Clear Thinker 2oo

London, KY

#21 Jan 12, 2013
gomer-ez wrote:
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This is just my opion on the political part of your question.The government is going to mandate the making of primers that deteroiate after a given time,leaving them useless.This has been discussed in the past.
I do not shoot as much as I use to,but I keep aprox.6000 primers on hand.
I heard that recently also. Am gonna have to follow your example.

Is it best to store primers/powder in a constant temp, cool and dry location, or in a freezer?
curious

Milton, WI

#23 Jan 12, 2013
gomer-ez wrote:
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Here is what I found.
Objective
The Department of Defense (DoD) has recognized heavy metal contamination as a critical environmental problem and assumed responsibility for reducing the use of lead (Pb) in its munitions.
I couldn't help but laugh a little when I read this line, considering all of the depleted uranium rounds they've shot around the planet.

Thanks for the info. Good stuff.
Clear Thinker 2oo

London, KY

#24 Jan 12, 2013
gomer-ez wrote:
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Join the crowd.When I first got married it was all those sweet names,now it's my first name,I think.lolI think she put that on our checks.
lol
curious

Milton, WI

#25 Jan 12, 2013
Clear Thinker 2oo wrote:
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Depends on how hot you load them. I load my plinkers on the low pressure end, they'll last practically indefinately.
My hunting rounds are loaded hot, technically it's possible they can handle only one reload. If you do this be sure to only use them in a weapon that can handle the extra pressure. Rugers and Smiths for example are known for being quality weapons.
I don't reload, I watched some guys do it about 16 years ago. I remember part of the process was trimming the brass at the top of the casing. How do you know when the brass is spent?
gomer-ez

Bolivar, MO

#26 Jan 12, 2013
Clear Thinker 2oo wrote:
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I heard that recently also. Am gonna have to follow your example.
Is it best to store primers/powder in a constant temp, cool and dry location, or in a freezer?
I have found storing primers in a good Army ammo can,with desicant is the way to go.Do not set on cement floor.Put it on wood.The plastic dry boxes will not work.The army boxes are fairly cheap.
This friend was flooded with 4 feet of water,for 3 days.we opened his boxes,not one drop of water.All ammo and primers are kept in these boxes,except what I have in the house.
Clear Thinker 2oo

London, KY

#27 Jan 12, 2013
curious wrote:
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I don't reload, I watched some guys do it about 16 years ago. I remember part of the process was trimming the brass at the top of the casing. How do you know when the brass is spent?
There again, the hotter the round is loaded the more the brass gets misformed. Since most of my loading is for plinkers I have yet to need to trim the brass.

It’s my understanding two things happen to brass that makes it unusable. It either cracks down the side, I’ve experienced this personally, or the primer hole won't accept or hold a primer, which I have not experienced.
Clear Thinker 2oo

London, KY

#28 Jan 12, 2013
gomer-ez wrote:
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I have found storing primers in a good Army ammo can,with desicant is the way to go.Do not set on cement floor.Put it on wood.The plastic dry boxes will not work.The army boxes are fairly cheap.
This friend was flooded with 4 feet of water,for 3 days.we opened his boxes,not one drop of water.All ammo and primers are kept in these boxes,except what I have in the house.
Good idea, thanks
Clear Thinker 2oo

London, KY

#29 Jan 12, 2013
curious wrote:
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I couldn't help but laugh a little when I read this line, considering all of the depleted uranium rounds they've shot around the planet.
Thanks for the info. Good stuff.
On impact that stuff becomes particularly nasty. I shot off tens of thousands of those rounds while in the Navy, though it's all at the bottom of the ocean.
well

Lexington, KY

#30 Jan 20, 2013
Is reloading a slow operation? About how many rounds per hour can a guy do?
gomer-ez

London, KY

#32 Jan 20, 2013
_Colt_ wrote:
<quoted text>I hand reload using a Lee reloader hand press one round at a time.Its a lot slower but this way I can inspect each round immediatly after I load it.On a day when I have little to do,I can reload about 35 357's and or about 40 44 Spc.'s and KNOW that they are right and safe.Im glad Gomer and Clear Thinker are on this thread.I may have a question from time to time myself.Thanks.
If all else fails,I call RCBS.That is just me.These people will solve our problems.Usually the book will solve my problems
I use a RCBS 4x4 progressive.
What I usually do is size and deprime my brass.300-400 at a time.Take them in to watch tv,and use my hand priming tool.It may slow the process down.I like to feel the primer seat.Just me.
Speed is ok ,but speed can also get us into trouble.
If you can get carbide dies,no lube needed.
gomer-ez

London, KY

#34 Jan 20, 2013
I Don't know all the equipment you have.These are a few of the things that will make the process faster without sacrificing safety.
Hand priming tool
A powder throw.
Carbide dies.
Holding blocks
You have to realize I'm giving this advise without knowing your set up,or routine for loading.
CTT

London, KY

#35 Jan 20, 2013
well wrote:
Is reloading a slow operation? About how many rounds per hour can a guy do?
It's entirely dependent on the equipment used. Since I use the Lee classic hand loader it's pretty slow, some presses can punch out finished ammo very quickly.
Clear Thinker 2oo

London, KY

#36 Jan 20, 2013
_Colt_ wrote:
<quoted text>I hand reload using a Lee reloader hand press one round at a time.Its a lot slower but this way I can inspect each round immediatly after I load it.On a day when I have little to do,I can reload about 35 357's and or about 40 44 Spc.'s and KNOW that they are right and safe.Im glad Gomer and Clear Thinker are on this thread.I may have a question from time to time myself.Thanks.
I decided to purchase the Lee hand loader because I wanted my equipment to be portable. Wish I had opted for the hand press though.
Clear Thinker 2oo

London, KY

#37 Jan 21, 2013
_Colt_ wrote:
I have a Model 13 S&W in 357 and two old Charter Arms 44 Bulldogs.I try to keep around 2 boxes of rounds each after a monthly target practice session.That means I spend 3 or 4 days a month loading.
It's my opinion every home should have a .22 rifle due to the cost effectiveness and availablity of ammo , preferably a pump, bolt or lever action so it can cycle all three versions of the round,. Also a 12 gauge shotgun since it can make practically anyone a good small game shooter, can be used with adapters to fire many different calibers ( http://www.gaugemate.com/purchase/pocket-armo... ) and can even hunt large game using slugs or 'cut' shells (
). They are also extremely easy to reload, crushed match heads, a primer and a handful of gravel could be used in a pinch.

After those the choices would be dependent on what the owner thinks they may need in the future. Since I reload I’ve tried to keep my calibers to a minimum. My CCWs are a NAA 22lr mini in a pocket and an LCP 380 on an ankle. I’ve 22 rifles, shotguns and a 30-06 single shot rifle. I also own the Taurus ‘Circuit Judge’ which is my wife’s favorite, an SP101 4.2” 357 magnum pistol to carry in the field, and have on order a Rossi 92 stainless 20” 357 magnum lever action rifle.

After a lot of research and thought I settled on the 357 mag as my caliber of choice when reloading, it can be powered down to a 38 special for plinking and small game hunting, loaded as a 357 mag for self defense and medium hunting, and powered up to 357 max loads for large game hunting. Of course the hot loads will only be used in the Ruger pistol and the Rossi rifle since they can handle the higher pressures.
gomer-ez

Manchester, KY

#38 Jan 22, 2013
I'm assuming you are in the survival mode
the matches could be used in a more productive way.
You being a re loader,knowing materials will be n short supply.I would stock up on powder,primers,and bullets.
As for calibers,223,308,30-06,these are nato rounds,so brass will be available.308 and 30-06 also take the same bullet.
pistols are a personal preferance,but I would recommend a 9mm,just for the reloading convenience(nato round).Plus in a pinch you can reload your 380 bullets in the 9mm.This is not one of my favorite rounds,just a good one to have around.
I try to keep a 1000 rounds loaded of my calibers,plus extra materials to reload.
Did you research th 44mag combo,rifle and pistol?

gomer-ez

Manchester, KY

#40 Jan 22, 2013
_Colt_ wrote:
<quoted text>I hand reload using a Lee reloader hand press one round at a time.Its a lot slower but this way I can inspect each round immediatly after I load it.On a day when I have little to do,I can reload about 35 357's and or about 40 44 Spc.'s and KNOW that they are right and safe.Im glad Gomer and Clear Thinker are on this thread.I may have a question from time to time myself.Thanks.
I missunderstood it when you said hand re loader,I was thinking single stage press,sorry.If you ever get a press keep your hand loader.
gomer-ez

Manchester, KY

#41 Jan 22, 2013
_Colt_ wrote:
Does anyone have any pistol bullet molds to sell?I need a few extra.
Smart person.
Clear Thinker 2oo

London, KY

#42 Jan 22, 2013
gomer-ez wrote:
Did you research th 44mag combo,rifle and pistol?
One of the considerations was my wife and child’s size, the Ruger SP101 357 mag is the heaviest small frame revolver to be had, both attributes are great for smaller hands.

I’m not proud, if someone gave me a 44 mag weapon I’d gladly plan around it. However, since I have limited funding I decided to bypass that caliber and, at some point in the future, go really big with the 454 or 460. The 50 caliber is the largest, but I like being able to fire multiple rounds out of the same weapon, IE the 460 can also fire 454, 45LC and even a modified 410 shotgun shell.
gomer-ez

Manchester, KY

#43 Jan 22, 2013
Clear Thinker 2oo wrote:
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One of the considerations was my wife and child’s size, the Ruger SP101 357 mag is the heaviest small frame revolver to be had, both attributes are great for smaller hands.
I’m not proud, if someone gave me a 44 mag weapon I’d gladly plan around it. However, since I have limited funding I decided to bypass that caliber and, at some point in the future, go really big with the 454 or 460. The 50 caliber is the largest, but I like being able to fire multiple rounds out of the same weapon, IE the 460 can also fire 454, 45LC and even a modified 410 shotgun shell.
I did not mean anything derogatory,everyone has their needs.That is why they confuse us with all those calibers.I have always liked the 454,just never could justifi it.We all have our ,limitations.The little woman ,you known.But I'm the boss.lol
Clear Thinker 2oo

London, KY

#44 Jan 22, 2013
gomer-ez wrote:
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I did not mean anything derogatory,everyone has their needs.That is why they confuse us with all those calibers.I have always liked the 454,just never could justifi it.We all have our ,limitations.The little woman ,you known.But I'm the boss.lol
No worries.

I really had a hard time figuring out which high powered caliber to acquire, like you said there are so many of them out there. Landed on the 30-06 since it's been around over a hundred years so it's proven technology, there's lots of ammo and it'll take any game on this continent. It'll probably take any critter in the world, including a blue whale if one could get and correctly place a clear shot. lol

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