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First Batch Complete!

Discussion in 'Reloading' started by polizei1, Aug 15, 2011.

  1. polizei1

    polizei1 It WAS Quack

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    Well, I want to thank Steve for all of the help and advice that everyone gave me over the past year or so. I finally loaded and shot my first reloads, and I wasn't nervous about them working at all, because I took my time and double checked my work.

    Because I am using the Lee Pro powder measure, I'm not able to do the fine-tune adjustments like I would like to.

    Precision Delta 124gr, 4.0gr Win 231, CCI SPP #500, COAL = 1.158"
    Precision Delta 124gr, 4.3gr Win 231, CCI SPP #500, COAL = 1.160"
    Mixed brass

    The first batch I only loaded 10 rounds, because I had a feeling the 4.0gr's wasn't going to be enough to cycle my EMP, which was right. They failed to eject every single time, and failed to lock the magazine back.

    The second batch I loaded 50 rounds, and they did a lot better. They all cycled perfectly, however 2 out of 10 magazines failed to lock back, and I have no idea why...any advice? I know the 1.160" OAL is a probably pushing the limits, but I measured WWB at 1.158" and they work perfectly in the EMP.

    Ignoring my bad shooting and fliers, these were at 7 yards. I had my forearms on a bench and my hands in the air, kind of a terrible position. It's obvious that the first batch won't due, and it appears that if I take my time and aim, the second batch will be pretty accurate with mild recoil.

    4.0gr:

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    4.3gr:

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    So now the big question...should I try the next size disk? It says it's 5.0gr's, which is the max load according to my Speer book. I'm starting to understand why you all told me to buy 1lb of powder and keep trying different ones....well, of course I didn't listen and I have 4lbs of Win 231. Should I stick with the 4.3gr load and see how it does in a USPSA match?

    Reliability is huge for matches (obviously), and I'm concerned with the 2 failures to lock back the magazine. Should I try reducing my OAL slightly?
     
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  2. PCJim

    PCJim Senior Member

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    I load on Dillon equipment, so can't help you with your Lee autodisk concerns. I do believe there is (an aftermarket?) adjustable disk available for it. Someone will chime in shortly and confirm...

    As to the powder selection, W231 is a very versatile, relatively fast powder. It has been around quite a while (same as HP38 powder) and there is plenty of data available for it. You'll find a lot of use for it.
     


  3. fredj338

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    5gr of W231 would be pushing way too hard. One reason I do NOT like fixed measure systems like the Lee. You can sand down the 5gr one & try that. Always weigh the charge, the Lee conversion chart is often light. Using 4.5-4.6gr should give you a reliable load. You are correct in loading small test lots of no more than 10rds w/ diff charge wts.
     
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  4. dkf

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    Below is a link to an adjustable charge bar if thats what your referring to. I could use some confirmation of what it does and what it replaces on the pro auto-disk also.

    http://leeprecision.com/xcart/ADJ-CHARGE-BAR.html
     
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  5. polizei1

    polizei1 It WAS Quack

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    Anyone know why the 2 mags failed to lock back? I have no idea why this would happen, but I think I'm going to load my next batch to something around 1.150" or 1.155" and see if that has any effect.

    Also, I'm not too concerned with the powder measure. I know about the charge bar, but I've heard it's not that great...I'll just test different disks and see what I can come up with. I haven't tried the 5.0gr disk yet, but I'll throw some charges and see what it really weighs in at.
     
  6. Colorado4Wheel

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    Shorten the 4.3 grs load to 1.130. See if that helps.

    I sent you a couple pictures of how I made the disc smaller.

    BTW, You don't sand the 5.0 Gr one down. You sand the one that gives you 4.3 gr and make it bigger. I would try the disc that is the next size up and see what powder throw/charge it gives you. I would bet it's more like 4.6 gr and not 5.0 gr. I am not looking at a load book to tell you that is safe. That is your job. But you can load the 4.3 gr shorter and increase the velocity or go up to the larger disc and load longer then the load book says is MIN case length. If 5 gr is max in your book I bet we can figure out a couple ways to get higher velocity and still stick with the fixed disc. Post your complete load data. Min Max, OAL etc. Then I will chime in based on your data.
     
  7. fredj338

    fredj338

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    I have a pretty new G32, it won't lock back w/ any mag, any caliber (I have a 9mm & 40 bbl for it). I am betting that I have an issue w/ the slide release but thought I should shoot it some more before checking out a new part.
     
  8. Colorado4Wheel

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    So Hodgon is saying 4.8 grs is max at 1.090" and 4.4 is min at the same OAL. I would say your WAY LIGHT. I would defiantly try the next disc up if it gives you under 4.8 grs and load it long like you have been doing.
     
  9. polizei1

    polizei1 It WAS Quack

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    Ok I did some more digging...

    What I did for these test was I re-zero'd my Dillon scale, I shook the powder measure, threw a charge, rotated all the stages, threw a charge and weighed it. I repeated this process until I got a 3-case (in a row) average.

    The Lee "advertised" plate size/throw for Win 231:

    Advertised:

    .37 - 4.0gr
    .40 - 4.3gr
    .43 - 4.6gr
    .46 - 4.9gr
    .49 - 5.3gr

    Actual:

    .37 - 3.8gr
    .40 - 4.2gr
    .43 - 4.5gr
    .46 - 4.8gr
    .49 - 5.2gr

    Now, I compared this to the Speer #14 manual that I have.

    Speer says:

    9mm TMJ RN
    124gr
    COAL Tested = 1.135"
    Win 231 Min = 4.0gr, Max = 4.5gr

    Lyman 49th says max OAL = 1.169"

    Is the TMJ data that much different than FMJ? I couldn't find anything in Lyman except for JHP/Lead data.

    The first batch I used the plate # .37, the second batch I used plate # .40. So apparently the loads were 3.8gr and 4.1gr's, actual.

    Now for the mag issue, I know it's not my gun, nor my mags. I know this because it works fine with every factory round I've fired, so I know it's with the reloads with 100% certainty. My guess is that since I'm close to the max length, it's most likely my COAL.

    I guess I'll try loading 10-round batches of different weights/OAL's and see what wants to work best. :) This is fun!
     
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  10. RustyFN

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    Still a little light. The starting load for 231 is 4.4 and with your long OAL it makes it a little weaker.

    This makes me wonder if you have a scale. If you are just going by the Lee chart then your loads are probably lighter than you think. You need a good scale to know where you are at. Take Steve's advice and shorten the OAL a little. I prefer RN seated to 1.135 and HP's seated to 1.12.
     
  11. Colorado4Wheel

    Colorado4Wheel

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    The data I posted is off the Hodgon Site. Interestingly enough the factory site data match's your current load data the best. I would be inclined to use it (but work it up slowly). I would test a small batch using the next disc up loading long like you already did and also a batch using the current disc loading 1.130". Never trust the Lee data for actual loading. Use the scale every time.
     
  12. Colorado4Wheel

    Colorado4Wheel

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    I doubt your COAL is causing any problems at all.
     
  13. PCJim

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    When I've experienced the slide failing to lock on the last round fired, it was due to rounds that were too weak. They were strong enough to cycle the slide and chamber a round, but not enough to get slide lock. Could very well be your problem, too.
     
  14. albyihat

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    Just a cautionary word, anytime you make a jump in charge weight which is over 10% i.e. going from 4.0gr to 5.0gr you had better have very good reason and knowledge for doing so. That is a big jump and I would never make a jump like that without working up in small increments till I reached the upper limit. Just my 2 cents.
     
  15. polizei1

    polizei1 It WAS Quack

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    Sweet I'll load up some more and I'll report back probably Friday if I can get to the range.
     
  16. meleors

    meleors Cranky Member

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    My personal load with HP38/W231 in a Glock 17:

    124 gr FMJ
    1.140 OAL
    4.6 gr HP38/W231

    Use all internet loads with caution, YMMV!
     
  17. Zombie Steve

    Zombie Steve Decap Pin Killa

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    Congrats on getting the first loads out of the way.
     
  18. polizei1

    polizei1 It WAS Quack

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    Ok how about this:

    PD 124gr
    Win 231 4.2gr (#40 disk)
    OAL = 1.130"

    PD 124gr
    Win 231 4.5gr (#43 disk)
    OAL = 1.130"

    PD 124gr
    Win 231 4.5gr (#43 disk)
    OAL = 1.140"

    PD 124gr
    Win 231 4.5gr (#43 disk)
    OAL = 1.160"

    Being that Speer says max is 4.5gr's and Hodgon says max is 4.8gr, I don't really think I want to test the #46 disk (I measured 4.8gr actual). Would this be safe to test if I went with an OAL of 1.160"? Or should I just stay away all together?

    :)
     
    Last edited: Aug 19, 2011
  19. Colorado4Wheel

    Colorado4Wheel

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    Try it in this order.

    PD 124gr
    Win 231 4.1gr (#40 disk)
    OAL = 1.130"

    PD 124gr
    Win 231 4.5gr (#43 disk)
    OAL = 1.160"

    PD 124gr
    Win 231 4.5gr (#43 disk)
    OAL = 1.140"

    PD 124gr
    Win 231 4.5gr (#43 disk)
    OAL = 1.130"

    Don't try the large disc before trying these.
     
  20. polizei1

    polizei1 It WAS Quack

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    Ok will do. I'll report back with what I find...but I might try and pick up some N320 later on to try as well. I've heard it's a great 9mm powder, specifically for minor.