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 on: December 14, 2017, 01:02:40 AM 
Started by catchafew - Last post by catchafew

I'm new to reloading and I just made my first three batches of 5 rounds of 308win with three different powders.  All charge loads were in the lower 25% of suggested powder weights.  It's 10yo powder that's never been opened but it was kept in a garage (in air tight containers) along with primers so I just want to see if powder and primers still work well before I load 100 bullets of different powders and charge weights to find best loads.  These batch are for a bolt gun and I have no crimp on the rounds.
Here's what I loaded with:

*Brand new Hornady, NOT Trimmed, MATCH brass.  The new brass varies in length about .004", maybe I should have trimmed them before, but they're all well within SAMMI specs for min/max brass length for 308.
*Primers are fully seated and nothing protruding beyond base.
*Sierra Match King 175gr BTHP bullets
*RCBS single stage press and RCBS standard seating die NOT a competition die.  Seating die is locked in press with allen screw and nut is tightened.
*Mitutoyo dial caliper which is checked for ZERO frequently and seems to hold zero well.

PROBLEM - When I establish the correct COL (ON THE FIRST ROUND) of what I need at 2.800" I lock down nut on top of the die and try to press the rest of the rounds for this patch and sure enough some either are .002" too long or .001" too short and I have to re-adjust seating die for EACH round.  Sometimes I have to use a bullet puller to stretch the COL to re-press.  This is proving to be quite time consuming for 15 rounds of ammo with all these corrections.
I'm using 3 rounds of Federal Gold Metal Match 175gr SMK ammo as my control and they are dead on at 2.800" COL.
What am I doing wrong?
I'm slow and deliberate with each press.  I'm just adjusting the top seating screw just a fraction of a millimeter at a time which seems to do barely anything and then it's deep and creating ammo with short COLs (.001" to .0015" short).

All ammo is now at 2.800" to 2.8005" but it seems like way too much work to make them exact.
Cheap, inaccurate dies?  I should have gotten more expensive competition seating dies, like Redding?

Nuts in red are locked down.  Green circle is where I adjust seating pin with very tiny COL adjustments (1mm at a time or less) with with a slotted screwdriver.  Dark red area on the flats of the caliper is where I'm making COL measurements.  All seated bullets are left with scratch rings in the yellow circle, is this typical when reloading to have scratch rings on the bullets?

At some point I might worry about bullet runouts, concentricity and seating bullets close to the lands but right now I need make consistent COLs.   


 on: December 12, 2017, 11:06:57 PM 
Started by THE BAIT SHOP GUY - Last post by catchafew
I was on small lake (85 acres) on Sunday near Iron River with 4"+ of clear ice.

 on: December 11, 2017, 07:59:01 PM 
Started by Steel249er - Last post by Steel249er
I have for sale 3 ice augers. All are in great running shape and the blades are sharp on all. The first is a ion 6" without reverse and I have a 12" extension and charger for it. The next is a z51 Eskimo and theses augers cut fast and are very reliable. The last auger is a z71 Eskimo and it is the fastest most powerful auger I have ever ran. I'm asking 250 for the ion and z51 and 275 for the z71. Only reason I'm selling is there is no need anymore for 4 augers. Can call me at 362-4450. My name is josh. Thanks!

 on: December 10, 2017, 10:28:43 PM 
Started by Fish-n-chips - Last post by Fish-n-chips
Springfield XD 40 $280.00, Springfield XDS 45 Bi-Tone $380.00, Springfield XDM 9MM $350.00. All are in excellent condition, have original cases and 2 magazines. I'm out of town till December 19th but will hold for anyone serious. Text works best but will get back asap if you call. Located in Negaunee 906-235-7302.

 on: December 10, 2017, 09:33:23 PM 
Started by THE BAIT SHOP GUY - Last post by h2owalker
Genes pond was a no go yet. Looks like just locked up. Only an inch 20’ft out. Hardwoods had 3-4 solid inches.

 on: December 10, 2017, 03:04:26 PM 
Started by THE BAIT SHOP GUY - Last post by THE BAIT SHOP GUY
For what it's worth, the whole north end of LBDN iced over in the last couple days. Good ice making weather all this next week! They'll be out there for sure by this coming weekend.

Pics are looking E and NE from the Kipling access, and E from Public Safety.

 on: December 10, 2017, 01:13:57 PM 
Started by THE BAIT SHOP GUY - Last post by THE BAIT SHOP GUY
Well, it's that time of year, again! :dance: :beer:

Just looking for some ice reports from the inland lakes. Had several people heading out this weekend. Mostly up near Gwinn and Iron Mountain areas. Haven't had any reports back, yet. Anyone have any good info for me?

 on: December 05, 2017, 05:23:19 PM 
Started by taimen - Last post by taimen
  vexilar fl 18  5 to 7yrs old. new battery works gr8.  300$

 (2) jiffy mod 30  1 @ 8", 1 @  10"   150$ ea.

  (5) penn 209's @ 25$ ea.

  (6) sealine 47h  @40 ea. sold in pairs

  i'm in Phelps/Minocqua  twice a mo. pic's upon request.  608-445-0262 call/tx

 on: November 30, 2017, 10:06:06 PM 
Started by h2owalker - Last post by h2owalker
Ion for sale. Works great. Blades sharp. Can send pics if necessary. Located in Menominee.
275$ Call or text 1-906-290-2623

 on: November 30, 2017, 12:33:29 PM 
Started by THE BAIT SHOP GUY - Last post by THE BAIT SHOP GUY

Used Mustang flotation suit, model 2175, size large. Specs can bee seen on Mustang's website - http://www.mustangsurvival.com/en_US/products/activity/commercial-industrial/deluxe-anti-exposure-coverall-and-worksuit-MS2175.html

All zippers, snaps, and velcro tabs are in perfect shape.

I'm 5'8", around 210 pounds. This suit fits me perfectly. Probably best for folks in the 5'4" to 5'10" range. Lots of extra room if you're more than 210 pounds.

This thing is EXTREMELY warm! Perfect for early and late season boaters and icefishermen.

New, they run around $400


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