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Posted - 01/12/2018 :  06:59:56 AM  Show Profile Send americanboy a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I just ran across another thread in another forum concerning a shooter blowing his Rock Ola apart. Things like this always return me to my personal experiences with hand-loads or +P ammo. I am the family, friend and neighborhood gunsmith...not by trade-or-training, I just inherited the job. Over the last year, I have been presented with a Kahr 9MM pistol with a broken extractor and grips blown-off. Shooter admitted he was shooting a buddies reloads. My friend brought me a S&W 642 with a blossomed-barrel blown apart while shooting Remington +P ammo fresh from the box. Now, this guy that blew-up his Rock Ola has admitted he was shooting his buddies hand-loads.

Err on the low side when you reload....always. Start short and work-up, just like the manual says. All I want my semi-auto's to do is feed, fire, cycle and provide reasonable accuracy. I don't even shoot out-of-the-box commercial ammo until I have measured it to make sure the stuff looks right and I steer-clear of stuff like Buffalo Bore. Measure-twice-and-cut-once was never more important, especially in reloading.

Edited by - americanboy on 01/12/2018 07:00:44 AM
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Posted - 01/12/2018 :  8:06:20 PM  Show Profile Send Satanta a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Point well taken, and was on the same page. Thanks americanboy. Start small, stay small till you read and observe primers, casing's, patterns, etc. and ask more questions if needed. Feed, fire, and cycle is my goal first. I have a long learning curve in front of me. Accuracy will be my last concern.
I'm excited to make my first 10 rounds and test them. But smartly waiting for my backup digital scale to check and double check everything. Might be overkill. Ha - bad pun! I just will feel better if nothing else.
When I first got interested in guns and ammo. The first remembered caution was too never purchase reloads.
I took it to heart and never looked back or gave second thought.
On the double side of that. I will never reload for a dear friend. Oversee as he does his own, yes!
That day is still a spell away. One virgin should never teach another in my book.
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