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Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by Dueling1911s, Sep 26, 2011.

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  1. Dueling1911s

    Dueling1911s Member

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    so i'm relatively new to reloading. have 250 rounds under my belt. i was going through my books when i noticed there is quite a difference between powder load limits between my books

    i have bought the speer book and lyman pistol book. my buddy has the hornady book.

    example

    i'm loading 40 cal 180 grains ranier fmj's with hs-6

    speer book: min 7.3gr max 8.2 gr
    lyman book: min: 6.9gr max 8.0 gr
    hornady book: min 6.2 max 7.2 gr

    i expected a little bit of difference but hornady is out there in left field on this one

    who's book should i follow?
     
  2. rcmodel

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    But none of the three books you mentioned have any data for plated Ranier bullets.

    Speer is using Speer plated bullets, but their plating is much different in thickness and composition the what Ranier uses.
    Lyman is using Sierra Jacketed bullets.
    Hornady is using Hornady bullets.

    Each company is also very likely using different brands of cases, primers, and different lots of powder too, sometimes tested years apart.

    You also have to realize each book used different pressure measuring equipment, with different barrels.
    Speer used a real S&W handgun, as did Hornady.
    Lyman used a Universal receiver with a 4" SAAMI spec test barrel.

    And Hornady might be accused of being a little more cautious with thier load data then Lyman, and certainly more cautious then Speer.

    To further compound your confusion.
    Go to the source of HS-6 powder, Hodgdon's.
    If anyone should know, they should, right?
    They show 6.1 Start - 6.9 Max with a Hornady XTP bullet.

    rc
     
  3. Dueling1911s

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    where can i go to get ranier bullet info then?

    i'm reloading to save money on practice loads not protection rounds. juries kind of frown upon hand loaded carry loads

    hard to beat federal hst 180 grs anyways
     
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    rcmodel Member in memoriam

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    You can use any of the data you did find.
    Just not the max loads listed.

    You could add them all together and average the start & max loads from all four sources.
    Then split the difference and call it good.

    Or you could use lead bullet data like Rainier says to use.

    From thier web site:


    rc
     
  5. Jim Watson

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    You might be better off with one manual and a good grasp of the concept of starting loads and "working up" maybe even with a chronograph in the case of a pistol in what used to be called a "high intensity" cartridge.

    Multiple sources can just get you confused.
     
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    Loading with plated or lead requires you to have to do some ball park guessing. Not my idea of reloading at all, and also not a bullet that will ever travel through any guns I own.
     
  7. rcmodel

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    No lead?
    No plated?

    You are missing an awful lot of low cost fun shooting!
    Had you have been shooting 50 years ago, you would shoot lead revolver bullets, or you wouldn't shoot, as jacketed revolver bullets had simply not been invented yet.

    And there is no more guessing then there is when loading jacketed bullets.

    rc
     
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    http://www.thehighroad.org/showpost.php?p=6195350&postcount=11

    Ramshot's latest PDF has plated data now as well. Berrys has data coming out soon.

    The first reloaders worked a lot without real data. ;)
     
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    I've noticed that the reloading books from powder companies have hotter loads than the bullet companies.
     
  10. rcmodel

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    Well, sometimes they do, and sometimes they don't.

    In this thread alone we have:

    Speer: min 7.3gr max 8.2 gr
    Lyman: min: 6.9gr max 8.0 gr
    Hornady: min 6.2 max 7.2 gr

    The powder company, Hodgdon:
    min 6.1 - max 6.9 gr.

    rc
     
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    No lead??? I sure would hate to have to go back to jacketed bullets for my handguns!! My shooting would have to either slow down or cost me way more! I love shooting the lead through both my 9MM and 45 ACP. I use AA #5 in both and get the data from Accurate Powder's website.
     
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    contact the powder mfg

    I have had good luck contacting the powder companies for data not listed in the manuals.
     
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    I've contacted Accurate & Hodgdon.

    Accurate's ballistician, Johan Loubser, has been very helpful!

    Hodgdon on the other hand has decided to ignore my load data questions.
     
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    Hi all, just found this site and really like it, so I thought I would make my first post and try to help out a little.

    I am too new to reloading and had the same problem that you have seen. I am loading .40S&W with Berry's plated 180gr. FP using HS-6, I noticed that Speer load data seemed to be the hottest, so what I did was use the Hodgon site.

    Keeping with what Berry's suggest and the same with Rainer in keeping the load to the minimum and mid-range, I started with loads of 6.2gr, and 6.4 and then 6.7grs, all with an O.A.L. of 1.125, tens rounds each.

    They all fired fine and cycled the gun (FNX40) real well, and I liked the 6.7gr the best so that is where I stayed at. Didn't have any signs of over pressure and they were all accurate.

    Another note, I call Hornady to find out what their bullet OAL was for the FMJ and they told me .609 to .619, now the Berrys are .595 to .596, the reason I wanted this was to determine approximate case volume, when I loaded to 1.125 OAL as the Hodgon site listed, try out a few different loads until you find out what you like best and just stay under the max load given, Good Luck and be Safe,
     
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    I have wondered about the variations in load data and have a theory.


    Using 180 gr jacketed bullet load data as an example, Hodgdon indicates:
    Hodgdon's test was done using Hornady case trimmed to .845", Winchester SP primer, 1:16" twist rate, and in a 4" test barrel.



    Lyman #49 indicates
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    Lyman's test was done using Winchester case trimmed to .845", Winchester SP primer, 1:16" twist rate, and in a 4" test barrel with a .401" groove diameter.



    If Hodgdon used .400" groove diameter test barrel, Lyman's load data showing higher powder charges maybe due to the larger groove diameter of the test barrel (.401") for the .400" diameter jacketed bullet used. For the same length test barrel with same twist rate, the difference in velocities for the same 5.0 gr powder charge were 947 fps (Hodgdon) vs 927 fps (Lyman).

    Perhaps due to more high pressure gas leaking with the .401" groove diameter test barrel, maximum SAAMI chamber pressure may not have reached until higher powder charges were used. Of course, bullets used were different brands and OALs used were not the same but I hope you get the idea.

    [​IMG]
     
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