7.62x39 cast loads

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7.62x39 cast loads

Postby dhtaxi » Sat Jun 15, 2013 5:56 pm

I have joined a new club I now have access to a 25 yard indoor range. I was looking for some were to shoot my under lever and .22 on a regular basis. I was surprised to discover that they shoot milsurps indoors with reduced cast loads. So I decided to have a go I made up a small batch of ammo and fired it across a chronograph at the club this is a requirement to make sure you are not breaching the range safety certificate. Once that was out of the way I started to get set up to have a serious go at 7.62x39 in cast bullets to shoot bench rest style at 25 yards.
The rifle I am using is a bolt action scoped Australian arms Enfield No5 clone.

I started off by trimming all the cases to length using my recently acquired LeWilson trimmer a cracking piece of kit. I love it. I then expanded and slightly flared the case mouth using a Lyman M1 die. I primed the cases using a Lee auto prime.
I set up my beam scale on my computer desk top and calibrated my RCBS pistol powder measure also set up on my desk top I have made a stand for it so you can use it on any flat surface. I set it up to drop 4grains of Vitavouri N310 and charged my cases with powder.
I used a 125 grain .312 soup can bullet with out a gas check. When it came to seating the bullet I decided to have a go with my also recently acquired LeWilson micrometre seating die using a Arbor press resting on my computer desk. It worked a treat. I spent a very productive afternoon sat at my computer desk and turned out some very good quality ammo with very little effort. I love this LeWilson stuff. Just need to get to the range and pop it off.

I have been tinkering with dies and stuff I bought a whole load of Lee reloaders the ones you use with a mallet to neck size and modified them to work with the arbor press. I can transport my reloading gear and neck size and reload just about any were I can do it in the boot of my car if need be.

I suppose I need to get a life really :lol:
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Re: 7.62x39 cast loads

Postby DuncaninFrance » Sun Jun 16, 2013 2:24 am

No, but get some photos Dave :lol: :lol: :lol:
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Re: 7.62x39 cast loads

Postby dhtaxi » Sat Aug 15, 2015 7:06 pm

I made the micro adjustable seater and die to seat my 7.62x39 cast boolits.
It is shown next to a LeWilson .308 seater die for comparison.
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Re: 7.62x39 cast loads

Postby Niner » Sat Aug 15, 2015 9:08 pm

Now that's pretty techno savvy,Dave. I only shoot the cheap 7.62x39 in the steel cases you toss. Never tried reloading that caliber. But I never tried shooting on a restricted range either.
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Re: 7.62x39 cast loads

Postby DuncaninFrance » Sun Aug 16, 2015 2:44 am

Who's a clever bugger then :lol: :lol: :lol:
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You are going to get Carpal Tunnel with hand lathe

Postby NuJudge » Sun Aug 23, 2015 1:30 pm

I used my father's Wilson hand lathe for awhile, then a Forster hand lathe. Eventually I found that Forster made a little spud that allowed me to power the lathe from a hand drill. This was a vast improvement, but trimming was still the most odious part of hand loading. I don't know if Wilson makes such a spud to power their lathe from and hand drill, but if they do, get it.

Eventually I bought a Giraud trimmer, which is hard on the wallet and on the finger tips, but doing several thousand cases in a night is not hard.
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Re: 7.62x39 cast loads

Postby dhtaxi » Sun Aug 23, 2015 5:43 pm

I'm not sure if LeWilson do a adaptor for there trimmer so you can use a drill to power it. But I had a look at mine to day and I'm fairly confident I could make one myself in a couple of hours. May be I should be selling them. :loco:
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Re: 7.62x39 cast loads

Postby NuJudge » Sun Aug 23, 2015 5:54 pm

This is the spud for the Forster hand lathe:
http://www.midwayusa.com/product/644779 ... sugv644779

I do not see one for the Wilson.

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Re: 7.62x39 cast loads

Postby dhtaxi » Sun Aug 23, 2015 6:24 pm

I checked Wilson don't do one.
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Maybe they do...

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Re: 7.62x39 cast loads

Postby dhtaxi » Mon Aug 24, 2015 12:36 pm

Thanks for the link Ill probably just make one.

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