« on: January 10, 2014, 10:44:48 AM »
What mistakes have you made that you have leaned upon and established procedures or something to prevent it from happening again? What tricks have you found along the way?
I use a turret press.
Here is my list:
1. I was about to set primers when I remembered that I forgot to check headspace. All 250-300 pieces of brass needed to be re-sized.
I now have a printed procedure on my reloading bench, just so I don't forget that again
2. I was goingt to start decapping my spent casings in my decapping die, but when I put the case through the press I got a stuck case. I accidentilly lined up my FL sizing die.
PAYING ATTENTION would have prevented this. I now labled my dies (even though they don't even look the same...)
3. I added walnut media and the casings into the tumbler and then added brass polish after. After 2 - 2 1/2 hours I found a that majority of the primer pockets had a hard residue.
I now add my brass polish to my media and let it run for 10-15 minutes and then add the brass after.
4. After I am done tumbling in walnut media, I use a media separator. After the brass is covered in dust.
I now add about 3-4 used drier sheets and they collect most of the dust
5. I had 50 cases filled with powder that I was about ready to start seating bullets into when I accidently pulled a cloth that the tray was on and spilled poweder.
I now seat a bullet as soon as I add powder to prevent this from happening
One of the biggest things that I try NOT to do is become complacent. I can recall a few times where I caught things that were not right further down the line of loading than I would have liked. (found a few cases with different headstamps right before I was about to start setting primers).
So, what have you learned?