What is your favorite round/caliber to reload for and why


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horsemen61
November 12, 2012, 10:22 PM
What is your favorite round/caliber to reload for and why
1 38 special it is for the first pistol I ever bought
2 30 -06 it is for a rifle that was given to me by someone important

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CZ57
November 12, 2012, 10:41 PM
1. .45 ACP for loading simplicity
2. .308 WIN because of its accuracy potential ;)

jhvaughan2
November 12, 2012, 11:44 PM
.38 special. Mild to wild.
My favorite because it is the most I shoot.
I also love .32 S&W long because I love to shoot that as much as the .38.

Tophernj
November 13, 2012, 05:27 AM
.357 for the vast variety of characteristics that can be gotten from it. Just a fun cartridge to load, for me. Plus, the case is a lot longer than 9 and since I load powder with a funnel, they're easier to handle.

C

Kyle M.
November 13, 2012, 07:09 AM
1 .40 S&W because it's simple to load and it's my favorite handgun round to shoot.

2 .375 H&H because it's the first rifle I loaded for.

45lcshooter
November 13, 2012, 08:14 AM
Don't have a favorite, because why reload a caliber you don't like. Haha. Every caliber and gun i load for is my favorite. 30-30 is what i started with.

beatledog7
November 13, 2012, 08:24 AM
For handgun it's a draw between .38SPL for its ease and flexibility and .40S&W for the level of precision it requires.

For rifle it's again a tie between 45-70 for its ease and flexibility and .257 Roberts for the level of precision it requires.

A pattern emerges. I seem to enjoy both ends of the spectrum more than the in-between range.

gamestalker
November 13, 2012, 07:11 PM
In handgun, .357 mag. is my favorite to load. Nothing like an H110 load to get your blood pumping, especially in the dark!

In bottle neck cartridges, I really enjoy loading for the 7mm RM because it offfers me a wide variety of velocities to work with. In this respect, I truelly enjoy loading 100 gr. varmit loads that are in the 3800 fps range. Anyone who has ever shot a coyote with a 100 gr. HP going 3800 fps knows just how cool it is to see a coyote simply disintegrate into little tiny pieces of fur, blood, and guts, for real!

GS

beeenbag
November 13, 2012, 07:24 PM
45acp for me.

jjjitters
November 13, 2012, 07:39 PM
I like the 357Sig because it has a lot of potential, both good and bad:scrutiny:
I do like the good 'ol .45acp because almost anything will work and the 1911's it often chambered in.

Kyle M.
November 13, 2012, 08:25 PM
For handgun it's a draw between .38SPL for its ease and flexibility and .40S&W for the level of precision it requires.

For rifle it's again a tie between 45-70 for its ease and flexibility and .257 Roberts for the level of precision it requires.

A pattern emerges. I seem to enjoy both ends of the spectrum more than the in-between range.
I'm curious what extra precision have you found to be required when reloading .40 S&W? I so far have found that every handgun cartridge, and every rifle cartridge has about the same level of simplicity. Provided you follow the correct procedures and have good data. Again just wondering not doubting, I would just like to know your findings.

LUCKYDAWG13
November 13, 2012, 08:28 PM
9mm & 223 just cuzz there cheep and fun to shoot

oneounceload
November 13, 2012, 08:29 PM
12 gauge for me because I shoot that the most

JLDickmon
November 13, 2012, 08:38 PM
.32-20
I enjoy doing things for my wife (it's her gun)

rikman
November 13, 2012, 08:41 PM
1. .45 ACP for loading simplicity
2. .308 WIN because of its accuracy potential ;)
Ditto!

SlowFuse
November 13, 2012, 09:19 PM
Pistol: 327 Fed Mag. Its pretty flexible and cheap to load for. From 85 grain XTPs to 100 grain Missouri RN to 130 grain keiths. Its all fun.

Rifle: 25-06. This is the caliber that got me into reloading. 75 grain Vmax and 85 grain Silvertips do serious damage to the coyote around here. 115 grain Nos Partition has proven to be a great deer load. Berger 115 VLDs are scary accurate out to a few hundred. I have thoroughly enjoyed load development for my 25-06 rifles.

morcey2
November 13, 2012, 10:20 PM
22 LR. Just to be wierd.

Actually, 7x57. Good all-around cartridge for everything from jackrabbits to mulies. Add in some trail boss loads and the kids can enjoy it.

Matt

zulu
November 13, 2012, 10:47 PM
1. 45acp--me & my dillon square deal b have a good time making great ammo

2. 38spl/357--no die change, only different adjustments & fun to shoot

ArchAngelCD
November 14, 2012, 12:05 AM
My favorite handgun caliber to reload is the 38/357 because the majority of my revolvers are chambered in those calibers. BUT, my heart belongs to the .45 Colt because it's very old, it's very powerful and some very cool revolvers are chambered in .45 Colt!

As for rifles, again I'm split. I would have to say the 30-06 because of the old military rifles I have that shoot it. (03A3, Model of 1917 and M1 Garand) BUT, my heart belongs to the 45-70 because again, it's a very powerful round and it's fired in a very cool rifle, the Springfield Trapdoor.

I guess I'm just an old Cowboy at heart because I love the Vaquero and SAA in .45 Colt and the Trapdoor and Sharps in 45-70...

ArchAngelCD
November 14, 2012, 12:06 AM
22 LR. Just to be wierd.

Matt
Wow, cool, you reload the .22LR. I thought that was very hard to do if at all? :rolleyes:

dragon813gt
November 14, 2012, 07:26 AM
Full power 357 loads. Nothing puts a bigger smile on my face then running the lever on a fully fed Marlin 1894C. It's my ultimate stress reliever.

308 because I haven't yet acquired a 257 Roberts and it's the only centerfire bottleneck cartridge I reload for.


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CharlieDeltaJuliet
November 14, 2012, 07:37 AM
I have a great .308 load worked up and it is the most rewarding, but all in all I love reloading the 50 BMG. Mainly because out of all I reload, it saves me the most money.

j1
November 14, 2012, 08:35 AM
I like reloading my little Hornet the most because it is so much fun to shoot and will kill whatever needs killing at most ranges and is so cheap to reload too. About 650 rounds on one pound ot powder.:)

accrhodes
November 14, 2012, 08:43 AM
.45 acp

MtnCreek
November 14, 2012, 08:48 AM
9mm & 223 just cuzz there cheep and fun to shoot

That about sums me up (cheap & fun to shoot) :)

morcey2
November 14, 2012, 09:30 AM
Wow, cool, you reload the .22LR. I thought that was very hard to do if at all? :rolleyes:
I guess there are people that wildcat 22 rimfire ammunition. Never understood that one. :)

Matt

beatledog7
November 14, 2012, 10:06 AM
I'm curious what extra precision have you found to be required when reloading .40 S&W?

It's a high-pressure, low-volume cartridge, so powder weight is more critical than with most handgun rounds. The fired brass is often more difficult to resize fully because of having been fired in some early .40 cal pistols with less fully-supported chambers; an extra step is often required. I often shoot .40cal with a third party barrel and load rounds to work with either, so I must plink test with both (ok, that's not universally applicable to loading .40cal). Is that enough?

You didn't ask about .257 Roberts specifically, but the added level of complexity for me it loading long enough to be close to the lands yet short enough to fit in the magazine of my short-action rifle. That can involve making powder charge adjustments because longer bullets seated deeper to stay off the lands can push case volume below what would be considered normal.

USSR
November 14, 2012, 10:43 AM
Hard to say exactly, except it is definitely for my handguns, as I create my own high quality hollowpoint bullets and reloading for them is little more than the cost of rimfire ammo.

Don

.45 ACP

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.45 Colt

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.38/.357

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tcj
November 14, 2012, 11:19 AM
9mm 'cause I shoot a lot of it; 30-06 'cause otherwise it would be too expensive

snakeman
November 14, 2012, 11:42 AM
308 and 17 rem fireball, they're just plain easy

Clark
November 14, 2012, 02:44 PM
I like the reloads I have killed animals with:
17Rem [prairie dogs]
223 [prairie dogs, ground squirrels]
220 Swift [prairie dogs]
243 [prairie dogs]
257RAI [deer]
270 [deer]
7mmRM [deer, antelope]
45/70 [raccoons]
50CB [raccoons]

Hondo 60
November 14, 2012, 03:01 PM
.38 Spl - it's the first handgun I bought & it's the easiest to reload.
My press runs smooth as butter doing this caliber.

2nd would have to be 45 Colt.
Nice large hole & a SAA is just so historic & simplistic in it's design & function.

dap22
November 14, 2012, 03:34 PM
41 Mag lights my fire. Take my revolver and Marlin 1894 FG to the range and blast away.

fatcpa
November 14, 2012, 05:18 PM
44 special because I can actually hit something with my S&W 629 with 4" barrel and 45 Colt because it works well with a variety of bullet weights and powders and it makes great big holes.

SlowFuse
November 14, 2012, 05:37 PM
Clark: 45/70 on raccoons? I bet that was interesting!

v8stang289
November 14, 2012, 05:37 PM
.45acp, Because it's probably the easiest I reload and the it's the round I enjoy shooting the most.

Clark
November 14, 2012, 05:48 PM
SlowFuse Clark: 45/70 on raccoons? I bet that was interesting!

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http://i757.photobucket.com/albums/xx220/ClarkM/4570insertmadeofAluminiumand332ndairplanedrilltodecapprimer7-28-2012.jpg

1 gr Red Dot 150 gr .458" cast bullet.
440 fps.
Sounds like a BB gun.
Stops raccoons with a body shot.
Gotta get the expansion ratio up to get the velocity up and yet the muzzle pressure down to one atmosphere above ambient, the threshold of super sonic gas escapement.
The other raccoons hang around waiting to get shot, too.

Scuba_Steve
November 14, 2012, 05:55 PM
I am faily new to reloading. My current favorite is .45 because it is what I enjoy shooting. However, I think 10mm may become my favorite as I shoot my new 1911 10mm more.

THe Dove
November 14, 2012, 05:59 PM
45 ACP and 45 Colt are my favorites. BUT, I enjoy each round no matter what caliber (rifle or pistol).

Just Saying.

The Dove

MaterDei
November 14, 2012, 06:04 PM
45ACP. It's sooo easy.

tightgroup tiger
November 14, 2012, 08:05 PM
30-30 win and .357 mag. The first two I started with. 30-06 a close second.

4895
November 15, 2012, 12:14 AM
.44 Magnum.

I love the versatility of the round and find it aesthetically appealing.

10 Spot Terminator
November 15, 2012, 12:36 AM
For handgun .38 spl. target wadcutters to +P hollow point varmit S&W M-14

for serious varmit and plinking in a rifle gimme my .223 Rem Tikka T3

For big game my A-Bolt 300 Win. Mag

Baryngyl
November 15, 2012, 12:59 AM
Clark: 45/70 on raccoons? I bet that was interesting!
Before I saw the special loads I was thinking it was probably about the same as the time I hit a chicken with a 58 Cal muzzle loader.


Michael Grace

2zulu1
November 15, 2012, 04:01 PM
I began loading the 357mag over 40 years ago, still my favorite. :)

Magnum Shooter
November 15, 2012, 05:09 PM
Whatever caliber I happen to be loading at the current time. Because I just love reloading.

justsoIcanupvotethis
November 15, 2012, 05:49 PM
44 magnum makes it all add up so much quicker. I can make the equivalent of $36 a box ammo for $15, and if I dont mind smoke I can get that down to around $8.50 or $9 for lead with Unique. Love shooting the red bullseye out of a target to where you can see daylight through the backboard.

Same thrill for me first time my .223 reloads shot a 5 shot group that were all touching.

1KPerDay
November 15, 2012, 05:50 PM
.40 or .45 ACP, because the cases and projectiles are big enough to hold onto and see into to check powder levels.

.380 is a PITA. :D

evan price
November 15, 2012, 07:21 PM
44 magnum. With my own cast slugs and range brass i can load for about $4 a box of 50 which is roughly 90 percent discount.

Kyle M.
November 16, 2012, 12:49 PM
.40 or .45 ACP, because the cases and projectiles are big enough to hold onto and see into to check powder levels.

.380 is a PITA. :D

You think .380 is bad I reloaded 1,000 .32's, and 1,000 .25,s for a friend who collects pocket pistols. That was a royal nightmare.

chriske
November 22, 2012, 05:27 AM
.38 Spl : easy, lots of experience with it , and as jhvaughan2 said : mild to wild
.45 Colt : challenging : still experimenting with that one
hate loading .45 ACP

Cleftwynd
November 22, 2012, 12:15 PM
7mm 08, lots and lots of bullet choices in .284, use almost any powder made, low recoil and muzzle blast so shooting lots and often are not punishing. Accurate design cartridge as well.

WYOMan
November 22, 2012, 01:12 PM
6.5X55 Not the youngest girl at the dance, but still a great cartridge. Accuracy IS her middle name. 45 Colt, nostalgic, easy to load, and still a powerful package even at black powder velocities.

GLOOB
November 22, 2012, 01:36 PM
Rifle rounds, in general. On my SS press, reloading pistol feels a little inefficient.

223 Remmy in particular, for many reasons. It's the only caliber I have a 6 cavity mold for, and the caliber for which I have the most cases. I was gifted 1000 truly OF'd LC by a friend that I am not even close to touching, yet. Sizing force of lubed 223 is less than most pistol calibers. And I have got the whole process so streamlined with an M die, no inside chamfering, less and faster* trimming, and a slicked up powder measure, that I'm loading it just as fast as I ever loaded jacketed.

Plus, whenever I load a 7mm-08 or a pistol rd, it always crosses my mind how many .223 boolits I could have made with the same amount of lead. At least it's the only caliber I use lino for, else it would drive me to fits shooting 230 gr 45 ACP. :)

*Finally figured out how to use the Zip trim chuck to its full potential. I must be slow, because I've been locking the case into the Zip chuck by hand for over a year, instead of zipping it open/closed with the drill while holding the case on there with a fingertip. :) Between Zip chuck mastery and less chamfering, trimming is so fast it's nearly painless. It's easier to trim an entire batch when due, than to measure and separate, now. I have also imagined a system where I hopefully don't have to use the calipers, anymore, at all. The plan is while loading an older batch, I can identify the ones that need trimming by where/how the crimp ends up, and put those together for a dedicated shoot n trim session when I have enough of them. Which I can afford to do, since I have so many cases.

mike.h
November 22, 2012, 02:59 PM
Started out with .45ACP,
9mm is a little more involved because to the smaller, tapered case,
getting set up for .223. Has a few more steps but I'm looking forward to it...

788Ham
November 22, 2012, 11:12 PM
I've loaded more .38 Spl's than I ever thought possible. I've picked up 3 revolvers in this caliber the last 4 months, plus I've got my eye on another one at the upcoming GS next weekend. Plus I load .223's by the sackfuls, need to keep things in the rifle dept. running too.

zxcvbob
November 22, 2012, 11:24 PM
Probably .38 Special just for the fun of loading and shooting it.

But also .45 Colt because I save almost $1 per shot reloading that one, and I've never found any factory .45LC that I liked. (I haven't tried all that many cuz it's so expensive)

stiffdogg06
November 23, 2012, 12:36 AM
.40 because I crank out about 100 rounds in 15mins.

and

.223 because it's very hands on with my single stage which I very much enjoy. Must the be engineer in me.

Jaxondog
November 23, 2012, 08:21 AM
It has to be 10mm for me. Reason is because I love to shoot 1911's and mine are in 10mm.

FROGO207
November 23, 2012, 09:04 AM
As some have stated I do not have any particular that I like above others, but I probably have reloaded more rimmed handgun ammo (32 short to 500 S&W) than any other in 30+ years with ACP style a close second. I find any reloading rewarding/relaxing in it's own rite and as such a favorite activity as it is.:D

Crashbox
November 23, 2012, 10:17 AM
I currently reload for only two different cartridges, .357 Magnum and .40 S&W- I checked my reload log earlier this week and I would say it is definitely the .357 as it has been almost TWO YEARS since I cranked out any .40s!!! I think this proves that I'm much more of a revolver person as opposed to semi-auto...

James2
November 23, 2012, 01:36 PM
44 Spl. The first handgun I loaded for. It was and still is very pleasing to put together some high performance loads. Also the larger parts are easier for my old, tired, and big fingers to handle.

222 Rem. Easy to size and the powders used cut nicely in the measure. Just a pleasure to load.

CGT80
November 24, 2012, 02:06 AM
9mm because I can crank out 100 rounds in 3 minutes.

460 Mag because I can go anywhere from mild to wild. 160-400 grain bullets and 600-2400 fps. It is fun to play with such a big case, and it is easy to hold onto. I have never bought factory 460 ammo due to cost. My home cast bullet loads cost me about $10 per 100 rounds and I can load a 240 Hornady XTP MAG to 1932fps for 70 cents vs. $1-$3 per round in the stores.

It is more fun to unload the ammo though.

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