Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 11

Thread: Do we have any brass?

  1. #1
    Dogs Like Him versifier's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2005
    Location
    New Hampshire
    Posts
    1,830

    Default Do we have any brass?

    Soon-to-be SIL brings over a passed-down Marlin 336 (Microgroove in .30-30).

    "Do we have any .30-30 brass?" he asks. :rofl: (This used to bring up a great smilie, no longer.)
    Without even beginning a "deep search" I came up with 100 once-fired FL sized and primed WW cases and a box of forty brand new nickel plated RP's.

    "Would any of our cast .30's work in it?" :rofl:
    All of them except the 311291 were either DESIGNED specifically for it, or at very least with it in mind. 120gr FNGC Soupcans, 150gr FNGC, 170gr Ranchdog TLFNGC, and 190gr FNGC 311041. The RD's were designed specifically for Micro Groove barrels. And I have a .310 sizer for them.

    Which one do YOU think it will like best?

    Looking through my loading log entries: "Wow Tom, how many .30-30's have you owned?" :rofl:
    "Should I include all the levers, bolts and single shots?"
    "Yeah."
    "I honestly have no idea. I keep losing count around 30. That's a minimum. It doesn't count the ones owned by friends and family that I have loaded for over the years. 100 in total would surprise me, but well over 50 wouldn't. I've always been partial to the cartridge."

    Field day is next weekend to get his Hunter Ed card. Guess we're going to do some shooting theses next few weeks. You think? When someone hands me a .30-30 to work up, it's like an old friend coming to visit and I save a lot of money not buying liquor.
    "Stand your ground.
    Do not fire unless fired upon.
    But if they mean to have a war let it begin here."
    - Capt. Parker, Lexington Militia, April 19, 1775

  2. #2
    Frenchie of the South SkyKid's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2014
    Location
    Beautiful Downtown South Carolina Where the Frenchies all hang out
    Posts
    162

    Default

    Way to Vers
    Bring in another to the wonderful world of firearms
    Camper at RLB Fest 2006,2007,2008,2009,2010 and 2012
    Hosted 2011 in New Hampsha ya I did
    Proud owner of a 264RLB #4

  3. #3
    Great Master kodiak1's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2005
    Location
    Alberta Territory
    Posts
    298

    Default

    Good to hear.
    Ken.

    Love to Live, Live to Shoot!
    Live by the Gun...Die by the Gun...

  4. #4
    Dogs Like Him versifier's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2005
    Location
    New Hampshire
    Posts
    1,830

    Default

    He's no stranger to firearms - my daughter wouldn't put up with that. I just want to get him hunting legally. I don't need F&G having a party with the contents of my freezer. Since the surgery last spring went so well I will be able to hunt again this year. The kids are afraid I will fall and be unable to get up if I'm out in the woods alone. They figure our springer spaniel wouldn't be much help. I look forward to their company.

    I taught him casting and handloading over the last two years. With a several-times-rebuilt spine it is very difficult for me to stand on concrete floors for more than a few minutes and here my shop is in the basement. It would take me three sessions to load twenty rounds without his help.
    "Stand your ground.
    Do not fire unless fired upon.
    But if they mean to have a war let it begin here."
    - Capt. Parker, Lexington Militia, April 19, 1775

  5. #5
    NRA Distinguished Life Kirbydoc's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2014
    Posts
    245

    Default

    vers, I have a nice stool just the right height that I sit on to reload. Like it better than standing and it works very well. Ergonomically arranged reload bench also helps greatly. Scale is on a raised box/container to be at the right height etc.

  6. #6
    Dogs Like Him versifier's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2005
    Location
    New Hampshire
    Posts
    1,830

    Default

    I have made some changes to the setup (like priming on a portable unit with a tiny press upstairs), but the real cure of course is to get this place sold and get family and shop relocated and set up properly for grumpy old gimp. There are some things I can sit to do, but running a press, especially when FL sizing or neck expanding isn't one of them. After my PT observing me at the bench, she figured I have to be standing in front of it with both feet braced, spine parallel to the axis of the press ram, when actual force needs to be applied for those two operations, no matter what kind of floor is under it. The other operations I can do while sitting and I do, there is a stool at the bench for that. The biggest problem is that I focus on the task at hand totally and am pretty much oblivious to other things, including increasing pain levels, while so focused. "Just a few more minutes and I'll be done with this...." instead of taking the break I should and lay down for a minute when I ought. The second biggest issue is I have been too cheap to buy the good thick industrial rubber anti fatigue floor mats that I really need.

    But we have some .30-30's to load up....
    "Stand your ground.
    Do not fire unless fired upon.
    But if they mean to have a war let it begin here."
    - Capt. Parker, Lexington Militia, April 19, 1775

  7. #7
    Great Master Mike in tx's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2011
    Location
    San Antonio, TX
    Posts
    320

    Default

    For the want of $100 industrial pad you will put up with the pain? There is an industrial store just down the road from you. I have one and it has saved me a LOT of pain. Cow free stall mats work the best if you can find them.

  8. #8
    Dogs Like Him versifier's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2005
    Location
    New Hampshire
    Posts
    1,830

    Default

    You are right. It is long past time. I have been looking and I think you're right - the cow mats are a lot better than the ones the restaurant suppliers sell. Hopefully Tractor Supply still stocks them.....
    "Stand your ground.
    Do not fire unless fired upon.
    But if they mean to have a war let it begin here."
    - Capt. Parker, Lexington Militia, April 19, 1775

  9. #9
    Dogs Like Him versifier's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2005
    Location
    New Hampshire
    Posts
    1,830

    Default

    Hmmm. Cow mats are designed to be springy for something that outweighs me by quite a bit. I need to ask the local machine shop where they get their mats from.

    We finally got around to loading up the first tests with the cast 150's and 3031. They're sized at .310 so I think the microgroove barrel will like them just fine. I can go .311 or .312 if I need to - with WW's they drop at a tad over .312, but I have never needed to go that big with these bullets in anything but an SKS.
    "Stand your ground.
    Do not fire unless fired upon.
    But if they mean to have a war let it begin here."
    - Capt. Parker, Lexington Militia, April 19, 1775

  10. #10
    Great Master Mike in tx's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2011
    Location
    San Antonio, TX
    Posts
    320

    Default

    Cow mats should be tried. Yep, a cow weighs more than you. But the mat is designed for a laying cow which than has more square inches to spread that weight so that it is very close to what your feet support per square inch. Try and stand on one. Walk around on it. It might surprise you.

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  
Abbreviations used in Reloading

BP Bronze Point IMR Improved Military Rifle PTD Pointed
BR Bench Rest M Magnum RN Round Nose
BT Boat Tail PL Power-Lokt SP Soft Point
C Compressed Charge PR Primer SPCL Soft Point "Core-Lokt"
HP Hollow Point PSPCL Pointed Soft Point "Core Lokt" C.O.L. Cartridge Overall Length
PSP Pointed Soft Point Spz Spitzer Point SBT Spitzer Boat Tail
LRN Lead Round Nose LWC Lead Wad Cutter LSWC Lead Semi Wad Cutter
GC Gas Check        

Gunloads.com Sponsored Links