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If your in portland you're likely to find a trickler and trimmer at the OAC show at the Kliever Armory on NE 33rd drive on SUNDAY.

And "The Albany rifle and Pistol Club" gun show in Albany is likely to be a place to find what you need at a decent price too.
Would love to stop by there however not in the Portland area.
 
True that @Snip. I had two cutters in .223 & 300 BLK because I was mass producing those calibers.
During that time my arthritis was getting so bad I had to make a switch and went with the Girard Triway trimmers in both calibers, one time trimming and done, no more chamfers or deburs after the trim.
Plus I don't have to grip the cases, I found a neat trick to use a pair of needle nose pliers with a round hole for the cutters.

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True that @Snip. I had two cutters in .223 & 300 BLK because I was mass producing those calibers.
During that time my arthritis was getting so bad I had to make a switch and went with the Girard Triway trimmers in both calibers, one time trimming and done, no more chamfers or deburs after the trim.
Plus I don't have to grip the cases, I found a neat trick to use a pair of needle nose pliers with a round hole for the cutters.

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It must be a california thing Jim.

If I were processing brass and shooting a couple plus hundred rounds a week of one caliber, oh yeah! But I've got several rifle calibers I shoot/process a limited amount of, so......
PLUS!!! You have that fine drill press and tons of bench room. That you keep available! Mr, "Clean Room"!! :D
 
loading some .44 mag today, 240gr XTP's with a case full of H-110, I have been shooting this load for years and have never found a .44 mag that it didn't shoot well in.
Also does a good job on Deer.
 
It must be a california thing Jim.

If I were processing brass and shooting a couple plus hundred rounds a week of one caliber, oh yeah! But I've got several rifle calibers I shoot/process a limited amount of, so......
PLUS!!! You have that fine drill press and tons of bench room. That you keep available! Mr, "Clean Room"!! :D
As I've stated before, my choice's are more for preference due to aging. The golden years are more for the Health care providers/hospitals than for people who are in the "Rode hard and put away wet" crowd.
 
As I've stated before, my choice's are more for preference due to aging. The golden years are more for the Health care providers/hospitals than for people who are in the "Rode hard and put away wet" crowd-on
At some point, I'll get an on-press trimmer which will speed things up immensely. Until then, trim by hand.
 
I bought a Dillon power trimmer as soon as I started trying to feed a couple of AR-15's works great when you're trimming a bucket full of brass.
 
I'm trying to decide what to do with the recent batch Lake City 556 brass, I've sorted over 1,500 for 300 BLK conversion.
I spent part of yesterday mounting/tuning my mini chopsaw on a piece of plywood since I robbed the in-line fabrication mounting plate for my Dillon Super swager last winter.
Anyone know if there is any Interest in 300 BLK conversions?

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I looked at making 300 BLK brass for me it was cheaper to just buy 2000 rds of 300 BLK brass and call it good.
 
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Yesterday, an experimental batch of .223 Rem. using a jacketed, zinc-filled bullet of 52 gr. I'm always interested in bullet construction alternatives to lead materials. In case the day comes when we find ourselves with a federal, 50 state lead bullet ban. Similar to the lead shot ban for waterfowl. It's not outside the realm of possibility; there are already some state bans on it.

I found these bullets in the factory seconds listings at Midway:


The bullet shown in Midway's picture is not what you'll get. They look like this:
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Which is pretty typical in my experience for a .224 bullet that has core material lighter than lead. Like the US Gov't MK311 No. 3 jacketed frangible bullet. These measure .921 long. I load these on the lighter side because of the extra friction that a long bullet might exert, in addition to the reduced case capacity.

Sniffing around on the internet, I've come to the conclusion that this is a Barnes bullet that was used in their loaded ammo product #30844:


Which appears to be no longer in production. Barnes was purchased by Sierra Bullets (in turned owned by Clarus Corp) in 2020. The reason this cartridge went out of production is beyond my knowledge. Could be the change in ownership of the company caused it. Or maybe the cartridge performance with this bullet was less than satisfactory. Which I'm going to work on finding out with my test batch. I will fire them in an AR with a 1-7 twist. The notes on the Barnes box says fire in 5.56mm chambers and online notes say use a fast twist bbl. But I will also fire them in a single shot with a slower twist to see what happens.

Experience also tells me that there is a difference between a 5.56mm throat and a .223 Rem. throat. The ogive of the bullet designed for 5.56mm will not engage the .223 Rem. rifling in the same way. Which, also in my experience, may result in poor accuracy. These have the 5.56mm ogive.

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As a random data point .10/ea was not the right price point for .223/5.56 deprimed and cleaned only brass at the last 2 shows. I only sold one bag at each show. At other past shows I've sold out at that price point.
 

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