There is an old saying; “It’s all fun and games until someone gets an eye put out”. Well, a similar saying about High Power shooting could be; “It’s all fun and games until it’s time to do brass preparation”.
Over the 2021 High Power season, our Junior shooters went through about 800 rounds of ammunition each. Now that the season is complete – it is payback time. To get ready for the 2022 season, we are trying to have about 2500 rounds of ammunition ready for the Juniors – and that means we have to get 2500 cases ready to load.
We sent cases out for cleaning, depriming, sizing and trimming, but we need to deburr and chamfer the cases to make loading easier and to be sure that cases feed reliably. SO, it is case prep time. There is an assembly line process here; Marshall and Colton clean up the inside of the case neck and Kileen and I finish up the outside of the case. It took us a bit of time to get things running smoothly, but we went through most of a 600 round bag of mixed brass in the first session.
The inside turners finished up all 600 cases in the bag and the outside turners had about a hundred left at the end of the session. Good work guys! We have planned several case prep sessions and once we get the cases finished, the Juniors get to learn the next step – squeezing a priming tool!
We need to work up our load for next year – we will be using a different powder than we used this summer (2021 was WC 842, 2022 will be WC844) and then we start loading the cases.