Back in September of 2010 I wrote a post called the zen of reloading. Heres a sample of what I was writing about.
Did that for about 2 hours…
I have been using reloads to do the bulk of my training lately. I have a 1K lot of .223 that I have been shooting and then reloading till the cases wear out. So. In the aftermath of my recent day out shooting, I gathered up what spent brass I could find, took it home and started it through the process.
- Quick clean in a container with water and dish soap to wash off any heavy dirt.
- A couple hours in the vibratory tumbler.
Today I started on the next stage;
- Inspect the cases and toss any that are showing excessive wear.
- Lubricate the cases.
- Run the cases through a LEE decapping/resizing die.
- Trim/Chamfer/Primer pocket clean/Measure (shown in video).
- Retumble brass with some brass cleaning/polishing additive included so that they come out looking like this:
From there I called it a day. So next session I will;
- Reinspect the brass again.
- Prime 50 rounds.
- Charge 50 cases w/Winchester 748.
- Seat 50 bullets (Hornady 55gr FMJBT).
- Crimp 50 case mouths.
I have about 100 cases to reload but I will typically only do 50 at a time so that my attention remains sharp. I have found that when my attention lags things like double charging or forgetting to charge happens. Double charging with W748 isn’t really a problem because it will overflow. Forgetting to charge can be dangerous. Let’s just say that I have a greater appreciation for case crimping.
I am still an amateur reloader and I use a single stage press which means that I have to do many of these steps one “stage” at a time. Any of you experienced reloaders out there with hints, tips or tricks for me feel free to post them in the comments.
Eventually, if I keep doing this long enough I may move up to a “Progressive” reloading press that has a turret set-up which allows priming, charging, seating and crimping to be done in “assembly line fashion”.