Reloading Podcast 134 - Canadian questions

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  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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Tonight the guys are answering more questions.

  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

    4. Fj

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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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Reloading Podcast 130 - Hensley & Gibbs

Hello, and welcome to the Reloading Podcast here on the Firearms Radio network, tonight the guys have an interview with Jason from Ammobot, and are discussing the origin of Hensley & Gibbs and the #68 Bullet Mould design. Hence the abbreviation H&G #68.

  1. Subject: Hensley & Gibbs
    Message: Can you please explain the H&G company on one of your upcoming podcasts? I hear a lot about H&G molds,but would like to hear a little history and why their molds and designs are held in such high regard.
    Thanks and keep up the good work! Rob

  2. Interview with Ammobot  Ammobot Facebook

 

Hensley & Gibbs, was a premier maker of bullet casting molds until Wayne Gibbs (the son of James Gibbs) retired just a few years ago and closed the business. Their #68 style SWC bullet for .45 ACP was long known for its excellent feeding and accuracy. This bullet style is generally described as a cast bullet weighing approx 200 gr with a longish flat nose (meplat), a sharp edge on the body (semi wadcutter) and a single grease groove. It is usually sized to .451 or .452 and has a flat base but could be ordered with bevel base.

 

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George Hensley started making moulds in 1933 behind his home in the then countryside of San Diego CA. Where his home is today is the center of a bustling industrial modern city. But back then, it was fields and homes. George hunted for cottontail rabbits in his back 40 when he wasn’t making moulds. And his shop was a shed behind his home.

 

Back in 1933, the depression was in full swing. George needed to make money. There was no such thing as an ISO 9000 operation. George took raw materials and made a mould for money. His ledger was probably a bound ledger that you see in antique stores today. He scrawled down what the customer ordered, made it, and shipped it, and then moved on. Later, as they made more and more moulds, and became Hensley and Gibbs, there was more of a standardization of markings and such, but remember, this was mid 1940 or so. More than 60 years ago.

 

Geo. A. Hensley stands for George A. Hensley, a machinist who started the business in 1933 that eventually transformed into “Hensley & Gibbs” in about 1941 when George partnered with James Gibbs, father of Wayne Gibbs. George A. Hensley and James ran the business in the war years (World War Two) out of a small shed in the backyard of George A. Hensley’s home in San Diego, CA, USA. In 1964, George Hensley had by then retired, and James moved the operation to Murphy, Oregon, and later his son Wayne Gibbs joined his father in the manufacture of the finest bullet moulds ever made. James Gibbs retained the Hensley & Gibbs name after the move to Oregon despite George’s retirement.

As an aside, most of the moulds back then were shipped rail express as opposed to US mail. It was just a different time and place. So understanding context of when a particular mould was made is very important. Time was money in those days. George just got it done.

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Reloading Podcast - 129 Return of the Furlotte

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Tonight the guys have are talking about loading pistol for competition.

  1. Hello, reloading podcast my name request for you for a show I'm fairly a couple years ago. I started shooting 3 gun. And that was pretty cool, then I found out I needed to reload a lot of bullets to support that happen, so I started reloading and I started listening to you guys and your show is really help me alot and in getting my reloading set up going and kind of get me up and running, and I feel pretty comfortable with where with where I'm at. But what I'm specifically like to request that you guys go into is to take a look at building up pistol loads for accuracy. In my freaking life, I do pretty good with therifleman shotgun, but there are times that I really suck the pistol. I've lined up a pistol coach to kind of work with me, but it also like to work it developing the most accurate pistol loads. I can for for competition. I'm looking to getting this my gPA. I really don't even gone down that path yet, but I'm kindof I'm going deeper into the competitive shooting rabbit hole and I want to know if there's a way to develop handgun load specifically like 9 millimeter to be as accurate as possible out of the pistol at outso is there like a ladder load system, or are there specific new ones to developing an Acura pistol load versus developing an accurate rifle loan from what I've seen so far and reloading pistol ammunition is a whole lot different than rifle, and I just wondered if that might be kicking around that. Might be better ifwe could show I would love to hear it. Thank you very much. Bye. Bye.

    1. How about a show diving into the nuances of developing the most accurate pistol ammunition possible? terry

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Message: Listening to one of the older shows, and the problem of powder falling out of the Dillon after case was charged was mentioned. The problem might be the upper edge of the powder funnel has a flat lip that acts like a ledge for the powder to sit on until it jarred off. Opening the flare of the funnel all the way to the edge, or polishing will probably fix it.  Robert B.

 

.45 acp case issues

I just finished listening to the most recent podcast.  With respect to the question about bulged and dinged 45 brass, the easy way to fix it is with the Lee bulge buster. In my opinion it is a safer method than a file.

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Reloading Podcast 128 - Old man dribbling

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Tonight the guys are answering some more questions.

  1. Subject: Powder Dispenser from Ralph
    Message: I'm starting to load rifle .308, after several years of reloading pistol ammo. I'd like to hear your experiences with different auto powder measures. A scale and Lee scoop is working, but is way too slow for any type of volume. Keep up the great work on the show.

  2. Subject: Info about Pacific brand single stage press from Steven
    Message: Gentleman, I have been listening for about 6 months now and look forward to hearing the next episode each week. Here is my question. My father, who has been reloading since he was a police reservists in the mid '70s, has acquired for me a Pacific single stage press. Since he has to ship it to me, I don't have it yet, but when I get it what do I have to do to ensure I get another 40 years use?

  3. Powder drop issues

    1. I too had the powder drop issue on my Dillon 650XL. After hours of searching blogs and YouTube, I found that it was happening most when the powder charge bar has reached its max capacity. The issue went always after switching to the large powder charge bar.
      I hope this helps.
      Respectfully,

      Noma

    2. Hi;
      I just wanted to get back to Jim and Jason and let them know that if one or both of them are having a dribbling problem, they sell Depends at Walmart …… Oh wait, they were talking about the Dillon powder measure dribbling!  Ok, Yes - I have a 550B and have experienced the same issue.  The only way I have found to at least somewhat mitigate it was to bear down on the adjust screw for the linkage connecting the ram plate to the powder measure bar - i.e.. tighten it far beyond the suggested point listed in the manual.  That seems to speed up the return of the bar, thereby minimizing the dribbling!  However, I still get a little, but not as much as before.  I hope that is helpful.  Oh, and they have medications for the other problem if Jim or Jason need additional help!
      Your loyal podcast listener,

      Al


 

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Reloading Podcast 127 - Jeremy's here?

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Tonight the guys are answering questions about gas checks, loading for rifle, and the Sonoran Desert Institute.

  1. G'day, Mal here.
    I have been listening to your podcast for quite a while now and I need your help with understanding something. As you have probably guessed, I live in Australia and am restricted to mainly bolt action longarms, which is fine with me as my interest is in old Mosin-Nagants.
    I have started reloading recently and am happy with my handloads with the 7.62x54R. I have been using a jacketed 150 grain spitzer with 41 gr of ADI AR2209. This is all well and good, but as I am a glutton for punishment and not a wealthy man, I have started casting bullets. (Bullets cost about twice as much in Oz than they do over there)
    I have cast up a whole bunch of 185 gr .312 rounds gas checked and sized down to .311. I have have done the calculations and have loaded the cases with 12.6 gr of Trail Boss (70% of a case to the neck, as instructed by the manufacturer), primed with standard Winchester large rifle primers. I have not fired these yet, but intend to do so next weekend.
    So, it might look like I know what I am doing, but there is something I don't understand and I would like you to explain for me. Using lead boolits in a rifle, I understand I cannot send them down the barrel at full speed (2,700 or thereabouts) without leading the barrel. But how do the gas check work? And how fast can I push a gas checked lead boolit? Can I load without gas check? If so, what is the limit on the velocity?
    Most guys and gals who reload lead boolits are doing it for handguns, so the whole issue of gas checks never comes up. So please, can you discuss cast boolits for rifles and the role gas checks?
    Also, are lead boolits still appropriate for hunting? I am thinking roos or bush pigs... medium/large-ish game.
    Much appreciated.

    1. I use a gas check and also powder coat mine, but I'm also only loading for a .30-30. So not moving that fast. Maybe around the 2000fps area. I haven't had time to test them for expansion yet, so won't be using them on game yet. However, there's a gentleman that uses powder coated (and gas checked) cast boolits and he gets great expansion from his. I've spoke with him at length before.
      Jeremy

  2. Hi guys,
    I enjoy your podcast, it's got me motivated to spend more time with my reloading press! I reload primarily for my hunting rifles, and I have worked up loads for .243, .30-06, and .284. I can usually get groups in the 1.5-2.0 inch range shooting off sandbags, but I'm trying to figure out how to shrink my groups down. I'm preparing for an elk hunt in NM with my .30-06 where I have had 400yd shots before. What would be the lowest hanging fruit in order of effect on MOA that would be helpful to get me below 1 MOA. I've worked up my powder charge, I'm not trimming brass yet. Using 180gr. Accubonds with 57gr of IMR 4350. (Max, I know, but most accurate charge for my rifle)

    Any suggestions would be appreciated.
    Best regards,
    Jim

    1. The first and easiest is weight sorting bullets and doing a proper ladder test. Those two things right there will make shooting a Elk at 400yd no problem.
      Jeremy

  3. : I have been reloading since the 70's with my uncle and then bought my first press in 1986 --- a Dillon square deal B. I have rebuilt this press several times with 10's of thousands of rounds produced. Since, I also have a 366 Pacific/Hornady 12 ga progressive; just retired my single stage Herters #3 and purchased a Dillon 550 to be used mostly for Rifle. I was Marine trained as a rifleman and Midwest trained by relatives in the art of "shootery".

    So that is my background. My specific question today is about the .45 ACP case. I have been reloading thousands of .45 ACP rounds over the past 5-10 years because I will usually shoot 300-600 rounds per Month (mostly for local club IDPA). Many of the cases I use are "range brass" with unknown history. Generally they do pretty good, but I have been noticing that the bases of these cases are getting dings in them causing a burr that will not allow the round to go fully into battery. That is one of the problems. The other problem is that sometimes the whole base is too large to go into a case gauge or into the barrel of my pistol, if I am using as a case gauge. I shoot 3 different .45 caliber guns, a colt 1991A1 5" barrel; Colt Combat elite 5" barrel; and an officers model 3 1/2" barrel (all series 80). Each of these guns have different characteristics and needs for ammo, but I have not seen any problems with extraction or any marks on the bases after firing.

    My specific question is what causes this misshaping of the bases?

    I may have gotten a batch of cases that was shot from a gun with a deformed extractor. However, that would not account for the cases where the bases were circumferentially too big. The fix I have found is to take a jewelers file and lightly take about .001-.002 off of the circumference of the case base, checking it in a case gauge until it fits. These cases perform well. I have very few malfunctions.

    My general recipe is:
    3 Lyman 225 LRN, which I cast myself and lube sizer with a lyman lubrisizer using a beeswax lube. However I have just gotten into powder coating and I am find this to much more effective and results with less smoke.    MountainRN

  4. Has anyone ever looked into or done the reloading and ballistics certificate program from Sonoran Desert Institute? Thinking about doing that or their associates program. Thanks, John

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Reloading Podcast 126 - A call for help

Hello, and welcome to the Reloading Podcast here on the Firearms Radio network.  Tonight the guys are getting more questions, and asking for help… (no not that type of help…)

 

  1. Pedee from Idaho Google Voice…

    1. Hi there. This is Pd. From Idaho great show guys keep it up my question is what is your ideal situation to bring in a new reloader.. I've got a friend who knows nothing about guns or reloading and I'd like to introduce them to the hobby in a safe and controlled way. Can you list some of your positive experience for a suggested scheduled to show someone the ropes? Thanks again? Keep up the good work. Bye.

  2. Hi Guys
    I am looking to do some subsonic loads for my 30-06.
    I listen regular to your podcast and thought you might had done a episode on subsonic loads, but I cannot find any ?
    Would you consider to do a episode around this ?
    Seems like Trail Boss is the way to go with running the numbers in the Quick Load application.
    But sometimes there is more to it than you can figure out yourself. So a show that get all around the risks and tips of loading subsonic would be great.
    Simon
    all the way from the small country Denmark in the Northern europe :-)

  3. Hi Mike, Keith, here  from Trevor,  WI. I've been listening  to the podcast for about 3 months now.  I'm strongly  interested  in loading unpublished  wildcat loads. In particular something called a 20 practical.. I'd like to hear what the process would be if I didn't have access to a pressure reading device. And where to start with a safe minimum charge. Just like as if a bullet or powder manufacturer would do to publish a load data for a new cartridge.

  4. From a gentleman by the name of Adam Grapes, this was taken out of the Reloading live itself. “Whats a good load for a REALLY soft shooting 45-70 using a 405gr projectile?”


 

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Reloading Podcast 125 - powder and load questions

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Tonight the guys are answering more questions.

  1. Curious on minimizing standard deviation in FPS. I use a charge master to drop loads and notice that that multiple pieces of powder comprises a grain weight. This question is about rifle loads using cylindrical powders. Do any of you short drop the powder in the auto charger then trickle up to the desired weight manually to just hit the grain weight number you are looking for? If so will this help standard deviations in velocity spread cartridge to cartridge?  Keith C.

  2. Thanks for the podcast and your investment of your time. Recently I purchased a older firearm and found myself in a new situation, I was trying to keep chamber peak pressure at a minimum while trying to maintain acceptable velocity. Previously I always try to maximize speed and accuracy. I would appreciate information on how to maximize velocity while minimizing peak pressure. An interview with an internal ballistician would make for a great episode. I'm particularly interested in the relation to burn rate and barrel length, and chamber size to bore diameter.

    1. Hello Mike
      Sure, glad to assist.  This is a relatively easy question to answer.

      We can’t change physics, maximizing velocities while minimizing peak pressure is not possible. Since this is an “older” firearm I suggest that Justin first get it inspected by a competent gunsmith. Depending if the firearm is in good condition that can withstand smokeless powder pressures we recommend starting loads(check the Hodgdon Reloading Data Center website hodgdon.com) or try using Trail Boss or H4895 reduced loads. Feel free to contact us if we can be of further assistance.

      Regards,
      Chris  

  3. I hate to disagree with you guys, but I just thought I'd mention that it IS possible to start on a progressive press successfully.  Generally, I agree with the statement that beginners should start on a single stage press, but I started with a Dillon XL650.  The reason being was I wanted to shoot more pistol ammo than anything else.  I do now use a Forster Co-Ax for my precision rifle ammo, but 9mm, .223 Remington(blasting ammo) and case prep for the .308win is done on the Dillon.  I attribute my success and lack of issues to two things however.  1: I worked previously in a wood shop setting up molding machines and CNC's so I have some conceptual knowledge of complex operations like a progressive press as well as mechanical skills.  2: I had a friend with a Dillon 550 to help walk me through the finer points while I was setting it up.  I guess there's a 3rd:  I read the manual.  haha!    Anyway, I generally agree with that statement and I understand why you guys say that on the podcast all the time, but there are exceptions.  If I had thought I couldn't handle a progressive I don't think I would have gotten into reloading because the loading pistol ammo on a single stage press makes me want to jump in front of a train.  Thanks for the show and great interviews!  Cullen






 

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Reloading Podcast 124 - casting and plunking

Hello, and welcome to the Reloading Podcast here on the Firearms Radio network.  Tonight the guys are answering questions with some help.

 

  1. Love the show, Been listening for over a year now. I have dabbled in the past with bullet casting. Recently having had a baby I have a need to further reduce my shooting costs, and have been getting more into casting. My question is in relation to the practical differences between aluminum (ie Lee) and Cast Iron (ie Saeco) bullet molds. It would be great if you could do a segment in the show discussing this, or even better have Robin Sharpless(not sure if I got the name exactly right) from Redding come on again for the discussion.
    Thanks for the great show and all the great info, you guys have definitely helped me go to the next level on much of my old reloading practices,
    Thomas

  2. Hey guys I was listening to your podcast on the drive in as I often do, you are either part of my commute or part of my casting. Anyway, I heard you talking about the "Plunk" test in regards to a question from Peetey. It is my understanding that the plunk test is different for cast than FMJ. For cast, the case head should not be below the barrel hood, but rather even with it. That is what I do as a result of sizing .001 - .0015 over GROOVE diameter and it works for me. If the case head ends up being proud of the barrel hood, then I can run into issues with the gun not going fully into battery and the cartridge getting stuck in the chamber. A little pop with a brass rod (no hammer) will pop it out. This doesn't happen much, but it will when I am messing with seating depth Generally using the "cleaning rod method" to check for COAL helps eliminate that, but.....Anyway, keep it up. Love your show and hope you don't think I am picking nits here. Just a thought I would have expressed if I was in the room with you when you said it. :)


 

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Reloading Podcast 123 - Loading for hunting pt II

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Tonight the guys are talking about loading for hunting.

  1. What's the process?

  2. Are the component choices different?

  3. What are you looking for out of the cartridge?

  4. Tips

  5. Listener questions from Shawn.

    1. Brass prep voodoo.  Is there a measurable difference gained by neck turning, messing with neck tension bushings, primer pocket uniforming, sorting by weight or capacity?  If so, what is the measured gain and should anyone but die-hard Benchrest competitors be doing it?  What is the difference in a fully prepped case vs sized and trimmed for a .223 at 200 yards?  Or .308 at 400 yards?  Is a .25 inch, .10 or less?  I got it that it differs per rifle/shooter, but you can at least give us a ballpark or even just one example.




 

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Reloading Podcast 122 - Double Dipping

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  1. Dan from Inline Fabrication

    1. LED Lighting

    2. Ergo Handles

    3. Quick Change press mounts

    4. Inline Wall system

  2. Brian Nixon from 22LR Reloader

    1. 22 Mag reloader kit

    2. #11 Percussion Caps maker

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Reloading Podcast 121 - Loading for hunting pt I

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Tonight the guys are talking about loading for hunting.

 

  1. Are the component choices different?

  2. What are you looking for out of the cartridge?

  3. Tips

  4. Listener questions from Shawn.

    1. - "Every rifle is different" so we cannot tell you anything is a cop out. Don't rely on it too much.  Yeah we got it that every rifle responds differently to different loads, but that doesn't mean we don't want to hear about someone else's experience.  It also flies in the face some data such as the CMP guys will tell you that there are a couple of very well established match loads for the M1 Garand.  Perhaps they are not as different as we keep telling ourselves.  For pistols this strikes me as doubly true.






 

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Reloading Podcast 120 - plunk it

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

Tonight the guys are answering listener questions.

  1. First time casting question
    Gentleman, I have been reloading for a couple years and recently decided to try casting. I picked up several hundred pounds of wheel weights and melted them down into ingots. I fluxed the lead several times before making the ingots and a couple more in the pour pot. I used Lee's 10 pound pot, the 230 grain 45acp 2 cavity mold and water quenched after they were cast. They measured a little heavy at about 232 grains. I then used liquid alox and sized them in the Lee sizing die. My test gun is an older Para Ordnance P14 that has had thousands of rounds through it. It has always shot great and is very accurate. My test load was mixed head stamp once fired brass, Federal large pistol primers and 4.4 grains of bullseye powder. I crimped on the top lube groove and the rounds measured 1.22 inches. I'm using a Hornady single stage press. I loaded five rounds and the fourth round did not fully enter the barrel and locked the slide up tight. I had to use a vice to force open the slide. When I loaded, I checked every fifth or so round but apparently that one slipped by. My question (sorry for the long lead in) is how do I make sure the bullets are the correct size and don't do this again? After I got the gun apart I found 2 more of my 50 test loads also were too tight. The three that shot gave a 1.5 inch group which is pretty normal for that gun. Thanks and keep up the good work. David Columbus Ohio

    1. Use the plunk test (drop the rounds in the barrel removed from the firearm)

    2. Buy this Lyman Handgun ammo checker

  2. I want to build a solid plinking load for my ar (5.56) using once fired military prepped brass. What are your guys thoughts on the best blend of accuracy (ballistic coefficient), cost, and versatility(most uses for that cartridge ).  I'm asking for the best bang for my buck in regards to projectile selections. Pedee

  3. Im looking to experiment  with IMR 4166 for my .308 WIN and 556 AR . Is there anything to keep in mind when using 1 powder for many applications? Pedee





 

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Hey guys,
    I just wanted to drop you a note to say how much I enjoy your podcasts. I've listened to the podcasts with Robin Sharpless and Phil Massaro twice. The information in both of them was so great!
When listening to Robin I can feel his passion when he talks and I thank him for sharing his time and his experience.
Phil Massaro held my full attention when he talked about barrel harmonics. I think that one subject would be worthy of a complete podcast.
It would be great if you could find a way to interview Veral Smith, from LBT molds as he has forgotten more about bullet molds and casting than most of us will ever learn.

Thanks for all you do,
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Reloading Podcast 119 - Bert Dobbins and Chris Hodgdon

Hello, and welcome to the Reloading Podcast here on the Firearms Radio network.  Tonight the guys are talking to Chris Hodgdon of Hodgdon powder, and Bert Dobbins, inventor of the Fast Brass Master Plus 50.

  1. Fast Brass

    1. Dimensions 7” x 18” x 13”  32lbs

    2. Launched April 2016

    3. Will do all size brass up to .50 bmg

    4. Fast Brass You Tube channel

  2. Chris Hodgdon

    1. Tell us about the history of Hodgdon Powders

    2. Tell us about you, what do you do in your down time?  Do you get a chance to reload other than work related?

    3. Are the Enduron line of rifle powders intended to replace other older powers? If not to replace old type powders why create the line overlap? IMR powders

    4. I was told at the NRA Annual Meeting by a Hodgdon rep that Hodgdon is considering reformulating all of the extruded powders into short-cut versions that would have the same performance characteristics at the same charge weights while being much better for metering. He said that was "at least" 18-24 months away.

    5. Is there any real truth to the Internet-based claims that certain hard-to-manufacture powders such as HP-38 are being discontinued, either actively or through attrition?

    6. The powder test:  Open the container,  smell the powder, is it a reeking acid smell?  When opening the lid, do you see rust colored dust?  Pour on a white piece of paper and look for rust color.  Third, does the powder feel warm to the touch, if so it is very unsafe and could combust without a flame source.  Dispose of with local authorities if possible.

    7. What’s next?


 

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Reloading Podcast 118 - finding more suckers

Hello, and welcome to the Reloading Podcast here on the Firearms Radio network.  Tonight the guys have invited a Reloading Room regular on, Phil Rabalais.

  1. How to get a friend into reloading?  Equipment, reasons, storage options?

  2. Greatest successes/worst failures in guns/reloading.  Personal stories from the hosts of the show, perhaps cautionary tales.

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Reloading Podcast 117 - Phil Massaro

Reloading Podcast 116 - Progressives in a quick

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

Tonight the guys are answering some google voice questions and comments.

 

  1. Is it okay to substitute Magnum small pistol primers in the case of small pistol primers

  2. Is there any good powder I can use in 9 millimeter 40 SW and 45 ACP?

  3. Hopefully in one of my next paycheck I will buy a Dillon 650. Can you please do a summary on how to setup your first progressive reloading press. See episode 040.

  4. I also think that it is really good to promote the NRA even though I sometimes don't like them keep up the good work I love your show and have tons more questions.

  5. Is "wild catting" a sexual euphemism for chasing strange women

  6. I am trying to speed up production on my single stage press. I also wonder if this product is worth the money vs the time it would save me or if I would be better off to save up and buy a Dillon system.or try some cheaper products to cut some time off production, Change production to the most efficient system? what do? I really love your guys show and look forward to every episode.  Pedee

  7. On a previous show you covered the topic of coating bullets before reloading. I want to try this. One method was simply spray painting the bullets and "baking" them. I would love to hear a detailed description of this on future show. Thanks for all you do! I love the show and look forward to every podcast. It is so entertaining and informative. Thanks, Jim from Missouri



 

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Reloading Podcast 115 - Jon from JWB Military & Brass

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

Tonight the guys are talking to Jon Borkenhagen from JWB Military & Brass.  

  1. Jon JWB Military & Brass

  2. From Terry:  Hi guys love the show. I had a question for Jim on reloading for Glock barrels do you use a bulge buster die's like the Lee and Redding reloading has. Or do you use aftermarket Barrel like Lone Wolf Distributors? I do have a Glock 30 45ACP for my carry gun and I have a Glock 43 9mm for my wife. Do have a 1911 and I reload for it, just want to be cautious because I heard the chamber in those Glock barrels or more freer.

    1. Casting alloy




 

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