My birthday present from ME :)

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    My birthday present from ME :)

    Saved up my money and finally took the plunge. Ordered 3 boxes of stuff from Midway. First box came today. Second slated for tomorrow. Last to arrive on Monday.



    Here is the initial order...
    • RCBS ChargeMaster 1500 Powder Scale and Dispenser Combo 110 Volt
    • Frankford Arsenal Powder Funnel with 16 Nozzles and 4" Drop Tube
    • RCBS Hand Priming Tool
    • Redding T-7 Turret Press
    • RCBS Shellholder #6 (38 S&W, 38 Long Colt, 357 Magnum)
    • L.E. Wilson Micrometer Case Trimmer Stainless Steel Case Trimming Kit
    • L.E. Wilson Q-Type Trimmer Case Holder 38 Special, 38 Super, 357 Magnum, 357 Maximum
    • L.E. Wilson Trimmer Case Holder 38 Special
    • (4x) Frankford Arsenal Universal Reloading Tray 50-Round Plastic Blue
    • RCBS Shellholder #16 (30 Luger, 9mm Luger, 9mm Makarov)
    • L.E. Wilson Trimmer Case Holder 25-06 Remington, 270 Winchester, 280 Remington, 30-06 Springfield, 8mm-06 Springfield, 35 Whelen
    • L.E. Wilson Trimmer Case Holder 17 Remington, 222 Remington, 223 Remington
    • RCBS Shellholder #10 (17 Remington, 204 Ruger, 223 Remington)
    • RCBS Shellholder #3 (308 Winchester, 30-06 Springfield, 45 ACP)
    • RCBS Trim Mate Case Prep Center Carbide Chamfer Tool
    • RCBS Trim Mate Case Prep Center Military Crimp Remover Large
    • RCBS Trim Mate Case Prep Center Straight Cone Military Crimp Remover Small
    • RCBS Trim Mate Case Prep Center 110 Volt

    Total: $1172.27 with shipping (made 3 orders so I can itemize things for the RCBS rebates so it cost me a couple bucks extra for shipping)
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    Excellent! And happy birthday!
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    I'm sorry i did not get you anything . Happy Birthday
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    Happy bday! And good buy, get to work!

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    Nice present! Make sure you thank the giver...
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    Happy Birthday, mine's still a few weeks away, I am trying to convince my wife to get me an Armalite .338 AR30!! Not too much success so far, but I will keep trying!!

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    Happy birthday. And nice present. I couldnt get you anything so ill drink a few beers and smoke a fine cigar to help you celebrate.
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    Happy birthday, mine was last Saturday.
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    Nice gift. Have fun.
    and Happy B-day.
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    Got some supplies. This was taken after the first round of shopping. I am up to 18# of powder and 15k primers.


    And this past weekend I loaded my first round...



    This one is a keeper. Will get a small plastic case to store it in. I took the other 49 of its friends to the range Sunday. No problems. No FTF. They felt pretty solid. A cylinder load at 25yd resulted in about 1.5" groups. Not too shabby considering it was after dark and I could barely see the sights.

    I am now trying some 30-06 rounds. Got 100 sized, decapped and trimmed and about 1/4 of them chamfored and pockets cleaned. Hopefully get the rest done tonight so I can get the crimp and bullet seat die set and start dropping charges.

    And for those of you astute enough to notice, yes, the press is clamped to the bench right now. I am still debating on the final location but I am pretty darn sure I will be removing my vice and putting the press where the vice is and put the vice where the press is clamped. I didn't want to have a bunch of holes in the bench should I not like where I mounted the press. So for now, its clamped in place.

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    Happy Birthday

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    Nice! Happy B-Day also.

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    Nice first round. Yeah, you certainly took a leap of faith! Nice gear. I don't have a "bench," so I mounted my old press onto a 12"x16" piece of plywood and clamp that to the kitchen counter. Not a great, permanent set up, but it serves my purpose.

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    check the thrift shops

    My husband had 3 other set ups, all (nicely) cobbled together, but my old computer desk turned out to be the very best reloading and gun cleaning space he's had. It is in the corner of our spare bedroom. We use a 3 fold screen to mostly hide the desk so it is not the focal point of the room.

    If you have an available corner, check the thrift shops, resale stores and garage sales for computer desks. You should be able to find one really cheap. We volunteer at our local Habitat office and our restore gets lots of those things donated! They make terrific reloading benches, and if you are lucky and can find one with shelves above the desk part it gives you places to put stuff.

    He still keeps his brass cleaning tumbler out in the garage, though, because no matter how careful you are you always wind up with walnut shell granules all over the floor. -- At least he does.
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    My tumbler lives out in the garage too. Not for the spillage, but for the dust when you pour out the media to separate the brass from it. Winter cold shouldn't affect the tumbling process since the only liquid involved is a dab of polish in the final corncob stage.

    The bench I have is an old machinist's bench. Its 3/4" ply with a steel cap on it. Its good for now. I will have to get some shelves for item storage and put them in the back. Maybe some cheap kitchen cabinets or bathroom cabinets, something not very deep.

    I have decided the vice will absolutely go somewhere else. It is simply in the way.

    Beginning the process on some 30-06 rounds now but I found out the "Deluxe" Lee dies I bought are crap. The seating die doesn't crimp. Total BS. So I will put them up for sale on arms list if Cabela's won't take them back and get a better set and never buy a Lee set again.

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