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Old 03-27-2018, 12:59 AM
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I thought it might be interesting to discuss our reloading efforts in some detail.

I've got a buddy coming to town, and I know he rarely gets to shoot so I'm loading up some practice rounds.

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200 x 44 Magnum - 7.0 gr of Trail Boss, Summer Enterprises 240gr LSWC, CCI large primers. I've shot a bunch of this and it's a fun range load that's essentially a 44 SPL load. I've also got a box of 240gr American Eagle JSP 44 mag that he can shoot a few of for the real magnum experience.

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300 x .38 SPL - 4.2 gr Trail Boss (Hodgdon's max recommended load), Summer Ent 158gr LRNFP, CCI small primers. I've also shot this load and it's another pretty mellow load for plinking.

I've been using Trail Boss lately because my LGS was low and that's what he had left. It meters well thru my Lee Auto Drum, not so well thru my Hornady Lock and Load drop. It seems a bit dirty to me, but I do like that it's glaringly obvious if the bullet is undercharged. Basically if the shell isn't full of powder, something is off. That said, Trail Boss is good for one thing - low power loads. Even a max charge is very tame compared to other powders.

I might load some mid-level 357 tomorrow just for variety, but it's probly not necessary. I've got plenty, and he's bringing a 9mm he wants to shoot some as well.

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I didn't load anything today, but yesterday I loaded up 200 45 ACP rounds. I used Zero 230 grain FMJ bullets and 6.8 grains of Shooter's World Ultimate Pistol powder. It's a fun and kind of peppy load that pushed 900 fps out of my 5" barrel ATI 1911, according to my chrono. That brings me up to a total of 800 rounds of 45 ACP loaded and ready to go bang.
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I have an IPSC comp coming up in a few weeks and needed to build up my ammo for it. Yesterday I ran 200 primed 45 ACP cases through my press using 5.7 gn Tightgroup under a 200 gn plated flat point bullet. Today I barrel dropped them all in the barrel of my Springfield 1911 A1 then counted up the .45 ACP rounds I had left after my last competition. I was 34 short of 500 rounds so I primed and loaded another 34 resized cases I had in a container under my bench.

I still have a couple of hundred practice rounds using both my competition load and my practice load (5.4 gn Win 231 under 230 gn LRN) to shoot off in the next 10 days to prepare for the upcoming comp.
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I loaded a bunch of 200gr SWC's and 4.0grs of WST.
It's all I shoot in my 1911's.
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Old 03-27-2018, 07:38 AM
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I've been casting and powder coating some 124 gr RN 9mm not exactly
loading but part of the process.
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200 rounds of 7x57 with a 160 gr. cast bullet on top of 27 grs. of 5744 for the 1930 FN Venezuelan Mauser I traded for a few months back.
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Yesterday, I processed and loaded 1000 .223 rounds for my youngest brother. He got them at an auction sale and about a third of them would not fit my case gauge, so I got to re-size them so that ALL of them are good to go.
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Last weekend I loaded 50 .44 specials with 4.9gr bullseye and Hornady 240gr lead semi wadcutters.
For my new to me .44 hand ejector second model. In fact, i'm driving into town this morning to pick it up!
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Old 03-27-2018, 09:37 AM
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Couple hundred 12 ga clay target loads
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One hundred .38 148 gr wadcutters
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I didn't reload anything, but I can!!!! I just put the finishing touches on my new Dillon 550 B. Wow what a great press!!!!
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I loaded a few BP .38 rounds for experimenting
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Yesterday I was bored so I loaded some more of my "just in case" handloads. It is 45 ACP with a 230 FMJ over 5.0 gr. of Bullseye. This load works in any 45 Auto I know of and 100% in my two 45 ACP pistols. I now have a plastic jug of approx. 300 rounds that I can grab and go along with my 2, 45s. I also have another 100+ in my "45 Kit"....
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.38 Special? Or 38-40?
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100 45 acp. 5 grains hp38 Missouri 200 grain Coated RNFP.
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280 rounds of 38 Spl 148 gr DEWCs over 4.0 grains of 231 and Winchester primers in mixed brand cases. Plinking loads for my 38s.
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100 rounds of .38 Special.
Bullet - 100 grain cast DEWC, seated flush
Powder - 4.2 grains AA#2
Primer - Tula SP
Case - Rem-UMC, 1950's vintage

These shoot to POA at 50 feet in my 2 inch pre-model 10 snubbie from 1948.
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100 .32 S&W Longs, 50 98 gr. HBWC and 50 RNFP 90 gr., 2.3 and 2.4 grains W231 respectively.
Range day Thursday.
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I haven't loaded much lately. Trying to shoot what I have. I did load up some 500 mags on sunday though. They're for my brother.
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Special. I wanna make a little smoke
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Just finished a batch of my favorite .308 load.
Next up: .223 55gr and 69gr.
Next. .357 mag then a big bunch of .38 Spcl.
Next 9mm 124gr ball and Gold Dots.
Then off to Large pistol: .44 mag and finally .45ACP.
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Rainy day here today. 200 match prepped 223 cases, cfe 223 powder, 50 gr jhp’s.....all loaded to shoot out of a Colt HBAR elite with a 24” heavy stainless barrel with Nightforce optics. These routinely make 5 round sub moa groups at 100 yds. Range day Friday. Gonna rain all day tommorow, 168 & 175 gr 308’s on the schedule for tommorow.

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.44 magnums, but ran into a glitch. More on that later.

Separated out brass for 9mm, .38, .357, 7.7 Arisaka, Mosin and 30-06. I even found a .223 in there. And a bunch of .40s I put in my 'one day I might get that caliber' box.

I bought some used dies that don't have a flare plug. (I just load these because my friend has a .44. He never knows what kind of 'surprise' I'll give him). Any way, I didn't like the way these felt while and after sizing. I have used these dies before with good results. I was digging around for something to flare the top with when I stuck a bullet in it went in too easily. i used my calipers that have just gone one the fritz but they all measured within SAAMI specs. I think that the dies are well worn.

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I continued processing 468 rounds of LC-10 5.56 brass. It came to me as part of a huge batch of brass that had been rejected from a commercial sorting process.

For the most part, the reason for rejection seemed to be that the case mouth was bent enough to keep an automated decapper from popping the primer out. Straightening out the case mouth was all that was required to restore it to serviceable condition.

Some had body dings that became unnoticeable after resizing, but there were still a hundred or more with severe damage that will have to be scrapped or turned into 300 Blackout brass.

Sorting and grading all the brass before starting to process took a lot of time, but I knew that going in and it was a pleasant way to pass a couple of rainy weekends.

Now I move on to the LC-05 and the LC-12 brass that was in the same batch.
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Loaded 400 rds of .38 special; plated RNFP using 3.2 grs of BE.
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Well started with cast bullets and Titegroup 250 cast SWC. Then 240 XTP with 23grs of H110 CCI 350 primers.
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Awesome! I've heard that 21 grains was the original load. I've thought of doing that in my Model 64 with some 3FG Olde Eynsford powder under a 158 grn bullet to see the velocities they had back then.
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I found and tumbled a half dozen 5.56 cases today. Does that count?
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Great stuff!

It's interesting to see how many of us still reload and shoot a lot of 38 SPL. I've been shooting my magnums a lot lately, but I have to say that I still shoot my 4" M10 better than any gun I own. Something about that gun just works for me.
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I just put a new hand in my 29-2 and loaded up 18 240gr to go and give her a test.

Works like a champ..
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Great stuff!

It's interesting to see how many of us still reload and shoot a lot of 38 SPL.
I need to prep some more 38spl brass.. been shooting the 13, 15, Pre 19, 27-2, 60, and the 66..

Yeah I go through 38's to...
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Some .44's, with 200 gr. coated round nose flat point bullets. 6 gr. Red Dot. Should be a tame range load. Bob
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The last several days I've been cleaning, and
preparing to reload for 44 Special, 44 Magnum,
and 45 Colt that I used over the Winter.

My current, go to, plinking 44 S&W Special reload is;
240gr Lead Semi Wad or RNFP round nose flat point
works also. 5.0grs Alliant RED DOT.
5.0grs Alliant Red Dot, S&B LP primer
Brass is Win, or R-P.
Crimp is what I call medium roll crimp.
FPS approximately 800?.
Bullets tumbled lube with Ben's Liquid Lube,
for Lead free barrel performance.
Primers no where near flat.

44 Magnum is basically the same above,
but 5.6grns Alliant Red Dot.

45 Colt is 250gr Lead Semi Wad or RNFP round
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Just finished up 200 rounds of 10mm.... 13.4 grains of AA9 and a 180 grain Gold Dot bullet
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I loaded up about 300 rounds of 158gr XTP 357 magnum for my next bowling pin match. And a couple handfuls of my 38 special's.
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200 rounds of 38 spl. with 158 grain SWC and 3.4 grains of 231.
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I loaded up about 300 rounds of 158gr XTP 357 magnum for my next bowling pin match. And a couple handfuls of my 38 special's.
I wish they would let us use XTPs for our bowling pin match.

Last night I loaded 44 mag 240gr. JSP for my father.
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I loaded up about 300 rounds of 158gr XTP 357 magnum for my next bowling pin match. And a couple handfuls of my 38 special's.
RGVshooter, have you ever tried any of Zero's 158 grain jacketed bullets? They have been pretty good for me and are significantly cheaper than the XTP bullets. They make 158s in JSP and JHP varieties. Look at Roze Distribution for the Zero bullets and prices include shipping in 1k lots or more.
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I recently bought about 1200 old Speer 148 gr Bevel Base Wad Cutters (.358) from a friend at work for a great price. They were part of a large lot that he bought at auction and didn't need these.

I just loaded a variety of test loads to try at the range.
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Later I will load 240 grain XTP over 23 grains of H110 with a CCI mag primer.
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Haven't used HP-38 in a while, so I'm loading some 45 auto with 200 grain Rainier plated SWC with 5.0 and 5.3 grains of HP-38.

Then some 357 with a 125 TMJ and 7 grains HP-38, a zippy but soft shooting practice load.
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Between last night and this morning I loaded up 502 9mm 115gr plated with 6.6gr HS6. I found a box of 500 Xtreme primed brass I'd forgot about and loaded them up. I guess they gave me 2 free ones.
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Did another step in my experimenting with Ramshot Enforcer in 500 Mag. I've started at min charge (what a mess) and now I'm all the way to 2% away from max charge. 20 rds of 350 Berry's (rated upto 2000 fps) on top of 44 gr of Ramshot Enforcer). These are attention grabbers on the range
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I am going to have to load a bunch of 222 Rem. Daughter went out shooting PDs on the dry ground today. Used up the last of my loaded ammo. Shot 17 out of 20 rounds. I didn't realizewe had that many PDs on the place...but they are moving in from next door. We may have as many as a 1000. I did load some 41 mag lately
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Sized and deprimed some 44 spl brass.
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Yesterday morning I started out priming 200 sized and resized .45 Auto cases. Before I know it they, and another 20 odd sitting on my bench, were fully reloaded to be shot when I go to the range on Wednesday. (I fired off almost 200 loaded rounds I had on hand last Thursday before I realised it).
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My basket of 357 SIG reloads was empty: I loaded up 75 of my standard practice ammo (the Rainier 124GR HP over 7.6 gr of Unique) & 10 each of the 115GR XTP's over mid-range loadings for Unique & Accurate #5 @ an approximate 1,300 fps.

With my Storm Lake 357 SIG drop-in barrel and a good ammo supply in 40 S&W, I'm really looking forward to my next trip to the range: hopefully, tomorrow...?

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In the process of loading 2000 .38 Spl with a Precision Delta 148 hbwc. I was using 2.8 of Bullseye but ran out of powder. Any one have a good load with this bullet and BE-86? I was thinking of trying 3.5 of BE-86 and going from there.
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Finished loading 100 rounds of 44 spl. Used 7.5 grains of Unique with a hard cast 240 SWC.
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