The Loading Log

  • Yeah, I bet that's pretty much the worst thing ever when processing bulk range-pick-up brass.

  • @orkan

    I usually don't run into it....but this one box has been horrible. I figured out which headstamp it was and actually sorted through them by hand to remove them. I don't think I will be buying brass from that guy again anytime soon.

  • @dddoo7

    I bought new Hornaday 6.5 brass about a year ago ran them through the sizer to smooth everything out and messed up everything in my die due to no primer hole needless to say I uniform primer pockets first now on all brass.

  • @jibnast

    Wow. That is horrible quality control. Imagine how frustrated you would have been if you hadn't run a pin through them first. You would have had a bunch of mis fires.

  • I've been very busy with work. Spent a whole week in Houston for class to become certified and just haven't been able to do much.

    I finally got my hand me down progressive press up and running and was able to load up my first batch of .45ACP ever. I got the Lee 4 die set and a Lee auto drum. I have to prime on my single stage still though. (makes me want a CPS lite everytime I prime brass)

    200g RN X-Treme Bullets
    Remington 2 1/2 primers
    7 grains of Power Pistol
    Mixed brass


    My boy was putting the rounds in the boxes for me, then asked if he could run the press for a bit. I gave him instructions on what to check for and watched him every step of the way.


  • @norcal_in_az That looks like a nice press, pretty HD.

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  • Put some safety glasses on that kid next time he's helping you. Running a progressive without safety glasses is a bit like grenade juggling.

  • I wear safety glasses and ear plugs most all the time when loading. I've only had one primer get sideways and go off...but it was loud. I don't want to be without plugs if that happens again.

    Primer was in the 1050 and was separated from the others so only one went off.

  • @orkan said:

    Put some safety glasses on that kid next time he's helping you. Running a progressive without safety glasses is a bit like grenade juggling.

    Your absolutely correct. Will do, thanks for the reminder.

  • @mamalukino said:

    @norcal_in_az That looks like a nice press, pretty HD.

    It's at least 30 years old I'm guessing. It's a Hornady Projector, the predecessor to the LNL press they now have. A lot of the press design is the same, but the priming system is completely different and I'm missing most of the parts.

    I figured if I could get it running for 45ACP & 223 it would be worth it.

  • Well I shot the 45 reloads yesterday. They worked really well. The 200 grain bullets didn't have as much recoil as the 230s, and I was able to keep 10 rounds in a 4"-5" circle at 10 yards. I'm not much of a pistol shooter, so for me thats great, lol.

  • Current 223 inventory of bullets, 4 fresh boxes.
    Have partials in 52 HPBT and 68 HPBT


  • Maintenance and cleaning today. The longer I have the fixitsticks...the less I am using any other torque wrench. They are small, simple, and accurate. I have several more torque limiters orderd from Orkan so that I will have a complete set.


  • @dddoo7 Did the bolt smooth out after some use? Did you lube it with anything particular?

  • @tpk936

    I thoroughly clean it about every 200 rounds now. I lube it with mobile 28 grease. Greg has a video for bolt disassembly and maintence which I have to watch every time when I put it back together. I always get one of the pieces backwards otherwise. I also wipe everything down with kroil before putting it back together.

    The bolt is smoother than it was when it was new. I don't believe it will ever be as smooth as my tac ops but it is smoother than a lot of rifles. I picked up an RPR at a LGS a few days ago and it was horrendously rough. The DTA is smoother than my factory Rem 700 was too. It is still my favorite precision rifle to shoot. Ergo's are unmatched by any other rifle I have been behind.

  • Some 123 SMK beauties.


  • Think I'm over the hump, actually did something today...another couple of hundred primed via CPS_LITE....:smile:

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  • Some little rockets ready for flight. Used my new concentricity gauge (big Mahalo Greg) on each one as they came out of the seater.
    These little fellars are all under .0015 runout with most .001 or less, put a big smile on my face.

    99% of the Lawyers make the rest look bad.


  • Has anyone tried the Lapua 6.5 Creed brass? Is there any real advantages to the small primer? Just wondering if the double the price is worth it.

  • I am also interested in the 6.5 Lapua brass already. I just scored some Norma brass really cheap and have the possibility of buying more.

  • Here is something I find enlightening. I use an electric toothbrush to compact powder, but it looks like using a slow pour and funnel with a drop tube really makes a difference.

    99% of the Lawyers make the rest look bad.


  • Beware of things like this. If it doesn't happen just the same way each time, you'll have inconsistent ignition.

    That is one of the HUGE benefits of the Prometheus, in that the powder hits the case the same exact way each time. It's mechanical in nature so I'd have to do something drastically different to get the powder to flow significantly different.

    Powder that is "packed," so to speak, when the case fill is high enough to ensure that it's not going to really loosen up over time as the rounds are handled, will absolutely produce higher pressure curves than those which are not packed.

    It goes without saying that doing things like this can be done uniformly, and some rifles and component combinations can actually be greatly benefited from doing it. ... but just mind how and what you're doing, as this is one thing that can result in over-pressure quite quickly.

  • @orkan Which can be worse, packing down the powder or getting a slight crunch when seating? Or are they both equally risky?

    I ask because I do get a crunch every now and again and have thought that maybe I should look into a different funnel and or tube.

  • Nothing wrong with compressed loads if the situation calls for it. I guess I'd rather use a drop tube than crunch kernels with a bullet.

    Nothing is "risky" if you have enough experience.

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