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  • Harrys

    Short Round
    Jul 12, 2014
    1,515
    SOMD
    500 S&W Loads

    Sized and primed some .500 S&W magnum cases. Will be loading them with No.9 and 375grain HCFNGC that I made.
     
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    lazarus

    Active Member
    Jun 23, 2015
    8,445
    Swaged all the primer holes on my 308 and x51 brass on my way to having it all processed for reloading. Up next, trimming to length and a final tumble. Sized it all last week and the week before. Trimmed about 50 of the 800 odd cases after the swaging. I’ll probably trim 100-200 a day until done.
     

    lazarus

    Active Member
    Jun 23, 2015
    8,445
    Swaged all the primer holes on my 308 and x51 brass on my way to having it all processed for reloading. Up next, trimming to length and a final tumble. Sized it all last week and the week before. Trimmed about 50 of the 800 odd cases after the swaging. I’ll probably trim 100-200 a day until done.
     

    usa259

    Member
    Mar 11, 2015
    694
    Kydex I had. And left over rivers from holster making. I actually enjoy this working with kydex.

    Thanks John.

    Here is the the other side.
     

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    John from MD

    American Patriot
    MDS Supporter
    May 12, 2005
    15,911
    Socialist State of Maryland
    Kydex I had. And left over rivers from holster making. I actually enjoy this working with kydex.

    Thanks John.

    Here is the the other side.

    While I don't do much work with it, I have modified a few holsters using a heat gun and Chicago screws. It is easier to work with than I would have thought.
     

    Harrys

    Short Round
    Jul 12, 2014
    1,515
    SOMD
    Kydex I had. And left over rivers from holster making. I actually enjoy this working with kydex.

    Thanks John.

    Here is the the other side.

    Kydex is some neat material, I first came across it about 7 years ago. I had injured my left hand and got in a fight with a table saw dado blade the dado blade won. After rebuilding my hand, they used a plastic material the soaked in hot water to make a support cast. I asked what the material was, and they said kydex. I bought a couple of sheets in Camo last year along with black Chicago screws. Have not done anything with it yet. I have a leather sewing machine figured if I can sew saddle leather, I can sew kydex and it worked great.

    The link below is for Chicago screws for kydex.

    https://www.amazon.com/Black-Chicag...L4GSMDP/ref=pd_lpo_2?pd_rd_i=B07L4GSMDP&psc=1
     

    ToolAA

    Active Member
    MDS Supporter
    Jun 17, 2016
    8,408
    God's Country
    Kydex is some neat material, I first came across it about 7 years ago. I had injured my left hand and got in a fight with a table saw dado blade the dado blade won. After rebuilding my hand, they used a plastic material the soaked in hot water to make a support cast. I asked what the material was, and they said kydex. I bought a couple of sheets in Camo last year along with black Chicago screws. Have not done anything with it yet. I have a leather sewing machine figured if I can sew saddle leather, I can sew kydex and it worked great.

    The link below is for Chicago screws for kydex.

    https://www.amazon.com/Black-Chicag...L4GSMDP/ref=pd_lpo_2?pd_rd_i=B07L4GSMDP&psc=1


    Harry looks like unfortunately we have something in common. About 15yrs ago I got into a fight with a 1-1/2 HP router and lost. (Lost my left index finger into the metacarpal). I too remember the hand doctor making me a custom fit kydex brace which held the remaining fingers just where they were supposed to be while the pins held the bones in place.

    Do you have full use of your hand today?
     

    trickg

    Guns 'n Drums
    Jul 22, 2008
    11,760
    Glen Burnie
    I spent some time at my reloading bench fiddling with my Lee APP trying to process a bucked of 223 brass. I bent two pins on my Lee Universal decapping die - I don't know if I hit Berdan primed brass or what the deal was, but I bent them in pretty short order and didn't finish processing the bucket because I only have one decapping pin of a 3-pack left.

    I don't know if this is just bad luck, or if I'm doing something wrong.

    In any case, I switched over and started in with swaging the primer pockets, but eventually got tired of that, so I stopped - I'll maybe pick it back up this evening.

    My overall goal was get some brass prepped so that I could get a 223 toolhead set up for my Dillon 550 so that I didn't have to load single stage. I'm still not completely happy with the primer pocket swagging setup - I feel like I should go back and do just a slight chamfer on the edge of the primer pocket with a chamfer bit. I know it's an extra step, but once the brass is processed and ready to go, it's done - I'll never have to work abou that batch again, although there will always be brass prep of some kind.

    I never got to the Dillon portion of this endeavor - maybe tonight.
     

    4g64loser

    collector of fine .22s
    Jan 18, 2007
    2,208
    maryland
    I spent some time at my reloading bench fiddling with my Lee APP trying to process a bucked of 223 brass. I bent two pins on my Lee Universal decapping die - I don't know if I hit Berdan primed brass or what the deal was, but I bent them in pretty short order and didn't finish processing the bucket because I only have one decapping pin of a 3-pack left.

    I don't know if this is just bad luck, or if I'm doing something wrong.

    In any case, I switched over and started in with swaging the primer pockets, but eventually got tired of that, so I stopped - I'll maybe pick it back up this evening.

    My overall goal was get some brass prepped so that I could get a 223 toolhead set up for my Dillon 550 so that I didn't have to load single stage. I'm still not completely happy with the primer pocket swagging setup - I feel like I should go back and do just a slight chamfer on the edge of the primer pocket with a chamfer bit. I know it's an extra step, but once the brass is processed and ready to go, it's done - I'll never have to work abou that batch again, although there will always be brass prep of some kind.

    I never got to the Dillon portion of this endeavor - maybe tonight.

    Check out your cases. Igman, among others, can have very small flash holes in 556. You probably found a couple of them the hard way. Headstamp on the ones coming in of late are mostly "IK" and have pink sealant on primers. There are many others going back but on current stuff these seem to be the offenders. Watch out for norma/ruag 9mm too.
     

    85MikeTPI

    Active Member
    Jul 19, 2014
    1,882
    Ceciltucky
    I spent some time at my reloading bench fiddling with my Lee APP trying to process a bucked of 223 brass. I bent two pins on my Lee Universal decapping die - I don't know if I hit Berdan primed brass or what the deal was, but I bent them in pretty short order and didn't finish processing the bucket because I only have one decapping pin of a 3-pack left.

    I don't know if this is just bad luck, or if I'm doing something wrong.

    I think we discussed decapping dies on the APP in another thread. I ended up getting RCBS small and large universal decap dies for use on the APP. I bent up several Lee rods and snapped several Hornady pins in my universal. I finally went back to RCBS and have been happy with it. I won’t say you can’t bend an RCBS pin either, but the cost and ease is so much better imho with the RCBS.. Ive processed about 20gal of 223 brass on the APP and fell like it’s finally in sync.
     

    John from MD

    American Patriot
    MDS Supporter
    May 12, 2005
    15,911
    Socialist State of Maryland
    I spent some time at my reloading bench fiddling with my Lee APP trying to process a bucked of 223 brass. I bent two pins on my Lee Universal decapping die - I don't know if I hit Berdan primed brass or what the deal was, but I bent them in pretty short order and didn't finish processing the bucket because I only have one decapping pin of a 3-pack left.

    I don't know if this is just bad luck, or if I'm doing something wrong.

    In any case, I switched over and started in with swaging the primer pockets, but eventually got tired of that, so I stopped - I'll maybe pick it back up this evening.

    My overall goal was get some brass prepped so that I could get a 223 toolhead set up for my Dillon 550 so that I didn't have to load single stage. I'm still not completely happy with the primer pocket swagging setup - I feel like I should go back and do just a slight chamfer on the edge of the primer pocket with a chamfer bit. I know it's an extra step, but once the brass is processed and ready to go, it's done - I'll never have to work abou that batch again, although there will always be brass prep of some kind.

    I never got to the Dillon portion of this endeavor - maybe tonight.

    Some cheap brass have off center holes that will bend your pin. This is why I like to deprime range pickups with my hand press. I get a good feel for how tight the primer is in the pocket and I don't bend any depriming pins.
     

    GuitarmanNick

    Active Member
    Jan 9, 2017
    1,715
    Laurel
    Put together 200 rounds of 124 grain 9mm with some X-treme FMJs to test the new KCI, Glock style 33s(31+2) in my AR-9. Using a Glock loader it was easy enough to get 30 rounds in each.

    I did take the time to remove the rough spots from the followers and mag bodies. They were small, but things seems smoother now. These are just for fun at the range and will not be used in a defensive situation.

    Getting ready to put some more together, today.
     

    trickg

    Guns 'n Drums
    Jul 22, 2008
    11,760
    Glen Burnie
    Check out your cases. Igman, among others, can have very small flash holes in 556. You probably found a couple of them the hard way. Headstamp on the ones coming in of late are mostly "IK" and have pink sealant on primers. There are many others going back but on current stuff these seem to be the offenders. Watch out for norma/ruag 9mm too.
    That's it right there. I might have to take some time to sort this stuff out before I try to process it. Thanks!
     

    GunBum

    Member
    Feb 21, 2018
    706
    SW Missouri
    I didn’t do anything on the bench, but I did get the bench and cabinets set up in the new house in Missouri last week. Then I had to come to Marlandistan just in time for snow. :sad20: I should have everything set back up to start loading again when I go back at the end of the week. I’ve been trading back and forth between setting up the machines in the shop, and the loading room.

    The good news is that components are WAY more available there than they are here. Maybe not every kind of powder I want, but decent selections at $30-$35 per pound. Bullets are available in just about every caliber, but not every bullet style. Primers are available every day of the week for $7 per 100 limit 2. Good thing I have tens of thousands of primers. :lol2:
     

    Harrys

    Short Round
    Jul 12, 2014
    1,515
    SOMD
    Loaded up some .500 S&W magnums with some No.9. Recently received some H110, Titegroup, and some H4227.
     

    guzma393

    Member
    Jan 15, 2020
    484
    Columbia, MD
    I spent some time at my reloading bench fiddling with my Lee APP trying to process a bucked of 223 brass. I bent two pins on my Lee Universal decapping die - I don't know if I hit Berdan primed brass or what the deal was, but I bent them in pretty short order and didn't finish processing the bucket because I only have one decapping pin of a 3-pack left.

    I don't know if this is just bad luck, or if I'm doing something wrong.

    In any case, I switched over and started in with swaging the primer pockets, but eventually got tired of that, so I stopped - I'll maybe pick it back up this evening.

    My overall goal was get some brass prepped so that I could get a 223 toolhead set up for my Dillon 550 so that I didn't have to load single stage. I'm still not completely happy with the primer pocket swagging setup - I feel like I should go back and do just a slight chamfer on the edge of the primer pocket with a chamfer bit. I know it's an extra step, but once the brass is processed and ready to go, it's done - I'll never have to work abou that batch again, although there will always be brass prep of some kind.

    I never got to the Dillon portion of this endeavor - maybe tonight.

    I'm down to my last decapping pin on my lee universal decapper too. I loosened the collet that holds the decapping pin enough where the pin will slip the moment it hits berdan/small flash holes/mis-align flash holes, rocks, etc. saving the pin. Only drawback to this is it sometimes slips on tight/really crimped primer pockets, so i keep a hammer ready and pound it back down to "reset" the pin.
     

    Raypa

    Junior Member
    Jul 3, 2020
    28
    I wish I could find primers at these price here.
     
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