5.45x39


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St.Zu
April 4, 2011, 03:41 AM
anyone reload this caliber?

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rcmodel
April 4, 2011, 12:51 PM
Anyone making boxer primed brass cases so you can reload it?

Or anyone making the odd size .221" bullets it uses?

rc

hilljack
April 19, 2011, 01:31 PM
I played around with it a few years ago. Looking back through some notes, used some RWS 5.45x39 for a baseline. It was pushing a 58 grain bullet at 2936 fps, with 20.1 grains of a flattened spherical powder. For brass, .222 Remington was used. It was trimmed and sized to 1.555" . Took a good bit of cutting if I remember correctly. Bullets were re-sized .224 down to .221 with a Lee sizer. Case size seemed to fall between .221 Fire Ball, and .222 Remington. Used H335 powder at 22 -23 grains. Best accuracy was around 22.5 grains and 2907 fps. Cases did not last long, maybe 3 loadings, as their base is more narrow than factory 5.45 . This was shot in a bolt action rifle. Lot of work,for little gain. Hornaday is loading some 5.45 now, it is a good option.

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