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Old 2 April 2013, 05:08
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If you don't have dial calipers you will need those. You will also need case lube and a scale, digital is the way to go.

With the 550 you will want the tool head for each caliber, unless you want to back the dies out each time you switch calibers.

I use unique for all my pistol loads, 9mm/38sp/357/40/44sp/44remmag/45 acp and 45 colt.
I bet you have dirty guns.
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Old 2 April 2013, 05:10
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Win 748

748, is an older .223 powder. There is a lot of data out there on it.

I tried it initially, then went to Benchmark for my paper cutting/competition/coyote .223 load.

I use Varget for my hunting/def-offense loads.

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Old 2 April 2013, 05:39
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My chronograph is the ONLY way for me to settle on a load.
I use 700x for .38 and .45.
Briefly, from my posted notes:
148 gr .38 = 3.8 grain powder + ? fps
180 gr .45 = 5.5 grain = 991 fps
185 gr .45 = 5.3 grain = 988 fps
Hard cast lead bullets, winchester large pistol primers and federal small pistol primers.
Start lower and work your way up.
I use all Dillon equipment... and only Dillon equipment (Well, I use a Chrony chronometer)
Over twenty years, now, and STILL cranking them out.
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Old 2 April 2013, 08:36
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It looks like I'll and a chronograph to my list. I'd be sad if shooting wasn't so enjoyable.

Any powder recommendations for short barrel revolvers?
We have a 2.25" Ruger SP101 and I will have a 3" GP100 in a few weeks when it gets out of the shop.

I went full stupid on the GP100, so Marc at Gemini is doing the port package and some other work. I'm going to need a clean powder for that, lest I set my ceiling/headliner/self on fire when I shoot it.

Thanks a lot for the replies everyone, I don't have anyone here that really knows much about this subject.
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Old 2 April 2013, 09:41
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I bet you have dirty guns.
Thats why I have two kids, and a wife.
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Old 2 April 2013, 11:34
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I really don't reload .357s anymore.
The .38 load I listed above is VERY light... good for PPC competition. For .357, I only use factory loads. The .357 is one of my protective loads and I follow the wisdom of using only factory loads for self-defense. For .357, I'd suggest starting at 5 grains of 700x with a 125 grain jacketed bullet, and work your way up... USING THE CHRONOGRAPH.
Hard cast is good for the .38, but with the velocities involved with .357, I always went with a jacketed bullet.
A Chrony only costs about $180 (or used to).
http://www.amazon.com/Shooting-Chrony-F-1-Chronograph-green/dp/B001BR3364
Last word: If you do not use a proper scale and a proper chronograph, all bets are off!!!!!!

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It looks like I'll and a chronograph to my list. I'd be sad if shooting wasn't so enjoyable.

Any powder recommendations for short barrel revolvers?
We have a 2.25" Ruger SP101 and I will have a 3" GP100 in a few weeks when it gets out of the shop.

I went full stupid on the GP100, so Marc at Gemini is doing the port package and some other work. I'm going to need a clean powder for that, lest I set my ceiling/headliner/self on fire when I shoot it.

Thanks a lot for the replies everyone, I don't have anyone here that really knows much about this subject.
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Old 2 April 2013, 12:16
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I'll second the 700x recommendation. I've used that for lots of handgun loads from 38 Spl through 44 Rem Mag. It's clean burning and fast enough to get some speed out of those really short barrels. Recently got a buddy of mine a heavier 45 ACP field load dialed in for his 1911 using 700x.
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Old 10 April 2013, 21:05
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Widener's has bulk 62gr SS109 5.56 projectiles back in stock. 5k bags only, but free shipping by USPS flat rate.
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Old 10 April 2013, 21:53
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Widener's has bulk 62gr SS109 5.56 projectiles back in stock. 5k bags only, but free shipping by USPS flat rate.
Anyone want to split an order?
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Old 11 April 2013, 04:26
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Is it still in stock? Ill go halves with ya for some ss109. Although I just bought 10k 55gr hornadies lol. But I need some anti UN bullets too :-) .

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Old 11 April 2013, 04:28
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I placed an order with Grafs recently I dont believe its even been a month and I have 267lbs of powder primers and bullets due in tomorrow to my house. All for the 8.95 shipping what a beauty :-) .
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Old 11 April 2013, 21:46
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Alliant American Select Powder

I am still struggling to find powder. I still have plenty of WST and some others. I found this powder at Natchez and it looks like it may be a nice stop gap or even a new main stay powder. Any one use it? Have any recipes?
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Old 11 April 2013, 23:36
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Our local SCHEEL's sporting goods store HODGDON's Clay's in stock $150.00 for 8 lbs. Few of our shooters went there....
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Old 11 April 2013, 23:49
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I am still struggling to find powder. I still have plenty of WST and some others. I found this powder at Natchez and it looks like it may be a nice stop gap or even a new main stay powder. Any one use it? Have any recipes?
I still have six pounds or so of Unique....
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Old 17 April 2013, 06:16
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six pounds :-)...just got 10 8lb jugs in the mail from grafs lol
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Old 17 April 2013, 06:43
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I am still struggling to find powder. I still have plenty of WST and some others. I found this powder at Natchez and it looks like it may be a nice stop gap or even a new main stay powder. Any one use it? Have any recipes?
I bought a 4 lb keg of this as it is available at Natchez. While it is relatively under reported on for pistol powder, the Alliant website states it can be used in everything from 9mm to 45 ACP, 40 S&W etc.

I have some 1 lb jugs of powder like titegroup, clays, universal and the like, even a pound of unique. I am still loading from a 4 lb keg of WST I bought 20 years ago.

I am starting my quest for loads for this american select as it is due to arrive today.
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Old 17 April 2013, 06:47
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Is it still in stock? Ill go halves with ya for some ss109. Although I just bought 10k 55gr hornadies lol. But I need some anti UN bullets too :-) .
I tell you what, how about trading some of these unmarked green tip projectiles for some of your 55 grners? I need them for practice as my targets are mostly steel and the penetrators... well,,,, they penetrate the targets

Let me know what you think. I will PM you when mine arrive.
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Old 17 April 2013, 07:41
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I still use a lot of Unique , I also use it's analog Universal Clays a lot as well. I also bought 16lbs of Titegroup and find it's just as useful as Bullseye. I seldom buy 1lb'rs of anything anymore, 5 or 8 lb'r's are more convienient and I know what I use these days. S/F.....Ken M
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Old 17 April 2013, 11:15
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I tell you what, how about trading some of these unmarked green tip projectiles for some of your 55 grners? I need them for practice as my targets are mostly steel and the penetrators... well,,,, they penetrate the targets

Let me know what you think. I will PM you when mine arrive.

I think I can sway that...I will just have to coordinate with my wife to make the swap unless it occurs next month while I am on my vacation. Let me know when you get them and how much ya need.
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Old 17 April 2013, 16:00
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I think I can sway that...I will just have to coordinate with my wife to make the swap unless it occurs next month while I am on my vacation. Let me know when you get them and how much ya need.
I just got 5k, you want to trade for 1/2 of them?
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