looks real good. leading sometimes becomes a problem above 1500 fps.
Last edited by TXLNevills; 03-15-2020 at 10:49 AM.
Made it to the range today. All of the 18 hand loads went boom. Loaded starting with 39.5 gr Reloder 7 and stepped up on 0.5 grain increments to 42-grains. The 39.5 gr shot the best group at 50-yards. Loads 40 gr and 40.5 were acceptable. Loads 41; 41.5; and 42 got continually bigger. Happy to stick with 39.5 as it was much more pleasant to shoot than the 42 grain load. Have to admit I was a bit nervous dropping the hammer on my first ever hand-load, but it was a thrill after that. No evidence of leading from what I could see on quick inspection. Will look closer later tonight. Really happy overall with how the GT Bullet grouped. Any of the loads are "Minute of Deer" accurate. Thanks everybody!!!
Forgot to say about GT Bullets. I weighed around 25% of my order and all were right at 425 grain if not dead-on. Every one I checked was at .460 diameter per my order as well.
Dropped another order for this time GT Bullets 400 grain gas checks, brass, and couple pounds of RE7. This...is...addictive!!! 🙂
You are smart taking extra cautions when charging the cases with powder. Never have a distraction when doing this step. Always look down in each case with a good light to make sure things look all the same. With faster powders like Unique that use small amounts for each load, it's easy to double charge. I was loading the other day during this "exile period" and right before I was seating the bullets, I did what I always do and checked each case for a double charge. Sure enough I found one....my first. This proves that good habits make for safe loading. I think my Marlin and/or myself would have been damaged with a double charge. Keep your bench clean as possible when loading and never have but one type of powder on it at a time....and check those loads before the bullet goes in!
If you want to have some fun & a little softer recoil, stuff a few shells with some 2f black powder (up to the base of the seated bullet + 1/16"). It will let you experience the way shooting these used to be!
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