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  • I promised myself I'd convert all this .223 to .300 blackout this weekend for my AR blackout upper. I have a limitless supply of free brass so I figure I'll make some hay while the sun is shining.

    I was inspired by Orkans recent build. I never shoot the damn thing and she needs some attention.

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  • @ragnarnar said:

    I promised myself I'd convert all this .223 to .300 blackout this weekend for my AR blackout upper. I have a limitless supply of free brass so I figure I'll make some hay while the sun is shining.

    I was inspired by Orkans recent build. I never shoot the damn thing and she needs some attention.

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    I've been doing a lot of that lately. About 10,000 pieces in the last couple of months. It does get old...but it helps pay for my shooting addiction.



  • That 300BLK I was working with yesterday, was mostly shot up while finishing the development of that IMR4227 load I published.

    Today I'm going to load some more 300BLK!



  • @dddoo7 said:

    I've been doing a lot of that lately. About 10,000 pieces in the last couple of months. It does get old...but it helps pay for my shooting addiction.

    Who said anything about selling it?! I'm shooting all these!

    I should get a 1050. I'm still doing doing each stage manually. Chop-size-trim-ream-tumble. It gets old quick.

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  • loading another 100 rounds of .308 with 178 Amax bootlits. Really happy with my stand setup up. I even moved the powder drop onto the stand to save room on the desk. So far my homemade powder trickler is working well. The only negative is I think I put the tube at to much of an angle.

    I got another 100 pieces of brass to size, trim, and prime, next. After I get all those loaded and ready, I'm going to work on prepping .223 brass for range ammo.

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    Deprime/Size, tumble, and dry the ones on the right.

    Load some more up for the box on the left.



  • .223 brass cleanup
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  • Ready for primers; those plastic mushroom trays you get for FREE when you buy mushrooms at the local supermarket come in handy. I stopped eating the mushrooms that grow in the cow pastures here as they distorted reality a bit.:laughing:
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  • Hehe, if they don't kill you, I have heard the pasture shrooms will make all brass look shiny...

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  • I've been busy... as usual. ;)

    300BLK from the other day.
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    About 800+ 6.5CM earlier today.
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  • @orkan

    I always get a good deal of satisfaction when my primer catch fills up and I get to empty it. More so than a tray full of freshly loaded cartridges.

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  • @ragnarnar said:

    @orkan

    I always get a good deal of satisfaction when my primer catch fills up and I get to empty it. More so than a tray full of freshly loaded cartridges.

    I understand this. I actually put all of my primers in empty powder cans just for the satisfaction. I just finished my third one pound can full of primers. When processing brass I have completely filled the 1050 primer bin in about an hour and a half.



  • The brass in the tumbler goes round and round... round and round... round and round. The brass in the tumbler goes round and round... wheeee! ;)

    The addition of some foam beneath my tumbler almost entirely dampens any vibrations felt while it bounces around.

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  • I've put mine on the floor.



  • I trimmed 100 pieces of .308 yesterday. Now I'm ready to load up my next batch of rounds.



  • I converted and prepped 500 pcs of 300 blackout Friday so they could ship out today.

    Hopefully I will get a chance to load and shoot some 308 today. Brass is already prepped...just have to prime, charge, and seat the bullet.



  • Yesterday was a .223 day. Loaded some 77s for the AR and prepped brass for the bolt.
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  • I find it much easier to deal with the pins and brass if I dump the tumbler drum out into a bucket.

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    Makes for an easier job of separating and rinsing. :)

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    ... now hurry up and dry. I need to stuff some things into you!

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  • Greg are you shit canning those flowers you're growing?

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  • @orkan

    This is what I use to remove pins from brass. It is the fastest I have found. It is home made and ugly, but works. I can load 1,500 pieces of tumbled 300 blackout in there and in about a minute and a half all the pins are out.

    It is made out of plywood and 1/4" wire screen. I put the brass/pins in the wire drum, fill the container to the top with water (must be full of water), then rotate the drum for a couple minutes.

    Once that is done, empty the water and rotate it a few more times to drain the bulk of the water out of the brass.

    I usually double check when I am annealing to make sure all pins are out, but rarely find even one.

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  • Look at those perfectly trimmed and deburred cases. Guess what ups brought today?

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  • @dddoo7 said:

    Look at those perfectly trimmed and deburred cases. Guess what ups brought today?

    Looks like the signature of a giraud trimmer to me. ;)



  • Well I finally squeezed in some time to load these up.

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    To damn hot to shoot here, so when I make my next trip to NM, I'm taking my rifle. I also stocked up on primers, bullets and powder.



  • Just loaded up some 175 SMK in front of 44 from of imr 4064 looking to get to the range and see how they do beyond 200 yards I liked how they did there.



  • Spent a good portion of today cleaning primer pockets.
    I am envious of those that have the stainless pin wet tumblers.
    Gotta make one, one of these days.
    In the meantime, I'll use my little power adapter and electric screwdriver.:laughing:

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  • Got a box from Precision Reloading today!!:smile:
    Along with some projectiles there was a Forster Ultra Micrometer seating die for .308!!:smile:
    Precision Reloading has been an excellent source and super quick shipping at more than reasonable prices. On top of that, I used my Gunhive Shooters challenge gift certificate!!:laughing: A YUGE (as Donald would say) Thanks to both Gunhive and Precision Reloading.:+1:

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  • Dwight Yoakam and primer pockets, sizing, trimming, case prep... the caveman way.:laughing:
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  • Loading up some more 308's.

    I also have about 1200 .223's spinning in the tumbler.

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  • I am processing a guy's 223 brass today...and this piece tried to run through the 1050. It didn't like it. LOL. With the bulge I am glad I wasn't there when it was fired.

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  • Holy crap!



  • @dddoo7

    I've actually seen a similar one like that once. It happened when my girlfriend at the time fired a 5.56 round in a 7.62X39 chamber.

    Hers bulged in almost the exact same spot and blew the shoulder out to a .30 cal neck

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  • @ragnarnar

    Is she no longer your girlfriend because of that incident...or other reasons? :)

    That very well may be what happened here. I don't know. It is lake city brass..but this is what this piece looked like after 2 hrs or more in the tumbler. The primer didn't pop out in the decapping station either.



  • Actually she was employed with a federal agency (yeah that agency) that deals with fire arms.

    She told me it was deliberate, somethimg about markings on the case; they were doing it as part of a study.

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  • Loaded up some .223 for forming to AI today. Shot really nice!



  • This is what 2398 freshly tumbled and annealed cases look like. These will ship out Tuesday...and I have another large flat rate box that arrived today to be processed into blackout brass. I am getting bored with processing brass, but it pays for my reloading gear that I would not otherwise buy.

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  • Hey dddoo7 are you using a 1 lb powder bottle instead of the hopper on your chargemaster? How did you set that up?
    Nice looking pile of brass too!

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  • @ericbc7

    I cut the top and bottom out of one of each of the powder I use and slide it over the hopper so that I don't get mixed up as to which powder is in the hopper. I leave the powder in there and that is how I know what is in there.



  • Ah, makes a lot of sense! TY

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  • @orkan said:

    Loaded up some .223 for forming to AI today. Shot really nice!

    Nice indeed! Here you can see them walking in after a cleaning. Another shot at the dot to the right once she tightened up.
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    Picked up nearly 200fps over varget using 4895. The 50gr Vmax is ready to tear up some sod puppies!
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  • That's awesome...:smile:
    What is the load? Is the 4895 H or IMR?

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  • @mamalukino

    H4895. I haven't had a chance to post up my load on my profile. As always if someone would like to copy this load, please start low and work your way up!
    Fire forming .223rem to .223 AI.
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  • Thank you.:thumbsup:

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  • H4895 is proving to be awesome .223 medicine.



  • I don't think I've ever shot my V-Max loads on paper lol.



  • @norcal_in_az said:

    I don't think I've ever shot my V-Max loads on paper lol.

    I like to smash pdogs out past 300 yards. Critters start to get pretty small in a hurry! Can't wait to get my whidden dies and see what we are working with, rather promising right now though!



  • I tumbled some 2x's fired lapua 308 brass today. It is always more fun to process your own brass than someone else's.

    Now I just need to anneal and size this brass and I will be ready to try out the new primer seater.

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  • Spent most of today sorting, sizing, prepping and cleaning brass while listening to Dwight Yoakam.
    Sure wish I was in possession of some of the tools I see you folks using.
    I have the last batch drying in the back of my pickup truck, cooking in the sun.
    I'll be loading and listening to Dwight tomorrow for a range day Tuesday. Big :smile:

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  • Another couple batches ready to anneal. There is 1000 blackout in the black bin and almost 2000 blackout in the grey bin. They are sitting in the sun drying. After those I still have another 1500 223 brass to convert to blackout before I am caught up for the week. I am really dreading annealing those things. I wish I had the case feeder set up already. However the new torch should be here tomorrow or Wednesday so that will be nice.

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  • @dddoo7

    Oh man that's a lot of shiny brass! :hushed:


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