I got a few PMs and emails requesting for information regarding reloading ammo for competition and have been wanting to make this video everytime I walk into my reloading room. Never got to do it but this time, I had a few hours to burn so brought my camera out and recorded everything I did.
In this video I show you my lenghty process of reloading 38 Super Comp ammunition for my USPSA Open Division race gun.
Getting closer to finally being able to reload 38 Super Comp. Two things arrived today from Dillon Precision.
.380ACP Conversion Kit for the #3 Shellplate which is designed for the 38 Super Comp smaller rim.
and the 38 Super Case Gauge to make sure the reloads are properly made so I can ensure that each round will chamber. Sometimes bulging cases or cracked ones will creep into my reloading batch and with the case gauge, I can identify them.
Gonna head over to Kesselrings to pickup some Montana Gold 115gr and 124gr CMJs.
Heard this a few months ago and been following their progress up till ShotShow 2011 when they announced the public availability of their cold-tracer invention called Trajectory Identification Technology. It looks like a small sticky disc that you attach behind a bullet before you reload it. Here’s how it looks like shipped.
I believe Glow Ammo reacts to the gun powder as it ignites in the chamber and glows, much like a glow stick would. Initially I thought it was heat that activated it, I tried lighting it up with a lighter and it melted instead of glowed.
I recorded a video of my initial experience with it :
Each box comes with 255 stickers and costs around $51 shipped. Can’t wait to take it to the range next!
Just got my reloading components in today via the awesome Powder Valley Inc. Loaded up 40 rounds of 9mm and ready to chrono them out of my Glock 19 to see if they make minor power factor (which is 125 or 125,000).
Recipe is :
Time to head to the range!
Thanks to my lovely wife, I got some 9mm reloading stuff for Christmas and just found some time to setup my Dillon 9mm dies, toolhead assembly and configure them to reload 9mm.
I did have a question to anyone who’s reading this who has experience reloading 9mm, here’s a pic of the finished product, OAL is 1.125 (as suggested by Hodgdon). Why is there a dip (or taper) in the middle of the ammo? Is that normal?
The diameter at the rear of the case is 0.388, the middle is 0.376 and the neck is 0.377-0.378.
Am I doing something wrong?
From various friends and forums, the Coca-Cola bottle / Hourglass shape of the 9mm round is normal, the case isn’t straight walled like a .40S&W or a .45 ACP. The round above though doesn’t have enough crimp. I’ve added more crimp and taken another picture to compare :
The neck is now .375-.376. Looks much better. That said, when I pulled the bullet, the crimp leaves a mark. I’m not sure if this is good or not.
I’ve bought the .40S&W conversion kit for my Dillon 550B reloader but haven’t got the time to configure it until today. Had some free time and decided to get my ass off the chair and do something about it. I don’t have all the components yet to complete my reloading but enough to configure my Dillon toolhead and dies.
all I need is Hodgdon Titegroup and some Small Pistol Primers.
I have a 9mm conversion kit, dies and Dillon Quick Change Kit coming so I can reload 9mm too. can’t wait!
Everyone knows that reloading is a very rewarding experience. Especially having the ability to pick the kinds of ammo you wish to create, you also do it relatively cheaply, more than 1/4 of the price of the cheapest factory ammo you’d buy in retail.
While rewarding, it doesn’t come without any risks. One of the biggest problems with reloading is with the user. Humans are not good at repetitive actions, we tend to get used to the repetition and lose our concentration. That can lead to disastrous problems with the ammo you’re reloading, especially if you double charge your load.
This problem can be negated by checking every load for the right amount of powder, and the best way to do it is to physically look into the case for the right amount of charge. This can be a little difficult depending on the kind of lighting conditions you’d have around your reloading workstation.
Here’s a cheap LED flashlight I bought from True Value hardware, called Coast LED Lenser. I think I bought this for $4.99. You can find one on Ebay here : http://cgi.ebay.com/NEW-Coast-Logo-Lenser-FLASHLIGHT-LED-KEYCHAIN-/190472302121?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item2c5908ae29
This LED Flashlight is the right size to be slipped into the Dillon RL 550 toolhead.
The light is held in place, without falling through, by the activation switch. It sits in the perfect depth that it doesn’t impinge the function of the shellplate during reloading and providing enough illumination to look into your brass cases.
Perfect! Go get one!