdo things right now. Slow & easy, right?



    P.s. - If ya feel like want to help out... Weak side- One handed Reloading & Shooting tips - Anyone? Please do!
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    The more you cast the healthier you are? Health-o-meter, I like. Sand those ribs down in the mag to get the heavies to feed well or get some lancer mags. Grmps - what is your shoot-n-see recipe?
    Whatever!

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    Quote Originally Posted by FISH4BUGS View Post
    Set up the Dillon swager to do military 223's. Goal is to have 2000 sized, swaged, trimmed and chamfered by fall.
    Someday i will get a Dillon Power Trimmer.....but $400 is slowing me down.
    Processing military brass is for the birds! Was working on a batch of 1,200 308 a couple of weeks ago. Hating every minute of it. Then the thought occurred to me "Why am I doing this when I already have 5-7K pieces ready to load"? I threw it all in a box and taped it shut. LOL

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    Quote Originally Posted by popper View Post
    The more you cast the healthier you are? Health-o-meter, I like. Sand those ribs down in the mag to get the heavies to feed well or get some lancer mags. Grmps - what is your shoot-n-see recipe?
    Here is my health-o-meter.



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Abbreviations used in Reloading

BP Bronze Point IMR Improved Military Rifle PTD Pointed
BR Bench Rest M Magnum RN Round Nose
BT Boat Tail PL Power-Lokt SP Soft Point
C Compressed Charge PR Primer SPCL Soft Point "Core-Lokt"
HP Hollow Point PSPCL Pointed Soft Point "Core Lokt" C.O.L. Cartridge Overall Length
PSP Pointed Soft Point Spz Spitzer Point SBT Spitzer Boat Tail
LRN Lead Round Nose LWC Lead Wad Cutter LSWC Lead Semi Wad Cutter
GC Gas Check