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Old 01-14-2013, 06:01 AM
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Quick question , Is it harder to reload handgun bullets than rifle bullets?
Reloaded rifle bullets for years , for my 308 and my 30-30 (168gnHPBT) because nobody made them. Thanks
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Old 01-14-2013, 07:57 AM
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I don't, but from what I read on reloading forums, it sounds like it may be easier with less or no resizing, etc. I'm sure someone here that's in the know will expound on that.
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Old 01-14-2013, 11:18 AM
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Generally easier. Far less case prep.
If possible purchase carbide size die in a three die set. This eliminates case lubing.
Straight wall cartridges require
Size, remove spent primer, very slight case mouth bell, new primer, powder,bullet and usually either a roll or taper crimp depending on chambering.
Check cases for uniform length as this wil give you uniform crimps.
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Old 01-14-2013, 03:46 PM
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I reload for a 44 mag and find it easier the powder runs through my thrower alot easier. I can load 50 of those in no time at all.
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Old 01-15-2013, 04:52 AM
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I think it's a little easier because of little less prep.
I use a medium burning powder for my .40 and .380 so if I was to accidentally throw a double charge it would overflow the case.
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Old 01-16-2013, 07:56 AM
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Thanks, kind of replies I was looking for.
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Old 01-17-2013, 08:47 AM
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Just make sure when you expand you expand just enough to hold the bullet while you raise the case into the press - let the press do the rest of the bullet seating work. Too much expansion too deep into the case and the round will not chamber correctly. In the case of a semi-auto the round gets jammed in the chamber and it can be very tough to remove. (One guess how I know this....)
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Old 02-01-2013, 12:18 AM
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On the smaller cases like .380, 9mm, and .40 you really have to make sure you are at the recommended OAL. If you are under even by a little have increased the pressure. Depending on how far it can cause serious problems. With larger cases it's not as big a deal. Other than that it's really no harder to load than rifle other than the fact you are dealing with smaller components.
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Old 02-12-2013, 05:49 PM
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Originally Posted by Redrider93 View Post
Quick question , Is it harder to reload handgun bullets than rifle bullets?
Reloaded rifle bullets for years , for my 308 and my 30-30 (168gnHPBT) because nobody made them. Thanks

The only way to reload bullets is to melt them down and cast new bullets from the lead. Resize and lube, then reload cartridges.

I am sure that you meant cartridge when you stated "bullets". But your vocabulary needs to be precise when discussing ammunition reloading.
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Old 02-13-2013, 10:35 AM
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[quote=sixgun_symphony;4036030]The only way to reload bullets is to melt them down and cast new bullets from the lead. Resize and lube, then reload cartridges.
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That's what I've been doing for the last 40+ years.
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