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Old December 31, 2013, 08:03 AM   #1
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I get it now...

Ok still new to reloading. Have to say that I really enjoy hand loading my own rounds.

Now to what I get.

At first I was only loading 44mag with one powder type (H110) and one bullet (240gr Hornady XTP HP) type. Primer is the CCI #350. Making only the starting charge (23gr) rounds. Tested and they work great for what I do. I thought, ok this isn't bad.

So I decided to get another set of dies for the 45ACP now I have different powder. Oh wait I see two more powder types (2400 & IMR-4227) for the 44 to try different things. Oh and how about 200gr Hornady XTP HP.

Two different primers CCI #300 and #350.

Now we're off to the races.

Let's not forget the golden rule. If you don't feel like reloading don't.

I like to work through my brass in batches. Clean it all, then size and de-prime then flare the neck. Once all that is done then I can load what I need when I need it. I always wait to prime when I know how many I'm gonna make.

First issue. Running through flaring I was tired but wanted to get it done. Started to get ahead of myself and "PINCH". I pressed my finger. Ouch that hurt. So I stopped.

Second issue. I have plans on shooting next weekend with my son and some friends. Wanted to make up some different 44mag rounds. I'm a recoil junkie so normal/higher end loads are great for me. I wanted to make some lighter loads for the others. Here is comes...

I wasn't really in the mood for loading but did anyway. I got a tray of 50 ready, charged and started pressing the bullets when I happened to look up and discover that I was using the wrong powder. It was one of the magnum powders but was under charged by at least 4 grains. Soooo after seating 25 rounds it's time to make my first use of the bullet puller (the hammer) and take 25 rounds apart. Had to resize and flare the cases and put everything away.

I know "FULLY" understand what everyone is talking about.

For those of you who are like me, new to reloading. LISTEN to what people here are saying. If you don't feel like making ammo, Don't!

I still have to make a bunch of rounds up so maybe I'll wait until I'm a little more alert next time.
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Old December 31, 2013, 08:11 AM   #2
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I'd say if you're tired, or your mind is not right and you're not focused, then don't load.

I've loaded before when I really didn't want to due to a match coming up, but I was still very aware of what components I had or needed.

Biggest thing is....Pay Attention, Pay Attention, Pay Attention.
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Old December 31, 2013, 08:35 AM   #3
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I learned a simular lesson during my flight training. Don't get in a rush, if you even feel rushed you don't pay attention to all the details that are required. Reloading is the same way, rush through it and mistakes will be made. Another way to look at it is "risk ver reward", a early NASA concept I fell in love with.
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Old January 1, 2014, 11:37 AM   #4
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Often we load our ammo after a full day at work, possibly even after an adult beverage. I've been on the skeet field when one of these guys pulls the trigger on what we call a "Crown Royal Load". Not good.
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Old January 1, 2014, 12:39 PM   #5
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Day after Christmas I set down to load 750, 5.56 rounds. They had already been prepped and all they needed was bullet and powder.
These were canalure bullets for my semi autos so I want a small amount of crimp. But I load the round with the bullet then run another step as crimping and at the same time weigh each round.
I was also tired and pulled the bullet seater out and set the die for a crimp. TOO deep.
Pulled out my go gage and couldn’t believe what I had done. I have 23 like this. Quit, put everything away and came back the next morning and finished the 750.
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Old January 1, 2014, 12:44 PM   #6
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Thanks for the "confession"! Fortunately for me, my first "OOPS" was a squib that happened when I had "company" watching me reload some .38 Specials. I learned from that and 25+ years later only load when I feel like it (I too batch load so some of the steps can be done without 110% concentration). For me reloading is relaxing, quiet, "me" time and I'm alone out back in my "shed" just stuffin' brass and enjoying life...
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Old January 2, 2014, 09:18 PM   #7
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I installed a RCBS lockout die to prevent problems, and I still have an uneasy feeling about a batch I did, so the bullet puller is on it's way here.
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Old January 2, 2014, 10:09 PM   #8
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Thanks for the "confession"! Fortunately for me, my first "OOPS" was a squib that happened when I had "company" watching me reload some .38 Specials.
Just recently had one as well. I broke my own rule and allowed my door to be opened and he better half came in a couple of times striking up a conversation. I finally commented, if it is not important it needs to wait, I don't want to make a mistake here. Sure enough, loaded an uncharged casing and got a squib. Needless to say I don't break my rules anymore!

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