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Tonight the guys are answering questions about funnels and marking brass.
Shaun C. emailed from the Land Down Under: I’ve been listening to your podcast for a while now and I’m really enjoying it.
I’m relatively new to reloading, currently reload for 30-06 and 17 Hornet, and waiting to test out some .223 loads (all for hunting)
Even though I have achieved some great results with my 30-06 & 17 hornet loads, I still have a bit more faith in factory ammo over my handloads when it comes to sighting in a new rifle.
Can I have your thoughts/opinions, when buying a new rifle do you load up 20 or so rounds of minimum load and use that to sight in then do some load testing? Or do you prefer to sight in using factory?
Ray posted in Reloading Podcast Group: I’m new to reloading and I am having some trouble. When I’m trying to reload my 7 mag and I seat the bullet I can spin the bullet in the case and push it down into it. I have tried different settings and nothing changes.
Ernie K. posted in Reloading Podcast Group: Is there any good way to mark brass so you know how many times it’s been loaded? Was thinking a light punch on the headstamp.
Greg H. posted in Reloading Podcast Group: I am fed up with the plastic fit nothing funnels. What funnels are you using. I have the standard ol rcbs funnel and their one with all the adaptors. Powders like CFE223 go everywhere with these.
Kent A. posted in The Reloading Room: What’s the best way to get Imperial Sizing Wax off of my cases?
Cartridge Corner Notes:45-70 Gov’t The new cartridge was completely identified as the .45-70-405, but was also referred to as the ".45 Government" cartridge in commercial catalogs. The nomenclature of the time was based on three properties of the cartridge:
.45: nominal diameter of bullet, measured in decimal inches, i.e., 0.458 inches (11.63 mm);
70: weight of black powder, measured in grains, i.e., 70 grains (4.56 g);
405: weight of lead bullet, measured in grains, i.e., 405 grains (26.2 g).
The minimum acceptable accuracy of the .45-70 from the 1873 Springfield was approximately 4 inches (100 mm) at 100 yards (91 m), however, the heavy, slow-moving bullet had a "rainbow" trajectory, the bullet dropping multiple yards (meters) at ranges greater than a few hundred yards (meters). A skilled shooter, firing at known range, could consistently hit targets that were 6 × 6 feet (1.8 m) at 600 yards (550 m)—the Army standard target. It was a skill valuable mainly in mass or volley fire, since accurate aimed fire on a man-sized target was effective only to about 300 yards (270 m).
After the Sandy Hook tests of 1879, a new variation of the .45-70 cartridge was produced: the .45-70-500, which fired a heavier 500 grain (32.5 g) bullet. The heavier 500-grain (32 g) bullet produced significantly superior ballistics, and could reach ranges of 3,350 yards (3,120 m), which were beyond the maximum range of the .45-70-405. While the effective range of the .45-70 on individual targets was limited to about 1,000 yards (915 m) with either load, the heavier bullet would produce lethal injuries at 3,500 yards (3,200 m). At those ranges, the bullets struck point-first at a roughly 30 degree angle, penetrating three 1-inch (2.5 cm) thick oak boards, and then traveling to a depth of 8 inches (20 cm) into the sand of the Sandy Hook beach. It was hoped the longer range of the .45-70-500 would allow effective volley fire at ranges beyond those normally expected of infantry fire.
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