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reloading .45 ACP

Post by John on Sat Jul 20, 2013 9:37 pm

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Quite a few intresting responses to my suggested discussion on reloading.  Following is my method.

After reading all the helpful advice on reloading an accurate round of ammunition I can see my method does not measure up to what most of the shooters on the Forum would call good reloading techniques!   Target is close enough at 25 yards and plenty of time to shoot timed fire but that X ring is very elusive.

I never clean the inside of my cases or primer pockets, shoot a mixture of brass that has been fired multiple times, do not weigh bullets, use what primers I happen to have on hand,  do not take special effort to make sure the bullet is perfectly  aligned with the case before seating,  taper crimp to .462 ,  but I do weigh powder charge (3 grains of Bullseye) to set powder measure.  I cast my bullets, don't size--lube with Rooster Jacket.   Once the progressive loader is set for the bullet and powder charge there is no reason to do anything else but load ammunition.   Then it is off to the range to try some timed fire and keep the bullets going in the right direction!   I am having fun and may make Sharpshooter some day!  John

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Post by davekp on Wed Jul 24, 2013 9:56 am

Reread the OP.
I sent John a sincere PM saying I thought his crimp was a little tight and testing should be done at 50 yds. Instead of informing me of the "joke" ( I may make sharpshooter), he lambasted my PM.
Now I know he's an a**hole.

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Re: reloading .45 ACP

Post by Rob Kovach on Wed Jul 24, 2013 11:21 am

I didn't see John lambsting anybody's post, and even though the written word doesn't convey sarcasm well, I totally get what John was getting at:
There is more than one way to skin a cat!  I'm going to try his short-line formula and see if it helps my sustained fire scores.
He made it perfectly clear that this load only works for the short line by saying the accuracy goes down at 26 yards-- which made me laugh my ass off.
I hope to meet him some day.

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Post by DavidR on Wed Jul 24, 2013 11:22 am

Toz35m wrote:By the way is there any way to clean up the stickies at the top of the section into one just for loads and not have several

 I combined three of them to do with mostly 45 loads so that cleans it up some, but i think its less confusing to keep the others separate for the 9mm and the 38 info.


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Re: reloading .45 ACP

Post by DavidR on Wed Jul 24, 2013 11:36 am

Rob Kovach wrote:But you have to admit DavidR, this isn't the first post where you implied that your answer is the only correct one.  That's ok too.

 Rob, if you think that was my intent you are mistaken. I only try and help my shooting brotherhood. if i stressed something wasn't the best way its because i have thoroughly tested it and found out for myself. Sometimes i forget there are those people who  had rather learn the hard way rather than accept help from somebody who has been there and done that, my bad i apologize.

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Re: reloading .45 ACP

Post by Rob Kovach on Wed Jul 24, 2013 12:20 pm

DavidR, you always say that your way is the correct and easy way and everyone else's way is the wrong/trial and error way.

Others have said that John has found great success doing it his way and he believes he is helping the sport by getting shooters away from the reloading bench, not worrying about minutia, when they should be at the range mastering the skill of shooting 10's and x's.

I don't like how you assume that John hasn't been there/done that, and that you are.

There are many roads to Camp Perry.  If I take 105 to 163 to 358 to camp perry, and you take 53, and John takes Hwy 2, which one of us is wrong?

John is sharing with us his formula for short line ammo which is much different from what others of us are using.  It is working for him, and based on reports from others, working well enough for him to shoot master.  Welcome John, thanks for sharing.  Don't let others stop you from sharing what YOU have learned in your path to Camp Perry.

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Re: reloading .45 ACP

Post by Rob Kovach on Wed Jul 24, 2013 1:10 pm

Here's another point:  Brian Zins and Hershel Andersen don't grip their .45 the same way.  Which one is wrong?

Neither.

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Post by Rob Kovach on Wed Jul 24, 2013 1:11 pm

...but you can bet I'm going to ask them both to show me...and I will try them both to see if either one works for me.

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