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 Posted: Tue Apr 4th, 2017 03:01 AM
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I am new to handloading and appreciate all of the advice that I've received so far from this site.  However, some things I learn the hard way...

Today I emptied my powder measure full of Titegroup into a partial canister of HP-38.  Once I realized what I had done I slapped myself in the forehead and said good-bye to the HP-38/Titegroup mix.  What really annoyed me though was I had just opened the bottle of Titegroup and now I also just wasted a full powder measure of powder. 

I read somewhere to only have one powder bottle out at a time.  Until today I didn't understand why that would be a problem.  Duh!  :123:

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 Posted: Tue Apr 4th, 2017 03:33 AM
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Welcome to the world of reloading hard knocks.

However, You have to look at the bright side. You caught it before you loaded up a batch of cases and blew up whatever you were loading for.

You may have escaped a gun in pieces, harm to you or whoever pulled the trigger, injuries to someone else at the range etc.

Powder is not cheap, but, hospital bills are much more expensive. If this is the worst reloading mistake you've made, and hopefully now will ever make, you are in tall cotton. RD



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Don't beat yourself up or feel like you're all alone, cause you aren't. I actually learned the hard way also, probably the only difference being my incident happened several decades ago, so the loss was pretty insignificant in comparison to current powder prices.

Yes, we must incorporate any and all safety protocol into the process if there's any hope of avoiding costly, not to mention potentially deadly mistakes.

Keep only the powder being used on the bench, as well as make sure it is on the bench. It's just as risky to fill the hopper, put the canister back in the powder cabinet, as it is to have more than one on the bench.

It's actually the same with all other components, a wrong bullet or primer can induce a risky scenario also.. ask me how I know.

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Made yourself some mighty fine fertilizer. As long as we learn from a mistake (without getting hurt), it is a good lesson.



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Smart people learn from their mistakes, really smart people learn from the mistakes of others. :cool: Look on the bright side, you just helped some really smart person somewhere. :thumbs:



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Ike1518 wrote:
I am new to handloading and appreciate all of the advice that I've received so far from this site.  However, some things I learn the hard way...

Today I emptied my powder measure full of Titegroup into a partial canister of HP-38.  Once I realized what I had done I slapped myself in the forehead and said good-bye to the HP-38/Titegroup mix.  What really annoyed me though was I had just opened the bottle of Titegroup and now I also just wasted a full powder measure of powder. 

I read somewhere to only have one powder bottle out at a time.  Until today I didn't understand why that would be a problem.  Duh!  :123:


Yep. :thumbs:

And now you know, sux how you learned, but, that's how the world works.

Also do not get out more different boxes of primers than you are going to use, and double-check make darned sure the powder you just GOT out, is REALLY the one you WANT out (before you've loaded 500 rounds you now really need to take apart).
These are probably the 2 most common mnis-reads and mistakes I see people make.



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I use that blue, easy-release masking tape to make labels for my powder measures, showing what's in them. When not in use I stick them on the powder containers.



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Plainsman wrote: I use that blue, easy-release masking tape to make labels for my powder measures, showing what's in them. When not in use I stick them on the powder containers.
We've heard this before, but this is an excellent way to keep track of things.
I might add, use this tip in addition to the "one canister" rule. Redundancy is a good thing in Rocket Science.



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I also use the cannister-on-the-bench method, but sparingly. Stuff gets moved around on the bench and it might be hard to tell whether that can of W-231 refers to the Li'l Dandy or the Redding. Or whether the IMR4064 is in the Loadmaster or the Dillon. The tape cinches the deal for me.

While we're 'tipping'...

I violate a few 'rules'— like having more than one project going at a time. I use a lot of those microwave meal containers, as well as other disposable doo-dads like cottage cheese containers. Critical to the success of this alleged method is labeling. I write up what the contents are and drop it in with the cases. Like, "44 Special sized and belled." Or "38Sp sized, belled, and primed." Seems like the more I write things down, the better organized I can stay. Fatal last words for the handloader are "I'll remember that."



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I appreciate all the replies. You all are a good lot.

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My #1 rule!!!



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I like to label my powder throw as well. Even if its empty, it's labeled with whatever my last charge was. I keep a list of the various lengths of the stem for each charge. For example 22.5 gr of 3031 might be 1.125" while 26 grains RE 15 may be 1.220. Seems like I got the idea from Ozark Ed a few years back. At any rate, with the throw labeled with the last charge, it makes it pretty easy to set it up for the next...



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I label everything.
I make notes and write things down.
I might not see the inside of the reloading room for a few months other than to grab a box of ammo or a gun from in there.
when I do go back in there I still weigh the powder dump until I'm satisfied it's doing what the note says it's doing.

on the bright side it's almost spring and this is the right time of the year to throw some nitrogen on things.



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Ike1518 wrote:
I am new to handloading and appreciate all of the advice that I've received so far from this site.  However, some things I learn the hard way...

Today I emptied my powder measure full of Titegroup into a partial canister of HP-38.  Once I realized what I had done I slapped myself in the forehead and said good-bye to the HP-38/Titegroup mix.  What really annoyed me though was I had just opened the bottle of Titegroup and now I also just wasted a full powder measure of powder. 


Ike,

This is the exact reason why God gave us Sharpies and paint pens!

After doing the very same dumb thing and killing nearly two full pounds of powder, I started using a black Sharpie pen or white paint pen to label on top of the lid with the type/brand of powder in the jug.

So far, this and attempting to have only one container on the bench at any time has prevented any further "custom powder blending" experimentation! :wink:



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One other comment— More than once I have drained the powder reservoir on the Loadmaster and then 'forgot' to turn the dial back to CLOSED. Duh! So I painted the top of the dial with neon orange nail polish when it is in the OPEN position. It draws the eye and alerts me that I am about to do something stupid.



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The same applies to primers.



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