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Been cleaning up my reloading area and found some ACME coated bullets and decided to load some up, 103, 158 gr SWC and 103 Button Nose Wad Cutters, both are over Titegroup powder, the 158's are a 3.5 gr and the wad cutters are at 3.0 gr. They are super accurate and very mild on the recoil. Acme put 3 extra bullets in each pack and yep I am cheap, I reuse all the boxes and inserts I can find.

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I haven’t gotten to the 38/357 loading yet but those look hella crimped but it looks good. Is that a common practice for 38’s or just wad cutter? Need some info if you don’t mind and I’m also fixing to start loading for 12g here soon hopefully. I’ve been impressed with the socket slugs with round ball combo.
 

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Whatever the green and yellow slugs are in. I like the lemon lime color scheme.not sure what slug but it’s the one people are putting Sheetrock screws which screws into the wad
I haven’t gotten to the 38/357 loading yet but those look hella crimped but it looks good. Is that a common practice for 38’s or just wad cutter? Need some info if you don’t mind and I’m also fixing to start loading for 12g here soon hopefully. I’ve been impressed with the socket slugs with round ball combo.
The 38/357 take a roll crimp, these work great for me, going to make some snake shot in the next couple of days. I have just started loading shotgun shells and I will say it is way more trouble than any metallic rifle or pistol I have loaded. You have to figure out your hull type, primer type, and choose from about a dozen different type of wads and the powder the the shot. If I had any hair left, I would probably pull it out.
 

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Whatever the green and yellow slugs are in. I like the lemon lime color scheme.not sure what slug but it’s the one people are putting Sheetrock screws which screws into the wad
one of the Russian slugs Uses a sheet metal screw to attach to the wad. I think the slug may have been called the grizzly?

The other Russian mold company has its on proprietary wad that slides into the back of the slug. Reloaders Network was carrying the slug molds and wads. They have some neat designs that I’d like to try. Several of them are for smoothbore and the wad acts like shuttlecock 🏸 in badminton for stability
 

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The 38/357 take a roll crimp, these work great for me, going to make some snake shot in the next couple of days. I have just started loading shotgun shells and I will say it is way more trouble than any metallic rifle or pistol I have loaded. You have to figure out your hull type, primer type, and choose from about a dozen different type of wads and the powder the the shot. If I had any hair left, I would probably pull it out.
Yeah that’s what I was noticing but wasn’t sure about it. I mean what’s the fun in that it sounds limited. So a cheddite 209 and a federal 209 won’t work and then I have to use certain hulls for compatibility. Think I may pass on this one. Now what I could do is buy value brand birdshot and convert to slugs. That would be fun and cost effective
 

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Had a good day at the McHenry range yesterday. Took the Ruger American in 223, the Ruger PCC 9mm, the Ruger GP100 in 357, the SA Mil-Spec 45 ACP, and the XD9. Shot mostly test loads except for some commercial 9mm to zero the 4x scope on the PCC.

First shots with the PCC were grouping high and right at 25 yards. Made some slight adjustments and now it’s dead on at 50 yards. My reloads with 124 grain FMJ RN over TiteGroup were grouping about an inch at 50 yards. Next came the 223. I was shooting 55 grain FMJ over 24.5 grains of H335 and getting 1” groups at 100 yards. The range was busy and I didn’t want to take the time to run a target out to 150, but pinging the small steel at 170 yards was easy with this rifle and load.

At the pistol range, I first ran some 38 sp loads over the chronograph. I had made some test loads using 158 grain lead and Berry’s plated FP over DuPont 6 and 5066. Brass and powder are from 1966. I used the same powder amounts with the plated rounds as the lead rounds. I started with 3.5 gr of #6 and increased the powder charge by .1 gr to 4.0. With the 5066, I started at 4.3 and increased by .1 gr to 4.8 max. They were accurate and very soft shooting but had erratic speeds. These will need more testing. I’m curious if #6 and 5066 are position sensitive.

Next came about 30 rounds in the Mil-Spec 45 ACP. I was using 230 grain RN over TiteGroup. All of these ran consistently between 825 and 864 FPS. Good grouping but all pushed left of center. I’m pleased with this load but need more range time with this one.

I finished the day with some 124 grain RN and TiteGroup in the XD9, my CCW.
 

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80 rounds 30 carbine with 120 Lee bullets from Captain i had. Loaded with Winchester 296 in three different weights to shoot groups for accuracy testing. Most were lubed with White Label Lube Blue Carnuba. But, ten powder coated with Smoke's yellow green (aka zombie green).
 
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