Last week we had a first of March snowpocolypse. One day, we had green clover showing on the garden mound and the next a ground blizzard rendering our driveway nearly impassible. Although lighter vehicles were able to drive on top of the drifted snow, Sir Knight's heavy service truck just sank and stopped. After he managed to back his truck out of the knee-high drift, Sir Knight called dispatch and told them he wouldn't be in - his first snow day of the year!
After a "weekend" breakfast of pancakes and bacon, Sir Knight decided to get down to business and put his bonus "snow day" to good use - it was time to reload!
A few months ago Master Hand Grenade and I moved Sir Knight's reloading bench out of the living room and into our bedroom. It has been great arrangement. Now the reloading bench is easily accessible (no more moving the furniture to get to it) and the reloading equipment within arms reach. Not only did we move the bench, we also hung an LED shop light over the reloading area. Now, Sir Knight has ample light for precision reloading and a tidy area in which to work. Perfect for snow day reloading.
|Picking up primers|
Sir Knight uses a "wet" tumbler for brass. Really, it is a rock tumbler, however it works beautifully for cleaning brass, especially the really tarnished, dirty range brass. It is tumbled for about an hour and a half, with water, Dawn dish washing detergent, Lemishine and about five pounds of stainless steel media. What used to take 24 hours with a traditional vibrating case cleaner now takes an hour and a half! And now we have piles and piles of clean brass just waiting to be turned into ammunition!
The Dillion 550 RL progressive reloader has been Sir Knight's reloader of choice for the last 26 years. He has reloaded thousands of rounds of ammo with his Dillion and wouldn't use anything else. For his "snow day" reloading project, Sir Knight decided to reload .556 match ammo. He is very particular, visually inspecting every round. When all was said and done, Sir Knight had 500 rounds loaded, on stripper clips and in bandoleers! He even put them into cardboards and stacked them in an ammo can!
|Stripper clips and chargers (also known as spoons)|
|Isn't that a thing of beauty?|
|Labeled and ready to go on the shelf|
|Some of my favorite faces!|
|Bangers and Mash!|