Wednesday, 23 November 2016

Jean is in the Park

A multi day trip up north .. great time had by all …inthepark

Re-Load Station Set Up and Running

My 8020 3x2 station is set-up and located for reloading 45 Colt. This set-up allows various activates to continue in other areas of the shop.setup

Monday, 21 November 2016

45 LC Set-Up In process

Dillon XL 650 and Redding T-7 being set-up to Re-Load 45LC. Cases are all cleaned and prepped rsidelside650 primet7ldialback

Wednesday, 9 November 2016

Loading Trays … Why Buy?

With some White and Red Oak I fashioned ten + one(11) Re-Loading trays. Trays are nominally; 9 ¼” x 4 ½” x 11/16” thick

Prototype: one tray to gauge proportions and ergonomics.

Alpha Set: primary design consideration is the 45 Long Colt, each tray managing up to 50 cases. Set of five Red Oak trays; two lots of; 25 9/16” holes on a ¾” grid spaced with 1” separation.

Beta Set: design considerations are: 9mm, 38sp, 357 Sig., each tray managing up to 50 cases. Set of five White Oak trays; two lots of: 25 7/16” holes on a ¾” grid spaced with 1” separation.

One hundred and forty two (142) 45 LC cases ready to process.20161109_130205Trays with Oil Finish:11 traysA number of manufacturers produce trays in the $5 – $9 range (plastic) and approx. $32 for aluminum trays. Midway USA carries most brands and offerings. Using some leftover wood is an economic solution.

Detail of Trays and Holes: Alpha & BetaalphabetaCommercial offerings:imageimage

Die Reference Information … Micrometer Positioning

imageThe “Pro Series” Bullet Seating Die is designed for bullet seating only, with no crimping feature.


Die Reference Information .. Cross Sections


The Silent Majority … Very telling demographics


Friday, 14 October 2016

Case and Cartridge Ready Reference Matrix

For convenience this Ready Ref. Matrix facilitates process set-up and checks.  Setting Case Length on case trimmer and Cartridge Overall Length.caseinfodials 357 sigcasetrim

Wednesday, 5 October 2016

Battery Matrix / Red Dot Sights

Early on I decided to add RED DOT sights to a few pistols. This started as a way to help my kids enjoy the shooting sports. Now I enjoy them for their ease of use when shooting a variety guns. This matrix will help track the battery types I need.  New batteries in the range box and all guns checked out as; A Ok.   10/05/16Battery Matrix5x

Wednesday, 28 September 2016

357 Sig … Update: … Case Resizing Complete

Having loaded 1,000 round on the XL 650, using a Dillon Carbide Die set.

I had 26 loads that failed the “L E Wilson Case Gauge” inspection. All exhibited a slight “case bulge”  near the case base .. often referred to as the “Glock Bulge”.  These 26 cartridges were successfully ran through the Lee Factory Crip die set up for Sizing 40 S&W.

Now all the loaded ammo passed the case gauge .. on to the range: sig