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Old 12-27-2011, 08:42 AM
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So yesterday I did what will probably be my last reloading to 2011. As I was straightening the bench afterwards it occurred to me how little had change in reloading over the last 100 years, at least as far as my reloading goes. A reloader from 1911 would not have felt too anachronistic if he was helping out on my reloading bench. The three calibers I loaded yesterday were 38 Special, 32-20 and 32 S&W Long, all of which were around in 1911 as were the S&W revolvers I was loading for. The Bullseye and Unique would have been familiar powders. While Trailboss would not have been available there was bulk smokeless powders on the market then designed to replicate the bulk of black powder loads. So the concept would have been familiar.

Cast bullets were certainly the norm in 1911 and while the Hornady 90gn SWC bullet would have looked slightly different than what was typically used in 32 Long the 118gn Lyman for the 32-20 and 158gn RNFP for the 38 would have been common in 1911. The balance beam scale used to spot check loads would also have seemed normal. Only radical change would have been the Dillon 450 I was loading on. While no longer state of the art by our standards THAT would have impressed the snot out of a 1911 reloader.

Now that I think about it the testing loads by opening the back barn door and shooting into an old stump would probably have seemed quite familiar as well. Although my insisting on wearing hearing protection while doing the testing would probably have seemed quite panty waist to him.
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Old 12-28-2011, 10:29 AM
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What?

Glad you had the muffs on, particuliarly if you were IN the barn when you fired!

Not a lot of change. A few better tools the do the same procedures a little easier.
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Old 12-29-2011, 02:32 PM
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I usually test fire from inside the barn shooting at a backstop outside in the fence row. The barn helps muffle the noise a little.
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