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My hobby of reloading ammunition
Joe had an interesting primer experience. Made me think – do I visually inspect my primers? I want to say I don’t, but I use a primer tube to pick them up, and thus they all have to be oriented anvil side up anyway so I hope I’d see something like what Joe ran into. Like him, I’ve never seen this before, although I’ve nowhere near loaded as much as he has.
posted by by Robb Allen @ 2/9/2015 8:42:06 PM | Feedback (4)
But I’ll be damned if they’re not perfectly parallel! With the new garage set up, I wanted a better way to mount my presses & vice than just bolting them through the workbench. I was pointed to Rockler & their aluminum tracks and decided that I would give them a shot. The idea was route a channel for the tracks into the bench then permanently attach the presses / vice to a good piece of plywood. Those then could have the t-bolts attached to them so I could slide whatever I needed on or...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 10/22/2014 9:50:51 AM | Feedback (6)
Yesterday, I had to clean the garage. It had been a while, and it was damned near impossible to even get to my bench much less do anything on it. After everything was cleared off, and now that I’ve got the Delta Elite back, I decided to run up a small batch of 10mm for testing. The previous loads I had that ran great in my Glock 20 were a bit long in the OAL for the Delta Elite and would bind in the magazines. 1.260” would catch every few rounds, but 1.250-1.255” works just fine. However, my...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 3/31/2014 8:48:47 AM | Feedback (10)
JayG is about to get the shock of his life – namely that reloading doesn’t save you a dime, it just means you shoot more.
posted by by Robb Allen @ 7/2/2012 9:39:00 AM | Feedback (5)
Tam located the ‘handloads caused guilty verdict’ cases that, up until this point, I had started to consider were urban legend. I had heard about them but nobody ever seemed to be able to find the case numbers and whatnot. I was aware of the Fish case, but I still believe that was more a case of incompetent defense. The problem is that it was always implied that the reason these people got a guilty verdict was because they used handloads and somehow the jury was swayed by the fact that...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 6/1/2012 2:32:36 PM | Feedback (25)
USPSA is this Sunday. I’m out of the BVAC bulk ammo I got from Cheaper Than Dirt, but I have everything set up to crank out a ton of ammo. At my last competition, I had some of my reloads ready in case I ran out, but didn’t need them. Well, I don’t have any more ammo, so my reloads have to be used. It’d be nice if I can make it to the range to test to ensure these are going to work for me, but it’s looking like I might be testing them at the worst possible time – during competition. Here’s...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 5/30/2012 10:10:52 AM | Feedback (4)
Sunday is my local USPSA match and due to financial and timing issues, I wasn’t really going to go. I had purchased fifty-three pounds of bb’s to load, but the ejection wire on my Lock ‘N Load was all fubar and was catching on my 10mm cases. To fix this, I needed to pick up a new shell plate holder, but cash reserves were low at the time yadda yadda yadda. Technically I could just remove the wire and manually flick them off, but I already have two actions I have to perform while reloading...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 5/5/2012 9:10:38 AM | Feedback (5)
Got home yesterday to 2,000, 180 grain, Rainier Lead-Safe flat points waiting for me. This should last me almost a year as I shoot about 180 rounds per USPSA competition, plus various outings at the range for practice. If I start in IDPA, that would dwindle down a bit faster of course. I have less than 1,000 small pistol primers. I have 4 or 5 pounds of powder, but less than a pound of TiteGroup which is my primary powder. So a trip to the next fun show might be in order to stock up on a few...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 5/3/2012 8:53:45 AM | Feedback (5)
This weekend I had the opportunity to handle a professional grade caliper. Made me realize how shitty and cheap the one I use for reloading is. When I started reloading, I had to cut costs where I could, and the caliper seemed to be a cheap item, much like a glorified ruler, and being that most of them weren’t that expensive, I didn’t think it’d be that big of a deal. Boy was I wrong. I’m constantly having to re-zero it which shouldn’t be the case with an item that is supposed to be precision...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 3/19/2012 1:16:25 PM | Feedback (20)
Well, I was living in the future, then it was the past, but will be again in… oh hell with it. Anywho, I loaded up 60 rounds of 10mm this weekend and was having an issue with the Hornady Lock ‘N Load. The ejector wire kept binding up on some rounds and instead of just knocking them off into the bin would fling them into another time zone. This action would shake the press, sending powder out of the charged case and into every nook and cranny it could find. This would mean I’d have to dump that...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 2/13/2012 1:16:46 PM | Feedback (2)
.45 ACP cases should be put in the vibrating cleaner alone. Never with 10mm, .40 Cal and .357 Magnum cases. Otherwise you get situations that would confuse the architect of the TARDIS.
posted by by Robb Allen @ 2/12/2012 8:47:07 PM | Feedback (10)
One of the interesting things about my 10mm hand loads is that I use a lighter, 155 grain bullet rather than the more common 165, 180, or 200 grain. The lighter bullet gives a bit less recoil and I can really, really, really get that BB a movin’. Using 6.7 grain of Titegroup, I’ve gotten 1300 fps yielding 581.52 ft-lbf of energy. Using some Blue Dot, 1400 fps (674.43 ft·lbf) isn’t out of the question. The larger bullets can’t be moved as fast, and thus do not have as much energy. Am I being...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 2/12/2012 7:34:24 PM | Feedback (18)
Got the Hornady Lock & Load completely set up last night. There are a few parts I need to go pick up in order to load .40, but I had everything I needed to load 10mm so I grabbed all my gear and got busy. Working on a progressive is a bit different than working on the Lee Turret. I don’t have the automatic case or bullet feeder, so each pull requires I grab one of each and place them in their appropriate spot. This takes a little bit of practice and needless to say I missed it a few times....
posted by by Robb Allen @ 1/26/2012 9:14:49 AM | Feedback (15)
Loader, that is. A friend of mine was looking to offload his Hornady Lock-N-Load press and I jumped at the opportunity. So now I don’t have an excuse for not loading up a bajillion rounds a week and hitting the range a lot more often. I love my Lee Turret press. It got me into reloading and did a good enough job. I will keep the press as a single stage for doing rifle loads, but the Hornylady is going to be my financial savior for competition. Then again, it could possibly be my financial...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 1/23/2012 9:03:24 AM | Feedback (10)
Planning on upgrading my reloading gear. I have a Lee Turret press right now which is too slow for really cranking out rounds and, honestly, the tolerances of the press aren’t that hot and consistency is an issue. So, it’s down to the Hornady Lock & Load or a Dillon 550. Reading this, (where I picked up from Lyle as he’s thinking about the same thing) I’m leaning toward the Hornylady. Cost is important, and I’m not really going to be loading thousands of rounds a week where the Dillon 650...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 1/6/2012 8:47:41 AM | Feedback (26)
Mr. Completely talks a bit about reloading over at GunUp. At some point, there’s a Dillon Square Deal in my future. I’ve maxed out the Lee Turret and I need a bit more speed than I’m getting to make reloading en masse worth my time.
posted by by Robb Allen @ 8/1/2011 3:27:19 PM | Feedback (9)
This weekend I loaded up 50 cartridges of 6.8 SPC. My recipe Brass from Silver State Armory Fiocchi Small Rifle Primers (more on these later) Sierra Pro-Hunter 110 Grain Soft Points 28.5 grains Ramshot X-Terminator Powder Loaded to 2.225" OAL Now, I'd not loaded up much of the 6.8 because it was expensive, and my AR tosses the brass into another zip code making losses significant. I managed to snag some brass recently as well as the Fiocchi primers to review (range...
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posted by by Robb Allen @ 8/15/2010 10:31:23 PM | Feedback (8)
I'm working on a little app that's going to be part of Hoplocate when I'm done, but I figured I'd put it out for the world to see, if anyone needs it. It's a reloading cost calculator, and I've found it to come in real handy. I have it in an Excel spreadsheet but figured it might help others out. It's VERY alpha and not pretty at all, but it gets the job done. The only rules is if you find a bug, you gotta let me know. (the screen shot above is my cost using Starline brass, TiteGroup...
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posted by by Robb Allen @ 7/24/2010 8:28:31 PM | Feedback (19)
Last night, I didn't really bother picking up my 10mm brass. They're all getting to the end of their lifecycle as I've had quite a few cases split during the reloading process so I figured I'd just go ahead and buy 500 new cases and suck it up. Then I get this notice 10MM AUTO (Large Pistol primer) .984"-.991" O.A.L (Backordered expected availability: 07/15/2010 ) So, I hope I can get another loading out of what I have now and grab some in a month or so.
posted by by Robb Allen @ 6/13/2010 2:05:45 PM | Feedback (4)
Hit the gun show today. Found Federal Large Pistol Primers, some TiteGroup, and some .380 (reloads, but from a reputable source). The main gun dealer, Shoot Straight, was trying to sell 1000 primers for $50. Didn't feel like waiting around to tell one of their workers to shove 'em up his boss' ass at that price. Found the Federals for $35 per 1000 which is still a shock to my "I used to get them for $20" system. I bought 2k. Should last a bit over a year or so. Unless somehow I get...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 3/13/2010 12:40:56 PM | Feedback (5)
It's "Should I carry my own reloads for self defense?" Damn straight you can. Nobody has yet showed me a single case where a person involved in a shooting was convicted solely on the basis of hand loaded ammo. Will some unscrupulous prosecutor try to make that an issue? Of course. Their job is to put you away, guilt be damned. And if you didn't reload, they're going to make a case that you used hollowpoints, or +P ammo, or that the 9mm was "high capacity", or any number...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 9/29/2009 7:59:31 AM | Feedback (26)
Just loaded up another 100 rounds of .45 ACP for this weekend. ~250 should get me through. One day, I'm upping my reloading to a Dillon press. Took 45 minutes to load 100 rounds. That's too slow!
posted by by Robb Allen @ 4/28/2009 8:44:35 PM | Feedback (4)
I don't want to burn up the ammo I have and not be able to replace it. Now, I'm all about this part The manufacturers are running full tilt. The only way they could make more ammunition is to build more plant, and they are not going to do that for several reasons. The first is that this bubble will contract sooner or later. Joe and Jane Sofaspud are going to realize that they really don't need 10,000 rounds of Winchester .45 in the basement, and that minivan payment isn't getting any...
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posted by by Robb Allen @ 4/21/2009 8:55:34 AM | Feedback (4)
Looked at a few places for ammo. I swear, they had sold the shelves the ammo used to sit on as well as the little tags that told you how much per ounce things cost. Several places had handwritten signs that said "WE DO NOT HAVE ANY 9, 380, 45, 40, OR 357". Nobody had any large boxes of .22LR either (and the 100 count boxes aren't cost effective). Guess shooting the .380 will have to wait. Thankfully, hand loading allows me to keep 10mm, .45ACP, and .357 Magnum in my stock pile as...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 4/19/2009 9:54:53 AM | Feedback (11)
Tam and Uncle both link to Les regarding a firearm that was demolished via a poorly reloaded round. I see this a lot, someone finds a gun that went boom because someone double charged the case or had a squib followed by a normal round and uses that as a good enough reason to not reload. In Les' case, he realizes he wouldn't get enough time alone without his kids bothering him to do it safely, and I cannot argue against that. But I do want to make the point that reloading does not automatically...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 4/9/2009 9:54:12 AM | Feedback (14)
A while back I complained that I was having sever variances in my Over All Length (OAL) of my .45 ACP reloads. I use the Lee Turret Press and had never had this issue before, so it was a bit confounding. But today I found the culprit and fixed it and now my rounds are all 1.210" in length, perfectly! The problem was over-belling the case mouth during charging. I backed of the belling quite a bit so that the case mouth was flared just enough to let the bullet sit on the top without falling...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 3/22/2009 2:56:40 PM | Feedback (3)
Caleb talks about a Kaboom in an XD due to a squib, something I've experienced before myself, and it reminded me to carp about my reloading issue I've experienced over the weekend. Trying to reload some .45ACP so I can get my ass back to an IDPA shoot, I've run into something that is just pissing me the hell off – I can't get a consistent Overall Length (OAL) to save my life. I've tightened down the seating die and it's not moving. I'll set up a dummy round and get it to 1.210". I'll...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 3/16/2009 10:32:28 AM | Feedback (15)
From Jeff, we get a little insight on the "Ammunition Accountability Act" from Alan Scholl Reloading (re-using cartridge cases multiple times) would be abolished. There would be no way to correspond serial numbers on cartridge cases, and different sets and quantities of bullets. Sorry, won't do it. I'll continue to manufacture my own ammunition, even if some group declares it a no-no. Even if it means learning the difficult process to manufacture smokeless powder. In a way, I'm hoping they...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 1/23/2009 8:05:12 AM | Feedback (5)
Greg and Beth dropped by today for an impromptu hand-loading class which was all well and good as I've pretty much ran out of most of my ammo yet had plenty of components to build it with. So, I loaded up several boxes of 10mm and even some of my world famous Sound & Fury loads for the .357 My closet is looking a bit better now Granted, I need to buy a whole crap-load (standard, not metric) more .22lr as I have a paltry 3 boxes (two there in the picture and 50 in the Ultimate Cliploader)....
posted by by Robb Allen @ 1/2/2009 5:10:08 PM | Feedback (1)
Managed to score a little time to hit the range yesterday. Had to choose between clinging to my religion or my guns, and due to several factors the guns won out. While I enjoy going to the range with others, this outing required my complete concentration as I was testing out a new set of reloads in various weights / charges with the .45ACP. I loaded up some of the lead bullet samples from Mastercast and tested them out. I had 185 grain SWC, 200 grain SWC and 225 grain RN all pushed by various...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 12/8/2008 9:37:18 AM | Feedback (10)
So, early this morning the UPS Harbinger of Joy dropped by the house and reunited me with my Para Gun Blog .45. Much happiness ensued. Everything clicks and whirs, trigger works, safety safetifies, magazines go in and out. I'm dying to hit the range to make sure all goes well (and to practice shooting at 25 yards more). Now, I'm almost out of the wonderful ammo supplied by International Cartridge Corporation, and while I'd love nothing more than to plow away using their wonderful composite...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 11/28/2008 8:52:10 PM | Feedback (8)
Earlier this year, I made a good call on purchasing an AR style rifle, knowing the election could easily put them out of reach. My fears seem to be well founded as stories of gun shops selling out of gear and long waiting times on receivers and the such are popping up left and right. Make no mistake about it, Barack Obama is an enemy of the Second Amendment. While he may not have as much time to go after guns since he'll be too busy trying to explain why everyone isn't getting their ponies and...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 11/7/2008 11:04:59 AM | Feedback (8)
In all the forums and all the places I've looked regarding loading of 45 ACP, a common theme is 4.6-5.5 grains of TiteGroup powder using CCI #300 primers. Incidentally, for the 10mm I use TiteGroup powder and CCI #300 primers. How lucky is that?
posted by by Robb Allen @ 10/11/2008 12:40:19 PM | Feedback (4)
First things first, thanks to many emails and comments, I am planning on just waiting out the repairs on the Para Gun Blog 45. It's a great pistol, it just needs to get fixed, that is all. However, feeding it is always going to be expensive. Prohibitively if I do nothing but buy factory ammo, tolerable if I reload myself, and even then I could lower the pain level if I use lead cast bullets rather than FMJ or hollow points. Now, I've contacted Para USA, and like every other manufacturer they...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 10/10/2008 11:21:46 AM | Feedback (15)
I've been dangerously low on ammo. With all my money going into buying actual firearms, I've neglected to do what I need to when it comes to feeding them. Tonight, I loaded up all my 6.8 SPC. I enjoy loading rifle much more than handgun, even though it takes me an hour to only get 75 rounds finished. Tomorrow, I'm going to try to crank out as much 10mm as I have components for. I might even try to load up some .357 Magnum Sound and Fury loads for poops and grins. With trying to shoot...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 10/5/2008 10:14:08 PM | Feedback (2)
And a machine shop. I had spoken with J.R. during our excursion to Blackwater about how I was trying to get a friend of mine to machine me a doodad I had designed to allow me to anneal my rifle cases using a drill. I don't anneal enough to invest in some fancy automated machine, so I used Google Sketch Up to design something I could fit into my drill and hit with a blowtorch, one at a time. This was my design: Fairly simple thing. I just needed something in aluminum, doesn't have to be high...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 9/6/2008 4:25:08 PM | Feedback (7)
One of these is a brand new, Silver State Armory, 110 grain Pro-Hunter Soft Point, the other is a reload using the same bullet, 28.5 grains of X-Terminator powder, and a CCI #41 Primer. I think I like reloading rifle much better than pistol.
posted by by Robb Allen @ 5/4/2008 9:45:15 PM | Feedback (0)
Not one, but TWO people confuse your little .357 Magnum for a .44. I lowered the powder charge to 13.8gr of Blue Dot, but still got some flattened primers. I'm going to drop even more because the shells were a little hard to get out, so I'm still showing signs of over pressure. Oddly, the primers only flattened on one side, so that's something I need to research. But let me say - DAMN! What a total blast to shoot (pun very much intended). I still cannot believe with that much noise and fireball...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 10/25/2007 12:22:38 PM | Feedback (6)
Let me just say that 110 grain, .357, semi-jacketed hollow points pushed by 14+ grains of Blue Dot powder produces a fireball the size of Nantucket and the concussion not only causes the range master to see who the hell is shooting a rifle on the gun range, but forces small children to leave. Seriously, there was a ~6 year old kid shooting with his dad and he left the range and just watched until I was done. There were also some little girls (probably 13 and 10) who went outside as well. Now,...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 10/18/2007 9:09:36 AM | Feedback (6)
I just picked up 500, 110 grain, .357 semi-jacketed hollow points. I'm so used to 155 grain that the 110's feel like air. Since the costs of bullets skyrocketed, I went ahead and picked up 500 because it was a lot cheaper than buying them by the 100 ($8 per 100 vs. $14). Of course, I'm hoping these fulfill their destiny of being really, really loud when pushed by 14.6gr of Blue Dot powder.
posted by by Robb Allen @ 10/16/2007 2:55:45 PM | Feedback (2)
One of the most ridiculous things I hear about reloading my own ammunition is that it is too dangerous. I'm told over and over that manufactured ammo is safer due to the levels of Q&A each manufacturer has. Ahab begs to differ. That's not to say that reloading doesn't carry risks. Inattentive reloaders realize their folly rather quickly, sometimes painfully. However, by carefully cultivating good reloading habits, you can reduce the risk significantly to the point of being on par with...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 10/15/2007 10:37:52 AM | Feedback (8)
Finished up my 1,000th 10mm reload today. I know it's the 1,000th because I'm out of primers now. Need to head over to Harborside Reloading to get some more. I also need .357 bullets and some Blue Dot powder, but those are going to have to wait. I'm low on the TiteGroup powder I used for the 10s. Since I generally loaded 6.4gr. I have a little left over (there are 7000 grains in a pound). I also used LongShot for a couple of batches, but I didn't like it as much. I'm going to try some other...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 9/16/2007 8:53:00 PM | Feedback (10)
A few days ago I loaded up a few 10mm's as hot as I thought reasonable. Using Starline cases, CCI #300 large primers, 155 grain Hornady XTPs, and pushing it with 7.2gr. of TiteGroup, I whipped up 50 of the suckers and took them to the range. The Glock 29 loved them. The only word I can describe it with is OMG!!LOUDANDSNAPPYANDHOLYSHIT!!1!!MYWRISTS!! Perfectly accurate. Loud enough to make a .357 Magnum user cringe. No fireball that I could discern, but then again I was at the ass end of the...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 9/4/2007 2:33:57 PM | Feedback (6)
I wish I'd have read this years ago. I reload my own ammunition. Had I known it didn't need to actually be, you know, *fired* from a weapon, I could have saved a lot of time as well as money.
posted by by Robb Allen @ 8/15/2007 1:25:05 PM | Feedback (1)
My father-in-law runs his own printing business, so I'm having him print out a ton of targets for me. I like shooting a single magazine then replacing the target. Since I'm a cheap bastard, I usually reuse for at least two magazines. However, since I can get these cheap (so far he keeps saying he wont charge me, but when I order them by the 1000 I'm hoping he'll change his mind) I should be able to use them the way I like them. Here's my design - The big circle is 10" and the smaller ones are...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 4/29/2007 5:29:30 PM | Feedback (3)
Well, the Mrs. was supposed to go the range with me today, however due to this and that, we had to reschedule for this Friday afternoon. I loaded some Hornady XTP 155 gr. with 10.4 gr. of TiteGroup which I didn't think I liked. After today, that has changed. It's definitely got a snappier feel than the Longshot, but the 10.4 grain loads just seemed to fit in my hand. I also took some advice from some of my commenters and dry fired like hell throughout the week. Turns out, there's nothing wrong...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 4/28/2007 3:13:03 PM | Feedback (6)
I was going to say 'my new balls', but it's only one... {Clicky Clicky} A guy on the Glock Talk Reloading board I read made them and gave them away. The larger ball helps with the grip on the press, especially with monster hands like mine. Got 130 rounds ready to go for tomorrow night's hole punching session. No squibs guaranteed!
posted by by Robb Allen @ 3/19/2007 7:22:36 PM | Feedback (3)
Last Tuesday was "Blow holes in paper from a distance while making a ridiculous amount of noise" night for me as I worked up some new rounds using the Longshot. Didn't like it as much as the TiteGroup as it had a snappier feel and left unburned powder all over the place. It did however have one hell of a report of which my first shot had several people stop and see what the &*$#! made the noise. I was only shooting 2 rounds at a time. Part of the reason is for safety. I check each spent...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 3/16/2007 6:49:31 PM | Feedback (3)
This marks week two of reloading. This week I'm working up rounds using Longshot powder by Hodgdon. 10 of each in 9.5, 9.8, 10.0, 10.3, and 10.5 grain. I plan on loading up the rest (close to 1000 rounds) with the lowest grain that feels the best (and accurately cycles the action). The less powder I use, the more rounds I can get out of a pound. I liked the TiteGroup powder (also by Hodgdon) and the recoil from it. However, I plan on using the TiteGroup for the .357 Magnums (which I've yet to...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 3/12/2007 9:11:45 PM | Feedback (4)
I figure the 2 pounds of gunpowder in my car at this very instant should be enough to take out the drive through windows at the local drycleaners. Isn't that nutty? 1/10 the amount that idiots thought would take out an entire retirement villa and I'm driving around like the stuff is less dangerous than gasoline or something. I might even shake the containers ever so slightly! You know, just to piss off Atropos. Don't even get me started on the thousands of explosive primers in the same bag.
posted by by Robb Allen @ 3/5/2007 1:09:44 PM | Feedback (1)
Anyone guess what this thing is (click for full size)? That's right. Your resident gun nut is going to start reloading his own ammunition. Shooting 10mm is f&!*ing expensive - around $21 for 50 rounds. I can reload at about $7 @ 50 which means I don't actually save any money, I just get to shoot 3 times as much. The .357 magnum is even cheaper since I can shoot lead bullets in my Dan Wesson. I've got most of the 'ingredients' on their way and they should be here on Friday, plus there's a...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 2/28/2007 10:35:26 PM | Feedback (2)

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