What did you work on today?

Andy79Z28

Hand Press
To start my day I was outside trimming trees and bushes that grow of my fence from the neighbor's yard - 8 garbage cans later. Then decided to heat up the casting pot. I cast 20lbs of 124grn 9mm tumble lube bullets. Then changed up the mix for harder BHN for 170 grn .309 round nose flat point for my 30-06 also 20lbs worth. Then watched John Wick Chapter 3 - Rambo's body count was blown away big time.
 

walterbunning

Administrator
Lee .357-158TL SWC for the Henry .357 rifle, some Lee .309-150 Rf for the Model 94 30-30, and some Lee .429-200RF for the Uberti 44-40. A little over 600 rounds cast this afternoon in a fun session where all players seemed to find the “sweet spot”. 😁👏
 
After about 375,000 or so rounds (may be 400k but I lost count on some things) I decided today was the day to field strip the press down to its guts, clean and polish everything and put it all back together. And that's what I did. It's fluffed, buffed and shined up, ready to go again. I should be good for another 300,000 rounds, but I think I'll make a rule that every 150,000 rounds I filed strip it and just look things over.

All in all, it was a good day. Now, if my €#£\+<€}^# case feeder would show up, I'd be swimming in the tall cotton.
 

walterbunning

Administrator
Today, in anticpation pf Highboy’s upcoming series on 30-30 Winchester, I drug out my old Lee die set. There was a Lee factory crimp die in there that I didn’t know I had. Musta got that recently Because I don’t think Lee made those back in the 70’s when I got the 2-die set.

I haven’t loaded 30-30 for 30 years. I started to think about dragging the old Model 94 out last summer and start shooting it again just for fun, but only got as far as buying a few boxes of bullets, some brass, powders, a couple molds, some gas checks..that kinda thing. But I never followed through. I can't find any of my load notes from back then, so it’s like a whole new ball game for me.

Now Highboy says he’s doing a 30-30 series. WOO-HOO! I’m going to follow his lead step by step. I may. Oy use the exact same components, but it will be fun for me to mimic his steps as closely as I can.

So today, I took some old (clean) 1x fired range brass from who knows where that’s been laying around and went theough the steps of sizing, trimming, seating and crimping just to get the kinks out. All good except my Lee dies don’t like my powder-coated cast bullets that I made up last week. Back in the day when I did handload my 30-30, I used all factory bullets. So I ordered an RCBS Cowboy set. I use these for several of the calibers I use cast bullets with. You know.. “reloading—-the hobby that saves you so much money”! 😀 I bet I NEVER shoot enough 30-30 to recover the cost of the bullet molds and dies. But, in my case, that’s not the whole point.

so— that’s what I did today. I actually DID load, mark and store two dummy rounds for future use.
 

walterbunning

Administrator
Today I got underneath my workbench and casting bench to do some organizing and cleaning. Under there was the remainder of a big box of linotype that I acquired several years ago for cheap. I’ve been dipping into it on and off when I needed to produce harder casting alloy, but now the box was getting kind of ratty and was taking up more space than necessary, so I melted it all down and cast into ingots. I had about 30 lbs.

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76Highboy

Administrator
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Today I got underneath my workbench and casting bench to do some organizing and cleaning. Under there was the remainder of a big box of linotype that I acquired several years ago for cheap. I’ve been dipping into it on and off when I needed to produce harder casting alloy, but now the box was getting kind of ratty and was taking up more space than necessary, so I melted it all down and cast into ingots. I had about 30 lbs.

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Beautiful.

Highboy
 

walterbunning

Administrator
So today I worked on 40 S&W. I was planning to shoot tomorrow, but discovered that I was down to 10 rounds loaded. So I broke out the Hornady AP and loaded up 350 rounds of Xtreme 165gr plated hollow points with 4.7 grains of TiteGroup for plinkin’. Cheap ammo, even with store-bought bullets. The brass was all free-range 😁

Also, i decided to drag the ol RCBS Lube-a-matic out. The only size die I could find for .458 was for traditional lubers and I bought one. I know I could have just lapped out a .457 Lee die, but that would have been too easy. But the. I fihnd I was out of lube. Either that, or I stored it somewhere that I was guaranteed to not forget. I used to just buy the lube sticks, but I thought I’d give rollin’ my own for a change. I needed a mold, so I made one. Pix over on the casting forum 😁

While I was out in the garage working on all this, Kevin, my postman who knows that I cast and reload, brought me some stuff and asked if it was for reloading and remarked about my lime green Harbor Freight rolling cabinet that hkuses my reloading stuff ( I have several of those cartsj. I told him.. yeah, this package is from a guy that makes the mounting systems we all use for our presses and such. Then the UPS guy, also a reloader, shows up with TWO packages from Midway. Same questions, similar answers. Amazon and Brownell’s due tomorrow, more stuff due on Friday. Hey, don’t judge me. It’s a hobby.

it was a great day at the ol’ Bunning garage 😁😁
 
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