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Reloading the Hornady FTX for Marlin 450

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by emb, Feb 25, 2010.

  1. emb

    emb Member

    Aug 16, 2007
    I have a Marlin 1895 450. I currently load a 250 grn Barnes X and a 300 Hornady HP to the published COAL for those bullets. I wanted to try the 325 Hornady FTX. The Hornady website had the reloading information for this bullet. It recommends that the cases be trimmed to 2.04 rather than the standard. I suppose that they recommend this so that the when the bullet is seated and crimped you can to get to the published COAL. But, if I do that, I will not be able to use the cases to load any other bullets. I really don't want to do that.

    Is the COAL that critcal for this rifle? Is the chamber that tight or is there a little free bore? I have a Stoney Point tool, but I do not have the case to measure the lands for this rifle, and I have RCBS Mic gauges but not for this rifle. I can probably get them, but I recall that there is a "low tech" way to measure this using the bullet, an empty case, and a magic marker. Any one know how to do that? I also seem to recall that Hornady now owns Stoney Point. Is that right?

    I thought that I'd just build a couple of dummy rounds and see how they load, chamber, and extract. I don't usually load to the lands and in most cases not even close. However, when I do, even minor differences in COAL can make a difference. Consequently, I really do want to know where I'm at on this measurement.

  2. GMFWoodchuck

    GMFWoodchuck member

    Feb 18, 2010
    I'm guessing the COAL needs to be different because the ogive is drastically different than on the typical flat-nose bullet and therefore the freebore would be quite different. And perhaps it also has to deal with feeding issues as well.

    I think your dummy round idea is a good one.

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