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Thread: What did you do in the reloading room today?

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    tried out my new RCBS 8x57 from 30-06 forming die. Formed and marked 53 pieces. Cut a couple down and went to trim with my Lee Quick Trim and the brass just spins. No o rings. Finally found the size online and will hopefully be able to locate some 12mm o rings of a workable diameter tomorrow and be able to trim the brass. Having to cut down with a hacksaw, going to see if I can locate a really fine tooth blade. Or may try my tubing cutter. But suspect that would leave an inside ring.

    I was able to rig enough pressure to trim two cases, and confirm that the homemade 8mm will cycle at COAL for the bullet I use.
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    Killed it at the casting bench. The lee 6 cav mold was really being a challenge and I ended the casting session after a brief tantrum that left the mold handle broken off! Boy those lee mold handles are made from some very hardened stuff!
    Too bad though I liked the handles more than the mold.
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    Cast up some lee 312-155-2R
    Hadn't cast in a while. Felt good to get back at it!




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    What did you do in the reloading room today?

    . Tested out my first 6 cavity mold.


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    Added more powder and primers to an already unorganized bench. (O e of these days I'll have to break down and clean it)

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    Good ole wood fired smelter.
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    'Good ole wood fired smelter.'

    Read that first as 'fired up the still'.

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    Yesterday I smelted another 7 gallons of clip on wheel weights into 5 gallons of ingots. One more 5 gallon bucket to go.

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    Put a new turret on the RCBS turret press and setup for 38 special, then loaded 50 rounds.

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    Out sick with a fever again. Got a little cleaning done when i was feeling good.



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    Emptied out my ss pin tumbler and put that batch of clean brass into the dehydrator to dry. Re-filled the tumbler with a new batch of dirty brass. Sorted out some brass and bullets and made a bit of room on the work benches. Pulled down some junk ammo to salvage the bullets and brass. Dug out a few items to put on my sale and trade table that I'll have at our local gun show next weekend. Turned on the ss pin tumbler again when I headed out the shop door after about 5 hours of puttering around in there ...
    I may have passed my "Best Before" date, but I haven't reached my "Expiry" date!

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    Quote Originally Posted by rmark View Post
    'Good ole wood fired smelter.'

    Read that first as 'fired up the still'.
    That would be just as productive!
    If I had a still.
    For by grace are you saved through faith, and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God. Not of works, lest any man should boast. Eph. 2:8,9

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    Tried out a 257 Hollywood swaging die in a senior press tonight that I've had for a good while. I don't think it's my cup of tea.
    Life is so much better with dogs!

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    Smelted 100 # of rande lead, and a friend gave me a 23 # pig of Linotype so I made ingots out of it too, Tested it with the Lee Lead hardness tester and I was indeed Linotype , came in at 20 bhn. so now my total lead stash is up to 457 lbs, everyone always says you can never have enough lead
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    Quote Originally Posted by kmrra View Post
    everyone always says you can never have enough lead
    But you can come close...

    When you fill out your income tax forms at the end of the year, look and see how much money you have given the
    government throughout the year. Then, take a moment to ponder -- has the government done $X worth of
    stuff FOR you or TO you this year? I tend to believe the latter...

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    I ran and launched 50 45-70 from hot Colts level up to real 45-70-405s . It didn't do anything for the source of the stress but it did make it go away for a few hours .
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    Loaded 50 357 mag with Lee 158gr wnfp boolits 7.5 gr true blue .used my new Lee ppm ,must say I like it ,still got my Lyman 55 measure but after using a friends when helping him set up I was impressed with the little Lee ppm .

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    100rds 140gr swc for a 38sp over 3.0gr etr7. Finally trying that rip off powder out.

    When i get home im loading up some 158gr Berrys over IMR Target to start testing again. New scale and chrono work great
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    Filled two propane tanks and started smelting range scrap into ingots. 2 buckets down, 4 more waiting their turn! Then I can start on the wheelweights..........
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    Short and sweet....made 65# of #9 shot.

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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