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  1. ScoutnUSA

    Case H2O wt. does headstamp matter?

    Hmm neck tension right. Didn't think about that. Annealing would cure that wouldn't it? I mean within reason anyway. This is for my 30-06 elk rifle so maybe out to 500 yds at most I think...likely less. I'm not going for a mile. I set aside the brass that has either a harder or easier bullet seating pressure so I cull out the biggest culprits. Darrell
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    Case H2O wt. does headstamp matter?

    Thanks Greg. That was pretty much what I thought but figured I just check. Are there differences in flash hole dia (assuming same size primer) that you have run across? I do have some old Lake City stuff from the 60's or so for my 30'06 and was wondering if it was worth weighing and using. Darrell
  3. Pretty much a simple question. When sorting cases by water weight does head-stamp matter? Darrell
  4. You forgot the last step. Once crime get s so far out of hand because the commies remove the police' ability to enforce laws the last action will be martial law and no movement with out proper papers or you go to prison. You can ONLY do what the Government says you can and no more. For some reason I though I've heard this story before. Darrell
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    Digital vs. Balance Scale

    I use Lyman Gen 6 Touch Screen Powder System auto charger, It dispenses and weights in one shot. One thing with these styles is they are only accurate to .1gr so if you want more accurate then that you do what Greg mentioned and throw a bit light (.2gr for me) put that on the balance beam scale and trickle charge to perfection. The touch screen is a finicky thing and I can't say I am totally pleased with that part of it but it does work. To speed things up you can use the auto trickler then transfer that powder to the beam scales pan then put the auto pan back on the scale and it can auto charge so it starts a new charge once it senses the pan being on it, while that is going on you trickle up to your target on the beam scale and dump in the case, by then the auto charger has another full pan .....rinse an repeat. Quick and accurate. Darrell
  6. I have an O-light and have been more than happy with it. The one I have was more than your limit but they do offer smaller ones in your range. One thing I have gotten tired of over the many years was replacing dry cell batteries, so I went with rechargeable ones with removable batteries but that has become a pain IMO. Some use the 18650's and you have to keep track of the special charger (at least with mine you had to remove the battery to charge it) in the last few years I have moved to USB rechargeable lights, from headlamps to handhelds. Since my phone, tablet, power bank and a couple other devices charge VIA USB I have USB chargers and the common charging cables everywhere I swear they're reproducing. So having a 120V USB in the house and the 12V cig lighter style chargers in each vehicle is a no brainer. Darrell
  7. ScoutnUSA

    Brainless wonders NEVER Cease ; one gun a month

    Ya well. It was just an idea. Darrell
  8. ScoutnUSA

    Brainless wonders NEVER Cease ; one gun a month

    I've got an idea. 1) enforce EXISTING gun laws, and 2) make the punishment for committing such crimes so steep it is a deterrent. Darrell
  9. ScoutnUSA

    Hornady 140 SST inconsistent seating

    Well I called Hornady and spoke to a tech there. Explained what was going on, what I found and gave him a ton of dimensions form the 123 and 140 SST as well as the 143 ELD-X. He asked how far off the lands I was trying to seat them, I told him I don't remember. He said that at the factory we seat them to the canalure and I returned with those don't shoot well at all in my gun and I seat bullets based on what the gun likes. He put me on hold and to "talk to his boss" and said the best they would do is if I would send them the rest of the box one my dime they would do a bunch of measurements on the bullets and send me a new box. To say the least I am not impressed with the customer service. It will cost me a lot more in time and money to pack and ship a box of lead than it is worth to me. I feel as if this was what they were trying to get me to do in the first place. Most companies would just say ok we'll send out a new box if nothing else just to stand behind their product and keep a customer especially for something that costs them very little. Who knows maybe they get 25 calls a day from people saying their bullets are out of spec and want a free box. Sad. One thing I did learn from all of this measuring is that the ELD-X bullets are held to a FAR smaller tolerance than the SST's One thing I did learn from all of this measuring is that the ELD-X bullets are held to a FAR smaller tolerance than the SST's To say the least I am not impressed with customer service. Darrell
  10. ScoutnUSA

    Hornady 140 SST inconsistent seating

    I agree Greg. Book COAL is meaningless in my opinion, at least in most cases. I look for what jump my gun is happy with and as long as it fits in the mag that is all that matters. While the Hornady comparator may not get to the exact point of the ogive it is repeatable and as long as I use the same bushing/bullet as I used when I used the Hornady COAL tool I am measuring from the same reference point (dia.) and can repeat this measurement for year after year as well as keep track of throat erosion. Darrell
  11. ScoutnUSA

    Hornady 140 SST inconsistent seating

    That is exactly what I am getting with the 143 ELD-X. Darrell
  12. ScoutnUSA

    Hornady 140 SST inconsistent seating

    Ok thanks. I guess I just must have been lucky up to this point. I figured this was a bad batch since it was so far off compared to the other Hornady bullets I mentioned. If this is what is normal for the 140 SST's I think I will just quit using them, or try a VLD stem if one is offered. Darrell
  13. ScoutnUSA

    Hornady 140 SST inconsistent seating

    I don't think it's tolerance stacking. I do understand what it is. As mentioned in the original post after I found the problem and started troubleshooting. I narrowed it down to comparing a bare bullet and just the seating stem, so there was only one point of contact and two pieces (bullet and stem, stem removed form die) and found the same variable in length as when measuring the entire cartridge, I also measured two other bullets (143 ELD-X and 123 SST) to double check my method, and found the method to be sound and repeatable. The deeper VLD stem wouldn't make any difference if it has the same internal profile, and contacts the bullet at the same place as the standard stem since the poly tip is not contacting the interior of the stem. I did look through some more of my dies sets to find one deep enough to accommodate the poly tip and contact the bullet closer to the ogive but none of the other stems would be compatible. After I posted this last night just for kicks I measured the same 3 different types of bullets as before (the 140 SST problematic ones and 123 SST and 143 ELD-X_ and even measuring from the base of the bullet to the tip of the poly tip and found the same variable. The 140 vary by about .023" on the 6 or so measured and the 123 and 143 are with in .003 of each other with the 143 ELD-X varying even less using a sample size of six or also. So the difference in the length seems to be between the ogive and the point at which the seating stem makes contact with the bullet as if the bullet was stretched in that area. Darrell
  14. ScoutnUSA

    Hornady 140 SST inconsistent seating

    I wouldn't trust myself to be able to drill out the stem and be able to keep the hole absolutely centered much less chamfer the edge of the new inner dia to keep the bearing surface on the bullet from being a sharp corner that would/could make a ring where it makes contact . If I had a lathe I would do it. A VLD stem might work, do they have a wider dia where they make contact with the bullet or are they just deeper? It isn't a depth issue the tip isn't making contact with the interior of the stem. Darrell
  15. ScoutnUSA

    Hornady 140 SST inconsistent seating

    It was just a surprise that in the last 20 years (35 years since starting reloading) of being a more serious reloader this is the first time I have run across this. In the past .001 or maybe .003 MAX I would see from time to time but never this much of a difference. By serious reloader I mean someone who takes into consideration and pays attention to various primers, powder types/wts, bullet weight.style/mnfr, seating depth, annealing, neck vs full length sizing, case trimming. neck tension, concentricity etc. I also measure about every 4th or 5th round for case base to ogive just to make sure something didn't change. This is Hornady twice reloaded brass so I don't "think" annealing is needed yet.But I did have a couple bullets seat harder then the rest so maybe so...but that was 2 out of the 28 or so I loaded. I was curious if anyone else has ever run across this before, a couple shooting buddies I asked never have and they have been reloading longer than me. Darrell
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