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Rustygun

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About Rustygun

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    Finally read the FAQs
  • Birthday 08/12/1954

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    South texas
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    Reloading, shooting, Saturday afternoon naps
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    Russ

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  1. I do do exactly the same thing with a 50 round plastic cartridge case. I use a small needle nose pliers and pick the evil .380’s out as they are very easy to see but hard to remove with fat fingers. The rest get dumped into the 9mm bucket. I can also see into each case and pick out the stepped brass. And you can get a pretty close count of the amount of empties added to the bucket as every tray has right at 50 cases. I average 4-5 of the 380’s in every hundred from the 9 mm tray which is just enough to break the rythum when we get to the 550.
  2. Light stikes should be very rare and from my limited experience are caused by primers not seated all the way. I had that problem on some .38 special rounds that were my first reloads years ago. I have a G19.4 with close to 10,000 rounds and never had any issues. I changed the RSA at around 5,000 not because of problems but because others said this was a maintenance item that should be completed. Other than that one thing it is completely stock, I never had a light strike before or after those changes. It is very odd that this should happen on multiple firearms.at the same time
  3. I use the trays and it seems to work pretty good except for the .380. On another forum someone suggested taking a 50 round .45 ammo box and scooping it into the 9mm and shaking it a few times to get all the openings filled with 9mm brass. It is then very easy to spot those darn .380 cases and remove them. Works very well, no more sneaky little .380’s mixed in with the 9mm at the press.
  4. Nice setup congrats on your return to the addicting hobby of reloading. Pretty soon you will have 15-20 different powders and 5 gallon pails of range pickup brass. I have a 550 that I bought used and I enjoy reloading as much or more than shooting. I will suggest you watch for someone moving or cleaning out an office and get your hands on a few filing cabinets. They are designed to hold lots of weight and work perfectly to store Bullets, powder, primers and finished rounds. Pass on the cheap ones and get the heavy duty version and they will last for years and serve you well.
  5. So this brings up a question. If you case garage every completed round, how many failures to you get? I used to case gauge every round in 9mm and .40 but had less than one round/100 that failed but it would still chamber. Because the failure rate was so low and I am lazy, I have resigned the case gauges to use on the first 2-3 rounds to make sure the dies are setup and working right. I might check a few out of each batch but certainly not every round.
  6. I have an older 550 also I don’t use the strong mount.. have it bolted directly to the bench and sit to load. I run the roller handle I got on eBay as a blemished but I can find no blemishes. I added the roller bearing plate under the primer shuttle got it on eBay for ??$25.00?? . The bearing is not really needed but the slick plate seemed to eliminate the primer feed issues I had for a while. Other than that that everything else is home made. I took a plastic container with a wide opening that used to hold chewing gum and replaced the stock old primer catch cup and no more dead primers on the floor. Use a plastic lid from a coffee can to hold Bullets and it sets on the bench close to the press on the left side. On the right side a low tray holds empty brass. I keep a heavy duty plastic bag and put a squirt or two of case lube in it then add brass and roll it around.
  7. I also have a Glock 23 and went through the same decision making process. Will spare you the long story and just say I was going to challenge the notion that a Glock could be abused and still work. I Shot every kind of cheap ammo and my reloads without even wiping it off, no cleaning at all, and it still shot accurately and flawlessly. After about three months and 1200 rounds I felt so guilty I had to strip it down and clean everything. Don’t think the clean/ dirty condition made as much difference but just spending extra trigger time trying to get it to fail improved my results and confidence in that Gun.
  8. Adamj. That is an impressive picture. Looks like a little work hen some fun in your future.
  9. Rustygun

    40 brass

    Here is data from the Glock talk forum. I have taken the time to count and it is surprisingly accurate. So if you have a way to weight your bucket you can easily calculate number of cases in a bucket 9mm, 59.46gr/ea, 117.7cases/#, 8.5#/100038spl, 68.06gr/ea, 102.8cases/#, 9.7#/100040s&w, 70.1gr/ea, 99.9cases/#, 10#/1000.357mag, 78.3gr/ea, 89.4cases/#, 11.2#/1000 .45acp, 89.58gr/ea, 78.1cases/#, 12.8#/1000 .223, 95.28gr/ea , 73.5cases/#, 13.6#/1000.44mag, 114.38gr/ea, 61.2cases/#, 16.3#/100050bmg, 865.26gr/ea, 8.1cases/#, 123.5#/1000All weights are uncleaned fired cases with the primer remaining.Individual case weights were derived using an average of mixed brass weights (except 50bmg)
  10. I am also in the garage and my other hobbies (like woodworking) make dust and clutter. People ask me what I make in my shop and my typical response is “mostly sawdust”. I have the press mounted permanently on one end of the bench and it is covered with a canvas bag between sessions. All the reloading stuff is modular. One box of common gear that is used for all calibers goes from the metal filing cabinet to the bench, then caliber specific components come from the filing cabinet as needed. after every session everything goes back into the filing cabinet and the bench and the reloading area is blown off with an air hose or a bench brush. I would rate mine about 2.5 as there is always a project or two cluttering up the bench and dust builds up in the corners and under things.
  11. I have to vote for WST also. Use it for 45 and it meters nice, low smoke/flash, soft recoil and more accurate than I am. Currently shooting 4.7 grains under a 200 gr RN hi tech coated from summers enterprises. Great prices with an even better product. Using Winchester large pistol primers cause they were available and cheap, Over 1000 rounds so far and loving it..
  12. Yep same in this area. Found one box on their shelf with a sticker for $29.99 on one side and a red sticker on the other side marked $45.99. I asked to use the lower sticker but they just laughed at me. Don’t understand why. Appears to be no shortage they are everywhere at $45+.
  13. Might make a difference on the rifle brass but in pistol I do not sort by headstamp. Just ran a batch of 1000 9mm and threw out the IMI and Aquila but everything else got HS-6 powder and a 124 grain delta precision JHP. Good to go.
  14. This looks great. Efficient use of a small space. I found a spray paint at Home Depot called rustoleum 2X oasis blue that is very close to identical to Dillon blue. I painted the all the bullet containers, trays, and even the tools I set aside exclusively for the Dillon. My work bench is made from 2X6’s and 25 years old and in the garage which is not climate controlled so I envy your setup.
  15. I am on the gulf coast of Texas and have similar problems with humidity and rust. I actually had the outer edges of a can of WD-40 get rusty. I added a small dehumidifier to the big safe in the garage. It is about 10” tall 8” wide and 6” deep. I dump it out about a quart of water once a week or so and put it back in place and let her run. If I keep the door closed it keeps the humidity below 50% sometimes close to 40% in the safe. Search for amazon for mini dehumidifier. It has run 100% of the time for over two years and cost around $50 but worth every penny. I reload so have an inventory of components and still store primers and powder in a climate controller space.
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