Reloading Podcast 239 - lead free bullets

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Tonight the guys are discussing lead free bullets for hunting and other stuff.

  1. Mitchell posted in The Reloading Room: Loading some 22-250.

    I have some previously fired brass, which I initially full length resized, loaded, and fired.Now I’m looking at reloading them, and wanting to minimize the amount of working the brass, I was trying to back off the resize die and then working it in gradually to find the minimum resizing required.

What I found is that all of the cases will chamber in the  same rifle with no sizing at all. They are not even a little bit tight. Bolt closes on them the same as if they were resized.

The necks are also not as loose as I’d expect. I can actually put a new bullet in and there is enough tension to hold the bullet so I can seat and apply a slight crimp.

My question is, as long as the rounds chamber well is there any reason for me to size them at all? Also, I’m thinking I don’t even need to neck size, and just want to get other opinions.

  1. Chris McGee posted in RLPG
    Is anyone in here loading for California hunting? If so what bullets are you using? I’m having a hard time finding “lead free”

  2. Joey Commesso posted in RLPG:

    Is a 45 Colt or long Colt as some call it a .451 or .452 diameter bullet. The reloading book has me confused. I just want round or flat nosed Jacketed bullets.

  3. Marc Peck posted in RLPG:

    My dad got me thinking about powder storage the other day. We reload in his shed, it is not climate controlled, but we do have a little window AC unit to cool it in the summer.

    We are in southern Alabama, so the day to day temp swings are not that big, but it does get hot and humid. He got himself some sealed ammo cans to keep his powder out in the shed because they keep the humidity out when we throw in a bunch of desiccant packs. I told him it also need to be a stable temperature, but then got thinking and now have a couple of questions.

    The loaded ammo is kept in the shed after we make it and there seems to be no problem, so why would the powder in a can be a concern?

    Second would it actually be better to keep it out there because it will always be close to the temperature we are loading at?

    I thought of this because if I have my glasses on in the house, then go out and load in the summer, they will fog up if we have not been running the AC unit for a couple of hours first, so if I am taking out a can of powder that is as cold as it was in the house, is it going to draw moisture the same way and be worse than leaving it out there.

    I am posting this on my way out the door for work so I won't be able to answer any questions you guys might have until I get home.




Cartridge Corner Notes:.30-06 JDJ

The .30-06 JDJ is a modified .30-06 Springfield cartridge designed to be used in the Thompson Center Arms Contender single-shot pistol. The idea behind it is to replicate the ballistics of a .30-06 fired from a rifle in a Contender pistol.

Currently, the .30-06 JDJ is not offered by any manufacturers. Cases and bullets for it can be purchased from various companies for handloaders.


Compared to a default .30-06 round, the .30-06 JDJ contains has a smaller neck that is at a 60-degree angle. However, the biggest difference is that the .30-06 JDJ has little body taper compared to the original .30-06 cartridge. This allows the .30-06 JDJ to hold an extra 5 grains of water (4.875 cm3) compared to the .30-06 Springfield, allowing one to put more gunpowder into the cartridge.

This round manages to replicate in a pistol the ballistics of a .30-06 round fired from a rifle. For example, a .30-06 JDJ cartridge with a 200-grain bullet fired from a custom Contender has a muzzle velocity of 2,504 ft/s (763 m/s), while a regular .30-06 cartridge with a 200-grain bullet with 55 grains of gunpowder has a velocity of 2,558 ft/s (780 m/s).


Type Rifle

Place of origin United States

Production history

Designer J.D. Jones


Parent case .30-06 Springfield

Case type Rimless, bottleneck

Bullet diameter .309 in (7.8 mm)

Neck diameter .335 in (8.5 mm)

Shoulder diameter .455 in (11.6 mm)

Base diameter .470 in (11.9 mm)

Rim diameter .457 in (11.6 mm)

Rim thickness .0433 in (1.10 mm)

Case length 2.457 in (62.4 mm)

Overall length 3.311 in (84.1 mm)

Primer type Small Rifle

Maximum pressure (around) 60,000 psi

Ballistic performance

Bullet mass/type Velocity Energy

125 gr (8 g) 3,197 ft/s (974 m/s) 2,785 ft⋅lbf (3,776 J)

150 gr (10 g) 2,930 ft/s (890 m/s) 2,860 ft⋅lbf (3,880 J)

180 gr (12 g) Speer 2,666 ft/s (813 m/s) 2,840 ft⋅lbf (3,850 J)

200 gr (13 g) Speer 2,504 ft/s (763 m/s) 2,785 ft⋅lbf (3,776 J)

Test barrel length: standard SSK-manufactured barrel

Source(s): Cartridges of the World


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