What did you do in the reloading room recently?

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Looks like it's time to start loading all that much hated .45 small primer RRRRRRRRRRRRR. I never thought I'd say that EVER. But by at least loading this too gives me more options when my only choice of purchase is small p primers . I haven't seen many CCI LPP pop up anywhere .
 

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I wear a glove on my left hand....since I’m picking up the bullets with my left hand. Right hand no glove. I just do it to limit the lead contamination but I still wash my hands with d lead soap afterwards anyway.

The Michael Jackson of reloading!! :D
 

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I would like to celebrate this momentous occasion, my first rifle round. Here we have the humble 223, with a 50 grain Hornady Z Max loaded to 2.260" OAL with 24.5 grains of IMR 3031 and a CCI #41 primer from a box of 1000 I bought three presidential elections ago when I thought buying that many primers all at once was crazy and just opened tonight, and Federal 223 brass fired once in the rifle they will be going back into. Putting 10 of them together, will chrono and see how they group, and go from there.

Had a chance to run them through a 1970s era 1 in 12 twist Colt 20" pencil barrel today.

Ran some Lake City M193 through it first for comparison and to get the barrel dirty. Average 3123fps, standard deviation 39fps, extreme spread 94fps.

Next ran my handloads through it. Average 3088fps, standard deviation 30fps, extreme spread 93fps. I'm calling it a 1.6" group per the ruler on my multi tool. Iron sights, 100 yards, prone off a rest. Fun.

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Looks like it's time to start loading all that much hated .45 small primer RRRRRRRRRRRRR. I never thought I'd say that EVER. But by at least loading this too gives me more options when my only choice of purchase is small p primers . I haven't seen many CCI LPP pop up anywhere .

If you can only purchase SPP thats not the worst problem in the world. A month or so ago those were far harder to get than anything else.
 

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I dusted off the M1 Carbine today and shot some of my reloads I made a while back. Forgot how fun the Carbine is to shoot.

Also fired off some 357 mag that I loaded with lead free Fiocchi primers last year. Either those primers are really soft or I’m loading them really hot🤣. Most primers were pretty damn flat. But shit are they accurate.
 

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Just cracked open the last one pound container of 2400. Not looking forward to pouring powder from the 8# jug of 2400 I have 😂

I keep a couple of empty 1# hodgdon jugs for just this purpose. I'll fill it up from an 8# jug and then work from that till its empty. If its the same type powder, leave the label on or if its different I peel off the label and put my own on it so I don't think I'm loading something else.
 

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I keep a couple of empty 1# hodgdon jugs for just this purpose. I'll fill it up from an 8# jug and then work from that till its empty. If its the same type powder, leave the label on or if its different I peel off the label and put my own on it so I don't think I'm loading something else.
Ahh good idea. I need a 3D printed cap nozzle for the 8# jug. @pastera made me a cap for one pounders but it ended up breaking when it hit my concrete floor.
Still have his 3D printed funnel which should also help when using the 8# jug.
 

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Ahh good idea. I need a 3D printed cap nozzle for the 8# jug. @pastera made me a cap for one pounders but it ended up breaking when it hit my concrete floor.
Still have his 3D printed funnel which should also help when using the 8# jug.

Oh I need some of those!

BTW, I'll take the empty jug and put it on my scale and tare it before I fill. Then I can fill it with exactly 1# and mark the 8# jug with the remaining pounds so I know where I stand.
 

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Ahh good idea. I need a 3D printed cap nozzle for the 8# jug. @pastera made me a cap for one pounders but it ended up breaking when it hit my concrete floor.
Still have his 3D printed funnel which should also help when using the 8# jug.
I can print up a couple in ABS - not as brittle.
 

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I just finished resizing 350 30 Carbine cases...got em in the tumbler now to remove the lube. Almost forgot that I had to lube the cases. I haven’t reloaded 30 Carbine in probably 5 years.

After shooting the M1 today I realized I only had ~600 rounds of 30 Carbine on hand. Got to pump those numbers up. Only got about 600 bullets left though. Then again I don’t shoot it all that often. But after ringing steel with it today I want to shoot it more😂
 

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Just a reminder for anyone needing quality jacketed 38 cal 158 gr JSPs, Zero bullets actually has them in stock even though their website says OOS. I called this afternoon and placed an order for 2k over the phone. Just a hair over 10 cents each shipped. PM me if not familiar with the company.
They told me they took down inventory on the website so they keep up with fulfilling orders.
 

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Finished off this old can of Hercules 2400.
The bottom of the can had some corrosion and powder bonded to the metal. Bummer I won’t be able to use that powder. Probably enough for 1 or 2 rounds😂
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Just cracked open the last one pound container of 2400. Not looking forward to pouring powder from the 8# jug of 2400 I have 😂
Im not sure why but 8lb jugs seem to go quicker?
 

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I dont have that many years, but I have had heavy metal blood testing and I've never had high amounts of lead. I've picked up a lot of lead and I never use any special soaps to wash my hands. Typically I use the bottle of dish soap in the kitchen.

I think our society has really made a bunch of overreacting sissies about lead. Lead paint was literally everywhere and people weren't dropping like flies.
yeah you would think there would be more. i think a lot of the lead poisoning could be traced back to other issues vs paint or reloading.
i have lead tested on my yearly physical , Dr always says, not even in the "normal" range.
As long as your not eating it you should be fine
 

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I just finished resizing 350 30 Carbine cases...got em in the tumbler now to remove the lube. Almost forgot that I had to lube the cases. I haven’t reloaded 30 Carbine in probably 5 years.

After shooting the M1 today I realized I only had ~600 rounds of 30 Carbine on hand. Got to pump those numbers up. Only got about 600 bullets left though. Then again I don’t shoot it all that often. But after ringing steel with it today I want to shoot it more😂
like the carbine myself.
 

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Yeah I tumble outside as well. That media is nasty shit when it’s been used for a long time.
But yeah as for as reloading and handling bullets/brass, making sure to wash your hands afterwards is probably sufficient. My preference is just to wear a glove to add another layer of protection. When I’m at the range handling the ammo (especially 22lr) I ain’t wearing nitrile gloves 😂. I just use D Lead wipes when I’m done.
safety is always good , but my gut tells me the air your breathing around the range bench when shooting is worse than touching lead.
I do see some people wearing gloves at the range when loading their mags.
Im more worried about the crap in our food
 
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Just a reminder for anyone needing quality jacketed 38 cal 158 gr JSPs, Zero bullets actually has them in stock even though their website says OOS. I called this afternoon and placed an order for 2k over the phone. Just a hair over 10 cents each shipped. PM me if not familiar with the company.
They told me they took down inventory on the website so they keep up with fulfilling orders.
They good bullets? I'm going to be in the market for a .357 lever rifle sometime soon and I'm sourcing all my components to load up some .38spl and .357. Got the brass, some primers, and working on dies (and a press), but I still need to hunt down bullets and powder.

A 158 grain JSP screaming down range sounds like a real good deer and coyote load.
 
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