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Link Posted: 8/9/2020 2:06:39 PM EDT
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Originally Posted By bigsapper:

Progress. Area cleaned up and ready to assemble the workbench.
Decided to keep the existing bookcase where it is.

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Originally Posted By bigsapper:

Ordered this workbench from Lowes today.
And I ordered the flush mount setup from Inline Fab. I also got the quick change plates for the XL750 and a Rockchucker.

Unfortunately, the workbench won't be delivered until 88/2020. But that gives me time to clear out this mess. I have a bookcase that's twice as wide as the one pictured that I'll put there that will store components.

https://www.AR15.Com/media/mediaFiles/15341/20200717_095410-1509414.jpg

Progress. Area cleaned up and ready to assemble the workbench.
Decided to keep the existing bookcase where it is.

https://www.AR15.Com/media/mediaFiles/15341/20200807_104129-1536413.jpg

Got the workbench assembled. But it's FUBAR. I'll post a separate thread.



Link Posted: 8/9/2020 3:49:51 PM EDT
Loaded 200 9mm rounds and took my new FART on its virgin run with 400 pcs brass.
Link Posted: 8/9/2020 10:57:58 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 8/9/2020 10:58:46 PM EDT by ole_slewfoot]
Emptied some 6.5 grendel, 7.62 x 39, and .308 at the range today.

Came home deprimed and wet tumbled 50 of the 7.62x39. It is Winchester brass cased, and after drying I resized it to 6.5 Grendel. It is on average about 11 grains heavier than Hornady 6.5 Grendel factory brass.

I figured it would be good to have some large primer 6.5 Grendel brass in case I run short on SRPs for the Hornady brass.

Now have to fireform it. I will probably start a thread on that cause I have a couple of questions about doing it with pistol powder so maybe I can save a little on powder.
Link Posted: 8/9/2020 11:21:49 PM EDT
Link Posted: 8/9/2020 11:43:25 PM EDT
Link Posted: 8/9/2020 11:56:09 PM EDT
Prepped several hundred pcs of .40 brass.  Got ready to load some 155 HST’s
Link Posted: 8/10/2020 9:50:13 PM EDT
tested some 300WM and 7mmRM loads
Link Posted: 8/11/2020 12:22:11 AM EDT
Link Posted: 8/11/2020 1:14:10 AM EDT
Finished up the last 100 rounds of 223 blasting ammo I've been working on for my birthday weekend next month
Link Posted: 8/11/2020 2:09:32 AM EDT
Hand primed x400 pcs of .45acp.

Got in x500 .223 & x300 .308 pcs Lapua Brass.

Read some.
Link Posted: 8/11/2020 7:12:42 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 8/11/2020 7:14:29 AM EDT by PointBlank82]
Finished polishing the 600 spent 10mm casings from my big steel shootout on Sunday. Preparing for the 4th firing of this brass from the Banshee 10mm. Last loading I tossed about 5% of the brass that would not quite fit my case gauge after resizing in my dillon dies.

I suspect some variation in the case webbing thickness or drawing process that makes some of the brass swell more than others in the oversized Banshee chamber. I'm not pushing any limits on pressure however so we'll see if the case hardening helps the brass to last longer or if I see a case head separation/splitting begin.

Cost to reload this caliber is waaaay down. Scored a bunch more bullets from American Reloading and will start sorting the 180/200 gr mix when it arrives. Hoping for more 200s than 180s. Not bad for $75/k!
Link Posted: 8/11/2020 2:33:36 PM EDT
Sized some 5.56. Stopped by Fleet Farm and found 500 Small Rifle Primers. Definitely a pleasant surprise, so those got added to the pile.
Link Posted: 8/11/2020 3:09:23 PM EDT
On my way to Sportsman’s Warehouse to pick up my whole order of 1k Remington 7 1/2 primers.
Link Posted: 8/11/2020 11:12:23 PM EDT
Link Posted: 8/12/2020 2:54:48 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 8/12/2020 2:56:02 AM EDT by GLHX2112]
Reloaded 40 test rounds of 30-06 using IMR 4350.  First time I have ever reloaded 30-06.

Hitting the range today and see what happens.

Oh, and Midway Shipping is kicking ass right now. Not sure who lit a fire under whom's ass, (did I use those words correctly?) , but, damn, they getting stuff to my house in less than a week.
Link Posted: 8/12/2020 8:58:29 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 8/12/2020 5:06:08 PM EDT by Conspiro-Agnew]
Bought my first press (RCBS Rock Chucker Supreme), as well as a number of other parts (dies, tumbler, loading manual, etc.), a couple of 1 lb. containers of H335, ordered 4K 55 grn. projectiles, ordered 5K CCI 5.56 primers, collected a bag of brass from the range, and some other stuff I'm probably forgetting. Read through the tacked threads for a couple of hours here.

So, didn't really "do anything" exactly, but opened the door to finally start reloading. I suppose I'll be around asking questions about the stuff I didn't quite understand. But that said, I guess taking the first step is a start. I did already clean/tumbled about half the brass already, too, so that counts as "doing something."

(I should have got into this years ago.)

ETA - Because I've been asked a couple of times on primers, all of this was through a local gun store here in Alaska. We cannot order things like ammo, powder, and primers online from the lower 48, so I order ammo, and now components, through a shop here, which comes in with their orders up on the barge.
Link Posted: 8/12/2020 3:43:02 PM EDT
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Originally Posted By Conspiro-Agnew:
Bought my first press (RCBS Rock Chucker Supreme), as well as a number of other parts (dies, tumbler, loading manual, etc.), a couple of 1 lb. containers of H335, ordered 4K 55 grn. projectiles, ordered 5K CCI 5.56 primers, collected a bag of brass from the range, and some other stuff I'm probably forgetting. Read through the tacked threads for a couple of hours here.

So, didn't really "do anything" exactly, but opened the door to finally start reloading. I suppose I'll be around asking questions about the stuff I didn't quite understand. But that said, I guess taking the first step is a start. I did already clean/tumbled about half the brass already, too, so that counts as "doing something."

(I should have got into this years ago.)
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Where did you order the primers from?
Link Posted: 8/12/2020 3:56:55 PM EDT
Went on a little road trip to a big GS with the girlfriend and picked up 2k SPP and 2k LRP. Had a nice lunch and waiting to see if the mailman comes with my Hornady press side replacement bushing so I can load up some 338WM tonight.
Link Posted: 8/12/2020 5:11:07 PM EDT
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Originally Posted By Horskinator:
Went on a little road trip to a big GS with the girlfriend and picked up 2k SPP and 2k LRP. Had a nice lunch and waiting to see if the mailman comes with my Hornady press side replacement bushing so I can load up some 338WM tonight.
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Gee... wonder wher you might have got some .338wm brass.

I loaded up several bins of 9mm, 45acp, 38spl, 223, 308, 8mm, and 338lm to get ready for a sizing session this weekend.

I also broke my first shell holder today.
Link Posted: 8/12/2020 6:07:19 PM EDT
I mounted my old RCBS Jr. on an oak bench . AND I bought a #2 RCBS shell holder !

I will be making 38-55 cartridges soon .
Link Posted: 8/12/2020 6:21:35 PM EDT
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Originally Posted By lcoates33:

Gee... wonder wher you might have got some .338wm brass.

I loaded up several bins of 9mm, 45acp, 38spl, 223, 308, 8mm, and 338lm to get ready for a sizing session this weekend.

I also broke my first shell holder today.
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Have not even broke into that brass yet.

No bushing in the mail today but after tumbling the 338Wm brass I lubed up the cases and have them ready to go for sizing.
Link Posted: 8/12/2020 7:09:57 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 8/12/2020 8:19:55 PM EDT by wildearp]
Deprimed and sized 100 .44mag cases.  Cranked out a couple hundred .45ACP loads.  

Thinking really hard about stopping and grabbing a beverage.  Time to jump in the pool!





Also took a quick inventory:

Link Posted: 8/12/2020 8:19:19 PM EDT
Link Posted: 8/12/2020 8:24:45 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 8/12/2020 8:30:14 PM EDT by networkguru]
Got some tempilac for some annealing 300blk brass.
Still just processing brass.
I dont have any primers yet.  Maybe someday soon.

I also bought a Sherida Engineering slotted ammo gauge.
Really useful tool.
Link Posted: 8/12/2020 8:30:36 PM EDT
I haven’t gotten into my loading room for a week. It’s been so busy at work that I haven’t had any gas left when I get home, and I worked the weekend too.  Poor me.  

But today I got shipping notice for both a small Inline Fab order, and for a couple of tool heads I bought from a fellow ARFCOMer.  I’m expecting the stuff by Saturday.
Link Posted: 8/12/2020 8:35:27 PM EDT
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Originally Posted By wildearp:
Deprimed and sized 100 .44mag cases.  Cranked out a couple hundred .45ACP loads.  

Thinking really hard about stopping and grabbing a beverage.  Time to jump in the pool!

https://i.imgur.com/EJNZl6l.jpg

https://i.imgur.com/QPV0gFG.jpg

Also took a quick inventory:

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Your primer stash is looking a little lean.  Better stock up.

I converted my 650 over to 9mm in preparation for some 9mm load developement.  Also ordered some goodies from Graf's to complement the stuff I ordered from PV last night.
Link Posted: 8/12/2020 8:56:51 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 8/12/2020 8:57:34 PM EDT by bigsapper]
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Originally Posted By bigsapper:

Got the workbench assembled. But it's FUBAR. I'll post a separate thread.


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Decided this wasn't going to work and bought this...

Seville Classics UltraHD Lighted Workbench

Also got in 10lbs of CFE223
Link Posted: 8/12/2020 10:13:42 PM EDT
Loaded up the last batch of 115gr bullets I had for the 6.8 prepping for this weekend's hog hunt. Then it'll be time to continue helping MidwayUSA employees with their kids' college funds



Link Posted: 8/12/2020 10:25:31 PM EDT
Coated a couple hundred 9s in JD green from Smoke.
Link Posted: 8/12/2020 11:42:02 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 8/12/2020 11:43:33 PM EDT by dryflash3]
Link Posted: 8/13/2020 10:54:58 AM EDT
Received 4k .223 Wolf .55 projectiles from the EE, ordered the last 10 lbs of Benchmark that I could find online, ordered 5k cci #41's from Midway and loaded 675 rounds of .233.
Yesterday was a good day.
Link Posted: 8/13/2020 4:44:41 PM EDT
Loaded the last of my cast stash into the oven producing 331 little green men. We'll see how they march later on next week.
Link Posted: 8/13/2020 8:11:17 PM EDT
Loaded up 200ish 9mm and shot about 70 of them. They seem to go a lot faster than I make them.
Link Posted: 8/13/2020 8:27:48 PM EDT
Received my ultimate brass sorter today.
Link Posted: 8/13/2020 8:38:53 PM EDT
Swapped my 550 over to 9mm, hoping an inbound box of blue bullets will arrive soon.
Link Posted: 8/13/2020 9:07:49 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 8/13/2020 9:14:21 PM EDT by GLHX2112]
Fired 45 rounds of 30-06 while working up a load that my old $50 beater Savage 30-06 would like.

Looks like 54.5 grains of IMR 4350 over a 165 gr Hornady GMX bullet is the ticket for me. Time to prep some brass and load a few and start sighting it in.

For me, this is well beyond the Minute of Deer Accuracy that I need.  

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Link Posted: 8/13/2020 9:31:14 PM EDT
Surprisingly I got the toolheads I bought from a fellow ARFCOMer today, essentially the next business day after he shipped them.  Thanks!!!

Otherwise I didn’t do anything.  It’s “hotter’n Hell” here lately, and I’m looking at overtime this week instead of spending time in my loading room.
Link Posted: 8/13/2020 9:42:04 PM EDT
Sized a few 65gr bullets for some cheap AR-15 shooting.
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Link Posted: 8/13/2020 10:57:36 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 8/13/2020 11:17:28 PM EDT by dryflash3]
Got "schooled" today on the modern way of brass cleaning, so bought a FART from the Brownell's ramsite.

@bigsapper

<snip> Stop with the memes in this forum, this is not GD. dryflash3
Link Posted: 8/13/2020 11:16:28 PM EDT
Slugged a .38-55 bore and figured out which bullets to order . Getting closer each day is my goal , I need to shoot some of my factory loads
so I have some brass to load .
Link Posted: 8/13/2020 11:18:10 PM EDT
Link Posted: 8/14/2020 12:50:38 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 8/14/2020 12:51:55 AM EDT by WeimaranerDad]
I drilled and tapped my small rifle case feeder plate for a 1/4 X 20 screw.



It was my first time tapping plastic.

The threads held surprisingly well.

This was just part of an experiment.

Link Posted: 8/14/2020 1:50:42 AM EDT
Picked up some primers I ordered over the last 2 weeks to shore up my supply.  Average price comes out to $25.45/1k.

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Link Posted: 8/14/2020 4:56:20 PM EDT
Broke my cherry bullet casting for the first time...

Link Posted: 8/14/2020 6:34:14 PM EDT
Loaded 1100 rounds of 9mm 125 gr LRN. Figured with what I payed for components, time not included, was $67. Bullets were the last of Clinton era purchase at $12 per 500. Replacements will be sticker shock.

Link Posted: 8/14/2020 6:51:20 PM EDT
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Originally Posted By WeimaranerDad:
I drilled and tapped my small rifle case feeder plate for a 1/4 X 20 screw.

https://www.AR15.Com/media/mediaFiles/369122/770AC4FF-D81C-4031-8BB6-A3E43713A6C4-1545622.jpg

It was my first time tapping plastic.

The threads held surprisingly well.

This was just part of an experiment.

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In for what the experiment is about...

I got my Inline Fabrication order today.  I plan to install it - a Dillon Toolkit Extension for the UltraMount.  That Dillon tool set looks great, but I couldn’t get the output bin on the press with it mounted...  Now we’ll see who’s in charge - me or the press.  (I hope it’s me! )
Link Posted: 8/14/2020 10:17:18 PM EDT
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Link Posted: 8/14/2020 10:39:54 PM EDT
I found 10,000 Remington small pistol primers at the LGS.
Link Posted: 8/15/2020 3:04:46 AM EDT
I finished some 9mm work ups with Nosler 124 gr. JHP's over True Blue and Silhouette and then loaded up a few 115 gr. Montana Gold FMJ's over 5.2 gr. Unique.

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