Dillon setup is finally complete.

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  1. spamassassin Well-Known Member

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    Lots of irons in the fire lately. Not a lot of time to screw around with press setup. Finally had some time yesterday so I sat down to get my tool heads set up. I just got shell new plates in for belted magnums and .223 last week. Now I have 7BR, 7RemMag, .308Win, .223, .30carb, .45acp all set up and ready to rock. Took quite a bit of time. Had to adjust every bit of each die and the powder measure for every caliber. The time consuming part was to make sure the powder dropper was set to the right height for each.

    There's 2 matches this weekend but I'm not going. Instead I'm going to cull my brass down to a single head stamp for each chambering and then go on a loading spree. I still need to buy a handful more of Dillon powder measures though. At 81 bucks each they're actually a pretty good deal to have 5 or 6 of. I'm also going to make myself a toolhead stand. Basically take a 2x4 and screw 1/2" bolts through it and then mount it to the wall with angle brackets.

    I'm hoping to clear about 1000rds this weekend. Get my stocks built back up.

    In other news:
    My coach picked up an old bad habit again and then went completely off the rails so no more coach. Sigh. Such is life.
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  2. Fritz373 Member

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    Say, while yer at it, how 'bout cutting me a half pound each of:
    Boiled ham, hard salami, prosciutto and provolone.
    Add in some shredded lettuce, tomato, oil & vinegar and maybe a few hot peppers.
    Then for the barrel, maybe a 24" Italian ???

    :D
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  3. spamassassin Well-Known Member

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    No ham for you! 1 year.


    Got off my butt yesterday and set up the .223 tool head and went to town. 100 rounds in about 10 minutes from tumbled fired brass to done and cleanup completed. Today I'm going to hopefully get a batch of test loads for 7mag done. I got my new 162gn ELD-M's for 7mm magnum use. BC is .627 which is a bit higher than the berger 168's and they're half the price. I should be able to see an easy 3050-3150 out of them. Only drops 6mils at 1000yrds.

    My new .223 ELD-M's run .467 BC and should drop only 7-7.75mils at 1000yrds compared to about 9-10mils with the 75gn Hornady HPBT's I have been using. I'm also gaining over 200yrds of supersonic range with the .223 in the process.
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  4. Fritz373 Member

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    No HAM?! WHAT?!?!
    Now just how do ya make a Hoagie or Grinder or Sub or what every ya call it withOUT ham??

    BTW, I apologize.
    Posted the first comment in the wrong place.
    Happens every so often.
    For example.
    I pull up to my fav dirty water dog stand (hot dogs that is) and ask Tom for a burger of slice of pizza.
    Got me. Just happens.

    [IMG]
  5. spamassassin Well-Known Member

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    No hoagies, grinders or subs. No hero's, no po'boys, no footlongs. Only PB&J&M (m is for mayo) with the crusts still on for you.


    giggle.
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  6. boostless Active Member

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    PB&J with mayo? sounds like something you had to grow up eating.
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  7. Fritz373 Member

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    Mayo.... OK now!!! :eek:

    Someone tell me how THAT gets applied?!
    Inside, or on the outside and the fried?
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  9. GrocMax Active Member

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    Oh, and next project is to build an induction annealer. Here's mine, swap over the Dillon case feeder for 223 based stuff and it goes to town-



    If anybody is truly interested I'll post the wiring diagrams and whatnot in a new thread. Its an overkill full feature version of the GinaErick. BTW case feeder is totally not necessary, but I did it 'because I can'.
  10. Keith Moderator

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    First I've seen one of those. I have just seen the ones that use a propane torch and a homemade variable speed rotating drum.
  11. GrocMax Active Member

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    Don't really want to claim jump someone else's thread, but Spammy is to the point where an annealing rig would probably be appropriate. If y'all want I can start another and give details. If you are electronically inclined it ain't complicated and they can be built with as many or as few features as you can think up or want.
  12. spamassassin Well-Known Member

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    Can you operate that annealer with an erection? That's pretty seriously nifty. Definitely want to build one of those. Plans and stuff would be greatly appreciated. Annealing would probably get me twice the case life, especially with my magnums. I don't have a case feeder or bullet feeder. Instead I have bin mounts around the press where I put my brass and bullets. Keeps them close at hand. I had been using a normal output bin for the output but it'd fill too fast so instead I just put a bucket half full of corn cob media for my tumblers under the press to catch ammo as it falls out. Works way better with the big bodied magnums and with the volume of .223 and 7br I've been cranking out. Last night I finally did 50 rounds of 7mag test loads with the 162gn ELD-M. I'm hoping to take them out this weekend and print them.

    The idea of mayo was really just trolling trying to make someone say, "Blech, retch, retch, barf." or something similar. I'm half tempted to try it though however I don't eat often enough to practice yuk induced bulimia.
  13. GrocMax Active Member

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    Mayo doesn't sound too bad, had you said 'French's mustard' I would be cleaning off my keyboard.

    As to the first question- yes, just don't get it caught in the ceiling fan. I shall start a thread.
  14. spamassassin Well-Known Member

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    My new Dillon powder dropper comes in tomorrow which will complete my setup for swapping between pistol, rifle and magnum rifle loads without having to dick with changing charge bars. I set another one up for magnum that I'm just going to leave that way and popped out a quick 50 rounds of 7mag. Man it's fast. Dumped a half pound of powder in about 15 minutes. I can tell this press is going to make life more expensive already.

    In related news, I've started to lay in a supply of ammo cans to contain all of the suddenly much more significant output of ammo for back stocking on my shelves. I figure one full .30 or .50 cal can each should provide enough back stock to buffer me through any coming nightmare as CADOJ interprets our new ammo BGC law. I still have worries that because bullets are called out specifically that getting that particular component might start becoming a big hassle.
  15. GrocMax Active Member

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    Next you'll get tired of changing from small to large primer, and get another machine, leave one small primer and one large ;)
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  16. spamassassin Well-Known Member

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    quit that. I know it'll happen eventually. I'm trying to stay in denial.
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  17. Keith Moderator

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    I'm drawing a blank. You went with the 550, correct?


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  18. spamassassin Well-Known Member

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    Yep. I have the 550 and a RCBS Rockchucker and a Lee Classic O press.
  19. GrocMax Active Member

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    Next is a Forster Co-Ax. Then the circle will be complete.
  20. spamassassin Well-Known Member

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    Actually trying to wrangle myself a CH 444. Really like those.

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