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  1. srjdsmith

    .223 brass prep and taper crimps

    What is the deal with annealing? I have LOADS of picked-up brass. Some is my own once-fired but lots of it was on the ground at the range and nobody else was there... fair game!! (Caveat: I don’t even have dies yet, but once I get going with .45 ACP, .223/5.56 is next) Is that for brass that has been reloaded several times? (Stay tuned: I have a question about sizing rifle and pistol.) Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    .223 brass prep and taper crimps

    Hah! “Mr. Photogenic” That’s me. The deer probably has a bigger smile than me. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    .223 brass prep and taper crimps

    Me- about 125 yards My buddy that I talked into building one with me- about 150 yards. He got more venison but mine is tender! After passing on The Hartford in Wisconsin, I was in no mood to pass on a decent size button. We’re pretty sold on 450B. Honestly I’m thinking about a Ruger American 22” also in 450B. I can shoot about 2” groups at 200 yards with my rifle. That’s my best. I’m not an expert and I bet the rifle will do much better than it does when it’s against MY shoulder. I maybe shoot a hair better with my .30-06, which is fine for Wisconsin, but not legal in Iowa. I can’t wait to get to the range and try some of those 225 grain XTP’s I loaded. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    .223 brass prep and taper crimps

    So that taper is pretty tight. Bare minimum tight enough to keep recoil from moving the bullet. In my AR they don’t push front to back like a tube magazine, so it’s just the shock of being in the magazine and maybe bumping into the walls of the mag on recoil and bolt operation. My guess is that a consistent crimp lends to consistent groups? Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  5. When one hasn’t a face-to-face mentor to teach the art of reloading, one must ask questions one or two at a time on the interwebs, thus continually displaying one’s ignorance... 1) it seems that some .223 brass de-caps VERY reluctantly. I can’t stop every 3-4 cases to reset the decapping pin and I’m not ready to break one yet (yes, I know I will break one eventually...) It’s a Lee Precision Universal Decapping die. What am I doing wrong? And I haven’t even started trying 5.56 brass yet! 2) So I think my 450 Bushmaster loads went very smoothly. As soon as I can get to the club on a key-exchange meeting, I’ll shoot them- then I’ll know for sure. What about the taper crimp? Is it as nebulous as it seems? How do I know I did it right? Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    brass trading

    You’re right. I’m surprised. I did 1 1/2 pounds of brass with 1 pound of pins, squirt of soap & a dash of Lemi Shine. ...and they’re beautiful. One drum of my own once-fired 450 Bushmaster and one drum of picked-up .45 ACP. I’m pretty hooked... Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    Black Rifle missionary at it again...

    No. Those are good two cents worth. Like others in this thread, there’s good wisdom. I have some challenges with this, including that we don’t live close and we’re doing this by email and text. He wants to have all the parts by the time I go there this summer and I can talk him through the build. But I’ve never done a .308 and he’s like your buddy- not really a shooter, just wants one... I’m working him into more reasonable territory. We’ll see. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    brass trading

    Who has a recipe for wet tumbling with s.s. pins? I have a universal decamping die and everything has empty primer pockets before tumbling. My tumbler (for now) is the Harbor Freight double tumbler- two separate tubs just shy of 1 liter each. My guess is max about 50 pieces of brass per cylinder. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  9. I generally agree, and that was my point in saying that we already don’t have “all” the gun rights- some have already been legislated and policied away. But I’m not sure that “nothing” is all that impossible. When the Nazi’s moved through Europe, the key to Blitzkrieg was to send small groups of SS troops ahead, who would go to the local constabulary to obtain gun records, make swift, quiet visits to all those homes, then the army arrived to occupy a disarmed populace- often without firing a shot. The pre-war gun restrictions in Europe were very close to “nothing” in terms of gun rights and the registry made it complete. England has very close to “nothing” in terms of gun rights and now in London they’re trying to take knives away. There may be some rights left, but they’re much, much closer to nothing than to all. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    Powder charge precision?

    For dispensing I tried to be consistent- keep the level in the hopper about in the middle, two gentle bumps down when filling the measure, two gentle bumps up when dispensing to clear everything through. But with a static-y pan and funnel a few grains always get left somewhere. So I tried dispensing directly into the case. It didn’t occur to me that taring the case might duplicate the error. I’d like to get one of the balance pans that has a build-in case funnel. Given that 38 grains is a minimum load, +0.2 or even +0.3 grains wouldn’t be dangerous, so I’m good for target shooting and for a test run. I’ll get some dryer sheets and do a static wipe and see if that helps. Does it seem right that 38 grains about 2/3 or 3/4 fills the case? All the converting between volume and mass is a little intimidating and I just want to be safe. (Just talked to a friend at church whose grandson got snow in his barrel and blew it up. Nobody got hurt but scary stuff.) Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
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    Powder charge precision?

    Thanks, all. That’s encouraging. My powder measure is hand-me-down from my Dad... ...like almost all my reloading equipment. He never used it and always scooped his loads- staying well away from the max load in the Hornady 2nd Edition For some reason, I can’t find most of his dies and his Lee powder scoops and a few other things. This has been a fun adventure and I can see more calibers looming on the horizon... .45 ACP, .223/5.56, 9mm... Prepare yourselves: more ignorant questions are coming. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
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    Powder charge precision?

    Yeah, we used to scoop everything. Dad bought the Redding powder measure but never used it. So, I’m using it now for the first time. I guess a serious reloader eventually uses one of those auto-trickler things. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    brass trading

    For optimal trade value, should brass be decapped and tumbled? Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    Powder charge precision?

    What’s my tolerance here? As a chemist, 0.1 grains on a cheap battery-operated scale seems... (well, let’s just say that I have a former prof. or two who would take me to the wood shed for even thinking about it!) But in reloading, looking for 38 grains, will this do? ...or would that blow my head off? I’m basically asking about safety. I’d like good accuracy, but I’m not going to beat the Canadians at 3,600 meters. So start with safety. CCI 450 primers, Hornady 225 grain FTX bullets, new brass, 38 grains of Lil Gun. I’m in no hurry and I’m doing this for fun, so I will weigh each load. So, how precisely 38 is 38? Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  15. Thanks, Rampy. Interesting read. The problem is if we scream, “ALL OR NOTHING!!” Too much, we’ll end up with nothing. We already don’t have ‘all’. Full auto, short barrels... like it or not, there are already restrictions. The inaction of two Republican Houses plus a Republican White House should be proof enough that we 2A patriots have VERY few friends in government. Just because the NRA sees the necessity for ‘cutting a deal’ doesn’t make them our enemy. I believe they realize that “nothing” is closer than we think. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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