Reloading question

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I am ashamed to admit this, but I was reading the scale incorrectly. I have been using a beam scale and each tic mark is 5 grains not 10. Someone said check my scale and well. I fell well you know. But anyway at 35gr I now have 1389fps. It has been a few years since I have reloaded so check two or three times get my head in the game. Barrel length does make a difference but not that much.
How ever the 900fps load's are right on at 50 yards and very pleasant to shoot.
Sorry for the trouble and thanks
 

Tulsa Reiner

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I am ashamed to admit this, but I was reading the scale incorrectly. I have been using a beam scale and each tic mark is 5 grains not 10. Someone said check my scale and well. I fell well you know. But anyway at 35gr I now have 1389fps. It has been a few years since I have reloaded so check two or three times get my head in the game. Barrel length does make a difference but not that much.
How ever the 900fps load's are right on at 50 yards and very pleasant to shoot.
Sorry for the trouble and thanks
Thanks for letting us know the answer to your dilemma.....others on the forum can learn from it.
 

Kmccord

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You should use Hodgdon reloading center, they list the powder you are using with a 400 gr bullet, I selected the lever action load data and it shows starting charge weight at 43.0gr and max at 46gr., With minimum charge has a velocity of 1868fps.

 

Nunu

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I have been Reloading for some 40 plus years both pistol and rifle and I have not had this ever happen before.
A few years ago I finally bought a 45-70 a marlin 1895 classic and for the last few years I have been buying Federal power shok 300gr cartridges just building my brass collection.
Now that I have a few rounds I have started loading them up. I have loading manuals for the last again 40 years and just recently bought the lyman 50th anniversary and the cast bullet manuals.
The powder that I have chosen is IMR4198 it seems to be in all three categories springfield to ruger no.1. The starting out charge is 31.5gr. for about 1310fps and goes to 35gr. for 1450fps. I am loading a 405 rnfp hard cast.
At 34.5gr I am only getting about 890fps and something seems off. I have tested with the chronograph with federal ammo and it is right on at 1874fps the box states 1850fps.
Just wondering why I am not getting what the manuals say I should be getting. Also chro is about 15ft from muzzle.
Did you check the weighing scale?
 
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Thanks to everyone, I had a D/A attack but got my head in the game and now I am getting good results around 1350fps with some good groups. I know most people want the higher velocities and would load for around the 1800fps or higher but I am not 20 anymore and the recoil just plain hurts especially after 50 or so rounds. At this velocity I can shoot all day without any ill effects to my shoulder. And there is no doubt that it can take a whitetailed deer.
Thanks again
 
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First of all, welcome to LRH and enjoy it. Unless I misconstrued what you are trying to convey, it cannot be your barrel length since your chronograph is reading near factory ammo's claim.

Sorry I did not respond sooner, you're absolutely right and the next morning I was thinking the same thing after a good night's sleep. Started looking everything over again and I did post to the group but here it is. My powder scale is in 10 increments and my scale itself is in 5gr increments. So the 900fps load's were really only 19.5gr,but they were very comfortable to shoot.
 

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