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MadPick wrote:
Best option: Get a Giraud power trimmer that does it all at once. :thumbsup2:

Wife bought me a Giraud for Christmas two years ago. It does great on my 6.5 Creedmoor cases, but its been struggling to put an even chamfer on .300 BLK cases I've been converting. Haven't been able to toy with it much the last year, but hopefully this winter I'll decode the issue.


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Olympia173 wrote:
MadPick wrote:
Best option: Get a Giraud power trimmer that does it all at once. :thumbsup2:

Wife bought me a Giraud for Christmas two years ago. It does great on my 6.5 Creedmoor cases, but its been struggling to put an even chamfer on .300 BLK cases I've been converting. Haven't been able to toy with it much the last year, but hopefully this winter I'll decode the issue.


What headstamps are you converting?

I tried some NPA and the wall thickness is a little thick.


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Olympia173 wrote:
MadPick wrote:
Best option: Get a Giraud power trimmer that does it all at once. :thumbsup2:

Wife bought me a Giraud for Christmas two years ago. It does great on my 6.5 Creedmoor cases, but its been struggling to put an even chamfer on .300 BLK cases I've been converting. Haven't been able to toy with it much the last year, but hopefully this winter I'll decode the issue.


A couple of thoughts:

- Do you mean that the chamfer (the cut on the inside of the case) is too big or too small? If so, adjust the cutting blade in or out.
- Do you mean that the chamfer is bigger on one half of the case than on the other? If so, give the case a partial turn with your hand when trimming is almost complete. I usually push downward until trimming is "done," then give it a twist and remove it.

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RocketScott wrote:
What headstamps are you converting?


Almost exclusively Lake City with some PMC thrown in here and there.

MadPick wrote:
A couple of thoughts:

- Do you mean that the chamfer (the cut on the inside of the case) is too big or too small? If so, adjust the cutting blade in or out.
- Do you mean that the chamfer is bigger on one half of the case than on the other? If so, give the case a partial turn with your hand when trimming is almost complete. I usually push downward until trimming is "done," then give it a twist and remove it.

The second one. I'm getting a larger chamfer on one half than the other. I'm sure some of this depends on how long (or short) the case was trimmed on my mini chop-saw. I did the twist and while it does seem to help in most instances, I feel like its strange that the cutting head, rotating 360 degrees around the case mouth at several hundred RPMs, doesn't apply an even cut around the entire circumference. I guess I just feel that for the price of the trimmer, I shouldn't have to do the work of twisting it with my fingers (which does get tiring).


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I think the issue is that the case is not PERFECTLY aligned with the spinning cutter. Maybe the case holder isn't aligned with the cutter (trimmer manufacturing problem), or maybe you're not pushing the cases straight down. (I'm honestly not sure if it's even possible to push them down anything but straight, just speculating.)

Trimmers that don't chamfer/deburr don't have this problem, because the case can sit anywhere on the large cutter blade.

I know that the chamfers on my cases aren't always perfectly even, but they're close enough and I don't worry too much about it.

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Tonight I loaded almost 300 rounds of .380. Should be a no-brainer on the LNL with case feeder, right? Well, I wound up spending all afternoon doing it.

I got maybe 400-500 95-grain FMJ bullets in a package deal a while back, so I thought I'd try loading those:

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Pretty cool, huh? Does anyone have any idea how old those are?

Anyhow, I loaded maybe 30 rounds and I had a lot of trouble with the bullets not being perfectly aligned with the case. Some of them were pointing just a little off, which meant that they wouldn't drop into the case gauge. I couldn't figure out how the hell this could be so difficult, given that I've loaded so many in the past.

And then I remembered . . . the plug in the seating die. The last .380 I loaded were flat-nose, so I had the flat plug in there. I swapped it out for the round-nose bullet plug, and everything got better from there. :facepalm2:

This was also the first time I've used .380 with the case feeder, and it (not surprisingly) behaved a lot like 9mm . . . but misbehaved a bit more in the case feeder. Cases that sit upright in the holes in the feeder plate drop down the tube nicely; those that drag alongside the outer periphery of the feeder late tend to jam up and drop into the tube upside-down.

So I tried a little experiment . . . I superglued a piece of zip-tie on the case feeder, hoping that it would block those strays from going along the outside. And it worked! Well, kinda:


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D_Ubq4jxUBY

It seemed to work pretty well, but obviously wasn't durable enough. I re-glued it down -- a little better this time -- and I'll let it dry overnight before I try it again. I'm guessing that even if it works better, it won't be a permanent solution, but maybe it's a step on that path anyhow.

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I kept up the .380 loading today, finishing off the old FMJ bullets and moving on to cheap pulled, plated bullets. Cheap = my favorite kind of bullet. :thumbsup2:

I loaded about 1100 rounds today, and kept playing with the case feeder. First was testing of the zip-tie that I superglued in place last night:


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ws4qWEUbXVg

It worked . . . okay. Not quite right.

Next up, I cut a piece of plastic out of the lid of a Costco cashew container and held it in place with Vise-Grips:

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Again, it helped but still wasn't perfect:

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:cussing:

I finally said "fuck it" and ordered one of these:


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-KjQlj4NV60

Let's hope for the best.

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Reloading about a hundred rounds of 22 Hornet today... Neck sized the cases earlier then they went into the ultrasonic to remove the case lube. Waiting on them to dry then will prime, charge, and seat bullets...

Next IHMSA match not until mid-February but gearing up for some off season practice.


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I finished up my three-day run of .380 loading today. I loaded 841 today, bringing the three-day total to about 2200.

I ran out of brass, but the .50-cal ammo can still isn't full. :cussing:

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This is amazing! I left out 44 mag cleaned brass on the bench on Thursday, 100 rounds reloaded the next morning!
I left 120 300 savage brass out Friday, 120 rds loaded the next morning!

Last night I left out 100 brass of 308...and today 308 brass loaded!

I think it was the bullet fairy! I believe! I believe!

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Why not seat to the cannelure?

Been burning up the single stage lately...I’d post some me pics but my iPad doesn’t want to play, always says pic exceeds limit size


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mustangfreek wrote:
Why not seat to the cannelure?

Been burning up the single stage lately...I’d post some me pics but my iPad doesn’t want to play, always says pic exceeds limit size


The cannelure is there to allow you to seat the bullet to fit all chamber throat landings.
For this particular rifle the ogive is seated .100 off the lands. This bullet behaves best at that distance. If I go to the cannelure, they start spreading out because that distance measured is .160 off the lands.

http://www.shootingtimes.com/ammo/ammun ... ly_200809/


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sportsdad60 wrote:
mustangfreek wrote:
Why not seat to the cannelure?

Been burning up the single stage lately...I’d post some me pics but my iPad doesn’t want to play, always says pic exceeds limit size


The cannelure is there to allow you to seat the bullet to fit all chamber throat landings.
For this particular rifle the ogive is seated .100 off the lands. This bullet behaves best at that distance. If I go to the cannelure, they start spreading out because that distance measured is .160 off the lands.

http://www.shootingtimes.com/ammo/ammun ... ly_200809/

I see I am not the only one that does not seat to Cannelure. I have only been loading a few years and usually go by book recommended COAL as I do load build ups. Of the bullets I have used that have Cannelure, I have not had a load yet that called for the bullet to be set fully back to Cannelure. I have had a few that the shoulder was touching, but never covering the entire thing and most are exposed like your pictures show.

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