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Recommended by a fellow shooter and experienced re-loader. Recently purchased a 550C and want to learn more about powders, primers and reloading in general. Looking forward to more manageable loads and more shooting! Hello everyone!

 

LW

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Grab some books and read up. What works in one firearm sometimes doesnt in another. ask questions... but the search feature will be your friend 

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Welcome , What caliber are you looking to reload ? 

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On 7/30/2019 at 10:24 AM, 4playiam said:

Recommended by a fellow shooter and experienced re-loader. Recently purchased a 550C and want to learn more about powders, primers and reloading in general. Looking forward to more manageable loads and more shooting! Hello everyone!

 

LW

Hey Lewis!

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On ‎7‎/‎30‎/‎2019 at 10:24 AM, 4playiam said:

Recommended by a fellow shooter and experienced re-loader. Recently purchased a 550C and want to learn more about powders, primers and reloading in general. Looking forward to more manageable loads and more shooting! Hello everyone!

 

LW

Welcome to the wonderful world of making your own loads.

For powders:  start with current manufacturer load data, or a current reloading manual like Speer or Hornady. Powders differ in burning rates and applications. The same powder that works for a .44 Magnum hunting load is going to suck for a 125 PF match load. With the proper burn rate powder there will be 'starting loads' and 'maximum loads' for various powder & bullet combos. Somewhere between the two you will find the softest load that makes the PF you need. There's a big difference between Major, Minor, Steel Challenge; and IDPA is all over the map.  Lead bullets (coated, like Bayou) will get a bit more velocity with the same powder charge than jacketed loads. Start with the 'starting loads' and see if they reliably function your gun, if not increase slightly and test again.  Reliability is the most critical factor.

For primers: If you're loading for a revolver, Federal ONLY, and make sure they're seated below flush with the case base. Those, along with CCI & Win will work well for striker-fired semi-autos. For hammer-fired guns you can probably get by with any commercial stuff. The primer, itself, make little difference in match-type loads, unless you're running 9mm Major or an Open gun.

The Overall Length (OAL) can make a difference, and can vary from gun to gun. Loads that run well in my M&P pistols are too long for my Ruger PC9. You need to experiment to find what's best for your gun.

As well, inspect your rounds during the loading process. Be sure to check for double charges, high-seated primers, and changes in OAL.

It's a learning curve.

 

 

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On 7/31/2019 at 6:30 PM, Keepkool said:

Welcome , What caliber are you looking to reload ? 

.40 and .380 to start. Eventually, 9mm, .38/.357, .357 Sig and .45. 

 

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