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Old 07-17-2019, 6:41 PM
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Default Learning all over how to reload

Once upon a time many years ago I used to reload. Now some 30 or so years later the bug has hit me again.

I have stored my old Rock Chucker single stage press, scale and powder measure in the garage for a long time thinking one day I will use them again. Well that day is coming soon.

I will be starting out with 9mm pistol ammo. Back in the day I reloaded 38,357 & 30.06. I still have all the dies and and some old powder and primers which I am not sure I would even trust to use now.

9mm is new to me so I ordered up a set of Lee carbide dies some new HP 38 powder and CCi small pistol primers. I also ordered a small batch of Berry's 124 rn bullets just to test things out.

It has became all too evident to me that I have a lot to re learn. I have forgotten most of what was once simple for me. I have been reading up and watching lots of online videos. My reloading books are old but there is a lot of information available on the web from the manufacturers sites.

I am thinking I will start out with about 4.2 or 4.3 gr of Hp 38 with the Berry's 124 RN, and a COL of about 1.15. The overall length is were I am not sure as I see specs anywhere from 1.10 to 1.16 used for these bullets. I not looking for hot loads just good range practice ammo.
Any advice is welcome

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Old 07-17-2019, 7:11 PM
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google up the hodgons site for load and OAL data as a start.
Plunk test is barrel load only a few till you know they function in all pistols.
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Old 07-17-2019, 7:35 PM
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If your old primers and powder were stored ok they are perfectly fine to use. I just finished up 35 year old HP38 about a month ago.

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Old 07-17-2019, 10:36 PM
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Not to worry about OLD BOOKS. 9mm parabellum is 117 yrs old.

What Bruce and Mike said above is spot on. I'm using primers and powders that are from the late 60's "no problemo".

Unlike the 3 cartridges you loaded.....back in the day. 9mm uses a taper crimp.

Adjust your taper crimp die to "just" straighten out the mouth bell after seating. Don't over do it. The 9mm headspaces on the case mouth.

Shoot safe, have fun.
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Old 07-18-2019, 5:12 AM
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Sounds like you headed in the right direction getting back in the game.

The only other thing I can suggest is getting some updated manuals. Lots of new powders available since the last time you were doing this.
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Old 07-18-2019, 6:08 AM
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Originally Posted by wannabefree View Post
I will be starting out with 9mm pistol ammo. Back in the day I reloaded 38,357 & 30.06. I still have all the dies and and some old powder and primers which I am not sure I would even trust to use now.
I got back into shooting after about a 30 year break. I had 4 or 5 lbs of a 12# cardboard barrel of 452AA. Worked fine, and saw me through the last 4 years of shooting (32SWL, 38pl, 45ACP.)

Open your old powder and sniff it. If it's not acrid-smelling, and not all clumped up, it should be fine to use.

Primers will also be fine as long as they haven't gotten wet. Brass corrosion should indicate that, else they'll likely be fine.
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Old 07-19-2019, 10:03 PM
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Welcome back ! It'll come back fast . I hope you still have your notes . enjoy !
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