I am looking forward to trying out a 17 hornet.
For a while I have been thinking it would of been a lot better choice over the 17 wsm, I just have to keep reminding myself I wasn’t reloading when I Baught the 17 wsm.
Going by the results of the 17 wsm it has to be impressive.
While working up loads today I came across something I've only read/heard about but never encountered, loose primer pockets. Three of 30 were deemed too loose and were mashed with pliers. Pity because they were new brass but loaded only five times. The load that sent them "over the edge" was using H110 and showed promise in the accuracy department. Soooo, I guess I'll stick with Lil' Gun, but still want to try RL7 and 2400.
There was soot all around the primer pocket and when I seated primers in them they promptly fell back out jamming up my Autoprime and of course those ended up on the floor and disappeared . . . . . . .
50 yard groups (on account of the wind) were quite promising with Lil' Gun and 20 grain Vmax's shooting almost to the same POA as the factory Hornady 20 grain Vmax load that "came with" the rifle. Accuracy started to slip after 40 rounds which may or may not improve as the barrel "breaks in".
After "honing" the neck sizing button a bit to improve neck tension I was able to eliminate the use of the factory crimp die making less of a RPITA to load these itty bitty cartridges with clumsy arthritic fingers. 222's will seem like 30-06's after this.
60+ years ago when I started reloading...use to pop lots of primers. When I would open the bolt, the primer would fal into the mag well. No chrono then...but I was above the book values by a few grains, and the books back then were considerably higher than the book values today. Only can guess what the pressures would be.
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