Reloading Podcast 099 – More emails

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Tonight the guys are answering more email.

  1. Jeff Western: I enjoy your podcast, they are informative.

    One topic suggestion for your podcast is reloading ammo for guns with a "short throat". Many new guns have a short chamber throat until they have shot a few hundred to 1000 rounds or more. Reloaded rounds at the minimum COAL will be tight in chambering ammo and some may not chamber at all with reloads at minimum COAL. An example, 168 Sierra MK reloaded ammo with a COAL of 2.800 chambers fine in my 308 Remington 700 and my Winchester 70, but does not in my new Savage VT. For the Savage VT need to seat the bullet at 2.780 for proper action of the rifle. This is not an issue as long as consideration is given for a potential compressed load. I checked and have no signs of overpressure with the Savage VT using 43 grains of Varget. In fact this rifle shoots better than 1/4 moa at 200 yards without failure.

    Also a separate but related comment, this Savage also has tight headspace, so I need to take extra care in sizing so the brass is resized properly to fit the chamber. If I don't set the dies correctly, chambering could be tight. After resizing I check a few of the unloaded rounds in the gun for fit.

    As a reloader, I appreciate this Savage VT with its short throat and tight chamber, giving me the opportunity to use my reloading skills to make perfect rounds that give me 1/4 moa or better. It is easy to reload for guns with long throats and oversized chambers, but a reloader reloading for a rifle with a short throat and tight chamber requires additional skill.

    Should add this Savage VT handles store bought ammo without issue.

  2. Gentlemen! I am new to reloading. I shoot all NATO calibers, 9mm, 5.56, 7.62 and 12 ga. I have very small room (4'x10') to store my firearms and hunting equipment in and want to add a turret press and a shot shell system to an L-shaped 18" bench in it. I know you suggest a single station press to start but is there a manual indexing press that I can change to auto indexing later for both the turret and the shots hell. Please forgive this crazy Canuk from the Great White North (yes we don't all say "eh" at the end of our sentences "y'all") for my lack of knowledge. Thanks for your help and I love the show.  James Morgan

  3. From Stew I have been listening to your podcast for longer than I've been reloading, which is two years now. I started with a Lee Single stage, then got a Lee turret and finally for my birthday this year I used my C&R FFL discount at Graf and Sons to get a Dillon xl650. I wouldn't be able to shoot USPSA matches every month if I didn't reload! If you are ever looking for a newer reloader/low ranked USPSA competitor/ avid pistol shooters' perspective for an episode I would honored to join you guys. Just throwing that out there!   I do have one criticism, it sounds to my amateur ear that during editing there is dead air between comments that is removed which makes it sound odd and not organic. It's kind of hard on my ear and makes me cringe sometimes and gives a rushed sound to the episodes. Don't get me wrong, I have never turned you guys off and I will never stop listening, just wanted to provide some constructive criticism. Keep up the great work and it is a happy day when a new episode pops up in my podcast feed.

  4. Hi guys, Brian again. Today's observations are on military crimps. As you know, there are two different sized pockets, small and large. I researched the options: 1. Bench top swagers by RCBS and the Dillon 600, 2. the RCBS primer pocket swager, and 3. The RCBS Trim Mate reamer. I have come to the conclusion that the reamer is not only cheaper, but quicker and easier to use. I put the whole unit, not just the threaded end but the whole unit fit in the chuck, and removed crimps about as fast as one could handle the brass. This HAS to be the fastest method, it purportedly lasts virtually forever, and is super simple to use, AND it's the least expensive. Yes, the Dillon 600 doesn't remove any brass and reforms the pocket, but let's face it, the crimp is extra brass that won't be missed, and your time is best spent examining your brass and performing any one of the many real enhancements you can do to performance like annealing or measuring cases and sorting, rather than creating imaginary worries.


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