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5.45x39

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by St.Zu, Apr 4, 2011.

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  1. St.Zu

    St.Zu Member

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    anyone reload this caliber?
     
  2. rcmodel

    rcmodel Member in memoriam

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    Anyone making boxer primed brass cases so you can reload it?

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

    rc
     
  3. hilljack

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    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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