What did you do in the reloading room recently?

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Yesterday I loaded the last of my 30 carbine brass followed by a bunch of 44 mag to finish off the last of my H110. I only have a handful of 44 mag brass left but I think I’ll load them with 2400. I’ve never tried 2400 in 44 mag, just 357. I’m sure it will make for some slightly softer shooting in the desert eagle😂
 

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Pretty sure I have 30 carbine brass downstairs. Idk how much. I have dies too... never set them up, don’t shoot the carbines much.
I’m probably good on brass. I think I have like 1200 rounds loaded lol. And like you I don’t shoot mine very often. If it gets out to the range 1-2 times per year that’s a lot.
 

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I did something incredibly stupid last night when I was reloading 44 mag. Never done this before. I think I was tired or something 😂

Anyway, I somehow managed to place a bullet on the case that was about to be charged with powder...needless to say I spilled a bunch of H110 all over the press and my floor. It hurt seeing all that powder go to waste😭
 

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I did something incredibly stupid last night when I was reloading 44 mag. Never done this before. I think I was tired or something 😂

Anyway, I somehow managed to place a bullet on the case that was about to be charged with powder...needless to say I spilled a bunch of H110 all over the press and my floor. It hurt seeing all that powder go to waste😭
Ouch! I get that feeling when I accidentally prime a 380 when loading 9.
Damnit!
 

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Let us know how they shoot. That coating job look a little wonky.
Oh really? Seemed comparable to other rifle coated bullets I have but we’ll see how they shoot. I hammered one of the bullets and the coating stayed intact. As long as they can hit my steel target inside of 100 yards I’m happy lol.
 

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Oh really? Seemed comparable to other rifle coated bullets I have but we’ll see how they shoot. I hammered one of the bullets and the coating stayed intact. As long as they can hit my steel target inside of 100 yards I’m happy lol.
You’re good to go then.
the coating just looks very inconsistent and drippy. It’s weird but if it doesn’t flake off you’re probably fine.
 

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I loaded a few .43 Spanish with 70 grains of Swiss 1 1/2, wad/grease cookie/wad and seated the bullet long. The group at 200 yards was a little to the right but small enough that all would have been in the black. Not bad for open sights and a 12 1/2 pound trigger. Now that I know the rifle will shoot, I'll fix both of those problems. I noticed much less fouling and the only difference was the grease cookie. A full case would be 80 grains but wouldn't leave room for the grease cookie. That's OK because this rifle doesn't like 80 grains. Neither does my shoulder.
 

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Didn't load anything but did work on the APP
Original handle is hard on your hand and puts the arms between your fingers.

Swapped the stamped arms side to side, made up a couple of spacers on the lathe, and 3d printed a couple of bushings to use 3/4 conduit as a handle - will find out later if the wife noticed me missing from the dining room (conversation is 100% portuguese, I don't speak portuguese)
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Homemade decapping die in the press ready to go through several hundred 380,9 and 45 once yard work lets up.
 

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Digital clock radio shreded it's last tune and let out a dying sigh and then nothing( RIP old friend) it was with me for the whole time I've owned this house 25 + years. New one form Amazon came today ( sounds kinda tinny ) but it's mostly just a clock. Decapped, sized, and primed a couple hundred .45acp. Went out and raked the back yard.
 

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Loaded up some 30-30 with the zombie green bullets and Trailboss. They look like crayons 😂
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I just got home from shooting these off and some other old 30-30 factory ammo. I forgot to put my gel filled “pussy” pad on the buttstock...Just 30 rounds of various 150 and 170 gr ammo has tenderized my shoulder 😂
The Trailboss loads were so damn fun though.
 

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Also tested the 44 mag loads with 2400. WOW what a noticeable drop in recoil but still cycles the gun just fine. Much more pleasant than my H110 loads.
plenty of blast though!
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Ha!.......light up the range and fertilize the grass just ahead of the firing line with the unburned powder. 😆
 
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I loaded a few .43 Spanish with 70 grains of Swiss 1 1/2, wad/grease cookie/wad and seated the bullet long. The group at 200 yards was a little to the right but small enough that all would have been in the black. Not bad for open sights and a 12 1/2 pound trigger. Now that I know the rifle will shoot, I'll fix both of those problems. I noticed much less fouling and the only difference was the grease cookie. A full case would be 80 grains but wouldn't leave room for the grease cookie. That's OK because this rifle doesn't like 80 grains. Neither does my shoulder.
Have I noticed a trend that you have a very unique collection of calibers? Not your standard run of the mill, 9, 223, 308...
 

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Back to the bench to make some 357 tonight. The 9.6 grains unique under a 125 grain projo is a fun magnum and accurate load through thr blackhawk. But.....being .1 under max I'm seeing some primer catering so I'm backing down to 9.4.
I found Unique a little twitchy at the top end in 357 too, although I was playing with 158s.

7.5 grains Unique, 158 grain Zero jacketed soft point
Out of a 6" S&W 586, average 1001 fps, standard deviation 28, max 1036, min 966. Notes state lots of blast from cylinder gap, and primer cratering.

Next time I tried it I went down to 6.0 and used 158 grain cast SNS, then up to 6.5.

At 6.5 with the cast 158s I got: average 1079, standard deviation 23, max 1103, min 1050
 

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I found Unique a little twitchy at the top end in 357 too, although I was playing with 158s.

7.5 grains Unique, 158 grain Zero jacketed soft point
Out of a 6" S&W 586, average 1001 fps, standard deviation 28, max 1036, min 966. Notes state lots of blast from cylinder gap, and primer cratering.

Next time I tried it I went down to 6.0 and used 158 grain cast SNS, then up to 6.5.

At 6.5 with the cast 158s I got: average 1079, standard deviation 23, max 1103, min 1050
I found the load very accurate out of my blackhawk at 9.6 and a 125 grain jsp. Surprising accuracy in fact. It's a stout load and the muzzle blast is definitely there. I find it an economical load too compared to stuffing 22 grains of h110 into every case. 😂

Very impressed with Unique so far.
 
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