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This is a club dedicated to the subtle art and exact science of ammunition loading and reloading. We have made this are a club, rather than just a forum, so that the reloading area could have more than one forum, if needed, its own photo gallery, its own Blog area and more. This is an open club and anyone who likes can join.

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  2. I like the idea of it, I really do. But with the bullets so widely available I cannot justify it at this point. Maybe one of these days I’ll give it a try just to do it.
  3. Its tempting because I load lot of .38spl, and I know that I could make some decent projectiles in that caliber for dirt cheap. But im trying to avoid it if I can. Years ago I was doing the BASS club and tournament fishing thing. The hot “secret” weapon was the shakey head jig. Store bought jig heads were a $1.50+, but I poured my own for about 13 cents each including the cost of the hook. Sounds good, buts it’s a tedious process and I really did not enjoy it. Right now I’ve convinced myself that I am satisfied loading 38 for ~17 cents a round vs the 40 or so cents a round for store bought ammo. Also, with the fishing weights the quality of the lead was not important. I used wheel weights I obtained a local tire shop for free, or sometimes practically free
  4. Collim1

    M1 Garand loads?

    I got quite a few loads worked up ready to test. Just waiting on some good weather to hit the range. I got some 168g BTHP Match rounds loaded over 46, 46.3, 46.5, 46.8, and 47g of IMR 4895. Also got some 147g NATO Pulls and some 150g Hornady FMJBT’s over 46.5, 47, and 47.5g of 4895. I made up a spreadsheet with each load so I can keep up MOA and reliability for each round. Planning to shoot 8 each at 50 yards prone and see what they do. I think 50 yards will be close enough to remove most of my man made variation and hopefully still far enough away to show what each round can do. I’m gonna be very disappointed if the rounds aren’t Atleast reliable. Accuracy I can work on later. Now I need to polish the inside of my resizing dies. It’s leaving scratches in the brass. I’ve done some experimenting with case lubes and a few left some brass streaks in the dies that needs to be polished out. I’ve some jewelers polish I’m gonna put on a patch and chuck in the drill, hopefully that will polish it out.
  5. Collim1

    M1 Garand loads?

    I am up and running on my M2 ball loads. 47g of IMR4895 and pulled 147g .308 projectiles. These are being loaded into once fired PPU brass. I have some HXP brass as well but I haven’t started working on it yet. i don’t expect great accuracy from the NATO 7.62 pulls. They’re also short OAL when loaded to the cannelure, and if loaded long there isn’t enough bullet in the case. Atleast there is not chance of a long round jamming the clip up on a reload Finding published data for a M2 ball replication load has not been easy. I found some Hornady data for match loads, but nothing for 150g FMJ and 4895. The 47g 4895 is from an article I found in an old NRA magazine article recxomending that for a soft shooting plinking load that will reliably cycle the action I am planning to shoot these and see how they do before I commit to it.
  6. Prezatly. Like I said Lead does not vaporize until temps are well above casting temps, no need to worry about inhaling lead fumes where none exist. As for solid lead being an issue, if it were, then just about every person in America that live in cities built many years ago would be totals infected with lead. Every water line under my city is made of pure lead, Lead pipe has been supply water through American cities for generations, still does. There is zero chance that a lead pipe will transfer toxic lead to the water, zero. Lead is NOT water soluble
  7. The whole lead contamination thing from casting is overblown. My dad is a subcontractor for a major cast bullet supplier and casts around 30k bullets a year. He got tired of it and offered me $.10 a bullet to cast for him. I did for about three months and did around 5k bullets. I also do some of my own casting at my home. My dad had his lead levels checked and they are normal. I had mine checked and they are normal. The people who are most susceptible are the ones who shoot a lot in indoor ranges. The lead from primer strikes is the main culprit for lead contamination.
  8. I use straight WW with a little 95-5 solder to smooth out the pour. The days of wax lubes and tumble lubes are over. Coating you cast bullets is the way to go. Some use powder coat, I use HI-TEK coating (liquid) from Bayou Bullets. Coat-em, bake-em, size-em, shoot-em. No messy lubes, no smoke, and no leading of the barrel. http://www.bayoubullets.net/hi-tek-heat-set-super-coat-bullet-coating-call-donnie-at-225-324-4501/
  9. Molten lead does not vaporize until well above the casting temps, 1200*.
  10. I started with a Rockchucker and was loading wadcutters. Took forever to load 1,000 rounds but not long to shoot them up. Got a Dillon 450 and that was like going from a Pinto to a Corvette. Later I got a Dillon 550 but hated changing from small to large priming system. An opportunity to get a used 550 presented itself so now I have one for large primer and one for small. I use a Dillon 650 with Mr. Bullet Feeder for 9mm.
  11. steve4102

    Any reloading 45acp tips?

    I appears to me that there is a little misunderstanding here. By "buy two manuals and read them". I believe he meant the "How To" section at the beginning of each Loading Manual, not a "data" manual or the data section of a Loading Manual. What Lyman manual do you have? Tip number (1), Never load a bunch of ammo (more than a couple), without making sure they fit-feed-function-fire first. Nothing worse than loading a schit ton of ammo only to find out at the range that it doesn't fit or fire.
  12. That will be a major PITA. Unless you will only need a handful of brass. Just saying... https://www.giraudtool.com/giraud-power-trimmer.html
  13. Quickload. https://www.neconos.com/details3.htm
  14. Highspeedlane

    using multiple presses

    I'm going to end up getting another single stage (as inexpensive as possible) for the purpose of die trimming brass. I've gotten into a .454 Casull kick lately and ended up buying a Redding trim die, but because it's special order I won't see it till sometime mid December. Someone gave me the idea of taking .460 S&W brass and cutting it down to .454 length so I can take advantage of having its large size primer pocket.
  15. Not me, I'm sorry. I'm looking into .338 Lapua next and besides .223 and .308, these will be my only rifle calibers. But feel free to share your favorite uploads and photos.
  16. Follow up..... Midsouth Shooters Supply just called me and said they were sorry about me receiving the package with the broken can of 2400 and are shipping me out a replacement at no charge. I honestly was not expecting that level of attention to customer service. They are a stand up company!!!!
  17. Took my 308 Norma to the range this AM and like always, drove tacks with it (Mod 70 with 26” Douglas bbl). 308 Norma Mag, while largely supplanted by the .300 Win Mag before it gained much of a following has always had its followers, of which I am one...got me to thinking, any others here shoot or load 308 Norma Mag?
  18. Thanks Crockett. I've also gotten bad deliveries from Midway. This particular one came from Midsouth Shooters Supply. I've been looking for 2400 for quite a while and they finally had it. Just bumming about the condition on arrival. But I'll send it down range. Thanks!
  19. That looks like a delivery from MidwayUSA. They always screw packaging up. Received many bullet orders with them being all over the place. Either way, I'd call it in and make them send another can. And I'd shoot the heck out of the spilled powder.
  20. I've ordered bullets, brass and primers through the mail for many years, and this was the first time I've ever ordered powder. Two pounds of Alliant 2400, shipped UPS ground. I've sent the attached photos to the vendor explaining what I received and waiting to see their response. I know powder is hazmat and not returnable, but I'm not sure what to make of this. There was no external damage to the box--no cuts, no dents, not crushed, nothing. There was clear packing tape used to seal the edges in a way that makes me wonder if it was opened by UPS inspectors and haphazardly inspected for contraband or whatever would trigger them to inspect it, then resealed (it does have the big orange hazmat sticker on it). The cap on one bottle was broken and floating in the powder at the bottom of the box: I salvaged all the powder by pouring it out and refilling the can. The other odd thing is the amount of air space in the can that was not damaged. I measure 5" of air space in the can before the top of the powder....sorry, I have no scale capable of weighing the can so I'm not sure if some powder was dumped out. That much airspace seems odd even for a dense powder like 2400, but I'm not sure. The bottom of the tape measure is where the top of the powder is in this can: The powder in the bottom of the box seemed fine...I suppose I'll use it. I doubt I'll order powder over the web again though. I can't prove it but either this dealer has a very rough crew working their packing department or it was opened en route to me. What do you think? Thanks.
  21. AK_Stick

    M1 Garand loads?

    I used 150 and 168 grain Sierra match bullets over 4895 as a match load for a long time. I don't remember, or have access to the load data anymore, but I would suspect it was in the range of 43-47 grains? But I would verify that against a manual.
  22. Collim1

    M1 Garand loads?

    PPU and S&B M1 Garand specific loads give me ~5 moa from a prone position resting on my elbow. If my reloads cycle the action reliably and give me 4 moa I will be happy. Running the gun, especially the famously satisfying ping and clip reloading are the primary fun for me. I’m looking for a good cheap plinking load. With the free projectiles and brass I came across the cost of these rounds is going to be really cheap. About 23 cents per round. It would be cheaper if powder was available locally for less than $30 a pound. The reloading supplies available locally are pretty disappointing. When I get a load worked out I plan to make a bulk powder and primer purchase online.
  23. AK_Stick

    M1 Garand loads?

    Seems to be a fairly common “safe” load for the M-1. I no longer have an M-1, but I’d really recommend a schuster or similar adjustable gas nut if you want to develop s light recoiling loading. The stock gas system does not suit itself well to loads that are much under the standard. Atleast mine never did.
  24. I’m loading up my first loads for the M1 this afternoon. I’m planning to start with 47g of IMR4895 and some 147/150g pulled projectiles. Primer is a Winchester large rifle. Any ideas on this load would be appreciated. I want something soft shooting and accurate with minimal recoil, but obviously I need it cycle the action reliably. Not damaging the rifle is a priority as well.
  25. Keith was an amazing man. Much like Cooper and Jordan. They paved the way. I recently purchased a 686 plus. Always wanted an 86 and love it. But anyway. Nothing wrong with a sweet shooting 44 special! That round is almost as unapreciated as .41 magnum.