Reloading Podcast 095 - Casting Series Part 6: Lubing and Sizing

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  1. Lyman 450
  2. Liquid Alox applied by tumbling.
  3. http://m.harborfreight.com/catalogsearch/result?q=powder+coat
  4. Gas checks

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Reloading Podcast 092 - Casting Series Part 3: Tools

Hello, and welcome to the Reloading Podcast here on the Firearms Radio network. Tonight the guys are talking about the tools needed/wanted for casting.

What is absolutely a must, and what can you make do without at the start.

  1. Tools
    1. safety equipment (Personal Protective Equipment aka PPE)
    2. Heat source
    3. rendering pot (must be substantial you’re going to be putting a lot of heavy metal in the thing!)
    4. slotted spoon chef's grade
    5. ingot pans
    6. locking pliers and adjusting pliers
    7. ladle 1 cup ladle is about 2 lb. of lead
    8. ball peen hammer
    9. Well ventilated area, preferably outside

 

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RLP 090 - Casting Series Part 1: Where to Start

Hello, and welcome to the Reloading Podcast here on the Firearms Radio network.   Tonight the guys are starting over with talking about casting boolits.

  1. Todd Senne:It would be great if you guys could talk about the proper techniques for using measuring tools. Do you just go until it touches or do you need to push until it clamps in solid. I'm having a hard time getting consistent readings. Thoughts?
  2. aquiring lead.
    1. New
      1. Rotometals (can supply antimony and tin)
      2. Rotometals Alloy page with Brinell info
    2. recycled,
      1. Wheel weights (getting harder to find as places are switching to other metals)
      2. other casters (Facebook Group Cast Bullets & Bullet Casting, eBay)
      3. recycling centers (scrap yards)
      4. old Linotype
      5. Hospitals (medical shipping containers)
  3. Tools
    1. Heat source
    2. rendering pot (must be substantial you’re going to be putting a lot of heavy metal in the thing!)
    3. slotted spoon chefs grade
    4. safety equipment (Personal Protective Equipment aka PPE)
    5. ingot pans
    6. locking pliers and adjusting pliers
    7. ladle 1cup ladle is about 2 lb. of lead
    8. ball peen hammer
    9. Well ventilated area, preferably outside
  4. storage
    1. Kitty litter buckets
    2. five gallon buckets
    3. milk crates
    4. if at all possible keep the lead alloy bone dry.

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RLP 089 - Carroll Pilant from Sierra Bullets

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  1. Michael Chan:Thanks for the show, guys. Question: in the most recent how you talked about measuring from the tip of the case to the ogive, but how does one actually do this? Is there a particualr tool? I have a Hornady Headspace comparator, but this seems to serve a different function. Any help would be welcome. Thanks
  2. Todd Senne: I'm back for another question. I've gotten to the trimming stage in my process. I'm reloading 45acp. The book says trim to .888.  I figured out that my cheap caliper was giving me inaccurate measurements. Most of the cases are now .884-.885.  I assume as long as I'm under the trim length I'm still ok. Is that correct or do I need to trash my brass?
  3. Carroll Pilant From  Sierra Bullets
    1. Phone # 800-223-8799
    2. Tech email links
    3. Sierra Helpful links page

 

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RLP 085 - 22lr dies & powder questions

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  1. Robert Reid Comment: Question on 22lr resizing dies. Hi Guys, I love the show, I'm slowly working through the back episodes, I'm up to ep. 38. I want to get into reloading and have picked up a mec 600jr and a rcbs rock chucker. My intention is to reload 45/70 for my handi rifle, however on a whim i purchased the Waltz 22lr re-sizing die. Originally I wanted the Waltz kit because of the custom enlarged hollow points. Now i'm thinking it might be a good way to get comfortable running the press, and i recently had issues with a batch of Remington .22lr (bucket o' bullets) that jammed in my butler creek steel lips magazines. The bullets are so loose I can spin them on the case! I thought Jim might have good insight with his machinist background and swaging projects. I know there is no substitute for reading the manual, however it is easier to listen to you guys during my commute than read a manual.
  2. John OvermanPowder measure question I have heard two different theories on where to mount a powder measure. I am not a match shooter, just a normal paper plinking guy. I have a Redding T7. I want to mount my Measure on my press with a case activated drop. I've heard there could be issues with settling. Do you guys have any advice on this?
  3. Mike Ray; Really enjoy the podcast. I was hoping to re-listen/pay attention to some of the tips Jeremy gives about reloading - measuring case capacity and such. I didn't locate that when searching for the podcasts - can you let me know which episodes may contain that? I'm going to start with 062 - I think Jeremy's first podcast, but I know there was more information in more recent ones. Great show, always a pleasure to listen,

 

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RLP 084 - Talkin SASS

Hello, and welcome to the Reloading Podcast here on the Firearms Radio network.   Tonight the guys are joined by Ace Holliday aka Scott Kelly, and Tequila Trek George aka George from New Shooter Canada talkin about the Single Action Shooting Society.

 

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RLP 082 - Safety questions

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  1. We aren’t going to use the listener’s name tonight, for what are obvious reasons.
    1. Comment: I have been enjoying your podcast very much. You seem to come up with many of the same tricks and techniques I have found over the years. I think I have been reloading longer than Jim. I have noticed (Jim talks about reloading 38 Special and 357 Mag) in my manuals that when using 38 Special brass the powder charge is always less than for 357 Mag brass. I am talking 158g lead semi-wad cutters. Now my question is, does the gun you shoot the load in make the difference, or is the brass for the 38 Special weaker? Being lazy and having only 357 Mag chambers I would like to load both brass cases to the same higher charge and not mess with changing the powder adjustment on my Dillon. Any thoughts? Thanks, Name Removed  PS: I an able to find lots of 38 Special brass, 357 Mag not any where I live.
    2. Jim here, the answer to your first question sir, is yes, 38 brass doesn’t need to be made quite as strong as 357 brass, blah, blah, blah…I would never consider loading 38 brass at 357 Mag levels, purely for safety reasons, the economics of what you’re asking don’t seem to be worth the cost risk of injuries you might sustain, never mind the pain and suffering you’d incur.
  1. Next item:  Bullet pullers and other oddball equipment
    1. Bullet Puller
    2. Primer pocket plugs
  2. Use multiple sources for reloading data and weigh your charges.

 

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RLP 075 - More questions

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  1. Todd Senne Just starting in reloading and love the podcast. I have a newbie question. I'm just about to build a reloading bench and have been doing research on features people love about their benches. My biggest question is about mounting the press. What's your opinion, removable mounts, mount to a board and clamp or just bolt the sucker down. I don't have a lot of room so I like the idea of flexibility, but I am worried about stability. Thoughts.  Also, what is the one little feature you would consider a must have.  Thanks
  2. Drew Huckaby  I've been shooting OCW tests on various loads at 200 yards. (.(.223 &.308) over a Caldwell chronograph. I can get groups with less than 1/2-3/4" of vertical spread but speeds can show as much as 70 fps difference. I trickle every load manually. Bullets are 69 and 168 respectively.  
    1. Q1: How much vertical spread should be expected at this 200 yd (will shoot 600 soon) distance if you get that much spread?
    2. Q2: If vertical spread is tight could chrono be wrong?
    3. Q3: will a digital auto trickler like Rcbs combo produce less speed deviation than manual trickle? Love the show, God bless.
  3. Phil Rabalais  Possible show topic, or at least something to fill part of an episode: It's been asked (and answered before) whether certain aspects of case prep make such and such a difference, or how much difference. Are there any particular recommendations you make to a novice reloader that is looking to push accuracy of his rifle rounds.  In other words:  If you can shoot X group (call it 1 moa) then I'd say do this and that to improve.  Don't worry about XYZ until you're shooting Y group.  I have a lot of practice to put in tightening up the loose nut behind the trigger, but when I can get my consistency up I'm going to end up going down the rabbit hole of "What else can I do my make my loads more consistent." Love your show guys, makes my office job more bearable while I day dream of the rifle range.

 

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RLP 073 Questions Answered

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  1. Iain Johnson - Using mil 7.62 brass making .243 Win brass. should I anneal first? He has some questions a couple weeks ago as well about resizing .308 brass down to .243 brass.Iain Johnson - hi guys, just a tip, when resizing .308 to .243 pre annealing may not be a good idea. Jim here… Mr. Johnson and I had quite a lengthy chat over this subject, and I made it point to advise the gent to anneal before hand. Quite emphatically, in fact. I humbly apologize for that wrong information about case forming. I wish there was a way that I could make this up to you, Iain. I totally apologize.
    1. Iain, The couple points we want to make number one is it possible your dies are dirty sir? Number two is it possible you may have of use insufficient lubricant? Number three is it possible you gotten your brass too soft? By heating it for too long? .Jeremy uses Tempilaq .. Tempilaq paint can be purchased at Tempilaq or on Amazon
  2. Jeremy uses this to check the shoulder.  Hornady Comparator Kit
  3. Billy Atwell - bought a Glock 20 Gen 3. Changed factory recoil spring out to a 22# spring in order to run hot loads for hunting. Has a “smear” on his primer (need to see picture on page). He’s running 180gr HP bullets around 1200fps. He’s wondering if this “smear” is an issue? If so, whats the solution?  The Glock 20 is a 10 mm auto cartridge, rather powerful, to say the very least.
  4. Vareck Walla - When you work up a load with a new powder and/or bullet, how many do you recommend making for a good representation sample? (Nice photo Vareck of your daughter helping you reload! OCW info

 

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RLP 072 - Robin Sharpless from Redding

Tonight the guys are talking to Robin Sharpless from Redding Reloading Equipment.  

Imperial sizing Wax

 

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RLP 071 - Jessica from Acme Bullet Co

Tonight the Mike is airing an interview he had with Jessica Jacklin President/Co-Owner of Acme Bullet Company in Germantown, WIAcme bullets

 

 

 

Acme wanted

 

 

 

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RLP 070 - Jim got lost....

Tonight the guys are answering more questions from the Reloading Room.  

  1. Marc Becker I think this came up before, but not sure. So sorry if a repeat. I'm thinking of keeping my powder locked up in my shed instead of the basement (reloading room). Any danger to this?
  2. Marc Becker  Why do i have to check every case before reloading
  3. Jason Campbell Seems after two (2) reloads in my .308 Laupa brass (first experience with Lapua), they will no long hold a primer. Worked up to 45.1 gr of 4064 pushing a Hornady 178 Match bullet. 45.1 gr had the accuracy, consistent fps, and no signs of extreme pressure observed by me or the veteran reloader I was with. Thoughts? These were shot in a Savage model 10 with 20" barrel.
  4. Allen Tabor I crimped a .223 case to where it just fit a large Pistol primer right, then cut it off and glued it on this alum tube... works good, was needed in a tight space

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RLP 069 - 22lrReloader Primeall

Tonight the guys are talking to Brian Nixon from 22lrreloader about his upcoming release of Primeall, the new priming compound that ships with no hazmat fee and can be used to “reload” spent primers as well as a more efficient alternative for the .22lr reloader.  

Sharpshooter Reloader

Sharpshooter facebook page

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RLP 068 - Listener questions

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RLP 065 - Starting over, kinda, reloading

Tonight the guys are starting to actually reload a cartridge.

  1. find your recipe
  2. deprime
  3. trim/deburr
  4. tune in next episode….

 

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RLP 063 - More Facebook questions

Tonight the guys are answering more questions from the Reloading Podcast Facebook page.

  1. Patriot Patch Co
  2. Patriot Patch Co. Facebook

 

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RLP 058 - What do I need?

Tonight the guys are talking about the equipment you need to start reloading.  

Anthony Fields

Well you all can officially call me a window licker now. I officially got my first case stuck in the sizing die of my 223 set. Should I remove it myself by drilling and tapping then use washers like the reloading podcast fellas explained or should I send it back to Hornady and have them remove it.

 

 

  1. ABC's of Reloading 9th ed
  2. Reloading Manuals
  3. Reloading Starter kits
    1. Lee Breech lock hand Reloader kit   $66.78
    2. Lee Breech Lock kit          $124.79
    3. RCBS Partner Press kit   $166.99
    4. Hornady LnL classic Kit   $271.99
    5. Lyman T-Mag Master Kit  $385.49
  4. Equipment list needed:
    1. Single Stage Reloading Press
    2. Reloading Scale (preferably a beam scale, rather than electronic to start out with.)
    3. Uniflow Powder Measure
    4. Powder Trickler
    5. Hand Priming Toolg
    6. Case loading block
    7. Dial/Electronic Calipers
    8. case trimmers
    9. Case deburring tool
    10. T-handle Hex key set
    11. Case lubes
    12. Powder funnel
  5. Dies
    1. What cartridge/caliber?
    2. manufacturer of dies

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RLP 056 - Starting Over, kinda

Tonight the guys are starting over by talking about reasons to reload.  

  1. Comment: Thank you for a great show - Can you discuss the advantages/disadvantages of shooting high bullet weight 223/5.56 or switching to .300 BLK and a low bullet weight for cartridge. Example 77 gr .224 vs 90 gr .308 given similar case capacities.  Applications are steel target at 300 yds and hunting whitetail deer to 150 yds. Thank you for all the great info you send out through the podcast.           JR Walker
  2. Why should I get into reloading?
    1. Cost saving per round/shoot more for same money
    2. improved accuracy
    3. preparation for various reasons
    4. custom loads not available off the shelf
    5. its fun

 

 

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RLP 054 - Answering more listener questions

Tonight the guys are answering more listener questions.  

Vareck Walla: I chambered a few reloaded 308 rounds in my M&P 10 and it marked the bullet (scratch at the top). bullet picLooks like the start of the rifling or maybe scraping the lower part of the chamber. Is this normal? The COAL is 2.800 (a hair under) using new brass and hornady match 168 gr. Chambered 5 and all 5 made the same mark. Thanks.

Jerry S. France:  When you say they have been swaged , what are you sayings been done?

Dave Short:  I will be new to reloading in the hopefully not too distant future and wanted to know how many of you load large magnum rifle cartridges in a progressive? I can't afford 2 presses, 1 single stage for the rifle and a progressive for all my handguns. Is it problematic to run a 300 RUM in a progressive? I am considering either Hornady or Dillon maybe RCBS

Chad Campell: Question on tumbling...What does everyone tumble with to make their brass shine? I use walnut shells with some NuFinish, and they look okay, but I've seen some here that look like they could win awards.

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RLP 051- Answering more Facebook questions

Tonight the guys are answering more questions from Facebook.  

RULE I: ALL GUNS ARE ALWAYS LOADED

RULE II: NEVER LET THE MUZZLE COVER ANYTHING YOU ARE NOT WILLING TO DESTROY

RULE III: KEEP YOUR FINGER OFF THE TRIGGER UNTIL YOUR SIGHTS ARE ON THE TARGET

RULE IV: BE SURE OF YOUR TARGET

 

  1. From Eric Smith: I have a couple of questions. A few episodes ago Jim was talking about “Case Neck Turning”. I understand this is to even out the wall thickness of the neck, also there is “Case Neck Reaming”. Now my guess is that reaming will also even out the neck wall thickness only from the inside.  I really enjoy the podcast and look forward to it each week  .Eric Smith  My first question – Is my guess on the purpose of “Case Neck Reaming” correct, if so what is the difference between doing it from the inside vs. the outside?, if not then what is the purpose of it.
  2. My second question – I have recently formed 30-06 cases to 25-06 with a RCBS Form/Trim Die and am concerned that the case neck thickness has increased during the process and that now it will cause chambering problems (I didn’t think about this until I formed all my cases so I didn’t get a wall thickness measurement before forming to compare with). Should I do anything with the case necks and if so what should I do Turn it or Ream it or something else.
  3. Posted by Christopher and Chasidy Gillis:  Welp. Totally messed that up. It was supposed to be .223 75gr HPBT rounds. The first one is the worst. The dies were hornady dies, I set them up, same as I do for .308, ran them out so I could slowly turn them down and eventually (and very slowly) get the COAL down to 2.250" needless to say, any time I pulled the lever down and ram went all the way up, well you see what happened. Help! Only two out of ten survived. Not a good introduction to .223!
  4. From Brad Rongitsch:  I have a question and hope this is the right place to ask. I have been away from reloading for 10 years.  I just get my Dillon Square Deal B working and loaded up some 9mm rounds.  I used Montana Gold 147gr bullets with 5.3 grains of Accurate Arms #7 powder. This was the starting load on the powder makers web site.  Shot them in a stock Glock 17 and they barely were able to cycle the slide. They stove piped.  Question is how much should I increase the powder to get them to function? What is the general guideline for increasing. All the loads I have done before have always worked at the starting load.  Thanks.

 

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