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Discussion in 'Reloading' started by jakebrake, Aug 12, 2011.

  1. jakebrake

    jakebrake Well-Known Member

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    Ok I am looking into getting into reloading.I have wanted to do it for decades but finely have the time.My question is.Is it harder to reload for a semi auto than say a Bolt action.And if so why thanx.
     
  2. dig

    dig Well-Known Member

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    Welcome to the addiction! No real difference, you could argue full lenght vs. neck sizing etc. . . but not much difference at all. The Sierra book lists seperate charges for autoloaders.
     
  3. boomtube

    boomtube Well-Known Member

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    "Is it harder to reload for a semi auto than say a Bolt action.And if so why"

    Normally there is no difference in the loading methods.
     
  4. diriel

    diriel Well-Known Member

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    The only HUGE difference is a Semi Auto tends to eat through a Heck of a Lot More Ammo. And if that semi happens to be 223... do yourself a favor and buy a *GOOD* progressive :)

    Have a good one
    Gary
     
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    johnnyk Well-Known Member

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    It's been a while since I've dealt with semi-auto's, but I remember some of guys that I used to hunt with that used Browning BAR's and Remington 742's had to go to "small base" dies. This prevented cases from getting stuck in the chamber after firing. I dunno. JohnnyK.
     
  6. RockZ

    RockZ Well-Known Member

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    There may be a very big dfference depending on the auto you are loading for.
    If it's a service rifle you have to be very careful not to produce high port pressures.
    If it's a BAR you can shoot anything.
    In either case you cannot run as high of pressure as you can in a bolt rifle.
    You must also ensure the shoulder is pushed back on each loading at least .002-.003" to prevent slam fires.
    As mentioned before checkout the sierra manual on autoloaders or just give them a call.
     
  7. jakebrake

    jakebrake Well-Known Member

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    Thanx guys.I was just thinkin of getting a AR15 for yokes.And a BAR for the wife.I personally dont burn up the lead.But the wife now cant empty a bananna clip on a deer.Between lead and brakes on her jeep.I am always reachin in my pocket:rolleyes:
     
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    7 loader Well-Known Member

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    Enjoy! Wait! Thats on oriental food boxes. You will love reloading and all the info you can amass in a short time. Take your time and read, listen, and study. be safe. If it does't seem right, ask or don't do it.gun)
     
  9. gunpower

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    You also have to find the right powder and the right charge to use ,as using a fast burning powder can and will damage your action if the pressure is to strong for the bolt in a semi. A medium burn rate powder is best for semi's.
    In my old winchester 308, I found that IMR 3031 was the best powder for it.
    I can't remmember the charge off hand, but the recycle of the bolt work the best with this powder. Also , the gas port will stay pretty clean.