A little bangity-bang
I finally got some shooting in... though in an unorthodox way. (note to readers: I don't identify customers, so if this is you, nothing personal).
I was at work#2 yesterday when two folks I hadn't seen in a long time came in and took a lane. Well, I'd offered one of them the use of the franken-Para, and she reminded me, and of course I complied. She went out with a box of 20 Hornady 200gr hollowpoints (1050fps), and had a blast with the hand cannon.
Well, I was piqued, and I hadn't shot the thing in months anyhoo, so I obtained something... different. Doubletap. 135gr, 1600fps muzzle. HOT. I've never heard a muzzle report like that, AND I chewed the center out of the target. Then I hung up a phone book and put five more through that, at about a 3" group with lots of confetti as a result. Paper dust was blowing out of the book like ashes every time it was moved...
In other news, I finally finished depriming those couple-thousand .38spl brass. I don't know the capacity, but they fill a quickrete 20lb bucket to the brim. Next step? Cleaning/polishing, and I'm not sure where I'll go on that. I think I may make my own tumbler... A piece of iron pipe, two pillow blocks, some 2x4 framing, a 5 gallon bucket, pulleys, and a motor :) If I leave it angled about 45 degrees I shouldn't even need a lid, but I will have to make sure it stays damp to avoid toxic dust. Could be useful for other things too...
Another side project I'll be getting into is rust removal... and that's a two step deal. First is "grand scale" er... scale removal, with an electrolytic tank. Simple enough, and I've got old computer power supplies coming out my ears. Second is figuring a means of point removal, and I'm thinking that a mixture of a fine point brush and a thickened phosphoric acid solution might do the trick.