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Old Reloads

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by MI2600, Dec 9, 2013.

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  1. MI2600

    MI2600 Member

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    I had another thread about some old 4227 that was included in a purchase. I decided not to use the powder. But, the purchase also included some "vintage" reloads. I broke one down and it is a 210 gr lead bullet atop 24.2 gr of the above 4227.

    Would there be any problem with trying them in my Uberti revolver? I would think that at worst I would have a non-fire or a squib.
     
  2. plmitch

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    Why chance it.
     
  3. 9mmfan

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    How much do you trust the habits of the seller? Most will tell you to only shoot your own reloads. I'm tempted to agree with them.

    There is every chance that they will all fire fine, but plmitch up there has a point.

    The worst that could happen could be far worse than just a squib or misfire. You could blow up that Uberti revolver, and your hand as well...
     
  4. gamestalker

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    I used to shoot other peoples reloads some years back, but after a couple very close calls, I don't do it any more. In fact, my son bought some 7 mag reloads at a yard sale a while back, and all of them were terrible quality, and no where near off published spec..

    As for someone else's old reloads, not a chance. I would re-use the brass and the bullets if possible, but that's about it.

    GS
     
  5. blarby

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    If you decided not to use the powder, I wouldn't use the cartridges containing that powder for the same reason.
     
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    I wouldn't shoot other peoples reloads even if I knew all the facts of the round. What if the powder is bad, bullet not seated far enough down or to far down, used mag primers instead of regular.

    For the time its worth tearing down to components, and reuse bullet and case.
     
  7. ArchAngelCD

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    The only time I shoot reloads from someone else is when we are at the range and they hand me their handgun loaded with their reloads. Even then I wouldn't normally shoot them except I trust these 2 guys a lot... They are my close shooting/hunting/fishing/reloading buddies!
     
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    I don't shoot ANYONE'S reloads. I load rifle hunting ammo for a few select friends.
    Several years ago a local Police Department lost some .38 Special revolvers due to some low priced "quanity" reloads.
     
  9. MI2600

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    I checked my Lyman's manual and that load, assuming the powder will even ignite, is about a starting load for the 44-40.
     
  10. Poper

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    You have the advice of some very experienced reloaders above. And I agree completely with them. I, too, do not shoot any reloads but those I have loaded myself.

    Apparently you have the inclination to shoot someone else's vintage reloads, from a person you know nothing about and the age of which you can only guess. FWIW, I suggest you go ahead and do whatever you feel you want to do. :what:

    Good luck with that.
     
  11. AABEN

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    Heck if you checked the powder and the OAL and all is good go for it.
     
  12. witchhunter

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    I would pull the bullets and reload em myself, using that powder if you want. It has been kept dry...loaded, right? I don't shoot unknown reloads either.
     
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    I shoot with a larger group of people who I have come to know real well. I know who reloads well and who has problems. Some of them I would not heistate to shoot their loads as they would gladly shoot mine. Some of them,,,,,,,no way! A stranger I know nothing about????? HA!!, need I say more. Not in my gun.
     
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