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    So, What You Doing On The Bench Today?

    I finished up reloading 500 .45 ACP's. Need to order more .45 230 grain projectiles. Bought a new drawer thingie and have all my brass separated into different drawers by caliber. Got in two boxes of Hornady 250 grain JHP projectiles for some .45 Colt and .454 Casull. Got a pound of BL-C(2) to try out as I saw some and never used it before. Got 325 rounds of Federal Target grade .22 LR ammo while I was at the store.

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    I did this a couple weeks ago?
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    300 yards, my hand loads.
    308 win. 168SMK over IMR4064

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    Just got back in from the shop.....Machined down some brass for conversions and Hydroformed 100pcs for the 32Rem....from 30-30..

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    Was going to do some smelting and ingot creation but got rained out. Tomorrow maybe.

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    I'm in the middle of restoring a Type 38 Arisaka 6.5mm Jap "cavalry carbine" that my grandfather in-law brought back and my father in-law sporterized (read almost ruined). Did some small parts bluing and epoxied a crack in the stock, then sprayed it with amber shellac. That's after I scrubbed the rust (from neglect) from the metal and replaced the stock that had big gouges and chunks removed. "Sporterized" don't ya know.
    So, I guess I will be needing 6.5mm Jap brass. I'll have to get a post started for the trade page.
    Don't know if the shooting bench counts, but if it does, ...... 150 rounds of 22LR with a youngster and 20 rounds of 243 rem.
    All and all, a good day.
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    Grumpa,
    How's that going to work? 32 Rem is rimless and 30-30 is a rimed case?? Did you mean 32 special? And even more interesting, how do you hydroform cases. That's a new one on me and it's very intriguing. Pray tell, Si vou play! :-)

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    Just click the link(s) for pictures...

    The 32Rem... http://castboolits.gunloads.com/atta...5&d=1395962456

    225Win.... http://castboolits.gunloads.com/atta...6&d=1435950318

    Both are made from the 30-30 parent case. What I do is knock the shoulder longer through Hydroforming.

    The 225 shoulder is .090 longer than the 30-30 so I make what I need and fill the case with water, run it up in the die, insert the plunger, whack it with my brass hammer, and the shear force forces it to shape. The only other way to form them is to fire form them, and I don't own anything in most of the conversions I do....

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    Not on the bench today. But I did just order 5K of Wolf primers from Wideners at $16/1000.

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    Have a lot of 40 S&W brass on hand so decided to start reload it. Didn`t really want to start another caliber , but what the heck.Got the dies and powder last week, was waiting on the bullets from X-treme. I like their bullets but it seems to take a long time to receive them. So I`m loading up 250 -180gr 40 cal bullets one at a time on a single stage.

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    If you're on Facebook, look into sage's reloading supply. He usually has plenty of xtreme bullets on hand and will get them to you pretty much anywhere in CONUS within 2-3 days. You might pay a couple bucks more than direct, but his shipping makes up for it.

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    This is a target I shot using Precision Bullets 185 grain coated RNF bullets and HP-38 powder using a Sig Sauer P229. Precision bullets pricing includes shipping.
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    I'm in the middle of processing a couple thousand 223's to get them ready to load.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gandog56 View Post
    Not on the bench today. But I did just order 5K of Wolf primers from Wideners at $16/1000.
    So how do the would primers do? I've never used them, what do you guys think about them?

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    I pull trigger, they go BANG!
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    Also got a box of .38 158 grain XTP's, and a Redding Taper crimp die for .45 colt.

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    I've been converting .223/5.56 cases to blackout all week. Bought several different projectiles last week. Want to get a bunch made up so I can load Friday or Saturday.

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    Loading 8x52R Siamese using Trail Boss.
    Load and shoot: 6.5mm (Dutch, Jap., Carcano, Swede), 7x57, 7.35 Carcano, 7.5mm (Mas, Swiss), 303 British, 7.65x53, 7.7 Jap, 7.62x51, 30-06, 8x50R & 8x52R Siamese, 30-40 Krag, 8x57, 7.62x39, 7.62x54R, 8x 56R, 30 Carbine, 450/577 Martini
    Shoot, but don't reload: 45 ACP, 32 ACP, 380, 9x18, 9x19, 7.62x25, 7.65 Nagant, 16 guage.
    Load only: 44 Mag, 45-70, 38-40, 8mm Lebel.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LEP View Post
    Loading 8x52R Siamese using Trail Boss.
    Hmmm, I think I have some 7.7 Jap somewhere to reload.

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    My shooting buddy and I were shooting a Savage 99 in 300 Sav. yesterday that he reloaded for with Russian primers. We shot about 20 rounds. Three or four of them went off as they were suppose to. All the rest took 2 strikes and a couple of them didn't go off at all and none were light strikes. They looked like fired cases after one strike. I have read in many other post that folks are having good luck with Russian primers and I've also read that they are junk. My personal experience is that I will NOT be using unreliable Russian primers. The last thing I want is to hear just a click when I fire at a Whitetail.
    JMHO
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    Quote Originally Posted by DaveL View Post
    My shooting buddy and I were shooting a Savage 99 in 300 Sav. yesterday that he reloaded for with Russian primers. We shot about 20 rounds. Three or four of them went off as they were suppose to. All the rest took 2 strikes and a couple of them didn't go off at all and none were light strikes. They looked like fired cases after one strike. I have read in many other post that folks are having good luck with Russian primers and I've also read that they are junk. My personal experience is that I will NOT be using unreliable Russian primers. The last thing I want is to hear just a click when I fire at a Whitetail.
    JMHO
    DaveL
    I primarily shoot with CCI or Winchester primer... However I got a good deal on a load of wolf primers and loaded up a few hundred. I have had a few not make noise when the trigger was pulled. Others that looked like a light strike but would work on the second try. I agree if that trophy whitetail walked into my scope cross hairs I sure wouldn't want to worry about this issue.
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BR Bench Rest M Magnum RN Round Nose
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