Just want to make sure what I did is safe


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ModificationVt
January 5, 2009, 12:36 PM
I got a RCBS reloading kit for Christmas and I finished about 100 rounds, but want to double check that it is a safe load before taking them to the range.

I reloaded 100 45ACP rounds to be shot in my SA GI1911

So my OAL is 1.2035" OD is .471" and I have 230gr JHP (only 45 bullets my LGS had when I got my reloading set up) with 5.7gr of Unique.

It seems like this is going to be a safe load according to my speer #14 reloading manual.

I am hoping to make it to the range tomorrow to try them out if I get a thumbs up from some of you more seasoned re loaders out there.

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rcmodel
January 5, 2009, 12:44 PM
5.7 Unique with a 230 jacketed bullet is less then a starting load in some manuals.

It should be perfectly safe if it gets the bullets out of the barrel.

But it may not have enough power to function your gun.

rcmodel

crebralfix
January 5, 2009, 12:44 PM
1) Load only a few rounds for a new recipe
2) Check at least two sources
3) Load the minimum powder charge and test. Work up from there.
4) Don't trust internet sources for load data

rcmodel
January 5, 2009, 12:48 PM
Good advice to only load a few rounds of any new load and test them in your gun.

If you find a need for more powder to get good functioning, or a different seating depth to get them to feed, you haven't wasted a whole box of bullets to find that out.

rc

ModificationVt
January 5, 2009, 01:08 PM
good advice on the only doing a few rounds to try out a load...I had intended on doing that, but being board, lonely and snowed in over the holidays got the better of me...

what would your recommendations be for a 2nd and even 3rd manual for me to add to my collection?

Dean Williams
January 5, 2009, 01:23 PM
For your next manual, get the 49th edition of the Lyman Reloading Handbook.
I agree, loading just a few rounds when starting a load is a good idea. When starting something new, I usually load 10 rounds, and put them in a zip top plastic bag. Use a Sharpie marker to write the load info on the bag.

rcmodel
January 5, 2009, 01:29 PM
+1
You simply must have the Lyman #49 manual.

There is nothing else even close to having the wide variety of bullet weights, types, & styles for every caliber.

That includes lead bullet data not available anywhere else.

The 2009 Hodgdon "magazine" manual available on news-stands for $8.99 is also very worthwhile.

rcmodel

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