Least favorite hunting cartridge to handload for?

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  1. djfergus

    djfergus Well-Known Member

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    What's you least favorite hunting rifle cartridge to handload for among rifles owned and why?
     
  2. Bigeclipse

    Bigeclipse Well-Known Member

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    For me it is whatever rifle I own which just wont shoot well lol. I don't think cartridge really has much to do with it unless you decided to build a rifle which requires forming brass and then decided you do not like forming brass. Assuming a rifle "CAN" shoot as good as you want it to, then I think all cartridges are likely equal in terms of handloading. Again, this is assuming you aren't doing a wild cat which means you must form brass or something weird. Just my two cents.
     
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  3. djfergus

    djfergus Well-Known Member

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    I tend to agree with you. I think it's always about chamber and freebore/ throat dimensions along with making it work for what action length and magzine length you have. I guess I should have added to why the cartridge is your least favorite to load for: cartridge design itself, particular rifle configuration limitations or just never been able to get desired results from a rifle chambered in that particular cartridge.
     
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    morning, reloaders r scientist. practice, practice, practice.
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  5. palerider3

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    20 practical. Those little bullets suck. I pinch my fingers constantly.
     
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    Hornady 20 cal universal seater. The sleeve works great for no pinched fingers. That’s what I had to get when I was running 17 calibers
     
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  7. Coyote_Hunter

    Coyote_Hunter Well-Known Member

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    Anything with a small primer. My RCBS tool just doesn't like small primers.
     
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  8. MagnumManiac

    MagnumManiac Well-Known Member

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    I loaded for a 17 Rem on an original Rockchucker.
    What a finger crunched that affair was.......would fumble with EVERY SINGLE BULLET when trying to seat them. I have largish hands, it was a real PITA.

    Have had a hankering for another, but whenever I think of fumbling with every bullet, I put the thought aside........until the next time.

    Cheers.
     
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  9. sturner

    sturner Well-Known Member LRH Team Member

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    300 WBY mag never did get a reload to work
    300 RUM -too much recoil (no brake
    28 Nosler I’m working on now is starting out to be on the list too
     
  10. Pointman

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    I share your frustration with the 17m Rem. I load my wife’s Rem 700 in that caliber. She liked it better than the .308 I got for her. With large hands, I finally resorted to some electronics tweezers that hold the small pill. Saves the pinched fingers and dropped projectiles.
     
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  11. Quintus

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    6.5WSM. I think it would be better now the slower powders. I did not care to form those cases either. I was not impressed with the W-W brass.
     
  12. del2les

    del2les Well-Known Member

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    yea, I took a set of medical tweezers and modified the tips with a small pads.
     
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  13. Timnterra

    Timnterra Well-Known Member

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    Anything that I have to neck down. I hate wasting things and it seems that I ruin lots of good brass while trying to neck things down. Most recently I ruined several expensive pieces of Norma 300 SAUM brass trying to make 6.5 SAUM. It’s stings at $2 per screw-up.
     
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    Personally anything that comes in a straight walled case.