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IIRC, Blue Dot no longer recommend using their powder in 357 magnum using 125 grain bullets.
I'm burning Blue Dot behind a 158 gr.JSP.
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is the lee hand press a good press
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Never go to the rifle range with more than 15 50BMG rounds or you won't be able to lift a fork the next day (218 grains of WC860, 690 gr ball projectile, Serbu BFG-50 rifle).

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First thing I was told was to keep a record of all your loads, that way it's easy to keep a track of your most accurate loads.


Just started out with a Lee Classic Loader in .270Win.
I'm using Federal brass, Federal LR primers, Hodgens H4350 and Barnes X projectiles.
Just using the basic load with the dipper at the mo till I get a scale.
I've made up some loads with different seating depths as well, from the minimum OAL through to midway to the maximum OAL.
Still waiting for my calliper to arrive so I can check and record the OALs before I fire them.
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9mm 124 gr TC TL drops at 129 gr water dropped ( 4.5grs win 231)
45 acp 230gr TC TL drops 234gr water dropped ( 4.5 grs win 231)
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A question for those who've been at this a while longer than me....

I've hand loaded ~1,000 .223 rounds. I've never had a problem with them overall, but every one I've loaded seems to deviate slightly from the next in OAL.

Does anyone else have this issue? I measure the OAL of every round I load (don't want to deep seat one and get a kaboom).

Even when using same head stamp brass trimmed to exactly the same length, loading match grade bullets, I seem to get some variation in OAL. Usually it's not a large amount (+/- 0.005" max) on the caliper. Every once in a while I'll get one case that is (+/- 0.012") off on the caliper. I'll pound these out with an impact puller if they're under.

I'd like to get more consisent in OAL - any tips? I'm using a Lee Breech lock press with a Hornady CGND seater die for .223.
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When reloading bottleneck cartridges a set of small base dies and cartridge case gauge are helpful in establishing the correct case length from the datum point on the shoulder, which helps ensures that the cases will headspace correctly.
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A question for those who've been at this a while longer than me....

I've hand loaded ~1,000 .223 rounds. I've never had a problem with them overall, but every one I've loaded seems to deviate slightly from the next in OAL.

Does anyone else have this issue? I measure the OAL of every round I load (don't want to deep seat one and get a kaboom).

Even when using same head stamp brass trimmed to exactly the same length, loading match grade bullets, I seem to get some variation in OAL. Usually it's not a large amount (+/- 0.005" max) on the caliper. Every once in a while I'll get one case that is (+/- 0.012") off on the caliper. I'll pound these out with an impact puller if they're under.

I'd like to get more consisent in OAL - any tips? I'm using a Lee Breech lock press with a Hornady CGND seater die for .223.

I use Lee for both and don't have any deviation most of the time in OAL and not many except when doing military brass.
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The reloaders that tell you to charge every case at once, don't do that. I don't. here's what I do, one case at a time (I have a single stage press) charge then seat and press every 5-10 cases I measure the powder charge for consistency. Why? because then I KNOW every case is charged, the cases are jsut sitting around with powder in them waiting to get knocked over, or any of the other things that can happen, like skipping a case for instance.
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Every once in a while I'll get one case that is (+/- 0.012") off on the caliper.

I'd like to get more consisent in OAL - any tips?
How are you measuring the case length? if you are measuring from the base of the cartridge to the tip of the bullet, that is often (not always)the cause of small variations in OAL readings.
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How are you measuring the case length? if you are measuring from the base of the cartridge to the tip of the bullet, that is often (not always)the cause of small variations in OAL readings.
That is how I am measuring. Is there a better/different way to measure?
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That is how I am measuring. Is there a better/different way to measure?
http://www.midwayusa.com/viewProduct...tNumber=290405

http://www.midwayusa.com/viewProduct...tNumber=479963

http://www.midwayusa.com/viewProduct...tNumber=231904

http://www.midwayusa.com/viewProduct...tNumber=268983

The top three links are examples of tools you can buy that will make measuring OAL and checking for consistent cartridge length a bit more precise.

The last link, is for a case guage, which really helps when setting up your sizer die. I prefer the wilson case gauge, tho the Lyman will give you a fair example of what one looks like.

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Just beginning to think about reloading. I just don't know what equipment I would need to buy.
Any advice would be welcome.
Well since I've never reloaded one round in my life, I don't know squat. However, I just completed my own research and purchased the Dillon 650B reloader. Currently still in the box because I need to finish the bench first. So I can't say how good it is, or isn't, but I sure found a ton of very good information on it. And every post I read regarding dealing with customer service said they were amazing. Took care of every problem. Never a hassle, nobody indicated that they got screwed. I watched one in action at a local gun store and it seemed very smooth and produced a quality product. Looked pretty easy. It's not cheap, but I didn't really want cheap, I wanted long lasting quality. Crossing my fingers that I made the right choice. Good luck to you!
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Most quotes on loads and velocities are based on a 24 inch barrel. Anyone have any ideas how best to load for a carbine? I've not found any in depth source related to this. I've been testing loads tending toward faster burn rate powders. Seem to have had good results using IMR3031. Varget is a slower burning powder that I've seen lots of people talk well about, but doesn't seem to hold up the velocity in the carbine.
Here's what I use.

Dif=Velocity change in ft/sec for 1" of change in barrel length
Dif MV ft/sec
5 1000-2000
10 2000-2500
20 2500-3000
30 3000-3500
40 3500-4000

http://www.thehighroad.org/archive/i.../t-177253.html has more info.
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A question for those who've been at this a while longer than me....

I've hand loaded ~1,000 .223 rounds. I've never had a problem with them overall, but every one I've loaded seems to deviate slightly from the next in OAL.

Does anyone else have this issue? I measure the OAL of every round I load (don't want to deep seat one and get a kaboom).

Even when using same head stamp brass trimmed to exactly the same length, loading match grade bullets, I seem to get some variation in OAL. Usually it's not a large amount (+/- 0.005" max) on the caliper. Every once in a while I'll get one case that is (+/- 0.012") off on the caliper. I'll pound these out with an impact puller if they're under.

I'd like to get more consisent in OAL - any tips? I'm using a Lee Breech lock press with a Hornady CGND seater die for .223.

The other day I mistakenly seated five bullets about .1" deeper than I had planned. Rather than pull them, I decided to use them for an experiment. I loaded another batch at the correct OAL. Both shot to the same point of impact and the group sizes were identical. The load was in a 223 with a light load of 3031 and 50gr bullet. You'll need a larger sample size to confirm it, but I no longer worry about a difference in .01 OAL.
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When reloading wearing eye protection is a must...and never, never, never reload in the buff.
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Sierra .223 loads for AR15
http://accurateshooter.net/Downloads/sierra223ar.pdf
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what caliber is the easiest to reload?
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