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Shot first reloads

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by Vicious-Peanut, Apr 19, 2008.

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  1. Vicious-Peanut

    Vicious-Peanut Member

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    Well, I finally got out to the range to shoot my first loads. I had 30 - 50 grain SP with 26 gr. BL(C)-2 and one of them failed to eject fully in my Mini-14. Next up was the same bullet with 26.5 gr. of BL(C)-2 and all 75 of them went off without a hitch, and ejected fine. all loads used winchester SR primers. I guess the 26 gr. load is little light for the Mini.

    Anyways it felt great to finally shoot them and no have any problems with them.
     
  2. RustyFN

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    It's about damn time.:neener: There's nothing like the feeling of shooting your own loads for the first time. Congrats.
    Rusty
     
  3. lgbloader

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    I still remember shooting the first 38 spl rounds that I loaded. I was so proud... I loaded em with the Lee classic loader, too! Man, those were the days... I might have to load some 38 spcl on my single station press instead of my "blue press" for good 'ole timesake!!
     
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    yep i remember that day. your nervous as heck at first but then you pull the trigger and they work and your instantly hooked.
     
  5. Floppy_D

    Floppy_D Member In Memoriam

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    The 1st rounds I ever made, I put through my Sig P229... my tailpipe was pickle-puckered for the first few, but I relaxed a little after I had a few mags through it.

    Thousands of rounds later without factory ammo, no complaints. :D
     
  6. Sunray

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    "...the 26 gr. load is little light for the Mini..." Not if it was only one case. 26.0 is the starting load for BL-C2 with that bullet weight. Most likely the one case isn't quite right. A burr or slightly off size extractor groove. You're next step is to work up a load.
    Beginning with the starting load given in your manual, load 5 rounds only. Go up by half a grain of powder, loading 5 of each keeping them separate until you get to the max load in your manual.
    Then go shooting. Shoot at 100 yards, for group only, slowly and deliberately off a bench.
    Change targets between strings of 5 and allow time for the barrel to cool.
    When you find the best group, sight in.
     
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