Posts Tagged ‘AR-10’

Hornady Rifle Bullet Feeder Part 3: Loading .223 on the Lock-N-Load AP

Sunday, October 19th, 2014

In recent posts, I’ve given an overview of the new Hornady Lock-N-Load Rifle Bullet Feeder, and shown high-level setup details for this new piece of machinery. In this post we’ll get down-to-business and load some .223/5.56 rounds on the Hornady Lock-N-Load AP 5-station progressive reloading press. Be sure to check out the video below showing full progressive operation!

The Hornady Lock-N-Load AP setup with the Lock-N-Load Rifle Bullet Feeder - Image copyright 2014 Ultimate Reloader

The Hornady Lock-N-Load AP setup with the Lock-N-Load Rifle Bullet Feeder – Image copyright 2014 Ultimate Reloader

Here we can see the Lock-N-Load AP setup with the following station utilization:

  1. Size/de-prime
  2. Powder charge
  3. empty (great place for powder check)
  4. Bullet feed/seat/crimp
  5. Empty

And here’s a closeup shellplate view of the action while loading:

Loading .223 with the Lock-N-Load Rife Bullet Feeder - Image copyright 2014 Ultimate Reloader

Loading .223 with the Lock-N-Load Rife Bullet Feeder – Image copyright 2014 Ultimate Reloader

Let’s see the process of progressive reloading with this setup:

If you care about accuracy, you need to care about bullet concentricity. When evaluating a rifle reloading setup, I always use my concentricity gage to check bullet concentricity for the press/dies that are being utilized.

Checking bullet concentricity - Image copyright 2014 Ultimate Reloader

Checking bullet concentricity – Image copyright 2014 Ultimate Reloader

For the cartridges loaded in this session, I saw an average of less than +/- 0.001″ which is really good for a combination bullet feed and seat/crimp die setup. If more precise concentricity was needed, I still have an extra station (#5) which could be used with a traditional sliding collar seating die (Hornady rifle bullet seat die or Redding Competition Seating Die).

Overall, this bullet feed system worked great, and makes the rifle reloading process faster and more convenient. Stay tuned here because I’ve got a lot more planned with this system including showing the conversion kit for 30 caliber, and showing more reloading setups on more presses. Have something you want to see? Please leave a comment!

Thanks,
Gavin

Starting to Loading Rifle, Part II: Video Walkthrough and Resources

Sunday, June 8th, 2014

In this article I’ll build on my last post which listed all of the items that you’ll need to start reloading rifle ammunition.

Here are some additional resources here on Ultimate Reloader that will help you get off the ground reloading:

Hornady Case Prep Center

AR-MPR Phase II: Precision Loading and Accurizing

AR-308 Precision Loading

Happy shopping and loading!

-Gavin

AR-15 Build DVD Black Friday Weekend Sale!

Thursday, November 28th, 2013

If you have been waiting to build an AR-15, now is the time! Order your parts now and you can complete your AR-15 for Christmas! If you want complete step-by-step guidance to show you how to put your rifle together, check out the AR-MPR precision rifle build DVD, now priced lower then ever and only through the black friday weekend!

Special: $8.90 + $3.80 shipping and handling!

 




Awesome 308 Loading Setup Allows Monitoring of Brass Length While Loading

Monday, November 4th, 2013

Ever since I started the AR-308 project here on Ultimate Reloader, I’ve been scheming up and crafting the “ultimate” (pun intended) reloading setup for precision 308 ammunition. I really enjoy shooting the LR-308B rifle, and I know exactly what I’m looking for in a 308 loading setup for everyday precision shooting:

  1. Efficiency in brass prep – Ideally I can loose sort (308 -vs- 7.62×51 military), tumble, and load!
  2. Efficiency during loading – I don’t want to spend a lot of time on non-match ammo
  3. Precision ammunition: I’m looking for consistent powder charges, and concentric bullet alignment with consistent seating depth

My answer to these requirements is to use a 5-station progressive reloader (Hornady Lock-N-Load AP shown here) with top quality dies, and a “secret weapon”. What’s the secret you may ask? It’s the Redding Instant Indicator.

This tool is quite versatile! Redding Reloading lists the following uses for this tool:

  • Sort bullets for uniformity
  • Sort cases fired in two or more rifles
  • Sort sized cases for uniformity
  • Set up sizing die correctly
  • Compare sized cases to fired cases to determine the amount of headspace
  • Check uniformity of shoulder bump
  • Check bullet seating depth uniformity
  • Sort loaded ammunition for uniformity
  • Determine when cases need trimming
  • Check trim length uniformity
  • Supplied with one bore diameter

In the setup I’ll show here, I’m using it to check trim length – and the big deal here is that I can do this while I load in full-progressive mode!

Redding National Match die set with Redding Instant Indicator setup on a Hornady Lock-N-Load AP - Let the ammo fly! Image copyright 2013 Ultimate Reloader

Redding National Match die set with Redding Instant Indicator setup on a Hornady Lock-N-Load AP – Let the ammo fly! Image copyright 2013 Ultimate Reloader

Here’s a station-by-station breakdown:

  1. Redding Size/deprime (full-length sizing)
  2. Redding Instant Indicator with solid plug – adjusted to show “0” for optimal trim length
  3. Powder charge
  4. Redding competition seating die
  5. Redding taper crimp die

Here’s a video showing how this works:

Now that I have a bunch of ammo, it’s time to take the LR-308B to the range!

Thanks,
Gavin

Resources: Fundamentals for Super-Accurate Rifle Reloads

Thursday, January 31st, 2013
Measuring and adjusting bullet runout with .223 / 5.56 ammunition - Image copyright 2013 Ultimate Reloader

Measuring and adjusting bullet runout with .223 / 5.56 ammunition – Image copyright 2013 Ultimate Reloader

Recently I blogged about reloading accurate rifle ammunition:
5 Tips for Reloading Accurate Rifle Ammunition

In this blog post I outlined some primary considerations and processes:

  1. Start with proven loads and load data
  2. Fire form your brass
  3. Optimize bullet seating depth
  4. Optimize bullet concentricity
  5. Experiment

I wanted to expand on some of these points by providing additional resources for any of you who want to take a deeper look at these concepts.

Load Data

There’s a ton of great load data available online these days, and here are a few of my favorite online sources:

Optimizing Seating Depth

This should be a mandatory step for anyone reloading rifle ammunition for accuracy. Here are a couple of posts I put together on the subject:

…and if you want to jump straight to the videos: (click on the gear and change to HD if you want high quality :) )

Optimize Bullet Concentricity

Likewise, bullet concentricity is critical for accurate rifle ammunition! Here’s some posts that show how to minimize bullet runout:

Videos:

There you go! Hope these resources prove helpful. Have additional resources to share? Please leave a comment. It’s time to build some tack-driving rifle ammunition (will also need to go to the range)!

Thanks,
Gavin