The Range Squirrel

300 Blk Conversion

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

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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’ […]

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 […]

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.

Everglades 223 62gr Version 2 Load Development – A Dilemma

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?