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Do U Trust your RELOADS

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    PinheadPinhead Member Posts: 1,485 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited November -1
    I sure wouldn't reload if I didn't. But that's funny.
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    HappyNanoqHappyNanoq Member Posts: 12,023
    edited November -1
    I don't reload - but I would trust them if I did.

    Have a habit of checking things like that more than once.


    But it IS a great drawing [:D]
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    B17-P51B17-P51 Member Posts: 2,215 ✭✭✭
    edited November -1
    Funny you should ask that. I JUST had a conversation with a guy that reloads but always uses factorys to hunt with.[?] I asked if he'd ever had a bad experience with one of his loads and he said "No, he justs trusts factory ammo better". To me, there is nothing more rewarding than to take an animal with a home brewed load.[;)]
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    awindsawinds Member Posts: 1,139 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited November -1
    It's good to hear/see a bang-flop from one of your own.
    Makes my day.
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    Mr. GunzMr. Gunz Member Posts: 1,621 ✭✭✭
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    dtknowlesdtknowles Member Posts: 810 ✭✭✭✭
    edited November -1
    I only really trust my reloads after I have tested a bunch.

    Work up a load testing for performance (chrono) and accuracy (bench rest). After the bullet and powder charge has been established then I load greater quantity and use it for practice. If practice ammo all functions and performs as expected then the rest of that lot of ammo is trusted for match, hunting or self defence. I alwasy test a significant portion of any lot of ammo I will need to depend on. I have had lots of my handloads that have had issues, some times I have made mistakes but now I check first. Trust but verify.

    Tim
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    jonkjonk Member Posts: 10,121
    edited November -1
    I trust myself more than a factory making thousands of rounds of ammo a day. For loading hunting or defense ammo, I do NOT use the progressive machine, but load each round, double check powder, etc.; but then again, I do that anyhow. Does a factory do that? Maybe. Theoretically. Hopefully. Probably. Surely? No.
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    shootlowshootlow Member Posts: 5,425
    edited November -1
    ever time i squeeze the trigger
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    Nimitz9Nimitz9 Member Posts: 9 ✭✭
    edited November -1
    I have had a few reloads with no powder (twice), and once I loaded .357 that exhibited high pressure signs so I pulled the bullets on the remainder of that lot. So I am a little more leery about reloads than factory. But I shoot more reloads than anything else.

    However, I have had factory ammo fail (dud), and I see several advertisements for recalls of factory ammo. So I factory stuff isn't perfect either.
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    CapnMidnightCapnMidnight Member Posts: 8,520
    edited November -1
    With out a doubt, What I load shoots tighter, more consistant groups than factory. I take pride in the quality of my reloads.
    W.D.



    "The most pervasive and least form of dishonesty is not doing the best you can." Jeff Cooper
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    deadeye46deadeye46 Member Posts: 553 ✭✭
    edited November -1
    i agree with shootlow
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    laogailaogai Member Posts: 309 ✭✭✭
    edited November -1
    I've used virtually nothing but reloads for big game--black bear, deer, and moose--for 25 years. I think it gives me more confidence because I am so familiar with it from choosing bullets, load testing, customizing neck-sizing and bullet-seating, and more practice, therefore I shoot better. Never had a problem. Also reload shotshells for most small game, except turkey, geese, and cornfield pheasants. Hope to shoot a whitetail with my revolver this fall, will be using handloads.

    On the other side, I had a factory double-loaded 22 shell blow a 10/22 stock apart in my face a long time ago.
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    sandwarriorsandwarrior Member Posts: 5,453 ✭✭✭
    edited November -1
    I'd take reloads over factory any day! A+1 to all who give reloads a thumbs up. You get better groups, you get as good reliability, provided you do all the safety checks. And, best of all you get premium rounds that you know the velocity or drop with because you worked them up! All for a lot less money.

    Now, I've made mistakes just like anyone else. It cost a barrel on one rifle. Only a barrel because when the bullet jammed in the barrel I knew not to shoot another one. The bullet got peened in the barrel when 'someone'(not me) helped me by taking a cleaning rod to it.

    On the other hand I've had cases burnt through and heads separated by factory rounds that were too hot and one that didn't powder. As noted earlier they make mistakes too..and they have people they pay to double check.
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    joesjoes Member Posts: 484 ✭✭✭
    edited November -1
    Always trust my reloads-There is a reason why reloads outshoot factory. Because most of us reload one at a time (rifle) and spend more time and attension to each load than the factory could ever care to or more importantly afford to do. Each shell when handloading is being checked, rechecked, and checked again from the depriming to priming to several cleanings to the measuring and triming too the actual loading and just for good measure yet another measure just to be be sure. Repeated test on powders and seating depts have given us a first hand account of what "my gun" likes and trust me my friend, Remington or federal will never be able to answer that question. Next time you are ready to pull the trigger ask yourself.......did the guy on assembly line have a good day and is he paying attension to the production, or is he thinking about something else as your bullet is being loaded. And hope that the bullet he loaded is not intented to shoot your dream deer. Seems like you are willing to risk alot on someone else if you ask me.
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    44vernon44vernon Member Posts: 125 ✭✭
    edited November -1
    Trust mine 110%. SO do a lot of friends I load for.44vernon
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    alleybatalleybat Member Posts: 40 ✭✭
    edited November -1
    I have been reloading for years and would trust my handloads more than any crappy factory loads, any day of the week![:D]I have pulled the bullets on factory Winchester loads and found several GRAINS of powder difference in shells from the same box[xx(]I know mine are weighed to the exact amount for each round,and will stack each round very close to each other. If you watch what you are doing, then you can make ammo which is much more accurate.
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    kraschenbirnkraschenbirn Member Posts: 70 ✭✭
    edited November -1
    Yep...sure do!! I've loaded all my practice ammo on one of two Dillon progressives for something close to 25 years and have had less ammo-related malfunctions with my reloads than I ever had with military small arms ammo. That said, I DON'T use the Dillons for ammo that I'm preparing for serious competition, personal defense, or hunting. Those rounds get loaded on an old single-stage Bonanza Co-Ax and every round gets a Mk1 eyeball inspection at each and every stage.

    Bill
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    gunnut505gunnut505 Member Posts: 10,290
    edited November -1
    If they come out of my RL550b; they will fire every time, at what I intend to shoot, and cost me less than Factory anyday!
    I haven't used Factory loaded ammo for over 20 years, and I still have components left!
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    FrancFFrancF Member Posts: 35,278 ✭✭✭
    edited November -1
    more so than factory-
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    bpostbpost Member Posts: 32,664 ✭✭✭✭
    edited November -1
    I would bet my life on them.....

    Oh; I do every day.

    Wanna bet yours against mine?
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    Laredo LeftyLaredo Lefty Member Posts: 13,451 ✭✭✭
    edited November -1
    Anyone as unsure as the guy in the picture should NOT reload.

    I trust my reloads 100%, never had any problems with them. I have reloaded tens of thousands of rounds.
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    Travis SnowTravis Snow Member Posts: 7 ✭✭
    edited November -1
    I just wouldn't trust anything but a reload out deer or coyote hunting other than the winchester usa 45gr hollow points for 223 i've had nothing but really good luck with them and then you get free cases with good ammo
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    ww2buff9067ww2buff9067 Member Posts: 472 ✭✭✭
    edited November -1
    I've been reloading for quite awhile, and notice less variation in my loads than factory loads. Not that I'm the reloading king, 'cause I'm not. I'm very meticulous about my loads, some would say *, but the results are more than worth the time and effort. Most of the factory loads I shoot are to get the brass and shatter bowling balls, old toilets, humidifiers, and the like.....

    Peace,

    Mike
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