- Feb 3, 2009
So I thought I would share my first and hopefully last reloading mistake. I have a 300 WM and I would consider myself a novice reloader. My standard load is 73.5 grains of H4831 with Br2 primers and RWS brass topped off with 180 grain Accubonds. I wanted to try some 200 because of the better BC. I opened my reloading book and it called for a Max of 84grains of Retumbo. Well I have read a 1000 times to work up but everytime I have a reach and then pass the "Max" load with no pressure signs, so I thought what would be the difference with this. Well I do not have a drop funnel and 84 grains would not even fit in the **** case(keep in mind it told me it would be a "compressed" load) so I drop down to 83 grains.(By the way I used some CCI magnum primers for this) I have to fill the case half way tap it on the table so the powder will settle and fill it the rest of the way. When I was seating the bullet I should have know that there was WAY to much compressing going on..."but hey i'm a full grain under max"....I made it to the range squeezed off the first round and I could tell something didnt feel right. This was more than sticky bolt this was stuck bolt. I loaded the gun and went back to the house. I used a cleaning rod and it didnt take much for the bolt to free and the case to come out But when it did I was surprised to see the primer was no longer in the case. The primer pocket is so loose that you can just drop the primer in and it will just fall out with no problem. So how close was I to really hurting myself? Or worse yet someone else?