PowerFactor Show
29May/116

Episode 25 – Handloading Part Three

Final part of the Handloading series where Steve and Rick talk about reloading/handloading ammo for competition. In this episode, they talk about testing and confirming your handloaded ammunition with a chronograph.

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  1. Guy’s you really do a great service for people out there.
    I study gun safety and always promote safety when ever anyone will listen 🙂
    I really hope others will learn from your efforts, and wish both of you great success be it through sponsorship, donations or just plain old self gratification.
    On to my question:
    What are your recommendations when inspecting your reloads and come across, as an example an upside down primer or for what ever reason a bullet that needs attention? Do you attempt to repair it? Toss it? When tossing, how do you recommend disposing of ammunition?
    Grateful of your efforts
    Richard.

    • Richard – I’m pretty, uh, frugal, so almost always try to reclaim components. If an empty case has a ding in the case mouth, I’ll try to work it out with the handle of a toothbrush before feeding the case into the sizing die. If I discover a cracked case on a finished round, I’ll pull the bullet and reuse it. If I find an upside down primer, I’ll pull the bullet and VERY CAREFULLY decap the case. It is generally not recommended that live primers be decapped, but I have done so for years, and have had no issues (your mileage may vary). I used to toss .45 cases with small primers (Blazer, etc.), but they are now so common that I’m going to save them up and load them in batches. I do not throw away complete, live rounds. I will at least pull the bullet and toss the components separately. Some people try to deactivate primers by soaking them in water, or oil, but I have read a few articles testing different products for primer deactivation, and the
      record is pretty spotty. Still, dipping a primed case in water before throwing it away might be considered due diligence if someone questioned your disposal practices.

      Thanks for watching, and for the kind words.

      Rick

  2. Thanks for taking the time to write back. I just wanted to make a recommendation of a possible up coming show that might help a lot of people and maybe bring more viewers to your sight.
    I understand Steve is the Glock half of your team, Glock is a very popular gun in IDPA down here in South Florida.
    People new to the sport may be interested in knowing if and how Steve reloads for his Glock. (He did make mention of it in your reloading segment’s)
    Possibly mention if he uses a conversion barrel that will allow him to shoot unjacketed reloads, or if he actually buys the parts to make jacketed reloads. Cost of the reload as apposed to the norm down there and just shoot the Wal-Mart Winchester White Box ammunition.
    Just a thought, once again I really hope this works out well for you guys. As a dad of 4 with a slight shooting obsession it’s hard for me in the middle of the month to make a contribution but I promise one is coming. Its funny, my wife makes fun of me since I basically built my own Kydex holster and Mag Pouches I’m always saying I need to get real ones. I think Blade Tech / Comp Tac get a lot of the hype / Internet buzz but I will purchase a Safari land solely based on your recommendations. So there, what you’re doing is working.
    Rich

    • Rich – We’ll do some more “viewer question” episodes in the future, and we’ll try to address your reloading-for-Glocks topic. I had a G22 blow up in my face, well, near my face, last weekend. The guy was apparently shooting lead reloads through his gun, so it looks like he’ll want to watch that episode, too!

      Rick

    • Hi Rich…just a couple quick comments…and like Rick pointed out, we can expand this discussion in a “viewer email” episode. For my G19, I’m reloading jacketed bullets (Precision Delta to be specific). I don’t have a conversion barrel for it and for the amount of shooting that I do with the G19, it doesn’t make financial sense. If I was dedicated to shooting Production division in USPSA, I’d certainly go that direction and shoot lead (Moly probably) bullets. Reloading 9mm for the Glock is easy…no special steps are necessary.

      Where the fun happens is when I’m reloading for my STI in 40 S&W and I get my hands on “Glocked” brass…and that brass has the infamous Glock Bulge. There are a few different solutions (such as the EGW undersized die you pointed out) to remove it..but I’ve taken a different approach and modified my Dillon 40S&W sizing die to remove that bulge. I’ve reloaded thousands of “Glocked” 40S&W brass for my STI and its eaten every one without a problem. We can briefly talk about this too in that episode.

      Steve

  3. Hi Rick and Steve,

    Thanks for yet another great show. Your information on chronographs was the final factor in my decision on which brand to purchase. I went with the new M2 by CED. Wow, great toy. Now I can finally check my handloads instead of just wondering. In honor of Steve, my 5th round inadvertently hit my new chrono, grazed the rear sky screen support. I laughed so hard at myself! Well, it’s no longer a “new” chrono. CED shipped me a new pair of supports rather quickly so no one will really know what I did. You guys won’t tell anyone, right? Please continue to produce these excellent shows. It’s like I’ve got my own professional trainers! You’ve have my sincere thanks, and my financial thanks is on its way too!

    Best wishes,
    Joe M


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