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  1. tajjeep

    equipment questions (scales, chronographs)

    That was my thought process. Instead of setting up a volumetric powder throw, a combo trickler scale that would automatically dispense the desired weight would be quicker than me trickling every charge onto a beam scale. I don’t have the volume to warrant a progressive. This past year I went through 2k 9mm, 2k .223, and about 10k .22lr. I don’t shoot as often as I would like to due to time constraints. Hopefully as the kids get older, I will make it out more. Winters are slow as I don’t care for indoor ranges that much. It also means the rifles don’t leave the safe. I am considering a local pistol league, but that will probably be rimfire (it’s not caliber specific), but at least it will get me out more. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  2. tajjeep

    equipment questions (scales, chronographs)

    The only reloadable calibers I shoot are .223, 9mm, and 45 Colt. Considering a .45ACP if I ever get past my rimfire addiction. I have bulk of everything but the 45. I don’t foresee myself getting into a position where I would have to reload in order to shoot (I like to have a few thousand of each ready to go). More than likely I would like to get into a schedule where I can work on reloading my stockpile over winter. I currently only have single stage presses. I don’t see the need at this point to get into a progressive, but down the road it may make more sense. The efficient use of my time is not as big a concern as my impatience with my current beam scale. That is why I was thinking a digital may speed up that process (especially a scale/powder throw combo). Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  3. tajjeep

    So, Who Is At The Bench Today?

    I was able to get my sized 45 Colt cases primed. I only had 85 to do, but it’s another item I can cross off of my list. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  4. tajjeep

    So, Who Is At The Bench Today?

    I can’t think of a situation where a heli-coil would be a planned scenario. Fiscally it doesn’t make sense. If other areas are threaded, the tooling is already in place. A through bolt would cost the same as the coil and provide a more secure connection. Not fully knowing anything about those machines, to me, it sounds like an afterthought. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  5. tajjeep

    So, Who Is At The Bench Today?

    Not at the bench per se, but I wanted to wish all of you a Merry Christmas! Or a happy “whichever winter celebration you prefer”! As a newer member here and new to reloading, I don’t know how to thank everyone for their helpfulness. It has been most appreciated. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  6. tajjeep

    equipment questions (scales, chronographs)

    I’ve seen that setup in YouTube videos. A bit beyond my needs and wallet, but very cool. I’m thinking I may try to find a better beam to start, not sure yet. The Frankford is appealing as I found a place that has them for $160 and reviews seem favorable (those who had problems, it was major and Frankford took care of them), but RCBS seems to have an excellent track record with the Chargemasters. Will wait and see. I can function with what I have now and my firearms “wishlist” is fairly long. Might knock a couple off of that list while I mull over my options. Not really in a hurry. Thank you all for the input, you have given me several options to look into in respect to the chronograph. I know I am still in the honeymoon phase of reloading, but I have thoroughly enjoyed even the research up to this point. Gaining knowledge in an interesting subject can be fun. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  7. I have been thinking the two pieces of equipment that would make the most sense to acquire/upgrade would be a chronograph and a digital scale. For chronographs, is there a brand or model that I should begin my research process with? I have come across the Caldwell ones in sporting goods stores, but honestly have not yet looked into anything of the sort. Having read a lot of posts on here, the velocity readings would appear to be a major data source to track. For scales, I have the Lee beam scale. It works. I do not care for how it reads for tenth of grain measurements or the way it adjusts. I realize there are much better beam scales out there, but for the money, I wonder if a digital scale would be better. I have looked into these a little bit, both the scales and powder drop scale combos. The smaller Hornady scale (G2-1500), the Frankford DS-750, and the Lyman Pocket Touch all seem inexpensive. A step up price wise would be the RCBS Rangemaster, Hornady bench scale, or the Dillon. with the scale/powder combinations, the Frankford Intellidropper has a lot of features for the price and the reviews seem favorable. The two different RCBS models (Chargemaster Combo and Chargemaster Lite) both seem to be the most popular from what I have seen. Essentially, my dad has historically had me pick out what i want for Christmas and he will put some money towards it. I was thinking that either of these categories are things that would be beneficial to this new hobby within a hobby I have found. I am just looking for some guidance from those that have more experience than me.
  8. tajjeep

    So, Who Is At The Bench Today?

    I found that with my 45Colt. I picked up five boxes of American Eagle for $35/box. Using that brass I reloaded for $11/box. Even buying new brass it would have been less than $25/box to load. Without buying brass that one caliber will pay for my entire reloading equipment investment in 25 boxes. (I’m not in it as deep as you folks yet) Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  9. tajjeep

    So, Who Is At The Bench Today?

    I cleaned and sized my brass from my outing with the 45 Colt. Now to prime and figure out which powder to try next. Unfortunately range time for me won’t come until the new year. I also reorganized the safe (finally put the shelves in after 2 years). No more room for any long guns, but I made room for a 10” Mark IV that I am sure will follow me home soon. Time to start shopping for another safe. I also made some room in that corner of the basement to set up a reloading area. My work shop works, but it’s 50 degrees in winter and up to 80 and high humidity in the summer. A climate controlled space will be much more comfortable. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  10. tajjeep

    45 Colt

    Thank you very much! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  11. tajjeep

    45 Colt

    I was able to sneak out at lunch yesterday and shoot my first hand loads. This first round was ladders of Trail Boss powder. I shot 3 rounds of each load at 10 yards and 3 at 25 yards. The 25 yard distance was challenging as the air currents in the range, the target was never totally static. I shot with my wrists supported on a hard rubber block that the range has as a rifle test. I shot 6 factory loads to warm up and shot 3 shot strings with a slight cool down period in between. My goal is to find a load that is reasonably close POA VS POI. I want to rule out loads and narrow down those that should garner further exploration. With the 200 grain coated cast Acme bullet, I loaded at .2 grain intervals (5.7, 5.9, 6.1, 6.3, & 6.5). There were no pressure signs that I could find with any of the loads and felt recoil was considerably less than the 225 grain American Eagle factory loads that I have. The 5.9 load gave me the best performance at both distances. The 250 grain (same style bullet) was loaded at 4.9, 5.1, 5.3, 5.5, & 5.7. There were also no noticeable pressure signs. All of these were also light shooting. The 4.9 load gave me the best performance. I was a bit surprised that both of these were on the minimum end of the spectrum. According to the load data these were both low velocity loads. At some point I see a chronograph in my future and can start building my own database with even further knowledge. I now have two other powders to try: CFE Pistol and Unique. Unique has proven interesting to find load data on. I have recipes from 2017 that include min and max loads, but all of their current info lists only one load (no minimum or maximum and zero pressure information). 8 grains of unique under a 250 grain bullet has been listed elsewhere as the equivalent to the original black powder loads. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  12. tajjeep

    New to reloading

    I picked up the Hornady headspace kit (for use with calipers) and measured the case/shoulder length. With factory unfired American Eagle .223, the consensus was 1.456. The same measurement with brass from my Stag measured the same 1.456. My Tavor measured 1.465. Overall case length was similar between rifles with both showing variations between 1.732-1.737. These numbers are puzzling to me. I am having a hard time understanding how the unfired length and the fired length are the same with my Stag. I am thinking that it has to do with where the case lands in the tube of the gauge for measurement. Regardless, based on the above information from Greg (along with the known fact that the factory ammo runs in both rifles), my shoulder setback measured with the gauge should be at 1.456 to run in both rifles. which oddly is the same as the factory American Eagle I measured. I have yet to get the Sinclair gauge from Brownell's, but it is on my list. I have not made large strides in my efforts to reload this cartridge as factory rounds seem to find their way into my stockpile. I am slowly building my information base though.
  13. tajjeep

    So, Who Is At The Bench Today?

    To satisfy my curiosity, what bullet and powder do you use for 9mm. I have been hoarding 9mm brass, but haven’t decided if/when I will reload it. Due to sales/rebates I am sitting on several thousand rounds of 115gr. Eventually I figure it will make more fiscal sense to load vs buy. I am also considering a 9mm AR pistol, which I am sure will increase my usage. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    So, Who Is At The Bench Today?

    I made my first things today. I had a slow day at work so I brought the supplies and my Lee hand press with me and was able to get it done this morning between phone calls (one benefit of being self employed). I did 30 rounds of the 200gr bullet and 30 rounds of the 250gr. All Trail Boss powder. I started .2 above the minimum and stopped .1 below the max at .2 grain steps. 5 sets of 6 for each bullet. This was the most mentioned powder I could find for 45 Colt, but most of the mentions were by cowboy action shooters that said this is a good low velocity, low recoil load. Will have to see how it performs. Unfortunately I don’t know when I will make it to the range as things outside of the office are hectic. Might have to squeeze a lunchtime run in. As I feared, I enjoyed the process. Using the beam scale I have was a bit tedious. Partly because I only had the Lee scoop from my die set and used a trickler to build up each weight. A digital scale of some form may be on the horizon though. I had issues with the two plastic Lee funnels I have. There was just enough of a static charge that kernels of powder would hang up in the funnel. I used a paperclip to push each kernel through for the first few rounds before I couldn’t stand it anymore and made a paper funnel. Not sure how I feel about that yet. I may look for a metal funnel. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  15. tajjeep

    So, Who Is At The Bench Today?

    All of my components arrived. 3 different powders and 2 different bullets. I was able to get 100 cases sized and expanded. Now to prime and read through all of the notes I took and figure out how I want to load some ladders for my 45LC. I’m thinking I will do 6 of each load and test at 2 different distances (3 shots of each at both distances) and find what the gun likes. These will be my first reloads (not gonna lie, I’m excited for the process). Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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