Anyone else hand load their ammo? I build bullets in about 10 different calibers for plinking and hunting. Much fun, and better ammo than factory.
Also now I'm fire forming .444 Marlin bass out of .410 shotgun...
Down to 358 Win. 35 Rem and 243 now ..don't shoot much in Minnesota compared to southern Arizona. The opportunity just not present.. I miss it
For a few bucks I would get a good digital scale and the rest of what you need to load and inspect used brass.
Just swaging a lot of PS-75 30-06 for vintage sniper comp as we type. Great brass. S Koreans made on out equipment we set them up with. I think its better than LC.
Sounds fun, but I'm not into the cowboy dress-up thing.... Years ago used to compete in IPSC (action shooting) pistols and shotguns, now it's 3-gun and also shot in a trap league for awhile but it's all too expensive now days... I had a MEC shotgun reloader and was shooting so many .45 ACPs molded my own lead hard cast bullets and had a Dillon progressive press...
Right now I only have a Lee single stage hand press with die sets of .44 mag/.44 Special, .45 Long Colt/.454 Casull, .45 ACP, 45-70, .223, .22/250, and 30-06... Lent my MEC shotgun press to a buddy and never got it back so then went and bought the Lee shotgun presses in 12 and 20 gauge... Oh, and have a .410 handloader too...
We've also gotten into casting lead alloy projectiles and powder coating them.
Just started working on my first 300 blackout loads for a new coyote/fox rig... both sub and super sonic.
The press is an RCBS Model A built in the 1950s. Still works perfectly. Not sure about the trimmer, but I'm sure it's from the same era. All of my reloading equipment was my Fathers. He left me a whole cabinet of everything I need.
How you been, Shawn?
Also love the 10mm. I load 200 grain XTPs over 10.5 grains of Blue Dot for my Colt Delta Elite.
Sent a rem 700 action to Krieger barrels custom shop, they did what they call, level one accuratization, square receiver face, bolt face, bolt lugs.... They installed 29" fluted # 17 contour stainless 6.5x284 Norma, 1 in 8 twist.... Oversized recoil lug as well...
I put barreled action in a full length aluminum bedding block stock, did all stock inletting myself,
8oz jewel trigger, 15 moa nightforce base & rings Oversized base screws,
8x32x 56 mm scope.
To put the weight of this gun into perspective 17 contour is the next step down from a straight full length 1 & 1/4 tube. This barrel is a straight taper from 1 & 1/4 @ action to 1" at muzzle, the fluting shaves a little weight but not much.....
Imo,,,,,,this is the ultimate late season, deer herd control, field gun....
I still like to hunt with a handgun, though not nearly as much as I used to. Here in East Texas, short ranges are common. I killed more deer with a Model 94 in .375 Winchester than just about any other single rifle. I was straight wall when straight wall wasn’t cool. ;-)) Just about anywhere I hunt now 125 yards is my longest shot. When I had the deer lease in Central Texas, about 300 yards is the longest I ever shot, with a couple hundred being pretty common. I don’t think I would take a shot over 350 for big game, but I have definitely taken a couple of Hail Mary’s at coyotes. Missed them too !
The 284win pushes 140s at 3100. Pretty impressive for a short action cartridge
I love those ""little" calibers for varmints around here.
I cast 9mm and 45ACP bullets from wheel weights mostly (I've saved a lot of them in 30 plus years as an auto mechanic). But I'm not opposed to buying some bullets also, mostly for the rifles.
The Cabelas and other stores around here have plenty of primers in stock last I looked, but they want about $90 a brick for them. Not sure on the supply of LR primers though. I did hear they were tougher to get. I was fortunate enough to "stock up" before the major shortages when you could get 5000 cci for about $130.
I loaded reduced charge loads with Speer 130gr hollow points. Can't remember the muzzle velocity but was worried about poor bullet performance / expansion at the slower velocity so went with hollow points.
Depending on how much you slow em down,,,,I'd be concerned with partitions just punching through with little damage.
A child stands a fair chance of not such perfect shot placement,,,,a controlled expansion bullet at reduced velocity, could possibly lead to a long tracking job & or a sleepless night.
Just something to consider.