Day 3 = Sun 11th Sep:
Links to more Pictures:https://picasaweb.google.com/ckkalyan/E ... directlinkReloading Ammo, Remington 5.56 NATO or 223:
Baljit very kindly offered to share with me his experience of Hand Re-Loading Ammo. I was more than happy to accept his offer with alacrity as I am an inveterate sponge for information and….don’t miss a chance to imbibe!
He first familiarized me with the equipment and then took me through a practical course in reloading ammo (rifle ammo in particular - as I understood that the process for reloading handgun ammo is slightly different / simpler / more output over a comparable time period).
The process was, we first de-primed empty cases (drawn from large plastic buckets of used stock – tells one how many Baljit must have shot off and re-gathered) then cleaned the primer pockets. We then measured each case for length with V. Callipers and then, trimmed the cases for correct length on a sort of miniature hand operated lathe where one has to gauge by experience as to how many turns removes how many 000 mm of the neck. Then we measured again and after that de-burred the neck, both in and out to achieve a smooth lip. Next, we tossed the brass into one of Baljit’s two Tumblers to get rejuvenated.Afternoon Sojourn to a Winery:
While the brass was tumbling, on impulse we decided to take a short trip to the close by Volcanic Hills Estate Winery, owned by Baljit’s relative Bobby. After all, we were in the best wine country in the province of British Columbia maybe even the whole of Canada – the Okanagan Valley! I simply could not resist the opportunity….we set off promptly.
Sarwan Gidda and his family have been producing grapes throughout the Okanagan Valley since 1978. Volcanic Hills Estate Winery is located in the west side of Kelowna and pays homage to Mount Boucherie, a 60 million year old extinct volcano.
Bobby, the owner, a very charming, and knowledgeable young man with twinkling eyes was kind enough to give us a personally guided tour of the facility. The tour was very interesting and we were amazed by the high tech systems, attention to detail, quality, equipment, processes and emphasis on an eco-friendly attitude starting with Geo-Thermal Heating.
Photographs at the processing facility were, unfortunately not encouraged. Although, I was very ready with my small, slim, but powerful point-and-shoot CANON PowerShot 1300 IS Digital Camera, borrowed from a friend especially for the trip - I had to desist. What a wise choice and joy, the camera turned out to be – quick draw – aim, fire (or even vice versa) – throughout the action-filled trip!
We ended the tour of the winery with the traditional wine tasting, where both Baljit and I got adventurous and tried out several unfamiliar wines, which were absolutely titillating, delicious, surprises. The result – we ended up buying a couple of bottles of their newest product, ‘Late Harvest Zweigelt,’ a fruity dessert wine.
allowed in the public area – Bobby was even kind enough to shoot an image of Baljit and self at the counter – hence the few shots uploaded of the place!
When we got back home Baljit decided that the brass had been tumbled enough. Sure enough, when we separated the casings from the ‘walnut shell’ tumbling media, using a hand operated, cage spinner, the brass shone like new! We blew off the final remnants of the media off the casings with compressed air.
We lubricated the brass with a spray can prior to dropping them into the hopper of the DILLON XL 650 press. We then powered up the machine and the brass started feeding into the lining station from the hopper. It was then only a matter of pulling the handle of the press up and down rhythmically and aligning the bullets on the cases. I could immediately see that Baljit had the timing and cadence really in hand from much practice.
Once all the casings were processed, came the hard part – we carefully hand wiped each finished cartridge to get rid of the lube. This had to be done immediately while the cartridges were warm and fresh from the machine as it would take much more effort if left for later.
I discovered that we had churned out 98 cartridges in a matter of 10 minutes. Baljit reckons that he can comfortably process 600 rifle cartridges per hour and about 800-850 handgun cartridges. I was quite astounded at how simple Baljit made the whole process look, while achieving such volumes.
After a hard day’s work, we retired to unscrew a cap off another bottle of the exemplary - Canadian Crown Royal Whiskey, Wild Boar Ribs and later try out the dessert wine – for what else - dessert?!
More news on day 4 and plenty of pictures from the CANON and…..look out for a video at the range. It turns out that Baljit is a good shot with not only many firearms, he is also a top notch operator of his SONY Video Camera!
-- Fri Sep 16, 2011 1:04 pm --
@ Vikram, prashantsingh, nagarifle, rraju2805, brihacharan,
Gentlemen - thank you very much for your kind comments....hugely appreciated!
@ shooter, The Doc - the proof of the pudding, I guess, is in the 80 proof!?
I never knew it was so potent till after...much after!!
More pics and write-ups on the press...arriving on IFG - shortly.
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