This story is a part of a larger series pertaining to 6.5 Creedmoor- but for this particular “installment” I wanted to do something a bit different. So this time, I’m going to show a single cartridge as it makes its way from cleaned-and-fired brass all the way to being ready to shoot (all condensed down to about 5 minutes in the video!). This setup will be used in my next related story to walk through some load development- so I hope you’re subscribed!
*Note: L.E. Wilson suggests that you trim brass before priming for safety reasons
In the video, I incorporate the items listed below:
Clockwise from top we have:
- Forster Co-Ax single stage reloading press
- Inline Fabrication Junior Ultramount (see this story for more info)
- RCBS Chargemaster Lite automated powder measure
- L.E. Wilson case trimmer, case holders, case mouth chamfer tool
- Forster case lube
- Starline small rifle primer 6.5 Creedmoor brass (previously fired)
- iGaging 0-6″ absolute origin digital caliper
- L.E. Wilson 6.5 Creedmoor case gage
- Forster 6.5 Creedmoor dies: full-length sizer, micrometer seater
- Hornady 140 grain ELD-M 6.5mm bullets
- Federal small rifle primers
- Hodgdon H-4350 powder
This collection covers just about everything you need to load precision rifle ammunition.
And here’s the process shown in the video:
- Clean brass (not shown, but necessary) by tumbling dry/wet, or using an ultrasonic cleaner
- Lube brass
- Size and de-prime brass, re-prime (can do this later off press)
- Check brass with case gage – adjust sizer if needed, check to see if trimming is needed
- Trim brass (if needed)
- Chamfer case mouth (outside and inside edges)
- Charge case
- Seat bullet
- Go shooting!
Here on Ultimate Reloader, you’ll find a ton of information related to these steps, but I wanted to provide a quick run-through of each of the steps. This is exactly what the video above covers. So consider this article a summary rather than a deep-dive.
Next, I’ll be adding a second RCBS Chargemaster lite, and will do load development and bulk loading using two automated powder measures- that should speed things up considerably! Now we’re talking. Be sure you’re subscribed!
Hopefully this quick-look has been helpful. More related content coming up soon!