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Just tumbled my first small batch of brass to see how it all works. Tumbled these in Zilla lizard crushed walnut with a half cap of Nu Finish poured in.

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10 hours ago, mikechell said:

Ooooo ... Shiny!

What he said. Crushed walnut is much better than the corn cob media for cleaning brass. 

Looks like you got some rifle cases that have been annealed before.  That's something you might look into doing someday.  Prolongs the life of your rifle brass.  I wouldn't mess with it for pistol caliber brass.

I don't know if you got one but a primer pocket brush is a good item have.  I have the RCBS case prep center which has all the gizmos. 

 

RCBS Primer Pocket Brush Combo

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Ok, just ordered 1000 fmj (bullets) 9mm from Delta. Should be here late next week. So should be reloading my first batch late next week. Hopefully this goes well.

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Well it did not take more than de-priming / resizing about two doz rds for me to realize the value of having a primer catcher 😑 This press didn't have one so them damn lil' sobs were just scooting all over the floor. So I went online and was able to track down a .stl file for a primer catcher that fits the RCBS jr2/3 presses. Printed that out, hooked a hose to it and ran that into a little bin. Much better now.

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Well happy to say I just finished my first ever batch of reloads. And to think it only took 3hrs to do 50rds 😆 Admittedly I was going VERY slow and quadruple checking every single step of the way just because I was trying to be extra careful. So I'm sure once I get a few more batches under my belt it will go a lot faster then once I get more comfortable with the process.

Loaded a batch of 50 9mm, 115g Delta Precision bullets, with 5.8gn of HS-6 and Winchester primers. The loads for these say 5.7 as a low load and 6.6 as the max. So I figured 5.8 would be a good starting batch so that they were not overcharged if I did somehow have an issue with an inconsistent load. Which I am sure I didn't with how much I was checking, but I figure better safe than sorry. Will find out how they shoot probably tomorrow.

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Did another batch of 50 tonight. This time doing 5.9gr loads. Went much faster this 2nd go'round. I was still double checking more than a normal/seasoned reloader would, but managed to get this batch of 50 done in about an hour.

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That is so cool. I've been really busy lately but wanted to say Job well done. Those look good and I hope they bring that kind of satisfaction as catching a fish on a fly you tied.  A "I did this moment."

Also, IMHO I would hope a seasoned experienced reloader would treat their craft/hobby with such respect that checking often is part of the process.  Remember it's not fly tying. Not difficult but does have a higher level oops factor.  Decorating a tree or missing a hookup vs (at a minimum) wrecking a costly investment.  Not many people have been maimed or equipment destroyed from a mistake made in fly tying  Booms suck when not intended.

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1 hour ago, cencalfly said:

Also, IMHO I would hope a seasoned experienced reloader would treat their craft/hobby with such respect that checking often is part of the process.  Remember it's not fly tying. Not difficult but does have a higher level oops factor.  Decorating a tree or missing a hookup vs (at a minimum) wrecking a costly investment.  Not many people have been maimed or equipment destroyed from a mistake made in fly tying  Booms suck when not intended.

Oh I will still check even once I get more experience, I know that is all part of the process of safe reloading. But I think you misunderstood what I meant. What I meant was right now being brand new my fear of really screwing up right off the bat has me checking probably a LOT more often than needed. Basically to the point of wasting time checking things I have already checked, when I don't need to do so multiple times. Such as every single round after I seat I am checking COL...then even after crimping I check COL again..why? dunno lol 😑 I know that's not needed with every rd that comes off after seating because the die is locked down, but I'm just still a bit fearful I may screw up something so checking more than I'm sure an experienced reloader would deem necessary still, just to error on the side of caution.

Oh BTW I also picked up some .223 dies today. Found a guy that had a set of three .223 dies, two boxes of new Sierra bullets, 300 once fired .223 brass, 80rds of brand new Federal .223, and two ar mags for $75 so couldn't pass that up. So got my dies for the .223 now so I can hopefully start loading that soon once I pick up a case trimmer and couple other things for that.

 

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