A question for reloaders...

A question for reloaders...

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    A question for reloaders...

    If you found yourself in an extended regional power outage, would you be able to reload with your current equipment? I ask because it seems there are a lot of electronic devices among reloading equipment, these days...digital scales, motorized feed systems and measuring devices, tumblers. Would you be able to reload in the event you were without power for weeks or months?
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    Yes.

    Tho I believe the need for ammunition would be less in the 'TEOTWAWKI' situation.
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    Yes.

    The only difference wold be when casting bullets I would have to transition from my Lee Pro 20 melter to more primitive technigues like melting in a cast iron pan over a fire and using a ladle to pour lead into my molds. I would have to use a soft lube for the bullets instead of the hard lube I use now.

    I would have to use the light of the day to pour by instead of the electirc light I use now.

    If the time period transitioned to years...I could simply delegate the task of casting bullets to one of the subordinates I decided to keep alive by providing food and water to because they were in condition white when the scenario occured.

    and in a true TEOTWAWKI scenario...

    when mankind reverts to survival of the fittest and the only law that matters is the law of the jungle... an abundant ammunition supply along with the will to use it can be the deciding factor in living or dieing.

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    I place almost zero reliance on power for reloading. My electronic scales use batteries but - still got a set of beam scales too. The case tumbler I can easily do without.

    Otherwise yeah - like HG - I'd have to revert to my cast iron pot for lead melting instead of Lee unit.

    Glad to say - re-loading is essentially just needy of light to see what's goin on!
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    no problems till I ran out of components for loading.

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    Interesting. The thread on ammo shortages in LA made me think about a reliance on reloading in an area that may not have power again for several months. Just wondered, since I don't reload, now. When I was originally taught, we didn't use any electronic equipment, and what we had was Army issue. I just wondered how reliant you guys are on electronics.
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    Yeah soon as the battery ran out of the electric scale i could reach under bench and break out the old ballance beam.

    Nothing else i have but a tubbler needs power and if it came to that you could reload with out cleaning cases

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    This is interesting to me. It sounds like I should start with all manual tools and then get electronic ones later.

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    All of my tools are manual. I still use my Dad's old balance beam scale. Single stage press with a separate manual powder dispenser. Casting could be done on a fire - but I haven't really gotten into that yet. But my father still does it. Oh - and I don't tumble my brass, but have been thinking about buying a tumbler to make them look a little pertier.

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    ohh and my case trimmer is electric also since i use a cordless drill i have a manual one but why torture myself

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    The only problem I would have is the electric case feeder for my Dillon XL650. I guess I'd just have to drop them down the chute manually. Oh Shucks!!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by acparmed
    The only problem I would have is the electric case feeder for my Dillon XL650. I guess I'd just have to drop them down the chute manually. Oh Shucks!!!!
    I hope my other half would feed the cases in the chute and load the primer tubes for my 650.
    I do not allow my ammo supply to get very low but I could reload without power and I always keep plenty of components "in stock".
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    Dillon square deal, 5,000 bullets, primers, and big can of powder, oh yah, 10KW generator and enough fuel for quite a while (we live in the country and it is no fun not being able to flush).
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    No fun not flushing ?

    Just get some water and pour it in the toliet. For refills, pour some in the tank. It dosent even have to be drinkable. If you are out in the country, you are on a septic system right ?

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