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, […]
Since I purchased my Auto Breech Lock Pro I have had reliable service, however recently I have had indexing issues which would not allow the shell plate to advance completely to its next station. The Range SquirrelI owned a Marlin 60 since 1987, but never really got ‘into’ guns until 2011 when I bought my […]
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 […]
Back when I first started reloading, my first trip to the range with my 9mm reloads, I had a squib load, a muffled poof and I had lodged a bullet about a half inch into the barrel. Fortunately I had the presence of mind to not pull the trigger again as that would have been […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
Back in October I put together some light for caliber loads in 9mm with 90gr Hornady XTP bullets and Titegroup powder. My top load of 4.9gr of Titegroup averaged 1416fps. It was discussed at the time about seeing what kind of expansion I was getting, and today was the day. The Range SquirrelI owned a […]
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 […]
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 […]
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’ […]
In a previous post I was determining what was causing my Lee Auto Drum Powder Measure to bind when throwing small charges. I found that the cup on the end of the adjusting barrel was protruding from the drum and catching on the wiper. I made an effective, but not elegant ‘repair’ that took care […]
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 […]
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’ […]
A couple times a year I shoot sporting clays. I have been using a Mossberg 500 12 ga to date, but have been admiring the over and unders and Benellis that many of the shooters gravitate towards. I’ve never been one to follow trends, but often there is a reason those accomplished in a field […]
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 […]
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.
My goal over the winter was to load a thousand rounds or so each of 223 and 9mm and maybe add 7.62x39 to my stable so that when the weather is hot I won't be sitting in the garage dripping sweat. Life changes, December 17, 2018 I started a new job and hit the ground running.
I let myself run out of powder on New Years weekend after my mom and pop shop had closed, so I went to Academy, only to find they do not stock Varget. My plans to do some reloading over the long weekend turn to doing load development with yet another powder. The results are mediocre, but the exercise is good.
At my last posting I had put together some ladder loads for BLC(2), CFE223 and Varget powders for the 223 62gr Everglades FMJs. With the hot weather behind me I set in cranking out rounds until I was out of powder. No problem, I'll just stop by the new Academy and pickup a pound of Varget which had produced my most accurate load to date. Except Academy did not have Varget, they didn't have an empty bin location for Varget either. Let the mental gymnastics begin. Let's see, what else is popular for 223 that I haven't experimented with?
I put together some ladder loads for the Everglades Ammo 62gr 223 over the Thanksgiving weekend. I’m enthused, I put together my first 1 MOA group, now I have to work on my shooting technique to make that a common occurrence. The Range SquirrelI owned a Marlin 60 since 1987, but never really got ‘into’ […]