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Please let me know if what I bought is ok.

Discussion in 'Reloading' started by SC_Dave, Nov 10, 2012.

  1. SC_Dave


    Oct 7, 2005
    Florence, SC
    I have reloaded before but it was 30 or more years ago. I just mounted and set-up my new Hornady LnL AP. My plan was to buy primers, powder and bullets in a small quantity to find what worked well for me. Well, thanks to obama going back in the stuff is flying off the shelf so I bought what I thought was best in larger quantities than I wanted too. Can you guys tell me if what I bought will work for the way I will use it please?

    I only shoot 9mm. Glock 19

    I only practice self defense drills. So I'll be shooting paper and steel. Not precision or match shooting just loading practice rounds.

    What I bought while I could get it was;

    2000 CCI 500 SP primers
    1000 Federal Match SP primers
    5 lbs of Winchester 231
    1000 115 FMJ RN bullets

    I know you guys may not consider this bulk but it was more than I wanted buy before experimenting a little. Let me know what you think if you don't mind. Thanks a lot, David
  2. Colorado4Wheel


    Nov 2, 2006
    That will be fine. You will notice Federal are much easier to seat.

  3. SC_Dave


    Oct 7, 2005
    Florence, SC
    Thanks Steve!
  4. Hoser

    Hoser Ninja

    May 22, 2002
    You have a great start going.

    Welcome back to the hobby.
  5. shotgunred

    shotgunred local trouble maker

    Mar 1, 2008
    Washington (the state)
    The only suggestion I would make would be to switch to 124 gr bullets for your next thousand bullets.

    I like win 231 in the 40sw and I am really starting to like it in the 9mm also.
  6. njl


    Sep 28, 2000
    Should be fine...but why'd you buy so much more powder than anything else?...and why 2 different types of SPP? Was that all they had? You've got about 7000 rounds worth of powder there. It might have made more sense to start with 1lb each of a couple powders (if you were buying locally) to figure out which you prefer.
  7. SC_Dave


    Oct 7, 2005
    Florence, SC
    I was buying what I could find on 2 different sites. It was not my ideal purchase, but it was what I could find. I tried to buy it locally but no stock. The panic buying forced my hand. I had NOTHING at all in the the way of supplies.
  8. sourdough44


    Jul 23, 2007
    win-231 is a very versatile power, properly stored it will last a very long time. I think you did just fine with your purchase.
  9. Did you pay 2 separate hazmat fees? I am confident that 1lb powders and (at the least) Federal SP Match primers (or even other brands) are available at one place - several one places actually, as I looked last night. That's always the problem with being unable to buy in real bulk - the hazmat fee.

    Sometimes you can find other reloaders to split an order and max out a single hazmat fee shipment.
  10. ssgrock3


    Aug 10, 2003
    Yukon, Oklahoma
    I also prefer 124gr bullets over the 115.
  11. SC_Dave


    Oct 7, 2005
    Florence, SC
    In a way I did but not really. One of the vendors I ordered from I had a $20.00 off coupon so it almost offset the hazmat fee. I am confident I can and will purchase smarter as soon as things settle down. I just didn't have any supplies at all, nothing but brass, so I figured if I was going to reload at all I had better get what I could find. You gotta remember, I am new at this, again. I got what I could from where I knew to get it. If you or anyone else has any vendors you deal with I would love to know who they are. I'm an old newbe. :wavey:
  12. njl


    Sep 28, 2000
    You're shopping at the wrong places (unless you got some killer pricing on the stuff). Grafs has powder and primers in stock, in quantity.

    That'll teach me to shop when in a hurry/distracted. I just noticed the order I put in yesterday I thought I was getting Federal SPP, but they're Fiocchi. I hope they work out. The sale price (price has been raised $30 since yesterday) was for a case of 12,000!
  13. WiskyT

    WiskyT Malcontent

    Jun 12, 2002
    North Carolina
    You got just what you need to make ball ammo, which is exactly what you wanted. The match primers were not necessary, but you take what you can get. I would load near the max from whatever manual you have as some of the data with lighter bullets and faster powders, like 231, will barely run the slide. Don't load 1,000 rounds without testing a given load in small batches because you might end up with a bucketful of ammo that won't cycle your gun.
  14. SC_Dave


    Oct 7, 2005
    Florence, SC
  15. fredj338


    Dec 22, 2004
    Primers are pretty much primers, & you always need those, so any brand will be fine. Powder, W231 will be fine. I never recommend buying powder in bulk until you have tried it & love it, otherwise it becomes expensive fertilizer, but you are already there. Bullets, pretty much the same thing; get what you can as cheaply as possible. You are throwing them away after all. One reason I shoot cheaper lead bullets in most calibers, cost. Buying in bulk saves you money & it never goes bad stored properly.
    Last edited: Nov 10, 2012
  16. Tango 1Zero

    Tango 1Zero Millennium Member

    Nov 8, 1999
    Another like for win 231 I load 147 gr jhp and fmj 9mm. I like it.
  17. scattershot


    Nov 15, 2010
    Denver, CO
    I'd say you're good to go. Might want to pick up a current manual, too, while you're at it. Good thinking to stock up, too. You never know what the future will bring.
  18. SC_Dave


    Oct 7, 2005
    Florence, SC
    Yeah, I gotta get a scale and a manual.
  19. birda40

    birda40 Woody

    Nov 19, 2011
    Chicago, Ill.
    In the geat out house of *****inois. most places I've tried are out of stock or won't ship to crap county. But I've bought when I see, HP-38 (Win-231) has been good for me also. I load 40's and 9mm. Have a few thousand 124 gn PD, good to go for a while. Don't understand but seems a shipping embargo to the home.
  20. HexHead


    Jul 16, 2009
    I settled on 231 as my go to pistol powder for 9mm, .45 and .38. Works great with the 147gr 9mm I load.

    I haven't tried Federal primers, but my 550 seems to prefer the CCI over Winchesters. You should be better than good to go.