Handloads

Handloading is dangerous and before beginning to experiment you should get a mentor and learn the fine points. It’s an engineering discipline in its own right and deserves respect, care and attention. Be honest with yourself before getting into reloading or handloading. Can you stick to rigorous scientific procedures? Can you walk away after finding a load that isn’t as fast as you’d like but is deadly accurate? Can you afford the time? Do you have the patience? Do you have the math skills? Do you have the ability to give 100% attention to details? Can you establish a procedure and STICK TO IT? If you can’t answer every single one of those questions with a firm and unambiguous “Yes!” then it’s not for you. I know it seems cool and it looks easy and it actually is both but there’s a lot of stuff you have to just know before you start doing it alone. After 20+ years of doing it I still occasionally make a mistake and that often requires me to pull apart ammo I just loaded and start over from step one. My quality control procedures allow me to catch my own mistakes before they get ugly. Please, as a favor to me: Find a mentor before you start handloading. Learn from them. Ask all the stupid questions you can because after you’ve had a case blow apart on you or a gun catastrophically self-disassemble under your face it’s already too late. You cannot undo an explosion and you cannot undo permanent debilitating injury and you can’t turn the clock back on a mistake. Please, be careful. If you need help, ask me. I will help you if I can. Nobody deserves to go this alone.

Now then: You will find data on this page for loads that I’m tinkering with. They’re almost uniformly near-max, at the max or substantially much over max in a few cases. NOBODY should use these recipes except as an example of where not to start from. These worked in my guns with my components and my procedures but not all were acceptable or safe. DO NOT USE THE LOAD DATA BELOW. This is strictly for me to note performance of bullets and data. I am a wildcatter and you’ll note that I’m not clear about what chambering these are in. For a reason.

OVERPRESSURE LOADS REPRESENTED BELOW! DO NOT USE!

76251H168AMAX
43.1
4064
F210
2745
MAX +.01TTL
MAX COAL
LC11
No primer signs.
Flies true to 500yrds on DOPE.

76251H168AMAX
44.1
4064
F210
2742
MAX +.01TTL
MAX COAL
LC11 TAA10
Great load. Fits too snug. Trim that brass! 500yard metallic silhouette ram load.

22355DT
24.3
4064
#41
3245 16″
MAX -.01
MAX -.02
LC11 TAA10
Zippy fast, low flash. No primer signs. 1″ @ 100m, not best accuracy. Bullets expand violently.

22370BVLD
24
4064
#41
2945
MIN
MAX
TAA10
5″ group at 620yrds

H7154SST
68.1
W780S
F215
3054
MIN
MAX +.2
Headspace Issues in M70. Otherwise .5″ @100m. Dope was on at 500,750,1000.
Fantastic load, not fantastic chambering job on the rifle. Gunsmith Cursed!

45CB200BCHBRN
13.8
True Blue
350
1880 18″
.890 .460r donor
MAX
Limit for moly coated Bear Creek 200 HBRN
Excellent steel plinking round.
1:10 bullets fragment 15yrds from muzzle. Right at velocity:twist limit.
WILL GRENADE IN HANDGUN. MODERN BOLT ACTION RIFLE ONLY. HANDGUN OVERPRESSURE WARNING

45CB165NCJHP
14.8
Long Shot
350
2088 18″
.890 .460r donor
MAX
The ultimate hog medicine. Not very accurate outside 50yrds. Hits with ~2k lbs/ft energy. BIG penetration capability.
WILL GRENADE IN HANDGUN. MODERN BOLT ACTION RIFLE ONLY. HANDGUN OVERPRESSURE WARNING

45CB200BCSWC
14.2
Long Shot
350
1870 18″
.890 .460r donor
MAX
Roars while flying. Accurate. No leading. Could go faster.
WILL GRENADE IN HANDGUN. MODERN BOLT ACTION RIFLE ONLY. HANDGUN OVERPRESSURE WARNING

7Sierra150MK
61
4350
F215
2.488
150 SMK
3.32
Hated it. Nothing good to say about this load or the Sierra bullets. With Hornady 7mm 154 SST’s it was a laser guided rocket of awesome.

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