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Shot my first reloads

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by Chacon, Mar 11, 2008.

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  1. Chacon

    Chacon Member

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    Went to the range to today to shoot first my reloads. Needless to say I was not very successful. I Bought 400, 40 S&W 165 gr JHP at a gun show. Looked up some loads and decided to go with 6.5 grains (Starting Load) of unique and Winchester primers with an overall length of 1.122 inches. I first loaded one round at a time into my glock 22, which was working. When I started to load multiple rounds into to the magazine the action would not load the next round into battery. It seems that the action does not have enough power to strip the round out of the magazine. In addition, I had squib towards the end of session.:banghead::banghead::banghead: I went straight to the hardware store after the range and bought a brass rod to tap out the round. Should I increase my load or is there another factor at play? I am definitely not discouraged just wondering what next?
     
  2. H1500308

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    Happened to me the first time I shot reloads in my G19. I stepped up my powder charge a little and now I've had 100% reliability. If you are using the dippers and Lee loading data you may not be charging your loads enough to cycle the action on your Glock.
     
  3. mrawesome22-250

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    A squib a? Sounds like your powder charging method leaves a little to be desired.

    Which bullet are you using exactly?
     
  4. Chacon

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    I am loading on a Dillon 550 B checking the charges on rcbs rangemaster 750. No clue what type of rounds they are I bought them at the gun show 30$ per 400

    Squib http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Squib_load
     
  5. dave from mesa

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    OK here's my take:
    Up the powder charge to 1/2 way between min/max. Never bother with a staring load for a stock gun.
    Since you are new to reloading the 550 wouldn't have been my first choice to start on. Don't get me wrong I have 3 dillon presses.
    You need to learn the basics before you need to load lots of ammo fast.
    Put a strong light a ways above your press and ALWAYS look into the case after you have dropped the powder and before seating the bullet. No more squibs that way.
    Remember as slow as you can go on a progressive press is still 4x faster than on a single stage.
    Helped a friend who had reloaded 40 yrs learn how to use a 550 and it amazed me how many mistakes he made. Lots of things to remember in one stroke of the handle.
    Ok off my soapbox.
    You just keep at it and pretty soon you will be making lots of great ammo

    Good luck
     
  6. shooter429

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    I am thinking powder charge too

    But tell me, you are using all new primers, powder etc.?

    Shooter429
     
  7. Chacon

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    I bought the powder from the local gun shop and the primers at a gun show. Everything seem to be brand new.
     
  8. Shoney

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    The bullets may be listed as 165, but did you weigh a few dozen to see the exact weight and variation???????
     
  9. strat81

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    If you're using a Dillon 550, only load one case into the press at a time. There's a lot going on with a progressive press and it's easy to miss something.
     
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    I went with a minimum load for my 229 my first time, and had cycling issues. I stepped it up to the halfway point, and it's been a dream ever since. Is this your CCW? If so, perhaps you could try to duplicate your favorite defense load, through trial and error. There's a lot to be gained from that.
     
  11. ArchAngelCD

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    Chacon,
    Welcome to the forum.....

    This is a very nice forum with Hundreds of shooters/reloaders willing to help. Many are very knowledgeable (unlike me) with vast experience under their belts. I hope I'm wrong but it seems a little nasty of you to post a link to explain what a squib load is right after "mrawesome22-250" mentioned, "A squib a? Sounds like your powder charging method leaves a little to be desired."

    I truly hope I'm wrong and if I am please just ignore this post except for the "welcome to the forum" statement. That holds true no matter what...
     
  12. Chacon

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    ArchAngelCD I mis read the post. When i first read the post i thought he was asking what squib was. Didn't mean to offend anyone
    No this isn't for my CCW just trying to put together a plinking load.
    I am just going to just step up the charge. Thanks everyone
     
  13. dave from mesa

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    See, I read it as this is a squib, right? Sounded like Chacon was saying this is a squib as he sees it and posted the link.
    Up the powder charge and have LOTS of fun.
     
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