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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. Only tried IMR 3031 in a .45-70 Trapdoor loading once, with cardboard over powder wad and cornmeal filler to fill out the rest of the case to the base of the bullet. Didn't push anything due to the weak nature of that action, worked very well in fact.
  3. This is one of the reasons experienced reloaders tell you to consult more then one load manual. Also keep an up to date manual for cross reference.
  4. Your proposed load is bad mojo. For a 165 grain TMJ, Lyman's 50th edition Reloading Handbook max's out at 6.0 grains of Unique . They say 5.4 grains Unique = 952 fps ..... 19,300 C.U.P. 6.0 grains Unique = 1034 fps .... 21,700 C.U.P.
  5. I put together the following load based off of a reloading manual I've had for at least 18 years: .40 S&W Caliber Bullet - Speer 165 gr TMJ Powder Charge - 6.4 gr Unique (manual said between 6.2 and 7.2) Primer - CCI 500 Small Pistol 1.120" OAL, light crimp Anyway - per the manual I thought this would be a bit of a "mouse fart" load (said something about this approximates a ".40 light" or something) but based on some of what I am seeing this might actually be a bit scary. Does this seem like a sane load? I've seen postings where people advise 6 gr behind a similar bullet. I'm going for a practice/plinking round, not an SD. I've also been told that going below the minimum charge can cause scary results. I've reloaded before - mainly .357 and .44 but this is my first foray into .40 or semi-auto at all. These will be shot in a Glock 22. So I'm a bit nervous. I guess I need someone to just pat my head and tell me not to worry.
  6. Has anyone ever worked with any of the smokeless substitution for BP? I know the big bore double rifle guys use blue dot with a filler in cartridges in place of BP. Wondering if anyone here has ever seen that done, or loose in a front stuffer?
  7. Yeah, the gent that sold it to me had RCBS dies he included. Trim die too. Apparently I can make brass from 30-30 Winchester brass.
  8. I’ve never even heard of this cartridge. Do you already have dies?
  9. Added this to the collection. Doesn't appear to be fired. May need reloading data.
  10. Alliant 2400 with regular primers work great in 357Mag.
  11. So I was finally able to run a few .357 loads rounds over the chronograph using the Speer 135 grain GDHP and Alliant 2400. On the Speer data page, they tested this load from a 2.5" barrel S&W and achieved 1124 fps with 15 grains and 1176 fps with 16 grains. I chose the 15 grain starting charge, loaded in brand new Starline cases. Average velocity of this load from the stubby 1-7/8" barrel Ruger LCR was 1100 fps. Recoil was brisk but by no means punishing, and completely pain free. Prior internet forum research indicated a mix of people that either thought the 17 ounce Ruger LCR in .357 was way too much to handle to those that thought it was no big deal, and no big deal was the way it seemed to me too. At least using this load with the stock LCR grip, it was no problem. There are other considerations shooter's worry about such as blast and followup shot recovery, but those are secondary for me compared to a pistol I can easily carry (and thus always have with me) and is quick and easy to access. Also there was no evidence of bullet creep. These cases were brand new but run through an RCBS sizer then heavily roll crimped. Shooting 4 rounds then removing the 5th revealed the bullet had not moved at all, which is an essential test regardless of whether you are shooting handloads or over the counter factory. My EDC is the LCR .357 in a sticky holster parked in my right front jeans pocket. It disappears there and is with me all day. On the subject of Alliant 2400, I also tested some .45 Colt +P loads from a Super Redhawk. Velocity variation was rather high, and H110 proved much more consistent in the warm .45 loads. But in .357 using 135 grain jacketed bullets, 2400 was amazingly consistent, delivering extremely small deviations and several duplicate velocity numbers. If you load .357 and haven't given 2400 a try, I wouldn't hesitate to give it a spin.
  12. I have had several nickel cases (.38 Special) split like this. I think its due to work hardening.
  13. I bought this S/W model 19 last summer. So far the only .357 mag load I have fired in it is a 170 grain cast powder coated bullet. I don't see my chrono figures on this load. Most of the time I shoot the same bullet in .38 Special with 4.8 grains of Universal. Its a +P load and clocked at about 800 fps.
  14. Recently pulled the trigger on a Ruger LCR .357. It's the shortest .357 I own by far. I know there's a whole raft of loads out there for short barrel .357 that are designed to decrease blast and flash while preserving as much power as practical. I'm leaning toward 135 grain Speer Gold Dots and was planning on loading them over about 15 to 15.5 grains of 2400. According to published data this should get me somewhere between 1000 and 1100 fps out of the Ruger's sub 2" barrel. I also have Bullseye, W231, Unique, CFE, and the usual H110, W296 and Lil Gun, but the last three are not my first choice for such a short, light carry piece. If you've worked up any loads for short barrel .357 please share, and especially if you have chrono data. Next month I'll hopefully be able to get my loads clocked and be able to report back the results. Thanks.
  15. I would be looking in the direction of Lil Gun too. Not sure about using non-magnum primers though. Generally, slow burning powders that take up most of the case volume need a magnum primer for uniform and consistent ignition. In 4 to 6" barrels, H110 and a magnum primer is my go-to.
  16. I had that happen with a new R-P .454 Casull case on the first firing. As mentioned above, sounds like a combination of pressure and material fatigue.
  17. 22 LR because of Ruger 10-22 762x39 Ruger Mini 30 3006 Remington 700 I load for my centerfire calibers.
  18. I’ve used WST the past 30 years and have never felt a need to change. Prior to that a lot of Unique and some 231.
  19. .223 .270 7mm Rem mag I’ve owned and used about all calibers under the sun at one time or another. But 85-90% of all my hunting has been with one of these three calibers.
  20. I bought one a number of years ago for a dedicated 9mm reloader. I set it up according to Lee website videos. So far 10s of 1000s of rounds later it’s run with nary a hitch. I don’t use the case feeder nor do I prep cases except for a small run in the tumbler. I’ve been more then pleased for a $200 machine.
  21. How many of you run a L/M? Although I have a Dillon 550 and a rock chucker, I received a L/M a few years ago as a gift for Christmas. Actually I bought it, gave it to my wife and told her to wrap it up. The question is Why? Because I had read of the issues with it, both pro and con, and just wanted to see if I could get it to run. I also liked the fact it auto indexed. And that it included an extra die station over the Dillon. I load .44 mag and .44 special with it. These are low volume rounds for me. Use my own cast and powder coated bullets. I prep my cases for both the Dillon and the L/M with the R/C. Deprime, resize and seat primers. I then turn to the L/M for finish work. My only issue with this is ejection of completed rounds sometimes miss the bin and land on the floor. I don't use the case feed, although I did try to run it for a while. Too fiddly.
  22. Crockett this is the first I have heard of new Dillons. Don't remember seeing any conversation on "the other forum" about them. Is the 1050 to be eliminated? Man I have always lusted after that one. I load on a 550 with case feeder. If I was a competition shooter, or loaded for family members and myself on one cartridge, I would jump on a 1050 and just keep it set up for that round only. It appears one of the new models is a case prep only. Bottle neck cartridges for sure. Another press I have been curious about is the Big 50 re loader. Have never found a video on anyone running one of those. Don't load or own a .50, not likely to get one. Still like its features.

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