Do you trust other peoples reloads?

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  1. kingofwylietx

    kingofwylietx Well-Known

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    I don't have much experience with reloads, but none of it has been positive.

    First, a buddy shot some reloads in his Kahr PM40, which promptly led to some major damage to the gun. Fortunately, he wasn't hurt.

    Second, I went to a shooting range in Louisiana on Thursday. I called ahead to see if they had any ammo, they said they had some reloads for their range customers. I bought 100 rounds & went to plinking. I had 2 .45ACP's with me, neither has ever jammed....and both have had MANY thousands of rounds through them. Well, the first one jammed on the 4th shot. I tried to clear it, but the slide was stuck pretty good. I set it down and went to shoot the other.......it jammed (exacly like the first) on the very first shot. They were both jammed hard, almost back to battery. The bullets were not jacketed, just cast lead. They were obviously not done right. They both had an indention on the bullet where it had stuck while being fed into the chamber. Also, when I went to clean the pistol that had 4 of those rounds through it, I pulled out a nice string of lead from the barrel (the gun was clean when I took it to the range).

    So, do you trust other peoples reloads? I think these 2 incidents (out of 2 tries that I have been associated with) are enough to keep me from ever using reloads. Do you that reload have these problems? Is this common?
     


  2. DCortez

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    I'm probably not the guy to ask, but, I'd prefer factory and store fronts to private purchases and reloads.
     
  3. cuate

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    Trust reloads ?

    Mine & my nearest neighbors only. A nutcase's south of here, no way. He is the nut that put a black powder charge down the john to unstop it., you can guess the rest of the story. I have heard rumors of his hot loads, don't even think about it:texas:
     
  4. MadMo44Mag

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    Being a re-loader that's pretty much all I shoot.
    But when shooting reloaded ammo done for resale often component choice is made on profit margin.
    Sounds to be the only thing wrong with the ammo you got was either very soft lead bullets are the OAL was a little short.
    Now not seeing the jam myself I can't say for sure, but that what it sounds like.
    Anyway, any time is purchase someone else reloads and the ammo is intended for an auto pistol I will not buy it unless I can load a mag and dry cycle it through.
    If there is an issue it will normally show up this way.
    Nothing wrong with some else reloads as long as they did it right and didn't cut corners on components.
     
  5. kingofwylietx

    kingofwylietx Well-Known

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    I thought it would be decent stuff since it was being sold through a store for use on their range.

    I do think the lead was very soft, too soft. Upon really looking at it, some of the bullets had cavities in the lead. He must have cast them himself, it didn't look very good.
     
  6. MadMo44Mag

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    Yeah, 1st thing I do is drag my fingernail across the bullet. If it leaves a deep scratch or I actually get lead under my nail I am done. Not shooting that stuff.

    If it passes that, I'll load the mag and dry cycle. If they will not allow that I asked to compare to another brand so I can get an idea of the OAL. Factory ammo OAL should feed an all most any gun, so if the reloads are close or the same, I'll buy them

    When I go to Tennessee to visit my oldest daughter who is a LEO, we go to the range for a little shoot off.

    There is a company called Tennessee Cartridge Co. that makes a lot of range ammo for the ranges in that state.
    They have some top notch reloads.

    I wish I could get their ammo down here in Texas.

    They sell reloaded 9mm for 10.00 a 50 and it's better stuff than the white box stuff from Wally World
    Even their 44mag is good. Most reload 44mag is very light loads but theirs is low - high range. Very accurate and only 19.50 for 50.
     
  7. oldguy

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    I have used my reloads for nearly 40 years I actually have more faith in mine then commerical,having said that I've seen some bad reloading, their are good commerical reloads and I purchased some at various times mostly for brass, but caution is required I wont buy from ranges or gun shows.
     
  8. old_folks

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    I have shot nothing but reloads for almost 60 years. However, they are my own reloads and I have never had a feeding problem in rifle or pistol ammo. I am still old fashioned and do not take short cuts and load with a single stage press. That said, my response to the question is:

    In MHO, its not the reloads, its the person who did the reloading. Most of those commercial reloads are done on progressive presses with no visual attention. Its like Forest Gumps said about a box of chocolate candie .."you never know what you get". I have also known individuals who's reloads i wouldn't even allow in my shop, much less my weapon.

    Don't get me wrong. Good reloads are good, and there is nothing wrong with them. Just know who reloaded them and their reputation.
     
  9. Charley

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    I trust my own handloads. The "no lead bullet" comments are too funny! Over the years, I've cast and shot a few thousand pounds of my cast bullets as well. It's not the reloads, it's not the cast bullets, it's lack of knowledge and QC on the part of the reloader.


    BTW, a "reloader" is a handle pulling monkey who might or might not wear clothes and make messes in the house...a handloader tailors his loads to his guns.
     
  10. MadMo44Mag

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    Very good analogy!!!

    Not all commercial reloader are bad but the ones that are give all of them a bad rep.
     

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