What did you do today in the world of reloading?

TexMex247

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I have a bunch of CCI #41 that I bought way back when I thought I wanted to load for my AR15. But ammo was so cheap so I just bought a ton of it and have about 10k primers. Didn't know Winchester made them too. Supposed to prevent slamfire in AR. So I have a lot of CCI#41, probably a lifetimes worth. Better more than less I guess.
I appreciate the idea of properly engineered components but I have to admit...I have never seen or had a slamfire in any floating pin 223 or 556 rifle I've ever been around. I even had a few batches of primers that pierced easily even with low pressure loads. They lightly singed the tip of a few firing pins but never a slamfire.

Because of that I never did buy into the concept. I've run thousands of Sr mags for their harder cups after some testing showed negligible differences in SD and es with my go-to powders.

Aside from this post, my reloading effort tonight was limited to mean mugging a bunch of brass in need of processing.
 

xdmikey

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I use smoke's powder. I have carolina blue, black, orange brown, telemagenta, sulfur yellow, and yellow green. So far I've had trouble with yellow not covering well on my first batch but I increased the amount of powder used and it come out good.

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Thanks rp-

My problem, I think, is that I’m cheap and was scrimping on power!

If our range ever opens back up I might make an attempt to shoot up some of them so I’ll have an excuse to cast/PC some more.
 

Ozzman

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Anyone know what round uses small pistol magnum primers?
Any small pistol caliber can use a magnum primer.
If that is all you have, then you as the reloader must adjust the load at the bench to account for the additional 15- 20 fps they typically produce. A good rule of thumb for magnum primers roughly equates to around 10% more powder charge for most powders.

Magnum primers were designed to provide better ignition in large volume cases like .357, etc. Do your due diligence and work up a load that suits your firearm. Check for accuracy and watch for pressure signs. There are not too many reloaders out there that don't do this already.
 

rp-

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Thanks rp-

My problem, I think, is that I’m cheap and was scrimping on power!

If our range ever opens back up I might make an attempt to shoot up some of them so I’ll have an excuse to cast/PC some more.
I've only ordered 1/3 pound packs from smoke. Out of the 1/3 pound bags I have not fully used one up or even hardly made a dent in it. I think I've used light blue more than anything and ice coated several thousand rounds with it. I don't think skimping is really worth it. I've calculated the cost per round of powder coat somewhere around $0.00001 per bullet, give or take a zero in there.

I've also heard of guys preheating their bullets to get better coverage but I've never had to do that either.

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deemus

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Any small pistol caliber can use a magnum primer.
If that is all you have, then you as the reloader must adjust the load at the bench to account for the additional 15- 20 fps they typically produce. A good rule of thumb for magnum primers roughly equates to around 10% more powder charge for most powders.

Magnum primers were designed to provide better ignition in large volume cases like .357, etc. Do your due diligence and work up a load that suits your firearm. Check for accuracy and watch for pressure signs. There are not too many reloaders out there that don't do this already.
I don’t use them and have plenty of the others. But I bought some stuff at an estate sale and there were mag primers in that stuff.
 

TxStetson

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I don’t use them and have plenty of the others. But I bought some stuff at an estate sale and there were mag primers in that stuff.
I've never use magnum primers in my 357's. The Lee manual just calls for SP primers, and that's what I stuck with.
 

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