Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by RONALD MORPHEW, Nov 2, 2022.
I bought a Rockchucker and a manual.
I settled on RL22.
Does your friend still have both eyes and all 10 fingers?
Compressed loads in large cases with slow powder are not all that unusual. For some of these you had to taptaptap the case to settle the powder so all of it would fit in. With some, it was recommended that another primer be placed on top of the powder before seating the bullet. Not sure I go for that, but I've seen descriptions of the process for some long range riflery. These comments are not recommendations, but merely advisements of historical facts.. And no, this all was not just for black powder, but for regular smokeless canister powders of the day.
So stick to the manuals!
My son, in looking over my old reloading manuals, has noticed that their max loads are far greater then in the same brands of manuals issued today, so keep that in mind.
I guess there are more lawyers running around loose nowadays than back then.
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And reloaded close to 700,000 pistol rounds since ... Happy memories ... and over $160,000 spent on components and reloading equipment. (Yeah, wife got a kick out of that number and since had to increase her "slush fund no questions asked" money to $15,000 ). And I just got another press (This will be press #16) for more reloading fun - https://www.thehighroad.org/index.p...oxing-and-testing-for-oal-consistency.911743/
But the real start was 7mm Remington Mag back in the mid 80's for a Rem 700 ADL on a RCBS Rock Chucker (still have all the original hardware) and RCBS dies. Geez, I loved that rifle with its Leupold VariX II 3.5x10. Still have the flinch I developed. Used to shoot my ex-wife's stuffed animals out to 400 yards, back when 400 yards was a long way. It wasn't about ammo prices, it was about being able to make my own ammo.
For metallic cartridges it would be 38 special. I moved on to 9 mm after that and have just recently come back to shooting some of these early loads. Light loads of powders that are too slow-burning (shotshell powders that I already had lying around) inconsistent oal, and crimping all over the place. They work, but I do realize how much I’ve learned.
post Navy and the only way I could afford to shoot.
RCBS rock chucker and RCBS carbide dies.
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