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I started depriming and tumbling .45 acp. It was....fun.

I bought an RCBS powder dispenser with scale.

I'm so fucked aren't I?


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I started depriming and tumbling .45 acp. It was....fun.

I bought an RCBS powder dispenser with scale.

I'm so fucked aren't I?


Only if you don't have a progressive press.








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It's a slippery slope that will leave you cash poor and ammo rich. :thumbsup2:


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On the bright side your right arm is going to get so tone.


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On the bright side your right arm is going to get so tone.




Much like your left used to be!


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Oldandcranky1 wrote:
It's a slippery slope that will leave you cash poor and ammo rich. :thumbsup2:

In a SHTF scenario, those with ammo and tabacco are rich! icon_eek

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Sportsdad60, I vote that we need to change the title of this thread to something like, "What did you do in the world of reloading today?" so we're not restricted to actual loading of cartridges, and at night. :bigsmile:

About a week ago, American Reloading had a sale (shocker!) that included 25% off rifle projectiles, so I took a chance and bought 1500 of their 168/175-grain Sierra MatchKing pulled bullet mix. That's right, these are pulled bullets and they're a mix of 168 and 175 grain. I'm not sure why it's so damned hard to keep the 168 and 175 grain ammo separate as you're pulling the bullets, but apparently it's beyond someone's capabilities so they wind up with a shitty mix that requires sorting.

The sale price was 17.4 cents/bullet, which is less than half the price of new . . . hence its attraction for me.

Lemme tell ya, the 168 and 175 grain bullets look damn near identical, so they're tough to sort. Fortunately(?), it turned out that the vast majority of them were 168 grain, so that made it easier. I put five at a time on the scale; if it read 840 grains, then I dumped them in the 168 grain box. If it read 847 grains, then I had to find the intruder . . . .

Here's a test. There are four 168 grain bullets and one 175 grain bullet. Which one is the 175 grain?

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See the boat tail area of the bullet? The 175 grain bullet has an ever-so-slightly longer boat tail, and when you get them side-by-side you can, well, sometimes tell the difference. It's still damned hard!


Once I had them all sorted, I only had 74 of the 175 grain bullets; the rest were 168 grain. At first I was a little disappointed because I use mostly 175 grain for my .308, but this may actually be a good thing since I can probably use the 168 grainers for stuff like .30-06 and 7.5 Swiss.

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And here are the 175 grain bullets after being separated:

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These bullets generally look pretty good to me. Some have some sealant on them, as you can see. Some have small little dents in the case mouth area, but I don't think they'll be a problem. All in all, I'm expecting them to be decent shooters. thumbsup

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hard to tell the diff!
No worries on the title.

I think I bought some of those a while back. They were pulls.
I ran them through the steel pin tumber and they came out great!

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Not sure if this is the right place to post this but Jukk0u is awesome. Came over to help me build a work bench for the press I just bought to finally get into reloading and ended up building the thing for me while I ate pizza and watched. It’s not quite done yet but I’m very happy with it and can’t wait to get my setup on Friday!


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Not sure if this is the right place to post this but Jukk0u is awesome.


There's no place for that here. :ROFLMAO:

That bench looks GREAT!

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Not sure if this is the right place to post this but Jukk0u is awesome.


There's no place for that here. :ROFLMAO:

That bench looks GREAT!


Haha, so I’ve heard.

The bench is going to be perfect. I really can’t wait to start loading some 300 blackout and 308. Sadly we got more to do on the bench before I can set up the press so it might be another week after I get it before I can actually start using it.


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Now for something different. Forming 378 Weatherby to 30/378 Weatherby. This is a 4 stage process to form and a final fireform.

The first forming die takes the case down to 340/378. The second brings it down to a fired 30/378 case size and as a final form in a standard die.


The cases are then loaded with a fairly stout load to fireform the case to proper size by firing them in the rifle. End result is a perfectly formed case.

These are loaded with 220gr SMK to 3.90 COL with only 103gr of H5010 due to the rifle not having any freebore. This is .005 off the lands for the rifle. Should be a good load with a little vertical dispersion. Max load will be somewhere in the 106gr range.

Should be a fun time at the range


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These are loaded with 220gr SMK to 3.90 COL with only 103gr of H5010 due to the rifle not having any freebore.


Um, did you say "only 103gr"?

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MadPick wrote:
Oldandcranky1 wrote:
These are loaded with 220gr SMK to 3.90 COL with only 103gr of H5010 due to the rifle not having any freebore.


Um, did you say "only 103gr"?

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Yes, a freebored rifle can get to 115gr max according to Nosler. That seems a bit hot to me.

Muzzle blast keeps the benches on either side clear. :thumbsup2:

It's about 4500 pounds of muzzle energy


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I loaded up 10 .45's. They all shot fine. Loaded up the remaining 100. Now I need more bullets.


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