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Old 05-22-2019, 6:07 AM
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When loading shotshells with #7 steel shot, MAKE SURE to keep the primer cup CLEAR of loose shot before ramming in the primer.

BANG!

(Note: This never happened with lead.)

...and by the way, ALWAYS, ALWAYS, ALWAYS put the cap BACK on your MEC reservoir before TIPPING it OVER! Cleaning up #8 shot SUCKS.

The same applies to your shell plate! Put the screw in after changing it! I've seen it go "Zoop!" and fly out sideways as the waterfall of shot spills out...



As for this, I have lost oh...six depriming rods thanks to Berdan primed brass.

God d**n bull**** lousy *** ****ing design...WHO still uses BERDAN FFS!?
I know when I have a piece of Berdan primed brass by feel these days.

But I got a stuck case for the first time on Sunday and learned all about removing them. Especially when the decapping pin/expander ball won't come out first.
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Old 05-22-2019, 6:19 AM
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Using an inertia hammer to pull down some old 303 British Milsurp ammo . . . one round was a "Marker" round for machine guns. That means it has a small explosive in the projectile to show the user where it hits.

Yeah, about three taps with the inertia hammer and KABLOOM!!! The inertia hammer survived but my underwear did not!
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Old 05-22-2019, 10:34 AM
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When decapping, if the primer wont pop out, pull harder!

I had this happen to me with berdan 9mm. I was able to straighten her out, but then it broke, so I tried a 3rd party rod, and it was too thick to deprime 25 ACP, or was it 9mm?
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Old 05-23-2019, 2:45 AM
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Lee depriming dies save me from berdan primed recycling destroying everything, but even then, lee has lately been shipping these soft steel pins with their dies that just bend after awhile if you over torque the collet.

Luckily there's squirrel daddy. Now when I overtorque the collet it penetrates the recyclable material, adding a nice new third flash hole. (I try really hard to not overtorque it now.)

You start getting used to the feel, but when you're processing thousands of pieces of brass, mistakes happen. Third holes happen. Recycling happens.
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Old 05-23-2019, 2:59 AM
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Do not drink and reload...

Seen a few problems at the gun club.
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Old 05-25-2019, 9:39 PM
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Let's see, I once didn't seat the 180gr Sierra Match Kings deep enough in my 30.06 loads, didn't find out until I drove 50+ miles to the range ��, then I was reloading .40 S&W with some 155gr pills, well when the 155s ran out I grabbed the box of 180s I'd planned to load next, you guessed it, never changed the charge for the additional weight, was shooting said rounds out of my Baby Desert Eagle, they were STOUT to say the least, dropped a magazine full into my Glock 22C, 3 rounds in blew the extractor right out of the gun, I just escaped getting hit by it as it flew by. NEVER AGAIN
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Old 05-26-2019, 10:31 PM
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One squib long ago, I've paid a lot more attention since then.
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Old 05-26-2019, 11:06 PM
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$1250 spent on Remington 700 in 7mm-08 stainless steel with gorgeous walnut stock. Was at Angeles Shooting Range pulled the trigger on one of my reloads, pop, fizz, smoke. It took a borrowed mallet, several wacks, to get the bolt open, the 3 rings of steel proved their value. The ring that surrounds the case head was blown to twice its normal diameter the rifle was toasted. I still have receiver and barrel in my gun safe as a reminder. A2
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Old 06-07-2019, 5:16 AM
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After a squib you would have to rack a new shell in manually. The takillya may not just be for reloading.
Not so, well at least not with magnum primers. I had a one and only squib experience with a .44 Automag. Thankfully it just went click on the round following the squib.
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Old 06-07-2019, 12:56 PM
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Never had any big or dangerous mistakes, Iím pretty anal about the process. That being said every time I load a batch of shotgun shells in my Mec progressive press I will without a doubt forget to flip my charge bar after the last round and itíll dump a load of shot on an empty slot. Getting shot out of the mechanism is a pain and Iíll be cleaning shot out of my load bench for the rest of my friggin life. Shot is like glitter, you think you got it all picked up but it always comes back.
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Old 06-07-2019, 12:59 PM
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I mounted my press above one of those plastic pet carrier liners. Looks like a big lunchroom tray. It catches all the inevitable shot and powder dumps from shotshell reloading. Still a mess but at least itís not running all over the bench and floor.


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Old 06-07-2019, 1:09 PM
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I mounted my press above one of those plastic pet carrier liners. Looks like a big lunchroom tray. It catches all the inevitable shot and powder dumps from shotshell reloading. Still a mess but at least itís not running all over the bench and floor.


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Old 06-08-2019, 5:07 AM
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I have a baking pan screwed to the bottom of a PW shot loader.
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Old 06-08-2019, 7:52 AM
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1. Over crimped .223 case.
2. Crushed primers.
3. Crushed cases.
4. Didnít put any powder one particular 12 gauge buckshot load. Pulled the trigger and ďpopĒ sound. Plastic wad stuck in the barrel and all 9 buckshot rolled out. My Elmer Fudd moment.

I make it a habit when I reload, I reload in batches of 50 rounds. I find I have better QA. Iím not a competitive shooter so I donít burn through a lot of rounds.
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Old 06-08-2019, 9:15 AM
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Lee depriming dies save me from berdan primed recycling destroying everything, but even then, lee has lately been shipping these soft steel pins with their dies that just bend after awhile if you over torque the collet.

Luckily there's squirrel daddy. Now when I overtorque the collet it penetrates the recyclable material, adding a nice new third flash hole. (I try really hard to not overtorque it now.)

You start getting used to the feel, but when you're processing thousands of pieces of brass, mistakes happen. Third holes happen. Recycling happens.
+1 for Squirrel Daddy... his pins are great.

I had 5 buckets of nice clean 308 brass I was processing.... got it all in an estate auction. Didn't notice that the 3rd bucket was different from the others, all berdan garbage. SNAP. Put in spare pin, SNAP. Put in last resort pin, SNAP... DAFUQ?? Oh yeah, whole thing was berdan. (That's when I switched to squirrel daddy)

Also, when processing a few K of 5.56mm blanks into 300-BLK, decided to cut them first, then do my initial wash. Found over 2 dozen live rounds the hard way. CHOP, powder goes everywhere. DAFUQ? Primers were hit, but didn't ignite. I used to see this all the time in the armory, them blanks dirty up a rifle like nobody's business, and the firing pin stops moving smoothly.

Now I tumble them wet with no pins for a good hour+ before chopping them down. (Yes, 5.56 LC blanks make 300-BLK just fine, and can be gotten cheap from Everglades Ammo)
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Old 06-09-2019, 1:57 PM
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Loaded a few rounds, and wondered why primers were falling out, and powder was spilling.
I had put the decapping die back in station #1 on my press. Pulled bullets, resized cases, moved on...
Doh...
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When decapping, if the primer wont pop out, pull harder!

I just experienced this. After reloading thousands of 223, I was actually puzzled experiencing it for the first time. Like, WTF? What did I do know.

Had another moronic moment. Setting up my new Dillon Trimmer, I decided to take out the bit, reset it and put blue loctite.

Taking it off, I sheared the bolt head off. Its headed back to Dillon

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Old 06-09-2019, 4:19 PM
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Loading 9mm for first time. Reloading I should say. Have had the Ruger 9mm since 2010 and about 1,000 rounds factory down the pipe. First reloads AA#7. Poof, spluink, fiz. Hole in target but not enough pressure to operate the slide. Next day back at it with full power max 6.7g of powder. Spweeeet !! Fizzz Pop. No boingo - go. Go back home, carefully re-check the scale, zero it, check weight/mass of a weighed charge with volume in the Lee Manual. All a OK. Switch powders to HS6 BANG at the range just now. Nice snappy retort, outstanding accuracy. Sitting here looking at my "AA#7" before I take it back to the store for a refund. It's Reloader #7, a rifle powder.

Where is my prize ??

Edit: I have a lb of RL-7 for sale, minus exactly 48x6g of powder. Cheap.
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Old 06-09-2019, 5:55 PM
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When I first started reloading forty some odd years ago, I was getting ready and rushing to get my .45 acp ammo done for a weekend trip to the desert for some shooting with some friends. we had been shooting for about an hour when I pulled the trigger on my 1911 and the bullet went about 30 feet and you could see it come out of the barrel and hit the ground, and I was like WTF and of course the slide never ejected the brass, so I racked in another round and it did it again.
Thus ended my 1911 shooting for the weekend, found 48 more after pulling the last 300 plus rounds apart, forgot the powder in one block of reloads.
Needless to say I slowed down and double checked everything after that.

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