Woke up with "the bug"

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Woke up with "the bug"

by DallanC » Sat Aug 25, 2012 2:03 pm

On the way home last night I noticed the leaves starting to turn. Fall is coming, coming soon!

For whatever reason I woke up this morning and just wanted to reload. I've been putting off working up some new loads for my 7STW using 160grn Accubonds. I dug out my 7STW brass, found a dozen never fired ones and about 150 once fired brass. Tossed the new brass in the tumbler while I went looking through my powders. I've tried a bunch of powders in that barrel burner over the years: H1000, RL19,RL22, RL25... oddly I've never tried 7828 in it. Books show its pretty popular in that caliber. Well as I'm starting from scratch anyway, I figured what the heck! No time like the present to try a new powder as well.

I stopped off at Cabelas while the brass was tumbling and bought some 7828. Huh, theres a ton of 4350 sitting there... maybe I'll reload up some 100grn partitions for my wifes .243 as well! Bought a can of that as well. Returned home and got things ready. Brass is still tumbling but its almost done... not sure what it is that is so fun about reloading but it sure can be! I dont get out to shoot as often as I used to, so I dont reload all that often anymore, but every so often the bug just hits and its time to reload :) I'll do several small batches of both STW and .243 for later testing... but I've always had great luck with .243's, they seem to like most anything fed into them.

Any other reloaders?

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Re: Woke up with "the bug"

by RBoomK » Sat Sep 08, 2012 8:21 pm

I reload, but only enjoy it when I'm experimenting with small batches. I will really enjoy turning out large batches as soon as I invest in a decent powder thrower, because I'm burned out on trickling every charge!
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Re: Woke up with "the bug"

by DallanC » Sat Sep 08, 2012 10:16 pm

RBoomK wrote:I reload, but only enjoy it when I'm experimenting with small batches. I will really enjoy turning out large batches as soon as I invest in a decent powder thrower, because I'm burned out on trickling every charge!


So I bought a cheap Lee "Perfect Powder Measure" that I set a few grains light. It's good enough to get me close to my intended load, from there I used an electric powder trickler I bought years ago to bring it up to dead even. Some day I'd like to get an electric scale / dispenser but I dont reload enough anymore to really justify the cost.

Me and my boy sat down with me to learn how to do it, it was fun showing him the ropes. We did a few batches of test rounds for my 7STW using 7828, When we got to firing them, I found a good'un at 75.5 grains. No pressure signs in my gun, the cases looked good. Accuracy was great, velocity right at 3200fps with a 160grn Accubond. Good enough!

Also did some .243's with 100grn Nosler Partitions. Slightly slower loads over the crony at 2850fps from a 22" barrel, but they were nice and tight. Not really worth trying to chase another 50-75fps so calling that one good enough too. Now I just need to run some bigger batches, 100rounds of each before hunting season gets here.


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