Need some help.. I have my 1985G ready for some reloads. I have some once fired hornady brass and will be getting 325 FTX bullets shipped to me next week. I have not reloaded in some time but do have the lee loader for the 45-70 and several cans of Unique, H748, Tite Group, 4064, 4350 and 4895 around.
Would any of these powders be ok to use with the 325 FTX and what load. What else might I also consider to purchase as a standard powder to use with the
405Gr. FN etc.All responses are appreciated.
It is easy to duplicate factory performance with H4198 and IMR4198. H322 will work as well as a host of others. Your chosen above are perhaps not mainstream for this bullet. Look in Hornady's book for the best recommendation. It is a decreased length and lower capacity situation for sure.
Hello bear claw, I bought some of the hornady short brass and have had to sideline the project because normal lee dies won't crimp the load and i dont want to grind the die down. Someone here with first hand experience with the Lee loader tool and the short brass can hopefully save you some time and give their evaluation. I need to put a set of hornady short dies on the next midway order. Update us on how it goes.
Out of the powders on your shelf I have used 4895 when I first started out, but I prefer imr 4198 or 4759. Trail boss is cool, too!
AS already indicated, some dies will not adjust far enough to allow for loading the shorter Hornady brass.
Just an Ol'Coot's opinion, but I think Hornady didn't really do a good job of thinking out this situation! Of course, I am not a flex tip shooter.
However, all this to say that I have a set of Hornady 45-70 dies and they adjust without problems to where the short brass can easily and correctly be reloaded.
A friend can't reload those cases with whatever die set he has.
Keep em coming!
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I went and found the thread that talks about this. Well crap that didn't work.
I will try this again. Ok if you go and read this thread it might help you. I have a couple of posts on it relating my experiences. So far I'm extremly happy with my results.
So what is the big issue???????????
Last edited by FourtyFiveSeventy; 05-25-2012 at 10:11 PM.
When I loaded the few Hornady gummy nose brass as an experment for a friend, I marked the locking collar position used with the NORMAL length brass, loaded the short brass and then returned the locking collar to the origional and correct position without doing any testing or re-adjustment.
So all that to say, if you keep track of the locking collar position for your loading you should be able to switch back and forth with a minimum of fuss and bother.
Only the position of the flairing die and the seating die should need to be changed anyway and that not by much.