Friday, February 13, 2015
Winter Reloading Project Finished and a Happy Valentines Day
I was able to get my target goal of 600 .38 bullets cast and all the cartridges cleaned, primed, loaded, pressed, boxed and placed in storage. I even found some lead 158 grain bullets I picked up from somewhere and pressed out an extra 100 .357 magnum rounds as extra credit. Not sure where those bullets came from they were sort of a blunt nosed semi-hollow point but I figured since I had em why not?
12 boxes of 50 rounds fit almost perfectly in a 50 cal. ammo can with room for a small bag of desiccant beads in it as well. I really wanted to get another 1000 rounds of .223 pressed out this Winter but there just wasn't time.
Casting the bullets is what takes me the most time. I can only stand to do about 50 to 100 per sitting with my little two cavity molds. I really ought to look into upgrading to a six cavity mold but I just haven't gotten around to it.
I have also been experimenting with making my own bullet lube using beeswax, sunflower oil and a bit of motor oil. All I can say is it worked when I was running em through the sizing die but we will see. I also need to come up with a way of heating the bullets after the lube that doesn't include the oven and waxed paper. Not because it doesn't work but because that option wouldn't be available in a grid down situation. Perhaps a solar box akin to my wax melter would work but then I would be limited to Summer time lubing and casting the bullets is definitely a Winter duty.
Before finishing up the rounds this morning the first thing on my list was of course a Valentines Day present for my lovely Wife. I freaked her out when I called her to ask her show size and drove her so crazy trying to figure out what I got her she called me....MAHAHAHAHA!!
I told her I was going a different rout this year :)
What I did was buy her a pair of plaid mud boots. Ya I know everyone is like WTF is that romantic but she complains if I send her flowers or candy. She likes those orchid bulbs but I have worn that trick out. She actually liked em and I know she needed a pair because all she had were some low ankle mud boots. I was afraid it would put her in a bad mood but she was actually quite happy with them. I thought about getting a pair that would fit me and giving them to her but decided that would be stretching my luck :)
Now she can go slog around in the mud with me....
Keep Prepping Everyone!!!