Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: Northwest Indiana
Ok. Done. I plugged the chamber with a foam earplug and taped off my work area. Only goofed once cause I failed to tape up the inside top of the upper receiver. Dremel skipped and took off some of the finish . Taped it up right afterwards and kept chugging. I used a combination of dremel grinding stone shapes and a steel rod with 500 grit and 1000 grit sandpaper wrapped around it to shape and polish. I then loaded two dummy rounds each with the following bullets: 200 gr RN, 200 gr SP, 180 gr XTP, 158 gr XTP, and 220 gr cast HP bullets. All of them fed fine by allowing the BCG to slam home and stripping the dummy cartridges from the magazine. All ejected fine and none were mis-shaped upon inspection. The cast bullets required light mortaring to extract. Not sure why. Next up is to finish fire forming my first batch of brass and testing the various bullet shapes for reliable feeding and tweaking the feed ramps if necessary.
Cartridges for My Entertainment: .223 Rem, 30-06, 38 spcl, 357 mag/max, 358 MGP, 35 Whelen, and soon the 358 Norma Mag. I can't right now I am going hunting!