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Old August 21, 2011, 10:43 PM   #1
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Fessup Time

Not gonna deny it, not gonna justify it, not gonna sugar coat it: I messed up and didn't catch it during three loading sessions and three range trips.
I've been caught up in the excitement of new moulds and lube processes and alternative lubes and sizers and...nevermind, doesn't matter, I messed up.
Somehow I forgot how to seat a 200gr lead SWC in a 45acp case. It's been probably ten years or so since I loaded one so naturally my 50+ year-old eyes recall just exactly how much lead needs to be visible above the case mouth, right? Wrong! After the eighth or ninth tap-rack-bang drill (actually tap-WHACK!-bang ) today I realized these old eyeballs are a bit out of calibration. After cleaning my trusty .45 and before reassembling it I dropped one of my reloads containing my prized (and resized) 200gr lead SWC boolit into the chamber and lo and behold.....it wasn't anywhere close!
OTOH this old fat man came home from a hot but enjoyable day on the range with a few hundred pieces of choice 45acp brass in his brassrattinbucket and a renewed appreciation for paying attention to the basics.
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Old August 22, 2011, 08:01 PM   #2
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sorry you had a bad day.wasn't a good one for me.but mad it through.tyr again and hope for the best
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Old August 22, 2011, 08:08 PM   #3
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TGN , been there done that got a collection of T shirts & hats !!!!

Good drillin though & nuttin will test your patientce more than a FTC batch of ammo !!! (ya would`nta had that problem with a revolver)

Glad it all ended well

& no injuries (at least physical)

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Old August 23, 2011, 12:42 AM   #4
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At least you didn't have to bang apart 200, 223 reloads because the charge was a bit hot. I felt like throwing that kinetic puller after the first hundred.
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Old August 23, 2011, 05:10 AM   #5
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It's ok TX, they now have machines that will tell you how far a bullet is seated. You no longer have to overwork your 50 year old eyes. It's now official, you are are reloader now.
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Old August 23, 2011, 01:59 PM   #6
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Yes sir , some days it just ain't worth gnawing through the restraints !
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Old August 23, 2011, 03:50 PM   #7
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From your description of the drill, I would say that you seated the bullets long...right? I've gotten carried away with the new mold thing, too. If the ogive is similar to the old mold, sometimes I say, "It's prolly OK." NOT! Part of my test techniques is to measure the base of the ogive at the case mouth. SOMETIMES, I check the loaded cartridge in the barrel.
Now there is a digital caliper on the desk by the press, AND another in the range bag.
These 50+ year old eyes have definately lost their calibration.
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Old August 23, 2011, 04:17 PM   #8
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I've done it. I've done it with autos and I've done it with revolvers. What is really aggravating is loading a revolver cartridge long to take advantage of cylinder space, then bringing another revolver to the range and having the cartridges too long for the cylinder. Who'd a thunk that a Model 66 cylinder is longer than a Model 28 cylinder?
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Old August 23, 2011, 05:02 PM   #9
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It's not our fault, cylinders ought to be a standard length just like everything else.
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Old August 23, 2011, 08:35 PM   #10
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It's now official, you are are reloader now. -engineermike

That's the embarassing part, well into my third decade now.


At least you didn't have to bang apart 200, 223 reloads because the charge was a bit hot.-chris in va

Yes, good point. I'm pretty well schooled on the small test batch strategy.



Yes sir , some days it just ain't worth gnawing through the restraints !-Paw Paw

Sounds like something that ought to be in my siggie line, Paw Paw.
Hey, it's all good. At least I wasn't in a couch coma watching the NASCAR race.
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Old August 23, 2011, 10:02 PM   #11
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What me!!! Having to pull 50 heads off rounds of 270 loaded too hot and long. NEVER, well maybe once or twice that I can remember and those 9mm wheren't my fault, just did not like the load. And those too long 243's, I think my caliber's battery just was going dead.

And I bought a Hornady bullet puller, just to have one around and spend money.

And those 95 223 I pulled was just for pratice.

But a woops, never. (LOL)
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Old August 24, 2011, 01:49 PM   #12
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The whole thread made me laugh. We're all human. You're in good company.
Now where's my 7mm puller collet..........
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Old August 24, 2011, 08:17 PM   #13
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The whole thread made me laugh. We're all human.-paulcissa

Might as well have some fun with our silly mistakes. Glad it wasn't a more serious one. Mine required a very simple fix, just a quick trip thru the last two stages on my Dillon.
Much simpler than using one of those boolit puller thingys, whatever they are.
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Old August 24, 2011, 08:44 PM   #14
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Mine was the time I forgot to crimp in the final stag to take the bell out of the case. When I showed up at the indoor range I had 200 rounds of 9mm that would not chamber. I packed up with my unused targets and sneeked (Spelling on purpose) out. When I got home I ran them through the taper crimp and was good to go. I waited for another day to return to the range incase some of the ones watching me the first time were still there. Boy was my face red...
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