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Post by mikemyers on 4/4/2018, 7:01 pm

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I am quoting an article by Gil Hebard on page 104 of The Pistol Shooter's Treasury.


"Many reloaders do such a poor job that their bullets are actually lobbed out of the barrel, thus many print broadside-on at 25 or 50 yards!  If your bullets are doing this, you can bet your bottom dollar that your loads won't group better than perhaps 15" at 50 yards, even out of the finest gun.  In just about every instance, this is the fault of the load, not the gun."

I did not do very well at my first target session with the S&W Model 52.  I assumed all of my issues are due to my shooting, not to the gun...  ...BUT...   I am only a novice reloader.  I thought I was doing a good job, following instructions, Magnus ##514 bullets, 148 grain, .357" diameter, over 2.8 grains of Bullseye.  I showed one of my bullets to someone at the range who told me it was fine.   I just took close-up photos.  Is there anything obvious that I'm doing wrong, based on these photos?  The second photo is a comparison over Winchester Factory ammo. Maybe I just don't know enough yet to realize what I might be doing wrong.

Larry Meyer at RCBS made me a seating die to properly seat the rounds.  There is minimal crimp - maybe I need more?  At first, I was "shaving" off lead, but adjusted the dies until that no longer happened.  Based on how little I know about reloading, and how critical it apparently is for the Model 52, maybe my accuracy problem is my own fault.  The first photo is of many rounds...     I can't see anything wrong, but.....




Two of my rounds (left) compared with two Winchester 38 Special 148 grain "Super Match" factory loads:
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Post by mikemyers on 5/7/2018, 11:45 am

Yeah, the same year I buy my new Jaguar, I'll look into that!   :-)

On the other hand, I will never buy or use any reloading gear with a primer tube down the front.

Hmm, I don't even want the "auto indexing" kit for my Pro 2000.  The last thing I'm in, is a hurry.  The most ammo I expect to make at one sitting is 200 rounds, more likely 100 for 45 and another 100 for 38 Special.

The most important thing I can spend more time on, is my trigger finger, none of the "hardware".  But as long as I'm going to reload anyway, why not follow all the advice from you guys?
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Post by Chris Miceli on 5/7/2018, 1:11 pm

mikemyers wrote:Yeah, the same year I buy my new Jaguar, I'll look into that!   :-)

On the other hand, I will never buy or use any reloading gear with a primer tube down the front.

Hmm, I don't even want the "auto indexing" kit for my Pro 2000.  The last thing I'm in, is a hurry.  The most ammo I expect to make at one sitting is 200 rounds, more likely 100 for 45 and another 100 for 38 Special.

The most important thing I can spend more time on, is my trigger finger, none of the "hardware".  But as long as I'm going to reload anyway, why not follow all the advice from you guys?

For the dillon, the primers are in an aluminum tube that inside a steel tube.
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Post by Aprilian on 5/7/2018, 2:21 pm

mikemyers wrote:I've never see a "Lee Universal Case Expander" - need to find it, and figure out how the plugs work in it.  Is this what you guys use, or is there a better way to use the plugs?
I just bought one from Noe when I was buying the inserts.
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Post by mikemyers on 5/7/2018, 3:24 pm

I asked Al Nelson at NOE, but he said he no longer has any in stock, and is not likely to get them in the future.  If he had them, I'd buy from him.

Chris, I would prefer no tube at all, steel or aluminum or both.  Eventually it will probably happen to me anyway, but it will only be a single primer.

Two times while learning how to use the press, a primer got tilted, and ended up squeezed into the case sideways.  Seeing that was scary!
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Post by mikemyers on 5/7/2018, 3:45 pm

Does the part from NOE drop right into this?  Al said that a spacer might be needed??

I assume you continually adjust the setting on the top until you get the bell you want?  Everything else is then set correctly?

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Post by Aprilian on 5/7/2018, 5:41 pm

mikemyers wrote:Does the part from NOE drop right into this? YES  Al said that a spacer might be needed??  I use the ball point shaped expander (upper right) as my spacer

I assume you continually adjust the setting on the top until you get the bell you want?  Everything else is then set correctly?  I actually lock the screw top down into the die and then adjust die body height as the universal die body serves no function (to the outside of the case) in this operation

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Post by mikemyers on 5/7/2018, 6:11 pm

Thanks!

Just thinking, either these are things that the majority of reloaders (other than here) are unaware of, or I've been very negligent about learning how to reload. I was told you buy a three-die set from whoever, probably whoever made your reloading press, and you're done.  

It may or may not help my shooting, especially as I learn to keep my left hand in my pocket, but it's rewarding to me when I know I'm doing things properly.
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Post by mikemyers on 5/7/2018, 6:15 pm

Oh, and if I didn't already say something about it:


http://www.uniquetek.com/product/T1532
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Post by fpk on 5/8/2018, 5:28 am

mikemyers wrote:All this makes sense to me now, but I've never see a "Lee Universal Case Expander" - need to find it, and figure out how the plugs work in it.  Is this what you guys use, or is there a better way to use the plugs?
Lee universal works just great with the NOE plugs. Otherwise they are available from everywhere as lee #90798, even amazon Lee Universal Expander Die

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Post by mikemyers on 5/10/2018, 10:42 pm

Chris Miceli wrote:
...For the dillon, the primers are in an aluminum tube that inside a steel tube....
I was reading this thread long ago, and it scared me to the point of going back to a single station press if I had to.  I know about the steel tube, but that just means all the force of the explosion goes out the top and bottom.  I don't want to argue about different presses, but I decided long ago that I would rather deal with loading plastic strips with primers - and this specific thread had a lot to do with it.  

https://www.thehighroad.org/index.php?threads/a-series-of-unfortunate-events-warning-graphic-very.776339/

I don't want to get into a discussion about what anyone else did do, or might do, but that's why I feel as I do.  I prefer separate primers in the RCBS strips, for me.


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Post by LenV on 5/10/2018, 11:09 pm

What I like about my Lee.

https://www.midwayusa.com/product/533868/lee-load-master-progressive-press-primer-explosion-deflector
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Post by Chris Miceli on 5/11/2018, 12:36 am

mikemyers wrote:
Chris Miceli wrote:
...For the dillon, the primers are in an aluminum tube that inside a steel tube....
I was reading this thread long ago, and it scared me to the point of going back to a single station press if I had to.  I know about the steel tube, but that just means all the force of the explosion goes out the top and bottom.  I don't want to argue about different presses, but I decided long ago that I would rather deal with loading plastic strips with primers - and this specific thread had a lot to do with it.  

https://www.thehighroad.org/index.php?threads/a-series-of-unfortunate-events-warning-graphic-very.776339/

I don't want to get into a discussion about what any else did do, or might do, but that's why I feel as I do.  I prefer separate primers in the RCBS strips, for me.

Just read it, in no way was the fault of a properly maintained and operating priming system. Nothing wrong wiThbhans priming is that is how you want to do it. For anyone that uses a Dillon press, replace the plastic tip for the priming tube occasionally. Never remove the tube to replace it till all the primers are out and make sure the priming slide is back into the housing (press handle down) . The only reason to remove that tube is for changing from large to smal primers
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Post by mikemyers on 6/12/2018, 5:03 am

I have been using:
Magnus ##514 bullets, 148 grain, .357" diameter, over 2.7 grains of Bullseye. 

If I switch to Clays, rather than Bullseye, can anyone here suggest what would be the recommended powder load for 25 yards?
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