Kubota was driving the chase truck when we moved the tractor from Jackson County to Eaton County. I was riding shotgun.
Then, suddenly, at the intersection of M-50 and Vermontville Highway, Kubota's phone blew up with calls.
Sharing a truck with Kubota as he drives and talks on the phone is disconcerting. The calls stacked up on each other.
Listening to Kubota's side of the conversation, I learned the reason for Kubota's sudden popularity.
"Dad, do we have a set of dies for .45 ACP?"
Then, the very next call "Dad do we have dies and components for .223?"
The rest of the ride was like that.
I reload for a very small and very select group of family members. I give the ammo away in small quantities and it is given as gifts.
When I got home, I went to my favorite websites that sell reloading supplies. The cupboards were bare except for a few niche products like .477 bullets made from Minotaur foreskins and depleted Uranium.
I cringe at the liability of giving John Q. 22-year-old home rolled ammo. Another thing is that they burn through it in an easy-come, easy-go manner while an adult can make sixty rounds last fifteen years at three-rounds-a-year to verify function and zero plus fifteen rounds on tap if the dance music actually started
On the other hand, I am not adverse to moving the reloading plank to the picnic table outside, letting the young man pick a recipe from a legitimate handbook and letting him manufacture his own. Then he can see the amount of work and maybe take up reloading as his own hobby.
***Edited to add***
I found most of the parts to put one scale together. I need a 7/16", steel ball bearing to serve as the counterweight. If all goes well, one should be here in a week.
I can also use Lee Perfect Powder Dippers. The chart suggests that the 1.6cc dipper will measure out 24.8 grains of H-335 while the book-max for a 55 grain softpoint is 25.3 grains. Given the variation in volume mass density and burn rates, I may make my own dipper with a discarded .38 Special shaved down to be a little bit less than 1.6cc.
1.5cc does not look like it is even close to 24 grains. This is a .223 Rem case cut at the shoulder. My memory, which can be faulty, remembers 24 grains getting close to the bottom of the shoulder.
Time to prep brass and wait for goodies to show up in the mail.