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15May/11Off

Episode 23 – Handloading Part One

Reloading is essential to keeping cost down if you're serious about shooting competitively. Steve and Rick will spend the next three episodes talking about the benefits of reloading, how to reload and how to test your handloads using a chronograph.

 

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  1. Nice Bevis and Butthead pic! starting at 21:27 🙂

    • That is an interesting piece of Americana. If you put it on top of the TV, whenever you hit certain buttons on your remote, B&B exclaim, “That’s cool!”, or “This sucks!” I think it moved to garage at about the same time I got married . . .

  2. A pound of powder might cost $20, while four pounds costs $80? My on-the-fly math wasn’t very good, there! Try one pound for $20, or four pounds for $75, or eight pounds for $140.

  3. LOL, Rick. That’s okay. We know what you meant. BTW, thank you both for creating some very excellent shows. I’m new to competitive shooting and your shows are just the thing the doctor ordered! Your friendly jabbing at each other, your humor, and the production is all very enjoyable and fun. Your show is very informative and helpful to people like me who are new to IDPA and USPSA. Keep up the great work. I’m looking forward to Handloading Part 2. If you would, please speak more to 40S&W during your shows. There seems to be a growing interest in 40S&W at the range I attend. Best to you Rick and Steve!

  4. Rick, you mentioned Lee Classic Turret in passing and seemed to imply Lee only offered semi-accurate charge discs. Lee also offers a “micrometer adjustable charge bar” which you can use in place of a charge disc, allowing very fine adjustments. In fact, I installed one on my Classic Turret and it works very nicely for my 40S&W loads. Sure the Lee isn’t as racy as the Dillon but it’s fine for my current reloading needs. So you don’t consider me a complete heretic, I’ll go in the garage right now and paint my Lee Turret blue. :^)

    • I know shooters who load very successfully on Lee equipment, and mentioned the Lee dippers only as an alternative to having both a powder scale and powder measure. Steve and I will generally “represent” when it comes to the stuff we use, so if we don’t mention something when discussing guns or gear, it’s because we either have decided to not use it, or we have no experience with it. I had a complete set of Lee dippers given to me, so I passed them on to someone who was getting started; a great way to get others involved is to pass on your old or unused equipment!

  5. I use both a digital scale so I can weigh each load …just to be sure. And I have the Lee Pro Auto Disc Powder Measure which drops the powder through the ‘powder-thru-resizing die’. It looks like the one in this link http://leeprecision.com/xcart/Automatic-Powder-Measures/ . Not sure why anyone would want to hand dip powder into a scale when these automated powder measures attached to the machines are pretty accurate. If I can get to shooting a match or more a week, then I might find myself needing a Dillon to speed up the work. Thanks again for your tips and recommendations as always!

  6. What’s the best type and brand of scale to use? Are balance beams considered old school and slow compared to digital scales? Would like to hear your recommendations in Part 2. I’m not sure I trust my $80 digital scale as sometimes I see the reading jump as much as .2 for no apparent reason. Are balance beams the ‘tried and true’ method?

  7. The balance beam scale may be old and slow compared to an electronic scale, but I don’t use the scale much, so not having to worry about batteries is an advantage. I have no experience with electronic scales made for handloading, but if the reading is jumping .2 grain under static conditions, I might try relocating the scale.


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