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lightman
12-06-2018, 09:09 AM
I find these kind of threads to be fun so lets get one started again. I'm changing dies in my Star sizer and waiting on the heater to get the lube softened up. I have a couple gallon jugs each or H&G 503's and H&G 68's to size.

I'm also looking out of the window at the barren soybean field behind the house and the cold dreary weather and thinking about all of the years that I worked out in it.

SafetyJoe
12-06-2018, 10:24 AM
I just finished drying 5 gallons of 38/357 mag brass that I wet tumbled clean last night. I'm using a homemade brass dryer I invented that uses stacked plastic tubs and two 100 watt equivalent halogen light bulbs. The top tub that the brass is inside has hundreds of holes I melted in the bottom with a soldering iron. The holes allow the heat from the light bulbs to permeate up and through the brass. The middle tub has a large hole in the center for the heat from the light bulbs to pass through while still shielding the bulbs from any dripping water and the bottom tub allows the room for the light bulbs. The bottom tub and top tub lid also have vent holes to allow the heat and moisture to circulate up and out. All 3 tubs are not the same height. The bottom tub is the deepest to allow extra room for the light bulbs. I was able to dry all 5 gallons of brass in only a few hours. Tumbling clean all 5 gallons of brass took 3 hours to tumble in 3 separate tumblers. Each batch tumbled for 1.5 hours and I ran 6 of those batches. Total hands on time spent loading the tumblers and later rinsing the 5 gallons of brass and dumping them in my homemade dryer was under 1.5 hours. So with this setup I'm able to clean 5 gallons of brass with about 1hr 15 min of actual hands on work and 3 hours total of wet tumbling.

https://i.imgur.com/c8sX123.jpg

lightman
12-07-2018, 07:50 AM
Back to sizing bullets today. When I get tired or bored I'll start back to reorganizing my ammo storage. Years ago I just dumped loaded rounds directly into ammo cans. Now I put them in ZipLoc bags first, with labels containing dates, loads, counts/amounts, ect. I'm also spraying the lid gaskets with Silicon spray while I have them empty.

lightman
12-10-2018, 11:02 AM
Still spending a few hours a day sizing bullets. After that I spend a little time on my ammo storage.

lightman
12-12-2018, 03:53 AM
Still sizing bullets and still sorting ammo.

Mbaker78
12-12-2018, 06:12 PM
Scored a bare loadmaster today for an extremely good price. Just need to come up with shellplates and a space turret, then I can swap 40 and 45acp from the pro1000 and keep it for just 223/300aac.

lightman
12-18-2018, 06:27 AM
Got multiple things going on this week. Deer season closed Sunday so I'm back home. Got the Ranger washed up and the truck unpacked. Got a drum of range brass on the tumbler. Still sizing bullets. Still moving loaded ammo to ammo cans. Got a half of a bucket of wheel weights to sort. I smelt wheel weights in batches of 350-400# and it looks like I almost have enough to smelt pretty soon.

lightman
12-20-2018, 01:04 PM
It looks like I won't be doing very much for the rest of the year. Have lots of company coming over for Christmas and we're trying to get the house in order, and keep it in order. Then gun deer season opens again for a few days after Christmas. I took today to tidy up in the loading room a little and sorted a little range brass. Added a few cases to my trade page.

Pacomdiver
12-22-2018, 01:35 PM
im cleaning up the back wall of my garage and gonna build myself a new reloading bench. its gonna be bigger than the one i built for my wife for her to make her rock jewelry if anyone saw the pictures before the spam removal took them down


who got the 40 cal TC TL mold and was gonna try it? did you have any luck with it? im still thinking of getting the regular version without the tumble lube rings

safetyjoe,
man you are gonna have corpal tunnel in both hands loading the revolvers with that much 357

Mbaker,
you actually got the lee 1000 to load reliabaly? i bought one new that was "supposedly" factory setup for 223 according to the label on the box abt 10 years ago, it just felt like a toy with the plastic powder measure and lightswitch pull chain, loaded about 10 rounds of 223 and had no consistancy in charge weights, it didnt index into stations correctly and just worked like crap. so i took it to the next gunshow and got rid of it, got a dillon and never looked back

Mbaker78
12-23-2018, 12:19 PM
It was I that got the 40 TL TC mold, have it tried it yet, still trying to get a decent space to cast.

As for the pro1000, it runs pretty well(if a bit finicky) when you learn what it likes. But I don’t really load conventionally on it. I size rifle cases on a single stage so that I can trim, tumble, and hand prime. So I just charge, seat, and crimp on the pro1000. I also switched to an auto drum as opposed to the auto disk, it’s much more consistent with a positive spring return, the chain is just to prevent double charges.

From what I’ve read about the loadmaster, the priming system is the weak link, so I’m going to bypass that altogether and hand prime pistol cases too. I’ll remove the decap stem from the sizing die and put either a powder cop or bullet feeding die in station 3. I’ll keep the pro1000 around for now for 300aac and 223rem, maybe I’ll eventualy move them to the loadmaster too, it would certainly clean up the bench.

Pacomdiver
12-23-2018, 04:19 PM
i also preprepped my cases, so i just put a RTL case in and loaded it, worst part of it was , i had about half of a dillon 550 invested in it with the toolheads and extras i bought but live and learn.

im getting a dillon 650 for christmas so that will be the first press on my new reloading bench when its done. it will be a big "L" with the rough length will be a 16ft long straight section and a 8ft "L" section on the end and it will be 30in wide with 3 12 inch wide shelves above the main work area the full length so i will have plenty of storage space


i have a 6ft long and 3ft wide table that i move near the door of my garage that i set up my casting stuff on, turn the fan on and let it blow out the doors, but i kinda shot myself in the foot, since i built the bench for my wife next to the doors, it doesnt leave enough space to get thru anymore

Pacomdiver
12-30-2018, 08:57 AM
bench is done, it looks awesome, am wiring it for power today and will start moving my stuff off 3 benches to this one, so all my stuff is in one area with seperate sections dedicated for reloading with 3 presses on it, case prep or general work in the center and a section on right for cast bullets and PC coating. i did some quick calculations, it has 52.5 sq ft of work space and 67 sq ft of shelf storage

Mbaker78
12-31-2018, 12:25 PM
Got my loadmaster running last night, cranked out 180 rounds of 40s&w in pretty short order. Now I’m out of brass, might try loading a bit of aluminum, just to try and see.

Pacomdiver
01-01-2019, 07:41 AM
Mbaker,
too bad this wasnt about 2 months ago, i traded a local guy 4500 40 cases, could've sent you some

Pacomdiver
01-01-2019, 08:48 AM
anybody still having problems with pictures not loading from their computer to here? ive tried a couple times and it loads, then says it had "failed"

lightman
01-01-2019, 07:17 PM
With the Holidays past I'm back to sorting ammo again. I'm doing this while the tumbler is running. I'll dry and sort that brass and start all over again.

Mbaker78
01-02-2019, 05:03 PM
Mbaker,
too bad this wasnt about 2 months ago, i traded a local guy 4500 40 cases, could've sent you some

I’ve generated a few hundred empties over the last few days, so I’m good, just need to sit down at the bench again.

Pacomdiver
01-02-2019, 06:22 PM
mbaker, i have the same problem, i go to the range with ammo and come back with a bucket of empty brass, LOL. i have loaded the 9 and 45 CCI aluminum cases to see the feasability, they work fine for cast bullets, dont know if id make factory charges with jacketed in them, but figured i could down load them for subs . years ago, i did a torture test of the boxer primed wolf 45 cases, i loaded and shot them, got to 7 reloads and gave up. i still had the original 25 test subjects. i didnt lose any in the test, so they are a good cantidate

with the 550, i used to do runs of at least 1k at a shot for the common stuff 9,45,223,308,and B/0. i hope to up that with my new 650, i just loaded up 50 9mm test rounds in less than 5 minutes with the lee 120g tc bullet with 2 different charges of unique, 4 and 4.5g to see if my various 9 mils like it

i use a concrete mixer to wet tumble brass, i do about 3k 9mm or 2k 223 at a shot since i dont wanna overload it. if i put too much in, the dawn foams too much and comes over the lip, so i use a small rubbermaid tote to catch any "burps". i have reduced what i use to a teaspoon and a partial teaspoon of lemishine per run

b2lee
01-03-2019, 06:33 PM
What a wonderful day in the reloading room. Got everything all nice and tidy for a change. Loaded up 250 300blk using 150 plated flat nose/base and 250 with the lee 230gr boolit powder coated. Going to shoot both suppressed. I've shot the 230gr ones earlier this year and I asked the hog if it was a good boolit...but the guy just wouldn't talk. Interested in seeing how the 150gr plated do, but again...I don't think the hogs will be very helpful...atleast not verbally.

Mbaker78
01-03-2019, 11:14 PM
mbaker, i have the same problem, i go to the range with ammo and come back with a bucket of empty brass, LOL. i have loaded the 9 and 45 CCI aluminum cases to see the feasability, they work fine for cast bullets, dont know if id make factory charges with jacketed in them, but figured i could down load them for subs . years ago, i did a torture test of the boxer primed wolf 45 cases, i loaded and shot them, got to 7 reloads and gave up. i still had the original 25 test subjects. i didnt lose any in the test, so they are a good cantidate

with the 550, i used to do runs of at least 1k at a shot for the common stuff 9,45,223,308,and B/0. i hope to up that with my new 650, i just loaded up 50 9mm test rounds in less than 5 minutes with the lee 120g tc bullet with 2 different charges of unique, 4 and 4.5g to see if my various 9 mils like it

i use a concrete mixer to wet tumble brass, i do about 3k 9mm or 2k 223 at a shot since i dont wanna overload it. if i put too much in, the dawn foams too much and comes over the lip, so i use a small rubbermaid tote to catch any "burps". i have reduced what i use to a teaspoon and a partial teaspoon of lemishine per run

You run much larger batches than I do... I’m lucky to be able to buy 500 bullets for a given caliber at a time, but that should improve once I get a space in the garage set up to cast. I’ll tumble somewhere around 1000 40 or 45 cases, 750 or so 223, and maybe 800 300aac at a time. But I only use a frankford arsenal wet tumbler.

Mbaker78
01-03-2019, 11:15 PM
What a wonderful day in the reloading room. Got everything all nice and tidy for a change. Loaded up 250 300blk using 150 plated flat nose/base and 250 with the lee 230gr boolit powder coated. Going to shoot both suppressed. I've shot the 230gr ones earlier this year and I asked the hog if it was a good boolit...but the guy just wouldn't talk. Interested in seeing how the 150gr plated do, but again...I don't think the hogs will be very helpful...atleast not verbally.


Are you loading the 150s subsonic? What’s your preferred load, if you don’t mind sharing.

b2lee
01-04-2019, 11:39 AM
Are you loading the 150s subsonic? What’s your preferred load, if you don’t mind sharing.

I'm running Lil'gun in a pistol length adjustable gas system. I ran the load down as far as I could go without keyholeing at 100 yards. I get a slight keyhole at 200 yards.

Normally I run the 150's at 1850ft/s with Lil'gun but I wanted to play with a light weight subsonic that would cycle...but this gun will cycle a sneeze it seems.

I'll probably shoot the light weights on some coyotes and see what the data says on some meat targets

lightman
01-07-2019, 12:18 PM
Wasn't planning on doing anything but I came home with a tub of range brass. So, I'm sorting and resizing brass!

Mtman314
01-08-2019, 09:24 AM
Picked up brass Sunday. Sorted it that night. Got to bed at 1 am. Monday evening I made it back in and started tumbling a gallon bag of 223. Pulled that and tumbled 3/4 a gallon bag of 45 acp. Resized the 223. Put 223 back in and sized the 45 acp. Got to bed at 1. Was asked if I had a gf down there. Answered could all be. Got up this morning a fired up the tumbler. Will size and tumble as I go. Until my buddy calls. Gotta make the tools to scrape and tan two deer hides today.

b2lee
01-08-2019, 11:41 AM
So I got some 308 brass in from a trade yesterday. I deprimed, I swaged the primer pocket...I full length sized....I trimmed...I chamfered...I deburred...then I stuck them in the wet tumble and got them shiny as can be...I put them in the food dehydrator and got them all nice and dry....I primed them....I reached for the Varget...DOH!!!! I'm out.

I drove around today and couldn't find anything to reload 308 with, much less Varget. Guess I'll put in an order on powder valley and wait all week :(

Guess today I'll just finish up the 40S&W I got in...already deprimed, washed and dried...throw them in the Hornady LNL and bust out a 1000 real quick...I don't think I'll run out of pistol powder in the next 10 years...but I can't keep Varget on hand to save my life.

Pacomdiver
01-08-2019, 06:07 PM
B2lee,
where are you located? i see varget and a good assortment of powders at all my local shows. one of my local shops has it but more expensive than the shows

b2lee
01-08-2019, 06:16 PM
I'm in Northern Kentucky

lightman
01-12-2019, 07:44 AM
Have not done anything in a few days. Trying to keep this thread alive. I sorted 1-1/2 buckets of wheel weights last Tuesday and have not been able to stand up since then. Guess I sat hunched over on a plastic milk crate for too long. Danged ole wore out back! The good news is that if feels more like a sore muscle than a pinched nerve. More good news was that the lead to junk ratio seems to be holding up pretty well around here. I estimate 75-80% lead out of these buckets. And the steel weights seem to be taking over from the zinc which I see as a good thing.

b2lee
01-12-2019, 07:19 PM
Well...in the middle of a Severe Weather Alert here in Northern Kentucky I decided I would continue reloading some 40S&W. I get everything together and before I pour powder in the hopper I notice I have ZERO small pistol primers....WTF? So I drive 15mins up the road to Field & Stream because at 7:30pm who else is open? They were sold out of only small pistol primer but they had large and rifle...but I have enough of those. They had a sale on some 12ga for clays and some 500bricks of 22lr so picked up a few of each.

Got to the parking lot and decided...what the heck...I'm already 1/3rd of the way there...so I drive 30miles north to the Cabela's on the North side of Cincinnati, OH. Snowing like a mofo...but I get there and not only did they have a ton of primers...but they had 4lbs of Varget as well....Sorry to anyone else looking for Varget this week...I bought them all....a few other goodies in the cart and headed home....only took 37mins vs the normal 35mins to get home....everyone was well behaved and driving a decent safe speed on I-75.

Now...time to go reload some 40S&W and tomorrow it will be 45ACP and maybe some 5.56.

Mbaker78
01-13-2019, 01:44 AM
I’ve been to that very cabelas, I’m just another hour north of there, they probably had more in stock but they’re only allowed to put so many cans out front for whatever reason.

How much snow did you end up getting? We got roughly 6” just north of Dayton.

b2lee
01-13-2019, 04:32 AM
We got maybe 4 inches...then the rain set in and washed away most....then it snowed another inch over night....very disappointing.

Mbaker78
01-13-2019, 12:13 PM
Its about perfect here now, the roads are clear but the rest of the ground is nicely covered.

lightman
01-14-2019, 04:23 PM
Weighing the wheels for a Pinewood Derby car! Guess what time of the year it is?

Mbaker78
01-14-2019, 05:26 PM
I still have a couple of my pinewood derby cars from probably 30 years ago.

lightman
01-14-2019, 07:05 PM
Me and the Boys have had a few winners over the years. My oldest Son is a Scout Leader now. And WOW, things have really changed. An aluminum track, electric release, a light tree like you see at the drag strip, remote control, electronic finish line. Its even connected to a lap top and displays times and speeds projected on the wall. I built the wood track that we used, had a manual trigger to release the cars and had 2 spotters at the finish line. Brings back good memories. Youtube has really caused the cars builds to become advanced too!

Ok, back to reloading.

b2lee
01-16-2019, 06:02 PM
After receiving some brass in the mail from several of you fine gentlemen this week.

Today I processed 5.56, 300blk, 45ACP, 40S&W and 308.

1. De-primed and wet tumbled All
2. Primer pocket swaged the 5.56, 300blk and the 308.
3. Resized the 5.56, 300blk and the 308.
4. Trimmed,deburred, chamfered the 5.56 and 308....get the 300blk tomorrow...using a drill press and a Little Crow Gun Works WFT.
5. Primed and loaded the 308 including a taper crimp. 175gr smk with Varget
6. Ran all 308 through a case gauge.
7. Loaded another 500+ 40S&W in the Hornady LNL AP.
8. Seperate factory crimp die on the 40S&W on the RCBS IV.
9. Checked all 40S&W in a Shockbottle case gauge 100 at a time.
10. Took down 2 40S&W that didn't pass QC at the end.

Tomorrow....maybe I'll get a little more serious and get something done :)

SafetyJoe
01-16-2019, 07:42 PM
What are you using to swage the brass with? Are you using a dillon super swage or the hornady LNL swager?


After receiving some brass in the mail from several of you fine gentlemen this week.

Today I processed 5.56, 300blk, 45ACP, 40S&W and 308.

1. De-primed and wet tumbled All
2. Primer pocket swaged the 5.56, 300blk and the 308.
3. Resized the 5.56, 300blk and the 308.
4. Trimmed,deburred, chamfered the 5.56 and 308....get the 300blk tomorrow...using a drill press and a Little Crow Gun Works WFT.
5. Primed and loaded the 308 including a taper crimp. 175gr smk with Varget
6. Ran all 308 through a case gauge.
7. Loaded another 500+ 40S&W in the Hornady LNL AP.
8. Seperate factory crimp die on the 40S&W on the RCBS IV.
9. Checked all 40S&W in a Shockbottle case gauge 100 at a time.
10. Took down 2 40S&W that didn't pass QC at the end.

Tomorrow....maybe I'll get a little more serious and get something done :)

b2lee
01-16-2019, 09:40 PM
Joe,

I'm using the Dillon Super Swage...I really...I mean really love it mounted to my work bench using the Inline Fabrication flush mount system. I probably own most of the primer pocket swage-ing systems/devices...but the Dillon Super Swage is my favorite by far.

SafetyJoe
01-16-2019, 10:14 PM
Yeah, I use the Dillon Super Swage too and I also have the inline fabrication mount for it, but I don't use the flush mount. I'm tempted to try the adapter for the hornady LNL press because it looks like it might work pretty good too.

320


Joe,

I'm using the Dillon Super Swage...I really...I mean really love it mounted to my work bench using the Inline Fabrication flush mount system. I probably own most of the primer pocket swage-ing systems/devices...but the Dillon Super Swage is my favorite by far.

b2lee
01-16-2019, 10:26 PM
Joe, maybe I'll put that on my list of things to buy and play with. However, besides saving money to build a 300 Norma Mag...and probably a Vortex Razor HD Gen II on top....I'm literally salivating over the AMP Mark II Annealer with the AMPMate auto feed system. Maybe I should ask for a raise at work..because 2019 is already shaping up to be an expensive year for my shooting hobbies.

Maybe in the near future I can come on this thread and say...'yea...annealed 1000 5.56 and 1000 .308 while eating a sandwich'.

Lee

WarEagleEd
01-17-2019, 02:57 AM
I was out of the country for a while and am now back home. I'm unboxing some things that I bought online while I was away. This morning (because I woke up early and couldn't go back to sleep) I unboxed the RCBS APS hand primer and APS strip loader that I purchased off of ebay a couple of months ago. There were no instructions included in either item (though they both have their original boxes), but these can be downloaded from the RCBS website.

Mbaker78
01-18-2019, 09:06 PM
I tried the super swage and didn’t like it. I don’t separate by headstamp, so I would overswage some and underswage others. Since switching to a Lyman reamer and cordless drill I haven’t had any issues and it’s probably just as fast.

Mbaker78
01-18-2019, 09:07 PM
I was out of the country for a while and am now back home. I'm unboxing some things that I bought online while I was away. This morning (because I woke up early and couldn't go back to sleep) I unboxed the RCBS APS hand primer and APS strip loader that I purchased off of ebay a couple of months ago. There were no instructions included in either item (though they both have their original boxes), but these can be downloaded from the RCBS website.

I think you’ll like the strips, so much easier to guarantee they’re not upside down or sideways.

lightman
01-26-2019, 12:46 PM
Just started sorting through 2 boxes of range brass that a buddy dropped off. Each box is about the size of a medium flat rate box and a lot of it looks to be rifle brass. So, I have something to do next week when it turns cold again!

WarEagleEd
01-26-2019, 07:05 PM
Unboxed a new Redding T7 turret press that I bought from Brownells back in the first part of December. They had it on sale for $249.99 and free shipping on orders over $49. The press is quite hefty. It came with a VihtaVuori, Western, and basic Hodgdon reloading guide. Whenever I get the chance I'll set it up on my bench and try it out.

lightman
01-27-2019, 03:57 PM
Just finished sorting 2 medium flat rate size boxes of brass. Deprimed and tumbled a load for a trade.

Pacomdiver
01-27-2019, 04:15 PM
i bought the dillon 600 swager about 6 years ago, i used it for about 100 cases just for testing a new load, then tried to prime them, some primers fell out after seating. thats when i reread the instructions that you have to seperate brass by stamp, so back in the box it went and sent to the shelf of denial. got the rcbs press swager and havent looked back. i just found it last week transfering stuff from my old multiple benches to my new monster bench

lightman
01-27-2019, 07:18 PM
I thought I was the only one that didn't care for the Dillon tool. A buddy was borrowing a tool from me for a while and he also preferred my RCBS tool over the Dillon. Most of the time I use a 45 counter sink and a cordless drill.

b2lee
01-30-2019, 06:14 AM
Well...the weather man says a high of 6F today here in N. KY.....and I think we hit that already...with a low of -1F...wind chills around -40F or so....if I'm not mistaken...that is about perfect weather to pour some lead. Probably crank out some 300BO, 45ACP, 40S&W, 9mm projectiles and powder coat them...and maybe drop some 224 cores....see if I can get through 100lbs of lead today before I get bored/tired.

Oh..and I won't be directly outdoors doing this...and definitely not in the wind...I'm sure the propane heater and blower and lead pot will keep me warm enough.

WarEagleEd
01-30-2019, 07:53 PM
I fooled around with the APS hand primer to see how it functions. I discovered that the strips only go in one way, if the tool is going to function properly. I also discovered that the small primer plug was not included nor the little tool necessary to remove one plug and install the other. I called RCBS and they are sending me the missing parts for free even though I told them that I had purchased the priming tool used. I have finally had an opportunity to experience that legendary RCBS customer service and I was not displeased.

Mbaker78
02-02-2019, 02:33 PM
I have finally had an opportunity to experience that legendary RCBS customer service and I was not displeased.

I had a pack of strips that wouldn’t properly hold primers, maybe 4 of 8 strips were bad, they sent me a whole new pack of 8 strips.

As far as the strips being directional, mine has a sticker that shows the feed direction (“female” end first).

Over the last couple weeks I loaded up the last of my .40 cal xtreme bullets, deprimed/reamed and tumbled all of my 223/5.56, and deprimed the rest of my 300aac.

Tweaked the loadmaster and got it running pretty smoothly. It’s not a bad machine, but some of the additional features are a bit wonky, like the case feeder and priming system (I hand prime off press, so that’s not an issue).overall it’s not too bad for the $100 I spent on it.

lightman
02-03-2019, 07:57 AM
Planning on resizing a batch of 9mm brass, about 800 or so. Probably run a few batches of rifle brass through the tumbler before the Super Bowl game.

Pacomdiver
02-03-2019, 11:32 AM
im gonna size at least 1k of the lee 120 tc that i have cast up so far, more if i dont get tired and maybe powder coat them

Pacomdiver
02-03-2019, 07:00 PM
i sized a whole #10 can full of the 120 tc bullets to 356, and powder coated about 1100 of them, still have about 550 left to coat

b2lee
02-05-2019, 11:35 AM
Today, I arrived at a place I haven't been at in over 10 years. I finished loading about 300 5.56, 12 9mm, 10 45ACP, and 1 8mm Mauser.....and now I have ZERO brass available for reloading. I mailed out my last available trade today and don't even have anything to trade at the moment...however...I guess I'll take down some 270Win, 338WM, and 44spl to have some brass and bullets to trade.

lightman
02-07-2019, 02:28 AM
I just acquired 2 20mm ammo cans of odd 9mm brass that I'll start depriming and tumbling. I expect that there will be 380's and 9X18's mixed in as well. This should keep me off the streets for a while!

lightman
02-08-2019, 04:51 AM
Its 22 here this morning so I'll probably build a fire for Mama and the Cat and retire to the loading room to size and lube the 45-70 bullets that I cast Wednesday. I started depriming 2 20mm ammo cans of 9mm yesterday and may start tumbling those after while.

Mbaker78
02-08-2019, 03:09 PM
I have a dedicated turret for depriming for the loadmaster for pistol calibers, so I can just dump a bunch in the case collator and give it a shake to fill the tubes and start cranking away. Then they go into the tumbler before being hand primed for a final trip through the loadmaster.

I did 500 or so 40s&w and 250 or so 45acp in pretty short order once I got the bugs worked out of the press.

As for what I’ve done lately, nothing, been working and trying to stay warm and dry. Hopefully soon I can get some electric set up in the garage to try casting some bullets for 40.

b2lee
02-09-2019, 11:10 AM
Pulling bullets on some Winchester SUperX Win270...with the 150gr soft tips....man...these things hold 56.8 grains of what I suspect is their WinMag proprietary powder....that is a lot of powder in that case.

Pacomdiver
02-09-2019, 11:18 AM
im dedicating one of the work benches that i had my reloading stuff at to casting, i have the lead pot and other stuff including the molds on the shelf. i put a dryer vent thru the wall and got a 6in duct fan to suck the fumes from the lead pot outside

lightman
02-10-2019, 06:32 AM
That sounds like a nice set up. My job for today is probably going to be keeping a fire going for Mama and Missy, my 14 year old rescue Cat. I may work on depriming that other 20mm ammo can of 9mm's. It took me 3 or so days to work through that other one.

Pacomdiver
02-10-2019, 01:09 PM
really wish i could post the pics of the bench, but every time i try, it uploads to 100% then says "upload has failed"

lightman
02-14-2019, 11:55 AM
Samo samo, depriming brass, tumbling brass and sorting brass. I'm down to about a 20mm ammo can of 9mm's. I think those little suckers breed!

lightman
02-15-2019, 04:20 AM
Back to depriming and tumbling brass. I should finish with those 9mm's today. I'm finding some odd stuff mixed in with them, 32 autos, 9 X 18's, 38 S&W and a few 40's. Just like a box of chocolate!

WarEagleEd
02-17-2019, 04:30 PM
I received the missing parts and instructions for my RCBS APS hand priming tool in the mail yesterday, so I fooled around with it a little today. I took out the large primer seater using the little removal tool and then replaced it. Other than getting some of the strips I ready to try out this hand primer.

I also looked over some range brass that I have in preparation for trading them.

tsubaki
02-18-2019, 03:49 AM
really wish i could post the pics of the bench, but every time i try, it uploads to 100% then says "upload has failed"
The pixel count is the likely problem.
Back away from the subject and then zoom in on it.
The picture will be a little grainy but you won't have to resize to get a lesser pixel count.

lightman
02-18-2019, 04:03 AM
Tumbled and sorted 4 batches of 9mm cases yesterday and will start again today after breakfast. 4 batches made a dent in a 20mm ammo can but I still have a few days to go! I'm still finding the stray 380 or 9 X 18 mixed in.

b2lee
02-18-2019, 02:45 PM
From recent trades...today was .308 day. Lubed, sized, and then trimmed about 400 pieces of brass...then primed 200 of them and I've loaded 100 with some 175SMK's and 44.8gr of Varget seated to a depth my gun loves. I should have all of them done before going to bed. Tomorrow will be 45ACP day. I have about 500 pieces of 45ACP brass to process and load tomorrow.

It is taking me a little longer today with the 308...due to the fact I'm mic'ing every step, every piece...weighing each charge....weighing each brass...weighing each bullet...This weekend I intend to have a nice sit down data session at the shooting bench. Hopefully come warm weather...I'll be ready to at least not embarrass myself at 1000+ yards.

WarEagleEd
02-18-2019, 08:19 PM
I didn't do this in the reloading room, but I made it to the range today and shot a friend's new Glock G42. I put 100 rounds through it. It's accurate, but I did have 1 failure to feed and 3 failures to extract. I don't know how much of this is due to it being new or perhaps I was limp-wristing some shots, as it has been a while since I have shot one of these small .380s. We also shot a SIG P239. I put 56 rounds through it myself. Four of those 56 were my reloads (I didn't want to shoot anymore because I didn't have my chronograph on hand to check velocities). I had good luck recovering my brass, too, finding all but 4 pieces.

lightman
02-19-2019, 05:58 AM
There is rain and T'storms forecast all day here so I'll probably tend the fire and mess with those 9mm's again. Tumble, dry, sort, over and over. When I finish these 9mm's I have 38's and 357's to do and then I think my brass stash will be in order!

b2lee
02-19-2019, 08:23 AM
I was going to load some 45acp today...but finally opened the email from aimsurplus and saw they had amend2 M2 5.56 30rd mags on sale for $6.95...show room sale only....so...showered...now I gotta get in the car for the 45mile journey north to buy 20 of them....plus some fat50 cans to store my recent loads in...and hell...while I'm out..I'll swing by Cabelas and pick up some more Varget...so primers....and see what else I can throw money at.

Oh...and in the parking lot...I'll get me a burger from johnny rockets....they taste like what steak and shake used to taste like back in the day....

So...not much in the loading room....because I'll be in the car most of the day.

lightman
02-20-2019, 04:21 AM
Back to tumbling 9mm's today. I did 4 loads yesterday, about 4800, and hope to do that many today. Man there are a lot of different headstamps in 9mm!

Mbaker78
02-20-2019, 11:46 AM
If I knew you’d be that close, we could’ve met up for that trade :p

Got in another batch of parts from Lee, so I’ll likely swap out the last couple worn items on the loadmaster that need replaced. Then this weekend I plan on making a serious attempt at getting a casting bench set up in the garage.

WarEagleEd
02-20-2019, 07:13 PM
I did a dry run with the RCBS APS strip loader to see just how it works.

So what's this primer tape they speak of in the instructions?

Mbaker78
02-21-2019, 01:48 AM
I did a dry run with the RCBS APS strip loader to see just how it works.

So what's this primer tape they speak of in the instructions?

It’s the large white stickers that come with new packs of strips. You can fit 4 strips on one sticker, if you so choose.

It’s debatable whether they actually do any good. I just use them to keep track of the loaded strips.

lightman
02-22-2019, 01:17 AM
Not in the loading room but I'll sort a bucket of wheel weights that showed up in my driveway yesterday. I'll probably take a couple dozen donuts by the tire shop early this morning for the guys. I'm probably past the point where I need them but free lead, delivered, ain't to be sneezed at!

Mbaker78
02-22-2019, 01:41 PM
Well, I’m trying to build up a collection of lead for when I finally start casting. If you want to share the wealth ;)

b2lee
02-22-2019, 03:11 PM
Mbaker78 I can always hook you up with some lead muffins for a trade in brass....I need to head up to Cabelas soon anyway.

lightman
02-24-2019, 07:13 AM
Starting off a lazy Sunday but I've already put a batch of brass in the tumbler. Really hoping to finish the 9mm today. Been working on them a couple of weeks and I'm about ready to move on to something else!

lightman
03-03-2019, 06:58 AM
Absolutely nothing for a few days. :( We are starting a kitchen remodel tomorrow and I've been busy emptying cabinets and toting boxes down to the spare bedrooms. I've always felt fortunate that I have a dedicated loading room in the house but its close enough to the kitchen that its going to catch some of the overflow for a few weeks. :(

I'm hoping to come in under budget enough to build some cabinets in my room. I have a nice sturdy bench but I'm lacking in the storage area.

lightman
03-13-2019, 05:21 AM
Nothing lately. My loading room caught some of the overflow from the kitchen remodel and I don't have enough room to move around in there.

I have a buddy coming over this morning to cast. We cast in my shop and I leave the melting pot and hot plate on the work bench.

WarEagleEd
03-13-2019, 06:55 PM
I mounted my Redding T-7 press to a board for subsequent clamping to my reloading bench. That is all I have done lately.

b2lee
03-13-2019, 08:23 PM
I was soooo bored that I took 5k rounds of 40 S&W and ran them back through a 100 round shockbottle to both gauge them and to double check my count listed on a sheet in my ammo boxes.

I put vinyl caliber stickers on my ammo cans...that took all of 5mins.
I cleaned off the work bench...as in Murphy's Oil and a rag...now that is being bored.

WarEagleEd
03-18-2019, 08:02 PM
I was processing some .45 ACP brass for reloading before I left for my deployment. When I got back I couldn't remember if I had sized them or not and I left no notes. I looked them over today and found one dented case mouth, so I don't think they have been sized. I plan on doing that this weekend, but I'll see how that goes.

Mbaker78
03-19-2019, 01:59 AM
I’m off the next 7 days, so hopefully I’ll get some loading and unloading done, now that the weather is somewhat decent.

I can finally start in on the box of 223/5.56 brass (roughly 1200 pcs) that needs sized and trimmed, it’ll be a good chance to put the frankford arsenal trim and prep center though it’s paces.

Going to mount my new scope on the 308 tomorrow, and take my son out to test and sight in his AR that he built himself. Should be a decent week off work.

b2lee
03-19-2019, 06:03 AM
I'll actually be at the range today. I need to shoot and record data on a lot of stuff I've reloaded this month. 300blk 150 plated subsonic, 300blk 165gr subsonic, 308 168gr bthp, 9mm 124gr jhp, 9mm 124gr powder coated, 40S&W 180gr jhp, 40S&W 180gr powder coated, 40S&W 185 gr swaged jhp from 9mm brass, 45acp 230gr JHP, 8mm mauser hunting load, and finally a lot of testing on my 22lr to .224 bullets that I swaged. Need to make sure I can run at the speeds I want and not have jacket seperation.

b2lee
03-19-2019, 07:02 PM
5+ hours of shooting today...over 800 rounds...wow..I am super happy...now I have something to reload :)

Mbaker78
03-19-2019, 08:05 PM
I took my son out to test and sight in his AR. It doesn’t cycle, so I have to troubleshoot the gas system and see what’s going on :/

Maybe later tonight I’ll mount my scope so I can get it to the range Saturday.

WarEagleEd
03-23-2019, 09:19 PM
I cleaned some LC .30-06 brass. I planned on going to the range today, but I didn't make it.

Mbaker78
03-24-2019, 05:13 AM
I’m planning a range trip today, I want to see how the new scope does on the 308.

lightman
03-25-2019, 05:03 AM
Unfortunately nothing. Still have the overflow stuff from the kitchen remodel stashed in my room. Having withdrawal symptoms! I have picked up some brass and I'm trying to get a buddy or two together to smelt some scrap lead. If it will just quit raining!

Mbaker78
03-25-2019, 07:39 AM
Didn’t make it to the range due to a serious lack of sleep. But I did end up sizing somewhere around 1000 pieces of 223, sorted them to see what needs trimmed, now they’re ready to go into the tumbler (or be trimmed first).

I decided to try sizing on the pro1000, it does seem to speed things up pretty well.

Mbaker78
04-06-2019, 08:13 PM
Got all of the brass trimmed and tumbled, it looks like my prep time is right around 20 seconds a case from fired dirty to ready to prime and load.

Finally made it to the range to unload some ammo, turns out my last batch of 40s&w wasn’t seated deep enough (about 10-15 thousandths too long) and jam every shot. Hopefully I can just bump them down with the seating die.

My once good subsonic load for 300aac now doesn’t cycle since the barrel change, it’s ejecting the spent case but not picking up the next one. But at least they seem to be stabilizing, so I’ll try them with the can and see if that helps them cycle.

My 308 shot beautifully with the new scope. And the 223 shot extremely well, getting a few 2” groups at 100 yards with just a red dot.

Now I have a bunch of brass to sort...

b2lee
04-14-2019, 08:24 AM
Today I'm swaging 40S&W 185 xtp jhp's using some 9mm brass that have about 10 reloads on them. I got about 100 done and my goal is 500 due to the fact I'm completely out of 40S&W bullets. I also have some 380's that I may still use the 125gr lead bullet and produce some hp's that have a lead tip exposed and be a few grains lighter than 185.

I've been doing these particular boolits for about 10 years now and they hit like a mule on pcp. I'm using an old CH swage die...but also using a BTSniper cup base, BTSniper XTP die, a Lee Die converted to a seater die...and a Lee Die converted to dome over the XTP cut to soften the edges. I may...or may not use the cannaeure tool to make them look cool. I use a Hornady taper crimp die after loading to smooth out the mouth flaring for guaranteeing proper function in my semi auto.

It is a lot of work...but fun and rewarding...those that do this type of stuff understand.

b2lee
04-14-2019, 04:22 PM
I ended up doing a shallow XTP cut and a nice roll over on the base...made 500+ today...I like the nickle plated ones the best...here are two of them

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lightman
04-15-2019, 07:54 AM
Nothing much lately! Hopefully the contractors will finish up our kitchen remodel today and I can get rid of the overflow that found its way into my room. I did sort through a large styrofoam cup of brass and another large cup of wheel weights that a friend brought over. Most of the brass ended up in the scrap bucket but most of the weights were lead. Networking works!

Did I mention withdrawal symptoms?

DukeInFlorida
04-16-2019, 06:36 PM
The 40's that I make on BT Snipers tool set are best at 165 grain bullet weight. In my mind, and according to lots of police development data, that's the ultimate 40 bullet weight. In order to get them to form the best, I have to cut my 9mm luger cases down in length to get the cores to fill out properly. I use a 105 grain (380 auto cast bullet as the core) I find that cutting them to the same length as the 380 auto (.680") does the forming perfectly. I did that rather than use 380 auto cases directly. The 105 gr core, plus the cut down 9mm case yields a sweet 165 grain swaged .40 bullet.

While the nickel plating is pretty, it's a little tougher on your lands and grooves. I use plain brass that is fully annealed, and then formed. Longer barrel life that way.

I use a pristine (never been used for lead) Lee dipper style casting pot for the annealing. Get it glowing for about 10 minutes, than drop into a bucket with water to cool down enough to handle. Then SS pin tumbled to get that scale and crap off the cases prior to doing my swaging.

I also make bazillions (that is a word, right?) of 45 acp bullets, made from .40 S&W cases as the donor jackets. My target weight for those is 230 grains. Same process, anneal, SS pin clean, and then swaging operations.

BTW, get yourself one of Chuckbuster's Cannelure tools (he's a vendor sponsor at castboolits). He calls it the UCT. It does sweet work of making a nice cannelure for crimping your swaged bullets into. I was involved in the original design of his cannelure tool, and can tell you it beats anything else out there on the market.
Link: http://castboolits.gunloads.com/forumdisplay.php?206-Chuckbuster



Today I'm swaging 40S&W 185 xtp jhp's using some 9mm brass that have about 10 reloads on them. I got about 100 done and my goal is 500 due to the fact I'm completely out of 40S&W bullets. I also have some 380's that I may still use the 125gr lead bullet and produce some hp's that have a lead tip exposed and be a few grains lighter than 185.

I've been doing these particular boolits for about 10 years now and they hit like a mule on pcp. I'm using an old CH swage die...but also using a BTSniper cup base, BTSniper XTP die, a Lee Die converted to a seater die...and a Lee Die converted to dome over the XTP cut to soften the edges. I may...or may not use the cannaeure tool to make them look cool. I use a Hornady taper crimp die after loading to smooth out the mouth flaring for guaranteeing proper function in my semi auto.

It is a lot of work...but fun and rewarding...those that do this type of stuff understand.

b2lee
04-17-2019, 02:37 AM
I have an old CH Cannelure Tool that I use. The Chuckbuster looks better.

I anneal the same way...with my second Lee pot. I was using a fireplace popcorn popper for the longest time.

On cutting down the 9mm brass...what kind of jig do you use to cut it down with? Something like the one we all use to cut 5.56 brass down to 300blk? I've been wanting to do that since the 185's take up so much of my case capacity and I have to really mindful of my charge weights.

Also, I need to get me a 40S&W to 45ACP die...been wanting one for years but other projects get in the way.

I have a set of Corbin dies for making 22lr into 5.56 projectiles. And yes...I made a Bazillion of those.

Mbaker78
04-17-2019, 05:22 AM
Duke, a neat little caveat to those weights is that I have a load worked up using the exact same charge of HP-38 for both the 165gr 40 and the 230gr 45. Mind you, this is with xtreme HPs though, so it might be different. Just thought I’d point it out ;)

b2lee
04-19-2019, 03:05 PM
Since it was raining all day....on my day off....I decided to pour some 230gr 45ACP semi wadcutters....new mold...took about 10 pours to get them looking good...but they turned out great....going to powder coat them and load them up tomorrow...only did about 300...my attention span went away and went on to do something else....SQUIRREL!!! ...and I'm gone...heh

b2lee
04-21-2019, 06:24 PM
Got bored in the afternoon and fired the lead pot up again... this time some 240gr boolits to feed the 45ACP. Poured 366 before my hands got tired of holding a six cavity. Sized, 1 coat powder coat, and sized again....loaded up a handful...will get the rest tomorrow night.

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Mbaker78
04-22-2019, 09:01 AM
I think I have the 2 cavity version of that mold, but still haven’t cast anything yet. Do they feed and shoot well?

b2lee
04-22-2019, 04:21 PM
I have a S&W M&P 45...and the 9mm...and the 40S&W...and the 22LR pistol...heh..the whole family...but anyway...on that 45 the feed ramp is a very nice smooth scoop and yes..they feed great due to that...I guess they shoot well...I suck at handgun...I can hit a person sized target at 20 yards...so it's all good...I'm more of a long long long range rifle guy.

Mbaker78
04-22-2019, 06:43 PM
I have the full size M&P40 and the 45 shield. Both are fantastic pistols, but most of the 45acp will probably be fired from a Springfield 1911.

lightman
04-26-2019, 02:36 AM
Our kitchen remodel is done and I hope to get back into the loading room after while. I was working my way through 2 20mm ammo cans of 9mm's when we started on the kitchen and didn't quite get through with them. I've got about 2 tumbler loads left to do. I've been wet tumbling them and sorting by head stamp and my whole floor is covered in coffee cans of 9mm's. I have found a bunch of 380's and a few 9 X 18's in the mix.

lightman
04-28-2019, 10:55 AM
I'll spend the afternoon depriming, tumbling and sorting brass. I have one more batch of 9mm brass left to do from those 2 20mm ammo cans that I started on a while back. Then a few 40's and 45's.

b2lee
04-28-2019, 11:36 AM
Sounds good lightman....I've been in the shop pouring cores for 224. Earlier today I annealed about 2k pieces of 22lr brass that I de-rimmed yesterday....was more of a wash/anneal/de-rim/wash procedure. This afternoon I'll swage the cores and maybe even get around to core seating them. Off tomorrow, so I'll finish up with about 2k bullets....just had a small bin of 22lr brass and wanted to get it processed.

I still need to pour about 1k 9mm 124gr'ers....and about 2k 240gr 45Auto. If I get real bored this week...I'll pour some 230gr .308's for some subsonic 300blk.

lightman
04-29-2019, 07:58 AM
Woo Hoo!!! I finally finished up those two 20mm ammo cans of 9mm brass that I've been working on for so long! I deprimed, tumbled, sorted all of them and then resized the ones that I plan to keep. Sometimes I think the little buggers breed if not kept separated. I also culled the berdan primed ones, any cases with severe bulges or dents and any that did not polish up well. I found several 380's mixed in and a few 9 X 18's. Now, on to the next project!

b2lee
04-29-2019, 08:22 AM
heh...if they did breed....I'd put a few of each caliber in a warm and soft ammo can in a dimly lit area and let them get to making babies. If I put a 45 and a 9mm in a can...will I get some baby 40's?

Today...I must drive up to Cabela's and look around...get out of the house...and maybe find some Varget, H1000, RL26, and maybe some primers. Then maybe tomorrow in the reloading room I can load up about 1k 5.56, a handful of 308 and 8mm....and start working on a 300PRC load.

lightman
05-03-2019, 06:21 AM
Yesterday I deprimed, tumbled and sorted brass. I also went through my "odd" box looking for a selection of stuff to send to a new collector on another forum. Today and tomorrow I'll start loading some 223 ammo.

Happyguy
05-04-2019, 10:18 PM
Sized, trimmed some 30 Carbine, 300 Blackout and 308, cleaned sorted and put them in zip lock bags, probably 2-3 thousand pieces of brass. Loaded up some 308 and 6.5 Creedmoor. Finally throated the 45 AR and got it running great. Now I have about 3-4 thousand 223 to size, trim and clean.

Mbaker78
05-05-2019, 05:41 PM
I really like the frankford arsenal trim and prep center for 223. It’s alright for 300aac, but you almost have to use pliers or something to hold the cases.

I haven’t really done much of anything, reloading or otherwise, the last few days. We had to have my favorite dog put to sleep Friday and it has hit me pretty hard. I’m starting to feel a bit better, so I might make it to the bench sometime soon.

b2lee
05-05-2019, 05:44 PM
Sorry to hear that Mbaker78.

Happyguy
05-05-2019, 06:41 PM
Mat, sorry to hear about your dog, they are so much a part of the family. I believe that they own us, not the other way around. David

lightman
05-05-2019, 06:54 PM
Yes, sorry to hear about your dog. They earn a spot in our heart thats hard to fill.

SafetyJoe
05-07-2019, 10:53 AM
Sorry to hear about your loss. I had to put down my 10 year old german shepherd last year after he developed a degenerative neurological disease called degenerative myelopathy. It causes the loss of movement of his back legs. I bought him an expensive wheelchair and he lasted another 8 months, but when he started to get bed sores on his hips I knew I had to put him to rest. It's really tough. I still think about him every day and I often have dreams about him.

https://i.imgur.com/ly5dBWv.jpg

https://i.imgur.com/mS8jWBi.jpg

When I'm gone, release me, let me go.
You mustn't tie yourself to me with tears.
You can only guess how much you gave me in happiness.
Grieve for me a while, if you grieve you must then let your grief be comforted by trust.
And then when you must come this way alone,
I'll greet you with a lick and bark, "Welcome Home."

Mashuga
05-07-2019, 11:14 AM
I don't post often but I do check this site regularly. I can appreciate what you feel Mbaker and SafetyJoe. Last year we had to put our 17 year old Springer down. He was my buddy and we went on many tromps in the field after birds. I miss him still.

"The one absolutely unselfish friend that man can have in this selfish world, the one that never deserts him, the one that never proves ungrateful or treacherous, is his dog."

Mbaker78
05-09-2019, 04:12 AM
Thanks everyone for the kind thoughts and words. Though I know we’re not supposed to have favorites, he was definitely my favorite of the pack. We think he was a Malamute and Great Pyrenees mix, but we aren’t sure, the rescue we got him from said he was a wooly coat husky but the fact that he was 125lbs makes that hard to believe. He was the largest, yet the most laid back of the group, and I miss him terribly.

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Left to right: Armani, malamute/great pyrnees (passed); Makia, Akita/husky (11 years old); Barrett, unknown mix (5 years old, named after the football player, not the gun unfortunately); Lala, full blooded german shepherd (3 years old next month, named by a 4 year old in her previous family)

lightman
05-09-2019, 04:47 AM
Well it started raining yesterday and stormed most of the night. Everything around here is good and wet! I'll spend most of the day in the loading room. I've got to go through my odd loaded cartridges and send a package off to a new collector on another site. I need to finish loading enough 223's for a Prairie Dog hunt. And I need to get out to the shop and finish digging through 3 buckets of mixed lead type. I promised a member on yet another board that I would look for a few letters that he needs for a personal project. Its kind of fun looking at all of the odd letters but its hard on the ole finger tips!

b2lee
05-09-2019, 05:04 AM
Well it seems it will rain today in N. KY...so I'll load up some 223. Yesterday I cranked out a few thousand boolits I swage'd from 22lr. Some 60gr I made from a set of Corbin dies. I only have about 500 pieces of 5.56 Lake City brass remaining...I should finish that up today and maybe start pouring some more 45 Auto....or 9mm until I finish loading the few thousand pieces of brass I have in each caliber.

It's funny....a few months ago I was completely caught up...I had zero pieces of brass to reload...and then after a few trades and a few trips to the range...I'm over whelmed again.

b2lee
05-13-2019, 08:58 AM
Pouring 124gr 9mm, 230gr .308 for 300blk subsonic, 45 Auto.....powdercoating everything.....sizing....and then load everything up.

My goal today is to not have a single piece of loadable brass remaining...

My goal tomorrow is to go to the range and make more reloadable brass :)

lightman
05-19-2019, 06:24 AM
I haven't done much in a week or so. I've been working on getting some Sunflowers planted for the Dove Hunt that I host in September and we have been at the Ball Park a lot on weekends. The oldest Grandson in on a couple of different teams.

But I got to get busy this week. I'm leaving out Saturday on a Prairie Dog hunt and could stand having a few hundred more loaded rounds.

I did get the ground worked up, sprayed and planted Friday. Just in time to catch some rain! Yea!!!

Mbaker78
05-19-2019, 12:08 PM
I finally sorted through the brass from my range trip a few weeks back. I am starting to think that it actually does mate I have almost another quart baggie full of 9mm, and I don’t even own anything in 9mm...

Maybe this is the sign to convert my M&P40 to 9mm and build a 9mm AR.

b2lee
05-19-2019, 12:32 PM
I finally sorted through the brass from my range trip a few weeks back. I am starting to think that it actually does mate I have almost another quart baggie full of 9mm, and I don’t even own anything in 9mm...

Maybe this is the sign to convert my M&P40 to 9mm and build a 9mm AR.

Just buy a 9mm barrel. With the M&P 40 you can simply drop in a new barrel and run the same magazines...everything works great except that last round may not feed....depends on the mag though. I run my 9mm 124gr truncated cone powder coated bullets in my M&P 40 with a simple barrel change....and they run great. Super cheap too.

I technically don't currently own a 9mm...but I've shot over 1k rounds of 9mm through the 40 this year...and I've loaded up maybe....5k rounds of 9mm in the last few weeks. I still have a few thousand 9mm brass that I may load...or use as jackets for my 40 S&W BTSniper swaged boolits.

My three day weekend has consisted of shooting a lot of 9mm, 40S&W, 45ACP, 300blk, 308Win, 5.56, and 8mm....I think I may have to go buy more primers next week....completely out of SPP...except for 100 magnums....completely out of LPP....and almost out of SRP....but I have a crap ton of LRP.

WarEagleEd
05-19-2019, 08:46 PM
I added a picatinny rail mount to a friend's AR so he can mount a Caldwell brass catcher to it and easily recovery his brass. .223/5.56 brass is pretty easy to find at the range, but he wants to recover and use the brass fired from his gun. I think he's going to convert some to .300 Blackout. I got to use my MTM Gun Vise for the first time, too, while putting on the mount.

DukeInFlorida
05-24-2019, 08:05 AM
Note regarding using 5.56 NATO brass for 300 blackout:

300 Blackout spec calls for neck thickness to be .015".

300 Blackout brass can be made by cutting down 5.56 NATO brass. ONLY 5.56 Nato brass is made with the sidewalls (in the area where the cut is) at .015" . Commercial 223 Remington is thinner in that area, running .011" to .013". So, commercial brass will nver meet the spec for 300 Blackout. Therefore, only ever use 5.56 NATO head stamped brass for making 300 Blackout.



I added a picatinny rail mount to a friend's AR so he can mount a Caldwell brass catcher to it and easily recovery his brass. .223/5.56 brass is pretty easy to find at the range, but he wants to recover and use the brass fired from his gun. I think he's going to convert some to .300 Blackout. I got to use my MTM Gun Vise for the first time, too, while putting on the mount.

Mbaker78
05-26-2019, 04:00 AM
Every time I go to my local cabelas they’re completely out of CCI SR primers (400?)

b2lee
05-26-2019, 05:36 AM
Every time I go to my local cabelas they’re completely out of CCI SR primers (400?)

heh...I hope you didn't go to my Cabelas...I just cleaned them out of CCI SRP, LRP, LPP, and SPP...

Anything that goes through the progressive press gets CCI...they machine the best...with the vibratory primer tube filler....the CCIs are flawless...the Federal Match....not so much.

SafetyJoe
05-26-2019, 04:53 PM
Every time I go to my local cabelas they’re completely out of CCI SR primers (400?)

Since bass pro took over cabelas a lot of things have changed. I haven't seen any primers at my local cabelas in almost a year.
CCI has a 20% rebate going on. I bought a bunch of CCI primers at a local gun shop for $30 per brick and then sent off to get the 20% rebate. You can also get the 20% rebate from online orders too. It's a yearly rebate that federal does this time of year. Here's a link to that info https://promotions.vistaoutdoor.com/EN/US/Promo/20/120/EntryForm

Mbaker78
05-27-2019, 01:54 PM
heh...I hope you didn't go to my Cabelas...I just cleaned them out of CCI SRP, LRP, LPP, and SPP...

Anything that goes through the progressive press gets CCI...they machine the best...with the vibratory primer tube filler....the CCIs are flawless...the Federal Match....not so much.

I’m guessing you go to west chester, I usually go to the one on Wilmington pike unless the wife drags me to ikea.

I hand prime everything anymore since I switched to an APS tool.

Mbaker78
05-27-2019, 01:56 PM
Since bass pro took over cabelas a lot of things have changed. I haven't seen any primers at my local cabelas in almost a year.
CCI has a 20% rebate going on. I bought a bunch of CCI primers at a local gun shop for $30 per brick and then sent off to get the 20% rebate. You can also get the 20% rebate from online orders too. It's a yearly rebate that federal does this time of year. Here's a link to that info https://promotions.vistaoutdoor.com/EN/US/Promo/20/120/EntryForm

I’ll probably eventually break down and buy 5k online. Just have to get some money saved up first.

b2lee
05-27-2019, 02:17 PM
I’m guessing you go to west chester, I usually go to the one on Wilmington pike unless the wife drags me to ikea.

I hand prime everything anymore since I switched to an APS tool.

Yep...I drive the 45mins or so up there to West Chester. I hand prime my accuracy stuff...for plinking and 300blk...it's going to either get the Hornady LNL AP or the Lee Bench Primer.... the 308 comp rifle gets the hornady hand prime....but the 300PRC is going to get a Sinclair hand primer dedicated to it....can't wait to get my barreled action back and start some load development. I have to get my skill set back up to the point where I can actually start testing primers and see a difference from one brand/lot to the next. Right now, my shooting skills have diminished to the point where I doubt seating depth experiments would do me much good ;)

lightman
05-31-2019, 04:48 PM
Not much. Just got back from a Prairie Dog hunt and unloaded the truck. Sorted my empties out from some loaded rounds that got mixed up and deprimed them.

lightman
06-08-2019, 05:20 AM
Just sorted through a large cup of range brass. Looks like a lot of it is headed for the scrap bucket and I deprimed the keepers. I about have enough scrap to sell. I also have enough wheel weights for a smelt and I'm waiting on a buddy to have a day off to help. I'll add the clips to the stuff headed to the scrap yard. I had over 600# of clips the last time I made a run.

b2lee
06-08-2019, 04:22 PM
poured about 1k of the Lee 230gr truncated cones in 45acp....in the process of powder coating them now....need to get by the range and do some actual shooting...but the weather on my off days has been horrific....plus I work about 72 hours a week.

DukeInFlorida
06-09-2019, 10:32 AM
I NEVER sell my scrap brass. I always trade with the scrap dealer, for LEAD! He's happy to get the lead off his property, and I always get a great exchange rate.



Just sorted through a large cup of range brass. Looks like a lot of it is headed for the scrap bucket and I deprimed the keepers. I about have enough scrap to sell. I also have enough wheel weights for a smelt and I'm waiting on a buddy to have a day off to help. I'll add the clips to the stuff headed to the scrap yard. I had over 600# of clips the last time I made a run.

Mbaker78
06-09-2019, 11:35 AM
I always trade with the scrap dealer, for LEAD!

I plan on doing the same thing when I have enough to make it worth the trip. Right now I have 3 1lb coffee cans full of spent primers and a bunch of the neck cutoffs from making 300aac, along with a few pounds of miscellaneous damaged brass. I’ll probably take them once I finish off this next coffee can of primers.