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Ammunition / Re: ..favorite caliber to burn..
« on: September 05, 2019, 02:02:14 AM »
.45 Auto is my favorite.
Mostly .45 and 9x19, though my 9x21 and .38 Super guns are great, I just hate losing cases.
I shot mostly indoors, where magnums are forbidden, otherwise it would also be .45 Win Mag.

Ammunition / Re: Hypothetical ammo question
« on: October 15, 2017, 07:32:00 PM »
Just remember, the bullet doesn't go up--the barrel is pointing up.
If the barrel was perfectly level, than at sea level, the bullet would drop at 32.2 ft/s^2. At 80% gravity, it would drop at 25.8 ft/s^2.
I think, if my match is at all correct, at a height of 5 feet, a bullet fired (or anything dropped) exactly parallel to the ground would take (minus friction in air) about 0.56 seconds at sea level on Earth and about 0.62 seconds on the EE planet.
Some one want to do the ballistic calculations.

Ammunition / Re: Using .380 +P ammo
« on: June 09, 2017, 01:13:01 AM »
SAAMI has specifications for 9mm Luger +P, .38 Special +P, .45 Auto +P (and they have renamed the .38 Super to be .38 Super +P). Anything else called +P is the manufacturer's responsibility and there is NO industry-accepted specification for pressure.

Ammunition / Re: My DOH! Moment
« on: March 25, 2017, 11:56:49 PM »
Ignition power difference isn't the issue--the pistol primers have much thinner cups so the fire easily but can't take rifle pressures.
Pull bullets, pour out powder, and either deprime or fire them.
Only keep ONE type of powder, ONE type of bullet, and ONE type of primer on the bench.

Ammunition / Re: Inexpensive 10mm ammo
« on: February 13, 2016, 11:43:10 PM »
$26 and $18 for a box of 50? 36-52 cents a round?
Boy, I am so glad I reload...

Ammunition / Re: Favorite load for .40 S&W
« on: June 06, 2015, 06:07:06 AM »
Soft recoil and accurate may not both be achievable at the same time.
In general, use a fast powder, as you are, and the lowest charge weight that cycles the gun.
If you want better accuracy, you would need to look at other bullets (jacketed and cast) and powders.
For my .40 S&W guns, AA5 is the most accurate powder over the range of charge weights and bullet weights and Silhouette is second.
Be careful. Heavy bullets and fast powders cause problems in .40 even faster than other cartridges--be sure to inspect the charge in each case before seating a bullet.

Ammunition / Re: What's your favorite ,40 S&W load
« on: April 17, 2015, 09:43:15 PM »
AA5 is the most accurate, but I wouldn't push it near max loads.
Silhouette is the next best, and you can take it all the way to max.
TiteGroup is used in action pistol, but it is far from the most accurate or best behaved powder there is.
In 40 years, I have had one (1) case failure--a .40 S&W. It may have been my fault, but...

Ammunition / Re: What's your favorite ,40 S&W load
« on: April 08, 2015, 07:41:44 PM »
If accuracy is your goal, then get AA5 for light to mid-range loads and Silhouette/Power Pistol for mid-range to max loads. All other powders have been very much so-so compared to these.

Ammunition / Re: Neck turning equipment.
« on: November 10, 2014, 08:46:12 PM »
Either the hand-held outside neck turner or the outside neck turning unit with their little lathe trimmer—both from Forster.
Unless you have a tight competition chamber, I really don't think it will make any difference.

Ammunition / Re: Tumble brass before or after de-priming
« on: November 10, 2014, 08:43:16 PM »
The ONLY reason I can see to clean a primer pocket is to get rid of the white residue sometimes left. The black "coating" is less than a mil thick.
I deprime prior to cleaning, as I don't want any primer residue in my reloading area.
Keep all the dirty jobs separate from the clean reloading jobs.

Ammunition / Re: 9mm reload.
« on: October 14, 2014, 10:07:46 PM »
Powder Measure:
1) Disassemble and thoroughly clean. Wash plastic parts in warm soapy water and let air dry (don't rinse). Metal parts should be cleaned with Hornady Cleaner and Dry Lube and allowed to air dry (don't wipe). Run a bunch of graphite powder through the measure to parts get a graphite burnish.
2) Baffle: Some measure need a certain weight of powder in the hopper to get consistent. A baffle removes this weight and can cause inconsistent charges. Nothing works for everything. If your measure didn't come with a baffle, it might work better without a baffle. Standard has been to not let the hopper get below ⅓ full. You might want to not let it get below ˝ full.
3) Consistency: When you fill the hopper, shake the hopper to settle the powder and then throw at least ten charges before you ever start to weight any. If a bench-mounted measure, be sure to "tap,tap" on both the up- and down-stroke to keep the powder settled. Mounted on a progressive press, it usually gets enough shaking to stay settled.
4) Be sure you have the right rotor/charge bar in the press. All too many don't check and they are trying to use the rifle rotor/charge bar instead of the pistol one. This leads to severe inconsistency. Even if you are sure you have the right one, double check.

Ammunition / Re: Heads up to reloaders
« on: October 01, 2014, 07:45:06 PM »
Were they the same ogive/meplat?

Ammunition / Re: Vintage Pistols: "Why I Hate the .40 S&W"
« on: August 18, 2014, 12:04:39 PM »
The .40 can be fun--if you don't load to max and have a fully-supported barrel.
I have had ONE case failure in 40+ years--a .40S&W.
A little thicker web might eliminate some of the many Kbs the round is known for.

Ammunition / Re: The M855A1 Cartridge: A Long Time Coming
« on: May 30, 2014, 09:42:52 PM »
I would hate for ammunition to be toxic. Oh well, all that matters is that they can be "green," while they suffer primer and other failures and the cost of ammunition is almost certainly going to be 10X what a regular round would cost--thank god for the ever-rice tax payer.
Have you paid attention to the Navy using biofuels, at $26/gal, vs. about $2/gal for their regular fuel?
If CO2 is really an issue (haha), then shouldn't the Navy be going to all nuclear fuel to eliminate green house gasses? How is biofuel of any interest when we have lots of petroleum--if only we could pump it and get to a refinery--and produces as much of the "deadly" CO2 as regular oil?

Ammunition / Re: To Reload Or Not To Reload… 12 Important Considerations
« on: February 07, 2014, 04:56:38 PM »
The time value of money is NOT a factor for a hobby or for one's enjoyment.
If one is concerned about the time value of money for all their activities, one would do nothing by work. You don't live to make money, you make money to live.
What I never understood is the guy that has the $150000 in a bass boat and accessories, spends his time fishing, and throws most of the fish back. Talk about a time value of money!!

Ammunition / Re: Six lessons learned from the ammo shortage
« on: February 07, 2014, 04:51:53 PM »
One lesson learned: Reload your own. I have been "laughing" at all the complaints over the last two years as I continue to go through about 1000 rounds a month and have still picked up almost all the bullets and powder and primer I want, without being in a rush.
Two lesson learned: Dems in office, ammo shortage soon. Elections count and if you don't vote, you deserve the government you've got
Three lesson learned: Be sure you have at least two years worth of components
Four lesson learned: Just because it was available yesterday doesn't mean it will be available tomorrow.
Five lesson learned: Think before acting. Where do you want to be in a year or two and how can you get there. Plan ahead. Stop assuming.

Ammunition / Re: Interesting thread about 10/22 and ammo
« on: January 06, 2014, 06:06:48 PM »
Never seen a jacketed .22lr. Have seen copper washed bullets.
Leading in .22? You know that Olympic shooters seldom clean their barrels and they suffer no leading? I have shot .22lr for decades and never had any leading. After I clean a .22 barrel, it seems to take at least 10 rounds before accuracy returns.

Ammunition / Re: Why Nine
« on: August 18, 2013, 10:04:29 PM »
Because it's "tacticool" and the gun holds more ammo.

So do I want a heavy and fast bullet or a light and slow bullet?
Naw, I'll stay with my 1911 CCW.

Hey, it goes along with the Navy using "Green" fuel—it only costs something like $54/gallon, so the cost for ships is "negligible"—it's only taxpayer money.

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