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Old 02-21-2016, 12:38 PM   #1
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Did some reloading this afternoon

With the surgery last year I didn't shoot so didn't make more ammo either. Did a little reloading this afternoon and got back in the rhythm after a bit. As I was dumping powder and seating bullets I felt somewhat uncomfortable to the point of being annoyed. I stopped and took stock and realized the bench was cluttered with cleaning supplies, old rags you name it and I was working off a little section. I stopped and cleared off everything except what I was working on and the powder left in the bottle. When I resumed it felt more like a fun hobby I remembered. I loaded up some 38 Spl +P's with 140 gr JHP's for use in the 642. Should be pretty snappy with 6.5 gr of Power Pistol. I got the load in the latest Hornady Manual.
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Old 02-21-2016, 01:20 PM   #2
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Good for you, Terry.

By the way, thanks for the energy calculator. It's the same one I've been using for a long time. Works, great.
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How do work benches get so cluttered? Little grimlins' must come in at night and leave stuff laying around.
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It's called a husband. A woman's work is never done.
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I consider clutter to be a filing system.
But I can't stand a messy work space. That is why I never work on anything at my desk.
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My 38 cowboy action ammo is loaded to 3.5 gr of Unique with 140 gr cast bullet / 750 FPS / 174 lbs .

My 642 ammo is loaded with 6.0 gr of Unique with 110 JHP /1000 FPS / 277 lbs . I used this load in all my "J" frame S&W since 1968 .
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I'm glad you got some reloading in Terry. I really enjoy my bench time & have been using everything I made prior to my surgery & am getting ready to start up again soon.

I know what you mean about a messy bench. I have a place for everything & keep mine pretty clean.
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I reckon my shop would be considered "organized chaos".
I can always find what I am looking for...........given enough time.
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I have a few self imposed rules for safety reasons like work off a clutter free bench, no distractions, empty the powder thrower when done. I have an RCBS Chargemaster Combohttp://staging.rcbs.com/Products/Powder-Measures-and-Scales/Powder-Measures/Electronic/ChargeMaster™-Combo-120-VAC.aspx so I load one round at a time once the cases are prepped, belled and primed. I drop the powder charge and it automatically stops at the right load, dump the powder in the case, put the pan back on the scale and hit dispense and then seat the bullet and crimp while the next charges is being metered out. It wouldn't work if I had to load thousands of rounds but I get into a rhythm and the old accountant in me like the exactness of the powder drop. If the powder bridges and dumps more than the charge should be then is shows on the scales and I dump some out and hit dispense again and it brings it up to the correct level.

I bought the 1500 scale and dispenser separately back when they weren't lined with gold.
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I have a few self imposed rules for safety reasons like work off a clutter free bench, no distractions, empty the powder thrower when done. I have an RCBS Chargemaster Combohttp://staging.rcbs.com/Products/Powder-Measures-and-Scales/Powder-Measures/Electronic/ChargeMasterô-Combo-120-VAC.aspx so I load one round at a time once the cases are prepped, belled and primed. I drop the powder charge and it automatically stops at the right load, dump the powder in the case, put the pan back on the scale and hit dispense and then seat the bullet and crimp while the next charges is being metered out. It wouldn't work if I had to load thousands of rounds but I get into a rhythm and the old accountant in me like the exactness of the powder drop. If the powder bridges and dumps more than the charge should be then is shows on the scales and I dump some out and hit dispense again and it brings it up to the correct level.

I bought the 1500 scale and dispenser separately back when they weren't lined with gold.
That is way I've done it for over 40 yrs . I posted that way on this forum .



I compete each round in the next 5 step then move to next round .

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TGR:

Who makes that thrower it looks like a good one.

My set up but I use the manual thrower very little now and the balance scale not at all:



That was taken several years ago and the only changes are newer radio and more antlers.

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TGR:

Who makes that thrower it looks like a good one.

My set up but I use the manual thrower very little now and the balance scale not at all:
It is a Redding ... It meters so accurate I check it only the charge every 25 round and the mic adjustments I write the reading down and it makes adjustment super fast and easy between cal changes .



My mec size master

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