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First time reloading 500 SW

Discussion in 'Ammunition & Reloading' started by Eddywangchang, Jul 22, 2013.

  1. Eddywangchang

    Eddywangchang pnw Active Member

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    Hello all!
    In a few days I plan on embarking on the journey of reloading 500 SW.
    I will be using Lee 500 SW dies (3-die set) on a Hornady L-N-L classic kit.
    The cartridge will be a Hornady 300 grain FTX bullet on top 43.0 grains of W 296 in Hornady once fired brass (cleaned in soapy water with a light crimp, but will tumble if I stumble across one).

    What are the things I should look out for? My primary concern is undercharging the brass because I am using the minimum recommended load in the reloading manual, but I am also worried about the pressures building the case from a bad crimp. I will be comparing the newly reloaded rounds to factory rounds by visual inspection.
    Either way, whether it is loaded correctly or not, it's going to kick; and unlike other handguns I cannot hold it in a separate and hope for the best.

    Safety equipment (I am really scared of this blowing up and marring me): Besides a full motorcycle helmet, leather jacket and motorcycle or shop gloves what else should I consider? Should I one hand it (shot with one hand before, the gun no longer kicks and you just hope you don't drop it; follow up shots are not possible...) and cover my neck with my other arm?
    If you're wondering why I'm pooping myself over safety its because of this (see broken revolver)

    Some of you guys may be thinking "if he's this scared of reloading, he probably shouldn't reload" but I'm just speaking what we all were thinking the moment we first reloaded.

    Any advice would be appreciated!

    Also if any of you guys have large rifle primers laying around and wouldn't miss 50 or so, PM me! It is impossible to find people with large rifle primers and even harder to find people willing to part with them.

  2. Certaindeaf

    Certaindeaf SE Portland Well-Known Member

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    Monitor for bullet creep. If neck tension and crimp isn't sufficient, the bullets will walk forward and tie up the gun.. also, with the longer OAL, if creep is present, you will have more case capacity and lower pressures.. not really a good thing with 296.. be careful of squibs. Good luck.
  3. orygun

    orygun West Linn Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    I used H110 when loading the 500. (nearly the same, if not exactly the same powder) As neither of these powders tolerates a light load, I would start higher than minimum and I would be very darn sure that I was using the correct data for the bullet you are using.

    I would not use motorcycle gloves as they will only limit you. In fact, I know that you are way overdoing it. Use safety glasses, don't cover your hands and relax. Loading the 500 is no different than doing a 38 Special.

    When you shoot it, just friggin shoot it!
  4. cookie

    cookie THE SOCIALIST STATE OF KALI - FORNIA Well-Known Member

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    If you have a loading manual and follow proper reloading procedures there will not be any problems . I have been loading since 1976 and I do not consider myself an expert but so far I have not had any problems by taking my time and following safe reloading practices. I have loaded 38/357, 9mm, 40 S@W,45acp, 223, 308,30/06, 300 Weatherby mag and 338 Lapua for myself or others. Most blown up guns firing reloaded ammo is due to careless loading procedures.
  5. Eddywangchang

    Eddywangchang pnw Active Member

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    Alright! Thanks for the advice! I will probably start at 44-45 grains of W296.