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I'm a 45 year old, reloader for ~30 years, reload and shoot 9mm, .40 S&W, 45 ACP, 44 Magnum, 30-30 (Winchester 94), 300 Win Mag (Winchester 70).

All my pistol shooting is done weekly at Firing Line in Huntington Beach California, 30-30 and 300 Win Mag is also done weekly at LA Gun Club (700 yard/meter range) and San Gabriel Gun Club.

I also shoot, but don't reload, 12 GA Mossberg 500.

Loaded to save $ for years - now focusing on accuracy and buying a chronograph soon :)
 

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Welcome sdonegan, I think you'll find a happy home here.  Sounds like you have a lot to contribute, and we hope you will often.  I'm not the official welcoming committee, but wanted you to know that these guys are really great.  Lots of good info, lively discussions, and a wealth of knowledge on just about every shooting topic imaginable.  Marshall, Alex, James, Bill, Mike G, and other administrators and moderators are first rate.  Welcome.
 

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Thank you for the kind welcome, I'm just a target/tin can shooter who likes to reload - I'm an engineer by trade (and a machinist in my earliest life) - so I usually cross check and measure everything way too much :) As an example - my loads for a 300 Win Mag will be for a 3.43 OAL rather than for a 3.34 OAL - cause that's the sweet spot where the bullet has .03 inches of - I think it's called freebore - before contact with the rifling in my Winchester 70 - measured of course with a Stoney Creek gauge. That's for any of the Sierra HPBTM bullets... They all have the exact same frontal profile.

My current favorite 300 WM load is a 190 Sierra HPBTM bullet, 78 grains of Hodgdon 1000, Federal GM215M primer in any of my cases - I use PMC, Norma, Winchester, etc - and see no real difference other than Norma costs WAY too much, PMC seems to be the next best etc.

Being a bit weird I also have reload data for sabot rounds for the 300 win mag :) Gotta love 4500+ fps :) I really think it's closer to 4700 - but until I get a chronograph it's just math. So if you want to kill a varmit at 300+ yards I have a load for you :)
 

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Interesting loads.  I think there was question about sabots the other day for a 45/70.  Check through some of the old posts, very entertaining reading.

I too am an engineer, civil.  Used to be in R&D dealing with composites but left because I was tired of working in the factory.  I traded my chemistry set for tonka toys so to speak.  I live in Alaska and there are a couple others, and lots of folks in between, Sir James is from Florida, some from Maine, and several from Canada, some from England so there are a lot of different interests.  Just wish we had a spell check....
 

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I'm not 'anal' enough to need a spell check on email received from friends :)

I'd love to come up to Alaska and see your wonderful open country etc. I live down here in LA right between Knotts Berry Farm and Disneyland.

I work every day at a normal job, then come home and reload, then hit the ranges - pistol mid-week and long gun on the weekends. Tweak the loads and go back and do it again :) And I'm embarrased to say that my wife is the better marksman - pistol - she kicks *** with her Glock 34 :)

No, this is not my only hobby - I also fly small airplanes and drive cars on racetracks when time and $ permit :)
 

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sdonegan,

Welcome aboard!  It's really interesting the number of engineers that are represented on this board.  I hope you find things here both stimulating and comfortable, in a warm sense of the word.

We'll look forward to your input!

God Bless,

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sdonegan,

I shoot and reload for at least two of the calibers you mention.  .300WM in Win Classic 70, how 'bout that?  What's interesting is I use a completely different load!    

.40S&W too.  

So you're among friends here!  :cool:  

The only thing I use cast for is my 45/70 but they let me in here anyway.  Can't beat it!  <!--emo&:D--><img src="http://beartoothbullets.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif" border="0" valign="absmiddle" alt=':D'><!--endemo-->

Welcome aboard!
 

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Well hotrod I also load sabot, 110 varminter, 150 grand slam and HPBTM, 168 HPBTM and 220 HPBTM in the 300 Win Mag - the sabot rounds are wicked fast tack drivers, the 110's are very accurate (group looks like a cloverleaf :)

Can I assume from the hotrod that perhaps you also do cars :) I race (non-professional) an 85 Mustang with supercharged stroker (not streetable) and a 98 Camaro Z28 (soon to be supercharged) - Silver State, Willow Springs etc.

Just finished loading 100 rds of 9mm and priming 400 for tomorrows evening fun.
 

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No, I've never done any racing like that!  My first name is Rodney, some of my junior high friends years ago couldn't resist the obvious monickers.......I actually go by John these days, my middle name.  

I've recently been experimenting with sabots in .30/06 and having a lot of fun.  Trouble is those sabots are hard on my chronograph!  Anyway, I haven't achieved the advertised velocities in the data I got from eabco.com with the sabot kit.  The old Remington Accelerators run about 3850 and I've been close to that using H335 with similar accuracy.  But I would like real accuracy, not just hitting the paper once in a while.  3" groups at 100 yards?  I hope for better than that.  Otherwise I'll just use the 125gr at 3200fps.  

So far I haven't tried them in my .300 Win Mag.  Do you have a recipe that produces any kind of accuracy?  I have the general starting point from the data sheets they sent out, but haven't developed a load for that caliber yet.  

I've tried H335 but was dissatisfied and today loaded some with IMR3031 (in .30/06).
 

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I tried the eabco sabots - the quality of the sabot itself was variable (quite a few mold related defects) so I found and use the sabots from the maadi griffin folks (search for that on the web via google). Besides, the eabco sabots are grey and the maadi ones are bright red :) Looks niftier...

My load is either a sierra FMJBT 62 grain bullet or pulled SS109's depending on weather I'm at the range (which does not like anything with steel in it) or in the desert. I find the heavier SS109 seems more stable. The case is whichever I have handy, the primer is Federal GM215M and the powder is 85 grains of Hodgdon H1000. A completely full/compressed charge. Recoil is fairly 'mild' for a 300 Win Mag :) I'm still working on the load, and do not yet posess a chronograph so I haven't a clue on the real velocity (yet).
 
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