Grinding out ammo again and sudden interruption.

Discussion in 'Ammunition and Reloading' started by spamassassin, Jul 23, 2016.

  1. spamassassin Well-Known Member

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    Finishing up some more of my summer rifle loads and trying to hurry now. My company decided to change my title twice in a week and then to send my arse to France next month right in the middle of the summer match season.

    The trip isn't liable to be fun. 15 hours on airplanes each way only to get off and be in farking France. I would happily have gone there for vacation with the wife but going there for work and only because I apparently can't tell 15 people to dig their heads out of their butts and think for just a second by email seems a lot less entertaining.

    So, I'm now rushing through the last of my match ammo loading for the matches I have in August. Filled up 200 more 7mm BR 130gn last night. This morning I'm going to finish off my 154gn load and then move on to .223's and some .308's and a bunch more .30 carbines. While all that's going on my 7mm magnums will be going through final processing.

    It's nice seeing my ammo buckets starting to brim with ready to go gun food.

    The bins are filling up. One of the bins below that was full of empty shells has turned into one full of .45acp ammo. The 7mm BR 130's are filling up. I'm hoping to fill up the .223's and .308's and .30 carbine today.

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    So, what'cha loadin' today?
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  2. Barry Hedrick Member

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    Impressive to me that 75gr BT at 2950!
  3. spamassassin Well-Known Member

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    Loading to 2.530 COAL gives quite a lot of extra case capacity. Good for loading well above book charge weights and depending on the powder I use they may end up compressed loads. I'm also running very high pressures so flat primers, CHS's, busted extractors and generally short case life are part & parcel to that. The only way I could get 1000yrds fully supersonic on 75's was to go nuts with the pressures. Still, the long barrel really helps pick up that last hundred FPS.
  4. Barry Hedrick Member

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    I see they are sticking WAY out there!
    Would you mind me asking what powder you use? I'm not asking for your wizardry formula...just powder. Thanks
  5. spamassassin Well-Known Member

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    Benchmark has produced the most consistent performance at those velocity levels. BL-C(2) does really well too but I've had a lot of issues with inconsistency with it on everything from velocity to grouping. If you use BL-C(2) make sure to use magnum primers and get your jump and neck tension very precise or you'll probably have trouble with over broad SD's. Benchmark wasn't so sensitive to primer choice as one might predict.
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  6. Barry Hedrick Member

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    Thanks Spam.
    Pretty much all I use for my purposes (30/30 and 223) is BL-C2 and mag primers. In fact I haven't tried anything else yet. Looking to get all I can out of 16" barrels safely. Just started reloading 8 months or so ago and nowhere near your expertise in loading or shooting.
  7. spamassassin Well-Known Member

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    Honestly after 20 years doing it, I'm still learning. Keep in mind the only reason I push things that hard is the realities of competition shooting. If I weren't doing things with a .223 that it's not meant to do I'd run things a lot tamer. The loads I run for match shoots are normally simply destructive to brass and none too helpful for the gun. They can get to 1km supersonic though. Thanks to competing in the sports I do I never really stick out for having my loads so hot. Lots of the guys I shoot matches with try to skirt the edge of performance in one way or another so when I get a pierced primer or CHS nobody really cares except my wife. She doesn't appreciate the amount of brass I go through.

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