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

Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 32:00 — 14.6MB) | EmbedSubscribe: Android | RSS | MoreOkay, 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 …

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What Do You Do With Reject Ammo?

Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 7:58 — 3.6MB) | EmbedSubscribe: Android | RSS | MoreDavid 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 …

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Dillon 550 for Beginners?

Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 5:45 — 2.6MB) | EmbedSubscribe: Android | RSS | MoreRuss 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 …

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Should I Sort My Pistol Brass by Headstamp?

Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 6:35 — 3.0MB) | EmbedSubscribe: Android | RSS | MoreJeff 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 …

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

Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 7:34 — 3.5MB) | EmbedSubscribe: Android | RSS | MoreJonathan 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 …

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

Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 6:38 — 3.0MB) | EmbedSubscribe: Android | RSS | MoreMike 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, …

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Where do you put your ammo after you load it?

Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 5:48 — 2.7MB) | EmbedSubscribe: Android | RSS | MoreTom 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 …

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When Should I Change my Tumbling Media?

Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 6:17 — 2.9MB) | EmbedSubscribe: Android | RSS | MoreKory 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 …

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

Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 7:58 — 3.6MB) | EmbedSubscribe: Android | RSS | MoreToday’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 …

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Do I Have a Bad Batch of Primers?

Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 7:41 — 3.5MB) | EmbedSubscribe: Android | RSS | MoreTom 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 …

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