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never have shot my own reloads as of yet......

Discussion in 'Reloading' started by ponders, Jan 1, 2012.

  1. ponders

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    but i sjust finished reloading a box of 1000 berrys double struck 124 gr 9mm boolits. :whistling:

    i loaded them with 4.4 grains of bullseye powder and seated them to 1.155 or so depth. is this 4.4 grains erring on the +p side or is this load going to be OK?:embarassed::embarassed:
     
  2. snowwdog

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    well you have 1000 trigger pulls to find out! better get started...
     


  3. ponders

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    thats what im afraid of... i dont want to find out the hard way that its way too hot or something like that :shocked:
    alliants website said 4.4 so im assuming its ok but ya know what murphys law says
     
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  4. WiskyT

    WiskyT Malcontent

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    Allaints website says to reduce their listed load by 10% and start from there.
     
  5. snowwdog

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    well yes you should have started lower and worked your way up. and you should never load more than 3 or 5 rounds in small incraments to see how your gun will digest the load. but since you loaded 1k rounds without doing things the right way your only option is to shoot some thru a chrono and see what ya have. But hell im assuming you dont have a chrono so next step is to fire a round and retrieve the case. Inspect the case and look for buldges or cracks. also look at the primer and make sure there is no primer flow, flattened primer or primer blow out. if all looks good repeat 1000 times :rofl:
     
  6. ponders

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    is 10% lower really gona make that big of a difference? :dunno:
     
  7. ColoCG

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    Yes! It can make a big difference.
    It might be time to get out your bullet puller. Or find an ex-wife to shoot them like Jack does.:supergrin:

    ETA: Plated bullets should be loaded lighter than FMJ bullets anyway.
     
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  8. ponders

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    i know of someone that uses 4.5 and no signs of overpressure, chronoed at 1050 fps.. no idea on what gun or length of barrel that was tho
     
  9. twag4

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    I have loaded the same projectiles with 3.7g of Bullseye at 1.120 oal- with good results in a G19.
     
  10. GioaJack

    GioaJack Conifer Jack

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    I may not be of sound mind right at the moment but I think someone may be having a bit of New Year's fun with us.

    A thousand loaded rounds without testing the load? Even I wouldn't do something like that.

    (Well, maybe I would but I expect other people to be smarter than me.)


    Jack
     
  11. ColoCG

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    You gotta remember, just because it works in someone else's gun doesn't mean it is safe in yours. Every gun and barrel are different. It may and it may not, that's why you should start low and work your load up slowly looking for pressure sign's.
     
  12. RustyFN

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    Sounds like somebody needs to buy a reloading manual and read it.
     
  13. snowwdog

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    hell i think jack may be right. I had a feeling it was a bit of an april fools like troll post at first, but im a sucker.... with a gun.
     
  14. ponders

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    no new years fun.. i really loaded 1k without testing... kinda new to relaoding.. didnt think first. ok i got my flame suit on.:couch:
     
  15. GioaJack

    GioaJack Conifer Jack

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    We all screw up... the trick is to learn from it.

    Get divorced, then let her shoot the first few.


    Jack
     
  16. ponders

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    :rofl::rofl: why not just let her shoot the first few first without the divorce? idk just skip the middle man:whistling:
     
  17. Colorado4Wheel

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    You need to do some studying up on reloading and why and how you pick a specific powder charge.
     
  18. gforester

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    This must be the 3rd or 4th time I read of someone doing just that sort of thing this week. I guess it happens every Christmas.

    Ahh, the exhilaration of making your first loads is so great you just keep running that press without testing. :rofl:

    Oh! I just noticed Ponders is in Minot, ND. He may have to wait until the Spring thaw to test those loads.
     
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  19. F106 Fan

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    One thing I don't like about the Alliant reloading data is that they only provide a single data point. There is no range (min..max) in powder charge.

    The latest Speer manual shows 3.9 to 4.4 gr of Bullseye for the 124 gr GDHP. I just don't know that your bullet has the same characteristics as the GDHP.

    EDIT: the GDHP seems more likely to be treated as a jacketed bullet.

    EDIT: deleted any recommendation to try shooting the things.

    The thing is, you are right at the max load assuming the bullet characteristics are identical. You have also picked one of the fastest powders on the planet.

    You might Google for 'reloading signs of overpressure' and learn more about how to detect excessive pressure. Unfortunately, when you see it you have already shot it!

    EDIT: deleted recommended starting load

    Richard
     
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  20. GioaJack

    GioaJack Conifer Jack

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    Never, ever, ever let your wife test fire your loads! If something goes wrong and she gets hurt you'll have to take care of her.

    If your ex-wife gets hurt she probably deserves it. If law enforcement alleges that you planned the injury you argue that you took her shooting in hope of some, 'maybe we'll get back together sex'.

    Any all male jury will acquit you.

    I see you have a lot to learn about the finer points of reloading.


    Jack