Reloading Podcast 150 - Reloading Reloaded II

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Tonight the guys are continuing the reloading process.

  1. Finish brass prep

  2. Whats next

    1. Priming the case

      1. Different way to prime

      2. Different types of Primers

    2. Charging the case

      1. What is charging the case

      2. How do you measure the charge\

      3. What can go wrong

  3. Links

    1. Powder Mirror

    2. Sharpshooter berdan priming tool






 

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Reloading Podcast 149 - Reloading, Reloaded I

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Tonight the guys are talking equipment care and starting to reload.

  1. How to care for old dirty equipment

  2. Now what?

    1. Brass care

    2. Recipes

    3. The process

  3. Links

    1. Suarez

    2. LFD Research

    3. Inline Fabrication






 

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Reloading Podcast 148 - The Canuck is on glue??

Hello, and welcome to the Reloading Podcast here on the Firearms Radio network.  Tonight the guys are catching up on emails

  1. Hey Gents - yer Canuck was talking about the reason for fire forming cases on his other Podcast. He indicated that one of the reasons to do this was to eliminate the energy lost to expanding the case to chamber.
    Now I don't call myself no expert but I ain't never heered o'that being any kind of reason to fire form. I cannot image how there can be any "energy" is lost to case expansion in a full length sized case compared to a fire formed neck sized case.  Bullets are accelerated down the barrel via the pressure created when propellant powder burns and generates gas. A larger case volume would technically result in less pressure as there is more room for the gas to expand, however when fired both the previously fire formed case and the full length sized case expand to the walls of the cartridge chamber, thus their size and internal volumes will be the same.
    My understanding from all the reading I have ever done (I've been at this long enough that I had to read this stuff in books and magazines not just google up some youtube videos) the reasons for fire forming is tighter more concentric fit in the chamber resulting ultimately in greater accuracy.
    Neck sizing then preserves this fire formed shape, realizing the increased accuracy and reduces the working of the brass, making it last longer.
    I have in the past also used fire formed brass for rimmed cases to get them to headspace off the shoulder instead of the rim, largely to reduce the working of the brass and increase case life. It's particularly handy with say a 303 Brit where rifles can develop headspace that is a tad on the generous side.
    My belief is that the Canuck is on glue. Can you confirm?
    Cheers, Bryan

    1. Here's my thoughts on it, it's not due to trying to mitigate energy loss, it's for trying to make each case consistent in volume. Which means you'll get more consistent rounds.
      ACTUALLY, if you Fire form then just Neck size, you gain capacity and lose velocity. Hence the reason I went to using a Redding Body Die. I get consistency and still able to hold on to MV

  2. Good day,
    I really enjoyed the podcast with Chris Hodgdon. What a great time. It is nice to hear from a powder manufacturer, the information was just fantastic.
    Great podcast as usual. I am enjoying the shows, and always pick up an idea or two. Thanks, Mike

  3. Knockdown power
    I've been fascinated with big bores for a long time, and spent a lot of thought on what these larger mass bullets offer. One pet peeve is absolute idiots guffawing about how mass and kinetic energy are interchangeable, and how their 9mm is the equivalent of a .50 BMG. This is how I view the matter:
    The power we are discussing isn't a myth, it's just misnamed. It isn't sufficient to knock you down, but it is plenty adequate to make you miss me. Why don't you stand straight up while firing a gun with recoil? Because that gun will rock you back on your heels and spoil your follow up shots. This force, felt by YOU in the form of recoil, is felt by your ENEMY (equal and opposite reaction) when you shoot him. The fortunate difference is your enemy cannot anticipate that force PUNCHING him in the wound you just created (we'll ignore the physiological and psychological advantages of this for now) and it will always spoil his follow-up shots. So now you know that people shooting guns with no recoil, the guys who guffaw at your heavier bullets and prattle on about rate of fire, mag capacity, and kinetic energy, are ignorant morons, just simple minded parrots congratulating themselves for repeating what they are told.
    It's not "Knock-Down Power" it's "Can't Touch This Power." I guess from a reloader standpoint, you select the best weapon for the job, because that is what a bullet is, a weapon, just like an arrow, a sword, or a war hammer. I just happen to think the war hammer has some unique advantages beyond amputating hands or feet, turning extremities inside out, liquefying bone, or making nice crimson rain clouds, it can make someone shooting at you miss. How much is too much is a secondary argument.
    - Smiddywesson

  4. Just listened to episode #146 and thought of something that might help you out. My local reloading supply shop gets bullets in bulk and uses a digital scale and counts them by weight instead of counting out each one. Might be worth a try. I know they won't all have the same weight but should get you close to the count you want faster. Maybe weigh a box and get the average weight per bullet then multiply by the count you need.
    Thanks for another great episode!
    Matt







 

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Review: To all, I truly appreciate the knowledge that each of you share with us the listeners. All of you treat each question with respect and with the understanding that the person asking the question is new to reloading like myself. I've asked a question on the Facebook page which ended up on Show 137 I think. Keep up the great work that each of you do in providing information

 

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Review: For the last 20 years or so I have been plugging away on my Hornady single stage doing multiple steps and die changes to get completed cartridges. No thanks to you suckers I have recently purchased a Dillon 650xl. You have cost a ton of money but it does seem to save me time. So I don't know whether to thank you or curse your names. Anyway great show keep it up great show.


 

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Reloading Podcast 147 - primers don't go nuclear

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Tonight the guys are talking primers.

  1. Does it really matter?

  2. Why different types?

  3. Why does it fall out after seating?

  4. Do I have to seat on the press?

  5. What about shotshells?






 

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The hollow base pistol bullet acts a bit like a skirt on an air rifle pellet in that it creates drag and causes the bullet to stabilise better. ie drag at the back of a bullet pulls the back backwards and the dense front wants to go forwards.

Longer bullets (rifle bullets) are less stable which is why they need to be spun faster. As a bullet flies through the air is pressing back at a huge pressure. This makes the bullet try to tumble. Spinning the bullet makes it spin like a top and that gives it stability.

If you want, you can think of trying to balance a rod on a desk. The longer the rod, the less stable it is. You can give that rod stability by spinning it (like how spinning a top gives stability). The longer the bullet, the faster you need to spin the bullet to get that top spinning effect.

A 150gn bullet coming out of a 308 Win is spinning at over 200,000 rpm.


Regards, Charles


 

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Reloading Podcast 146 Bullets and Boolits

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Tonight the guys are talking bullets and boolits

  1. Why does weight matter

  2. What are all the different types and why

  3. What is BC and why is it important

  4. Cast and treatments?

  5. Coating bullets?






 

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Podcast 143 was the best episode in a long time IMHO. Lots of good information. In a future episode can you spend some of the show on copper plated pistol bullets like Barry's and Xtreme? The pros and cons?

Thanks and keep up the great work.

Greg in Georgia

 

Chester

Hopefully, this is the proper place to leave feedback on The Reloading Podcast. I listen to your show while commuting to/from Work. I have been reloading as long as Jim, and I really appreciate his knowledge and desire to be correct. I enjoy your show a lot. The information provided has always been correct or corrected quickly. I'm really glad it is a family friendly show. I have listen to other podcasts on other subjects just to turn them off due to the unnecessary cursing. I like that each contributor seems to be genuine friends and care about giving new reloaders clear and correct information. I really enjoy the interviews with industry leaders such as Robin Sharpless. The only complaint I have is the audio quality on some episodes is so bad I have to skip the episode. Issues such as echoes, volume between hosts, clarity, and your intro playing at the same time as hosts are talking. I enjoy your show very much and look forward to the next episode. Keep up the good work.



 

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Reloading Podcast 145 - Powder with Chris Hodgdon

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Tonight the guys are talking powder with Chris Hodgdon of Hodgdon Powders.

 

  1. What is the best powder to use in a .223 for a 55 gr with a 1 in 12 twist barrel? Cfe223, h335, 748, for accuracy use benchmark, or enduron 4166

  2. How come no 129gr data for 6.5 Grendel or 140gr? Can we expect any?

  3. Can you discuss powder types and temp sensitivity.

  4. Is H4350 being replaced? No just high demand 6.5 creedmoor  IMR Enduron 4451 as a substitute

  5. What is a good replacement for IMR 4064? Varget, IMR Enduron 4166.

  6. Powders & MSDS
    Message: Since you've been talking about IMR/Hodgdon and recently Varget, I wanted to ask this question. Is it possible to get an accurate MSDS that doesn't generalize the ingredients of 10 different powders in that company's line of products?

     

  7. What are some signs to look for if you suspect your powder has gone bad?

    • Rust colored dust upon opening,  dump on white paper look for rust, powder becomes warm to the touch.






 

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Review: I have been a listener for some time now and I am very impressed with this podcast. I am especially would like to mention that Jim does a great job of explaining the various terms as they arise. I understand most of them, but a newer reloader would find the podcast not as informative if they are not explained. All of the hosts add a little bit to each episode, which keeps one host from hogging the airwaves. Keep up the great show

Travelguy
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Review: You guys do a great job having fun and teaching reloaders the ins and outs of reloading. I have been reloading for a couple of years on a 650, 550 and a 950. I am YouTube and book taught (reloading manuals) and you guys and my targets give us the confidence to continue in our obsession...hobby. Cheers

PSYOP SGM
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Review: As someone who is new to reloading, I am looking for all the knowledge I can find. The hosts have a tremendous amount of knowledge and I enjoy the way they put it out. They work well together and compliment each other. The information is put out so as not to confuse the listener. I have emailed the show with questions and they respond quickly, engaging me through email to help me out. I really look forward to each podcast. Sgt. Maj. Michael G Hawkins (Ret)

Randyrrp
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Title: Excellent show
Review: These guys are incredibly knowledgeable, and run an excellent show. They go out of their way to cater to new reloaders, and are very helpful. I look forward to each new episode, and frequently go back and listen to the older ones to improve my techniques. If they don't answer a submitted question during the show, they will answer it on their Facebook page, and quickly. Keep it up, guys, you are THE reloading Gurus!

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Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Title: The best reloading podcast out there...
Review: But, then again, I haven't found another one... yet... Just kidding! ;-) I'm a long time listener and a recent"patreon"so I may be bias butt can't wait for the shows to come out every week. Mike, Jim, Jason, Jeremy and Trevor have such a wealth of knowledge to help the new or seasoned reloader learn something new. I learn something new every week. The show's only problem is that Jim talks to much and is old as dirt... Keep up the good work!!

 


 

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Reloading Podcast 144 - Brass prep doesn't suck as much

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Tonight the guys are talking about brass and brass prep.

  1. What is Brass

  2. I'm a new listener and new to reloading. I have a couple question regarding brass:
    1. Do you deprime then tumble or tumble then deprime,
    2. Do you sort your brass by times fired (if so how) or do you just fire it and use the inspection process to eliminate bad pieces,
    3. I have around 1,000 pieces of lake city brass (5.56) and have heard that military brass needs to be reloaded using a different process. Is this true?  If so how?
    I really enjoy you show and am working my way through all the podcasts. Keep up the great work.
    Thanks,
    Sgt. Maj. M Hawkins (Ret)

  3. Cleaning topics

  4. Why is brass prep necessary?






 

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Reloading Podcast 143 - What equipment do I need

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Tonight the guys are discussing equipment needs with guest host Ben.

  1. Single vs Turret vs Progressive

  2. Brand

  3. Used vs new

  4. What else

  5. Extra tools

  6. Subject: Fire Forming & Maximum chamber pressures from Robert
    I am new to reloading and have been enjoying your podcast since I found it 2 months ago.
    I was trying to make sense of some things I’ve heard about fire forming brass.
    On an earlier podcast it was mentioned: Load the cartridge (I assumed with a reduced load) and seal it with a plug “COW?" (in place of the projectile), forgot what material was mentioned on the podcast.  Then fire your rounds to fire form them.
    It seemed to me that using a plug in place of a heavier projectile will not create the maximum SAAMI chamber pressures, so . . . the article I reference below suggests the case-head may not be “completely” driven back against the bolt face, and you still might have a “slight” amount of excess head space. http://gunsmagazine.com/fireforming-brass/

  7. This is the email question Mike was referring to, but actually it was a facebook post from Craig.           Hey guys looking into. reloading and just listened to your latest podcast about reloading for the beginner. I was looking at one of the single stage machines but one of the guys on your podcast mentioned the Dillon 650. I watched some videos on that last night and it looks awesome. I'm getting into competition shooting and need to turn out bullets quickly. However I have never reloaded. what do you recommend? Thanks guys I loved the podcast!
     

 

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Reloading Podcast 142 - Evil Roy

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Tonight the guys are talking to Evil Roy about reloading for SASS,

  1. Evil Roy

    1. Evil Roy hanguns

    2. Rifles

  2. Manuals you should get

    1. The ABC's of Reloading

    2. Handbook of Reloading Basics

    3. Basic Handloading






 

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Title: A touch of Cunuck!

Review: Great show eh! I was learning a lot from these boys even before joining the cast!


 

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Reloading Podcast 141 - I wanna reload

Hello, and welcome to the Reloading Podcast here on the Firearms Radio network.  

Brian Nixon is joining the guys to talk about his new products, and the guys are going to start again with teaching newbies how to reload.

  1. Brian Nixon from 22lr Reloader

    1. New equipment for reloading Berdan Primer.

    2. Gas check maker

  2. I wanna reload, but I don't have anything yet. Figuring out WHY I want to reload. Hunting vs Target/Competition vs General Plinking

  3. Approx how many rounds per month I'd like to shoot.

  4. What am I going to shoot more? Rifle vs pistol.

 

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Reloading Podcast 140 - full or neck size

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Tonight the guys are answering some more questions.

  1. To start off with I had an armalite .223 wylde chamber and I lost it in a divorce it would produce 3/8" groups at 100 . I now have a Smith & Wesson M and P 15T marked 5.56 NATO.
    I am very unhappy with the grouping and I know it's not a Precision gun but I'm trying to make it that. Here's my question
    Should I be resizing my brass every time I shoot or should I just resize the neck ?
    Also I've noticed I'm getting some blowback on the outside of the neck like carbon on the casings and yes my case length is 1.760  Brian

  2. I was listening to the "Should I Sort" podcast today and you guys made an interesting comment about powder charge weights...grains vs grams.
    After Trevor piqued my interest in Cam-Pro projectiles, I went to their web site, and while snooping around I came across a link to some reloading data. Sure enough, it was listed in both grains and grams. I've never seen grams, (metric), used as a powder charge unit of measure, but it's never been on my radar either. Alas, the Cam Pro pills don't seem to be available in the States...oh well.
    On the subject of sorting .222/5.56 brass I've given up segregating Lake City brass by years. Waaayyyy too much hassle for brass that is consistent enough for my purposes of reloading range ammo. I used to sort by year but that was overkill in my humble opinion. As in beer brewing, one can become "geeked-out" over very small details. I know, I know, the devil's in the details, but when reloading plinking or range ammo, a tenth of a grain powder or a thousandth of case or COL length is chasing minimal return investment of time. Don't get me wrong. Max is max, period. Same with minimum size and powder charge.
    For perspective, a human hair is between .002" and .006", a business card is about, (or aboot for Trevor), .010", and a credit card is about .030" thick. I do however sort my brass, across all calibers, by headstamp for ease of trimming, sizing, and bullet seating. That's the big payoff for me in time. Keep in mind, I'm a devoted hobbyist, not a competitor or sniper. YMMV.
    Keep up the great, work. Your content and production are improving all the time.
    BrewerBill

  3. Mike and gang. I tried sending an email but having server problems.  I wanted to wish you guys a very Merry Christmas.  I appreciate every one of you as you have the perfect mix of personality and expertise.  Thanks for the gift of knowledge and entertainment that you share with the reloading community.  And Jeremy,  me being from Alaska, I think all of you as southerners  even Trevor.  Keep up the good work Mike,  Jim,  Jason,  Jeremy and Trevor.  An avid devotee and listener  Russ

  4. I am struggling a bit with headspace gauges. I reload for 5.56, .308, and 6.5 creedmoor. I would consider myself a novice. My question is that after I fire my .308 or 6.5, the fired and unsized cases will fit into my LE Wilson and Dillon headspace gauges respectively. The case heads are flush with the gauge as should be when properly headspaced. However, after firing my M4(5.56 service issued) the cases protrude from the top of the headspace gauge. Does this mean anything? Why do the other calibers fit back into the headspace gauges before being resized but the 5.56 does not? I realize the headspace gauge is for resized cases and I've always checked my cases after resizing and reloading. I just happened to discover this and was confused as to why or if it meant my 5.56 reloads were incorrectly headspaced? Thanks, Steve

  5. So, I’m about to start loading for my bolt gun, Savage 243 win. Looking at picking up a box of Berger Hybrid 105gr...
    My thought is. Starting off about .007" -.010" off my lands... would this be a good starting point? Or should i give it a little more room to breathe?  Eric From the Reloading room






 

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Reloading Podcast 139 - Happy New Year

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  1. Name: Chris
    Subject: leveling scope
    Hey guys, got a couple things. First I love the show. I listen to it on the regular while working out normally or wrenching on some stuff in my garage. So keep it up fellas.
    Secondly, I wanted to throw out a tidbit of knowledge I've picked up over the years about leveling a scope. There are a couple schools of thought to it. Some people think you should level the reticle to the shooter. By that I mean often times individual shooters may have a 3-5 degree natural cant to the rifle in the prone or whatever position. So leveling the scope the gun itself doesn't make sense in the realm of high precision. Personally I think this has merit but I've never tested out myself and I do level my reticles to the gun.  To level scopes my preferred and easiest method is to use some feeler gauges. You must have a flat topped rail like a one piece picatinny rail and the scope needs to have a flat surface on the bottom. My US Optics one is flat under the area where the turrets adjustments are. But regardless you just find the proper amount of the feeler gauges to fill the area to good smug and slop free fit under the flat area and the rail. Takes all the work out of it and is fast. In a pinch I have used a small piece of metal with squared up sides as well. And just kind put it in and angled it so the parallel sides were on the flat surface and rail.   I got a little long winded there but I hope I made sense. Please contact me if you need me to clear up what I mean. Once again keep up the awesome work the show.

  2. Name: Gary
    Subject: Level, Level, Level
    As discussed in your podcast, I have never had real positive results with the Wheeler Level, Level, Level. I start by using a Tipton Best Gun Vise on a bench and make sure the vise is level. I then put the firearm into the vise and use a carpenter’s square to verify that the stock is vertical. I then place one of the levels in the chamber and see if there is any difference. Most times there is a couple of degrees difference, to none at all. By the time I mount the scope and use a level to verify it is level, tightening down the rings using an X pattern a few ounces at a time somehow always results in the scope reticle being off a slight amount. I then take it to the range and place a plumb bob at 200 yards. The plum bob is hung using black parachute cord (for visibility against a white background). Again, making sure the firearm is level in a gun vise, rotate the scope to align the reticle with the plumb bob line. Tighten down the scope rings and verify that the reticle is still in alignment with the plumb bob.  Dat's it! I also believe that there are a number of variations of the Level, Level, Level as mine have no adjustment screws like Jim's. Bizarre! Wishing you and the guys a very Merry Christmas (after the election we can once again do that without being called out as Politically Incorrect).

  3. From Steven in The Reloading Room: “Have brass, have bullets, have dies, just need a rifle. Ladder test or OCW test? That is the question I am asking my self right now. I will pick up the rifle Saturday morning.”

    1. Reloading Room post

    2. Dan's OCW website

    3. Reloading Podcast ep 108

  4. From Kim in The Reloading Room: Picked up some Wolf .223 at the range today. Brass and boxer primed. Is it worth keeping or should I just pitch it?


 

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Reloading Podcast 138 - Ackley question

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Tonight the guys are answer an Ackley question.

  1. Google voice from Kevin

    1. Talking about .45 acp

    2. Talking about personal experience with sabots

  2. Ackley Improved - 2 part question.
    When re-chambering a factory chamber to an AI chamber, of the same caliber, what is the starting load for 'full house' loads? I plan to load 3 shots per charge node, going in .5 grain increments, to fireform and watch for pressure signs.
    2nd part - when loading for a non-factory chambering, i.e. - 17-204, 20-223AI, 22-243AI, etc. where do you begin your starting loads? There must be some 'rule of thumb' for where begin your starting charges for either situation.that helps to keep from undercharging as well as a safe beginning point. IIRC, i have heard told that a max charge for the non-AI chamber is a good start for the ackley chamber charge. I appreciate any info..  Dale H (from the Reloading Room on Facebook)

    1. P.O. Ackley wikipedia

    2. Gun digest P.O. Ackley cartridge list

  3. I'm very new to reloading and would like more options of places to buy components other than Cabela's, I know there must be a ton of other websites to buy from, please comment what you all use. Thanks for your help. Steven (from The Reloading Room on Facebook)


 

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Reloading Podcast 137 - should I sort

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Tonight the guys are answering a couple more questions.

  1. Sorting Brass question. Being new to reloading I see a lot of folks talk about separating Brass by headstamp. In some ways I understand this for the precision aspect. With the recent purchase of the term once fired 223 Brass I have several different head stamps from different manufactures and then within that lot numbers. The big issue I see is the actual length of the spent Brass after the depriming process and then the full length re-size to 20 Tactical. The big issues is case length. Most of the Brass has 1.766+ length so I'm trimming the Brass to 1.753+-. The Brass with a head stamp of FC is constantly having a length of 1.74+-. The Brass will be used for plinking and for small game/varmint. Do I need to be concerned about separating Brass by headstamp? I'm separating by case length so I can load to the recommended COL for Hornady V MAX 32 grain.
    Thanks in advance for you comments. Roger

  2. Sabot follow up

    1. Hello,  my name is Dustin.  How about a .22 caliber sabot to get it down to .17 cal?  I built myself a .22 CHeetah MK1 which already launches a 40 grain v max at 4500 fps. Unfortunately the v Max's don't hold up to much more than 4500 fps even in my 1-14 twist barrel.  I'd be curious to see what I could get a .17 caliber to do!?

    2. I have two answers to the question one that is practical and one that would just be cool.
      Practical Sabot. OD 30 cal ID .284 cal. I think this would be a practical combo because almost every 30 cal has a 1:10 twist rate or better so many 284 projectiles will work great not to mention  7mm has a better b.c. aka your 30-06 is now a 7mm rem mag, your 308 win is now a 7mm-08, your ak is now good out to 600, etc. Let's not forget that you have fewer throat erosion issues than you would have from the 7mm versions.
      Cool Sabot. OD 338 cal ID . 284 cal. I think this would be cool because let's be honest a load capable of 1.5 miles while still supersonic is impressive no matter who you are. To do this however you would likely need a custom barrel to get the twist rate correct which makes it impractical for many but wouldn't it be fun to have a gun that can put down everything except a 50 that you can have for less than 2 grand.
      Keep up the good work,
      Josiah

  3. Hey guys,
    I really enjoy the podcast I found it and have been catching up over the past month or so. I really appreciate all the great information with good laughs in between. Hang in there Jim, don't let em give you too much flak!
    As for my question- I just started reloading for 45 colt and noticed a variety of diameters. .452 all the way up to .458 I purchased some .452 lead 250 grain round nose. How do I find out which diameter my gun needs? If the .452 is too small what problems if any will I have? As far as I can tell (with the help of information from previous podcasts) I assume if the bullets are too small I will have more leading.
    Thank and keep up the good work,
    Sam



 

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Reloading Podcast 136 - MEC goes Metallic

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Tonight the guys are interviewing Shawn from MEC Shooting Sports about the new metallic reloading line.

  1. Interview with Shawn from MEC
    1. MEC Marksman Press
    2. MEC Accessories
    3. Scope mounting tools we talked about
      1. The kit Jim has
      2. The newer version of what Trevor and Jason have

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Reloading Podcast 135 - sabot speeding

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  1. Todd
    Yet another rookie question. I know reloading is a matter of tolerances and not absolute but I'm trying to figure out what is acceptable.
    I'm working on reloading some 45 colt. The books say oal 1.6. I'm getting some variances between 1.57, 1.58 1.601 in that range. Mostly getting 1.599. Is this normal? Am I in tolerances?

    1. SAAMI spec sheet

  2. Brian posted: When you guys are deburring flash holes, do you deburr every single one or only ones that have a mucked up flash hole with visible burrs?

  3. Chad posted: Ok. Theoretically speaking and also for educational purposes. Could you use black powder sabot rounds in a modern firearm? How safely? Example- say... A 45 cal bullet in a 50 cal sabot fired from a 50 cal Beowulf?   In theory, I'm thinking in desperate times you could fire a smaller round bullet as long as the sabot holder was equal diameter of the round that is actually being fired. Please comment. Thanks in advance.

 

 

 

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Reloading Podcast 134 - Canadian questions

Hello, and welcome to the Reloading Podcast here on the Firearms Radio network.  Tonight the guys are answering emails.

  1. Greetings Gentlemen ... and Trevor,
    Just wanted to write you guys another quick thank you note for all of the quality information you provide via your podcast.
    The last time I wrote you was in regards to your casting series of episodes, thanking you for setting me down that road.
    As a quick update to that, last night I shot my first deer using my own cast projectiles. I've hunted many deer in the past using reloads and store bought projectiles, but this is the first time I have used a round custom tuned to my rifle using a projectile created by my own hands.
    I ended up going with a 300 gr .458 projectile out of my .45-70, pushed by a mildly compressed charge of varget. Unconventional I know, but my load development this summer combined with some penetration testing indicated it should work quite well for my application.
    Boy did it ever! I was able to put that pill right through the doe's heart from about 70 yards. Once the high velocity medicine was administered, she walked about 10 yards and sat down for good. Short of a headshot I don't think I could have asked for a more ethical dispatch. The entrance wound was about the size of my thumb and there was virtually no blood shot meat.
    I have always processed my own game and this time was no different, but somehow it just felt slightly more honest and rewarding knowing I had a direct influence over every single portion of this hunt.
    Thanks again guys, keep up the great work,
    -Chad in Canada

  2. Episode 127 "Glock (unsupported chamber) Bulge" Range Brass
    I think that it was episode 127 that the dreaded bulge was being discussed, you touched on many of the methods of getting rid of it that I've explored / researched. Some of the range 9MM pick ups I gotten have had the problem and I was asked if I could help someone in Boise Idaho with their problem with this as well. I've no reloaded 300-400 or so with the problem and repaired 100 or so of already loaded ( Boise) rounds using a "Lee Bulge Buster". As you identified on your show and as Lee says it's good for Lee Factory Crimp Dies (380 ACP, 40 S&W, 10mm Auto, 41 AE, 45 GAP, 45 ACP, 45 Win Mag) notably missing is the 9MM Luger. As I researched this for a fix to the 9mm I found a forum, link, or some where stumbling around on the on the internet that is you use the 9mm Makarov crimp die to pass the 9MM Luger through you could fix the bulge.
    Upon reading this I searched and found the SAAMI specs on both rounds and compared the overall diameter knowing that the bulge is at the bottom 1/3 or so of the case. the base diameter of the 9MM Luger is .3910 and the 9MM Makarov is .3915 base diameter is 9mm Luger is .394 and .392 for the Makarov. All dimensions were so close that I thought I would give it a try.
    I then checked all of my reloads and the repaired Boise rounds in a Midway case gauge and an EGW gauge and all fit with bulge removed, of the 400-450 rounds that I shot through and 2-XDM-9's, a Beretta 92FS, and an S&W - M & P 9MM all have performed well.
    As I value all of the opinions, comments, and experience of all the hosts / regulars on the show and find your show to very informative, entertaining, and fun to listen to.
    Please let me know what you think of this is either unwise or unsafe please let me know as I have another 1000 brass prepared this way awaiting reloading.
    Keep up the good work....
    Fritz

  3. Subject: Chronograph results
    Hey Guys,
    I was chronographing some rounds through some handguns this weekend for the first time and I got some discrepancies I was hoping you could help me explain. All rounds were using the same powder, same press, same primers, same powder feeding system and using the same brand brass for their caliber (Titegroup, Federal SPP, Hornady L-N-L AP press, Hornady Case Activated Powder drop).
    Using a Ruger GP100 38 Special I got a low-high difference of 48.7 fps (670.0, 719.9, 708.7, 681.0, 714.7, 718.7)
    Using a 1911 5" 9mm I got a low-high difference of 12 fps (1131, 1139, 1133, 1133, 1143)
    These are the second results with the GP100, I thought the first ones were wrong due to the setting sun and deleted them (stupidly) but I got similar results.
    Is it because I am using a revolver vs a semi-automatic that I am getting this low-high difference in velocity?
    Any tips on how I could make my revolver rounds more consistent?
    On a completely different subject, I can't adjust my GP100 sights enough to match my point of impact, the POI is high. Is there anything I can do in my reloading practice to try to make them meet or should I just go buy a different sight? (38 special: titgroup, Federal SPP, 158gr FMJ truncated nose)
    Thanks for the great show,
    Mike
     

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Reloading Podcast 133 - How to choose a pill

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Tonight the guys are talking about bullet selection for a new load.  

  1. Great show, lots of good info. I'm curious when you start loading a new caliber how do you decide a bullet weight to start with? Jim   Ballistic Coefficient link

  2. Stuck primers

    1. Hi Guys,
      Here is a show problem I've come across.
      I have been using the Lee universal decapping die and it is getting stuck on Speer brass. I've noticed this on both 9mm and 357sig.  The 357sig also gets stuck on the Hornady decapping/sizing die due to flash hole size.  Any recommendations on how to resolve this problem.
      Here is what I've done.
      The Lee pin is .072 I have a Lyman 44 Die set pin size is .060 that works to decap the brass #47 drill bit .0785 fits in flash hole of non Speer brass in 9mm and 357sig as well as 45 acp, 32 acp, 38spl and 5.56 brass, agree or disagree with what I'm thinking thanks, Greg

    2. Dear Reloaders,
      Thanks for addressing my question on the sticking primers (sticking to decapping pin). To give you some feedback, squaring off the tip did not help. This is what Hornady suggested. However, using a Dremel tool and grinding it to more of a smaller diameter point and polishing the S**T out of it did help. I have deprimed 200 rounds now without any issues Frank

  3. I want to share an idea with you guys. On episode 132 you were talking about 45acp with small primers. For the last few years I would separate the spp 45 brass and when I had a thousand or so I would trade them off to someone with lpp brass. . After the 2013 shortage I found a good use to keep a couple thousand spp brass in stock. I could not find large primers for months and ended up using what small primer brass I had Craig

  4. heard mike say he was loading while on hold , thought I was the only one that did that . Also happy retirement Jim From John A.

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Reloading Podcast 132 - a shorty

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Tonight the guys are having a short show.

  1. Hello,
    I have a question about viable powders for 80 and 90gr SMK. I have started shooting F-Class T/R and while Varget is hard to come by, it had been my powder of choice.
    What other Hodgdon/IMR powders would be preferred for the bullet weight listed above?
    Keep in mind, I'm not asking for load data, just powder options for a good blend of accuracy and velocity.
    My rifle is a Savage 12 F-T/R, 30" barrel, LC brass, and CCI small rifle primers.
    Also, as stated above, it (the options) needs to be a Hodgdon/IMR brand.
    Thanks in advance and I appreciate your input as well as listening to your podcasts!

    1. Shawn, the powder I like in my .223 for FTR and the one that has given me constant results in my FTR rifles in both .223 and .308 is an Alliant powder.
      I've had ok results with CFE223, but nowhere near as good as Alliant 2000MR. Heck, I've even tested Varget and had ok results, but nothing as good as 2000MR. Never got very good accuracy with Varget in several cartridges.
      With 2000MR, the accuracy actually gets better as you increase the charge size. So not only do you get great accuracy near the top, but great velocity as well.
      2000MR meters great as well since it's like a squashed ball powder. You can easily load with it on a progressive or throw with a powder measure. Jeremy

  2. Brandon
    In podcast #120 plunk it, you talked about a 10 shot pistol competition where you send in your target.  Dj you have more info on that?  I suspect it might be done already but was hoping to have info should another one come up.  Thanks and just recently started listening. Love the show already Squirrels Friends target

  3. Hi. I'm in England and listen to your podcasts while I'm at work (I'm a wildlife ranger), I just wanted to say thanks for covering the basics as well as the advanced stuff. I've learned a lot from you guys! Glen

  4. I am reloading .45 acp and had mostly large primer casings. I have finished all of them and now going to load the few small primers I have. My question is do I need to change the amount of powder I am using? Doug.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Reloading Podcast 131 - sticking primers

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  1. Name: Frank V
    Subject: Depriming 9mm cases
    Message: I love your show! Hopefully, you can address this question.
    I have been reloading about ten pistol and rifle cartridges for two years using a HORNADY single stage press. I am considering going to a progressive press but have one reservation. When sizing and depriming 9 mm cases, it sometimes takes two "strokes" to unseat the spent primer. What I believe happens is that on the first stroke, the primer is punched out but "wraps" itself around the decapping pin only to be pulled back in the primer pocket on the upward stroke. It happens maybe 20% of the time. I called HORNADY about this a year ago and followed their advice to grind and flatten the decapping pin. This helped but did not eliminate the problem. My concern is that this would happen on a progressive (requiring two strokes to unseat the primer). This ONLY happens on 9 mm.

  2. Name: Steven K.
    Subject: Measuring to the lands Ep 125
    Love the podcast guys, keep it up. My question is about my savage model 12 22-250 now before anything I have found a seating depth that my rifle likes but my question is when I was measuring my lands with my hornady OAL gauge I found that when I push the bullet into touch the lands there is a spot which I'm assuming is the throat of my gun where the bullet has some resistance and then I would say maybe .150 it feels like it clicks in and the bullet won't go any further. And you can plainly see a shiny spot on the bullet when pulled out. And it's with any bullet I try Sierra, Berger, Nosler etc i've measured a few friends rifles using same tools and they don't have that spot that I have in my rifle, is this normal, my gun shoots excellent so I'm not too worried about it just thought maybe there is explanation for it and maybe a few other listeners have come across this, thanks guys.

  3. Comments

    1. Just listening to #128. What a hoot! Funniest one in a long time. A comment on the auto powder dispensing systems. I use a PACT that is about 20 years old. It has it's drawbacks. It doesn't like fine grained ball powders. It is not as fast as a manual dispenser for multiple charges of the same volume. But where it shines is throwing multiple charges of various weights. i.e. Ladder loads. Especially with extruded powders that don't throw so consistently. Check them out, I wouldn't trade mine!
      Tim
      P.S. One key to accurate measurement is allow the scale to warm up for 20 minutes or so.

    2. Guys I listened to last weeks podcast and heard the call for help on some things. I remembered there was two questions I could answer for. For the reduced and or subsonic loads here is some info. The one I think you were looking for. I shoot a lot of reduced with TB and also 4895. A lot of time I will use Unique and Red Dot for those since I have older data before companies started removing. I will upload what I have for you guys.
      H4895 Reduced Rifle Loads.pdf
      Trail-Boss-data.pdf
      These are from the vendors so not my data. Also have a loading manual that Jim has probably seen with loads for pistol powders in rifle if you want.
      The manual I have is from 1980 3rd edition Lymans cast bullet handbook if interested.
      For the H4895 handbook also they confirmed that can be done with IMR4895 when I called as same powder they said like 110 and 296.
      I will try to re listen and answer anything else I forgot.
      If you have any questions please let me know.
      ohh the 45-70 question. Red Dot or Unique with some fill on top of powder. Accurate out to 200 yds I have tried and even hit at 300 but drop was a factor with 405. I knew there was something else. I do a lot of light loads in 45-70 for people since the kick is like a mule out of modern. Sorry for so many messages.

    3. Hi Guys, I drive truck for a regional supermarket chain and really enjoy listening to your podcasts while going  up and down the road.  Recently you were asked about how to get someone started in reloading.  I think you were right on the ball with the reasons of economics and being able to build something better than run of the mill factory ammo.  All but 1 of the deer I have killed have been taken with reloaded 44 mag ammo with bullets that I have cast.  Initially to keep costs down and to see if reloading was something that I would enjoy, I purchased 2 Lee classic loaders that you use a hammer with to assemble your ammunition.  Sounds crude and ridiculous, but they worked great.  I now use a Dillon XL650 and a Lee O frame single stage.  Keep up the good work.  Look forward to listening to you more in the future. - Jim

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    6. So I have a problem, I'm reloading 223 rem. using Hodgdon Varget powder, CCI primers, rem casing. My problem is that I want to use Hornady 55gr FMJ-BT but I can not find any reloading data?? The rifle that I'm using is a Ruger mini 14 target. Could anyone out there help. Thanks.

 

 

 

 

 

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