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Author Topic: Joined you reloaders, finally.  (Read 228 times)

funflyer

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Joined you reloaders, finally.
« on: September 24, 2018, 12:07:38 PM »
Well I decided it was time to start reloading so I jumped in with both feet. Picked up a Hornady LNL AP press and all the bits and pieces to reload 45, 380 and 9mm. So far I've only reloaded 36 rounds of 45ACP just to get the feel for the press and to test different powder loads to see which my pistols prefer. All went bang and functioned perfectly. Next I think I'll load some 9mm and see if the R51 will function as well as it does with factory ammo. Out of all my 9s the R51 has the tightest chamber so if I have success with that one I'll be doing something right.

Who else reloads?

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Re: Joined you reloaders, finally.
« Reply #1 on: September 24, 2018, 11:08:36 PM »
Funflyer,

This is my first post, after joining today.

I reload .32 acp, .380 acp, .38/.357 Mag, 9mm, .40 S&W, 45 acp and .44 Mag.

I still have all my fingers even though I've been reloading since  the mid '60s.

I recently retired so I can happly go broke aquiring reloading equipment that I've always wanted.

It can be a very rewarding hobby as long as you apply mass quantities of common sense.

Enjoy,

Matt




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Re: Joined you reloaders, finally.
« Reply #2 on: September 25, 2018, 12:15:50 AM »
Be sure to plunk test your 9mm loads for the R51.  I have two barrels and both of them seem to have SAMMI minimum spec Lead.

Peace favor your sword,
Kirk
« Last Edit: September 25, 2018, 03:07:19 AM by lklawson »

funflyer

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Re: Joined you reloaders, finally.
« Reply #3 on: September 25, 2018, 01:16:28 AM »
Thanks guys,

Kirk, I have two barrels also. One has a chamber right at the minimum and the other was .0005" tight. I polished the tight one after noticing deeper extractor marks on the brass and erratic ejection. Haven't checked the lead on either, but haven't had any issues with factory ammo, both 115 and 124 grain. I ordered bayou bullets 115 RN and plan on reloading them to the same specs as factory so we'll see how it goes.

Matt, welcome to the forum. How have your 380 reloads performed, and which pistols do you reload for? I don't shoot my 357 much but might get the dies to reload them in the future.
« Last Edit: September 25, 2018, 01:27:20 AM by funflyer »

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Re: Joined you reloaders, finally.
« Reply #4 on: September 25, 2018, 09:27:32 AM »
I reload .45 (with a Lee Progressive), .380 and 9mm (with a Lee turret press). I really like the turret press the best 'cause it's really easy to switch dies. The progressive is a lot more involved... I also load for my 40-65 and 30-06. I find that reloading is therapeutic and relaxing and it's nice to know that I'm making great ammo at a reduced price!

Have fun!

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Re: Joined you reloaders, finally.
« Reply #5 on: September 25, 2018, 08:42:00 PM »
funflyer,

I recently started reloading .357s again in order to shoot 148 gr wadcutters at .38 Spl. velocities using .357 cases in a Ruger Security Six and S&W 66, both 4".

The load knocks down plates, is accurate and is fun to shoot so I'm happy.

My .380 adventure started with a Sig P232, which I sold due to Sig stopping production of them;  I loved that little thing.

To fill the space in the safe, a Sig P238 was aquired. Then, a Beretta 84FS Cheetah followed me home so I kept her.

I'm switching all my loads to use Bayou Bullet projectiles.  Currently, I'm testing Alliant Sport Pistol and will be testing Winchester 244 powders because they are designed for coated bullets.

I'm 100% on BB .45 acp and .380 acp  projectiles.

Much cleaner shooting with little smoke so I have even higher expectations when the coated bullet powders come online.

In the .380s, I'm using BB 95gr. RN and Lehigh Defense 90gr X-Treme Penetrator projectiles.

They both worked well so I bought a box of Lehigh Defense .380 cartridges to compare to my reloads of their bullet.

I also load Lehigh Defense .32 acp X-Treme Cavitatior bullets.

Check out the gell tests on those!

Makes you rethink mouse gun limitations.








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Re: Joined you reloaders, finally.
« Reply #6 on: September 26, 2018, 01:41:43 AM »
Glad to hear the bayou 95 grain work well, I have 500 of them to try, along with 500 115 grain RN for my 9mils.

As for the progressive press, here's how I started...nice and slow.

I deprimed on a single stage Lee press, then cleaned all the cases in dawn with a dash of lemi-shine. Very nice looking after they wet tumble a few hours and easy to inspect. I decided to hand-prime, then set up just the resizing and flaring dies, in the progressive, so there wouldn't be too much to think about at one time. Then I set up the powder dump, seating die and also a Lee factory crimp die to finish the process. This worked real well as I only had to think about setting the bullet after looking in the case for the proper(ish) powder load.

The Hornady press made it easy to take out the dies that I wasn't using and leave them set up for when I feel confident enough run the entire process at one time. For now I'll stick with hand priming as I like the feel of it compared to the press, and until I start reloading in quantity, it doesn't take very long at all.

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Re: Joined you reloaders, finally.
« Reply #7 on: September 26, 2018, 03:33:29 AM »
You have an excellent process!

Just last week, I purchased the RCBS Universal Hand Priming tool to prime the 5 to 10 round batch of cases for my test loads.

Fell in love with the damn thing because of being able to feel it seat.

I still use my 1970's Bonanza (now Forster) CO-AX single stage press.

For 9mm, I'm going to use the BB 120gr Truncated Cone.

The R51 eats non-coated lead ones (124gr) pretty well.

I have a chamber hone ordered for one of the two R51 barrels I now have.

That $21 barrel is for fun stuff like that.

I just honed the two revolver's cylinder chambers and a Shield .45 acp Lone Wolf barrel chamber so I'm on a role.

At least until I get them to the range to see how I did.



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Re: Joined you reloaders, finally.
« Reply #8 on: September 27, 2018, 11:40:41 AM »
Fun,

About 3 weeks ago my grandson and I put about 300 reloads down range with only one nose dive.  I use 115gr RN plated bullets with a medium load of HP38.  Both my 51's ate-um up!
I agree with the plunk test.  I learned the hard way, with, I don't remember how many hundred 45acp that measured to spec but would not fully seat in the barrel! Just by a light 1/16 or so. Had to go back and adjust a bunch.  That was in my Remington R1.

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Re: Joined you reloaders, finally.
« Reply #9 on: September 29, 2018, 08:23:43 AM »
I plunk tested Xtreme 115 grain heavy plate concave base bullets. They worked all the way to 1.165 OAL.  I use Bullseye powder and get best accuracy with longer OALs and generally set mine at 1.150.  Havenít had any problems running them in the R51.
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Re: Joined you reloaders, finally.
« Reply #10 on: September 30, 2018, 02:13:10 AM »
Fun,

About 3 weeks ago my grandson and I put about 300 reloads down range with only one nose dive.  I use 115gr RN plated bullets with a medium load of HP38.  Both my 51's ate-um up!
I agree with the plunk test.  I learned the hard way, with, I don't remember how many hundred 45acp that measured to spec but would not fully seat in the barrel! Just by a light 1/16 or so. Had to go back and adjust a bunch.  That was in my Remington R1.

Rog

Rog, I loaded up some 45 test rounds for my R1 and Shield which ran flawlessly through both. I used Bayou 230 LRN bullets and set the COL to 1.252, the same as some factory loads I checked. . As for the 9mm test loads I recently loaded, I'm going out today to test them. The Hodgdon load data showed to set the COL to 1.100, but I set them to 1.125, which is less than all the factory loads I measured. They pass the plunk test in 4 of my pistols, but the most critical is the R51 which has the tightest chamber so we'll see how they perform.


I plunk tested Xtreme 115 grain heavy plate concave base bullets. They worked all the way to 1.165 OAL.  I use Bullseye powder and get best accuracy with longer OALs and generally set mine at 1.150.  Havenít had any problems running them in the R51.

Zen, I set some 115 LRN coated bullets to 1.150 initially, however they were just making contact with the rifling, so I dropped them to 1.125. Since I'm new to reloading I started with HP38 powder and, once I get enough data in all 3 different calibers, I'm going to try Bullseye as I've heard good reports on it from all the reloading forums. Waiting for all my free bullets from Hornady also, which will be more loads to test.

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Re: Joined you reloaders, finally.
« Reply #11 on: September 30, 2018, 10:38:47 PM »
I've been late posting Todd, but congratulations for jumping off into reloading! And also congrats on loading rounds that both pistols like! That's even better!  :)
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