What did you do in the reloading room recently?

38 supercomp
9.8g 3N38, 124g Precision Delta. Federal small rifle (loving the bulky packaging)
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Cases tumbled in corn cob
Cases roll-sized
Sized, primed, charged, seated and crimped on DIllon 750
Tumbled in walnut shell
I'll still case gage every one before going into MTM cases.

3k done, 7k still to go, pretty good for winter stockpiling considering its not even winter yet.
I plan on 10k of 9mm as well, but I'll need to spend more time collecting brass, I missed out on the Police range rentals and the once fired brass they shoot, pick up, and leave for us.
 
38 supercomp
9.8g 3N38, 124g Precision Delta. Federal small rifle (loving the bulky packaging)
View attachment 818561

Cases tumbled in corn cob
Cases roll-sized
Sized, primed, charged, seated and crimped on DIllon 750
Tumbled in walnut shell
I'll still case gage every one before going into MTM cases.

3k done, 7k still to go, pretty good for winter stockpiling considering its not even winter yet.
I plan on 10k of 9mm as well, but I'll need to spend more time collecting brass, I missed out on the Police range rentals and the once fired brass they shoot, pick up, and leave for us.
That’s some nice ammo using great components 👌🏻
 
What printers do people have for making their press add-ons? At the entry level, It seems that the Ender-5 is better than the Ender-3 at only a little more cost, but gets mixed reviews, as in its great or it sux. Are either of them good enough for larger pieces?
 
Both the 5.7 and 6.1 grains of BE-86 were more accurate than the 5.3. I'll probably go with the 5.7. It will put a bit less stress on both the Shield and me. As far as slugs go, I've only cast and loaded that slug that Pastera made. It was for use in a 12 ga. AOW. I find it more comfortable to shoot as a handgun but it's still a handful.
 
What printers do people have for making their press add-ons? At the entry level, It seems that the Ender-5 is better than the Ender-3 at only a little more cost, but gets mixed reviews, as in its great or it sux. Are either of them good enough for larger pieces?
FWIW, I was able to print a few pieces at my local library. Some have STEM / makerspace areas. I just brought in a thumb drive with the files, and someone helped me set up the printer and run the print.
 
What printers do people have for making their press add-ons? At the entry level, It seems that the Ender-5 is better than the Ender-3 at only a little more cost, but gets mixed reviews, as in its great or it sux. Are either of them good enough for larger pieces?

The next step up is the $500+ range with bamboo labs P1S or Creality K1
 
there is reddit for deals - they had sales on k1 models in there as well.

k1 now can run on (almost) standard klipper, so it is better than bamboo. but, some people sometimes report issues. mine so far works well.
No, it's not better than a Bamboo
Cheaper and open source but the Bamboo is objectively a better option unless you like to tinker and change things, or are a skinflint - I'm both so no Bamboo Labs for me
 
No, it's not better than a Bamboo
Cheaper and open source but the Bamboo is objectively a better option unless you like to tinker and change things, or are a skinflint - I'm both so no Bamboo Labs for me
mechanically bamboo and k1 are pretty similar. at least not too different to make too much fuss about. same concept.
but i am not ever gonna lock myself into a proprietary anything that bamboo wants you to commit into, and with not only with software but parts also.
 
mechanically bamboo and k1 are pretty similar. at least not too different to make too much fuss about. same concept.
but i am not ever gonna lock myself into a proprietary anything that bamboo wants you to commit into, and with not only with software but parts also.
Don't blame you - I don't want proprietary equipment but for the average person that just wants their stuff to running out of the box Bamboo makes a great product.
Kind of like Dillon versus Lee.

I would love one of the multi material units though. I find myself printing a lot of mixed material stuff (PLA and TPU) so not having to glue stuff together would be nice
 
love one of the multi material units
did you try it or just theoretical?
it you look at the practical side of how bamboo does a hot swap - it purges an ungodly amount of filament for those things. it is not there yet.
to have a dual head extruder on the large xy chassis would be nice, but it is such a niche need - no one would build it from factory.

i think some customized vorons have such capability, but, well. k1 max for me so far was nothing short of excellent.
 
did you try it or just theoretical?
it you look at the practical side of how bamboo does a hot swap - it purges an ungodly amount of filament for those things. it is not there yet.
to have a dual head extruder on the large xy chassis would be nice, but it is such a niche need - no one would build it from factory.

i think some customized vorons have such capability, but, well. k1 max for me so far was nothing short of excellent.
Plenty of dual head printers out there - they're pricy but plenty of them are made.
Wasting a bunch of material isn't an issue - that's simply part of the cost of making complex parts.
Some of the parts I machine leave 80% of the stock in the chip bin - losing 10-15% on purging is nothing.

If you are just doing different colors there are scripts that let you purge into another part so you end up with minimal waste if you have non-appearance parts.
 
They don’t look very Blem from that pic.
I edited the text with some diameter and mass measurements after I initially posted. I threw a few on the scale and ran a mic over a few too. I don't see a problem yet either.

I am stoked. Thanks for pointing me toward them. Those 357 and 223 are already sold out. Shoulda bought more! Ordered on Tuesday, on my front step today.
 
I edited the text with some diameter and mass measurements after I initially posted. I threw a few on the scale and ran a mic over a few too. I don't see a problem yet either.

I am stoked. Thanks for pointing me toward them. Those 357 and 223 are already sold out. Shoulda bought more! Ordered on Tuesday, on my front step today.
You’re welcome.
 
4.5 grains of Titegroup and a 148g JHP ought to be pretty snappy out of an aluminum J frame. Maybe 800 fps?

357 load pending. I have H110, 2400, Enforcer, and 300MP on hand to play with, but I usually default to 2400.

I think the blem on these is that the cannelures are not consistent. Some are missing, some are more pronounced than others. I also found a few 158g floating around in there.
 
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4.5 grains of Titegroup and a 148g JHP ought to be pretty snappy out of an aluminum J frame. Maybe 800 fps?

357 load pending. I have H110, 2400, Enforcer, and 300MP on hand to play with, but I usually default to 2400.

I think the blem on these is that the cannelures are not consistent. Some are missing, some are more pronounced than others. I also found a few 158g floating around in there.

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Nothing wrong with that. Just use a collet crimp die and you’re good to go.
Sounds snappy. I was shooting a 160 with 3.5 grains of bullseye a couple weeks ago.
I thought I had my 2.9 grains of clays but I quickly remembered.
 
4.5 grains of Titegroup and a 148g JHP ought to be pretty snappy out of an aluminum J frame. Maybe 800 fps?
Hmm. Just ran 5 each through a 6" 586, and the Airweight 442. Chrono missed one each. Not really sure what to make of this. I ran them through the 586 first since it's a 357, in case it looked like they were to sporty for 38+P.

586 - 818, 825, 833, 799 fps - avg 819 sd 15 es 34

Okay, that's fine. So then...

442 - 861, 890, 938, 764 fps - avg 863 sd 73 es 174

Faster in the snub? It was unpleasantly snappy / flinchy in the Airweight, so I'll probably go with a lower charge weight of Titegroup for that bullet, will also try 231 and some other pistol powders I have that might be more suited to 38+P loads.
 
Hmm. Just ran 5 each through a 6" 586, and the Airweight 442. Chrono missed one each. Not really sure what to make of this. I ran them through the 586 first since it's a 357, in case it looked like they were to sporty for 38+P.

586 - 818, 825, 833, 799 fps - avg 819 sd 15 es 34

Okay, that's fine. So then...

442 - 861, 890, 938, 764 fps - avg 863 sd 73 es 174

Faster in the snub? It was unpleasantly snappy / flinchy in the Airweight, so I'll probably go with a lower charge weight of Titegroup for that bullet, will also try 231 and some other pistol powders I have that might be more suited to 38+P loads.
What’s the cylinder gap? Does one have a tighter bore than the other?
Titegroup it’s pretty fast, so it should be very efficient in the short barrel. If the 586 has been shot a lot and has a bigger cylinder gap/end shake then maybe you were venting some of your pressure there.

In the snub nose, I really like a heavy for caliber, dead soft hollow point. The wadcutters are also pretty awesome.

These cast hollow base wadcutters were pretty impressive in gel. version=1&uuid=7ACAECB2-7529-482B-B760-9DF7145B861E&mode=compatible&noloc=1.jpeg

The 160 hollow points were nice too. Left to right. Unfired. 1 7/8” 642. 4” 686. 18” 1873
A light load of clays kept it from beating me up but penetration was beautiful and expansion even from the snub made for a gruesome wound cavity. version=1&uuid=F18545F4-1CCA-41BE-8C11-734F2B6D9AED&mode=compatible&noloc=1.jpegversion=1&uuid=25306EDC-8E1C-44B6-8F49-C2A349F21184&mode=compatible&noloc=1.jpeg
 
What’s the cylinder gap? Does one have a tighter bore than the other?
Titegroup it’s pretty fast, so it should be very efficient in the short barrel. If the 586 has been shot a lot and has a bigger cylinder gap/end shake then maybe you were venting some of your pressure there.

In the snub nose, I really like a heavy for caliber, dead soft hollow point. The wadcutters are also pretty awesome.
Just checked with some feeler gauges. 0.010" cylinder gap on the Airweight, 0.011" on the 586. I haven't measured/slugged the bores. I suspect the Airweight has more rounds through it than the 586 does. I've put 3-4k through the Airweight. The 586 seems like it spent a lot of time in a safe before I got it and I've only put maybe 1k rounds through it.

I did pick Titegroup specifically for the fast burn with the short barrel. I use 3.5g of it with a 162g LSWC and that works great in the Airweight, though I just looked at my notes and I've never chrono'ed it. It feels like about 700-750 fps-ish.

For 38 special, I have notes using 231, Unique, Red Dot, Green Dot, and Power Pistol. I just started playing around with Titegroup recently and only have it in a few loads. Don't really have a handle on it yet. I also have some CFE Pistol to try.
 
Just checked with some feeler gauges. 0.010" cylinder gap on the Airweight, 0.011" on the 586. I haven't measured/slugged the bores. I suspect the Airweight has more rounds through it than the 586 does. I've put 3-4k through the Airweight. The 586 seems like it spent a lot of time in a safe before I got it and I've only put maybe 1k rounds through it.

I did pick Titegroup specifically for the fast burn with the short barrel. I use 3.5g of it with a 162g LSWC and that works great in the Airweight, though I just looked at my notes and I've never chrono'ed it. It feels like about 700-750 fps-ish.

For 38 special, I have notes using 231, Unique, Red Dot, Green Dot, and Power Pistol. I just started playing around with Titegroup recently and only have it in a few loads. Don't really have a handle on it yet. I also have some CFE Pistol to try.
How do you like power pistol? I just got 5# of it for short money and I haven’t decided if I’m going to like it or not. Of course just judging a book by its cover and not having tried it at all
 
How do you like power pistol? I just got 5# of it for short money and I haven’t decided if I’m going to like it or not. Of course just judging a book by its cover and not having tried it at all
I've used it in 9mm, 38 special, and 40 S&W, mostly 9mm and 40. Love it. Meters well out of my Dillon, nice low standard deviation, good velocity within published max loads, good case fill.
It is a little loud, and can be flashy, but I'm playing at the range so those aren't really negatives for me.

In 38 special, I've only run it in the Airweight with these loads:

7.0g, CCI550, 110g Hornady XTP = 921fps, SD24, ES76 (I accidentally loaded with 550 primers here and haven't revisited it with regular small pistol)
6.2g, CCI500, 125g Hornady XTP = 822fps, SD16, ES36
5.2g, CCI500, 158g Hornady XTP = never got chrono numbers for this one, notes say mild muzzle flash and similar recoil to a factory 38+P load I was also shooting that day
 
I've used it in 9mm, 38 special, and 40 S&W, mostly 9mm and 40. Love it. Meters well out of my Dillon, nice low standard deviation, good velocity within published max loads, good case fill.
It is a little loud, and can be flashy, but I'm playing at the range so those aren't really negatives for me.

In 38 special, I've only run it in the Airweight with these loads:

7.0g, CCI550, 110g Hornady XTP = 921fps, SD24, ES76 (I accidentally loaded with 550 primers here and haven't revisited it with regular small pistol)
6.2g, CCI500, 125g Hornady XTP = 822fps, SD16, ES36
5.2g, CCI500, 158g Hornady XTP = never got chrono numbers for this one, notes say mild muzzle flash and similar recoil to a factory 38+P load I was also shooting that day
Nice thank you. I ordered it based off price and figured I could use it either way. Then I noticed it’s much slower than I first thought it was.
Which could be good for hot loads but if the flash sucks then maybe it will be great for 357 rifles.
I check GRT and it looks like it might make a decent reduced rifle/cast bullet powder but I don’t know if it’s bulky enough to really fit that niche.
 
38 supercomp
9.8g 3N38, 124g Precision Delta. Federal small rifle (loving the bulky packaging)
View attachment 818561

Cases tumbled in corn cob
Cases roll-sized
Sized, primed, charged, seated and crimped on DIllon 750
Tumbled in walnut shell
I'll still case gage every one before going into MTM cases.

3k done, 7k still to go, pretty good for winter stockpiling considering its not even winter yet.
I plan on 10k of 9mm as well, but I'll need to spend more time collecting brass, I missed out on the Police range rentals and the once fired brass they shoot, pick up, and leave for us.

Are you doing the rollsizing?
 
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