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AZ1 Leo Shults, AIMD 1983

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Anyone else doing any reloading?

I have a Lee Progressive 1000 and I'm reloading 9 mm, .40 S&W/10 mm, .45 and .223/5.56 with it.

I also have dies to reload .38/.357 and 6 mm BR, just haven't loaded any yet.

I've also got a MEC 600 JR. for shot shells (12 and 20), but I need new measuring bars.

If anyone is reloading and would like to compare notes...
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Man Leo, you ARE the man. I'm impressed. I can't wait to talk with you at the reunion. I wonder if we should schedule a "Gun Talk" session at the reunion. We have many knowledgeable gun people. It would be fun talking and listening to everyone.
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...I would do more listening than talking.
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AZ1 Leo Shults, AIMD 1983

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LOL - Reloading was the only way I could afford to shoot a couple of years ago.  When I could find Ammo, it was expensive.  Reloading allowed me to go shooting on a regular basis.

Currently, I'm reloading 9's, .40's and .45's for between $6 and $8 a box of 50.  .223/5.56's are costing me about $18 for 50 rounds.  They use about 3 times as much powder.

If your not a reloader, but tired of high prices, I found this web-bot:  gunbot.net.  I used it to find .22 ammo when none of the stores had any.  I still use it looking for bullets, powder and .22's.
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Let me know when you reload .22LR  [smile]
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BTW, I get my .22 at gunbroker.com.  I have a search set for .22LR and I order from there.  I found a guy 25 miles up the road and my next order will be from him.  I will drive up to meet him for the exchange. 
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I used to reload Leo, mostly 44 mag , 357, and 12 guage, I used to melt down tire weights from the tire shop I worked at, drove my mom nutts, used her stove top, a little soft but made good targets, it's a wonder I didn't blow my gun up, I zipped up the grain a bit, I got flashed once and couldn't see well for a week, I since then of wised up, we'll maybe a bit, hope to see you at the 2016 reunion
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LOL - Reloading was the only way I could afford to shoot a couple of years ago.  When I could find Ammo, it was expensive.  Reloading allowed me to go shooting on a regular basis.

Currently, I'm reloading 9's, .40's and .45's for between $6 and $8 a box of 50.  .223/5.56's are costing me about $18 for 50 rounds.  They use about 3 times as much powder.

If your not a reloader, but tired of high prices, I found this web-bot:  gunbot.net.  I used it to find .22 ammo when none of the stores had any.  I still use it looking for bullets, powder and .22's.
I have bought alot of ammo from gunbot, my local gun store told me about this place great prices
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Let me know when you reload .22LR  [smile]


The primers are a bit of a pain...
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I used to reload Leo, mostly 44 mag , 357, and 12 guage, I used to melt down tire weights from the tire shop I worked at, drove my mom nutts, used her stove top, a little soft but made good targets, it's a wonder I didn't blow my gun up, I zipped up the grain a bit, I got flashed once and couldn't see well for a week, I since then of wised up, we'll maybe a bit, hope to see you at the 2016 reunion


My grandfather use to do that to make fishing weights.  He would add steel wool to the melted lead to stiffen it up.

My brother in law has been threatening to start casting for the 9 mm and .45.  He owns a tire wholesale business and has access to a crap load of used tire weights.

If he did that, we could drop the price of our 9's and 45's to about $2.50 to $3.50 per box.
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I have bought alot of ammo from gunbot, my local gun store told me about this place great prices


When no local store had .22's, I bought about 1,500 rounds using gunbot, and they were always priced right.  It got me 300 round boxes from Cabela's web site, on sale.  Granted, I wound up waiting a month or 2 for them to show up, but they always got here.
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I use to reload years ago, sold all the gear. With that said I am buying new gear next week to start reloading, I also shop gunbot for 22. But buy most of my 223 from cheaper then dirt or midwayusa when they have bulk on sale. Laxammo is also very good.
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What a great skill to have!
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If I sent you my clean brass, would vyou reload for me. I currently shooting 9mm, 40S&W, 45acp, along with 308, 30-30, and 30-06. I am now adding 223/5.56mm


Letvme know what I Can Provide to reduce the cost.

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AZ1 Leo Shults, AIMD 1983

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Gunny, my biggest fear in reloading is the squib.  For those who are unfamiliar with this term, a Squib (not squid) is a round that doesn't leave the barrel.

It fires, but the bullet actually stops in the barrel.  I've had a few with my reloaded .40's.  The difference between minimum and maximum powder loads is only .5 grains.

I heard about a guy who bought some reloaded .38's at a gun show and came to the range with his 6" .38 revolver.  Through a fluke (or really bad reloads) he had 6 squibs in a row.  He didn't know what was going on and kept shooting. They stacked up in the barrel, ruining it.  I don't know if this is true, but it makes you think.

I'm concerned with someone shooting some of my reloads and getting a squib.  Worst case is them not knowing and firing a good round next.  This could cause the barrel to explode and injure the shooter, or someone near by.

For this reason alone, I won't reload for anyone else.
 
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Here is another problem with reloading for someone else.

I provided my son with some reloaded .45's when we went to the range.  They wouldn't fit in his chamber.

The reason is that when a round is fired, the case actually expands slightly to fit the chamber.  Each chamber is unique, so, unless you use a full case re-sizing die, these unique traits are not removed.

Using a round that doesn't fit, could result in a jammed case which could be more difficult to remove than a squib.
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Now a word (or two hundred) about my press.

I have a Lee Progressive 1000.  This is a great press that allows you to process cleaned brass into live ammo.  It has a primer feed that works well (i still have 1 or 2 bad primers per 100).  And a powder measure/feed which is acceptable, as long as you pay attention (part of my problem with .40's - powder load can vary from round to round).

The powder measure/feed uses plastic, which seems to develop a static charge.  Not enough to set off any powder, but enough that the powder clings to it.  I think this is why the powder measure is different between rounds.  I'm trying to see if I can find something to remove the static field.

The real down side is that this press is designed for handgun rounds.  It will not reload rounds longer than 2.5".  223/5.56 are small enough to fit this press, 308's, 30-06, 30-30's are all too long.

I have a 30-40 Krag that was my dad's and was my first deer rifle.  I really want to start reloading rounds for it, but, I'll have to buy another press.  But, to be honest, I'd rather reload rifle rounds on a single stage press and mico-manage the powder to make them as accurate and consistent as possible.  After all, with a rifle, you want to be able to reach wayyyy out to touch that target.
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Very true. So far all factory reloads I have gotten from LAXAMMO have been good as for my reloads never had a problem but for liability resons I would not sell any of my own.
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Latest update on my reloading efforts.

I recently purchased a second press.  A used Lee 4 hole turret press.  The turret press loads 1 round at a time unlike my progressive press which is loading 3 at a time. This press has auto-indexing, but, unlike the progressive that moves shells to the correct die, the turret press rotates the dies to the shell.  One thing I don't like is that I have to disable the indexing for my rifle rounds, they are too long.

As I've posted before, rounds/brass for my 30-40 Krag are not being produced anymore, so, I've found the next best thing - .303 British.   The over all dimensions are very close to the 30-40 so a pass thru the full length sizing die results in a case that fit's in my 30-40.  It's 2/10's of an inch shorter, but, that's close enough to be shot safely (that difference may not apply to other calibers).

I took the rifle to the range today, the first time I've been able to in 30 years.  I took a box of reloaded .303/30-40 rounds and a box of New Old Stock 30-40's to compare too.  My reloads didn't have the kick of the NOS rounds, but, they did very well.  I look forward to reloading more of them and taking the gun to the range more often.

A little background on this rifle.  It is a 30-40 Krag Jorgensen model 1896 produced by the Springfield Armory for the U.S. Army.  It is also called the .30 Army.  It was the main rifle used in the Spanish/American war.  It was replaced after only 9 years of service by the M1903 firing the 30-06 round.

I hope I work as well when I turn 120.
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