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Posted: 11/7/2008 3:17:26 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 11/23/2012 11:37:22 AM EDT by dryflash3]
Link Posted: 11/7/2008 3:26:21 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 11/17/2016 11:42:24 PM EDT by AeroE]
Link Posted: 11/14/2008 12:05:22 PM EDT
Link Posted: 11/14/2008 2:37:22 PM EDT
The best article you can find on annealing brass is at 6MMBR.com.

The Art and Science of Annealing
Link Posted: 11/26/2008 2:11:15 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 1/15/2009 12:01:00 AM EDT by AeroE]
Newbie Observations on a Dillon 650XL  Submitted by TripletDad, 27 Dec 2008
Link Posted: 12/10/2008 1:43:31 PM EDT
Link Posted: 12/17/2008 11:29:51 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 12/17/2008 11:32:58 AM EDT by Skg_Mre_Lght]
Can I duplicate Mk 262, M193, M855, etc., etc.???

Thread titled, "Proper load for 5.56?"
Link Posted: 12/29/2008 2:43:20 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 12/29/2008 2:44:01 PM EDT by Friiguy]
Lacquer for blanks

Not only for blanks but also for sealing primer pockets as well.
Link Posted: 1/17/2009 1:14:16 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 9/27/2020 11:39:50 AM EDT by COSteve]
Cheap or free things you can do yourself to your RL 550B, XL 650  and/or XL 750 presses and your reloading area to make for a better, more efficient, and more user friendly setup.  Cheap Tips and Tricks For Dillon RL 550B, XL 650 and New XL 750s - Updated 9/27/2020

My personal handloading steps on both machines to give one an idea of what's involved in handloading. One Man's Reloading Steps for The Dillon's RL 550B and Both XL 650 and New XL 750 with Casefeeders - Updated 3/10/2020.

Hate the spilled powder in your XL 650?  Cure it forever.  CURE the Indexing Jump and Resulting Powder Spillage in Your XL 650!

Useful site explains what your headstamps mean.  Head Stamp Codes

Links to home made Bore Cleaners Bore Paste, Carbon and Grease Removal, Case Lube, Black Powder Stuff, Storage and Rust Preventatives, Gun Oils and Lubricants, Case Cleaning Media, Rust Removal, Plastic Wad Fouling, Copper Removal, Lead Removal, Chemical Case Cleaners, and Stock Finish Touch-up.  Home Made Cleaners and Lubes
Link Posted: 1/25/2009 9:50:03 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 9/5/2020 4:23:02 PM EDT by COSteve]
Over the years, I've downloaded free data from the various powder manufacturers.  This data is available from the Powder Manufacturers for free and therefore, it is legal to download as they provide it openly on their company links.  I have data from Accurate, Alliant, Hodgdon, IMR, Ramshot, Vihtavouri, and Winchester powders and data from Sierra and Speer bullets as well as from Accurate Shooter.  

I thought I might post a set of links.  These are currently live links as of September 5, 2020.
*  Accurate & Ramshot Powders (Western Powders, V6.0 2016)
* Alliant Powder, 2017
*  Hodgdon, IMR & Winchester Powders (Hodgdon Powders Reloading Center)
*  Vihtavouri Powders, Rifle Data, Pistol Data, and Cowboy Action
*  Sierra Bullets .223 Load Data For ARs by Accurate Shooter
*  Sierra Bullets .223 Load Data for Bolt Action Rifles Accurate Shooter
*  Sierra Bullets .308 Load Data by Accurate Shooter

BTW, Accurate Shooter has a wealth of data on various calibers, different bullet manufacturers, etc.  I use them a lot for information.  Their home link is Accurateshooter.com and their link to their .223, both bolt and AR, is Accurate Shooter .223 Page.

Speer's Handloading Data is listed by Rifle Data and Handgun Data
Link Posted: 2/20/2009 7:44:51 PM EDT
Link Posted: 2/20/2009 11:15:09 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 9/17/2009 9:13:42 PM EDT by dryflash3]
SS-109 loads,

I used the start loads for the Speer 62 gr FMJBT (lead core), and worked up.

In my rifle these loads are safe, and are 1/2 gr below the first signs of pressure.

All these loads use LC brass trimmed to 1.750, neck deburred inside and out.

Primer pocket swaged, Win SR, pulled SS-109 62 gr FMJBT seated to mid cannelure.

Crimped with a Lee FCD (factory crimp die).

My rifle has a 1 in 9 twist, 16 ", 5.56 chamber.

AA-2230, 24.5 grs. Shoots great.

H-335, 25.0 grs. OK load, just that other powders are more accurate. ( In my rifle)

BLC2, 26.0 grs. My favorite SS-109 load.

Varget, 26.5 grs. Most accurate SS-109 load in my rifle. Just a hassle to load.

Tac, 26.0 grs. Another good load.

W-748 25.5 grs. Not accurate in my rifle, your rifle might like.

Remember to work your loads up, your rifle may be different from mine. YMMV.
Link Posted: 4/4/2009 1:14:51 PM EDT
Good casing stress and strain modeling:

Go Here:


This will make your head spin initially, but it is chocked full of good info.
Thanks to Varmint Al and his sponsors and LS-DYNA for making this available.
FEA stress modeling and results are only as good as the inputs, but this model
seems to be well done.

Note the high stresses near the junction of the casing body and the head. There are complex stress fields occuring there because:
1. casing is losing grip on the chamber, as chamber wall falls way into the unsupported portion.
2. casing thickness is transitioning from almost constant thickness to a thicker head section.
3. a bending stress field is superimposed on the membrane stresses at that point due to loss of chamber support radially.
4. hardness of the casing material is increasing at that point.
5. etc.

It is easy to see how the famous internal crack can originate at the red intensity location and go undetected.

Near the bottom, one can see the derivation of the radial expansion check numbers (permanent increase in web diameter). SAAMI allows 62,000psi for .308's which is very similar to this model (.243), but SAAMI limits for most rifle chambers are 50-55 thousand psi. Also note the origin of the "flattened primer" indicating high pressures and the trip that the primer takes during the pressure excursion.
Link Posted: 4/14/2009 6:17:07 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 7/14/2020 2:52:23 PM EDT by dryflash3]
AP ammo LAW..in a nut shell.
[url=http://www.snowflakesinhell.com/2007/07/29/armor-piercing-ammo/ ]http://www.snowflakesinhell.com/2007/07/29/armor-piercing-ammo/  [/url

Annealing Brass.

Beginners path/guide to reloading........

Case Weight Comparison Rem. .223 and/or 5.56x45mm brass cases



Case Weight Comparison 7.62 x 51mm





De-Capping Berdan Primer Brass


Try Finding Berdan Primers


Boxer or Berdan (with drawing/picture)



Die Adjustments


F/L re-sizing advice from Sinclair


Military Loads w/ Commercial Powder

M1 Garand Loads are Special (NRA Approved)




Military Primer Crimp Pics


Overpressure signs (photos), look about half way down the page..




Reloading Service Rifle Ammo M16/M14/M1

(It starts half way down the page)

Storage of Powder and Primers


Storage of Primers


Storage of Ammo


Primers- Mysteries And Misconceptions

Primers Cross Reference

Shell Holders Numbers Cross Ref



Stuck Case Removal


edit to remove all the unnecessary spaces between links. dryflash3
Link Posted: 4/14/2009 9:33:15 PM EDT
Is Americian Eagle brass safe to load?  

This thread was started by ireload  and I changed his thread title slightly.

Thanks for starting the thread ireload.

My first post describes how to make a tool to measure the case web/head, the weak part of FC brass.

And some pics of the results.
Link Posted: 8/3/2009 1:18:10 PM EDT
Link Posted: 8/5/2009 4:15:50 PM EDT
My thread on Pulling bullets.

Collet puller used, deprimming live primers, lots of pics.
Link Posted: 8/18/2009 1:41:31 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 4/12/2019 3:43:00 PM EDT by GWhis]
A Simple Torsion Beam makes Building A Reloading Bench Inexpensive & Easy, and Super Stong As Well
Torsion Beam Bench Plans
Link Posted: 8/26/2009 10:17:00 PM EDT
Link Posted: 9/15/2009 7:44:17 PM EDT
Link Posted: 9/25/2009 7:18:18 PM EDT
Link Posted: 9/27/2009 7:54:37 AM EDT
A simple reloading bench project that even my 12 yr. old daughter can handle
Link Posted: 10/22/2009 12:25:20 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 4/12/2019 3:45:48 PM EDT by GWhis]
Link Posted: 1/9/2010 7:36:21 PM EDT
Link Posted: 1/25/2010 6:14:31 PM EDT
Link Posted: 2/9/2010 11:51:03 AM EDT
Homemade Case Lube for very little money

Inexpensive Dillion Case Lube Mimic
Link Posted: 2/9/2010 1:40:42 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 2/9/2010 1:45:08 PM EDT by Mugbug]
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[Last Edit: 5/21/2014 9:06:01 PM EDT by dryflash3]
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[Last Edit: 5/4/2010 10:54:23 AM EDT by Markypie]
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[Last Edit: 1/26/2018 1:11:22 PM EDT by GWhis]
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[Last Edit: 5/10/2018 1:52:33 PM EDT by GWhis]
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[Last Edit: 8/9/2010 11:53:10 AM EDT by texjames]
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[Last Edit: 10/4/2010 4:23:26 PM EDT by danpass]
Link Posted: 11/17/2010 4:01:34 PM EDT
Discussion on the grit size of walnut and corn cob media

What grit size of media
Link Posted: 12/31/2010 11:38:03 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 12/31/2010 11:38:39 AM EDT by NAK]
Link Posted: 2/23/2011 12:30:26 AM EDT
Link Posted: 1/31/2012 11:49:13 PM EDT
Can 5.56 M200 blanks be reloaded as live ammo?

This thread is a work in progress and will be updated until test is complete.
Link Posted: 6/28/2012 2:19:11 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 6/28/2012 2:22:17 PM EDT by Obo2]
build your own rotary tumbler

thought this one should be in here
Link Posted: 7/22/2012 4:47:30 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 11/4/2018 10:27:18 PM EDT by RareBear]
Link Posted: 10/6/2012 3:30:05 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 12/2/2012 9:23:28 AM EDT by AeroE]
Off topic comment.  AeroE
Link Posted: 11/13/2012 3:45:44 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 11/13/2012 11:30:39 PM EDT by jnk556]
Link Posted: 11/30/2012 4:06:34 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 12/2/2012 9:22:28 AM EDT by AeroE]
Link Posted: 12/2/2012 9:10:23 AM EDT
Conversion of treadmill to stainless steel wet media tumbler - UPDATE : Finished and running

Conversion of treadmill to ss media tumbler - BEANC0UNTER
Link Posted: 12/10/2012 9:23:50 AM EDT
Brian Enos High Performance Digital Scale Review

Link To Review
Link Posted: 12/14/2012 9:52:31 PM EDT
Link Posted: 1/4/2013 9:28:43 AM EDT
A simple, low-cost upgrade to my RCBS Rock Chucker to make die changes quick and easy. I seemed to have a problem retaining settings using the lock rings that came with my dies, but not anymore!

Upgrade to my Rock Chucker using Hornady LnL bushings
Link Posted: 1/9/2013 10:55:31 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 3/30/2013 12:03:21 PM EDT by RLR350]
Trimming a lot of cases with a manual trimmer can be tedious.  Here is one way to add a drill for powering a lathe trimmer.  Variations of this method can be adapted to different drills, motors and style of lathe trimmers.

Sliding drill platform for lathe trimmer

Link to Hornady Die Holder Stands for the LNL AP:

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