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Discussion in 'Ammunition & Reloading' started by enjr4, Nov 9, 2011.

  1. enjr4

    enjr4 Renton, WA Active Member

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    I the scheme of things this is pretty small; but . . .

    I have mixed up some Ranger T ammo. I have mixed up about 100 rounds of 124 GR and 147 GR 9mm :bluelaugh: and don't know which is which.

    Is there any way to figure out which is which. I don't have a gram scale.

    Any suggestions?

    Thanks, Ed
     
  2. HollisOR

    HollisOR Rural OR, South of Dallas Active Member

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    Use them for plinking rounds? No difference in Overall length or bullet shape?
     
  3. Throckmorton

    Throckmorton Florence,Ore ah gone Well-Known Member

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    Are the primers the same color?
     
  4. deadshot2

    deadshot2 NW Quadrant WA State Well-Known Member

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    I'm a bit of a "McGuyver" when it comes to problems like this. Make a simple "balance beam scale" using a piece of coat hanger wire, cut from the bottom of a hangar (as long as the hanger is wide). Support it in the middle with heavy sewing thread or fish line. On each end make some "pans" out of pop bottle caps and support them with three pieces of the same material you used to support the balance beam. Balance the "rig" by moving the supported "pan" that sags toward the middle until the beam hangs somewhat level. With your jury rigged balance beam scale, put an unknown bullet on each pan. You will have one end heavier or they will be the same. If heavier, mark that bullet "147" with a sharpie and the other "124". remove one and substitute another. If the same, you have another of the bullets that weighs the same as your marked sample.

    If both read the same at the first attempt, just change bullets on one end of the scale until you have one that hangs lower than the other. and mark the heavier one "147". You can then play the "heavier/lighter" game until you've sorted the entire amount.

    I know this sounds "Mickey Mouse" but it's a method that's been used for centuries and it's certainly accurate enough to discern the 20 grain difference between the rounds. I wouldn't use it to measure powder if reloading though.

    It will take some patience. If that's lacking then just go to the local "Head Shop" and buy one of those cheap digital scales for under $20.
     
  5. enjr4

    enjr4 Renton, WA Active Member

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    Deadshot,
    What a great idea. You will be one of the guys still around after the big bust. Ed
     
  6. Gunner3456

    Gunner3456 Salem Well-Known Member

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    I just didn't know they'd been making pop bottle caps for centuries, LOL. I've done the similar thing, but just bent the ends of the wire into a flatish U that a bullet couldn't drop through, but would nest in. Same principle though.
     
  7. deadshot2

    deadshot2 NW Quadrant WA State Well-Known Member

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    If they quit making bottle caps I doubt there will be any "coat hangars" either. That will be the real tragedy because I can't count the number of times a piece of coat hanger has been the solution to dozens of problems;)

    For that matter "Duck Tape" too. Between coat hangers and Duck Tape what CAN't one fix?
     
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    Gunner3456 Salem Well-Known Member

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    Yep. You can't beat duck tape. :)

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  9. enjr4

    enjr4 Renton, WA Active Member

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    Duck Tape - It has a dark side and it has a light side. Between the two, it holds the world together!!
     
  10. Gunner3456

    Gunner3456 Salem Well-Known Member

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    Wouldn't hurt to have some duct tape too. You can upholster your furniture with it. :)

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  11. Sheldon

    Sheldon California Member

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    Are those two bullets identical looking? Gotta think there is enough difference in the bullet tips or OAL that you'de be able to visually tell the difference.

    Ok even if the hollow points are identical and they are seated to the same OAL, yiou should be able to line them all up and see if you can spot the base of the bullets in the cases maybe.......the deaper seatred would be the heavier bullet assuming the OAL is the same on them all.
     
  12. deadshot2

    deadshot2 NW Quadrant WA State Well-Known Member

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    Your "emphasis" on duct probably was to point out a spelling error on my part.

    In reality, the original "tape" was called DUCK after the cloth it was made out of. The "Duct" was added years later after the mechanical contractors started using it.

    Duck or Duct

    Like the couch. Could have used one like it in my College days. Definitely resistant to spilled beer and "other" fluids.;)
     
  13. deadshot2

    deadshot2 NW Quadrant WA State Well-Known Member

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    What's the fun of that? No gadgets to improvise, takes a challenging task and makes it too easy:)
     
  14. Gunner3456

    Gunner3456 Salem Well-Known Member

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    duckt-1.jpg
     
  15. deadshot2

    deadshot2 NW Quadrant WA State Well-Known Member

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    Having it in colors sure makes it more versatile. Easier now to get it in matching colors for truck upholstery.

    The Silver tape also has another "nickname". It's called "Kentucky Chrome" back in the middle US.
     
  16. Gunner3456

    Gunner3456 Salem Well-Known Member

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    LOL... :D