so waht ya doin today?

JWFilips

Well-Known Member
Switched over my RCBS powder measure to use slow powders for hunting loads! what I forgot is I had to replace the dispensing drum to large
so I had to re empty it for the 2nd time in 2 days! Then for some reason I was baffled at installing the large drums metering screw in the drum!
Then I realized I had to take everything apart to drop the metering screw in the drum from the top and re-assemble it!
After feeling like an amateur for a bit I got it all back and working to throw IMR 3031 powder for my 35 Rem hunting loads!
Hope to start loading some test loads to shoot soon!
 

462

California's Central Coast Amid The Insanity
Bret, your mention of the mass air flow doohickey clicked my memory. My '95 F-150 would occasionally stumble when leaving a stop sign/light, but would run okay otherwise. My mechanic cleaned the doohickey, but the problem persisted, so he replaced it to no avail, then he discovered the replacement (ChiCom junk?) was defective and replaced it. Problem solved. Also, at the same time, the rear gas tank fuel filter packed it in.

Jim, I use only the large Uniflow drum for all my cartridges -- from 3.0-grains of Bullseye to 56-grains of IMR 4831. Also, RCBS's micrometer metering gizmo is super spiffy and a time saver. I made a log of approximate settings for my most used powders and their amounts, and keep it on the reloading bench. I say approximate, because I short charge then trickle up.
 

462

California's Central Coast Amid The Insanity
Filed a V. A. presumptive Agent Orange hypertension claim. Hypertension was included in the recently enacted PACT Act, so decided to file. During the process the claim filing guy said, "I'm going to look up your discharge medical records. Hmmm . . . it says, here, the doctor heard a something something something sound in your heart. Do you have a heart problem?" Told him I remembered what the doc said, never experienced any problems. However, about eight years ago an anomaly showed up during a routine treadmill stress test and the doc determined I have an asymptomatic arterial blockage. So the guy added a heart condition to the claim. Now, I have to wait for a letter telling me when to report to the Palo Alto V. A. hospital. Man, I do not like that drive.

Other than that, the kitchen painting project is rolling along. Ordered some drawer rollers and a center mount drawer slide. The slide is a test to see if it'll work before I order more. None are available locally at either Home Depot or any of the ACE Hardware stores. Weird, just weird.
 

fiver

Well-Known Member
watched the guys prep my driveway with a steam roller.
funny they still call them that, since no steam is involved.
they rolled and shook the stamper inside till the kids got up to see if we were having an earthquake. [7:30 am]
anyhow after looking at what they were doing and the slope i still have i decided i didn't want to deal with a gravel ramp all winter.
so I hunted up the General contractor and we had a confab.
he gives me a cash price and i was like come on man why didn't you just come quote me that number to begin with?
probably should have had him quote me to do the section right in front of the Garage too at least i'd have known if i could scrounge up that cash too.
meh i'll go out and take a couple of the junk chunks out and cement them in myself, it's just a few cracks, and i have just enough bags of cement i need to use up anyway.
 

Tom

Active Member
watched the guys prep my driveway with a steam roller.
funny they still call them that, since no steam is involved.
they rolled and shook the stamper inside till the kids got up to see if we were having an earthquake. [7:30 am]
anyhow after looking at what they were doing and the slope i still have i decided i didn't want to deal with a gravel ramp all winter.
so I hunted up the General contractor and we had a confab.
he gives me a cash price and i was like come on man why didn't you just come quote me that number to begin with?
probably should have had him quote me to do the section right in front of the Garage too at least i'd have known if i could scrounge up that cash too.
meh i'll go out and take a couple of the junk chunks out and cement them in myself, it's just a few cracks, and i have just enough bags of cement i need to use up anyway.
I used to haul them, Dynapaks, but I think that was a trade name. They sure do announce their presence through the soil! You can feel them 200 yards away if you're on foot.
 

Tom

Active Member
Started my day at 0200. Took until 1400 to get unloaded. My truck has a 48 inch stack and is sooting the heck out of my trailer. Bought a 60" one and tried to pull the old one out of the muffler. Finally tried a strap wrench and only managed to crush the stack. It's not letting go. Not much to stand on and lost my grip trying to remove the strap wrench. On the way down I got a little purchase with my left foot. Figured I'd get bunged up, but not quite. Called my mechanic buddy in sioux falls and he'll have a new flow through muffler and elbow there on Monday if I have time.
I'm not as good as I used to be, but then again, maybe I never was.
 

Bret4207

Northern NY Dangerous extremist...???
Huh? I thought loads of black smoke was "trucker sexy?!! Could Dave Dudley have been wrong? I know it works that way for the 5'3" banty roosters with the lifted Cummins Ram compensation machines that crop dust from red light to red light!

Supposed to have most of a week of nice weather! Must be some sort of mistake, but I'll hope for the best. Should have the Bobcat back together today. I have to order a stupidly expensive valve cover gasket for the Deere 1010. $53.00 for a valve cover gasket?!!!! The curse of both not owning something super common AND something made by Mother Deere! Got to shop around more. Tried adjusting the track tension on that machine the other day. All I'm doing is compressing that honkin' big spring, the idler isn't budging. Gonna have to play with that. The other backhoe needs playing with too but there's only one of me. I'm hoping she can drop me off at the garage to pick up the GMC after work. I know I have a mess of trash to remove at the girls house, not doing it in a Wrangler!

Lots to do, need more coffee!

An observation made at 5:24AM today- The nice thing about training a pup to use "puppy pads" is that they tend to use it and not go all over the house. The bad thing about using "puppy pads" is that they think they should go in the house!!!!! One poodle is being a real bear to break the habit with. Take her out when she starts her "potty dance", walk her around, wait, walk her, wait, wait some more, walk, wait, wait, wait, finally figure it was a false alarm. Bring her back in, turn your back, and 2 1/2 seconds later she's peeing on the puppy pad! :sigh:
 

Bret4207

Northern NY Dangerous extremist...???
Bret, your mention of the mass air flow doohickey clicked my memory. My '95 F-150 would occasionally stumble when leaving a stop sign/light, but would run okay otherwise. My mechanic cleaned the doohickey, but the problem persisted, so he replaced it to no avail, then he discovered the replacement (ChiCom junk?) was defective and replaced it. Problem solved. Also, at the same time, the rear gas tank fuel filter packed it in.

Jim, I use only the large Uniflow drum for all my cartridges -- from 3.0-grains of Bullseye to 56-grains of IMR 4831. Also, RCBS's micrometer metering gizmo is super spiffy and a time saver. I made a log of approximate settings for my most used powders and their amounts, and keep it on the reloading bench. I say approximate, because I short charge then trickle up.
That seems to be the basic story I'm getting regarding a lot of stuff. It might work, it might not, and there's no returns on anything that has wires going to it, nor is there any easy way to test it. Same with the F350 and it's stumbling, barely running act. I'm down to the "Fuel Pressure Regulator" maybe being the problem, but there's no way to test it except to replace it! Thanks for the thoughts.

Powder measures- I think I have a Lyman and a Redding...and a Belding and Mull. I have to say, the B+M is without doubt the easiest to set up and, while it requires a little more manual dexterity, just as accurate as the others. Repeatability while changing between loads/cartridges is dead esay with the micrometer scale. They aren't super sexy or high tech, but if you run across one at a decent price, there are far, far worse things to spend your money on!
 

Winelover

North Central Arkansas
Jim, I use only the large Uniflow drum for all my cartridges -- from 3.0-grains of Bullseye to 56-grains of IMR 4831. Also, RCBS's micrometer metering gizmo is super spiffy and a time saver. I made a log of approximate settings for my most used powders and their amounts, and keep it on the reloading bench. I say approximate, because I short charge then trickle up.
thumbs up.gifI do the same. The RCBS micrometer adjustment, only works with the large drum.
 

Tomme boy

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Can't sleep, so I went to the basement and made a powder through M-die for my 350 Legend. Well made it twice. LOL. I chipped the insert somehow when I was doing the final last turns to creep up on the 0.353" dimension. It folded the metal over and rolled it. It dug into the piece and I was not able to save it. So, Changed out the insert and made another one. This time I used a older tool to do most of the roughing out. Then switched over to the tool with the new insert to do the final turning.

Tried it out on several pieces of brass and had to put it back into the lathe and polish out and round the step edge a little more. I did not like how it felt when expanding the mouth.

Later today after I finally get some sleep. I will try it out with the powder drop on the die. I need to make sure there is enough taper to funnel the powder so it does not bridge. And I need to heat treat it yet once everything seems fine.
 

L Ross

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Yesterday the toilet wouldn't flush, got that fixed and the septic tank pumped. Probably didn't need it but I had it done. Ran some errands and late in the day started to get ready for a solo vintage Muskie fishing trip today. Vintage because I last used my Muskie gear in the early 1990's and my home built rods are from the late 80's and the reels are even older Ambassadeurs with lots of hours and mileage on them. My old home made Dukie Baits have hardly any paint on them. The Wisconsin River is the historical territory for Muskies and I am going to a stretch above Lake Petenwell. The water temps have dropped to about 60° and the Fall movement should be starting.