The Range Squirrel

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Low Case Fill Woes – Part 2

Taurus Judge Public Defender Polymer 45 Colt Load Experimentation At the range I started off with the 5 rounds of AutoComp with the cover cards I spoke of in the last post. I cut the cover cards with this little paper punch found on Amazon. I was hoping for a marked improvement. This was achieved, […]
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Low Case Fill Woes

I recently acquired my first revolver, a Taurus Judge Public Defender Polymer in 45 Colt/.410. At the same time I purchased some Hornady FTX Leverevolution cartridges so I could go to the range to play with my new toy.   A new caliber is a sickness, I quickly got around to buying dies and finding […]
300 Blk Conversion
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Making 300 Blackout Cases From .223 Brass

My wife’s son is building a 300 Blackout AR pistol, the trouble is factory ammo is made of that precious commodity known as unobtanium. I looked at my stash of prepped .223 brass and decided to do something about it. Converting .223 to 300Blk is not difficult, however the forums are full of new reloaders, […]
Open Trickler
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Open Trickler

Aside from firearms and reloading, one of my enduring interests is Open Source software; although I could hardly code my way out of a wet paper sack, I can get around. For non-geeks, the Open Source philosophy simply stated is that software code should be shared for others to use and adapt for their own […]
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Lee Breechlock Pro

For a while I have been considering an addition to my Lee Breechlock Challenger single station press to speed up my production rate. I’m not such a high volume shooter to justify a Dillon or Hornady AP, but when club matches start back up I will put a lot of lead downrange in a short […]
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World’s Cheapest Trimmer Review

There is a story I heard told over and over through the years in the car repair business; a customer walks into a garage for a repair and the conversation goes something like this Customer: I want it done cheap, I want it done right, I want it done fast. Mechanic: You’ll have to pick […]
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An Unsolicited Deflector Brake Testimonial

Two employees I work with tested positive for the Wuhan, and due to exposure I am home bound for a week. What to do? I know, brass prep! While annealing .223 cases I took note that some had dings and creases from striking the AR deflector nub and some didn’t. The ones without dings were […]
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Dipping My Toes In Satterlee – Second Try

After a failed start with 6 data points and chrono errors I went back to the bench and ended with 10 data points, and still chrono errors, but have enough data to extrapolate a roadmap going forward. The Range SquirrelI owned a Marlin 60 since 1987, but never really got ‘into’ guns until 2011 when […]
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Dipping My Toes In Satterlee

This post doesn’t have a conclusion, at least not yet. I just want to share some experimenting with Satterlee load development. With that out of the way, my current recipe for 223 is a 62gr load I put together a couple years ago when I was starting out using the tried and true ladder load […]
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Another Harbor Freight Tumbler Success

A few days ago I posted a couple pictures on Discord of the 4″ PVC extended drum wet tumbler I was putting together following Tree Top Flier’s recent updated video. One of the details he pointed out was the interrupters The Range SquirrelI owned a Marlin 60 since 1987, but never really got ‘into’ guns […]
Redneck Brass Prep Center 3.0
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Redneck Brass Prep Center 3.0

I bring my DIY brass prep center to it’s conclusion. Could or should I have just bought a commercial solution like the Frankford Arsenal? Maybe, but I already had a World Finest Trimmer before the Frankford Arsenal unit with the universal trimmer came to market. The Range SquirrelI owned a Marlin 60 since 1987, but […]
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Redneck Brass Prep Center 2.0

Just over a year ago I posted my meager attempt at an all-in-one brass prep center based off of a Little Crow Gun Works World’s Finest Trimmer.  Although a qualified (It worked) success, it lacked much elegance and left brass all over my bench. A catch tray and later a strategically placed vacuum cleaner hose […]
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Reduced Power .380 Loads

I spent some time today developing some reduced power loads for my wife who is recoil sensitive. I do it in Ladder Load fashion, but I’m going down the ladder to the point of malfunction instead of the usual upward direction. The Range SquirrelI owned a Marlin 60 since 1987, but never really got ‘into’ […]

Light For Caliber Projectiles

Before Christmas my wife went into Academy to buy me a couple boxes of bullets as stocking stuffers, she is an encourager of my endeavors. She knew I load and shoot 9mm, and knew I had trays of Hornady bullets over my bench, but not what weights. The retail droid at Academy pointed her to […]
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Lee Auto Drum Powder Measure Binding Fix

While developing a load with Titegroup I ran into issue with my Lee Auto Drum Powder Measure binding causing the action rod to bend when at low charge weights. Here’s the workaround I came up with to quickly ease the binding. The Range SquirrelI owned a Marlin 60 since 1987, but never really got ‘into’ […]
Tinkering
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Stage 1.5 Brass Annealing

Most of what I have done on my journey down the rabbit hole of reloading has been done on a constrained budget. I often see a product or someone else’s project and think, “I can do that!” A brass annealer is one such project in my sights. The Range SquirrelI owned a Marlin 60 since […]
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I Killed The Chrono … Learn From My Mistake

I've been mostly missing of late, making a living often gets in the way of living. But working over-time has afforded me to pick up a few things, one of them is a chronograph. A Competition Electronics ProChrono DLX with built in bluetooth to be exact. I also picked up a 3rd gen iPad from a co-worker for $50.