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  1. Oooohhh... beautiful indeed, Pablo! Nice score.
  2. I usually use an RCBS bench-mounted priming tool which does separate the individual primer being seated, from the tube. I must admit, though, that I do get nervous sometimes with all those primers in that skinny little tube- primers are NO toy, that is for sure.
  3. Interesting concept. I really like RCBS stuff and their customer service is impeccable- maby I'll buy one of these for full-length resizing my .405 cases...
  4. Thanks, Pablo and G-MAN. It really is beautiful, and yes, I knew my shoulder would be slightly sore today as well The amazing thing is that I set up a target at about 50 yards and put three of the ten inside the "diamond" and five others managed to hit the paper- me standing up. Ol' Mole Eyes me can't complain a bit!
  5. I think this is the first time in 20-plus years I have shot a rifle. Took it out today and fired ten rounds just to check its function. A very fun rifle to shoot but not one I would shoot 100 rounds in a single session.
  6. About two years ago I purchased an RCBS Bench Priming Tool and have used it exclusively for small primers. When I bought the tool it did come with the large priming cup but IIRC there was only a single rod, but it didn't matter until recently when I geared up to load large rifle primers. I had misplaced/lost the large priming cup a long time ago so I shot an e-mail to RCBS last week and asked how much the priming rod assembly would cost. They replied that it was under warranty and therefore no charge (even though I think it was still my fault). Today I received BOTH the large and small primin
  7. It is quite possibly related to the firearm under test. The original 1895 has considerably more drop toward the butt end than does the Ruger, and that solid metal curved buttplate probably doesn't help WRT real or perceived recoil.
  8. Indeed, they are very attractive firearms! I have to admit, though- the .405 Winchester is fairly known to be a cartridge that kicks *HARD* and there is a bit of trepidation on my behalf...
  9. Even though this thread is dated, I just HAD to say something about the Ruger No. 1- I was in a semi-local gun shop yesterday and found some brass for Mom's old rifle and I also told the gentleman behind the counter that I was here to spend some money. He replied "I can help you with that" and placed a Ruger No. 1-H Tropical in my hands. About ten seconds later I said, "I'll take it". Since it was post-Thanksgiving Day a discount was applied, and the total price was a tick under $770. Brand new. I felt I practically stole it. It is one beautiful rifle IMO, I love its lines. My new toy and M
  10. I have been pondering the possibility of shotshell reloading and am considering either a MEC or P-W single-stage press. I want the capability of loading 12 gauge 3-1/2" shells so that does limit the choices somewhat. I know MEC makes the Sizemaster and the Steelmaster, and P-W has the 375C press. I will likely be loading a very large percentage of buckshot and slug rounds which does require manual placement of the projectile(s), and I have read the P-W may be better suited to this. The MEC's are less expensive but the P-W appears to be better built... I am willing to pay the extra $$ for qual
  11. I love my SIGs, they are not cheap but you get what you pay for IMO. Very reliable semi-autos. I just wish they made a 10mm Auto...
  12. I reckon I should summarize what I've discovered in the past couple of years with respect to ultrasonic cleaning solutions- * Version 1.0: Kafko Oil Eater- not good, found there must be some chemical (probably an amine) that attacks the brass. It doesn't readily show itself, either. Avoid. * Version 2.0: Maintex Neutral Floor Cleaner with citric acid added- it does work satisfactorily, no attacking of brass observed in over one year of use. * Version 3.0 (beta): two teaspoons of polyoxyethylene nonylphenol, a.k.a. Tergitol NP-9, with four heaping teaspoons of citric acid per gallon- I'm sti
  13. Very nice. Semi-manual safe method, eh? Sounds like a hybrid approach, like I use with some of my .357 rounds and all of my .40's... cool! I sure wish SIG Sauer made a 10mm
  14. Apparently, Herco was a fair amount more popular in the past. I've seen manuals dating back to the '60s showing it used for .357 Mag. Perhaps one reason it is seldom-published as a useful powder is one particular load in Lyman's 44th, it was definitely a shrapnel-maker IMO. Another advantage to Herco is that it seems to be readily available no matter where I'm shopping-
  15. I'll toss in my two cents' worth here, even though the thread is a bit dated. I haven't shot 158-grain lead pills, but for the Missouri Bullet 140-grain TCFP's that I bought, I did find that 7.5 grains of Herco works quite well. It seems to have turned my Ruger SP101 into a near tack-driver compared to any other loads I've used, and I've read elsewhere that others also find Herco to be very accurate in the .357 Magnum. So if anyone else is shooting lead 158's, I would advise at least trying out Herco. It's a bit smoky and not as clean as some more modern powders, but *VERY* accurate in my op
  16. I can't say anything about the Hornady, but I just received an RCBS Chargemaster 1500. The main reason I bought it is because of significant metering inconsistencies I was having with Herco, which is a flake powder I am currently using for .357 Magnum lead rounds (And a fantastic powder for the .357 at that, IMO). These auto-dispensers are pretty slick devices, that's for sure. Really nice to have restored confidence in the charges being installed. I also tweaked the programming in mine to speed it up without sacrificing accuracy. Well worth the small effort to do so.
  17. I bought one of these a couple of months ago and I like it for the most part. The double-action pull is mighty stiff, probably around 14 lbs. or so- about like a garage door spring. Single-action is real sweet as are on most Ruger revolvers, probably no more than five pounds at most and a very clean break. I enjoy shooting it after about 100 rounds out of my SP101 .357; like a cap gun in comparison!
  18. Indeed, it seems to be VERY effective at residue removal. I honestly don't know how the less-expensive ultrasonic cleaners would do, but from what I've read they appear to work fairly well too. It is probably quite a bit more labor-intensive than vibratory-tumbler cleaning but I really like it because I don't have to worry about stuck media in the primer holes and they get *clean*.
  19. Your bench looks very much like my cubicle at work as well as the majority of my house! In my cubicle is a sign posted "A place for everything and everything all over the place". Yes, 2400 is one of my very favorite powders. I also like Titegroup for my regular-strength .357 Magnum target rounds, and Longshot works very well in my SIG .40 so I bought a keg of it.
  20. I haven't seen any threads of this topic yet, so I figured I would start one. If one does exist, my apologies. Here is my bench as of today. On the far left is an RCBS priming tool; on the right side are my Hornady LnL Classic and LnL AP, respectively. Right of the bench is my powder vault, an old refrigerator. In addition to the 32-watt T8 fixture there are four, 13-watt CFL's in clamp fixtures to light up the bench. It is BRIGHT. The rope light is great for under-the-bench lighting. Inside the vault:
  21. I finally got around to taking some photos. Here are some .40 S&W and .357 Magnum cases, before: And after: I used two ounces of neutral floor cleaner and one rounded teaspoon of citric acid, to about a half-gallon of water. Ran them for ten minutes at about 120 degrees Fahrenheit, with a single hand-stirring of the cases about halfway with the basket out of solution. I am pretty sure that any casing discoloration was due to my earlier, version 1.0 cleaning solution, though there is a very slight possibility that 120 F is excessively warm. They really do get clean using this method.
  22. I definitely need to visit here more often! I use Teflon ® plumber's tape on the bushing- just a couple of wraps around it seems to work wonders. I believe Hornady makes a Belleville washer to prevent this as well, I think if you call them they'll send one or two at no or minimal cost.
  23. I can usually find better deals elsewhere but the vast majority of service I've had from them has been pretty good. The one exception was when their website indicated they had eight-pound kegs of TiteGroup in stock so I ordered two but a day or two later they indicated it was NOT in stock so they refunded my $$ (minus the NRA "round-up"). I wasn't too happy about it but managed to find 16 lbs. of the stuff somewhere else.
  24. I purchased a convection oven for drying the brass; I run them at 225-250 F for about 20 minutes and afterwards put them on my purpose-built screens- it seems to do the trick. If I remember to do so I'll take some before/after photos of my .357 Magnum cases with 2400 shot out of them and post 'em... I need to find the SD card for my camera!
  25. I find that I absolutely MUST use both ear muffs and plugs for ear protection at the range (26 NRR + 33 NRR). Even though the combination only adds about 3 to 6 decibels of effective extra protection it is very well worth it. As for the ear plugs, I bought two boxes of Howard Leight MAX-1 ear plugs which are very inexpensive and highly effective.
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