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Link Posted: 8/2/2020 11:35:07 AM EDT
Sized 1500 357 Mag brass to prep for trimming.

Link Posted: 8/2/2020 1:25:56 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 8/2/2020 8:27:35 PM EDT by nigla]
Teaching two guys to reload. One guy is loading 9mm, the other is prepping brass for .223. Letting  an experienced loader try the Giraud trimmer for the first time is priceless.


Cranked out 500 rounds of 9mm for new shooter.

Demonstrated Giraud and 1050 for shooter#2.  Sent him home with 100 rounds of .308 175 SMK, 42.7 RL15, FGMM primer in new Winchester cases.

PLanned a small 3 person group buy of .223 bullets.

Making plans for huge .223 brass processing event
Link Posted: 8/2/2020 4:57:00 PM EDT
Ran 50 .35 Whelen cases through the RCBS Ttim Pro.  Then primed, loaded with IMR4895 and 158 gr Hornady XTPs.  

Then I set up the Trim Pro for 6.5x55, and ran 150 6.5x55 cases through it.  I still have 100 more Swede cases to trim.

“Reduced Recoil” .35 Whelen loads:
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Far more pleasant to shoot than the 250 gr loads I worked up.
Link Posted: 8/2/2020 6:06:59 PM EDT
Bunch of 230g XTP rounds ))  Found the bullets on sale cheap )

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Link Posted: 8/2/2020 7:10:28 PM EDT
Spent the morning sorting brass for our local IWLA range.

Came home and cleaned the reloading bench off so I can do some 9mm reloading in the evenings after work this week.

Looked at ammoseek.com to see how much 9mm costs so I can have a huge smile on my face as I leisurely load 1000 rounds across a few evenings.
Link Posted: 8/2/2020 11:28:41 PM EDT
Link Posted: 8/3/2020 8:30:36 AM EDT
I ordered the Hornady Lock n Load Ammo Plant
Link Posted: 8/3/2020 12:04:44 PM EDT
Prepped and primed the stray 6.5 Creed cases I had to add to the bucket of ready to load brass. Got the LnL set up for .45ACP. Need to start picking up pistol brass at the range as I’m getting low.
Link Posted: 8/4/2020 7:20:13 AM EDT
Bought another 800 pcs of Lapua brass (mixed .308 & .223) along with 1K 200gr Dots (RMR).
Link Posted: 8/4/2020 1:17:30 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 8/4/2020 1:18:49 PM EDT by dryflash3]
Link Posted: 8/4/2020 8:34:56 PM EDT
Decapped 1300 7.62 LC
Link Posted: 8/4/2020 9:27:23 PM EDT
Loaded up 100 9mm because I shot about 50 of them today. Gotta keep them going.
Link Posted: 8/4/2020 9:41:13 PM EDT
Purchased 10k small pistol primers from Powder Valley, picked up 1k of small rifle primers, 1k of large rifle primers and a jug of IMR 4350 from Sportsman's.
Loaded 500+ .223 today and blew the dust off my 44 .44 Spl/Mag and set them up to start loading tonight.
Link Posted: 8/4/2020 10:12:38 PM EDT
Link Posted: 8/5/2020 6:40:24 AM EDT
I recently picked up a bunch of old small pistol primers so I made a batch of ammo. For now I’ll keep them separate in case the primers have issues. It will just be range plinking ammo.
Link Posted: 8/5/2020 3:37:38 PM EDT
I have 38 Special brass in the tumbler as I write.  I just finished priming 400 pieces of .45 auto.  

Link Posted: 8/5/2020 4:44:09 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 8/6/2020 9:50:42 AM EDT by bigsapper]
Found out a large order of 9mm & 45ACP from The Blue Bullet that I placed on 7/15, won't be delivered until at least the first week of September.

So just placed an order with Black Bullet International. They are saying while they are still trying to ship within 48 hours, they can't guarantee it. Coupled with extended shipping times, expect about 15 days.
Link Posted: 8/5/2020 11:02:04 PM EDT
Ordered 5k of Win Small Pistol primers the other night from Midway when I happened to look at something else and thought what the hell- checked and they had both those and SP Mag primers.  Limited 1 box (of 5000) each, so thought I would do 1 small pistol, 1 small pistol mag.  By the time I looked to see if anything else was in stock, the magnums went to out of stock.  So then I was stuck paying the hazmat for just one case...frustrating.  Decided to do it anyhow as they were a decent price.  Shortly after I pulled the trigger and paid the small pistol primers were sold out as well.  

So they are out there, if you catch it at the correct time, it is just frustrating to not be able to stack things together to get the best value for the shipping and hazmat fees.
Link Posted: 8/5/2020 11:04:33 PM EDT
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I recently picked up a bunch of old small pistol primers so I made a batch of ammo. For now I’ll keep them separate in case the primers have issues. It will just be range plinking ammo.
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If stored right those should be just fine.  I loaded some stuff with 70’s era primers and they all worked great.
Link Posted: 8/5/2020 11:19:41 PM EDT
Link Posted: 8/6/2020 1:26:08 AM EDT
I finished trimming the 1500 357 Mag cases.  Now to load them
Link Posted: 8/6/2020 8:07:16 AM EDT
Ordered a used RCBS single stage press off e-bay.

The intent is to set up a bench outside in the shade so I can carry the press out and enjoy the view, the sunlight (cool days), the shade (warmer days/mornings) and be close to the dogs when I let them out.

I already sit outside to inspect, trim and prime brass.  I set the vibratory and tumbling brass cleaners outside when I run them.  I'll only have to be in the shed looking out the window when I'm putting powder and bullets in my reloads - or if it's raining/windy outside.
Link Posted: 8/6/2020 3:33:07 PM EDT
I cleaned up my bench.  I'd been doing stuff other than loading on it, and it needed to be brushed off and organized.  After the basic cleanup and arranging tasks, the organization bug got to me, so I got out my label machine and labeled a bunch of things.  Here's an example:

Yes, that's a plastic tab from a loaf of bread, and it turns out that those gadgets do a great job of holding onto small cables, like this one.  Which makes it easier to tell which end is from what power supply.  I labeled the Inline Fab power block for the "Sky Light" in the press the same way.  The opening "bites" into the strain relief of some plugs, while it just holds onto thicker cables.

Then I got looking at those bread tabs and something struck me.  The one thing that's really fumbly about the XL750 is the locator buttons.  They are small and smooth, and my fingers are anything but smooth.  So folks buy 3D-printed tabs to make it easier to handle them.  But most 3D printers have a fairly large minimum print thickness, so sometimes the tabs keep the buttons from working correctly.

Here's what I did.  I cut some bread tabs in half so they would fit in the locator button spaces, then I drilled a hole near the end.  I did this for a number of cut tabs at a time, of course.  Since I didn't have the pieces perfectly aligned, I goofed the holes on a few, but that's OK.  Here's my first attempt.  They worked pretty well.

But they weren't Dillon blue!  So I tried again with blue tabs, only this time I added a square of tab material to the back end of the tab to make it a little easier to grip.  And I smoothed them up a little, removing burs and easing corners.  Counting figuring out what drill size to use (9/64) and sanding, I think the whole process took 30 minutes.  That does not count time for the cement to dry - these things are styrene, so model cement works great, but old modeling habits die hard.  There were no issues with the buttons doing their jobs in my testing.  And hey, these bread tab things are free!

My last task was to try to mount the fancy dipped Allen wrench Dillon toolkit on the press, but once I did, I couldn't get the Akro bin onto its bracket.  It was a hassle to get the press off the mount, and I had to do it again to take the kit's bracket off again.
Inline Fab makes an extended bracket to mount the toolkit on their Ultramount (and it works for both the dedicated mount and their Quick Change version), so I'm probably headed that way soon.
Link Posted: 8/6/2020 5:01:54 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 8/8/2020 9:03:17 AM EDT by ThePontificator]
Brass ratting at the local range. 644 pieces mixed 9/380/40/45.
Link Posted: 8/6/2020 8:05:28 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 8/6/2020 8:06:01 PM EDT by lokifox]
Shot some of the Federal Guard Dog 9mm bullets I posted in the deals thread a few days ago.

This is the most accurate, and best feeding 9mm defensive bullet I've ever encountered. They actually ran in a Remington R51 which is some kind of miracle.

1" group at 25 yards with a Glock on a rest (not a machine rest).

I highly recommend that you guys grab some while they are available.
Link Posted: 8/6/2020 9:21:42 PM EDT
Saw this thread, decided that I haven't done any reloading today. So, I went and ran 100 9mm on the 550 just to get something loaded.
Link Posted: 8/6/2020 9:22:08 PM EDT
Sorted some range brass and loaded 25 rounds of 500 JRH with some 440 FNGC from Matt's Bullets.  

I also ordered a miniature couch.

Link Posted: 8/6/2020 9:28:16 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 8/6/2020 10:03:37 PM EDT by -Obsessed-]
Tested my new ATV3 setup with the Lee Classic Turret to see if it was a good setup to load nuclear 10mm loads.

The ATV3 handles 800-X like a champ, only overthrowing 3 of 50 rounds while keeping 47 of the 50 thrown properly in under 10 seconds each.

I can still fine tune it I think, but I'm still getting used to it and will learn more as I go.

The turret press is giving me fits by not completely indexing on each handle pull, so I'll be doing research on that - Research complete. Was a simple adjustment. Works great now.

Loading ladders of 200gr Everglades Plated over 7.2-8.1 of 800-X.

Hoping for 1,200 FPS out of the 5.3" barrel of my XDM but we'll see if I get there. Going to go slow and careful.

Hopefully work lets up some and I can make it to the range and test them out.

Link Posted: 8/6/2020 10:26:28 PM EDT
Link Posted: 8/6/2020 10:49:08 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 8/6/2020 11:00:47 PM EDT by dryflash3]
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Link Posted: 8/7/2020 11:52:40 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 8/7/2020 11:53:55 AM EDT by bigsapper]
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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.

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

Link Posted: 8/7/2020 3:55:43 PM EDT
Loaded some 129 gr Hornady Interbonds in some 6.5x55 cases to test ascending charges of IMR4350, then off to the range.

Every load shot good enough to easily be minute of deer, but a couple showed promise.  I came home, picked a charge and loaded up more to shoot a larger number group.  Also tinkered with seating depth.  Next rangevtrio I’ll shoot 6 round groups of identical charge, but different seating.
Link Posted: 8/7/2020 5:49:21 PM EDT
For my 9mm toolhead on my 650, I moved the Dillon Powder Measure to station #3.  I added both return springs to the PM.

So today I finally made it to the range:

For my .223 toolhead, I moved the PM to station #4.

Everything ran 100% and grouped well.

Link Posted: 8/7/2020 11:44:17 PM EDT
Link Posted: 8/7/2020 11:53:30 PM EDT
Link Posted: 8/8/2020 12:12:35 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 8/8/2020 12:23:49 AM EDT by -Obsessed-]
Finished setting up the little turret press for reloading 10mm.

Built a little ramp so the auto ejector just kicks it on down the slide into the container (Rubbermaid Take Alongs) which also sits on a shelf.

After that, finished the ladder for 10mm.

7.2 to 8.1 grains of 800-X under Everglades 200gr plated seated to 1.260”.

Hope to chrono them this weekend.

Link Posted: 8/8/2020 11:52:54 AM EDT
.357 , 158gr JSP over 15.2gr of H110.

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Link Posted: 8/8/2020 5:14:28 PM EDT
Loaded some .380 Gold Fots, then set up my press for 9mm.
Link Posted: 8/8/2020 6:06:44 PM EDT
Loaded 250 rds of .40 plated 165’s that I got in an assortment of stuff from an estate deal a while back:

I got about 4 k SP primers, a Lee progressive of some type, about 2k various bullets, 4 or 5 sets of Lee dies, some Dillon case gauges, a Hornady primer loader, some new brass, and about 8 lbs of powder, half sealed.  Plus some other stuff.  I paid like $130, so just the primers were worth it.  This was pre-Covid, but only by a couple days.  I was at an auction and bought a couple guns and an older guy asked if I was interested in some stuff he had inherited from his brother...he had tried selling on CL but his ads kept getting removed (because “guns are bad”)  Could not believe it.  All those primers are now loaded in reloads, most of the bullets loaded as well, and gonna give my kid the redundant LEE dies when I get him a press.  Gonna sell the LEE progressive at some point as well.

At the auction that day I got a Colt SP1 carbine- with original lower and aluminum stock, but with an aftermarket upper assy, for $900.  The stock is worth several hundred by itself, and a stripped lower is worth up to 1k.  (I am not parting it out- putting an SP1 upper and Brownells retro barrel on it).  I also got an Underwood M1 carbine in OK condition for 650, and a first year of the caliber Colt Police Positive in .22 WRF for like $140 or something like that.   That turns out to be worth about 600+.

The above is the reasoning I gave the wife on why it was all such a great deal.  The reality is I am keeping all the guns and most of the reloading supplies, so I didn’t actually make money on anything, just saved a bunch...
Link Posted: 8/8/2020 7:34:47 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 8/8/2020 7:58:11 PM EDT by mustb123]
Link Posted: 8/8/2020 9:03:22 PM EDT
About 300 bullets of 510gr goodness each.  

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Link Posted: 8/8/2020 9:34:53 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 8/8/2020 9:36:00 PM EDT by dryflash3]
Link Posted: 8/8/2020 9:42:13 PM EDT
Nothing. Got funky one weekend last month and reloaded 1500rds.
Link Posted: 8/8/2020 9:52:21 PM EDT
Ordered a 9mm conversion kit for my 550 direct from AZ. Picked up a box of RCBS tumbler media.  

Link Posted: 8/8/2020 10:26:42 PM EDT
Made 3 rounds of 9mm.... 3.

Got started and got called that it was time to go to town. Thought I had more time than that.
Link Posted: 8/8/2020 11:12:56 PM EDT
Link Posted: 8/9/2020 12:57:11 AM EDT
Couple days ago I finished cleaning off the main bench and put my toaster oven set up in the shed. Planning to hit it in the morning since I cleaned up my greasy boolits.

It was informative reading page 345 and seeing that not everyone loads 1k or more of a specific load.
Link Posted: 8/9/2020 2:30:18 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 8/9/2020 2:39:38 AM EDT by Trollslayer]
I've been working with my 6XC cartridges on and off for a couple of months, trying new powders, new primers and new brass.

I was struggling to keep track of dimensions for three different brands of brass.  I also want to compare them when firing (sticky bolt lift).  

So, I made this.

I'll be loading up the cases tomorrow.  A trip to the range is coming.
Link Posted: 8/9/2020 9:13:21 AM EDT
Unloaded my Graf's order of powder. Shopping for other deals. Waiting on my part from Hornady so I can complete my reloading of some 338WM.
Link Posted: 8/9/2020 11:20:36 AM EDT
Placed an order with BBI for 1K pills.
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