Sorry, I just saw the question now.
The mandrel is indeed one that is used for neck turning. It's .002 under (so .306) and I got it from Sinclair International. It's their NT-A30 model. (Wow, I bought that in 2009 according to my records.)
You will also need the die.
I have a mandrel for .224 and .308, they use the same die above.
Well, back at it again after a few months of not loading as I went through my leftover Worlds ammo. I haven't been shooting much since so the surplus ammo was sufficient.
I'm getting back in the saddle now and I have prepped several hundred cases in preparation for TSRA in a few months. Beyond that the next big match will be the Nationals in Raton and as much club shooting time as possible.
I'm now considering getting the Autothrow to go with the autotrickler.
I have not been here in a while. Just some updates.
I finished loading my 400 rounds of match ammo for the Nationals in Raton in 10 days. It's been brutal.
I prepped all the cases first and had those done by August 18th. All F/L sized, trimmed, polished and so on.
I did three sessions of powder load and bullet seating, 100, 100 and today, 200. I still use the autotrickler which had been working great for me. I elected to not get the autothrow device and just stick with the measuring spoon dip and throw. I just didn't think the autothrow would speed up anything at all, and it was another gadget to adjust and so on.
At the end of my session today, I am left with about a tenth of a pound of Varget from the lot of 20 pounds I bought last year. I was afraid I would not have enough and would actually have to use some of the new lot I bought last month, but it worked out just fine. I'm glad because I loaded some ammo with the new lot to go to a match this past weekend, and I believe I may need to do some adjustment for this lot. I'll worry about that after the Nationals, but for now, all 400 rounds are from the same lot, the end of that lot.
I also had to point all 400 bullets, which makes for a whole lot of time at the press. I think it's time to look for a Arbor press for pointing and seating. Age is making itself felt.
This is what 400 rounds of match ammo looks like. Now to add the foam on top, close the boxes and load them in the SUV for the trip later this week.
I've always wondered what the deal is with that type of press...guess I've got something to do now this weekend.
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