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Shot my first reloads today!!!

Discussion in 'Reloading' started by RYT 2BER, Oct 13, 2012.

  1. Well I went to the range and put 200 rounds through without a hiccup.

    Pretty soft shooting all and all, and plenty accurate for the short distance paper punching I was doing.

    I took one of my all steel Jericho /baby eagles in 40 just in case I screwed something up :embarassed:

    All fed, extracted, shot without issue.

    I admit I'm pretty pleased. I collected as much brass as I could :supergrin:
  2. Zombie Steve

    Zombie Steve Decap Pin Killa

    May 31, 2007
    Old Colorado City

    You picked a low-end load and just loaded up 200, or did the 200 include a work-up batch?

  3. F106 Fan

    F106 Fan

    Oct 19, 2011
    I think it's time for us to revisit the mesh tarp idea. We gave up on solid tarps after a couple of range trips; either the wind blew them all over the place or we would trip over the stakes.

    The problem is that given the nature of action pistol and differing distances plus movement, we would need a bunch of tarps. And then what's the probability they would be in the right place? There is also the issue of ejection distance. Different guns, different pattern/distance.

    OTOH, it's a pain in the knees and back to pick up 500 rounds of brass. Even if we only captured 80% of the brass with the mesh tarp(s) it would be satisfactory.



    Dec 20, 2002
    Congrats on your first handloads. Feels great, doesn't it?

    I tried one of those stiff mesh tarps like the one in unclebob's link, but it didn't work well on un-even ground and they're too bulky when folded. Plus they grab too much dirt/snow.

    I'm looking at a nylon mesh that's big enough to hold centerfire cases, but will be less bulky and less stiff and will not hold as much debris. Something like this;
    10'X10' would be about $43. It would fold up a lot smaller and would work better on snow (a big bonus for me).
    Last edited: Oct 13, 2012
  5. njl


    Sep 28, 2000
    I have one of the HF mesh tarps. It works real well. Its heavy enough to stay put without stakes most of the time. Wind just blows through it. Sand falls through it.

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  6. All low end...just an easy day at the range. :embarassed:
  7. Beanie-Bean


    Apr 23, 2011
    Central Texas
    I have one, and don't have to use any weights on it at all. I wish that I would have picked up the larger one. All I do now is just change my shooting position, based on which caliber I'm shooting.

    Of course, I stand to the right and front of it when shooting my G19 Gen4 :supergrin: sorry, I couldn't resist!

    Congrats on making it home safely after your first batch!
  8. Gpruitt54


    Jul 18, 2012
    Congratulations on your first loads. It's a great hobby that will help you improve your shooting. I've been reloading for about 3 months now, and I love it.
  9. unclebob


    Oct 14, 2000
    Mary Esther FL
    I would get the largest mesh tarp that the physical limitations of range you shot own will allow. The one I use not bought from Harbor Freight is 6X8. A post in front and in between two shooting benches. Also a Gopher pickup tool works great for the ones that miss the tarp. Harbor Freight sells these also.
  10. countrygun


    Mar 9, 2012
    Let me guess,

  11. :thumbsup:
  12. ron59

    ron59 Bustin Caps

    Jan 3, 2009
    Smyrna, GA

    It's a feeling of freedom, huh? Knowing you don't have to go buy that expensive, retail ammo, along with knowing that now you can change bullet weight, velocities, etc in order to fine tune to your gun.
  13. PhantomF4E


    Aug 24, 2010
    South Florida
    We all know that feeling !!! Pretty cool huh ?!!
    This little beauty has saved my back and knees for quite a while now . Works great on grass or concrete. Little tougher in gravel or sand but you can make it work with some practice. You can also get it at Dillion