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Factory vs custom

Postby wrench459 » Fri Jan 06, 2017 9:47 pm

I starting the long road to reloading.
Thought that it might be nice to have some factory specs that real world.
What other dimensions should be included?

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Re: Factory vs custom

Postby wrench459 » Tue Jan 17, 2017 8:06 pm

Starting my deep dive into reloading.
After getting my dies set half-ace :lol:
I made a reference round to be kept in the die case.
Afterwards I punched out a few dummy rounds for testing purposes.
I got ~ .004 variance....is this normal?

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Re: Factory vs custom

Postby Urny » Wed Jan 18, 2017 10:10 am

Probably. I just measured 10 .45 ACP reloads, 200 grain Montana Gold FSP, which varied .004 just like yours, and 10 9mm Remington-UMC HP which work great in my SCCY, which varied .009. Maybe you can get better consistency using the sort of techniques bench rest shooters use, but there probably isn't much point in it. Bullets are not identical, whether purchased from the big companies, or home cast.

Good luck with your reloading venture. This year I hope to start reloading for 9mm too.
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Re: Factory vs custom

Postby wrench459 » Wed Jan 18, 2017 7:57 pm

Found a great respect for the job that primers do.
Loaded up 11 empty shell casings with CCI-500 primers.
One of them when in hard..more than likely cocked sideways or my inexperience with reloading.

Anyway I set that one aside
I've always wanted to know how they work.
Installed the round in my 995.
Pulled the trigger(outside, pointed in a cool location) and wow flame shot out the end of a 16 inch barrel.
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Re: Factory vs custom

Postby wrench459 » Thu Jan 19, 2017 9:27 pm

I did notice that the rock-chucker locking rings are a bit lacking.
I'm going to try some Hornady's just for grins.
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Re: Factory vs custom

Postby Lefty Red » Wed Jan 25, 2017 4:16 am

Yes, nothing is perfect in home reloading. And everything is just respectfully guidelines.

I have reloaded and the one good thing is that you can adjust your ammo to match your situation and weapon. You can make a powder puff load for training your noise/recoil shy shooting friend to barn burning hunting loads.
But also know that tweaks only go so far. So don't sweat it too much.

I hand dip my powders and use a single stage press, Lee Classic Cast with a Hornady Lock'n'Load bushing in it to speed up dies changes. Just down sized and sold my last Dillion progressive.

It's fun reloading, not trying to chase your brass everywhere. :)

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Re: Factory vs custom

Postby wrench459 » Thu Jan 26, 2017 8:02 pm

Lefty Red wrote:Yes, nothing is perfect in home reloading. And everything is just respectfully guidelines.
It's fun reloading, not trying to chase your brass everywhere. :)



Yep, Red I'm having fun and learning about the subject.

I think that I'm going to try some federal 100 primers. Right now using CCI 500's. Had a miss fire with the CCI's just once.
Double hit it.. fired fine.
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Re: Factory vs custom

Postby Lefty Red » Thu Jan 26, 2017 8:45 pm

wrench459 wrote:
Lefty Red wrote:Yes, nothing is perfect in home reloading. And everything is just respectfully guidelines.
It's fun reloading, not trying to chase your brass everywhere. :)



Yep, Red I'm having fun and learning about the subject.

I think that I'm going to try some federal 100 primers. Right now using CCI 500's. Had a miss fire with the CCI's just once.
Double hit it.. fired fine.


I got some CCIs from the big scare a few years ago and they suck! Was getting so many misfires and jamming the press I called Dillon is bitch at them. They said they were getting three or four calls a day about CCI primers. So I quit using them. Winchester or Remington only.

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Re: Factory vs custom

Postby wrench459 » Fri Feb 24, 2017 9:16 pm

I been playing around.
With Independence 115 gr JHP
OAL 1.061-1.064
Case .750
Bullet .531

Took the Oal of the bullet(.531) then subtracted the case length(.750) for a total of .219.

Err for my math experts .750-.531=.219

So the bullet is seated .219 into the casing ?

.312 + .750 = 1.062 which is where I rounded the numbers off.

Now let's get to my real question.
Most if not all of the spent casings that was picked up are under .750 in length.
This tells me that the 9mm shells gets shorted after firing.
Is this correct?
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Re: Factory vs custom

Postby Freightman » Sat Mar 11, 2017 5:54 pm

I have a CPX2 I traded for the previous owner shot only cast from it, I shoot only cast (haven't shot a factory load in 10 years) I use the Lee 125 gr round nose Powder Coated. I have found it to be very accurate, and I am not a exceptional pistolaro. I can keep them on a 3" circle at 60'. I have tried starting loads to max loads all have performed well. If you cast a bullet to fit + .002 there will never be any leading, with powder coat they are easier to clean. My barrel slugs at .356 and the throat will take a .359 so that is what I cast and load. With the powder primers ,cases(free), lead (free), it cost me $1.54 per 50 rd. box.
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Re: Factory vs custom

Postby wrench459 » Mon Mar 13, 2017 7:31 pm

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