What did you do in the reloading room today?

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  1. Toprudder

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    That wasn’t all mine. I was allowed to sift through it some to take what I wanted. I only took 62 lbs. I left most of the 223 and 9mm behind.
     
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    Wet tumbled some 45 Colt and 45/70 brass. :)

    I don’t have any guns in those calibers. :(

    Yet. ;)
     
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    Sold some 300blk gear and started saving 308 brass...
     
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    Wet Tumbled batches of 45 acp and 9mm. Sorted out the small PP from the 45.
     
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    Public Safety Notice for today:

    I have been reloading for many, many years; both pistol and rifle. I decided I would work up a few different loads for .308 this morning. I had already prepped my brass . I use a single stage press and a handheld primer when I am working up rifle bullets.

    I decided to do sets of 6 in different grains of IMR4064 (I have a lot of 4064 on hand so decided to use it). While hand priming, I had one that was a little tight, with some resistance, but not too bad.....so I strengthened my grip and squeezed down on it a little harder - honestly, not much more; but the primer discharged. Scared my poor dog to death that was sitting at my feet.

    This is the first primer that I have ever had discharge in all my years of reloading and hand priming. Has this every happened to any of you?

    I always wear safety glasses and have the case pointed away from me when I am hand priming; but it was a good reminder not to get lazy and always think safety.
     
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    Only when using a Lee Classic Hand Loader kit (whack a mole) and deliberately as a demonstration.

    CD
     
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    Was it a crimped case?
     
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    Whew! That was close. That was a great deal on all you’d need to turn range pickup 223 into 300s.
     
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    Have not had it happen - yet.
     
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    My post above has got me to thinking; is it time I moved away from hand priming? what do you guys use?
     
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    I do 99% of my priming on-press. Either my Dillon 550, or Lee Classic Turret. I do have an old RCBS hand primer that I rarely use.
     
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    I prime on a single stage, cheap Lee press with the Lee ram prime. Just the way I have always done it.
     
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    Loaded up a bunch of different powder combinations trying to see if I can replicate M1 ball since IMR 1185 isn't available.
     
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    I was feeling all ‘green’ today, recycling my brass and all. So, I wet tumbled some 45acp and 44mag brass using water from the rain barrel. Then I used my solar powered brass dryer.
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    Unloaded 3000 rds of 7.62 licky split like.
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    CD
     
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    Being not fond of snakes, I loaded 50 rounds of 38 snake shot. Do not plan on shooting any solid color snakes or any that want to get away. Just the ones with rattlers on the tail and or diamond shape heads. Have too many grand kids around with their dogs. So far, the last 3 times cutting the grass up there I did see any snakes except crossing the road to get there.
     
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    And you did not save the projectiles?
     
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    This week; Primed 9mm and used all the spp I had. Loaded about 200 rounds of 9mm. Ordered some 124g from Xtreme and got the shipping notice the next day. I've never seen them ship that fast... I was expecting a long wait, USPS is going to hate me.
     
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    Brass prep from my outdoor range pickups. Sorting, decapping, tumbling.
     
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    Today I thought I would tackle that pesky problem of sorting 45 large and small primer brass. I took a block of wood, drilled 50 holes 1/2” diameter. Then I drilled holes for 5mm machine screws centered in each hole, and counterbored for the heads to be below flush, on the under side of the block. The screws stick up into the bottom of the 1/2” holes, will fit inside the large primer pockets but not the small primer pockets, so any small primer brass will stand proud of the large primer cases. With the top of the 1/2” holes counterbored with a 5/8” bit, the cases will easily fall into the holes on their own, just pour brass cases on top and shake it around a bit. Pick out any cases that stand proud, they are all small primer. What are left are all large primer.
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    Loaded about 400 rds of 9mm, 147 gr yesterday. I am about to finish up all the 147 gr pills and I should have 124gr in today according to tracking info.

    I need to work up a load for 124 gr, round nose.
     
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    Loaded up and tested some 125gr 300BLK w 18.0gr H110 since 18.4gr was blowing out primers occasionally when suppressed in my 8.5”. The lighter load seems to have solved it. I was already running an ST-T2 buffer. It wasn’t an issue on my 10.5” or unsuppressed. Only lost about 40fps.
     
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    That’s a lot of work! Well thought out.

    Do you reload the small primer 45s, or just get mad at them and throw them away like I do?
     
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    I separate them but keep them in a freezer bag. I don't get enough of them to worry much. I may or may not reload them one day.
     
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    I actually prefer to use them. I don’t have to swap the primer size on my Dillon 550. And if a large primer case accidentally gets thrown in the mix, I just end up with one round missing a primer. If I were loading large primers and a small primer case shows up, things come to a screeching halt.

    I always work up new loads with large primer, since all load data are based on large primers. Once I find a good load, I switch to small primers and see how much of a difference exists. Usually there is very little difference, but with a few powders there can be a huge difference. I always use small magnum primers based on what I have observed, they come closer to large primer performance.
     
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    Pulled out my FART for the first time in a long time, probably a year.

    Tumbled a small batch of pickups from the PHA meetup a few weeks ago.
    Running some 9mm that I got from @Ikarus1
    Tomorrow will be a bunch of .223

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    working up some 308..... 61791887390__D081A560-C8EC-44C2-80C3-1EE7DC33A5E8.JPG
     
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    I finally ran out of 45 Auto cases to load. I do not think I have ever done that before. I suppose I need to start shooting some and should go FIFO if I can sort through all the 5 gallon buckets of them to find which were loaded first.
     
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    You have 5 gallon bucketS of LOADED ammo?


    I feel so inferior.
    :eek::D
     
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    0802201911.jpg When you are unable to get away from home very much for the last couple of years you tend to do things that you would not normally do. Loading ammo in large quantities is such an activity. The pictured bucket is one of 4 or 5 for 45 Auto. I have others for other chamberings. I hope to be able to get out more often and use some of it fairly soon. I just swapped out the head on my 550 so I could start working on some more 9mm Luger rounds.

    edit: I dare saw that my little pile of ammo pales in comparison to what numerous fine folks on this forum shoot in a rather short time.
     
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    As a seasoned 550 user... what is your legitimate rate of loading, assuming the press is already set up for your caliber?

    I hear people say they do 4-500 an hour, but I think that is BS, if you include having to fill primer tubes.
     
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    I am not real sure since I do not really load for speed. It is a good bit faster than with my Rockchucker. I can run through 100 primers fairly quickly but have never timed it.

    Edit: I just loaded 50 rounds of 9mm in 12 minutes once everything was set up and all the components were at hand.
     
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    Deprimed ~300 .223
    Cut crimps out of 500 .300BLK
    -RCBS mil crimp remover in FA Platinum makes it easy work.

    Have about 800 more .223 drying tonight so they’ll get worked on this week.
     
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    Yesterday I decapped and swaged about 500 223 cases, took about 1.5 hrs. Then I wet tumbled, dried, and stored for later.

    I have a 550. I can do about 400 per hour counting loading primer tubes. I only load one primer tube at a time, and use that as a short break from operating the press. I load up more cases and bullets into the bins and top off the powder if need be. I don't have a case feeder, that would speed things up a little.
     
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    After vibratory cleaning 400-500 pcs, I decap 50 pcs and then swage the primer pockets. Put those in my wet block. Spray with Hornady case lube then run them thru my 650. Rinse and repeat. I load 223/556 for something to do when I wake up in the middle of the night and can't go back to sleep. I log my rounds and I'm at 14,750 on the 650. I pick up no less than 30 pcs of brass everytime I go to SWGC and on a good day 100 pcs. I love free once fired brass.
     
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    Wow, I've had a busy day. I decapped 1000+ 308 cases and wet tumbled them (took three loads in the Frankford tumbler). Then I decapped 1000 223 cases, and have them in the queue to be wet tumbled. Then I finished sorting some range brass - Mostly 40 and 357mag, but also some 7.62x39 boxer, 10mm, 38spl, and a bunch of 9mm that were stuck inside the 40 and 10mm.
     
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    Yeah, I definitely presort 9mm, 40 and 45. They all get stuck inside each other with pins. 38 covers the mouth of 223 making the rifle rounds contain pins. I've started decapping and sorting prior to tumbling.

    Since all this craziness started in March, I've been working from home. I have made it through all my brass, decapped, tumbled and Primed until I'm out of primers.

    It's rare I get extra brass at the range I have been going to on my lunch hour.
     
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    Just too damn hot in my garage/reloading room even with a spot cooler. I only churned out 100 loaded 223 rounds.
     
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