Reloading Techniques, Tips & Tricks......

Discussion in 'Ammunition & Reloading' started by Dallas53, Dec 16, 2018.

  1. oO_Rogue_Oo

    oO_Rogue_Oo Well-Known Member

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    Okay a couple of "organizing ideas" I've done to my setup.

    I got rid of all my die boxes and now store my dies in organizer drawers (got tired of the dies I needed always being at the bottom of a stack). Each drawer holds the dies (FL & neck when I have both), the shell holders, crimp die, case gauge and trimmer. Clearly marked on the front of the drawer and organized in size order. I also use dry erase markers on the stainless steel doors for recipes I'm working on so I have easy access to any information I may need. Store brass waiting for processing in plastic coffee cans and loaded ammo in ammo cans under the bench

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  2. Dallas53

    Dallas53 Well-Known Member Supporter

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    Mr. Rogue, I'm now very jealous! very nicely organized indeed.
     
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  3. oO_Rogue_Oo

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    Thank you Sir; it's been a lot of work to get it to this point and I am always looking for ways to improve it and of course make more space available. One of the things I did was to start a reloading bench Organization thread on my local gun forum and then make use of some of the ideas that thread produced. It was a big help.

    EDIT: I try to keep the room as clean as I can to keep the wife happy. :)
     
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  4. Dallas53

    Dallas53 Well-Known Member Supporter

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    I'm very impressed with how neat and organized your reloading area is. I'm pretty organized, but you put me to shame!
     
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  5. Mouser

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    A couple of things...mainly, I live in lower Alabama which is very high humidity and while I might intend to get back to loading, sometimes I don't and the habit forces me to go back through initial set up which helps ensure safety.
     
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  6. Mouser

    Mouser Well-Known Member

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    very impressive!
     
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  7. locutus

    locutus Well-Known Member Supporter

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    I dunno if these are still popular, but back in the dark ages when i lived in "nawlins" lotsa pholks had little electric de-humidifiers that removed moisture from the air. The one I had had to be emptied daily. It removed about one quart of water every 24 hours.

    Had I decided to stay there, I would have bought two more of them.
     
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  8. Jack Ryan

    Jack Ryan Well-Known Member

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    Would you like to come and straighten up my mess for me?
     
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  9. Dallas53

    Dallas53 Well-Known Member Supporter

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    those work great. and if you are in a very humid part of the country, having one in the reloading area might be a good idea. but don't use them so much that static electricity become a problem.

    I got dibs on him first Jack. seniority thing! :D:p
     
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  10. oO_Rogue_Oo

    oO_Rogue_Oo Well-Known Member

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    Sure

    I'm slowly working my way toward getting involved in casting; I'll work for my weight in lead LOL
     
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  11. Jack Ryan

    Jack Ryan Well-Known Member

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    Be careful what ya say there. I'd jump at the chance to get all my reloading stuff in one room and organized like yours for just a couple hundred bucks worth of lead
     
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  12. hairbear1

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    I'd be more worried about a spark or something setting the gunpowder off than humidity although that is also a good reason to always return powder to it's container.

     
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  13. oO_Rogue_Oo

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    These will get you started :)

    Drawer units

    https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003TV3NL0/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o06_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

    Plastic bins

    https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003BT4G8E/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o04_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

    Benches and storage I got from Sam's; the shelves from Home Depot. Ammo cans from various places whenever they were on sale.
     
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  14. Dallas53

    Dallas53 Well-Known Member Supporter

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  15. jigs-n-fixture

    jigs-n-fixture Well-Known Member Lifetime Supporter

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    When loading Ackley Improved cartridges for fire forming: use the heaviest bullet you can get for the caliber, with the slowest powder in the book, at minimum charge. Seat the bullet out, so that it touches the lands, and the camming action of the bolt pushes the bullet a bit further into the case.

    This seats the case firmly against the bolt face, and the fire formed case will flow to fit your chamber exactly, with out splitting, or unwanted stretch at the base in front of the extractor groove.
     
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  16. Txhillbilly

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    There are several ways to form cases for AI Improved chambers.

    If you don't want to waste bullets, use a fast burning pistol powder, and Cream of Wheat as a filler topped off with a piece of cotton or foam to keep everything inside the case.

    Or, you can just shoot the standard cartridge that the chamber was AI'd for. You don't have to jam the bullets into the lands to fire form the case. I never have, and my cases have always formed fully to the new chamber.
     
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  17. hairbear1

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    Yep that's all I did with my 30/06AI and 22/250AI..........................just loaded a standard case with what ever pill I had and used the max load quoted and went out and fire formed it. Worked every time.
     
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