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first 45-70 reload!
Old 02-04-2012, 09:53 PM
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Default first 45-70 reload!

Had some time today so I thought I would load, or try to load some 45-70 rounds! I ordered an encore for a friend last week in 45-70 and went ahead and got him some components and told him I would load up some rounds for him to save some money. I had assumed since the brass was new I could go right to pouring powder and seating, but I emailed paul before getting started and he informed the case mouth would have to be expanded some even though it was new brass. So I went downstairs and changed out the dies and set up the mouth expanding die per the directions and put one of my starline brass through it. I then cleaned it off, loaded 58gr of IMR3031 and proceeded to seat a bullet. Bullet seated fine and I continued on to my coal of 2.550. here is my very first 45-70 reload.

Feeling pretty confident I had everything set, I proceeded to break out my friends winchester brass and put all 50 through the expander die. I then wiped them off and primed them all and then started dumping powder. I got about 5 shells filled and decided to try to seat a bullet in one just to make sure before I got to many loaded with powder. I put a bullet in and ran it through the die only to have it come out "crumpled". that threw me for a loop. I then tried another one and got the bullet as straight as humanly possible and tried again. the bullet seated but it still "crumpled" the case, just not as bad as the first. I adjusted the die a little closer to the shell holder and tried again, getting another crumpled case. Sooooo, I adjusted the expander die until it was almost to the shell holder and redid one of the winchester brass, then tried another bullet and it came out fine. here are the 3 that didn't make it

so I certainly got a little "learning" in today with straight wall cases. One, all brass is not equal, and make sure the bullet is as straight as possible before you ram it in the die!!! I did manage to get 10 loaded up. only 40 more to go and then I will start loading for my 45-70! God Bless.
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