Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by webrx, Nov 27, 2021.
Reloading for half a century with a single stage press. Zero squibs.
I have a very systematic approach when I reload. I’ll spare you the details, but I load on a single stage and I measure every powder drop. Yes, I’m that anal.
p.s. rifle and pistol both.
I would double like this post if I could, I am anal when I reload as well and I throw and weigh each load.
I believe this as well, not sure if there is anything intrinsic in loading with a progressive that increases the risk of a no powder load part of why I asked, but then again I have never used a progressive. I am guessing it would be more likely an auto powder drop could bridge and maybe that would have a bearing, but that could happen on a turret or single stage if you dropped directly into a case and didn’t look or have a way to verify the drop.
Change this to "I've been reloading for 3 1/2 years" and it could be me. No squibs, and I also load on a single stage and weigh every charge.
#1 colt commando I stuck 5 158grain swc in the gun. No bullets were hitting paper and I was a terrible shot at age 13 so I did not notice until pistol locked up. No damage done , just alot of work to drill and pull 3-4 inches of a lead rod. Problem was a weak load using Unique.
#2 ruger sec 6 I was loading 38 special on a ch auto champion and had fired a few hundred rounds and the last cylinder a bullet stuck in the 2.75 inch barrel. IDK what happened but I quit using those machines because my trust was not there in powder measure. I was loading full power loads
I pick me as the reason the squibs happened
I now only use dillon or star presses and powder measures. My dillons sport a powder check die and I have not had any issues since changing.
ETA: I forgot to say this was all on a single stage and now mostly use a turret press.
I have been loading for over five years, but not as long as many. I have not had any hand loaded squibs, yet, even though I keep looking for them when I pull the handle or trigger. I’ll keep looking for them anyway…
I did have one factory squib, if rimfire counts. The bullet was stuck in the breech, but was worried out easily enough. Remington Thunderduds anyone?
It was strange because usually there’s powder, they just don’t prime them…
I have had two factory duds, but no squibs. One primer didn’t have compound in it, the other seemed to burn but just not work.
And, besides rimfire, I no longer shoot factory made ammunition.
Same here, every single round gets thrown and weighed. And as soon as it is weighed and poured in with the funnel, it goes right into the press to get a bullet seated. Anal? Yes. Time consuming? Yes. Makes me not doubt things? A little less. Lol. More time in the shop to myself doing something I enjoy? Definitely
I have had two stuck bullets in my career, one was a water damaged factory load, one was an intentional light load thrown together hastily. The latter was a 125 gr bullet with 158 gr OAL and powder charge, demonstrating that you can get the powder too far away from the primer to ignite.
I also bought a rifle with bulged barrel from shooting out a stuck bullet or maybe a patch. Hard to bring a cleaning rod to a gun show to check such things.
I have had 6 squibs, all .22LR and all from the same bulk pack.
I was intentionally loading, to see how low in could go, for Cowboy shooting. Using 95gr RNFP in .38 brass. Book starting load was 1.8 gr. Loaded 5 rounds at 1.8 and 5 it 1.7.
The 1.8 gr shot fine, like a .22LR.
First round of 1.7gr, I could SEE the bullet floating to the 7 yard gong and hit the Hong, fall to the ground. Barely heard it hit.
Second round was a repeat of first.
Third round stopped at the muzzle, did not clear barrel.
Took other 2 rounds and pulled bullets.
I do not load less 2.0 gr, now.
Same here. I sent my RCBS lockout die where it stops my lnl dead in its' tracks when case is 2.0 grains low or high. I also verify powder in stage 4 before manually placing bullet.
Again, I improved my operation by separating sizing from loading, priming off the press, and adding a powder cop die. Also, when I have an upset in the process, I clear out the cases in the press so that I do not miss a case that has not been charged.
No squibs since.
I’ll never say I’ll never have another squib load, but I’ll do my best to prevent them.
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