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    Posted: 15 February 2006 at 12:40
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De Burr the inside of primer pocket flash holes...really works
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Keep powder in a safe and dry place!
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Make index cards for each can of powder in the house. Secure them around cans with rubber bands. Record date purchased, Grains used from can, pet loads, etc. After you've filled the powder measure transfer the card and rubber band to the measure. If you get interrupted or have more than one person reloading in your household you always know which powder is in the measure. RD
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote CB900F Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 20 July 2006 at 14:43

Fella's;

If you're prone to losing the little data cards between the bench & the range, write the charge weight & bullet weight on the brass with a black sharpie.  If you can't remember what powder it is then, you're beyond help.

The writing is so thin it in no way affects pressures or ballistics that I've ever found.  It will survive the firing, no problem.  And it sure can help with all sorts of questions down the road.  Wipes off with alchohol & doesn't leave marks either.

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Use a Stoney Piont guage to find the bullet seating depth for your rifle, its accurate and easy to use
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If you happen to have a powder thrower but no powder funnel (like me) then just crank open the powder thrower and it works as a great funnel.

I always liked finding the max bullet seating depth the old fashioned way. Make a dummy cartridge and have the bullet seated out a ways. Slowly, a little at a time, tighten your bullet seating die until the bolt closes without any pressure.

Another thing I learned...those loading blocks sure are handy. Trying to use just the space on your loading bench doesn't work too great. Pick up a couple and rotate them for each loading action. For example: Put all of your cases that need to be deprimed and sized in one loading block, and after you deprime/size the case put it in the other loading block so you don't get confused.
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keep a bound reloading journal.  With serial numbers of guns and load data.

The first entry in mine is from 1962!  75 gr bullets and 40 grains of IMR 4064.  Still works in my 243 winchester.

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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Fat Albert Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 23 July 2006 at 16:43
Use wornout brass cleaning brushes on a electric drill to clean out the necks of cases (30cal in a 7mm case,  8mm in a 30cal case) before you start to reload them. Takes about 5 mins. to do 100 cases.
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welcome to bsb, fat albert!
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Good tip fat albert....welcome to the forum 

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just joined     to bad no one  has picked up on the advantage of the herter reloading blocks . they had 60 holes .you could load a round, move it down 10 spaces and always know where you stopped.
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Always trim and resize your brass after you tumble and clean it.
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Separate and lot out brass by wt. after sizing and trimming to length.
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Bad Water Bill, I make my own with 60 holes for that very reason, welcome since I have not yet said that to you.

 

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I see several new members! welcome folks, Enjoy!!!

 

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Screw an old cookie sheet (the kind with 3/4" sides) to your bench and set your vibratory case cleaner in it. Keeps it from walking off the bench and catches the media you always spill all over the top of the bench when you empty it. RD
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Spread cartridge cases on a rimmed cookie sheet. Spray with Pam and roll around until all are coated. After resizing, run them in the tumbler for three minutes to get rid of the lube. If using walnut media, check flash holes for the rare stuck piece of media before priming.

Buy Lee dies. They are excellent, priced below the competition, and if you stick a case, you can pull the collet-retained decapper, lock the die in a bench vise and pound out the stuck case yourself. I admit to having done this three times. Clean out the die, re-install the decapper and you are back in business.

Buy  PACT BBK electronic powder scale. Best reloading $90 I ever spent. Still have my balance beam, but doubt I will ever use it again. Plug it in, two minutes to warm up, two minutes to calibrate and start weighing. Speeds things up by a huge factor, especially when bumping up test loads .5 grains at a whack.

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