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Old May 2nd, 2021, 10:42 PM #2191
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Set up a rockchucker in the garahe where I do all my brass cleaning. Put a Lee universal deprimer and am going to town on a ton of 7.62x51. Every time I walk by it I bamg out 10. My 4 year old son will come out and do a few at a time. And then once thats all deprimmed I'll get to wet tumbling and sun drying with the nice weather we have been having.

Hope to do some super nerd 270 tinkering and dialing in soon. Stay posted for that thread.
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Reloaded 45 acp with 5.5 grains of titegroup using 185 gn plated hbrn. Shoots decent enough to start cranking them out.

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Installed another inline fabrication rail over my reloading bench so now I can load up all of the Lee’s Classic turrets I got with all my dies and leave them set. Just swap turrets when I go to load a different caliber.

Downside is needs a bit of massaging. Online fabricated the turret holders a bit tight so once they are coated the turrets don’t fit. Had that on the first turret holder I got a few weeks ago. Same with all three of the new ones I got. A few minutes per holder with a small flat file cleans up the holes sufficient that the turrets fit in. Someone should tell them they need to fabricate the holes about .01-.02” larger.
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started on some mixed 9 (again), cleaned and deprimed
1 large flat rate box down about 20+ more to go
and no I didn't buy them...I'll get bored and move
on to something else..maybe 45, maybe 50 BMG
maybe 30.06.. Did I Mention I hate brass prep...

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Someone should tell them they need to fabricate the holes about .01-.02 larger.
Why don't you? Dan is always willing to help and is just an e-mail away.
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Nothing today BUT Sunday

I had some time on Sunday, reassembled my bench, to my shame, its about the same as it was when I took it apart to "Build it Better" I had big plans, posted some here. No casters made it to high, no shelves behind it, to lazy to make them, no fine hardwood for the press attachments to lazy again...
BUT... excuse, excuse, excuse, I decided to just get back to a functional if not pretty set up and begin reloading. I got it together, "cracked one of the support boards while doing it, I was supposed to replace" then installed and set up the LEE 4000, and loaded (13) .223 rounds before shutting down for the night.
Not progressively reloaded, more of a two at a time reload process. I realized during the press setup that I had installed the sizing/cap removal die incorrectly, it worked but when I pulled the handle full down, I was bottoming out against a screw that holds the spring, that pulls the brass into the press. Reset the die a little deeper and all the other dies accordingly.

This brings me to a total lifetime count of 32 reloaded rounds!
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started on some mixed 9 (again), cleaned and deprimed
1 large flat rate box down about 20+ more to go
and no I didn't buy them...I'll get bored and move
on to something else..maybe 45, maybe 50 BMG
maybe 30.06.. Did I Mention I hate brass prep...

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I don't hate brass prep because when I have tons of brass, it also means that I potentially have lots and lots of ammo...if I could ever actually find any primers.
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I don't hate brass prep because when I have tons of brass, it also means that I potentially have lots and lots of ammo...if I could ever actually find any primers.
"Potentially" is that key word. Primers, May have to get a mortgage for those, but I ain't paying the scalper prices.
I will admit, I put it off as long as possible. Switch up and change cartridges. It's amazing what you "collect" over
the decades. found some LC68 30.06 Demil brass(pull down), basically new from when Frank owned Wideners,
bags of bullets. Boxes of linotype and other goodies...see some long days / weeks of reloading in my future.
Or may wait till after the move...
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"Potentially" is that key word. Primers, May have to get a mortgage for those, but I ain't paying the scalper prices.
I will admit, I put it off as long as possible. Switch up and change cartridges. It's amazing what you "collect" over
the decades. found some LC68 30.06 Demil brass(pull down), basically new from when Frank owned Wideners,
bags of bullets. Boxes of linotype and other goodies...see some long days / weeks of reloading in my future.

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Yeah I am glad I had at least been collecting brass for a couple of years before I started reloading last January. I wish I'd scavenged the brass buckets a lot more rather than just keeping my brass and picking up the occasional interesting bit.

Heck, I don't even mind paying for it occasionally. I am pretty well stocked on most things, but more 7.62x25, 9x18 Makarov and 7.65 Browning/32acp would be really swell. Especially the 7.65 Browning/32acp. I think I've got about 250-300 pieces of Tok, 200+ of Mak and maybe only 150 of 32acp. To Tok and Mak that is about half Starline and half my range brass. The 32acp is all range brass (95% mine, I have found a few cases the last few months from others).

I can always shoot some commercial ammo to get reloading brass I guess. But Tok and Mak new brass I can still find here and there if I really needed more. Can't find 32acp brass anywhere. Especially not range brass.

Downside to the market the way it is, seems a lot fewer guys shooting, so a lot less range brass showing up for sale.

Oh well. I'll keep my eyes open. 500 pieces of range brass in 32acp would be awesome (well, or Mak or Tok) if inexpensive (like 10-15cpp depending on what it was). All the guns I have in those calibers tend to loose a few on every trip unless I very carefully setup a brass catcher on a tripod, blah, blah, blah. I'll do that when I am also hauling my chrono to test a load, but not worth the hassle otherwise usually.

A few hundred more pieces (on the cheap, well a lot cheaper than new anyway) and I'd worry myself a lot less about losing 10% each time. That's a few thousand rounds before I've lost it all and I don't shoot any of those guns nearly that much! Or, well, I do, but it'll take me more than a decade to have shot, lost some, reloaded, rinse and repeat till it was all gone.

But I'll try not to worry about it. Tok I don't have much commercial ammo, 3 boxes, but I've got about 300-350 rounds of surplus Yugo I can also shoot (and then clean my M57). 9Mak and 32acp I've got at least 500 rounds of commercial ammo each. Though the Mak is mostly steel case. But I've got at least 3-4 boxes of Geco.
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I was showing my daughter's boyfriend (they are both adults) some things in the reloading room tonight, and talking him through some things gun-related. Having been around guns literally all my life, sometimes I'm surprised at the lack of knowledge non-gun people have. He was blown away by my Lee APP and the ability to decap brass as quickly as it's capable. Then I showed him the ins and outs of military brass, how to swage a primer pocket and use a primer pocket go/no-go gauge. When discussing things like rifling - lands, grooves, twist rate...he had no idea. I was telling him about a cool video I saw from Erik Cortina that talked about why you shouldn't chase the lands/try to measure the lands, and why it's more important to know jam, touch, jump, and how to use those to find your accuracy nodes. I think it became a bit overwhelming for him.

Are we just weird that we understand things like trajectory, ballistic coefficient, bullet drop compensation, bullet types, sizing, powder types, burn rates, crimp, crimp grooves, cannelures, grains, etc?
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