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Equipment needed for reloading at the range?

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Old 12-15-2004, 10:04 PM
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Re: Equipment needed for reloading at the range?

Ok, I guess it's a good idea if you have a long ride to the range and wanted to test different seating depths and so forth I did not think of it like that. I have never seen this at my range and never drove that far to a BR match. I stand corrected.
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Old 12-15-2004, 10:56 PM
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Re: Equipment needed for reloading at the range?

We truly do learn something every day. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/cool.gif[/img]

The first time I saw this was at my first (and only) 1000 yard BR match. The presses were these cute little jobbies that were set up mostly for neck sizing and bullet seating.

I wish I had a neat and easy way to do this sort of load development but I usually go to the desert for load testing and drop confirmation and the wind blows 9 days out of 10 and at 10 MPH or better. I would have dust and powder all over the place.
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Old 12-17-2004, 08:20 AM
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Re: Equipment needed for reloading at the range?

this is a subject I have thought a lot about lately because every range within 1 hour of my house has got a locked gate attached within the last year, so load developement has become a major hassle.
I have a 12 foot enclosed trailer that up until now has been my son's motocross race rig, he just jumped ship to go to college so me and my nephew are going to turn it into a full blown reloading room on wheel's,so that when we drive an hour and a half to go shoot we can just get r done without driving back and forth all day.
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Old 12-17-2004, 12:49 PM
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Re: Equipment needed for reloading at the range?

I'm waiting for my youngest son to out grow the jogging stroler so I can turn it into a 3 wheeled IPSC cart. I've seen them on line and they are spendy so with the stroler already purchased I can build it the way I want for a fraction of the price.

I love functional recycling.
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Old 12-17-2004, 04:48 PM
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Re: Equipment needed for reloading at the range?

One of the guys at our range has a trailer set up for reloading about like you want to do. Good luck!
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Old 08-25-2005, 07:28 AM
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Re: Equipment needed for reloading at the range?

Ok, here goes.

Yes, make sure all your cases are fully prepped and primed. At home, you will need to have done some preperation for "throwing" powder charges at the range. You will need a powder measure that has a micrometer insert so you can "return" to a previously measured weighed about of propellant. Example, I use an RCBS Uniflow measure which has the micrometer insert. At home I decide upon a range of propellat; say 44 to 49 gr of H4895. I throw 10 averaged charges of powder until I get 440 grains. I write down the micrometer setting in my log book. I do this over and over, increasing the micrometer inserts readings and thus increasing the "thrown" amount of powder until I have 49 grains. The pit fall of this is using large grained extruded propellants which most of us can't get better than +/_ .02 grains repeatable accuracy. Spherical powders and small grained extruded powders are wonderful for this. I deveoped a load using H4895 with the Hornady 75 BTHP Match which shoots 10 shots into 10" at 600 yards with my 16" AR15 topped with only a 2x ACOG scope.

Once you have the propellant matter out of the way, you will need to focus on bullet seating. I use the little Lee press which ran me about $15 each; I own several and dedicate them different purposes. Like my Forster Ultra Seater for 30-06 is on one an is never taken off, thus I trust the accuracy of my OAL with 30-06.

For a mounting surface for the press and powder measure, I use a 3'x3'x1" thick piece of MDF (Left over from building my reloading bench) which is predrilled for mounting the press and measure. I use C-clamps to hold it to my fold up pic-nic table I bought at K-Mart for $50. I have a large (6'x3') working area with the whole set up.

The secret to repeatable accuracy is to develop a VERY REPEATABLE routine of "throwing" the powder charges. Consistency is the key.

Anyway, once I'm set up, I can load ONE, 1, Uno, round, shoot over the chronograph it and immediately decide if I want to load up another or move on up in charge weight. No having to run home and pull bullets and dump powder. If I need more of the same rounds, I can load it up while the barrel is cooling. Better than listening to that ditty of a song from a game show in your head while waiting for the barrel to cool between shots.

The second pitfall of this is wanting to take too many bullet and powders to try MANY combinations. It can be addicting. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/wink.gif[/img]

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Old 08-26-2005, 04:20 AM
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Re: Equipment needed for reloading at the range?

Hey Tom,

I faced the same thing your looking at. I did similar to what GSSP did in that I rigged up a RCBS Jr press and a spare UniFlow measure on a piece of 1/2"x4 Aluminum flat bar I got from the scrap bin at work. It has pre drilled holes so that I can moount the press or measure in different locations to accomodate the bench or table that I mount it to. I use a couple of deep c-clapms to secure it. It will easily handle anything I need to load up at the range.

When I head out, I make sure I have all the cases trimmed, and ready. I take a cople of powders, primers, and different weights with me. As mentioned, just do your prep work for the powders weights at the house. You will get it close enough for fine tuning by simply dumping in a consistant manner. It isn't hard at all. Since I travel several hours to get to our place in the country, when I do head there to work on loads, I take enough stuff for several rifles. It will generally all fit into one plastic tub. I take it out, set it up, load and shoot. Sure makes it a lot easier to work up a couple of loads fairly quickly.
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