VR to EagleEye Kenny. . . favorite knives

Many thanks to whoever started this… EagleEye Kenny tagged me and here they are…in turn, I’ll tag…Joe Leadslinger, James Pollard & OldGoatFarmer, my friend ‘Country’.   CharlieBrassStufferBorn in 1950…HS grad, some college no degrees, served in the US Marine Corps, educated there by the Navy in Electronics. Worked as an Electrician all my life and… Read More VR to EagleEye Kenny. . . favorite knives

POWDER THROWS ~ Let’s talk some…

How many hundreds or thousands of times have we looked into the powder filled case prior to setting and seating the projectile and had that uneasy feeling that…’that powder level doesn’t look right’? How many times have you listened to that uneasy feeling and stopped and weighed every charge that made us question the powder level in the case?
This gave me the idea of investigating these mysteries in a series of videos where I would try several measures with several powders, record their performance and try to develop some kind of system to know the ‘why’s’ and then predict the best throw for whichever powder I want to use.
This is not a series of videos about which manufacturer’s measure does the best job, instead it is about looking at the physics of metering odd shapes in small holes and doing it consistently. It is about trying to understand why powders are harder than others to meter and…can we do anything in the future to predict the success we will have trying to accurately and consistently meter our powders?… Read More POWDER THROWS ~ Let’s talk some…

‘CharlieBrassStuffer meets Mr. BrassSmith’ . . . The new Lyman Brass Smith Powder Throw

“How does it compare?” This past week has been hot and smokey out here in NorCali with fires everywhere. Yesterday we had a big fire start about 8 miles from me so I had to stop and race over to the other side of the valley and check it out for myself.  As a result,… Read More ‘CharlieBrassStuffer meets Mr. BrassSmith’ . . . The new Lyman Brass Smith Powder Throw

Pistol Load Workups…part 3…Forensics of a test load, collecting & evaluating evidence

Our test loads are made up and ready, loaded in the magazines…cameras are set out and the chronograph is in the line of fire. Kyle is having flashbacks and starting to break out in a cold sweat…it’s now or never. Did I mention it’s hotter than a pistol out here? Ha! Let’s test this first… Read More Pistol Load Workups…part 3…Forensics of a test load, collecting & evaluating evidence

Pistol Load Workups . . . . part one . . . . a response to Nathan @ The Reloading Press

Nathan over at The Reloading Press asked about the methodology various members use in our handloading schemes as we each do our ‘load workups’…this is, in several parts my way of doing a pistol or revolver load workup. Of course each platform requires different considerations, so…there’s no ‘hard and fast’ method I can explain in… Read More Pistol Load Workups . . . . part one . . . . a response to Nathan @ The Reloading Press

Reviving an Abused Mould . . . Lyman ‘Devastator’ 356637 – 9mm 125g. HP

This is an old single cavity, removable pin mould with a huge HP, actually it looks like a 147g. RNFP with a beveled base. I’ve wanted for some time to tinker with one of these ole girls and recently, accidentally stumbled onto one. This is what she looks like… From this picture sent to me… Read More Reviving an Abused Mould . . . Lyman ‘Devastator’ 356637 – 9mm 125g. HP

‘Building a new Lead Catcher’ . . . w/no plans on the internet & little information…hmmmm? . . . Part 1

“Guess I’ll have’ta punt this one!” Years ago I saw a video on the You-Tube with a fella showing a steel target backstop/lead catcher and thought it was a good idea, but never got around to building one. This video was helpful to some extent, but it still lacked specific details I have been looking… Read More ‘Building a new Lead Catcher’ . . . w/no plans on the internet & little information…hmmmm? . . . Part 1

‘Ole Kansas City boy’ . . . . . . passes on . . . . . . best friend & mentor

Up here in the Sierras we all referred to him as ‘ole Bob’, whether you were at Church, the Chainsaw Shop or in the Coffee Cup Cafe…every one knew who you were talking about. An easy going man and true gentleman, generous to a fault, loving Grandfather and husband of over 60 years. Born in… Read More ‘Ole Kansas City boy’ . . . . . . passes on . . . . . . best friend & mentor

FootStompin Powder Coating Cast FWC’s . . . . dedicated to the ‘OCD’ among us.

Powder coating is a well accepted process today for putting a jacketed lube coating on your casts…it’s been demonstrated over and over again, especially the methods for batch baking that makes this job of work fast and easy. There’s one way, one of the original techniques that is pretty much frowned on these days because… Read More FootStompin Powder Coating Cast FWC’s . . . . dedicated to the ‘OCD’ among us.

‘Old Porch Dog Productions’ releases new video . . . ‘DANCING with GRANNY’

Well boys, here it is . . . ‘Dancing with Granny’ dedicated to the patient and imaginative tinkerer handloaders who love old American Steel Machines, made in America machines that used to mesmerize us back in the day when most of the presses around were some variety of a single stage press. Granny is from… Read More ‘Old Porch Dog Productions’ releases new video . . . ‘DANCING with GRANNY’

PoorBoy’s Ultrasonic Brass Case Cleaner ‘FAIL’ and a TURRET PRESS LIGHTING experiment

I have a walnut filled vibratory cleaner & a Thumblers model B tumbler filled with the stainless steel pins and have been using both for many years now. However lately I’ve been practicing with the .45ACP and having to make lots of reloads to keep up with the practice. I was looking for a quick… Read More PoorBoy’s Ultrasonic Brass Case Cleaner ‘FAIL’ and a TURRET PRESS LIGHTING experiment