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  1. 223 Load Testing

    Got a chance to bring my 20" AR build out to play during the warm weather this weekend. I have some Dogtown 55gr projectiles I need to get rid of (bought in the shortage after Sandy Hook) before I get to my bulk Hornady FMJBT collection. Doing load development with H335, I started at 23gr and...
  2. Chronograph Recommendation

    A friend was kind enough to lend me his CED M2 Chrono for a few weeks while I tested reloads in a variety of handguns and I really enjoyed quantifying my results not only downrange but also in velocities to correlate my load data to the book data. I'm strongly considering purchasing one to...
  3. Separating Seating & Crimping

    I am considering doing one of two things for my pistol reloads to separate the seat and crimp stages. Currently, I use the third die of your typical RCBS 3-die set to do both in one stage and I hate it. The two calibers in question are 9mm with 115gr RN plated bullets and 45ACP with both JHP and...
  4. Powder Selection for 9mm-38/357-45

    I am quickly realizing with the addition of another caliber to reload, I may need to end my search for a universally applicable powder for my reloading room. Several people have recommended Titegroup for 9mm and 45; however, it's a very fast-burning powder and especially with the low-pressure...
  5. Evaluating pistol reloads

    Gents, Is it common practice to shoot ~15 yards off a bench and bags to evaluate the accuracy of pistol reloads? I'm by no means a world-class pistol marksman (goal for 2016) but I have a recipe that cycles my M&P9 well (5.0gr Unique over a 115gr Berry's/Rainier plated RN); just wondering if...
  6. Local AR-15 headspace gauges

    I'm in the Worcester area and just finished building an upper- would really like to gauge it for proper headspace but I don't own the gauges. Is anyone willing to let me use theirs? Would be willing to reciprocate with a 6-pack of your choice. Thanks!
  7. Addressing Muzzle Rise in Handgun Shooting

    Haven't really seen this discussed before. I can hold acceptable groups but I always find that my muzzle rises excessively while shooting my M&P 9mm. I'm by no means a weak-handed guy but I think what I am doing is relaxing my grip a little so that I don't slap the trigger and move from POA. Can...
  8. Trust vs. Individual

    With the ability to assign an NFA item to a trust going away soon, is it worth it to form a trust (given the associated expenses) or go the individual route while living in a green town?
  9. Rave: Andy's Leather

    I asked a family member to contact Andy about a black leather belt for Christmas and I cannot say enough about how much I like it. The leather itself appears to be very high quality, fitted well and the buckles looks great. As it turns out, they surprised me with a brown belt and a rifle sling...
  10. Range Report: SR556

    Had a chance yesterday to go out and put my SR through its paces. SR556, 16" 1:9, Leupold HAMR 4x scope Midway Dogtown 55gr hollowpoints, ~24.0gr IMR 4064 I didn't label these reloads so the powder charge could be a little off- shame on me and lesson already learned. Anyway, my best group at...
  11. Redding 9mm Competition SeaterDie

    Disclosure: I have the 223 seater and LOVE it. Was loading some 9mm rounds last night, 5.0gr Unique over the 115gr Berry's Plated, and I was finding that my COL varied a few thousandths in either direction, say +/- 0.005" from a nominal 1.125. I'm curious if anyone here has the aforementioned...
  12. School me on bows

    My father and I are interested in getting into (at the very least) archery, if not full bow hunting this year. We both are around 6' 4", 200lbs. We'd like to get our own setups, and we really don't have any idea where to start. Can anyone offer some insight?
  13. H335 Ladder

    Amidoinitrite? Started at 10% below max listed and went up 2% each time until max, which yielded 6 stages and at 5 rounds per stage, gets us 30 rounds. Will follow up with results (Ruger SR556).
  14. Case Gauges for Handgun and Rifle

    I haven't seen a concise discussion here on purchasing gauges (headspace for rifle, max cartridge for pistol) from companies like LE Wilson or Lee. As I begin to reload 9mm and as I have been reloading .223, I have not checked my FL resized cases with a gauge yet. Do you think it's worth picking...
  15. Small Pistol Primers In Stock

    I just posted where I found some CCI small pistol primers in stock in the green member's section. Membership has its perks :)
  16. For all those reloaders out there wondering which manual to buy...

    I was at the Cabela's in Scarborough last night and bought their last pound of H335- on a more related note, I noticed Hodgdon released their newest reloading manual (I would call it more of a magazine form but who cares, right?) so I decided to pick it up in-store for $9.99 (cheaper than most...
  17. AR-15 .223 Powder (Hodgdon H335 and CFE223)

    Searched around and found some vague threads here on it, but figured I would start one seeing as how supplies are rapidly dwindling. Went into my local gun store and found a huge supply of powder- I have been using IMR 4064 but it meters like crap (extruded rod). I was looking at some Hodgdon...
  18. Hornady Micrometer Metering Insert

    Does anyone have any experience with either the rifle or pistol micrometer metering insert for the Hornady powder measure? I'm thinking about getting one, but the main complaint from Midway seems to be that there is no way to lock the measure. Has anyone who owns this ever had the micrometer...
  19. Cabela's

    Just to confirm any suspicions you may have...Cabela's is essentially wiped out of most everything firearms-related right now. For example, any firearms component (ammo, reloading supplies, etc.) that has a .223 label on it is missing from store shelves. Don't plan on buying from there unless...
  20. Hornady Shellholders in Central MA

    I need a .223 hornady shell holder for my hornady trimmer- does anyone have an idea where a dealer might be located that's open today? I can go as far as Fitchburg and as low as northern CT or northern RI.
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