What did you do in the reloading room today?

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I like blue. I am setting up my blue with the 30/06 head to tinker with my Garands. They have not been out in a while. I have a bunch of 150 grain FMJ bullets, some IMR 4064, several thousand suitable primers, and 1,000 brand new Starline cases. It should be fun.
 

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Well, not today, but this past week.....................

I have been collecting and buying bullets for YEARS, on top Of Years. I have struggled with the foot print buying in bulk makes. Boxes take up too much room on the shelf, can’t see what you have, and becomes a jumbled up mess. I started with bags, first just plain ziplocks. Then I discovered nicer bags, heavier, and with white blocks to label. This worked fine for years, but also became a jumbled up MESS…………….






What to do?……………..

I received a catalog from Consolidated Plastics last week. This is the place I order all my bags. I never look at catalogs, they go in the trash that day, I no longer save them for additives to the terminal tests. In the trash. But, this day, I kept this one to look through……

Behold, I discovered Clear Plastic square containers! Hmmmmmmmm……… Nice foot Print,stackable, screw top lid……….This just might work………..I thought I would do a trial run at 48 containers.

I went with 32 oz, 3.75X3.75 Inch and I believe 5 inches tall……. 48 of them only got part of my .500 caliber bullets, but did it very well………..





I was very pleased with this, and the foot print was much much less, it was organized, I labeled them, I could see what was what………….. Finally a proper solution….

I took stock, and ordered 96 more containers……. They came in Friday afternoon….. Guess what I did all day Saturday…………But here are the results………I still had to keep SOME factory type boxes because I ran out of containers…… I used 144 Containers for .510, .500, .474, .416, and 9.3. I did use a couple for .224 and I do have 6 left over……. In many cases I don’t have enough in some of these factory boxes to justify using one of the containers…….












Now, this totally left barren two complete sections of shelf under the benches……… And, did not take up any more shelf space on the wall than was was dedicated before hand. Indeed foot print was vastly improved….. and now I have MORE SPACE FOR NEW BULLETS……… HEH HEH………
 

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Oh, and in between all the reorganization of bullets, I did mange to load 500 rounds of 223 this past week..........................I also discovered while taking out all the bullets under the bench a bag of brand new R-P Nickel 223 brass........... 250 pieces........ Yes, I am putting Raptors in those.............



 
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Decided that I don't like loading handgun ammo. Bell this, crimp that, can't keep OAL the same for 5 rounds at a time with plated 230 grainers. Would rather load a 100 rifle rounds than 10 pistol rounds.
 

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Getting back into the reloading shack this week, I decapped about 1200 5.56 cases, then swaged the primer pockets. I wet tumbled 1000 cases after that, but for the last 200, I sized and trimmed them first - without chamfering or deburring. I wanted to see if the wet tumbling would clean up the edges without having to take those extra steps. A quick look makes me think it will work fine for plinking loads.
 

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Went to the range today and realized when reloading ammo I don’t need to set bullets to the max size as it will not fit all magazines. Came back home and reset correctly and primed and set another box.
 

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Loaded up 75 rounds of 30 carbine. I ran 50 rounds of a good load I had worked up in my Universal carbine, but my new-to-me National Postal Meter M1 carbine has a much shorter leade and requires a shorter OAL for the bullets I am using (Bayou 115) so I also worked up test loads for that.
 

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I have nearly finished my reorganization in the main room now. I mostly have been trying to sort out bras, and most of that being B&M brass that has been tossed around for years, here, there, everywhere. I think I have found most of it now, and have it "Canned" you might say. I have 2000 pieces of 375RUM that is unprocessed, and still in original boxes of 500. These are used to make 500 MDM brass, and none is available now, so hoarding that. Also have 2000 pieces of new Winchester WSM brass I bought about a year ago now, it is of course unprocessed and in original boxes of 1000 I believe. This is used for the B&M super shorts, cut and trim.

All the head stamped and processed brass is now in containers, seems I didn't have as much as I thought I had........ But still enough I suppose. The larger gallon size container holds 250 pieces of basic B&M RUM Brass.

You will see labeled Hornady 404 Thick Rim.... This is some basic no headstamp brass hornady made for 404 Jeffery several years ago. Pete from Quality Cartridge took this brass, and head stamped the various B&M's on it. 404 Jeff is
almost RUM, about .05 less at the base is all. It has worked out very good for most of the head stamped B&Ms. I have to designate this different from some earlier head stamped brass Pete did, which I did not know at that time, but he took
RUM brass, shaved the head down and restamped it. This caused the rims to be thinner than normal. Most of it was not a problem but some of it was. Thin rims on a Dangerous Game cartridge is not really desirable. The basic 404 Hornady
has been very good. Lucky, as not all Hornady brass is up to standards.








And like always, I was able to load a few things up and do some test work this week. Finding all these bullets the last couple of weeks that have been in hiding, has caused me to want to load up some big bores and store away in case we have a Zombie apocalypse looming in our future....... Having visions of needing some big bores, in case the Zombies learn to hide behind TREES and such.................

 

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Resized 50 40cal. Sized, primed, and loaded 50 more 40 cal. Went to the range yesterday and realized how much better I liked my loads then factory.
 

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You said That perfectly!!! We Got rope..Finding it???

Same as finding that bag of reduced 50 B&M that I sent you over a year ago........ What a nice load, 500 gr bullets 1300 fps, just a slight push, you would have enjoyed those..... if you could find them................
 

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Last night was fun, deprimed and tumbled a 5gal bucket of 9mm.

Tonight I start on 3 buckets of 5.56.

@Michael458 like the organization, but not ready to give up my 30 cal ammo cans even though your bottles look better.
 

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@Michael458 like the organization, but not ready to give up my 30 cal ammo cans even though your bottles look better.

@JimB, I already have all the ammo cans full of ammo..... I don't have anymore... HEH........... These containers are just incredible for bulk bullets and some for specialty brass, but I am very pleased with getting these bullets under control.
I have found bullets that have been put away for years, and now decided to start using some of them.
 

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With this weather I'm loading hunting bullets in 308 that havent seen the light of day in years. 150gr Hornady SPBT and 180 Sierra RN. Should be an interesting day at the range next week. Have range cards generated out to 800yds for the 150's and 700 for the 180's. Less than 1200fps beyond that.
 

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Finding all these bullets has turned into a problem of sorts. First thing, it allowed me to easily see some areas I was short on, I immediately started making a huge list. Then I caught myself, stopped the list, and decided I really needed to work with some of these older designs, while they are not the highest tech and the very best there is, they are all excellent bullets, and far above conventional available. I am not hunting anymore, and for what I would need or use them for, I don't need the Highest Tech Bullet available. So I decided to load up some of these big bore extra bullets I have.............. Been working with 500 B&M and 50 B&M the last week or so. Then when I started organizing the brass the other day, I found an entire batch, probably 500 of them, first generation 425 gr SSK/Lehigh HP's in .458 we did in 2007 or so. These bullets have a very long nose profile, and not suitable for 458 B&M. But since then, I built a 458 B&M EX, 2.5 inch RUM case, built on a long Winchester action. With a little manipulation, these bullets will even work in the magazine, with a Talon Tip added. Talon Tips add 125-150 fps at 50 yard POI. With these type bullets, that is substantial. I had to find the rifle first however. This rifle is one of a kind, no others have been built, and its not a regular B&M item. It was an experimental gun on my part, as I wanted to use the longer nose profile Raptors, with tips added, and work through the magazines. The rifle has a 20 inch barrel, and is equal to the longer 458 Lott cartridge. Its a real 458 hammer. I will be able to run these 425 Brass HP's at 2500 fps and be well under max pressures.



 

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@Michael458 on that 458 hp do you get enough extra performance from milling a hexagon to justify the extra work vs drilling it?

Doesn’t really matter to me, cause I ain’t ever shooting it, just academic interest.
 

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@Michael458 on that 458 hp do you get enough extra performance from milling a hexagon to justify the extra work vs drilling it?


Jim, these type bullets are the most devastating bullet I have ever seen in the field. They are just wicked. These are all CNC machined, the HP is what they call "wobble broached", whatever that means. Basically once that bullet penetrates 1.5-2 inches inside tissue, 6 blades shear off exactly the same moment, while the center bullet stays on course. They are blades, not petals. They rip and tear through tissue, they do not push. These blades for 3-4 inches travel close to the center bullet, as tissue expands, these blade rip the tissue to shreds, it won't contract back to the wound channel, it is ripped to pieces. After this point, the blades are moving away from the center bullet, and become projectiles on their own, ripping through blood vessels, organ tissue, and anything they come in contact with. All the while, the center bullet is continuing on its path, now acting as a blunt flat nose broken bottle solid. On most animals this main bullet will exit.

They are extreme in the extreme.......... There is nothing on the planet that can cause more destruction of tissue. Of course, the big bores are exactly as described above, as your bore size gets smaller you have the same exact effect, but of course the blades are smaller too. Blades on small bores, .308 and less, do not travel as far from center as the big bores do. They are extremely devastating even in .224 calibers. For any given caliber, these type bullets are the most extreme you can use. Also, they will NEVER FAIL. Every single one is the same as the one before. Regardless of size, they all react and behave exactly the same.

Is it worth it? Yes, absolutely, without doubt. Now you don't want to use them to plink cans and bottles, or target shoot. These are for Extreme Terminal Performance.

This is the heart of a buffalo shot with a 458 B&M 420 Raptor at 25 yards frontal shot............ Big hole........Blades were still working close with the center bullet. After this, the remaining bullet penetrated over 4 foot and was found
behind the stomach.
 
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