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Old October 24, 2012, 05:13 PM   #176
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Too cool FrankenMauser! If you don't mind me asking, what do you use these for?
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Old October 24, 2012, 08:36 PM   #177
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Here's my contribution for tonight. Load development of 158gr Hornady XTP's in .357 Mag, using Unique.
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Old October 25, 2012, 12:51 AM   #178
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Too cool FrankenMauser! If you don't mind me asking, what do you use these for?
I don't have a 3"-capable shotgun, so the 3.25" is actually a dummy that was made up for a cartridge collector. It represents a redneck load some people put together to get the equivalent of a 3.5" mag in a 3" chamber. By heavily skivving the hull, it can (in their minds) theoretically be safely fired in a 3" chamber, because of the thinned mouth. (I wouldn't do it.)

The little guys are just "optimized" general-purpose loads.
Their intended purpose (the reason I started messing with them) is for hunting grouse and chukars with a few extra rounds in the shotgun. But, they're pretty much a direct replacement for standard 7/8 oz loads, in any shotgun that will feed them. Without a shot cup (just a gas seal and cushion wads), the 2" version can launch up to 1 oz of shot with room to spare.

Standard 12 ga hull lengths date back to the days of black powder, when the powder charge often took up just as much room as the payload (shot/slug).
With modern components (excluding waterfowl loads), a substantial portion of a 2-3/4" hull's capacity is wasted. It's just dead space - usually taken up by excessively long wads or gas seals. You can get rid of a lot of that dead space, and still retain a fair amount of "cushion" for the payload, by going to 2" or 2-1/4" hulls - depending on the intended purpose and/or feeding reliability (the 1-7/8" shell is pushing the limits of hull capacity with payloads over 5/8 oz).
The loaded "shorties" are just as heavy as an equivalent 2-3/4" load, but don't take up as much space.
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Old October 25, 2012, 09:01 AM   #179
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Very cool FM! That all makes a lot of sense!
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Old October 25, 2012, 03:47 PM   #180
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My new case trimmer came in today, so I'm prepping 30-30 brass while I wait for some cast bullets to arrive.

I'm going to try some 165 gr cast bullets over 7-10 gr of Unique.



Hopefully they arrive tomorrow and I can test them out before Hurricane Sandy shows up.
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Old October 26, 2012, 12:27 PM   #181
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.243 win 95 grain B-Tips setting over a test load of IMR 7828, hope this makes em group tighter.

(Frankenmauser I have a book I'd like to send you, my PMer is not working)
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Old October 26, 2012, 01:35 PM   #182
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38's and 9mm's. Nothing fancy just plinking fodder. Got a new M&P 9mm on the way, will be doing some load workups next week to see what kind of groups I can get with it. That will be a first for me, never did a load workup for a pistol before
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Old October 30, 2012, 10:35 AM   #183
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Just finished a new trial load of 45LC using a 250 gr moly coated LRNFP over 5.1 gr of Trail Boss and 5.2 gr of TiteGroup.

Will be working on loading DEWC and HBWC in 32 H&R mag cases over 3.2 gr of TiteGroup.
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Old October 30, 2012, 10:42 AM   #184
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Just got done loading some rounds for my daughter to attempt to take her first Arkansas Whitetail deer this weekend.

20 rounds:
Nosler Partition 60gr .224
H4895 23.5gr
OAL 2.205
CCI SRP
Remington case

She should be able to get one. Can't wait to see her face. All the time reading and reloading and practice time at range will all be worth it. She the reason I got into reloading anyway, just for this weekend.
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Old October 30, 2012, 11:25 AM   #185
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30 rounds
63gr smp sierra 1370
25,5gr h335
cci small rifle primer
lapua match case

using my new titan carbid expending ball dies for the first time!
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Old October 30, 2012, 01:14 PM   #186
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Have been working on the 'perfect' load for the 124gr FP 9mm rounds(plated Berry's bullets). Think I've gotten close. Last batch was 5.7gr of Power Pistol with Federal primers and OAL of 1.116. They sure shot nice. Good report, nice push, and holes in the center of the target . Wish I had a chrono now to dial in the last few tenths.
Just polished up a bunch more brass to prep and prime for the next rounds. Going to roll 5.8gr of Power Pistol on these next 10 and maybe some 5.9gr and then see how the targets and brass look.

I love Unique for target shooting the 115gr RN but Power Pistol does seem to be doing a better job with the 124gr FP (which leave less volume for powder).

Hey JW ... good luck to you and your daughter!!!
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Old October 30, 2012, 07:49 PM   #187
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8x57 food for the Mauser

Hornady 150gr SP over 46.7 grs of IMR 4895
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Old October 31, 2012, 10:54 AM   #188
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50 rounds
12.6 gr H110
CCI 550 SP mag
New Starline brass
Hornady XTP 180 gr OAL 1.590
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Old November 2, 2012, 06:45 AM   #189
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Today... I will be loading some 308 win hunting loads. I completely forgot to load some up when I shot my supply up.
Hunting is two days away.
I better get after it.

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Old November 3, 2012, 01:19 PM   #190
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Just got done doing some 223 for my AR. 26 grs Varget, CCI 400 primer, 55 gr Hornady FMJ with mixed brass.
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Old November 3, 2012, 02:17 PM   #191
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Just loaded 100 rds of 30.06 for the M1 Garand. I used some 168 gr Hornady Amax bullets and H4895 powder.
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Old November 3, 2012, 02:18 PM   #192
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Just got done loading up some of my favorite recipies for 243 and 7mm mag. Just in time for deer season.
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Old November 5, 2012, 12:35 PM   #193
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today:
20 rounds 308win plinking load:
165gr h&n copper plated high speed
16gr n110
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Old November 5, 2012, 12:41 PM   #194
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.270 WIN 150gr SGK over 58.0 IMR7828, CCI 250 primer......
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Old November 5, 2012, 04:15 PM   #195
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Jimbob what kind of velocity are you getting from that load?
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Old November 5, 2012, 06:59 PM   #196
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.454" round balls with liquid alox seated deep in unsized .45 Colt brass over 3.0 Trail Boss.
A quiet load in my H&R single shot carbine.
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Old November 5, 2012, 07:47 PM   #197
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Just got one of the new Talo LW Commander 38 Supers. Been having some trouble with my lead bullet loads going completely into battery.
Decided to try some 115gn Precision Delta FMJ bullets I have. I have had trouble with them before in my Starline 38 Super cases. Not enough case tension to hold the bullet securely.
Went back to my Lee Classic Turret today. Sized and deprimed with my 38 Super die. Ran the case mouth about 1/4" into my 9mm sizing die, without the deprimer. Screwed the expander/flare/powder thru die out until it barely flared but dropped a full powder charge. Seated the bullet and removed the flare with the seating die. Can't move the bullet in the case now.
I loaded 9 of these to try out the next time I am out. Don't know if I can duplicate this procedure on my LnL AP or not.
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Old November 5, 2012, 08:14 PM   #198
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Just finished putting together my hunting loads for this coming season.

25 rounds of 270 WSM, 140 gr Hornady BTSP, MagPro powder, WW cases, Federal 215s.
50 rounds of 44 Magnum, 270 Speer DeepCurl JSP, 4100 powder, WW Super cases, WLPs.
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Old November 6, 2012, 09:19 AM   #199
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.270 WIN 150gr SGK over 58.0 IMR7828, CCI 250 primer......

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Jimbob what kind of velocity are you getting from that load?
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Around 2900 in cool weather. 59.0(c) will get to 3K in July (powder temps in the 70's), but beats the hell out of the cases. I backed it off a grain.

C.O.L I'm using is 3.270.

I was always going to get around to working up an RL22 load, but got to messing around with making reduced recoil and practice loads for the kids' rifles and never got around to it. This one works pretty well, with good terminal performance on deer from 10 yards to farther than I want to shoot at them these days (less trigger time than I used to get...... kids are time intensive).
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Old November 11, 2012, 06:27 PM   #200
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400 rounds of MBC 125gr LSWC over 3.9gr HP-38 1.09 COL.

Very nice plinking round.
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