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30-40 and other cartiges
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kraig WY    Posted 12-02-2003 at 07:20:07       [Reply]  [No Email]
Talking about the high cost of shell and what not, don't anyone reload anymore. Besides the cost savings your missing half the fun of shooting. I haven't bought any shell in a long time except for 22s and don't shoot many of those because I can shoot lead pistol shells cheaper then I can buy 22s. Match the bullet to the gun and you're gonna have a lot better shooter.

Robert    Posted 12-02-2003 at 16:16:23       [Reply]  [No Email]
At one time i was keeping track of my hand loading, but quit counting at some what over 80,000 rounds of rifle and pistol rounds. At the time i had an ammo mfg. license, and also loaded all the ammo for the local police dept. too.

I also designed some big "rimmed" cartridges for the Valmet 412 combi's and doubles, (based on B.E.L.L. brass) and had guns chambered for them. That ment i had to form the brass, and sell ammo for them too.

I also cast many many thousands of lead pistol and rifle bullets, and swaged many cals. of jacketed ones too, includeing makeing and selling .375 "bonded core" bullets. At the time i enjoyed all of this very much, and i do still have all the equipment to get back into it.

I also loaded 12, 16, and 20 guage shot shells, and have Mec. loaders for those too.

Several years ago i loaded all the brass that i thought i would need for a long time, and boxed all the gear up. Lately i have been thinking of digging some of it out again.

These days i've been mostly hunting with my Krieghoff drilling in cal. 8x57jrs. I have it loaded with 200 grain Noslers. I've taken deer, bear, moose, and other big game animials with it for my freezer, includeing 8 point and 9 point whitetails opening day of deer season this fall.

Where does all the time go??? It seems i never have enough of it!


screaminghollow    Posted 12-02-2003 at 10:44:20       [Reply]  [No Email]
loaded up a bunch of 50-70's and 45-90's last Sat. night. Couldn't find my gear for loading the 58 Snider or the 577-450 British Martini or we would have shot them too. Oh yeah loaded some 11.15 x 58 Remingtons too! You shoulda seen the look on the faces at the range when I pulled a box of those cartridges out.

I do...    Posted 12-02-2003 at 07:50:06       [Reply]  [No Email]
I shoot a 'wildcat' caliber that no one makes 'factory' ammo for so I have to load...

I can also work up loads for other guns that are more accurate than off the shelf stuff as I can dial in the load to perfectly match the weapon...I have one load that I use for The Wifes' .44 Mag Marlin, and my Super Blackhawk...Handy as all get out when I carry 'her' gun and 'my' revolver at the same time ;-)

I don't do shotshells any more, though I used to and could again...


Dave Wi.    Posted 12-02-2003 at 08:48:52       [Reply]  [No Email]
I have a 44mag Rugger 96 what gr. bullet do you use?,Rugger recomend I use a 240gr.

Salmoneye    Posted 12-02-2003 at 10:01:45       [Reply]  [No Email]
I have been loading a 265 grain Hornady flat-nose...Originally designed for the .444 Marlin and it really 'wants' .444 velocities for optimal expansion...At .44 mag rifle speeds it will blow through both sides of deer sized game...

I think it was Elmer Keith that said...'Big hole in...Big hole out'...

If this Hornady bullet was not available, I would look seriously for the hardest cast solid lead bullet I could find...With a cross-section the size of a .44, I really don't care if I get any expansion...

All depends what you want to shoot...I have loaded from 180-300 grainers with good to excellent accuracy...Your Model 96 should handle anything you can stick in the magazine...Can not imagine why Ruger suggests 240 grainers only as the lever action is not sensitive like their semi-autos are...

Willy-N    Posted 12-02-2003 at 07:47:41       [Reply]  [No Email]
I reload but haven't gone shooting for a while so all my shells are done. Have lots of powder, primer and bullets in stock. Mark H.

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