One of the values we take great pride in at Sinclair is the personal experience and numerous years our tech staff has in shooting and reloading. We have decided to ask them a few questions on a few areas of reloading and shooting to reveal some of their secrets and favorite products they personally use. We will continue this in future Reloading Press editions from time to time.
Q: What is your favorite cleaning solvent, and why???
Phil Hoham: “Bore Tech Eliminator is my favorite solvent. Why??...Because it works. It removes both Carbon and Copper fouling while not emitting any strong scent. One great thing is that you can leave it in your barrel for extended time to work on the fouling without worrying about the chemical harming it”.
Pete Petros: “ I also have been using the Bore Tech products, but I actually use two of their solvents in my cleaning regiment. I first use the C4 carbon remover and run a few wet patches in the bore and let it sit for 15-20 minutes. I then use a nylon brush to help loosen stubborn carbon deposits, and follow with dry patching it out. I then follow up with the Cu2 Copper Remover to remove any copper in the barrel. I run a few wet patches then let it sit as long as over night, following up with dry patching it out. These two get the job done well, and without the strong smell and little effort! However, like most of us I still love the smell of Hoppes #9, brings back memories!"
Ron Dague: “I prefer to use Butches Bore Shine. It is a good all-around solvent, works fast, and has worked for years! It removes all carbon, and copper, and will not harm the bore if you want to soak it for extended time.”
Rod Green: “I have to agree with Pete. Last year at the F-Class Nationals Pete and I used the Bore Tech C4 and Cu2 Solvents on a daily basis during practice and the match. We were so impressed, that they became new favorites!”
Bob Blaine: “ I have been using TM Solution for some time now. At the time the solvent was being developed, we (at Sinclair) had the chance to help Tom Meredith do the research and design of the final product. I was very impressed then, and still am to this day, on how well it works on both carbon and copper. It is one of the most efficient carbon removing agents available to shooters as well. I also like the fact it is water based and ammonia free with a lighter smell than other solvents. For stubborn copper fouling I use Montana Extreme Copper Killer (50 BMG). It is easy on barrels and can be left in to soak for extended time without drying out the metal.
If I was to go into your reloading room at home, what is the main reloading press I would find. Why have you chosen this press over others?
Phil Hoham: "I have a few presses I use at my bench. I have a Hornady Lock-And-Load Auto Progressive Press I use for my .45 ACP, and .223 Remington for my 3-Gun Shooting. For my precision reloading, I mainly use a Redding Big Boss II for resizing, and decapping. I like the leverage that it offers, and the angled frame design makes it really easy to work with and get around. It is a super-soIid press. I do most of my seating with the Sinclair Arbor Press and Wilson Seater Dies.”
Pete Petros: Well up until recently the main press I have been using is the same exact press that I learned on as a child. It is an original RCBS Rock Chucker that was originally my father’s. It has seen its share of reloading over the years, and still performs as if it were new. I bet it’s over 35 years old. I did recently acquire a new Redding T-7 press, and enjoy having the dies set up ready to go with the ability of rotating the turret head for a quick change. However the “chucker” still is set up ready to go!”
Ron Dague: I also have a “vintage” RCBS Rock Chucker that I bought in 1974. It has been working great since day one. I have used it to reload pistol loads in my Bullseye Pistol Days, all the way to my rifle loads I currently use in my NRA Highpower rifles.”
Rod Green: My press is a Dillon AT-500. I have it set up in single-stage with removable tool heads, and a powder die/funnel that I use for charging my loads. It is a solid press with good leverage. I have found that I get minimal run-out on my long range loads with this press as well. One thing I like is the ability to have separate tool heads for each cartridge I load. All I have to do to switch up from one cartridge to another is swap out the tool head and I am set!”
Bob Blaine: Ask anyone who has asked me about this topic and they should remember that I have a Forster (Bonanza) CO-AX press. The one big plus about it is it allows the case and dies to self center since it has a unique functional design unlike any other press out there. Also changing out dies is a snap since it is not a traditional threaded press. The dies simply slide in and out of the slot while utilizing Forster lock rings.
What do you feel is the one-most crucial step in precision reloading?
Phil Hoham: “ I feel that when working up a load do not go too high or too low in your powder charge. Stay away from “suggested loads” you hear at the range, or on the internet. Always be sure to use a published reloading manual that presents not only minimums and maximums, but also pressure, velocity, and a proper range of powders used. Do not get distracted in the reloading process, and remain focused at all times during each step involved.”
Pete Petros: “This could be a very broad topic, but if I were to pick one, it would be making sure to pay close attention, and weigh each and every powder charge to ensure that each load is exact and consistent. This is important not only for accuracy, but also for safety reasons.”
Ron Dague: “ I feel that the most important step(s) in reloading for accuracy are in the initial case prep. Uniforming the primer pocket to the same depth to ensure consistency in primer seating is a crucial step. Additionally de-burring the flash holes, each in the same way to clean up and chamfer the inside is important. It ensures that the ignition from the primer is uniform and flows out in the same consistent pattern. Doing so will create uniform ignition of the powder and tighten up your extreme spread of velocity.”
Rod Green: “ I feel that bullet seating is the most important step. If you had focused on making sure all prior steps (case prep, powder charge, etc.) of the process have been carefully taken to ensure uniformity, bullet seating is the last step, and can mean all the difference in the world in terms of consistency. Making sure that the bullet is seated to the same depth each time, and time is taken to ensure that true aligned seating can make the load.”
Bob Blaine: “ I agree with Rod. I strongly feel that consistent bullet seating depth is the most important step in creating the most accurate hand loads. I have seen the results in both my bench and long range rifles. Taking the time to ensure exactness in the seating process is by far, the number one most important step in my book.”
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