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Never seen the benefits of reloading

Discussion in 'Ammunition & Reloading' started by tac, Apr 3, 2010.

  1. tac

    tac UK, Oregon and Ontario. Well-Known Member

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    demonstrated as well as this episode today.

    With Vihtavuori powder hitting $150 a can here in Merry England, I've been looking around for something to load that wasn't the same price as ground-up Lincoln pennies.

    I found IMR4064 - seemed to be pretty useful for the three calibres I reload [7x57, 7.5x55 and .308Win].

    Last year I bought a job lot of 155gr Lapua bullets from a dealer in Tampere whilst over in Finland for a few days [he took pity on me as his sister is my next-door neighbour], so I had some good components to use.

    I carefully [is there any other way?] loaded up three of each from 42gr to 47gr, went to the range, and let loose, so to speak. Calm shooting, spaced with three minutes between shots, lots of time to jaw-flap, usual day.

    42gr - so-so, just over an inch and an inch high.

    42.5gr - same again, just a tad higher.

    43gr - a little spread out, maybe to 1.24", half an inch higher

    43.5 - same again, and again.

    44gr - one raggedy hole.

    Back to the SUV and portable loading bench and did another six just the same, after correcting the scope.

    Again with the raggedy hole.

    Twice.

    Hmmmmmmmmmmmm. Let's try 44.5gr

    Almost two inches....

    45gr - no doubt about it - a GOOD two inches.

    Looks like I've got the load.

    Rifle is one that a poster here laffed at a few months ago as being old-fashioned and kinda 'quaint' - a Krico 650SS just like the one in the 1985 Guns Illustrated article, with around 12000 rounds down the barrel.

    Scope is a Night Force 8-32x56 NSX with the hollow mildot reticle.

    I'm happy.:D

    'night all.

    tac
     
  2. turq

    turq Molino,oregon Member

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    So that is $150 per pound?

    Send pics of your sister; then move to the states.

    What powders can you buy? Any surplus powders? How much is a pound of 4064? How much for Benchmark?
    I'm guessing you don't do much in the way of 'just plinking'. Good Luck
     
  3. tac

    tac UK, Oregon and Ontario. Well-Known Member

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    So that is $150 per pound?

    Nossir - a 1kg plastic tub - works out at around $70 a pound.

    Send pics of your sister; then move to the states.

    Not my sister.

    What powders can you buy?

    Most anything that YOU can.

    Any surplus powders?

    None whatsoever.

    How much is a pound of 4064?

    £37.95/$55 or so.

    How much for Benchmark?

    Never heard of it, sorry.

    I'm guessing you don't do much in the way of 'just plinking'.

    Sure do. What else can I do with my $$$$?

    I know, buy a tank of gas for my SUV - $140 a time.....


    Good Luck

    Same to you, Sir.

    tac