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JUNK SCIENCE: Should I Sort Pistol Brass by Headstamp Before Reloading?

Okay, this podcast topic has spawned from an episode from Q&A podcast 248, where Jeff in Holly Springs asked about whether or not you should sort your pistol brass by headstamp. I said at the time that I couldn’t be bothered to do it. Since that episode aired, I’ve had a lot of friends that I respect as shooters mention to me that they do sort by headstamp for various reasons (more consistent overall length …

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What Do You Do With Reject Ammo?

David in Illinois sends in today’s Q&A show question asking about what to do with reject ammo, and reject brass. I’m bad about dealing with reject ammo I chuck it in a little box that says “REJECTS” on it, and every once in a while I’ll get a wild hair and pull the bullets, so I can re-use them and the powder. I’ve got one of the hammer type pullers, so pulling apart loaded ammo …

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Dillon 550 for Beginners?

Russ in Florida sends in today’s Q&A podcast question asking if it would be smart to start reloading on a Dillon 550. I think you can start on a Dillon 550, but… I’ve said in the past that I think the Lee 4-hole Turret Press is about the best way to get started reloading, and I still agree with that, to an extent. I think the hardest part about starting with something like a Dillon …

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Should I Sort My Pistol Brass by Headstamp?

Jeff in Holly Springs sends in today’s Q&A podcast voicemail asking about whether or not to sort pistol brass by headstamp to get more consistent ammo. Welp, I’ve never done it, but I don’t feel like it’s necessary. Shooting my Glock 34 off a rest at 20 yards using my non-sorted, mixed headstamp brass reloads, my gun will consistently group at 3″ or less, with the smallest group I measured being riiiiight about 2″. For …

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Is it Bad Etiquette To Pick Up Brass That Isn’t Yours?

Jonathan in Cary sends in today’s Q&A show voicemail asking about brass etiquette at matches. Johnathan was the only guy shooting .45, and after the match someone came along and picked up ONLY the .45 brass on all of the bays. Johnathan confronted the guy and got all of his brass back. So, is it okay to pick up someone else brass? I think so, most of the brass I pick up isn’t mine. What about …

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What’s the Deal with Bullet Weights in Practical Shooting?

Mike in Maryland sends in today’s Q&A voicemail asking about the different bullet weights that people use in practical shooting. In both IDPA SSP and ESP, and USPSA Production minor power factor 9mm is the name of the game. You’ll see most people who reload shooting either 124 or 147gr bullets. I shoot 125’s from The Blue Bullets, and I haven’t really had a reason to switch to 147s, although a LOT of folks like …

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Where do you put your ammo after you load it?

Tom in Ferguson sends in today’s Q&A podcast question asking about what I do with my ammo after loading it. For me, it depends if it’s going to be match ammo or practice ammo. If it’s match ammo I’ll chamber check every round, and then put it into MTM ammo boxes (the hinged ones that don’t suck) but if it’s practice ammo, I just chuck it into a coffee can and shoot it by the …

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When Should I Change my Tumbling Media?

Kory in Texas sends in today’s Q&A voicemail asking about when to change his tumbling media. In my scenario, I use a Harbor Freight vibratory tumbler, and some crushed walnut pet bedding from the local pet store, and a little squirt of some random liquid car polish to keep the dust down when sifting. I generally change my media out when it gets a lot of dirt and other garbage in it, well before it’s …

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At what point in developing a competition load should I mess with recoil springs?

Today’s Q&A podcast voicemail comes in from Chris in Florida. Chris has been getting ready to shoot his first match for a while, and he’s developing a load for his gun. He asks about at what point he should start messing with different recoil spring weights as part of his load development. In all honesty, I haven’t messed with different recoil springs for load development. I load my 9mm Production division ammo a little over …

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Do I Have a Bad Batch of Primers?

Tom in Ferguson sends in today’s Q&A voicemail question asking about a batch of MagTech primers that he has. He’s getting inconsistent ignition from this batch of small pistol primers in his Glock 34. My suggestion is to have a good look at the striker in his pistol, and if he’s using a reduced power striker spring, it could be having trouble hitting this particular primers hard enough to make them go off. Also, make …

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