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Link Posted: 7/27/2020 9:08:11 PM EDT
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Originally Posted By AZ-AR15:
Figured out (I think) that the little wobble I had in my American 8 turret is caused by the sleeve that goes around the main turret bolt being a few thou longer than the turret is thick.  Taking it in to work tomorrow to mill off .007" which should eliminate the slight tilt I get when at full stroke.

Picked up 1k Match LPM and 1k Regular LPM Federal primers from Sportsmans Warehouse a couple days ago to feed my 500 JRH.  Trying to save what I have left of CCI 350's for the 458 socom since there is less of a worry of slam fire with those.

Got a sewing light for the American 8 as well.  Nice alternative to the dedicated press lights since I can move it anywhere with the flexible stem and a magnetic base.  $13 on amazon.

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So, I took too much off of the turret bolt bushing and it was non-functional after that.  Fortunately I had some spare shims and it now has zero play.  Turns out I only needed to take off .002-.003, not .007

Beta testing a new tray too.  Not the prettiest (not my machining), but functional and I already have a couple of ideas for improvement.


Link Posted: 7/27/2020 11:29:12 PM EDT
UPS delivered 20k srp today. I wet tumbled 400+ .223 cases and dried them outside today.
Tonight going to tend to flash holes and resize brass till I can't see straight.
Link Posted: 7/27/2020 11:33:48 PM EDT
Link Posted: 7/28/2020 6:50:57 PM EDT
Went to the P.O. Box to pick up my Dillon order, mainly of powder bar return springs:



There are a few other parts I ordered too.

Glad I got them so soon considering all the others delays.

Link Posted: 7/28/2020 7:58:50 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 7/28/2020 7:59:19 PM EDT by bigsapper]
Finally got in my last order from Reloading Unlimited...
1,000 Federal Match Large Pistol Primers
8lb jug of CFE223

STILL waiting on the following orders from 2+ weeks ago...

Midsouth Shooters Supply...
--once fired 9mm brass
--once fired 223 brass
--Hornady MFX 325gr .458cal bullets

The Blue Bullets...
---9mm 147gr RN
---45 ACP 230gr RN

Link Posted: 7/28/2020 8:29:30 PM EDT
Link Posted: 7/28/2020 9:44:29 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 7/28/2020 9:45:22 PM EDT by Horskinator]
Received my Hornady LNL PM case activated powder drop for my PM I am dedicating to rifle loads and got it assembled. Also changed all the RCBS lock rings to the Hornady lock rings on my dies and added bushings to all of them since I converted the Rockchucker over to the LNL bushings. I also decided to take advantage of RCBS's rebate and ordered 3 new sets of dies to replace some that were getting tired or not RCBS. Waiting on Graf's to get me the 40lbs of powder I ordered.... No sign of it shipping and it has been 10 business days..... Damn 'rona.
Link Posted: 7/28/2020 10:51:45 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 7/28/2020 10:52:36 PM EDT by dryflash3]
Link Posted: 7/28/2020 11:51:58 PM EDT
working on loading the last of my hornady 115gn HAP bullets. I like these a lot because there is very little exposed lead. Unfortunately they've been out of stock for a bit now.
Link Posted: 7/28/2020 11:55:47 PM EDT
Bought 3k of some winchester SP primers locally. I cant believe how hard primers are to find online. Thank god for the local plugs.
Link Posted: 7/29/2020 12:00:27 AM EDT
Sanded down the reloading bench and tested out the sensitivity of the AT V3 with the press there by it being operated.  only jumped 0.04gr on the strokes but I'm thinking that's enough to throw it off. I bought 16" x 16" slate tiles (over 50lbs worth) to isolate it from vibration a bit. I know in labs they use granite slabs to help stabilize balances, so maybe it will work for me. If not I'll take them back.
Link Posted: 7/29/2020 12:32:20 AM EDT
Posted in the reloading forum....

Moved a fired 9mm bullet from the "found in the back yard" area of my brass to the lead pot.

Haven't loaded much lately, been too busy on the river fishing.
Link Posted: 7/29/2020 2:32:37 AM EDT
Easy night, swaged approx 500 .223 and getting up early to head to the local LEO range to pick up brass in the AM after a training shoot today.
Link Posted: 7/29/2020 8:29:57 AM EDT
Received my order of 500 JSP .357 bullets from American Reloading.  They look like Sierra bullets.
Link Posted: 7/29/2020 4:07:03 PM EDT
Finished a run of several hundred 300 Blackout subs with MBC 245 grain and 215 grain bullets over AA1680.   Last batch of bullets I'm buying for my 300BO as I'm moving over to casting my own.

Semper Fi



Link Posted: 7/29/2020 10:27:11 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 7/29/2020 10:29:33 PM EDT by dryflash3]
Link Posted: 7/29/2020 10:36:37 PM EDT
Drove about 60 miles round trip to pick up 1,000 9mm bullets. The company is running 4-6 weeks out but the guy that answered the phone said I could drop in and pick up a box, I mean who am I to say no to that.
Link Posted: 7/29/2020 10:41:46 PM EDT
Link Posted: 7/30/2020 10:16:37 AM EDT
The focus has changed.  I stopped loading .223 and now I'm on to .45 auto.  I have been processing and washing brass.  The next stop is the tumbler.

kwg
Link Posted: 7/30/2020 12:42:10 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 7/30/2020 1:11:44 PM EDT by PointBlank82]
Wet tumbled 500 "spent" M200 blanks from Potomac Brass and placed in oven at 350F to dry (some of the crimped necks were too tight still to get all the water out for use in my dehydrator)... discovered about 1% of these were LIVE BLANKS. Needless to say, my wife was not pleased when 5 of them cooked off.

Sent a warning email to Potomac to update their website with a safety notice. Sorted the remaining 500 and counted 5 additional live blanks. Now I get to clean the oven and air out the house.

If any of you bought these, you should hand sort before attempting to wet tumble/force dry. Still a good deal @ $35/k shipped. Just be careful!

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Link Posted: 7/30/2020 2:46:46 PM EDT
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Originally Posted By PointBlank82:
Wet tumbled 500 "spent" M200 blanks from Potomac Brass and placed in oven at 350F to dry (some of the crimped necks were too tight still to get all the water out for use in my dehydrator)... discovered about 1% of these were LIVE BLANKS. Needless to say, my wife was not pleased when 5 of them cooked off.

Sent a warning email to Potomac to update their website with a safety notice. Sorted the remaining 500 and counted 5 additional live blanks. Now I get to clean the oven and air out the house.

If any of you bought these, you should hand sort before attempting to wet tumble/force dry. Still a good deal @ $35/k shipped. Just be careful!

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Scary stuff! I usually only dry mine at about 220 degrees because that is the point at which water boils.

I am considering pulling my reloading bench apart and using "cheaper" lumber than the beetle kill pine I put in there.

Maybe I will make something nice out of them and just throw down some cheaper pine boards for my bench.
Link Posted: 7/30/2020 3:52:02 PM EDT
.44 Mag, loading up 500 cases.



This .45ACP ready to ring up on the other press:

Link Posted: 7/30/2020 4:22:11 PM EDT
Bonehead move and spilled half a can of 335 on the bench and made 100 rds of .223
Link Posted: 7/30/2020 5:14:37 PM EDT
Loaded up some BMG

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Link Posted: 7/30/2020 5:35:02 PM EDT
Waiting on primers......
Link Posted: 7/30/2020 6:03:14 PM EDT
Ordered 1000ea 9mm & 223 "Re-Spec" brass from Top Brass.

Once that and the rest of my orders are fulfilled, I'll have enough supplies to reload the following...
9mm: 1500rds
45ACP: 1000rds
.223: 2500rds
.458SOCOM: 500rds

all at < salad days pricing of loaded cheap ammo.

Still waiting on my loading table so I can setup my XL750. I did manage to get some organization done, but still lots of cleanup needs to happen in my room.

Link Posted: 7/30/2020 8:41:24 PM EDT
I was cleaning up the loading room and noticed an unopened box in the top of the closet. It was from Midsouth dated July 2014, contains 20K Federal SPP that were purchased with free haz mat. price was 27.25 per k.

Getting 550 set up to load .40 for the weekend.

A good day in the loading room.
Link Posted: 7/30/2020 9:01:39 PM EDT
Link Posted: 7/30/2020 11:20:18 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 7/30/2020 11:21:27 PM EDT by -Obsessed-]
Got shelves up in reloading room (on the left in pic).

Still need to put a lot of stuff on them yet.

Also have a lot of organizing to do on the bench.

Haven’t reloaded a single thing since February due to moving so really looking forward to getting this finished.

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Link Posted: 7/31/2020 12:05:19 AM EDT
Link Posted: 7/31/2020 5:08:54 PM EDT
Went shopping and bought a bunch of brass, dies, powder and bullets from various vendors.
Link Posted: 7/31/2020 7:27:23 PM EDT
I was score keeping at my clubs Trap tournament today.  Picked up about 400 once fired Rem Nitro hulls.  Going back tomorrow too.

Score!
Link Posted: 7/31/2020 8:23:32 PM EDT
Received my 6.5mm RCBS Tri cutter head from Midway.  Trimmed some 6.5x55 Brass.  

Loaded some .35 Whelen with 158 gr .357 bullets.  Discovered the .358 Hornady seater stem slightly deforms the soft point bullets.  I called Hornady and placed an order for two extra seating stems.  I plan to modify one so it will work on soft, flat point bullets.  And one extra in case I mess it up
Link Posted: 7/31/2020 9:32:26 PM EDT
Shot about 250 rounds of 9mm to get some training in. Noticed my 1911 was not ejecting the last round in the magazine, I thought it may be my reloads.

So, I disassembled the magazines and adjusted them, and boom, back in business.

Then, realizing that I am down below 500 loaded rounds, I decided to change the 550 over to 9mm and get to cranking. Got about 350 done. Leaving the press set up for tomorrow.
Link Posted: 7/31/2020 10:51:54 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 7/31/2020 11:24:25 PM EDT by lilMAC25]
Dug through the haul of reloading stuff my dad acquired from the estate of his friend.

Some oddball caliber dies like 17 Mach IV, 218 Bee, 221 Fireball, 357 Herrett, 256 Win, and 7-30 Waters.
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A couple thousand primers each of large pistol, large rifle, and small rifle. And misc other stuff.


Still have to comb through the projectiles.
Link Posted: 8/1/2020 12:46:09 AM EDT
Today's haul, 15 boxes of Hornady 55gr varmint from the EE delivered by a member driving through, True Blue and small pistol primers from Sportsman's and the rest from Midsouth via UPS.


Heading out now to trim sorted .223
Link Posted: 8/1/2020 12:53:15 AM EDT
Link Posted: 8/1/2020 2:26:33 PM EDT
Loaded another whole 500 ct box of Sierra 77 w/cannelure to make more "mock262". Win case, Wolf SRM primer, 25.0 GN Alliant 2000-MR. Basically my 200-300 yard highpower load, only with cannelured 77s and a Lee Factory crimp applied. It shoots real well, better than BH or IMI, in my experience, and you can't beat the price.

Link Posted: 8/1/2020 2:37:25 PM EDT
Link Posted: 8/1/2020 3:20:14 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 8/1/2020 3:20:28 PM EDT by AWZ1287]
Received some 9mm brass, I ordered off the EE.

Also received part of my Dillon order (9mm dies, scale, bullet tray, strong mount, primer tubes, flip tray).

I received a shipping confirmation yesterday about the xl750 itself.
Not sure how it shipped so fast being I was quoted 8 weeks, and the dies are still listed out of stock.

Just waiting on the case feeder, and a few odds and ends now.
Link Posted: 8/1/2020 3:53:43 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 8/1/2020 3:54:12 PM EDT by lokifox]
Sat down over lunch and started sorting a box of 223 brass I picked up from a local public range in the ~2010 time frame.

Noticed something interesting. There is a lot of Remington commercial brass in the mix.

I have seen very little Rem 223 brass on the ground of late. Just a changing of the times.
Link Posted: 8/1/2020 4:20:12 PM EDT
Loaded up a few ladder tests of little stuff... 17 Remington.

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Link Posted: 8/1/2020 8:36:48 PM EDT
I finally finished a project I've been working on for a while.  Sorry for the crappier than usual pictures...


Now I have a safe, simple way to store my powder measure and Powder Check while they're not installed on the press.


This is the secret: That's the head of a 5/8" bolt that goes through the piece of 1x4.  It turns out that 1/2" Schedule 40 PVC pipe sort of "threads" onto a 5/8" bolt and holds it pretty firmly.  Firmly enough that I'm not going to take these apart to sand, finish and paint any time soon!
Link Posted: 8/1/2020 10:29:56 PM EDT
Bought in the last 30+ days since last post
-6 lbs H4350
-8 lbs TAC
-5 lbs RL15
-2 lbs H335
-1 lb W296
-1 lb 2400
-5 lbs IMR4064 to replace what i loaded this summer
-6k Small Pistol Magnum Primers
-20k CCI500
-2k CCI400
-1k Berrys 55 gr FMJBT
Quite a bit more stuff for the hunting rifles im not going to bother listing
Ive been busy

Loaded 2000 more 9mm Luger, Finished another 1k 5.56 55 gr, with another 1k on the way. Loaded some misc .308 and .30-06 plinking rounds, loaded a bunch of .44 SPL and .44 Magnum as well as .38 and tons of .357.

Did inventory on 5.56 loaded ammo and loaded count is right at 6,252 rds with enough brass being processed and powder/bullets on hand for around 4k more. Once i hit 10k, ill be content for a while.
Link Posted: 8/1/2020 10:53:51 PM EDT
Almost wasted some money. Was looking around on my bench and in my drawers. Didn't see a 1050 conversion for 9mm. I couldn't remember if I used my brother in laws 1050 and conversion to run my last batch or what. So I didn't think I had one. So started looking for one. Turns out everybody is out of stock. Started looking for alternatives. Referred back to the 1050 manual conversion page. Turns out the 1050 9mm conversion and the 1050 38 Super conversion are identical. So why different part #'s?

Anyway, found a 38 Super conversion in stock at Double Alpha. Had it in the cart and decided to check once more. Found my conversion in another drawer, because my usual drawer was full. Well, that saved me $140, so looks like instead there will be a 9mm Bullet Feeder conversion in my near future. Took the time to set up the 9mm conversion on a spare tool head.
Link Posted: 8/1/2020 11:14:39 PM EDT
Picked up 1K lr, 2k sp and 3k sr primers + 6 pounds of various powders at an estate sale.
Link Posted: 8/1/2020 11:17:59 PM EDT
Link Posted: 8/2/2020 2:24:28 AM EDT
I hand primed 80 cases using my Sinclair priming tool.  I love that thing!
Link Posted: 8/2/2020 3:39:24 AM EDT
Tonight I vacuumed my trimming bench then trimmed 600+- .223 cases. Ordered 5000 large rifle primers from United Nations Ammo Co.
Link Posted: 8/2/2020 6:32:12 AM EDT
Tested my .35 Whelen reduced recoil loads.  Apparently, my rifle really likes the .357 158 gr Hornady XTP (3 shot group @ 50 yards).

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I’ll be loading more of these.
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