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    Caution pays.

    I was loading 204 Ruger last night and had set up my Jones Precision measure to drop 25.5 grains of IMR 4064. It was dropping charge after charge with unerring accuracy -less than a tenth of a grain measured on my Ohaus Dial-o-Grain scale. I installed the small diameter drop tube and began charging cases -handing each case off to my lady friend to rack in a separate loading block. When I was done, I took my trusty flashlight and visually inspected the charge in each case. What do you know! Many of the cases had charges visibly less than others. One case had only 20.8 grains. I concluded that the powder was partially bridging at the head of the small-bore drop tube and caused varying amounts of powder to be dropped into the case at each toss of the handle.

    As I was dumping the powder back into the bottle I remembered Dutch Henchie, the man who would tap me on the back of my young head with his old EverReady Captain flashlight (torch, to you) and tell me to "Check every case! One by one!" when showing me how to load for the 30-40 Krag-Jorgensen. A good lesson learned.~Muir

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    I tend to do every 5th case as a rule I use a rcbs 10 10 scale and they seem to alwYs be ok

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    I always have a squint down the necks when reaching the last case move, I weigh the whole lot, & chamber/cycle them all too, (in a safe area), nothing worse than finding that one round that may have missed the chamfer / de burr session, just when Charlie is crossing the field of fire.
    (The Unspeakable In Pursuit Of The Uneatable.) " If I can help, I will help!." Former S.A.C.S. member!

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    Well when putting 26 grn of Varget into a .223 case its normally level with the shoulders or in the neck so easy to check.

    Muir, how did you find a lady friend who will reload with you?????

    D

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    THINK IT MIGHT HAVE BEEN THE HAND LOADS SHE WAS LOOKING FOR

    Quote Originally Posted by Cyres View Post
    Well when putting 26 grn of Varget into a .223 case its normally level with the shoulders or in the neck so easy to check.

    Muir, how did you find a lady friend who will reload with you?????

    D

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    This may seem control freaky but I do not load more than 20/30 at one session and I weigh each load and charge each case, look into each case to get satisfaction that nothing has gone awry.Then add the bullet.
    I am always concerned that something may upset a tray of cases with powder in and make for a massive and dangerous clean up job.
    How's your end of the gene pool today?

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    Quote Originally Posted by billh View Post
    This may seem control freaky but I do not load more than 20/30 at one session and I weigh each load and charge each case, look into each case to get satisfaction that nothing has gone awry.Then add the bullet.
    I am always concerned that something may upset a tray of cases with powder in and make for a massive and dangerous clean up job.
    Obviously not a Dillon user


    SS

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cyres View Post

    Muir, how did you find a lady friend who will reload with you?????

    D
    Some long overdue luck! She used to load with her dad back on their ranch. Not only does she like to reload, but she likes to hunt, is a damned passable shot with a handgun or rifle, can cook, can sew, is well read, is a top rank Critical Care Paramedic, is easy on the eyes, can drink me under the table, and doesn't want to get married or set up house. She is a sweet young thing and I'm lucky to have her. ~Muir

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    Quote Originally Posted by Muir View Post
    Some long overdue luck! She used to load with her dad back on their ranch. Not only does she like to reload, but she likes to hunt, is a damned passable shot with a handgun or rifle, can cook, can sew, is well read, is a top rank Critical Care Paramedic, is easy on the eyes, can drink me under the table, and doesn't want to get married or set up house. She is a sweet young thing and I'm lucky to have her. ~Muir

    you you lucky man :-):-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Muir View Post
    Some long overdue luck! She used to load with her dad back on their ranch. Not only does she like to reload, but she likes to hunt, is a damned passable shot with a handgun or rifle, can cook, can sew, is well read, is a top rank Critical Care Paramedic, is easy on the eyes, can drink me under the table, and doesn't want to get married or set up house. She is a sweet young thing and I'm lucky to have her. ~Muir
    Has she got a sister ???

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