You have a loading ROOM? I've just got a bench in the corner of the garage..... I feel so deprived!
34 grains of 2400 is going to be pushing 1,800 fps.I was organizing my ammo storage area yesterday and snapped a photo of some hand loads my dad did in 1980. Anyone use Hercules 2400 in a 45-70? Mine is a Winchester 1886, made in 1906. From what I've gathered, 2400 was used for plinking loads and care needed to taken when reloading because the 45-70 case was large enough for an inadvertent double charge.
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Yup, me too.Because I am a Luddite, I load all my ammo on single-stage presses and charge all my cases individually.
Even still, I lay eyes into every case to visually check powder level....if if I am loading 78gr in a .375 or 43gr in a 308. They ALL get checked....every time, every load, every powder. Actually, they get checked twice...when filled and later when the tray is complete, I look into every case again.
I would be too embarrassed to come on here and admit I blew myself up!!
Must be nice to be able to her that well! I’m lucky these days to hear lead pellets in a brass case! Protect your hearing young man And it may save you some day!I charge a case and then seat the bullet one at a time. Every case gets a shake so I can hear the powder before it goes in the box. I don’t load many compressed loads.
Not saying I’m right, that’s just how I do it.
I try my best to preserve it. However I’ve already lost enough to keep me from joining the Army. I carry ear plugs in my pocket anytime I’m dressed.Must be nice to be able to her that well! I’m lucky these days to hear lead pellets in a brass case! Protect your hearing young man And it may save you some day!
So, I was in the loading room today (and yesterday, and the day before that, and....)
Like many of you, I suspect, I have had a number of friends, family and co-workers begging for ammo.
So I am in the middle of a lot of 500 9mm (after doing 500 .223 and 1,000 .380) and began to lament these tiny cases. I know, my nerves could be spared if I would dump the single stage press. Not gonna happen!
About that time, my eyes fell upon a lone 450-400 NE case lying on the bench. I picked it up and waxed nostalgic of the time spent loading all those giant cases in preparation for the BVC hunt (470, 450-500, 450 Dakota, 458 Lott).
Then I recalled the article "Elmer's New Cartridge" in the 1972 Guns & Ammo Annual. Elmer took the 9.3x74 and necked it to .338, while pushing the shoulder forward a bit, iirc.
Got me to thinking....a 450-400 necked to .375, with a 1.25-1.5 caliber neck, "improved" just a tiny bit... would make a really neat cartridge for a No 1. Case capacity would be such, that I imagine you could duplicate H&H ballistics at sub-45k psi pressure levels. And you'd have a rimmed DG-capable cartridge that could also, with the high BC bullets available, make a great 300 yard NA big critter getter.
Would it do anything the other 375s can't do? Yes!! Headspace off a rim! (I am discounting the 375 Flanged....it cannot run with the H&H...or even more so, the other common 375s).
Not to mention it will look cooler than all get-out! Like a 375 Flanged on steroids.
Surely this has been done?