Reloading Consumable Storage Fridge – Part 2

I added the Gun Saver Dehumidifier to the bottom front of the fridge.

You can see the temperature rise and rise ….

Room Stats:

Temp: ~76

Humid: 73-75

The Humidity is dropping:

The Temperature got to almost 90 degrees! I was not comfortable with that. I moved the rod to the freezer area. You can see the temperature drop.

Room Stats:

Temp: ~76

Humid: 73-75

 

The humidity went up a bit. We will see how it looks in a day or so.

Room Stats:

Temp: ~76

Humid: 73-75

The outside and inside temperature dropped a bit, but inside the fridge it looks pretty stable:

Looks like the humidity is pretty stable too. Within ~1%

Will keep an eye on it and post major changes.

Reloading Consumable Storage Fridge – Part 1

With the Covid-19 thing wrapped in an election year, reloading supply consumables have disappeared. To better store what I have I decided to make a storage environment. AKA the ammo/reloading fridge:

First thing I did was gut an old fridge I had:

Then using paint I had on hand I painted it up and put it back together.

Then I ran electric through the ice maker hole. Added a power strip and hooked up a Raspberry Pi to take and record Temperature and Humidity:

Next I will add a Gun Saver Dehumidifier and take some readings.

Cleaning Solutions and Ideas

Brass Tumbler:

In each tumbler drum I put:

  • Distilled Water
  • Lemi-Shine (1/4 teaspoon)
  • Squirt of Dawn (1/4 teaspoon)
  • 15 Minutes

Ultrasonic RCBS Gun Cleaning Solution:

  • 30:1 Ratio
  • 60oz water
  • 2oz cleaner
  • Degas (only first time solution is mixed)
  • Set to ~120 degrees F
  • 5 min for tools
  • 15 min for gun parts

 Ballistol Ultrasonic Cleaning Solutuon:

10% per one gallon = 12.8 Ounces (oz)

From <https://calculate-this.com/percent-solution-calculator-gallons>

I will round up to 13 Ounces and top off to a gallon. 6.5 Ounces for a half gallon

2 x 16 oz Ballistol $29

32 oz RCBS $23

Ultrasonic Brass Cleaning:

  • Distilled Water
  • Lemi-Shine (1/4 teaspoon)
  • Squirt of Dawn (1/4 teaspoon)
  • 15 Minutes

Ultrasonic RCBS Gun Cleaning Solution:

  • 30:1 Ratio
  • 60oz water
  • 2oz cleaner
  • Degas (only first time solution is mixed)
  • Set to ~120 degrees F
  • 5 min for tools
  • 15 min for gun parts

 Ballistol Ultrasonic Cleaning Solutuon:

10% per one gallon = 12.8 Ounces (oz)

From <https://calculate-this.com/percent-solution-calculator-gallons>

I will round up to 13 Ounces and top off to a gallon. 6.5 Ounces for a half gallon

2 x 16 oz Ballistol $29

32 oz RCBS $23

  • 1 ½ lb of stainless steel media (at the most)
  • About 1 lb of brass
  • Water up to the lip or just below
  • Lemi-shine (1/4 teaspoon)
  • Squirt of Dawn (enough that when you open the drum you see soap suds)
  • Tumble for 2 hours.

Ultrasonic Brass Cleaning:

  • Distilled Water
  • Lemi-Shine (1/4 teaspoon)
  • Squirt of Dawn (1/4 teaspoon)
  • 15 Minutes

Ultrasonic RCBS Gun Cleaning Solution:

  • 30:1 Ratio
  • 60oz water
  • 2oz cleaner
  • Degas (only first time solution is mixed)
  • Set to ~120 degrees F
  • 5 min for tools
  • 15 min for gun parts

 Ballistol Ultrasonic Cleaning Solutuon:

10% per one gallon = 12.8 Ounces (oz)

From <https://calculate-this.com/percent-solution-calculator-gallons>

I will round up to 13 Ounces and top off to a gallon. 6.5 Ounces for a half gallon

2 x 16 oz Ballistol $29

32 oz RCBS $23

  • 1 ½ lb of stainless steel media (at the most)
  • About 1 lb of brass
  • Water up to the lip or just below
  • Lemi-shine (1/4 teaspoon)
  • Squirt of Dawn (enough that when you open the drum you see soap suds)
  • Tumble for 2 hours.

Ultrasonic Brass Cleaning:

  • Distilled Water
  • Lemi-Shine (1/4 teaspoon)
  • Squirt of Dawn (1/4 teaspoon)
  • 15 Minutes

Ultrasonic RCBS Gun Cleaning Solution:

  • 30:1 Ratio
  • 60oz water
  • 2oz cleaner
  • Degas (only first time solution is mixed)
  • Set to ~120 degrees F
  • 5 min for tools
  • 15 min for gun parts

 Ballistol Ultrasonic Cleaning Solutuon:

10% per one gallon = 12.8 Ounces (oz)

From <https://calculate-this.com/percent-solution-calculator-gallons>

I will round up to 13 Ounces and top off to a gallon. 6.5 Ounces for a half gallon

2 x 16 oz Ballistol $29

32 oz RCBS $23

Bald Eagle 9 Liter Ultrasonic Cleaner

I just got the Bald Eagle 9 Liter Ultrasonic Cleaner, BE1167 for $375.00 without shipping. Regular list price is $650.00. I have been wanting a large ultrasonic cleaner for a while. I was looking at the Hornady Lock-N-Load Hot Tub for Sonic Cleaner 043310 as it has a great feature set, it is just above my budget.

The Bald Eagle comes with the same features and accessories including the hanging cords:

All closed up:

I will post updates as I start using it more.

REF:

Bald Eagle (Grizzly) Web Site

Hornady Lock-N-Load Web Site

Bald Eagle 9 Liter Ultrasonic Cleaner, BE1167 User Manual (I scanned it)

Reloading – 1st Cleaning of the brass

First thing I need to do is clean the brass before I de-prime it.

Here is a before shot:

Added 30 rounds to each drum, added water and 1 TSP Lemi Shine powder:

Brass Cleaning Tumbler

Started them spinning for about an hour:

Started them spinning

I have the ultrasonic cleaner as well so I thought I would give it a shot same recipe as above, 30 rounds, 2 sets of 8 minutes with heat.

Reloading ultrasonic cleaning

Here we have the results:

Left = Ultrasonic

Center = Before cleaning

Right = Tumbler

All with only Lemi Shine. They both look good to me.

All with only Lemi Shine

Then I bake them at 150 for 5 minutes

Another shot after the first cleaning. Bottom ultrasonic, top tumbler:

REF:

Ready Set Reload – Beginners guide to Handloading

RCBS Intro to Handloading

Update:

I followed the below:

IN each tumbler drum I put:

1 ½ lb of stainless steel media (at the most)

About 1 lb of brass

Water up to the lip or just below

Lemi-shine (1/4 teaspoon)

Squirt of Dawn (enough that when you open the drum you see soap suds)

Tumble for 2 hours.

Here is a shot of the brass from above:

After using the updated method:

 

I found a full size basket for the Harbor Freight Ultra Sonic cleaner, works great:

iSonic PB4820A Plastic Basket for Ultrasonic Cleaner P4820

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00HLBL24O/ref=oh_aui_search_detailpage?ie=UTF8&psc=1

Build that Wall!

Started building the new range. Started by planting the back 6×6 treated posts.

A little while later, added 2 more on both sides.

Then we started stacking the ties.

A little over half way done.

Got some more done today:

Cut the excess off the top:

We used 10 inch screws to secure the ties to the posts:

I will be using the excess cut from the top to make braces for the back:

Got the angles on the 6×6’s

Planted the support 4×4’s four feet deep and concreted in.

Back Finished up:

I added 2 leftover ties to the inside corners:

Dropped in some dirt:

Going to push it back, this is where we are for now:

Got it pushed back:

Think we are ready to shoot! We will continually make improvements but I think the major work is done.

Targets Added!


Finishing an AR-15 80% Lower Receiver

The jig is a router jig that makes machining your 80% lower easier, faster, and safer by utilizing a router instead of a drill press. The jig allows you to complete an 80% lower quickly, easily and pretty fool proof. This jig is easy enough for anyone to use. You also save money on tools. You do not need to own a drill press, mill, or any measuring tools to use the Jig. You might be able to borrow the tools from a friend or relative. The jig can be reused for dozens of lowers.

The lower receiver is legally the firearm, and as such it is the controlled part. Generally, the law requires licensed manufacturers and importers to mark the designated receiver with a serial number, the manufacturer or importer, the model and caliber.

“Unfinished receivers”, also called “80 percent receivers” or “blanks”, are partially completed receivers with no serial numbers. Purchasers must perform their own finishing work in order to make the receiver usable. The finishing of receivers for sale or distribution by unlicensed persons is against US law. Because an unfinished 80% receiver is not a firearm, purchasers do not need to pass a background check and it can be shipped directly to them.

Putting together your lower receiver is pretty easy if you follow these steps:

1. MAGAZINE CATCH ASSEMBLY

• Install magazine catch into recess on left of receiver.
• Install spring onto threaded portion of magazine catch from the right side of receiver.
• Screw button onto threaded portion of magazine catch 3 or 4 turns.
• Use a punch (larger than the hole in magazine button) or wooden dowel to push in the magazine button so you can turn the magazine catch clockwise until the end of the catch is flush with the magazine button head. You can hold the receiver and press the punch against the table to do this, but put something between the punch and the magazine catch button to prevent marking it. Do this step first, as it will prevent the bolt catch from getting in the way as you turn the magazine catch into place.

2. TRIGGER GUARD ASSEMBLY

• Attach front of trigger guard assembly to the receiver using the detent.
• Lay receiver on you bench block or a block of wood, and drive roll pin into receiver and rear of trigger guard using drive pin punch.

3. BOLT CATCH ASSEMBLY

• When installing the bolt catch, first drive the roll pin about halfway into the rear hump from the rear of the receiver using roll pin holder. It can be very difficult to get this pin started. If you don’t have a roll pin holder, then try holding it in place with a pair of needle nose pliers while you drive using a 5/32″ punch.
• Install spring in hole on left side of receiver.
• Install bolt catch plunger on top of spring with round portion on top and small end into receiver. Make sure it moves freely in its hole.
• Install bolt catch in receiver.
• Use a 3/32″ punch to hold the assembly by placing it through the front hump.
• The pin can be driven the rest of the way from the rear as the punch will be pushed out and while holding the bolt catch in correct alignment.

4. PIVOT PIN ASSEMBLY

• Insert spring and detent into receiver.
• Compress detent in recess using 3/32″ punch and rotate tool.
• Push out tool with pivot pin and rotate until detent is in groove of pivot pin.

5. TRIGGER ASSEMBLY

• Shoulder trigger spring onto trigger with ends of spring forward and under.
• Install disconnector spring with the wider portion of spring down towards trigger and push until it locks in there.
• Position disconnector on top of trigger, where trigger pin will hold both in place.
• Insert trigger assembly into receiver.
• Insert trigger retaining pin through receiver, trigger, and disconnector. The trigger pin has 2 grooves in it; one in the middle of the pin and one off to one side. It does not matter which way it is inserted, though common practice is to insert from left to right, with the groove to the left.
• Insert hammer pin from opposite side to help align things as you push the trigger pin in and the hammer pin out. You will have to push down on trigger assembly to align the holes and get the pin in all the way.

6. HAMMER ASSEMBLY

• Install spring onto hammer, ends of spring to rear and shoulder on back of hammer.
• Install hammer in receiver with feet pointing rearward away from hammer
• Use 5/32″ punch to retain hammer in place as you insert hammer retaining pin.
• Like the trigger pin, you may have to push down and align the holes perfectly in order to push the pin in all the way.
• Ends of the hammer spring will rest on top of the trigger pin, with one end in the groove on the trigger pin.

7. PISTOL GRIP ASSEMBLY

• Install detent, pointed end towards the selector, and the spring into the receiver from the bottom.
• Carefully compress the spring with the grip and make sure spring fits into hole in grip.
• Check the function of the selector with the grip held in place; if too tight (unable to rotate) you may need to either cut the spring, or clean out the hole in the grip.
• Once feel is acceptable, secure the grip in place with the screw and lock washer.

8. STOCK

• Insert retainer spring and retainer into recess in lower.
• Install buffer tube, backplate, and locking ring onto receiver and depress retainer when necessary to get it to rest under the extension tube. Turn tube until it is about 1/4 turn past the correct location.
• Install takedown pin with groove to the rear and install detent and spring from the rear of the receiver.
• Backplate will now hold spring in place when you turn the extension tube back 1/4 turn.
• Tighten locking ring using telestock wrench for a snug fit.
• With the hammer down, insert buffer spring and buffer into buffer tube until retainer snaps up to lock it in place.
• Function check takedown pin, stock, and buffer retainer.

REFS:
https://www.80percentarms.com
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Receiver_(firearms)