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The Home Armory: Powder Selection

This is a discussion on The Home Armory: Powder Selection within the Reloading forums, part of the Sniping Related category; Originally Posted by jeffdorr Did you change bullet brands, or types? Different bullets may have different ogive lengths , where the bullet actually touches the ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by jeffdorr
    Did you change bullet brands, or types? Different bullets may have different ogive lengths , where the bullet actually touches the rifling lands first.

    Your chamber may also be fouled from light loads that don't seal out burnt powder.

    Do your bullets extract with difficulty, or do they just load hard?

    Do you load with the same die every time (stupid question, but one never knows)?

    Have you compared your bullet to a factory load?

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    Bullets remained 168 SMK across the board;

    I started shooting yesterday with a clean barrel. My first load down range was 42.0 gr of IMR 4064. Would that be considered a light enough load to foul the chamber?

    All fired cartridges extracted with ease;

    The cartridges loaded with H4895 were loaded using a Lee full length sizing die, Lee bullet seating die, and a Lee factory crimp die...The cartridges that gave me a hard time closing the bolt (the ones loaded with IMR 4064) were loaded with a Hornady full length sizing die, Hornady bullet seating die, and a Lee factory crimp die.

    Compared to a factory load, they look the same, but I'm going to MIC them after work.

    Thanks,

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    I'd first check out the different dies, and see if there's a difference. Try loading with the die that seems to make the cartridges fit. Factory loads are set up to meet SAAMI spec, so measuring one should give you the dimensions.

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    Checked operator headspace and timing...that solved the bolt closing hard issue. Loaded up all the same I4064 charge weights to try again.

    Thanks,

    Brian

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    Glad you got it working Brian!

    Did you need to screw the Hornady die a little farther into the press?

    In my very limited reloading experince, I am finding the Lee dies give you the tightest resize, especially in regards to the case head. Maybe its just me, but it does a snugger job than my RCBS, especially on cases coming out of my Garand or Nork M14. I was worried I would need an SB die.

    But....I wanna give the X-die a shot.

    Two H-4895 loads I am havin fun with are the 43 grain, 110 V-max in 308 (starting load, but shoots great in my Savage) and in 30-06, 57 grain and 110-v-max, a maximum load.

    Tryin 155 grain A-max in the 308 seated to 2.800 and 43, 44, and 45 grains of H4895 soon too.

    Also Fed brass here, but I am starting to groove on Win.



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    Quote Originally Posted by muzzleblast

    Did you need to screw the Hornady die a little farther into the press?
    Yup....that did it.

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    I am interested in starting reloading as soon as I get what it is I need. So with that said, when stored correctly, how long will the powder last?

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    As long as powder is stored in a cool, dry place, it should last for years.

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    Decades really, if properly stored I'd be willing to bet that it would outlast any of us, I have had plenty of 60+ year old ammo that went bang every time.

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    I want to reload .243, 30.06 and 300 win mag, could it all be done with one powder? From what I've read i think i can use one for .243 and the 30.06 but would need a different powder for the 300 win mag, is that correct?
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    You didn't mention any particular bullets, but IMR 4350 would work for any of those calibers.

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