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What to do with some elses reloads

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by jeeptim, Feb 19, 2012.

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  1. jeeptim

    jeeptim Member

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    Got the deal we only dream about a full size truck load of reloading stuff I wont say how much, but with all this stuff were about 3000 hand loads with cast boolets what do you do with all that?
    I sure as heck aint gonna shoot em or pull em.
    any ideas?
     
  2. A-FIXER

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    I would pull the round on random rounds and weigh the charge and if possible identify the powder and if they check out as constant I would give them a go but again measure and check out thoughly.
     
  3. Wildbillz

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    Been there done that. Pull them down and reload the brass. Save the bullets to be reused or melt and recast. Powder went out on the lawn as fertalizer. The primes I have saved but not sure if I want to use them as I truly don't know if there LPM or SLP.

    I did over a thousand 44mags and still have a couple of ammo cans full of miss stuff to pull down. I even managed to brake a knentic puller doing it.

    WB
     
  4. jcwit

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    Pull them, dump the powder, and reload with a mid-range load. Don't worry whether they are Std. small pistol or mag. small pistol. If they use large pistol primers again to the same as above.

    Use them for practice rounds.
     
  5. 777TRUTH

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    Pretty much what I would do.
     
  6. kingmt

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    Did everything come from one loader? Is it someone you know?
     
  7. 41 Mag

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    Personally, I would look for any load data which may have been written on the boxes and then pull a random sampling to determine if they were what they said they were.

    I was given some 38 boxes of 45 ACP loaded with 185gr SWC's. The load data was written in pencil on the inside of the carton flaps. I pulled a couple from several boxes and everything looked just like the same listed powder from my own can so I went out to the range with a box of them and a box of my own loads using the same recipe. I personally found no difference what so ever in the two and have been shooting them up at random sessions every since.

    This said, if no data is found, you don't know the original loader, and you cannot identify the powder and weights, then definitely pull and recycle the components.
     
  8. FROGO207

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    I have purchased a lot of reloaded ammo in the past some from estate sales and some from vendors at gunshows. All were sold as component only and I was happy with them at the prices I paid. when I got my first lot of 30-06 stuff I invested in a Hornaday Cam Lock puller and 30 cal collet. I consider it money well spent.:) I did take them all down and considered the propellant fertilizer. The other stuff was reused with low-medium power loadings as that is what I use anyway. Everything worked as it was supposed to----both eyes and 10 fingers still.:) This would be your safest route but if there are a lot of rounds and you can pull some random ones and all looks good--are you feeling lucky??:scrutiny: Good for you for your windfall.:D
     
  9. PlusP

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    I won't shoot reloads with an unknown origin ......
     
  10. Coltdriver

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    I had the same situation once, or close to it.

    I took the ammo to a commercial reloader and offed it. He went to all of the hassle of pulling the bullets and reloading it.
     
  11. unknwn

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    My brother left me have a thousand or so 9mm that he assembled some years ago for an AR conversion that he had.
    When I asked him about the recipe he used, he just shrugged his shoulders and said something along the line of " maybe Bluedot or something like that, I know that they were sorta' HOT though"
    Well, being new to reloading, I followed all the dictums, and rather than go out and fire off any of "his" ammo, I did my due diligence and investigated the possibilities.
    No.1: Don't trust ANYONE else's reloads
    No.2: Don't fire anything that you have reason to suspect the recipe or lack there-of

    I checked several different reloading manuals and found NO recipe that would have indicated the use of that powder. The OAL did not coincide with anything that I found possible.
    So, I dismantled a handfull and measured the components & studied the powder as well as I could.
    When all was said and done, I determined that he used GREENdot powder, and assembled the catridges with a shorter OAL than any current recipe using that powder called for.

    Being the "new to reloading" fella that I was, I ended up getting a collet dismantling tool and took apart each round, measured the powder volume and adjusted as needed, and reassembled them with an appropriate OAL.

    P.I.T.A. , but, neccessary if I want to follow the basic rules of using reloaded ammunition.
    My brother, and maybe others in the wings, might think I was anal about the whole thing, but where safety is involved, What else was I to do?
    It was sorta' hard on the fingers/hands/wrists, but good practice using the tools/scale/ect. , so in the big picture, worth the effort I'd think.
     
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  12. Zeke/PA

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    Personally, I DO NOT trust any one else's reloads.
    If it were me, I would dispose of the reloads into a local farm pond a handful at a time.
    Brass?
    It's cheap enough, start over.
     
  13. jeeptim

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    Well thanx for all the replys headed to the range today and they got bucketts for live and spent cases gonna fill at least two bucketts.
    Thanx
     
  14. Patriot1/3

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    Buddy of mine once purchased a lot of ammo such as you speak about. We advised him to pull each bullet and power charge. For SAFETY reasons only. He did NOT take the advise and one load was to lite and sqwebbed a round in the barrel. He fired again and the weapon exploded loosing index finger,along with severe face lacerations. It's your choice.
     
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    You're actually gonna dump em?
     
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    I have been given quite a large amount of reloaded ammo on more than one occasion and although I reluctantly tried some out on the first occasion with bad results, one of my Son's decided he was going to try the last couple boat loads we came into. His experience was no better than mine, of which both of our experiences included blown primers, squibs, and just all around really poor and unpredictable performance.
     
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    Hell, if you're gonna dump em, send them my way instead. I'll pay shipping.


    I'll find something to do with them... :)
     
  18. kingmt

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    Any unwanted ammo should be sent immediately to me for proper disposal. It is the safest & environmental thing to do.
     
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    I would take it apart.
     
  20. Ky Larry

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    I would not, under any circumstance, shoot any of it. Life is short enough.
     
  21. mott

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    reloads

    I couldn't put my guns on the line for cheap ammo.
    I question my own loads & pull them sometimes.

    mott
     
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    +1 on posts 4 & 5

    pull 'em & dump the powder on the lawn (away from the dog's area).
     
  23. Scimmia

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    Seriously, if you're just gonna dump them, let me know how many flat rate boxes it'll take and I'll pay shipping plus a bit if you'd like. Hell, I'll even send you the boxes if you don't have them. There should be something useful in there, and time isn't a big problem for me right now.
     
  24. XxBulletBendeRXx

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    Sell Them on the internet or wherever you feel comfortable. Disclose the info you have obtained by pulling a few. If you didnt pull a few then disclose that and let someone else do it, pocket some change and buy what you want to reload for yourself. Just be honest with the purchaser and no hard feelings.
     
  25. Fishslayer

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    What caliber? I'm sure there are plenty of people (like myself) who would gladly pay the shipping for the right stuff. .357 Magnum brass is gold!

    What part of The People's Republik ya at?
     
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