The Great Circle of Brass











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You shouldn't ask these questions of a paranoid recluse, you know.
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13 Responses to The Great Circle of Brass

  1. WAYNE DYGERT says:

    It’s always one of those happy/dad moments when you turn your finished product back into smoke and noise 😉

  2. WAYNE DYGERT says:

    @#$&!! Spell check. Happy/sad

  3. Klaus says:

    Don’t I know it though in a slightly different way. I’m at just over 190k on my second Mec 9000 in 12 gauge. Most quality hulls are good for 5 plus. That’s a lot of primers propellant and lead shot purchased not to mention a clay target hit or missed but paid for anyway. Metallic wise I’m only set up for my Swedish Mausers but should load for revolver. Like you I mostly shoot 44mag/spl. It’s just another thing to do not done.

  4. Robert says:

    Wayne D: I’d be a happy dad if my kid shot more.

  5. TK421a says:

    I have to get off my butt and start reloading. These days, the only things I shoot are in .22LR. My other firearms are a lot more expensive to feed and the surplus stuff is drying up.

  6. Kentucky says:

    Bought the Rockchucker kit forty years ago. Still going strong. I even still use the kit-included beam scale to set up the powder measure and spot-check loads. Total satisfaction.

    Soon added a (used) Thumler tumbler for case cleaning. Works great.

    Later added a little cheapo LEE Reloader press to use with a dedicated decapping die prior to tumbling.

    Reprime with a LEE hand-held gadget.

    I rarely work with more than 100 cases at a time, in batches. I’m in no hurry. 🙂

  7. Joel says:

    For a single stage press the RCBS is the only way to go. I didn’t know I needed an electronic powder measure until I used one: I’m not in a hurry either but enough already. I have another press lying around here but never found a need for it, changing dies doesn’t take any time at all but on the other hand giving the powder dumper its own stand made a huge difference ergonomically.

  8. Bob W says:

    Did your primer ignition problems get fixed?

  9. Joel says:

    Largely yes. On the order of 96% with reloads, good enough for practice and plinking. I could get that last few percent with shims but it would really mess with the trigger weight.

  10. beaner49 says:

    Joel, do the 4% that don’t go bang the first time , go bang when struck a second time?
    How are you priming the cases? with a hand held primer or by using the press?

    You really should be experiencing !00% reliability unless you put some in upside down .Ask me how I know.
    When I used my press (single stage) to prime I could not fell the primer seat snugly.
    When I changes to the hand held tool (Lee made a great one) it was easy to feel the primers bottom out.

    Do you use any other powder than True Blue?

  11. Joel says:

    Beaner, actually I went through 150 handloads this morning without a single light strike. So I’m going to stop worrying about it. I do use a handheld primer tool, currently an RCBS. I also have a Lee primer, with that 2-story feeder that always rolls the primers sideways – I hate that thing.

    I have used many powders; right now for the .44 Special rounds I”m cranking out to catch up with practice I’m sticking with True Blue.

  12. beaner49 says:

    Well that is good news…Let me know when you need /want some additional bullets..I have some 44 cal laying around here somewhere.
    What weight do you prefer?

  13. Joel says:

    Right now I’m trying to standardize on 200 gr but I use whatever cast bullets I can get.

To the stake with the heretic!