Viewing 38 reply threads
  • Author
    Posts
    • #22462
      Goodsteel
      Keymaster
      • Gold
      • ★★★
      • Posts: 208
      • Comments: 2452
      • Overall: 2660

      Doesn’t have to be anything wild and crazy. Just the loads you’ve used to put a metric ton of lead down range.
      I found my old load record and dang I shot a ton of these loads!
      Forgive me, I didn’t know there was lube out there that wasn’t RCBS green LOL!

      30-30 WCF
      Marlin 336
      Lyman 311466
      COWW water dropped
      RCBS green lube
      Hornady gas checks
      Winchester LR primer
      10 grains of Unique
      Accuracy: 3 MOA at 100 yards

      358WCF
      Sako AV custom MBT rifle named “Siete Leguas”
      RCBS 35-200-FN
      50/50 COWW and pure
      ​FWFL lube
      Hornady gas checks
      Federal LR primer
      41.5gr IMR3031
      Accuracy: 1.5 MOA @ 100 yards

      45ACP
      IAI Hardballer
      H&G 34
      COWW air cooled
      RCBS green lube
      CCI LP primer
      6 grains of Unique
      Accuracy: pop cans at 50 yards

      38 special
      S&W model 19
      Lyman 358430
      COWW air cooled
      RCBS green lube
      Federal SP primer
      3.6 grains of Unique
      Accuracy: 4 MOA

      With the exception of the 358WCF, I know I could make better loads now. There’s a lot of water under the bridge. Still, these were safe, and they kept me shooting quite a bit. I think the main thing I would change now, is to use bullets that are sized correctly, and lube them with White label products, and use a push through sizer to size them.

    • #22477
      az-jim
      Participant
      • Bronze
      • Posts: 9
      • Comments: 36
      • Overall: 45

      It’s hard to beat 20g of 2400 under a 250g Keith bullet in a SW model 29 🙂

    • #22478
      Goodsteel
      Keymaster
      • Gold
      • ★★★
      • Posts: 208
      • Comments: 2452
      • Overall: 2660

      So very true!!!
      (although, in my case, it’s a Ruger Redhawk. Yeah the Smith is sweeter. LOL!)

    • #22481
      az-jim
      Participant
      • Bronze
      • Posts: 9
      • Comments: 36
      • Overall: 45

      Even better are the looks on people’s faces at the benches next to you when you ding steel at 200 yards with it lol
      IIRC, the plates at 200 are 14x16ish at the local range

    • #22765
      joesig
      Participant
      • Bronze
      • Posts: 0
      • Comments: 2
      • Overall: 2

      .221 Fireball

      Cooper 21
      NOE’s RCBS 22-055
      WDWW
      LBT Blue
      Hornady gascheck sized just enough to crimp.
      Rem 6 1/2
      18 gr WC844 (H335)
      Accuracy: Bottom of a Red Bull can at 140Yds

      Too much fun for words.
      I do want to try aluminum checks.

    • #22769
      Goodsteel
      Keymaster
      • Gold
      • ★★★
      • Posts: 208
      • Comments: 2452
      • Overall: 2660

      joesig;n640 wrote:
      .221 Fireball

      Cooper 21
      NOE’s RCBS 22-055
      WDWW
      LBT Blue
      Hornady gascheck sized just enough to crimp.
      Rem 6 1/2
      18 gr WC844 (H335)
      Accuracy: Bottom of a Red Bull can at 140Yds

      Too much fun for words.
      I do want to try aluminum checks.

      Them Coopers will spoil ya rotten Joe. Nice!

    • #22779
      jedomejd
      Participant
      • Bronze
      • Posts: 1
      • Comments: 18
      • Overall: 19

      38 special Speer 158gr LSWC
      CCI sp primer
      Speer brass
      3.4gr WW231
      I shot this load in a ton of local informal matches and did very well. It’ll knock pins over and was very accurate on Bullseye targets. Oh, I used a Taurus 66 w/6″ bbl. Best $250 revolver I ever owned. This was back in the early 90’s.
      ’06
      125gr Badman bullet
      12gr Unique
      Rem brass
      CCI lp primers
      One hole groups ast 40 yds, (this was my first attempt with this combination)
      Win Mod 70 fwt

    • #22784
      nagantguy
      Participant
      • Bronze
      • Posts: 4
      • Comments: 19
      • Overall: 23

      Lee 310-430 18.5gr H110 CCI mag pistol primer
      Lee 230-452 tl. 4gr bullseye CCI primer.

    • #22839
      rockrat
      Participant
      • Bronze
      • Posts: 3
      • Comments: 23
      • Overall: 26

      38-55
      37gr Varget
      310gr BRP sized .379″
      WW brass
      WWLR primers
      MOA out to 500yds
      USED IN A BOLT GUN

      375 H&H
      38gr 4759
      WWLRM primer
      WW brass
      310gr BRP sized .379″
      1.5-2 MOA out to 300yds
      Ruger #1
      Makes our heavy steel gongs really move

    • #22865
      lar45
      Participant
      • Silver
      • ★★
      • Posts: 21
      • Comments: 224
      • Overall: 245

      454
      Taurus Raging Bull
      26gn WC820 for 1350fps, man do I miss that powder 🙁
      320-350LFN, PB or GC

    • #23029
      chutesnreloads
      Participant
      • Silver
      • ★★
      • Posts: 4
      • Comments: 161
      • Overall: 165

      Lee 170gr. FP
      Lee LLA
      13 gr. RedDot
      old Savage 110
      1.5″@100 yards
      KeepItSimpleStupid

    • #23031
      Goodsteel
      Keymaster
      • Gold
      • ★★★
      • Posts: 208
      • Comments: 2452
      • Overall: 2660

      Would you say that’s "THE LOAD" for that rifle? LOL!
      Classic load! Good post!

    • #23032
      chutesnreloads
      Participant
      • Silver
      • ★★
      • Posts: 4
      • Comments: 161
      • Overall: 165

      You might say that

    • #23101
      Bullseye67
      Participant
      • Bronze
      • Posts: 0
      • Comments: 16
      • Overall: 16

      My old favorite was;
      38 Special
      Any HBWC and 2.7gr BE

      38 Special
      LEE 148TL WC and 2.5gr Titewad
      about 300 Lbs 2013/14
      20 yd 2.5″ rest/ best score slow fire 92

      **New favorite**

      32 Smith&Wesson in Pardini pistol
      H&G 100 WC 1.6gr BE
      about 300 Lbs 2014/15
      20 yds 1.25″ rest/ best score slow fire 96

      Other’s for fun

      44 magnum
      LEE 240TL 11.5gr HS-6
      several 100’s Lbs

      45 Colt
      LEE 255 RFN
      several different powders both pistol and rifle

      LEE 170 FN
      30-30 and 30-06
      Just starting to have fun with this one.

      If anyone would like to stretch their lead and powder supply. I would suggest switching to a 32 Smith&Wesson in a target pistol.
      It makes a fun Bullseye gun and easily switches calibers 32/22Lr. My biggest problem is getting enough primers, seems to be a real hit and miss where I am.

    • #23103
      Bullseye67
      Participant
      • Bronze
      • Posts: 0
      • Comments: 16
      • Overall: 16

      This was my first load with that bullet in 30-06 , shoots 1/2’ish at 40 yds waiting for the snow and cold to go before heading to the outdoor range.

    • #23171
      dverna
      Participant
      • Bronze
      • Posts: 5
      • Comments: 81
      • Overall: 86

      The old lowly .38 spl with 125-148 grain cast bullets over 2.7 gr of Clays or HP38 or Bullseye. I have likely shot 150-200,000 of them. A ton and half of lead. Accurate and cheaper than .22’s at today’s prices.

      Don

    • #23193
      Paul G
      Participant
      • Bronze
      • Posts: 1
      • Comments: 19
      • Overall: 20

      38/357,
      NOE 358-135 plain base, water dropped
      sized to .360″
      In 38 special,
      3.5 grains Red Dot
      In 357
      5.5 grains Red Dot

      No velocities, chrono died years ago.
      accuracy is best ever in my 6″ GP 100 and Marlin Lever 1894.
      This will be my load of choice forever.

    • #23200
      Art Marcum
      Participant
      • Bronze
      • Posts: 0
      • Comments: 1
      • Overall: 1

      38-150 RCBS plain base cast boolit mould produces one fine boolit. I use 12.5 gr. and up of surplus W820 for a fine magnum revolver load in an very old S&W M27 (5″ bbl.). Can vary powder charge to tune for accuracy.

    • #23202
      todd
      Participant
      • Bronze
      • Posts: 16
      • Comments: 38
      • Overall: 54

      165gr ranch dog(.311″)
      25.5gr of h4198
      remmy brass
      win large rifle primer
      30-40 krag
      12 bhn

      275gr ranch dog(.430″)
      41.0gr of rel7
      remmy brass
      win large rifle primer
      444 marlin
      12 bhn

      230gr wadcutter(.432″)
      7.0gr of trail boss
      win brass
      federal large pistol primer
      44 mag
      15 bhn

    • #23243
      Harter
      Participant
      • Gold
      • ★★★
      • Posts: 76
      • Comments: 807
      • Overall: 883

      I shot a pile of

      Colts
      452-255 RNFP Lee
      Darrs me
      Win brass
      CCI lg pistol
      9.5 Unique 4″ @ 50 2 handed Weaver ,loaded for hunting.
      8.0 Unique 2″ @ 25 3″ @ 50 any hold that’s steady just plinking.

      38/357
      358-158 RNFP Lee
      Darrs me
      Win Fed
      CCI sm pistol
      5.5 or 6.5 Unique
      3″ @50 in 3 pistols 3″ @100 in a carbine

    • #23335
      Milkman
      Participant
      • Bronze
      • Posts: 4
      • Comments: 24
      • Overall: 28

      My favorite loads

      .358 Win — Genesis Rifle built by Goodsteel on A Rem 700 action
      200g RCBS
      Simple lube
      Alum Check
      42.2 g 3031
      This rifle and load is more accurate than I am

      .35 Whelen – Savage
      285g Mountain Mold
      Alum check
      38.5g Rel 15
      1.5 MOA

      RCBS 200
      35.0g 4895
      1.5MOA

      45/70 Handi-rifle
      500g Lee pure lead
      Hornady check
      14.0g Herco
      This load is a sweeheart to shool and very accurate

    • #23388
      Anonymous
      Inactive
      • Bronze
      • Posts: 1
      • Comments: 19
      • Overall: 20

      44 mag.
      Starline brass
      CCi 300
      429421
      8.5 grs. unique

      CCI 300
      H&G 503
      15.5 Bluedot

      CCI 350
      Mihec 429640
      24.5 H110

      45 acp
      Federal small primer brass
      CCI 500
      H&G 68
      4.5 Titegroup

    • #23411
      badbob454
      Participant
      • Bronze
      • Posts: 13
      • Comments: 46
      • Overall: 59

      as a first post not too spectacular , i came over from cast boolits so you may recognize the name badbob454
      my favorite cast load is a lee 124 gr trunicated cone bevel base boolit in 9mm luger /parrabellum
      4.0 gr. winchester w231 powder
      this has good power and dosent recoil too bad in my compact( sccy 9mm 2nd generation ) and fairly accurate 1-2 ft at 50 yards
      and is a soft easy accurate load in my CZ-75b 4-6” at 50 yards

      9mm
      mixed brass
      wsp primer
      124gr tc boolit sized .357
      4.0 gr w231
      good accuracy
      1035 fps 32,900psi , per winchester published data

      my new favorite is a 270 Win.fired out of a howa bolt 1500 22” barrel
      130 gr fmj hornady sst oops not a cast bullet
      59gr. H4831 to the granule.
      mixed brass
      WRL primer standard not magnum
      approx 2975 fps best as i can figure.
      .450 ” average at 100 yds best was .270 worst was .750

    • #23553
      StrawHat
      Participant
      • Bronze
      • Posts: 3
      • Comments: 7
      • Overall: 10

      The load I have shot the most was in the several 38 Specials I used in PPC competition. At first it was 2.7 grains of Bulls Eye under a 148 grain HBWC by a commercial caster in NE Ohio.

      Then, I started using the DEWC from them to save a little money, same load. Next was a pair of Lee 150 WC molds and scrounged lead. I finally ended up using the Lee molds, RotoMetals alloy, 2.7 grain of Bulls Eye, misc cases and a small pistol primer, usually CCI. I probably fired enough of those rounds to fill several 5 gallon pails with spent primers.

      Kevin

    • #23575
      OptimusPanda
      Participant
      • Bronze
      • Posts: 6
      • Comments: 22
      • Overall: 28

      Here’s my 30-06 load for the M1. Loads of fun to shoot.
      Mixed commcerical brass
      Rem LR primers
      lee 312-185 gas checked and sized .310″ (alloy close to lyman 2)
      36 grains imr4895

      This shoots 2-2 1/2″ at 100 yards, cycles the action reliably, and is pretty cheap to load. People tend to give me a strange look when I load an enbloc of cast bullets in my garand as reloading isn’t common at my club, let alone casting.

    • #23580
      lar45
      Participant
      • Silver
      • ★★
      • Posts: 21
      • Comments: 224
      • Overall: 245

      30-06 14gn WC820 Ranch Dog 165pb, lubed with 45-45-10, this was the last of a 100 round string, range was 85yds. I didn’t chronograph it, but should be around 1250fps per Quickload.

    • #23585
      gunner2010
      Participant
      • Bronze
      • Posts: 3
      • Comments: 5
      • Overall: 8

      43 Spanish RB Rifle
      12. 5 gr Unique
      Lee 45 cal Minnie sized to .440 PC coated
      WW Primer
      1 1/2 inch at 100 yards
      Not fast but does the job.

    • #23596
      Wright Arms
      Participant
      • Silver
      • ★★
      • Posts: 8
      • Comments: 130
      • Overall: 138

      S&W 44 Mag

      Lyman 429421 BR

      Sized at .430

      White label BAC lube

      Water dropped range lead hardness tested at 21 BHN

      Starline Brass

      Winchester LP primers

      10 grains of Unique

      This load punches big holes thru everything fleshy. Puts a nasty dent in mild 1/2″ steel @ 50 yds.

      I have other loads I like, but this is my favorite.

    • #23760
      451 whitworth
      Participant
      • Bronze
      • Posts: 0
      • Comments: 14
      • Overall: 14

      Milkman;n1311 wrote: My favorite loads

      .358 Win — Genesis Rifle built by Goodsteel on A Rem 700 action
      200g RCBS
      Simple lube
      Alum Check
      42.2 g 3031
      This rifle and load is more accurate than I am

      that’s almost the same load I shoot in my Savage 99 358 Win. I substituted the Accurate 36-210B for the RCBS bullet. The RCBS bullet dropped at .359″ from the mould I had and I needed .361″. The 358 Win is a great cast cartridge.

      The 32 Win Spl is one of my all time favorites and this is what I shoot:
      180gr. LBT LFN or Ranch Dog 180, both @ .324″
      30.0gr. RL-7
      LBT Blue lube

      In three different 32 Win Spl’s,(micro groove Marlin, pre-micro groove Marlin, and Win 94) it gives bullet hole touching accuracy at full power (2275 fps) with receiver sights.

    • #23848
      Dick
      Participant
      • Bronze
      • Posts: 10
      • Comments: 77
      • Overall: 87

      9mm
      RCBS 124gr RN
      4.5 gr HP-38
      Lotak Hard
      any SPP
      WCC military brass

      45 ACP
      HI 230 gr rn
      5 gr BE
      mixed brass
      any LPP

      H&G 68 clone
      4.2 gr BE
      starline new or 1X fired brass trimmed to uniform length
      Federal match LPP
      1.250 OAL with a .468 crimp
      It will hold the X-ring if you can.

    • #24167
      Daniellawecki
      Participant
      • Bronze
      • Posts: 2
      • Comments: 5
      • Overall: 7

      I will have to think about this one. As I shoot a lot of different calibers and all my guns have at least a couple favorite loads.

    • #24452
      Rossi.45
      Participant
      • Bronze
      • Posts: 1
      • Comments: 12
      • Overall: 13

      31141 Lyman or 197grn. RCBS
      7.0grns. Nobel No.2 similar to Unique ( subsonic )
      2 x .308s & .30/30

    • #24482
      gnoahhh
      Participant
      • Bronze
      • Posts: 0
      • Comments: 5
      • Overall: 5

      .30-30
      target: NEI 308-180RN (from 35 years ago) bhn 10-12, Hornady GC, Javelina lube, 15 gr. SR-4759 (I’ll cry when I use up my last of it…)
      –consistent sub-MOA ten shots/100, Winchester M54, 10x Fecker.
      hunting: Saeco custom from 35 years ago 190gr. FN, bhn 10-11, Hornady GC, Javelina lube, 28 gr. 3031
      –consistent MOA, Winchester 54, 10x Fecker (somewhat larger- 1 1/2″- with the Lyman 48 when hunting)
      –same load used in my .303 M1899H Savage takedown

    • #24484
      Goodsteel
      Keymaster
      • Gold
      • ★★★
      • Posts: 208
      • Comments: 2452
      • Overall: 2660

      Is it not strange that with all the technology we have today, it’s still a 1000 yard crawl over broken glass to find out what a simple mix of wax is comprised of? You’d think you could send samples out to a lab somewhere and they could tell you what’s in the stuff, but noooooooo. Even if you know the exact chemical makeup, you’d be hard pressed to find a combination that hits it on the head perfectly, because you’d have to know the exact chemical makeup of all the stuff you want to use to try to duplicate it. (sigh)
      Javelina was good stuff. Emphasis on "was". Shame it’s gone.

    • #24690
      StrawHat
      Participant
      • Bronze
      • Posts: 3
      • Comments: 7
      • Overall: 10

      Looking back on this post, while I still have many thousands of this load in cases waiting to be shot, I have not loaded it since 1992!

      I would have to say my new favorite is a toss up between the 45 long Colt (260 grain cast bullet, 3F powder from a 5 1/2 replica Colt SAA), the 44 Colt (200 grain cast bullet, 3F and a Richards conversion) or the 50-70 ( 450 grain HB cast bullet, 3F and a Springfield 1866).

      I am trying to work up a load in 45 ACP for a 4" "N" frame. Wow, are there a lot of recipes in 45 ACP!

      Kevin

    • #24915
      Str8shot426
      Participant
      • Bronze
      • Posts: 1
      • Comments: 12
      • Overall: 13

      Goodsteel;n223 wrote: Doesn’t have to be anything wild and crazy. Just the loads you’ve used to put a metric ton of lead down range.
      I found my old load record and dang I shot a ton of these loads!
      Forgive me, I didn’t know there was lube out there that wasn’t RCBS green LOL!

      30-30 WCF
      Marlin 336
      Lyman 311466
      COWW water dropped
      RCBS green lube
      Hornady gas checks
      Winchester LR primer
      10 grains of Unique
      Accuracy: 3 MOA at 100 yards

      358WCF
      Sako AV custom MBT rifle named “Siete Leguas”
      RCBS 35-200-FN
      50/50 COWW and pure
      ​FWFL lube
      Hornady gas checks
      Federal LR primer
      41.5gr IMR3031
      Accuracy: 1.5 MOA @ 100 yards

      45ACP
      IAI Hardballer
      H&G 34
      COWW air cooled
      RCBS green lube
      CCI LP primer
      6 grains of Unique
      Accuracy: pop cans at 50 yards

      38 special
      S&W model 19
      Lyman 358430
      COWW air cooled
      RCBS green lube
      Federal SP primer
      3.6 grains of Unique
      Accuracy: 4 MOA

      With the exception of the 358WCF, I know I could make better loads now. There’s a lot of water under the bridge. Still, these were safe, and they kept me shooting quite a bit. I think the main thing I would change now, is to use bullets that are sized correctly, and lube them with White label products, and use a push through sizer to size them.

      Ironic… The Lyman 358430 150gr. was my first mold that got me to where I am now. Sent thousands down range in front of 3.6 grains of bullseye.

    • #25733
      Kevin S
      Participant
      • Bronze
      • Posts: 14
      • Comments: 58
      • Overall: 72

      I am really a woose. When I get to 18 gr./2400 that is all I want for recoil.

    • #25738
      VANN
      Participant
      • Silver
      • ★★
      • Posts: 11
      • Comments: 123
      • Overall: 134

      45 Colt
      6.5 Grains of Red Dot/ Promo
      Winchester Wlp primer
      Starline case
      250 gr bullet Either the 452-255-rf Lee or Lyman 452464
      lubed with homemade blackpowder lube
      This is my standard plinking, practice load

      45 Colt
      30 Grains of fffg blackpowder
      Winchester Wlp primer
      Winchester case
      Big Lube Slim 175 grain cast
      Lubed with homemade b/p lube
      My std competition load for cowboy action.

      9mm
      Lee 125rn or Lyman 125 grain rn
      Winchester SP primer
      FC case
      Win 231 slightly over max load
      Winchester Autocomp
      HS6
      BlueDot
      I load all of these hot, either pc’ed or lubed with 50/50 for Outlaw Steel Challenge and 3 Gun.

    • #25922
      JeffG
      Participant
      • Bronze
      • Posts: 2
      • Comments: 9
      • Overall: 11

      It’s probably what I shoot the most of…

      9x19mm
      Lee 356-120-TC
      White Label 50/50 Lube
      Sized .357
      OAL 1.07
      Unique 4.3 grains
      CCI, Federal or Winchester primer

      I probably enjoy loading this the best though…

      .38 Special
      Lee 358-148-WC
      White Label 50/50 Lube
      Sized .358
      OAL 1.248
      Starline Brass
      Bullseye 3.0 grains

      Latest cartridge that is being a ‘challenge’ but I ain’t giving up until it’s whipped…

      7.62x25mm Tokarev
      Lee 311-100-2R (just received Accurate 31-087T mold and getting the mold seasoned for the weekend. The Lee is likely getting retired.)
      White Label 50/50 Lube
      Driving band sized .311, the remainder .313
      OAL 1.375
      Starline brass
      Green Dot 5.2 grains

Viewing 38 reply threads
  • You must be logged in to reply to this topic.

© 2017 Goodsteel Forum. Designed by Covalent Designs, LLC.