First Reloads a Success


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10isnotenough
September 6, 2003, 09:37 PM
I went to the range today to try out my first batch of reloads for my .45 colt - Ruger Vaquero.

I had 100 rounds using various charge weights. No duds and they were way more accurate than anything I have shot through that gun before. I had almost given up on the gun because I just couldn't group with it. Even with a rest. Decided to take up reloading and on the first batch a huge improvement.

I was using Laser Cast 250 gr. LRNFP bullets and Hodgdon's Universal for powder. Settled on a 7.4 gr load for plinking. Has a little more recoil than the 6.8 and 7.1 grain loads I started with but those lighter loads didn't burn the powder very well. Lots of unburned powder when extracting. The 7.4 gr load didn't leave much unburned powder.

My gun still shoots left from point of aim but the groups are tight. Never could get a group less then 3-4 inches at 10 yards before. Now, I can get groups in the 1.0 inch range (most of it is probably me now).

Why did I wait so long tp take this up? In a way I feel I almost paid for all the setup already because I now don't have this nagging feeling about trading or selling the gun and getting something else. Next I will try some .38 spl and .357 mags.

This is cool and thanks for all the info here on the forum. I have been reading this board for a couple of years before finally getting started. I have to say I have learned a lot here.

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Standing Wolf
September 6, 2003, 10:22 PM
...they were way more accurate than anything I have shot through that gun before.

Yep.

Factory ammunition is a lot better and more consistent today than it was years ago, but if you want the most accuracy, you've still got to roll your own and develop loads for each individual gun. I doubt it's an accident that I've heard your statement and variations thereupon from everyone I've introduced to hand loading.

Congratulations!

P95Carry
September 6, 2003, 11:15 PM
Just shows eh ..... reloading is the dog's genitalia!!:p

Good result and pleased for you ... may take time and patience but ... funnily enough, it was reloading that got my Uberti 45LC into some semblance of usefulness way back, when factory ammo just didn't cut it.

Enjoy .... shoot well - and stay safe.

Sisco
September 7, 2003, 12:48 AM
Always satisfying when the first ones go bang instead of boom.
Love it when a new reloader comes on board, gives me the chance to post this one more time:

Reloading is a vicious circle.
Reload, shoot, clean guns. Reload, shoot, clean guns. Wait for payday to buy more supplies, reload, shoot, clean guns.

WhoKnowsWho
September 7, 2003, 11:02 AM
I'm mixed up in that cycle... I'm out of Breakfree... so one gun isn't clean yet! :(

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