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Talk about some expensive ammo :p Let's see...$350 divided by 50 rounds = $7 per round. Of course I plan on amortizing that initial cost on a few zillion more rounds.

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124 gr cast bullets from the class at Magnolia (thanks again SubGunFan & Captain-03). 3.5 gr Bullseye (couldn't locate any 231 locally, Dan). Going to give'em a try Monday after work.

Actually, this is my second batch, screwed up the first. Had the seating plug too far down in the die and WAY over-crimped. I was so concerned about watching OAL that I never checked diameter until I'd done 50. But I caught it, and lesson learned.
 

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There WILL BE a few of those lessons - learned!! It is all part of it ... those look good!! Enjoy at $7.00 a round!! :lol:

BTW: I like that BE load ...
 

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There is a pride factor in shooting your own! I've loaded several hundred each of .223, .45, and 9mm. I have learned alot and have alot of learning to do! There are so many variables to play with, it could be a never-ending search for the perfect load. It's a blast though, and it helps I have a good mentor in SGMJody!
 

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Cudos to all the mentors...ya'll some good folks

what I know, I learned at school of hard knocks...it amazes me that I still have all my fingers

Nice looking loads bro

You can buy you a Wilson Max Cartridge gauge to check those loads when you change bullets or you can pull your barrel out and see if they drop in

shoot em :thumbup:
 

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Hey Shoe....... Looks like NICE work there............ CONGRATS ! ! !

From the picture I was concerned about OAL, but then realized those projos are Captain's 124s, not my mold's 120s. Sid got those....

The MAIN thing is....... We want a range report this coming weekend. BLAST those 50 and tell us how they did......

And YES............... Mistakes WILL BE MADE. A lot of ammo reloading is O. J. T.

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shoeshooter said:
Talk about some expensive ammo
Let's see...$350 divided by 50 rounds = $7 per round.

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"$350"........... That is just the start. You forgot about the cost of CASTING equipment................... :)

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Didn't forget, just not there yet. :p

What OAL do you use for 9MM? Lyman says 1.169, but I measured a sample of Federal factory 115 FMJ & Fed Am Eagle 124 FMJ and it ran between 1.150 & 1.1545, with most at 1.520. It's always fed fine in three different pistols.

Actually, it's probably over $450 by now, but I don't really want to know. Just ordered some .38 spl dies...and then I should receive my M1 carbine from CMP in a couple of weeks...and then there's the .45....380...30-30..........sigh...
 

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Most always, I load to fit my magazine ... longer is always better than shorter .... the shorter the round the greater the pressure ... if you load to your magazine, you can not load too long in MOST pistols ... Now with cast boolits, it depends on where the crimp and or lube grooves are sometimes ... I just never try to load anything shorter than the recommended length ...
 

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The Sub2000's ought to be in this weekend...that 50 rds won't last long then :evil:
Yea -- I just finished preping 600 cases!! Problem is - not enough boolits ... and it is way too hot to crank up the pot ....
 
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