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Old 05-16-2019, 11:47 AM
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I've only been reloading for a couple of months now. Have been really meticulous, double checking and triple checking my process.

So for the past week or so I've had a very frustrating time with my charges slowly creeping up as I load. Get everything tuned and start cranking. Check 10 rounds in... charge is 1/10 higher. Load a few more... another 1/10. Retune and the cycle starts all over.

It was working great until this point. Metering extremely accurately. I cleaned everything and no dice. I finally broke down and called Hornady support. They were extremely helpful. Turns out I had the body of the meter unit screwed on backwards. The metering unit wasn't locking in because of it and backing out a little as I loaded.

I must have done it last time I cleaned it before the issue started. Really felt like Homer Simpson.



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Well. I trimmed a bunch (1000) of .223 I hadn’t yet resized. Mind you that was with a Forster hand lathe style trimmer.
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Keep your powder stock off the reloading bench.
Keep only the powder your reloading on the bench.

I shoot different powders when devolping a load for one caliber. Just to see which is best.
I had to take apart some bullets. I put the powder back into the wrong container..lucky the container was only a third full.
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Not me but watched a dude blow up a 1911 in a match. Squib followed by another rd. Asked some questions and turns out he blew up 2 more guns on the public range.

Family (his) ratted out that he liked the tequila when reloading and missed a step or two. Idiot.

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I purchased some once-fired .243 cases and assumed they were ready to load. NOT!!! Every one needed to be full-length sized.

Not really an Oops but something for others, especially newbies, to keep in mind, when asking for load recipes. Sometimes the book is wrong. Hornady claims you can use the same charge weights for all of their high BC bullets of a given weight, including copper (GMX). I was a little skeptical and when I shot a batch of cartridges made up in increments of 0.5 grains of powder, I started seeing pressure signs (cratered primers and higher-than-predicted MVs) well below the max recommended load. It's called "working up" a load for a good reason.
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Reloading 556 on dillon 650. Felt pressure depriming. Pin went through back of live .22lr case that was being supported by .223 case. Oops.
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When I first starting casting my own bullets I bought the mold and some welding gloves. Everything was going along fine. My buddy shows up with some beer and watches for a while. Eventually he asks why I'm not using the mold handles.


I told him I was just excited to get started and they hadn't arrived yet.



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650 degree lead drops, go through tennies like hot knife through butter.

Not a "happy dance" but those watching found it quite humorous.

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Loading all my load data to a spreadsheet on a thumb drive then smashing the thumb drive with only a partial backup. Had to restart old laptop and search for original... DERP

Or writing load on ziploc only to have it fade out and not knowing recipe after that. Those get used to sight in scopes.
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Not me but watched a dude blow up a 1911 in a match. Squib followed by another rd. Asked some questions and turns out he blew up 2 more guns on the public range.

Family (his) ratted out that he liked the tequila when reloading and missed a step or two. Idiot.

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Bumslie you cast bullets in sandals WOW...... did you feel stupid....
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Back in the day, I just opened a new bag of #8 lead shot, dropped the bag on the terrazzo floor and had the biggest shot pattern ever.
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Forgetting the plug in the bottles of my mec reloader. Then tilting the bottles....

Pesky 380s. No matter how much you think you got them all separated. Why is there always that one?

Finding out crimped primer pockets the first time?

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Used a twenty-two caliber Lee 2 piece de-primer hand tool to knock out upside down seated primer in a 30/40 Krag rifle case.

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Loading 44 mag, I forgot to rotate the Lee classic turet over to the bullet seating die, and so ended up seating a bullet using the expander die. Took a lot of work with an impact bullet puller to get it out.
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Loaded a powder drop full of powder kept getting funky numbers on the scale checked powder drop, checked all, powder avenues. Finally after 20 minutes on the phone with a tech I decided to send the dropper back to Dillon. Pouring the powder back in the jug the funnel got clogged by the biggest horse fly I have ever seen. I called Dillon and got to the same tech on the phone and we both got a good laugh. Literally 2 1/2 hours of my life wasted by a fly.
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not reloading, but a Navy buddy of mine took a punch and hammer to a still live, still in the case, .50 cal primer. he was trying to punch it out from the inside. Of course it went off and just about blew his thumbnail off. The guy was trying to make a bottle opener. I didn't figure I'd have to tell A gunner's mate something so obvious. to this day, I don't know what he was trying to accomplish. I would have just put the emptied case in the gun and fired the primer.
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Before I had dedicated .38 spl and .357 Mag. dies setup in a quick change:
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I wish I could say that I’ve only done that once...

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not reloading, but a Navy buddy of mine took a punch and hammer to a still live, still in the case, .50 cal primer. he was trying to punch it out from the inside.
I did something similar with an empty 12 gauge shell, when I was probably 18, but I intentionally set the primer off in a vise as I was curious. I still have a scar along with a little shrapnel in my finger
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I used to shoot quite a bit at the indoor range on the CG base on Kodiak Island.

The shooting positions were separated by hanging sections of plywood. I heard a loud explosion next to me and I saw the plywood move and splinter. I looked the plywood and saw a piece of metal shrapnel sticking out of the wood. I checked up on the gent shooting in that lane and saw a shocked look on his face. He was holding what was left of a Charter Arms .44 with the cylinder blown apart and top strap torn off.

The next shooter over was an old Master Chief who understood well the power of a calm and soothing voice at times like that (I was still learning). He helped the shooter place the revolver on the bench and asked "what are we shooting there?" "My reloads" was the answer. After a couple rounds of Q+A, we learned that this was the shooters first attempt a reloading. He learned by watching others and thought that it was simple enough that he didn't need formal instruction. He loaded his .44 cases to capacity using "Bullseye" powder (he was told it was a good powder) and then mashed the bullet onto the case.

Reloading is a very soothing and productive hobby. It's quite safe when properly done. But like any task, important to know what you're doing. Manuals will help you to learn the process. Some "hands-on" instruction will help you with the technique. Both are important.

Take time to work up your loads. Start with the reloading manual's starting point and work up until you find the load that works best in your weapon. Don't "underload." Certain powder and case combinations can create a risk of "Flashover" where the powder burns from primer to bullet as intended, but also from top to bottom (because the powder doesn't fill the case and the primer flash travels along the top). That can create a an unintended "Pressure Peak." Don't overload. It's only a matter of time until you run into trouble. If you need more power, get a bigger weapon. If you're only target shooting, just about any gun in current production will get the bullet to the target.

Reloading also requires a lot of attention to detail. Most all problems are related to powder charge, either no powder, or an excess charge. Get in the habit of checking each round before seating the bullet. A "Squib Load" is easily detected at the range and relatively easily remedied, just so long as you don't fire another round. A "Double Charge" is also easily recognized when fired, but not as easily remedied. I like powders that come close to filling the case. That makes checking easier, and makes a "Double Charge" kinda impossible.

Hold to your safety rules. Wear safety glasses. Treat primer tubes just like loaded barrels. Live ammunition, alcoholic beverages and Dremel tools have no place on a reloading, or gunsmithing, bench.
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Filled powder before priming.
Primed upside down.
Spilled powder.

(Not all 3 on the same round)

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Ahh yes decapping crimped military brass! I usually break em .
I don't know how folks prep military brass anymore but we used to do it manually with a modified steel punch, hammer and a piece of steel stock for the base of the cartridge. Before that I used rocks and beat em till they submit.
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When decapping, if the primer wont pop out, pull harder!

Been there and done that.

Most recent one was finally getting all 100 primers into the Dillon primer pick up tube then inverting it to fill the press and quickly realizing I forgot to put the retaining pin in! I was able to recover 99 of the 100 primers that exited the tube. I'm sure the last one is with the one sock lost in the dryer.
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Was loading 5.2 grains of powder.. set the scale to five and then 2 more.. yup 7 grains.... not 5.2

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Blew up a rifle quite badly by having pistol and rifle powder on the bench at the same time while watching tv.
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Forcing press to deprime only to break pin after figuring out a smaller size shell stuck inside.......more than one time.
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Ahh yes decapping crimped military brass! I usually break em .
I don't know how folks prep military brass anymore but we used to do it manually with a modified steel punch, hammer and a piece of steel stock for the base of the cartridge. Before that I used rocks and beat em till they submit.
I use a dedicated decapping die and a bit of finesse on the press handle. Instead of slamming (for lack of a better word) the handle down, I lower it until I feel the pin make contact, then apply steady pressure until the primer comes loose. If I can't get the primer loose, it's probably because the case is tilted or some other stupidity on my part.
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Ahh yes decapping crimped military brass! I usually break em .
I don't know how folks prep military brass anymore but we used to do it manually with a modified steel punch, hammer and a piece of steel stock for the base of the cartridge. Before that I used rocks and beat em till they submit.
It was actually berdan primed brass. Someone on the range was shooting commie ammo.
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I have had my share I've trying to Decap berdan primers not realizing it from the start. I also have a small, what I call shelf of Shame, next to my reloading bench, to remind me of what not to do.
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Biggest mistake: asking CalGuns for help a few years back about making Mexican match with Yugo 8mm surplus ammo.

Biggest mistake other than that was not using enough ball powder when I started and got a lot of fouling on case bodies.

I’ve never had any squibs or rounds fail to fire, in 10+ years of reloading.
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Spending hours looking at various recipes for a load with a variety of powders. Taking lots of notes from multiple sources. Then mistakenly writing down the charge for one powder next to the name of another powder in my notes.

Proceed to very carefully set up my press and verify the charge weight with the WRONG POWDER and then load up about 200 rounds.

On the bright side - I realized my mistake before anything bad happened. The mistaken powder charge was well above recommended maximum for the powder used. And now I own a collet bullet puller.


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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...

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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!?
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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!?


Probably the same dude using spp 45.


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