I was wondering if anyone had some online sources for cheap 10mm brass? Also am I correct on the following......It seems to me it is cheaper to buy powder in person than ordering online due to the high shipping costs. Also what powder are you guys using for HOT 10mm loads?
I get mine from MidwayUSA (Nickel Starline) or directly from Starline (brass). I use Unique for light loads, Power Pistol for good metering, medium-hot loads, Blue Dot for big boom/flash from G29, or medium-hot in long barrels, Longshot and 800-X for maximum power stuff.
Thank you. Also here is a question, how do people load these really hot loads? All the recipes I see are for loads in the 1200ft/sec range, do you just slowly work up to a larger charge weight?
Slow down! Get the required stuff, make a bunch of light and medium power stuff, and THEN we will happily lead you down that road. You will need to learn the Water's Method, but it's really premature to start explaining that. Basically, it involves measuring brass expansion, but I'll be happy to explain it in detail later on, once you get started reloading. To start, go with published load data, and start low. You like your gun and hands, right? You will get to the insane stuff, but give it at LEAST a few weeks first! :supergrin:
Any experience with blue dot powder?
I really like Blue Dot. The accuracy is great, the recoil is pretty mild, and it makes great velocity in longer barrels. In shorter barrels, it makes huge fireballs, and is a lot of fun.
What makes the powders different? That is to say what advantages or disadvantages does one powder have VS. another and how do you know?
There are MANY things that make powders different. The first, and most obvious thing, is flake type and size. Some powders, like Power Pistol, have very small flakes, while some have very large flakes (like 800-X). There are also ball powders, flake powders, and extruded rod powders. Each has somewhat different characteristics. Powders also have different burn rates, and densities. All of this needs to be matched to the bullet, cartridge, and barrel length.
Get a good reloading manual, and you will learn all you need to know about powders. We can help you select good powders. I think the best learning powders would be Blue Dot or AA#9. They are pretty bulky, and would be hard to double charge. If I had to recommend three, I'd say Blue Dot, 800-X, and AA#9. Later, when you get used to it, you can use denser powders like Power Pistol and Longshot. They are dangerous for new loaders because they are dense, and easy to double charge.