Starting Reloading 404J

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  1. Scrumbag

    Scrumbag AH Enthusiast

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    Hi folks,

    Looking to start reloading for my .404 Jeffery

    Brass - Have some Hornady so should perhaps continue with that? Or any other recommendations? Any good mail order suppliers?

    Bullets - initially for plinking. Peregrine? Woodleigh? Someone else?

    Any pet loads that aren't too punchy?

    Thanks in advance,

    Scrummy
     
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  2. GuttormG

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    For plinking/training-the cheapest bullet you can find. Cast bullets is also an option.
     

  3. Ridgewalker

    Ridgewalker AH ENABLER LIFETIME BRONZE BENEFACTOR AH Legend

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    I use MidwayUSA, Powder Valley and Natches Shooters Supply mostly. Check out Ammoseek.com for companies with the best prices for ammo and reloading components.
    Sorry I don’t have a 404 Jeffrey to help out, but in my 375 I use the cheapest or on sale bullets to practice with.
    Shootist43 or others who reload for the Jeffrey I’m sure will help get you started.
    Best of luck! I’m envious of your 404 J!
     

  4. Shootist43

    Shootist43 AH ENABLER GOLD SUPPORTER AH Legend

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    84 Gr. of H 4350 and a good 400 Gr. bullet. I used Swift A Frames. I got the load from a former 404 Jeffery owner. It proved to be very accurate in both of my 404(s). Velocity is 2300 FPS out of a 24 " barrel. If you have access to Australian powders, AR 2209 is the same stuff.
     
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  5. 375 Ruger Fan

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    @Scrumbag , I used the load that @Shootist43 recommended (who got it from @Von Gruff, I think). Had very good results.

    My range testing with factory ammo and a few hand loads looked like this, from a brand new 23.5 inch Krieger barrel:

    Factory ammo

    Hornady 400 gr DGX 2381 and 2344 fps, 2362 fps avg, SD 26.1

    Swift 400 gr A-Frame 2346 and 2416 fps, 2381 fps avg, SD 49.1

    Hand load results using H4350 and 400 gr Swift A-Frames:

    80 grs: Velocity = 2214 and 2204 fps

    82 grs: Velocity = 2276 and 2278 fps

    84 grs: Velocity = 2341 and 2342 fps

    I then loaded up 10 rounds with the 84 gr load and shot groups at 50 and 100 yards and was happy with the accuracy.
     

  6. Von Gruff

    Von Gruff AH ENABLER GOLD SUPPORTER AH Legend

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    The 84 gn H4350 400gn bullet load has shot well in a number of rifles now.

    I have good cast bullet loads that run from 1400 fps plinkers (killed goats with them) to 1900 fps for accuracy all the way to near 2400 fps (recoil and recovery practice)with a 360-380gn bullet (weight dependent on alloy used)
     

  7. sestoppelman

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    I had good loads made with IMR4064 and 4320 powders. Barnes Triple Shocks shot very well for me.
     

  8. stug

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    78gr H4350 with a 400gr projectile is suppose to give 2125fps.
    I have Von Gruffs .404 Jeffery and can vouch for the 84gr load, haven't shot any animals with it, but performs well on paper.
     
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  9. Ridgewalker

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