We arrived at 1230, and their sign said they closed at 1300, well the doors were locked and after looking in the tinted windows, seems they aren't in business anymore. Another casualty of the Obama Administration.
So we load up and proceed to the second location and happen across a one pound jug of IMR 4227 which I can use. After a quick survey, I pay for the powder and proceed to our third establishment.
The third stop is notorious for high-quality Chinese crap, here is where I bought a cut off saw for case sizing.
The last a final place has reloading stuff along with metro-sexual camping, fishing, and hunting stuff. As I am ND are in the reloading section I notice a fellow and his wife walking around frantically looking for something. Well by this time, JUGM and NW come over and we observe the fellow ask the sales associate, do you have any .223 ammo. I look at JUGM and just smile. The poor young sales associate tells the fellow, "We are out and have no exact date of when we will get anymore in". The man spits out his shuttering mouth, "Why do I have a AR15 if I can't get ammo for it". Now in my "Jump at an opportunity when you get it" moment, I say to the man and his wife, "Well you should have thought about ammo 4 years ago, sucks to be you." and we turn and walk away giggling. I heard utter silence behind me. I'm sorry if I was a complete ass-hole to this poor man and his wife, but don't tell me that anyone who has seen the writing on the wall for at least the past 10 years, would not have taking the same jab at them as I did. Well this final place had nothing in the 110-135 grain range for .308 so we left.
Since the 300 AAC Blackout uses the 5.56x45 or 223 case and trying to find that specific brass with all that is going on, I decided I will make my own. Doing a bit of research on the NET, it really isn't that hard to make.
The next thing I though about is how will I cut the casings using the cut-off saw, so I made a jig for the saw so I get good and even cuts each time.
After making the cut, just below the neck on the 5.56 case, this is the outcome.
After the cut, there is some minor case trimming to do to remove the burs caused by the saw.
Once the burs are removed from the case, I apply some RCBS case lube to it and run it in the sizing die. I only did one case at a time to get my exact sizing down before I go into a production run. Note: I learned reloading from a very wise man with VAST reloading knowledge, lets just say that I learned about 4 decades worth of reloading in one day. This man knows his stuff. Anyone know who it is?
After making a couple cases, here they are with the production case that I had shot. Which ones are they? They should be easy to spot.
As most of you have seen, there is a shortage of reloading supplies, but did manage to order some bullets and a LEE Case trimmer, which is on backorder until later next week. Once I get these things in, I will continue with the 300 AAC Blackout postings.