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    Installed the Ergo handle and LED light set up on the LNL AP. Started getting it dialed in to begin running 45 ACP soon.

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    Went to the range today and unloaded 50 rounds of 30-06 and now sorting to process them. Sore shoulder.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wayne Smith View Post
    Get yourself a belt sander if you don't have one (Years ago I told LOML that she should assume that each project I did around the house would cost a new tool. Last four haven't needed any!) and sand flat. Then top with ply, not MDF. Fiberboard will crumble under impact, you don't want that. I made my benchtop out of a piece of 3/4 ply ripped in half and folded over and glued and screwed. It's solid.
    Or make it from just solid 2x8 or so lumber for planks and learn how to properly join the planks together to make a solid table top. It's a skill worth learning. You might need to buy a few clamps if you don't own enough already though. I built the top for my reloading bench probably 24 years ago and it's been recycled into a couple of different projects since then, but right now, it's a decent size reloading bench with room for at least 2 people to work on each side.
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    Yesterday dropped 20lbs of shot, to day clean up the room.
    (Dropped meaning made with a shot maker) Hey did I just make up a new meaning to "Dropped shot"?
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    I fired up the 1050. Time to refill the 11 primer tubes.

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    I finished repairing a Winchester 74 .22 rifle for a neighbor. What a neat old rifle! And removed the mag safety from my HiPoint 9mm and sighted it in at 20 ft with Geco fmj. And I rubbed in the first coat of TruOil on my Rem 700

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    Quote Originally Posted by Beau Cassidy View Post
    I fired up the 1050. Time to refill the 11 primer tubes.

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    what bullet is that?
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    That is either a slick sided MiHec or Accurate bullet. I cast those a few months the ago and don't remember which mold I used. Both cast great and I use them interchangeably. There are well over 3,000 there. Not my best job coating them but they pass the smash test.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Beau Cassidy View Post
    That is either a slick sided MiHec or Accurate bullet. I cast those a few months the ago and don't remember which mold I used. Both cast great and I use them interchangeably. There are well over 3,000 there. Not my best job coating them but they pass the smash test.
    Thanks for the info. I'll have to look into getting a mold like that for my 9mms. Pretty much all my bullets for that round are powder coated.
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    Smelted just under 200 pounds of lead into "cupcake" ingots.
    The father of a guy who knows another guy, knows a coworker of mine who gave me all the lead boat anchors. FOR FREE!!!!
    All I had to say was, "Thank you", and, "Gee... how many fishing boats did this guy need anchors for?!?!?!?"

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    Haven't been in my reloading room in almost 2 months, out with a helicopter for Montana fires. But, been keeping myself busy while waiting for inspection times to roll around. Holster is a avenger style for my 45 Colt Blackhawk, forgot my belt slot former so fitting will have to wait.

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    Made a pile of boolits for Cowboy Action. Ugliest boolits I've made in a while thanks to Frankford Arsenal mold release. They'll shoot just fine and they dropped from the Lee mold easily for a change.
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    Loaded about 200 of some old stock of Black Bullets coated bullets from before I was casting. 3.5 Grains of bullseye in a 38 special case. Loaded about 100 Lee 356-120TC coated with Hi-Tek over 4.0 grains of bullseye in 38 special too.
    Cast a good bunch of 45/70 bullets and paper patched them.
    Cast some RCBS 44-250K and I'm waiting to coat them this week. Can't wait to load some up and fill the MTM ammo wallets.

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    Quote Originally Posted by David2011 View Post
    Made a pile of boolits for Cowboy Action. Ugliest boolits I've made in a while thanks to Frankford Arsenal mold release. They'll shoot just fine and they dropped from the Lee mold easily for a change.

    Which lee mould? I was just working with the 356-120TC and I was amazed at how well the bullets dropped. I literally open the mould and if any bullets don't drop I just tilt the mould and they fall out. I have had really good luck with the new style lee 6 cavity moulds.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Michael J. Spangler View Post
    Which lee mould? I was just working with the 356-120TC and I was amazed at how well the bullets dropped. I literally open the mould and if any bullets don't drop I just tilt the mould and they fall out. I have had really good luck with the new style lee 6 cavity moulds.
    Wish I could say the same about my Lee 358-158swcgc two cavity. I've polished it wish toothpaste and its a little better but still have to hit the joint nut firmly with my wooden shovel handle to get it to drop the boolits. Sometimes I even have to take a pic and poke them out by the base.

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    Finally got around to smelting the cowws that I got last week. 102# in ingots. Still have around 20# of stick-ons to make into ingots. Not bad for $10. Next week, I'll start making shot.

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    Worked on a muzzle load shooting bag, first bit of leather work in years, will post pics soon.
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    I have some big plans for my reloading room. I had a burglary last summer and the insurance and I finally got to an agreement and I got the check. Even though I had the optional replacement cost covereage they played their usual games and did not agree to the costs I submitted and then paid me the depreciated amount. When and if I replace the stolen items and submit the invoices to them they will give me the full monty. I got a feeling that they will again try to give me the shaft. I had some tin ingot stolen and they allowed that ingot have a life of 20 yrs. Since I had them 10 years they depreciated a metal ingot by 50%. Same with 280 lbs of lead ingots. Could someone explain to me how you can wear out lead ingots in 20 years?

    Ditto for reloading dies, Dillon toolheads, conversion kits. This is of course after I had to prove I had owned a Ruger 357 flattop, a Canon Digital camera and an Xbox console. It was a good thing I had pictures of all these items on my computer then they depreciated everything to the hilt including 50% on the Ruger. Here is a flash for you, the Progressive Insurance company says the your Ruger Firearms will wear out and be useless in 20 years. Now for the replacing of $11,847 worth of goodies. I spent a whole day on the computer and the phone for the first wave. Dillon sent me two big boxes which are still in my hallway. One has a XL 650 and the other is full of reloading dies and other sundries. Midway just loves me. I have about $1,200 worth of goodies enroute as we speak. Then I had to on Evil bay to find all the nice little extra goodies for my presses. You know the roller bearing for the advancement of the disc that holds the cartridge cases and another goodie with a roller bearing to smooth out the cartridge feeding mechanism. Then there are ergo handles for the Dillon, the rockchucker, the Lee Classic Turret and assorted thingies to make life easier on me and my gear. I never thought back in '93 that I would spend so much of my treasure and time on casting, reloading and shooting. I never even knew about casting boolits or reloading. I thunk ya just went to the store and bought bullets. Little did I know about paper patching, dip lubing, smelting, recovering lead projectiles, BPCR or powder coating boolits. I learned all this stuff on this forum. I hate you people....you are keeping me broke.
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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