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A Little Bit Of Handloading

Discussion in 'Firearms Certificate (FAC) Guns' started by ThirtyAughtSix, Mar 14, 2019.

  1. ThirtyAughtSix

    ThirtyAughtSix Well-Known Member

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    Time to do a bit of handloading if I want to shoot the big calibre in the next few weeks, so I have made a few to keep my occupied for a few hours at the range!

    Having primed the cases and filled with an appropriate weight of powder, it was time to seat the bullets and crimp.


    Once crimped, I proceeded to check how precise my handloads were with the dial indicator. Less than 2 thou high / low isn't to be sniffed at :)

     
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    Crimping! What calibre are you reloading?
     
  3. ThirtyAughtSix

    ThirtyAughtSix Well-Known Member

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    It is a light crimp to try and ensure there is even start pressure and to prevent anything happening with the rounds in the magazine. The calibre is .30-06
     
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    Ah, you are using a mag-fed rifle!
     
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    gasman don't try this at home,,,,,,

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    I'm new to the reloading, I’ve been doing it 6 months or so and I’ve not crimped any of my loads, I’ve successfully reloaded .270win , .223rem both are sub moa at 100 the .223 is 1/4’ @100 which I’m well happy with. Also I reload 7.62x54r and .44rem mag both to good results, so my question is, why and how would crimping help my reloading? What does it do?
     
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    Interesting, never seen one being made, be nice to see the full process.
     
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  7. ThirtyAughtSix

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    It sounds like you don't need to crimp, you're getting good results with your (rifle) hand loading and if it ain't broke, don't fix it. It would be unwise for me to advise you to change anything you're doing with your rifle loads. I'll come to the .44mag in a mo. When I first started hand loading, the bloke teaching me made a light crimp on the neck. This is likely because when shooting from a magazine, the recoil can have a similar effect of a bullet puller. I could elect to not crimp my ammunition and single load them into the rifle, the neck tension from neck sizing or full length sizing should be ample to hold the projectile in place.

    I am happy to lightly crimp my rounds as I (rightly or wrongly) believe I can achieve consistent start pressure the moment the firing pin strikes the primer. I can send 3 bullets down range and have them go through the same hole when I do my bit at 100m, so I am not going to change how I do things.

    Whatever you do, if you are going to crimp, don't over crimp your bullets as you could have dangerously high pressures - I've seen 223rem where the primers are flattened with a moderate load.

    .44 Rem Mag: I shoot a lot of .38spl & .357 and the savings made from hand loading don't really have a positive effect on my free time for other interests, so I generally buy factory because it takes me too long to make on a single stage press. I would suggest you crimp these (if you aren't already, the Lee seating die in the set crimps as well when set accordingly in the press) as you need to bell the cases to seat the bullets. If you are using lead bullets and you haven't belled the cases, it will be very messy and your seating die will become gunked up. Crimping is just turning the brass back in to the bullet, and is easier for me to do on a single stage press with a dedicated crimping die rather than the bullet seating & crimping die.

    Reloading can have disastrous effects if it is not conducted properly. I always consult a reloading manual when I am hand loading and always have the die instructions out. This is a matter of my standard operating procedure - doesn't matter how many times I have reloaded, the books are always out for reference.
     
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    gasman don't try this at home,,,,,,

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    Thanks for that :thumb: I Appreciate any help and info I can get.
    The .44mag I was told by a old boy in my club if you can push the bullet head in if you push it against something then it needs crimping
     
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    If it's going in a tube fed lever action it'll need a crimp or they'll set back with the recoil.
    Just make an empty one first and bang it on a table head first, you can use it as a setting gauge if it stays to the right C.O.L
     
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