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Steve crawford

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  1. Last week I got 1,000 CCI 400 primers for less than $77.00 out the door at Academy Sports. I signed up for notification on their web site and about a week got the in stock notice. They are out of stock now. I also bought 1,000 CCI 400 from Gun Broker a couple of days before Academy got them in stock. Paid $105 and change shipped. Don't know if it was legal shipping or just not declared as HasMat.
  2. I use a Thumbler Tumbler for wet cleaning. I have both ceramic and stainless steel media. I prefer s.s. over the ceramic. Just be sure that you clean the media after each use. I didn't clear after some Black Powder cases and the next load came out looking like Black Chrome. Very shinny gloss black. Washed the pins real good and ran the cases again, They came out looking new. Wet Stainless pins ( distilled water (water in my area has a lot of minerals in it so the distilled water ) 1 tablespoon of Dawn Dish Soap and 1 or 2 table spoons of Lime-Shine will look like new brass in 2 to 3 hours of tumbling. If they are really dirty it may take longer. Rinse the cases well and spread on a wire screen drying rack and sun dry for several hours to get all moisture from inside of cases. Wet tumbling with Stainless Steel is the only I have found to clean inside the case, primer pocket, and flash hole. just watch for pins in the flash hole after cleaning. After drying I resize and vibrate in walnut media and Lyman Turbo Bright for a couple of hours to remove the sizeing lube and final polish the cases before I finish reloading them. It took me many years to get to this point , I have rounds I have loaded that are several years old and they still look like new.
  3. What is a good antistatic powder funnel for loading 5.56 & 30 cal. rifle and all pistole cal.? My 1969 plastic funnel and a couple of funnels I bought last year don't fit the 5.56 case mouth. Two of the funnels I bought last year, the case goes all the way through the neck of the funnel now. I have a hard time trying to get the case in the wright spot before I dump the powder. I don't feel that I can spend $100.00 or more for a funnel set up. I would like to get something for $50.00 or less. I also have trouble with static build up where I live. Thanks Steve
  4. I did a buy back this week. I did some trading and a little cash. I now have a Bond Arms 45/410. Had one years ago and traded it on something else. Missed it so much that I just had to get another. So, does that make it a buyback? 😁
  5. My daughter brought my favorite cake. Yellow cake with Fudge icing. She has never liked fudge icing. That made it even more special. 😁😁😁 HAPPY FATHERS DAY Steve
  6. I like my EGW 7 Hole Case gauge. It is not cheap but if my reload drops into it and there is less than 4TH's of an inch( thumb nail thick) of the base of the case sticking up I am good to go in my DPMS LR-308 rifle. That is once fired military brass. I also use a Lee Bench Prime tool for priming and like it a lot better than any of the hand prime tools I have. i use a Lee universal depriming die on all my rifle brass . 308 30\06 5.56 and most of my pistol brass. I like to remove the primer before I clean the cases so the pocket gets cleaned. been reloading over 50 years and have not learned all of it yet. πŸ˜‰πŸ˜‰πŸ˜‰ Steve
  7. Aw Matt. Tell us what you really think! 😈 😈 😈 Steve P.S. WE can only dream of one of our people in Washington DC thinking like that.
  8. I annealed all of my 45/90 and 45/120 cases and never had any trouble seating the bullet (lead grease grove). The only time I had trouble was trying to make 40/65 cases from 45/70. After 5 or 6 tries I could not get a good case but I did not try to anneal them before I tried to size them in the 40/65 die. I have learned that I don't get the same results when I do things that other people do. πŸ˜•πŸ˜•πŸ˜• Steve
  9. Might want to anneal the brass before you try to ram that expander up there. πŸ™„πŸ™„πŸ™„ Steve
  10. Over 47 years ago. I would mix 130 AV gas with Sunco premium half and half. Made the plugs last longer in my modified 427 Chev big block Vet. At that time it was a monster. Now days it wouldn't keep up. Old days were a lot more fun than now days. πŸ€”πŸ€”πŸ€” Steve
  11. what's the off road specialty fuel? Does it have a Hemi??? πŸ˜‰πŸ˜‰πŸ˜Š
  12. Black Beauty 😊😊😊
  13. Those hand guards seem to be a very tight fit. Do you have a handguard installation tool? I had a lot of trouble trying to change the hand guard on my AR-15. It was easy after I got the handguard tool. My hands just were not strong enough to get the Delta ring down far enough to get the old handguard off and the new one on. πŸ₯΅πŸ₯΅πŸ₯΅ Steve
  14. Hornady Custom Die set uses different seating seating stems for each bullet. I now have 100 each eld 187 gr. Match and X. I also now have both seating stems. They fit slightly different on the bullets. I will have to keep them separated in my reloading storage bens. I don't have a source for powder on line. I buy local to keep from paying HSAmat charges. I just bought the Hornady 11 edition reloading book. I tried to get it on my Kindle Reader or my I Phone 6 but both versions were not available for purchase at this time. $20 per year with updates or $50 for the book. O Well. Nobody ever said these things were inexpensive. πŸ™„πŸ™„πŸ™„ Steve
  15. I crawled through one of those that was on static display at Greater Southwest Air field in Grand Prairie, TX back when I was trying to stay in school ( fall of 1966). We spent about an hour in the plane. It was messed up inside. A lot of stuff was broken or ripped out. It was very impressive to stand up in the wing. We went in late at night. Climbed up the main gear into the wing. When we went to the rear of the plane we had to walk softly to keep the nose from moving up and down enough to been seen from outside of the plane. I don't even know where that area is now. So many things gone forever. πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ Steve
  16. Thank you. The ELD-X bullet is very hard to find. That was what I was trying to get when I got the ELD-M. I will see if I can get some Accurate 2495 and some of the ELD-X in 178 gr. I have a Remington 700 CDL Tactical heavy 20 inch Barrel Rifle that will shoot small one hole groups with 150 gr. Hornady bulk 150 gr. FMJ and CFE-223 powder at 100 yards. Don't know the speed of the bullet out of that rifle. I am going to try the EDL-M in my factory original DPMS LR-308 18 inch heavy fluted barrel rifle.
  17. Does anyone have a link to load data for the 178gr ELD-m with Varget and CCI BR-2 primers. I went to Hogden web site and they only listed 4064 power for the 178 ELD-M. If I have to buy another new book I will if it has this data. I really would like to see several different loads. I know that I need to reduce the starting load because I am using LC once fired brass to build this load. Thanks for any help. Steve
  18. Need to pay more attention when I read a post that I reply to.
  19. did you get the heavy buffer? ( I think it is 5.6 oz.) That is the H3 buffer.
  20. I had that problem for a while. I solved it by not driving at night any more. Steve
  21. They don't keep it out on the shelf. It's in the back room and you have to ask for it. Some people they say yes to and others they say SORRY we are out. Been trading there through 2 different owners so I guess I have access to the good stuff. I bought a 8# bottle of powder from the backroom last year that I will never use all of it in my lifetime. It will go to my grandsons I guess. My reloading supplies may ne worth more than my IRAs when I pass. 😊😊😊 Steve
  22. ordered a box of Hornady 178 gr. 30 cal. ELD-X bullets from Gunbroker.com just now. Local shops said they could not get them. I also bought a pound of Varget from a local dealer. It was $60.56 with tax. There goes my reloading budget for the year.
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