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Re: reloading and supplies
« Reply #75 on: February 17, 2016, 11:28:00 am »

Question:

If I start reloading my 7.62x54r and 7.62x39 ammo, does a 7.62 nato (.308) bullet fit in those cases and would it present any problems when fired? I ask because there are some special hunting bullets you can not get in the Soviet cartridges, but you can buy the bullets seperate from the cartridges. They would be heavy for the SKS and light for the M91/30, but no particular problems were apparent when I considered it. I do have some reloadable Winchester brass.

First thing I would do is slug the barrel.  (A trip down youtube lane will show you the process.)  Mosin's in particular are notorious for having groove diameters as wide as .312".  Then, as Julio pointed out, get a reloading manual.  This will tell you what bullets and powder recipes work.  I'm looking at my Hornady manual right now:  There are recipes for 130gr bullets with .308" diameter, 123gr bullets with .310" diameter, all the way up to 174gr bullets with .312" diameter.

What size bullets are you thinking about?
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Re: reloading and supplies
« Reply #76 on: February 17, 2016, 11:29:38 am »

Hey Knobster

come visit Casper bro.

the big box LGS have lots of powder and primers in stock
large and small pistols, large and small rifle, and the magnums too

1lbs runs about $25 to $35 and 8lbs are running around the $200 mark.

Heh.  Road trip to Casper so I can get my hands on powder and primers!  Would end up being reeeeally 'spensive powder.
just plan on it as a vacation then. bring the young'un and the SHW. see some of the free west, maybe even take in Yellowstone.

Hmm...  summer vacation to see Yellowstone and pick up reloading supplies as a bonus.  Sounds like win-win all around!
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Re: reloading and supplies
« Reply #77 on: February 17, 2016, 02:52:22 pm »

Question:

If I start reloading my 7.62x54r and 7.62x39 ammo, does a 7.62 nato (.308) bullet fit in those cases and would it present any problems when fired? I ask because there are some special hunting bullets you can not get in the Soviet cartridges, but you can buy the bullets seperate from the cartridges. They would be heavy for the SKS and light for the M91/30, but no particular problems were apparent when I considered it. I do have some reloadable Winchester brass.

from what I have been told and see done.
a lot of it depends on the rifle it self.

does the Russian bullets measure .308, or .310?
also what powder do you use?
find a reloading manual with the data for what you want to reload, get two or more manuals, compare the data between each one, then work up a load that your rifle likes.
start on the low side and work up.

Gas rifles need specific types of powder, not to fast, not to slow.

check your brass after firing them, they will tell you a lot about what is going on.

if not sure, find someone in your area that reloads and ask then for help.

good luck

Also keep in mind that a lot of Russian ammo use steel cases which you can not reload.  Make sure you have good viable brass cases.
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Re: reloading and supplies
« Reply #78 on: February 25, 2016, 07:25:14 pm »

hey, Knobs,  &  all...found a  source for   stuff to reload   .22LR   ammo.../   PM   me if you want  their contact  info....
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« Reply #79 on: April 07, 2016, 07:18:15 am »

So I ordered the 22lr kit that casca mentioned above.  It comes with a bullet mold that plops out 25gr and 38gr bullets.  I cast a small pile last night and hope to reload a handful of rounds this weekend.  If I remember to snap a few pics of the reloading process I'll post them here.  Below is a pic of the two 22lr bullets I recently cast and a 55gr 22cal and 150gr 30cal next to them for size comparison.  My gosh they are small...
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Re: reloading and supplies
« Reply #80 on: April 07, 2016, 09:59:15 am »

Hmmm, if you counted your time at your standard wage at work, I wonder how much it would cost you to reload a brick of .22lr.... I suspect far more than $60.  :laugh: 
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Re: reloading and supplies
« Reply #81 on: April 07, 2016, 11:24:40 am »

Hmmm, if you counted your time at your standard wage at work, I wonder how much it would cost you to reload a brick of .22lr.... I suspect far more than $60.  :laugh:

true, but it is a nice skill to know

and while the price has not moved, who know how long it will stay were it is?

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Re: reloading and supplies
« Reply #82 on: April 07, 2016, 02:53:41 pm »

Question:

If I start reloading my 7.62x54r and 7.62x39 ammo, does a 7.62 nato (.308) bullet fit in those cases and would it present any problems when fired? I ask because there are some special hunting bullets you can not get in the Soviet cartridges, but you can buy the bullets seperate from the cartridges. They would be heavy for the SKS and light for the M91/30, but no particular problems were apparent when I considered it. I do have some reloadable Winchester brass.

from what I have been told and see done.
a lot of it depends on the rifle it self.

does the Russian bullets measure .308, or .310?
also what powder do you use?
find a reloading manual with the data for what you want to reload, get two or more manuals, compare the data between each one, then work up a load that your rifle likes.
start on the low side and work up.

Gas rifles need specific types of powder, not to fast, not to slow.

check your brass after firing them, they will tell you a lot about what is going on.

if not sure, find someone in your area that reloads and ask then for help.

good luck

Also keep in mind that a lot of Russian ammo use steel cases which you can not reload.  Make sure you have good viable brass cases.

I have a bunch of Winchester Ammo with brass cases that are boxxer primed.
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Re: reloading and supplies
« Reply #83 on: April 11, 2016, 06:45:38 am »

Made a handful of 22lr rounds but they didn't fire off as I had hoped.  I suspect that I didn't clean the cases well enough.  The kit comes with a scraping tool but I'm thinking I'll throw a bunch of brass into my wet tumbler.  The stainless steel pins will work their way inside the cases and scrape everything out quite nicely.

I was bummed at the range though.  I was really hoping for a successful first go at it.  Back to the reloading bench to try again!
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Re: reloading and supplies
« Reply #84 on: April 11, 2016, 07:51:09 am »

Made a handful of 22lr rounds but they didn't fire off as I had hoped.  I suspect that I didn't clean the cases well enough.  The kit comes with a scraping tool but I'm thinking I'll throw a bunch of brass into my wet tumbler.  The stainless steel pins will work their way inside the cases and scrape everything out quite nicely.

I was bummed at the range though.  I was really hoping for a successful first go at it.  Back to the reloading bench to try again!
I wish you luck. Keep at it, bro! If you can get it down to a science, it would be like owning a money tree! In a rebuilding phase, you could open the
 Ballistic Bank of Knobster. :laugh:
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Re: reloading and supplies
« Reply #85 on: April 11, 2016, 01:47:29 pm »

I wish you luck. Keep at it, bro! If you can get it down to a science, it would be like owning a money tree! In a rebuilding phase, you could open the
 Ballistic Bank of Knobster. :laugh:
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Yes sir!  I'm having fun with this and am hopeful to be able to barter such things in the uncertain future.
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Re: reloading and supplies
« Reply #86 on: April 11, 2016, 01:52:21 pm »

so how much is too much?

2 more than you need, when you need it.

until then, too much is never enough.
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Re: reloading and supplies
« Reply #87 on: April 12, 2016, 06:52:33 am »

so how much is too much?

2 more than you need, when you need it.

until then, too much is never enough.

Was this just a question regarding reloading supplies?  In that case, I simply don't understand that string of words.  Too much powder?  Too many primers?  Too many bullets?!?  Rubbish!
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Re: reloading and supplies
« Reply #88 on: April 12, 2016, 07:04:15 am »

so how much is too much?

2 more than you need, when you need it.

until then, too much is never enough.

Was this just a question regarding reloading supplies?  In that case, I simply don't understand that string of words.  Too much powder?  Too many primers?  Too many bullets?!?  Rubbish!

just been hearing people talking about others having to much............. pick something.

but you are right, never can have to much goods.
the only thing I can think of having to much of is Politicians 
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Re: reloading and supplies
« Reply #89 on: April 12, 2016, 07:14:45 am »

just   my   $.05  worth-----the only   time  you have  too   much   ammo---- when  you are  swimming---or----when you are on fire..../     same   with   powder...primers....heads...../.....casca.....the old grunt in the woods...with his DAWGS...
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