Over the last few weeks I’ve digging out a lot of forgotten reloading stuff.
Been slowly pecking away at things. I don’t move so good anymore.
Some days ago, a five-gallon bucket about 3/4 full of .38Special brass was uncovered. There were some piec s in there dated 1971! LoL
About half of it has been processed to the Ready to Load stage.
Today I started digging out lead that has accumulated. Probably about 150lbs so far.
Once the weather cools down I plan on smelting all that down into clean ingots for later use.
Good lord I had no idea I had this much junk stuffed away.
Being an old reloader means you’re a pack rat from hell. Hahaha.
Forgive me Father, for I have sinned. I haven't touched my reloading system for about a year now.
The price and availability of primers is nuts.
I'm thinking about possibly selling my Hornady Ammo Plant setup and related stuff.
Was going to the range today to confirm a 150 grain load for my 30.06, and decided to load up and test some Nosler 180 grain bullets I had. WOW! With a max published charge of IMR4350 (56.5 grains) that 70 year old Remington with a Leupold 3-9 on it, shooting off a front bag, shot a 3 shot group just over .25 MOA! I couldn’t believe it. Also went and picked up some cheap 6mm creed-moor Lee dies and some Barnes 112 grain bullets. Should have my Shilen barrel in Wednesday, and hopefully have the action in early next week to finish my build.
This hit a little too close to home! Reminds me of the time I took 10 rounds that I put through the whole process of annealing, tumbling, FL sizing, neck turning, trimming, chamfering, deburing, uniforming the primer pockets, re tumbling, then reloading, and then I took 10 rounds that all I did was neck size, trim, and load. No cleaning or anything. They all shot EXACTLY the same! Too bad I still go through most of that other nonsense!
May have shot the best 5 shot group of my life today in my Savage 6.5 creedmoor. Still waiting on my EC tuner/brake for my 6mm creedmoor build, so I took the 6.5, a box of reloads, and headed to the range/LGS to see what they had for powder and bullets, and kill some time. First group was pretty good….
But I thought, why not try to beat it…..
I didn’t measure it, but the circle is 1”, and the bullets are .264, so it’s easily under a 1/4” spread. Guy next to me made a snide remark about my “expensive” rifle. It gave me great pleasure to let him know it was a Savage Axis, and that the barreled action cost less than the chassis it was sitting it, and less than the Vortex scope that was on top!