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Reloading .22 LR...
« on: August 04, 2017, 03:00:21 PM »

...Yup! Filling the case with molten lead and then reloading them in (used) .30 caliber sabot loads. What a hoot!
Got to find some use for empty .22 LRs (not having a Rock Chucker Bullet Swager bullet swager die).
Also, I need to empty out some .308 or 7.5 Swiss, so I can run these at higher speed to see how well they fly at 100 meters.
Reduced loads don't always shed the sabot adequately, but there were only two empties to work with and they are berdan-primed and the LRBs are all gone. Darn!


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Re: Reloading .22 LR...
« Reply #1 on: August 04, 2017, 03:03:03 PM »
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Re: Reloading .22 LR...
« Reply #2 on: August 04, 2017, 03:32:09 PM »
Hey look!  Over there on the ground!  A rock!  Can we shoot it out of a gun?   :evil:


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Re: Reloading .22 LR...
« Reply #3 on: August 04, 2017, 03:34:33 PM »
No need. I've collected all of your lost brass and used that! Thanks!

BTW, funny you should say that; copper and lead come out of the ground, too.
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Re: Reloading .22 LR...
« Reply #4 on: August 06, 2017, 10:28:02 AM »
Wow! I'm almost impressed!
So far, everything looks good at 50 yards.
These rounds are more explosive on water-filled cans than regular hollow points, so it seems from these limited tests...

Target was hanging 90 degrees clockwise (ant at top).



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Now, for 100 meters....
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Re: Reloading .22 LR...
« Reply #5 on: August 06, 2017, 11:30:26 AM »
Well, two things for certain:

1) the bullet is stabilized out to 100 meters
2) I am not a marksman!



With these results, I can see that more sabots are in order and I'll have to pour some more molten lead into my empty 22 LRs.
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Re: Reloading .22 LR...
« Reply #6 on: August 06, 2017, 02:46:04 PM »
At seven yards the sabot has separated, but is still going forward, similar to a shotgun wad. All shots show crisp holes in paper with additional sabot strikes (irregular).  Even though the water-filled coffee can was a bit degraded, the 22LR ripped it apart.




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Re: Reloading .22 LR...
« Reply #7 on: August 12, 2017, 03:15:28 PM »
Even with a better benchrest arrangement, I'm still one minute of paper-width with iron sights. The blunt-faced .22LR bullets still seem to fly true at 100 meters (they sure make clean holes in the paper, at least).


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Re: Reloading .22 LR...
« Reply #8 on: August 23, 2017, 10:32:41 AM »


At least the sabot rounds feed properly in the FR-7. They slide right into the chamber, as advertised, from the magazine well.
In the K31, the blunt profile of the bullet just doesn't find the chamber coming from the magazine; it has to be hand-fed to get the round to chamber.
In either case, you still need to be far enough away or use a stout load to get the sabot to separate properly. These two rounds fired from 10 yards were too close for sabot separation. The third shot was from roughly 40 feet away.
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Re: Reloading .22 LR...
« Reply #9 on: August 24, 2017, 09:01:39 AM »
Any .30-30 shooters out there that want to test-fire a few of these?
Me thinks I have some empty brass downstairs. The blunt nose will be suitable for those tubular magazines, too.

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Re: Reloading .22 LR...
« Reply #10 on: August 24, 2017, 11:24:21 AM »
Okay...any volunteers with a .30-30? 

Bring some gallon milk jugs or watermelons for testing... (projectiles are sterilized, so you can munch on watermelon afterwards).

FWIW, these are essentially 6.5mm+, simply measure the diameter of the .22LR rim (that's the size of the hole they make).
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