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Do you vary load for barrel lengths?

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by bds, Oct 8, 2011.

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  1. bds

    bds Member

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    Gearing up for another reloading session and wondered. Do you vary the powder charge for different length barreled pistols?

    I load for both full size and sub compact pistols in 9mm, 40S&W and 45ACP and find that I need to tailor the loads to reliably cycle the stiffer recoil spring sets in the subcompacts as full size pistols will reliably cycle lower powder charges.

    If I was just loading for full size pistols, I would be fine with start-to-mid range load data for target loads. For subcompacts, I need to use mid-to-high range load data.
     
  2. Walkalong

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    Everything I load will cycle everything I have.
     
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    Same here.

    But I don't load starting loads in mass quanities.

    All my standard loads pretty much duplicate factory loads near as I can get them.

    rc
     
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    I used to have a sub compact 40 S&W pistol that would break after a time when shooting factory level ammunition. Recoil would bend the take down pin to the point it could not be removed.

    I would load rounds for it less powerful than my full size 40 S&W in hopes of not destroying the sub compact.
     
  5. gamestalker

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    I'm sure some tailor the loads to the barrel, I don't. I load for SC and full framed pistols with the same load, which for me would be a full house load. I've never broke a gun of any shape, size, or caliber as yet.
     
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    never had that issue
     
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