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Old January 4, 2019, 10:58 AM   #1
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Sometimes you just gotta laugh

A funny thing happened on the way to the loading press today. I decided to top off a load box of ammo this morning in preparation for a upcoming match.

I set everything up, double checked the charge and the seating depth, calibrated the scale, grabbed a bin of sized cases and proceeded to start throwing charges and trickling to weight. As I transferred case #23 to the loading block I noticed a kernel of powder, H4350, drop into the loading block. At first I thought it came from the funnel or neck of the case and but closer examination revealed I had forgot to prime the cases. The sound of me saying several words that cannot be posted on a family friendly forum and thumping sounds from me kicking my own keister immediately followed

The only saving grace is I throw charges then seat bullets when all cases are charged so no bullet pulling was needed. I just dumped all the powder back into the jug, cleaned off the bench then went and told the wife I was leaving to run those errands she had been pestering me to do.

Major case of not enough caffeine and a cranial anal insertion. Kind of funny in retrospect and thankfully discovered before seating bullets. Thought this might give some a good laugh
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Old January 4, 2019, 11:58 AM   #2
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Not a question of "if" you ever do that, only "when".

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Old January 4, 2019, 02:04 PM   #3
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It was a good thing you were charging with stick. BL-C2 will run out of the bottom of a 308 case like sand through an hourglass. Don't ask me how I know that
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Old January 4, 2019, 02:28 PM   #4
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I had forgot to prime the cases.
I've done that. Discovered before seating. Only once that I recall. It was a few years ago.
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Old January 4, 2019, 04:07 PM   #5
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Yep, done that.

Not fool proof, but I put the cases in the loading block upside down with the case head up.

Then as I prime them they go into the block the right way.

So far that has worked, prior I had gotten as far as putting bullets in cases before the power started working its way out through that hole.
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Old January 4, 2019, 04:45 PM   #6
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Here as well. Maybe 20 years ago but I still remember it.
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Old January 4, 2019, 05:12 PM   #7
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You are, alas, not alone in the history of this particular adventure. Won't say how I know, either. Somehow, it is possible to get too excited about completing the work.

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…then went and told the wife I was leaving to run those errands she had been pestering me to do.
Yep. Might as well salve the embarrassed ego with a few positive "Finally!" affirmations from the spousal unit.
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Old January 4, 2019, 05:34 PM   #8
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I almost did that, myself. But keeping this in mind my procedure became:

Decap (universal die) after coming back from the range, tumble, put in a container.

Ready to load and start with case, re-size, prime, put in loading block upside down to verify.

Expand primed cases and put in block upright.

Fill primed, flared cases and then check with flashlight for visual uniformity check.

Put bullet in and start seating. Plunk at times and into labeled plastic box.

Now, I'm doing this on an RCBS single-stage press so I'm not sure how it would work on a turret or other hi-volume machine. But I don't spill powder ....
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Old January 4, 2019, 05:40 PM   #9
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Been there, done that. If you haven't done it yet, you will, just like the sun coming up. I do the primer hole up, down when primered as well, but I'll probably do a repeat sometime in the future. LOL. Hope it's Varget or Benchmark.
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Old January 4, 2019, 06:00 PM   #10
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I did it too , I keep a one pound powder jug no label to dump fired primers in at the bench . Removed the cup that fits around the RockChucker press that catches the spent primers and bumped them in a new one pound IMR 4064 Powder jug and stared as the primers sunk to the bottom , speechless .
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Old January 4, 2019, 08:12 PM   #11
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I have done that a time or three.
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Old January 4, 2019, 09:39 PM   #12
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Don’t think I’ve done that before BUT...similar feelings of frustration and stupidity were mine when I had just first gotten into reloading and absent mindedly left the cap off on a container of rl-22. Knocked it over, didn’t feel it was wise to use it after it spilled all over the floor, lost about 1/2 a pound of it, felt like an idiot. That same rookie week I forgot to lubricate a case before resizing and “stuck” isn’t even close to describing the state of things.
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Old January 4, 2019, 09:59 PM   #13
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It's only the beginning believe me . Silly stuff always happens . The major F UPS is what you have to be careful with , hope there's none . Be Safe .

PS When you feel resistance when seating always better to lower ram and add alittle more lube . Stuck case only happens once .

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Old January 5, 2019, 11:59 AM   #14
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I spent a couple minutes looking for the "leak" in my press until I picked up a fully created round and went, "Oh..#$#%". I feel for ya.
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Old January 5, 2019, 01:08 PM   #15
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If you've never done that you just haven't loaded long enough.

Or you just won't admit it in public...
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Old January 5, 2019, 04:14 PM   #16
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Don’t think I’ve done that before BUT...similar feelings of frustration and stupidity were mine when I had just first gotten into reloading and absent mindedly left the cap off on a container of rl-22. Knocked it over,
True tragedy is going out of town on a Survey job, opening the door at the job site headquarters (one room Franklyn stove cabin) and having the 1.5l Canda Mist fall out and hit the only rock in the driveway.

Tears rolling out of my eyes as the Whiskey (our even solace after a hard days surveying) instantly disappeared into the ground, it went so fast you could not even get a lick of it. RIP.

Not to mention the 750 at the local store that cost 4x as much as the 1.5.

sigh.
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Old January 5, 2019, 05:33 PM   #17
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and thus the reason I started hand-priming cases away from my press as yes - I've done that myself on a round or three :-)
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Old January 5, 2019, 05:40 PM   #18
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Yep, I like hand premiering tool anyway and it works well to lay a tray with em neck in, prime em and then move to powder and shell.
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Old January 5, 2019, 07:30 PM   #19
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This is great! Now I can reassure my "friend" that he is not alone!
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Old January 5, 2019, 08:00 PM   #20
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Been there done that but guess I was lucky . Why ? Cus I was using H-335 and knew there was a problem by case #3 , it was pouring out like an hourglass haha . I remember thinking where the hell is all this powder coming from . If using a long stick powder , who knows may have finished .
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Old January 5, 2019, 11:06 PM   #21
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I did that few weeks ago with some .243 rounds. I was only loading ten rounds and caught it on #3. I’m a nube so I laughed it off. I’ll have to pull those boolitz at some point.

I also tried to load a .223 into a .243. Took a while before I realized why the bullet was dropping into the case. Frickin nube!
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Old January 6, 2019, 01:10 AM   #22
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My significant time waster was priming and dropping powder into un-resized cases. Wish I could say I learned my lesson the first time. I’d much rather resize unprimed cases.

Now I’m labeling everything, as it could be months before I load prepped cases.
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Old January 6, 2019, 06:26 AM   #23
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Done that. Oops.
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Old January 6, 2019, 07:46 AM   #24
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Oh yes, i own one of those tee shirts...
And as Brasscollecter says, be glad it was stick powder.
Even 223 cases with PP2000, and Win748 flows through like sand...
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Old January 12, 2019, 09:57 AM   #25
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I'm guilty of this myself.
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