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Some of the not so bright Reloading Ideas you have heard of.

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by Barr, May 15, 2006.

  1. Barr

    Barr Well-Known Member

    Well, I was at work the other day talking with one of my fellow co-workers. Turns out he had some revolutionary new ideas. This post is very tongue in cheek, please do not under any circumstances EVEN CONSIDER THIS!

    1. While reloading some cartridges he thinks it is ok dip the case into the powder and fill it to the brim. The example he gave was IMR 4895 in a .30-06 cartridge. When I asked him why not use a Lee Safety Scale (only 20 dollars after all) his response was that not everyone has 20 dollars. Ok your money, so save 20 dollars and blow up 500 dollar gun.

    My thinking, this is dangerous for a few reasons:

    First of all burn rates vary the pressure curves for different cartridges.

    Second if the cartridge is filled to the brim and a bullet is then seated this creates a compressed charge which in turn causes a major pressure spike. Translation: Gun blows up.

    2. For the one or two more obscure cartridges he loads he has to form his own brass. This is one area I will plead ignorance to. I am relatively certain that once again filling the cartridge case to the brim is not a good idea to "swell the brass" to fit the chamber of his rifle. From what I understand a good stout charge (from a reloading manual of course) should swell the brass just fine. Most rifle calibers have a max SAAMI psi of at least 40,000 psi and as high as 60-65,000 psi in some.

    My thinking: This individual does not know how to properly form his brass. He should probably just buy the right brass until he learns how to do it correctly. Brass is cheap, guns are not.

    Moral of this thread:

    Spend the money and buy what you need. In these cases it means a cheap scale, probably the right brass, a reloading manual, perhaps a mini lathe/case trimmer with a book on how to use it with appropriate fire forming tools for brass. This person might also develop the urge to have a life insurance policy for his loved ones.

    Does anyone else have similar stories or additional thoughts to add?
  2. JDGray

    JDGray Well-Known Member

    I agree, get the nessessary equipment. But some powder can be safely compressed, and some loads, you cant get enough powder in the case to be dangerous. Hopefully he has picked that powder, I cant imagin getting max velocity, or performance out of that powder either.
  3. R.W.Dale

    R.W.Dale Well-Known Member

    Your buddy isn't named Clark by any chance is he.
  4. Jim Watson

    Jim Watson Well-Known Member

    There was a guy in this area known to all handloaders as "Scoops." He was semi-illiterate and could not comprehend all those numbers on the powder cans. If it was labeled "rifle powder" he figured it was good for his rifle. And the brass was obviously made to hold the right amount of "rifle powder" so why not fill it up? His loading technique was to scoop the case full of powder and crunch a bullet down on it. He had blown up two .300 Win Mags and was fixing to wreck a third when my friend at the store realized the problem and helped him out. He would never sell him any "rifle powder" except H870 which is too slow to give trouble at case full loads. He sold him 4227 for a .44 Magnum, for which a case full is an overload but not more than a Ruger would stand.
  5. mete

    mete Well-Known Member

    Part of this goes back to the black powder days when, since black powder is very bulky ,you could just fill up the case. When smokeless came in some were made very bulky so they same thing could be done safely. We have recently reinvented the wheel. Cowboy shooters apparently are not too bright so at least one company has brought out a bulky smokeless powder so again cases can be filled up with the powder !!!
  6. griz

    griz Well-Known Member

    Things I have heard that scared me:

    1. "You can't blow up a Blackhawk with handloads, they're too strong."
    2. "I am sure the charge was 8.0 grains, I think it's Unique."
    3. "I'm only getting misfires about every ten rounds."

    I've heard others that would sound worse if you didn't know the guy was joking.
  7. Barr

    Barr Well-Known Member

    His name is not Clark, and he does seem to be literate and somewhat intelligent I guess. I think he is one of those "commandoes" that I would never trust to go shooting with or give him too much detail about what I have/do. I understand that in some cases brass can be filled with a particular powder and then fired but he just sounded downright shocked when I mentioned the words "Powder Scale" and "Weighing the charge". I cannot imagine accuracy being that good with erratic powder charges. In a handgun, 5 grains in one and 5.3 in the next etc. Rifle would be even worse.
  8. bobaloo

    bobaloo Well-Known Member

    Amazingly enough I had just finished hearing that exact story, 30-06 dipped in 4895 from a buddy here, just a few moments before reading that post.

    He's an old timer and long-time shooter, said he used to do that and was surprised at how good the accuracy was. Not as good as exact charges but not as bad as he would have thought.

    If you think about it commercial ammo and handloads with progressives are measured by volume, not weight, although we try to be somewhat more precise. If it's not a major overcharge it should work, although it's certainly not the best technique...
  9. Owen

    Owen Moderator Emeritus

    Nah, that doesn't sound like Clark at all.

    Clark is actively rying to destroy guns, in a very controlled manner. "A case full of powder" charge isn't going to provide as much data as he is looking for.
  10. Vern Humphrey

    Vern Humphrey Well-Known Member

    A good example is Hodgdon's Li'l Gun and the .22 Hornet. I just dip the cases full and tap them to settle the powder. With my M82 Kimber, I get 1/2" groups at 100 yards.
  11. mtnbkr

    mtnbkr Well-Known Member

    I've worked with some of Clark's data as a guide and reproduced his results safely.

    But it's more fun to point fingers and laugh.

  12. R.W.Dale

    R.W.Dale Well-Known Member

    Let me guess you use the double 357 charge in a 9x23 case when loading for your reamed out Tokarev.:evil:
  13. The Bushmaster

    The Bushmaster Well-Known Member

    L O L...(Snicker):D
  14. qajaq59

    qajaq59 Well-Known Member


    I haven't got a 30-06 case handy, but if anyone does, scoop out that much IMR (?)4895 powder and let me know what the weight is. That is scary.....
  15. The Bushmaster

    The Bushmaster Well-Known Member

    I use H-4831SC in my .30-06 and I surely wouldn't just scoop out a case load and seat a bullet on top of it. I tend to value my Browning A-bolt and my hands and face. Even if it is ugly.:D
  16. mtnbkr

    mtnbkr Well-Known Member

    32acp data with Power Pistol Powder.

  17. ~z

    ~z Well-Known Member

    Though I weigh em out anyway, a "top of the brim full" .222 and IMR3031 is good medicine. Weighs 22.6 ish gn.
  18. HSMITH

    HSMITH Well-Known Member

    I know a guy that used to scoop 270's in IMR 4350, and crunch a 150 down on them. His gun was a Remington pump, and I say was becuase it got blown to BITS!!!! He still has pieces of it in his face, neck and chest. Small pieces, but nonetheless it is an idiotic thing to do when good data is a couple flips of the page away.

    The funny part, if there is one, is that he shot HUNDREDS and possibly even a thousand or so of the rounds loaded that way before he got bitten. We were both pretty young then, 16 or so, but I knew better and tried to tell him. I wasn't there when it blew, but I saw him shoot hundreds of those rounds (from well behind him LOL).
  19. Standing Wolf

    Standing Wolf Member in memoriam

    Gun powder is like pipe tobacco: you've pretty much got to mix a little of this and a little of that to get the exact right flavor.
  20. Sharps Shooter

    Sharps Shooter Well-Known Member

    qajaq59, I didn't have any sized 30-06 cases handy either, but I tried it with a couple of unsized ones. The R-P case, full to the rim, held 63.5 grains of IMR 4895, while the Winchester case held 65.2 grains of the same powder. I was a bit surprised by difference, but just by just dipping each case in a bowl full of powder I might have compressed the powder in the Winchester case a little bit more. Both cases had been fired in the same gun.
    At any rate, my Speer Manual shows a max charge of 49.5 grains of IMR 4895 behind a 150 grain bullet. Heck, it only shows 54.2 grains of IMR 4895 behind a 110 grain bullet as maximum in a 30-06.
    I'll bet even if I'd had been using re-sized cases for this experiment, they would have held over 60 grains of IMR 4895. So, we're talking 10 to 15 percent over max. That's scary enough for me.

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