Reloading Steps – Rifle

Caliber:______

De-prime                                                                                                   

Clean in Ultrasonic

Primer pocket go / no-go

Swager (if Necessary)

Anneal (if necessary)

Lube/Resize

De-Bur flash hole (if Necessary)

Trim/Chamfer

            223/5.56 trim to 1.750*

            224 Val trim to 1.590**

            300 AAC Blackout 1.358***

            6.5 Creedmoor 1.190****

Clean in wet tumbler

Load

223 REM The 2015 standard is 1.760″-0.030″, so 1.730″-1.760″ is the current range and the middle value is 1.745″, which should, by tradition, be the trim-too length.

** 224 VAL The 2018 standard is  1.600″-0.020″, so 1.580″-1.600″ is the current range and the middle value is 1.590″, which should, by tradition, be the trim-too length.

*** 300 BLK The 2015 standard is 1.368″-0.020″, so 1.348″-1.368″ is the current range and the middle value is 1.358″, which should, by tradition, be the trim-too length.

**** 6.5 CREED The 2015 standard is 1.920″-0.020″, so 1.900″-1.920″ is the current range and the middle value is 1.910″, which should, by tradition, be the trim-too length

 

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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

Keeping it Cool!

Installed portable Air Conditioners not only to keep things cool but to drop the humidity as well.

First I cut a 4 inch hole in the wall for the exhaust, hit a 2×6 on my first attempt…

Keeping it cool!

Put a vent cover on, sealed and painted it up:

Keeping it cool!

The exhaust pipes on these 2 units gets VERY hot. They might heat the room more than the unit cools it. I bought some insulated ducting and ran the exhaust pipe through it:

Keeping it Cool!

It worked! It is not cold, but it is probably 75% cooler.

Getting the Electrical work done!

One of the first things we did was run power for the lights. I decided to do switched plugs, that way if I wanted to change or add more light I just needed to attach a cord and plug in.

Getting the Electrical work done! lights
Getting the Electrical work done! lights 2

I ran 3 – 20amp circuits in the Shop:

Back area:

Back shop plugs

Front:

Front Shop Plugs

And side:

Shop side plugs

Hung the lights and fan in the office area:

Office Lights

Then ran 2 circuits Back and side. Both are shown here. You can see the hole in the side circuit, I will be adding plugs to the desk area when I build it.

Office Plugs

Thats it for now. I will post some stuff on the AC later…

Shop Wall and Ceiling work

Working on the walls and ceiling. We decided to go with 6 inch tongue and groove. Is was easy to install for the wife and me. We started in the office:

We are starting at the bottom and not going all the way up with our drywall until the ceiling is finished. We are trying to be productive with what we have on hand.

and

We insulated the dividing wall to help with noise reduction and climate control:

Then we started with the shop:

Ceilings complete!

Closed up the drywall in the office:

Finished up in the Shop and store room:

And:

Still need to float and tape, but the heavy lifting is done.

Shop interior framing

We got the interior framing done. We started with the external walls:

Then we added the fire breaks: Thanks to the guys on MeWe for helping me decide to add them. https://mewe.com/join/home_workshop_

Next we added the slats to the ceiling:

We got the spray foam done in between things

Got the interior office/man cave wall built. It is 15 feet in and the entire 30 foot length.

And here is the 10×10 storage room:

Next up ceiling and ceiling