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Old 05-30-2017, 9:26 AM
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Default First time reloader. Keeping my fingers crossed.

Loaded my first batch of .223 rounds this weekend. Working up the load, so starting with 5 rounds with 23 grains of H335 on 55grn bullets, all the way up to 25 grains. Testing them tonight at On Target.

I'm excited, and scared at the same time. Is that normal?
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Old 05-30-2017, 9:30 AM
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It's normal. I run 25 of H335 for plinking rounds. Have fun and enjoy the loud enclosed area at On Target

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Old 05-30-2017, 10:02 AM
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I do not know any one that didn't fire their first reloads from behind cover. The intimidation of putting read information into real life is definitely real.

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Old 05-30-2017, 10:22 AM
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If you checked & double checked you should be fine. You'll probably find the best load to be in the 24.5 to 25.5 range.
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Old 05-30-2017, 10:42 AM
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Make a dummy round with no primer or powder to same specs and verify that it will chamber with no problems other than that your recipe is good, you should be fine.
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Old 05-30-2017, 11:42 AM
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I do not know any one that didn't fire their first reloads from behind cover. The intimidation of putting read information into real life is definitely real.

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LOL! Trust me, the thought has occurred to me. Now I'm wondering if I had the scale set to grams vs grains. ;-)
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Old 05-30-2017, 11:44 AM
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Make a dummy round with no primer or powder to same specs and verify that it will chamber with no problems other than that your recipe is good, you should be fine.
I didn't try that, but I did measure the COAL. Right at 2.2". I never thought about case length before. Of course, I pulled out a 5.56 commercial round, and a .223 commercial round. Damn, but the 5.56 was significantly longer...crimped right at the cannelure.
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Old 05-30-2017, 12:02 PM
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LOL! Trust me, the thought has occurred to me. Now I'm wondering if I had the scale set to grams vs grains. ;-)
Not an issue. 25 grams wouldn't even come close to fitting in the case.

Have you tried dropping your cases into your chamber? They should drop in easily with a thunk as the shoulder seats. (Make sure to disable the rifle first - takedown pin and break if an AR, remove bolt if a bolt action.) Helps to avoid disappointment and embarrassment when your ammo won't chamber after you've told everyone you're trying your first reloads.
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Old 05-30-2017, 12:02 PM
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Make a dummy round with no primer or powder to same specs and verify that it will chamber with no problems other than that your recipe is good, you should be fine.
Good advise. I screwed-up my first 100 rnds of .223 and that resulted in the gun failing to go into battery. A simple adjustment to my setup fixed that. I had to pull them apart and then I bought a case gauge. Money well spent, I do say.
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Old 05-30-2017, 12:18 PM
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Not an issue. 25 grams wouldn't even come close to fitting in the case.
Well, that's a relief.

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Have you tried dropping your cases into your chamber? They should drop in easily with a thunk as the shoulder seats. (Make sure to disable the rifle first - takedown pin and break if an AR, remove bolt if a bolt action.) Helps to avoid disappointment and embarrassment when your ammo won't chamber after you've told everyone you're trying your first reloads.
Hmm...I didn't try that first. I've got a tight schedule tonight, so I'll go full YOLO on that piece of advice. I ran the rounds through a FL re-sizer and trimmed them to spec.
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Everything worked just like it was supposed to. Shooting 24.7 gn seems to be the sweet spot for me. I was shooting iron sights only at 25 yards, so I was happy to get a 1.5" group using my range bag as a rest.

Turned around and loaded another 50 rounds.
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Congrats. It was pretty exciting when I fired my first set of reloads some years ago. I find myself looking at new guns just so I do have something new to reload for? Is that bad?


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Thanks, tylenol9999. This was using the brass I bought from you!
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Old 05-31-2017, 1:33 PM
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Everything worked just like it was supposed to. Shooting 24.7 gn seems to be the sweet spot for me. I was shooting iron sights only at 25 yards, so I was happy to get a 1.5" group using my range bag as a rest.

Turned around and loaded another 50 rounds.
Right on man, the addiction has begun. Just stay with in the guidelines and keep reading
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No turning back now May as well set aside that bonus for gear.
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Just did my first batch of 38 special...they all worked
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My wife asked me what i wanted for fathers day and I said, "reloading equipment, everything I want is on my amazon wishlist." Now theres a big box from amazon marked "Heavy" sitting in the living room that I can't touch until tomorrow. And a big order from powder valley arriving on Monday. I dont think I've been this giddy about anything since my kids were born. Excited and scared all at the same time. Had the hornady manual for a couple of weeks. Reading and re-reading everything, looking up all the powder and bullet options. Cant wait!

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LOL found 100 empty 458 win mag brass now have to buy the rifle.
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A couple of things -
Get a notebook and write down things like page [ hi-lite things you like ] , book , bookmark - etc .
A lot easier later when you say to yourself where did I read that ?
On computer I have guns folder . Inside are other folders powder , bullet , stores , calibers - to name a few .
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A couple of things -
Get a notebook and write down things like page [ hi-lite things you like ] , book , bookmark - etc .
A lot easier later when you say to yourself where did I read that ?
On computer I have guns folder . Inside are other folders powder , bullet , stores , calibers - to name a few .
Great idea!
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Old 06-17-2017, 4:06 PM
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Mine started as a 1/2 inch notebook . Now there are 4 - 3 inch ones .
One is just for new powder throw away ads .
BTW - to me a good gun store has a lot of the throw aways . The gun shows don't really have them here any more .
I always get at least 2
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Haha, funny you guys talking about having to get a rifle based on something you found for a certain caliber, or one you don't have. That's how I determine what my next one should be. "What don't I reload for yet?"

As for having a mixed apprehension/excitement about your first reloads, perfectly normal. Even funner for me as i'm generally working with rifles that are 75-110 years old, lol.
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Testing them tonight at On Target.
Don't forget some string and a rifle rest.
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LOL found 100 empty 458 win mag brass now have to buy the rifle.
Hey, I've got a .458 Win Mag! That I reload for......
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I was fine with my first reloads, my first builds though got the chair, gun on arm rests, butt stock against a tree, me on other side of said tree with a piece of wire to "pull" the trigger!

No issue yet!
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I was pretty surprise how simple it is to reload. My first load was for .45 pistol.

I made sure I shot it at a public range so they could find my body if something went wrong. I told the range master, "This is my first reloads, so please watch me during my first round of shooting."

Never had any problems yet.

Now I'm loading 308 (which is more powder and bigger boom).
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I'm excited, and scared at the same time. Is that normal?

I got the same feeling when I put 50 grains imr4198 behind 360 grains of 45/70 bullet(So you know I turned my head when firing my first shot)!
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I got the same feeling when I put 50 grains imr4198 behind 360 grains of 45/70 bullet(So you know I turned my head when firing my first shot)!
40gr behind 400gr cast is quite a thumper (1580'ish muzzle velocity). I was having a hard time resisting the flinch by the 20th shot (zeroing).
With the lighter 360gr projectile, I am curious if 50 grains would be better or worse.
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Don't forget some string and a rifle rest.
Now that is funny.
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