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Old April 12, 2012, 03:50 PM   #26
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Just wrapping up tumbling two 5 gallon home depot buckets worth of range brass.

Did a weapons qual last weekend and being in front of all that brass was like an addict in front of crack.
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Old April 12, 2012, 06:24 PM   #27
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Working on my very first reloads ever.

9mm Winchester 115 FMJ RN. Primer: CCI 500. Winchester brass. OAL 1.165. Doing a work up of Unique 4.9-6.6. Eight of each working up the scale in .1 increments. I figured at least anything this will give me practice reloading.

Loving my Hornady LNL single stage press and dies. Can't wait to get to the range. A little nervous too, but I'm sure that's common.
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Old April 12, 2012, 07:04 PM   #28
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jwrowland77: 9mm Winchester 115 FMJ RN. Primer: CCI 500. Winchester brass. OAL 1.165. Doing a work up of Unique 4.9-6.6.
Alliant Powder lists max load of Unique as 6.3gr for a 115gr GDHP with an OAL of 1.125
http://www.alliantpowder.com/reloade...tid=25&bdid=28

Lee 2nd edition lists Unique with a 115gr FMJ over a starting load of 5.1gr and a max load of 5.5gr with a COL of 1.12.

Personally I would work the load like this

start with 5.3gr with the 1.12 COL
5.3gr with 1.13 COL
5.3gr with 1.14 COL
5.3gr with 1.15 COL

Next
5.4gr with 1.12 COL
5.4gr with 1.13 COL
etc.
etc.

I'd work up the load and COL till I get my desired results for recoil impulse, feeding/reliability and POA/POI.

I'd stay away from anything over 6.0 gr. But that's just one mans opinion, some here may have a different opinion or experience they can share.

Good luck with your first reloads!

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Old April 12, 2012, 07:09 PM   #29
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Thank you mumbo. I was actually taking the starting load of the Seirra manual and max of the Speer manual. I arrived at the 1.165 as that was the longest wwb round that I found out of measuring 200 rounds, and it fits my mag great and my Walther cycles it without any issues. I did make a couple dummy rounds setting up the dies. LOL. I just wanted to make sure everything cycled fine.

Is this wrong or should I use just one manual?
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Old April 12, 2012, 07:14 PM   #30
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Just finished 200 rounds of 40 S&W and half way through 400 rounds of 9 mm. Almost makes me want a progressive press, but not yet.

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Old April 12, 2012, 07:17 PM   #31
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Was just thinking about getting off the couch to do exactly that.
Guess I'll go work up a load for the 500 185g Hornady bullets that came with the lnl ap.
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Old April 12, 2012, 07:36 PM   #32
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Loaded 100 rounds of 9mm 124gr Berry's HBRN over 4.0gr AA#2.
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Old April 12, 2012, 08:16 PM   #33
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.300 Savage - working up a load with Reloder 15 and 150 grain Reminton Core Lokt.
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Old April 12, 2012, 09:27 PM   #34
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Nothing to exciting, just finished working up a deer hunting load for my 243 Winchester and am in the middle stage of doing the same for my son's 7mm Remington Mag. For the 243 I'm using a Barnes 80 grn TTSX over a max load of Reloader 17 in RP brass with an overall length of 3.735. For the 7 Mag I'm using 154 grn Hornady SST over IMR4831 in RP brass. Still working out best OAL for it.
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Old April 13, 2012, 10:08 AM   #35
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Old April 13, 2012, 03:20 PM   #36
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several projects at once...

problem is that I have more time to load than I have daylight to shoot!

I have test sets ready for:
.270 Win (IMR 4350 and H4831SC)
.308 Win (IMR 4350 and Varget)
These I'm more serious about and will shoot larger samples over chronograph.

I just finished some sets yesterday for plinking ammo:
8 x 57JS (IMR 4350, IMR 4895, Varget, and WC 846)
.30/06 for MilSurp (IMR 4895)
These I'm simply looking for "good enough".

Just got a set of .38 Spc/.357 Magnum dies, gonna start that soon as well.

And I always have 5.56 cases in some stage of case prep, and load them when the "ready to shoot" test ammo is done awaiting time to go to the range.
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Old April 13, 2012, 06:50 PM   #37
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just got done pressing out 127 rounds of 45 acp. Just got a new gun and had shot up all the 45 I had.
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Old April 13, 2012, 07:09 PM   #38
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loaded up 50 .260 Rems for a F class match, going to do some .204's tomorrow maybe

got more pistol ammo loaded than I will have time to shoot for a good while.
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Old April 13, 2012, 07:11 PM   #39
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just finished sizing and trimming 2000 223 brass and loading 400 rds of 40 sw 180 gr plated over 4.6 w231
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Old April 13, 2012, 08:34 PM   #40
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i just loaded up some cast 175 and 210 gr 10mm over some different loads of unique.
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Old April 13, 2012, 10:48 PM   #41
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Clark,

I was thinking about making something like that from 500s&w brass! Don't know what I'd shoot it in, just for ****s and gigs.
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Old April 15, 2012, 07:41 PM   #42
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200 rounds 9mm with 4.0 gr Bullseye, 1.14 COL, CC I500 under a Berry's 124gr HBRN. It's a soft shooter for my sweetheart.
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Old April 15, 2012, 08:00 PM   #43
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91 rounds of 50BMG with 650 grain Lehigh 510-120's over a healthy charge of H50BMG.

130 rounds of 50BMG with Hornady Amax 750 grain over a healthy charge of H50BMG

120 rounds of 50BMG with 800 grain Lehigh 510-130's over a very healthy charge of Reloder 50

154 rounds of 50BMG with 802 grain Lehigh 510-130's over a very healthy charge of V.V. 20N29

Now to load some "Rock-Busting" rounds to fire-form some TZZ-95 & 00 brass.
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Old April 15, 2012, 08:09 PM   #44
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I been working on my 22-250 test loads
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Old April 15, 2012, 10:51 PM   #45
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I have the same problem as Tom68

I could spend about 3 long days at the range shooting up all of the test loads that are sitting on the table in plastic baggies, all labeled and waiting.

Lately been fiddling with a new 222 Rem, and yesterday loaded up some rounds at different lengths. This rifle has lots of free bore, so the COL is getting fairly long. 40 gr Nosler BT's over 21 gr 4198 and Rem 7 1/2. The velocities at published COL are 150 fps less than advertised, and the accuracy has been spotty. Hope to find that magical COL. But if not, then more test loads will be concocted in hopes that gun will be the magical sod poodle exterminator deluxe.
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Old April 16, 2012, 01:42 AM   #46
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Did some Lee 160-rf for my 45acp. Weird bullet, feels like a 9mm out of my CZ.
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Old April 16, 2012, 06:46 PM   #47
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Loading up some minor PF .40

165gr Berry's FP
4.0gr N320
CCI SP primers (ran out of Win last night)
1.15 OAL

makes 130pf (avg 790fps) out of my XDm 5.25

Loaded 500rnds of minor PF 9mm last night

124gr Berry's RN
4.0gr TG
Win SP primers
1.15 OAL

makes 132PF out of my wife's XDm 5.25
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Old April 16, 2012, 07:05 PM   #48
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I just loaded my first .40 cal with lead bullets today with unique and power pistol. They seemed to preform pretty well.
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Old April 16, 2012, 07:45 PM   #49
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A small batch of .44 s&w special with 6.3 grains Unique under a Speer swaged 240 LSWC because that's what my Ruger likes.
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Old April 16, 2012, 09:08 PM   #50
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I just cranked out 100 rounds of CPT loads for my 7 IHMSA hunter silhouette rifle, Sierra 130 MK and 37 gr of Varget.

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