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Old 08-16-2014, 10:29 PM   #1
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I'm pretty new to revolver shooting. I've been trying my revolver in IDPA and barely (1-2 seconds) made Marksman in SSR. One of my problems is reloading with speed loaders.

I've practiced with snap caps and gotten down to maybe 2-3 seconds a lot of the time. But when I try to reload with live rounds it just doesn't work. A lot of the ammo I've gotten (both 38spl and 357) have some kind of hollow point or flat point bullets. The flat ends of the rounds don't catch well in the cylinder.

I want to try the Classifier in ESR, but my revolver is not modified for moon clips. So, I'm going to try it with speed loaders. My 357 ammo is JSP.

Does anyone have any suggestions about how to speed up the process when I'm using rounds other than FMJ?


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use cast lead round nose.

if your competing you should be using cast bullets for cost and to prevent bounce back on steel if your shooting steel.


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Good points. I'm not reloading ammo yet. I'd love to find some round nose ammo that would behave a bit more like the snap caps. I was hoping someone had a trick up their sleeve that would make reloading the revolver with flat nose rounds easier.
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Good points. I'm not reloading ammo yet. I'd love to find some round nose ammo that would behave a bit more like the snap caps. I was hoping someone had a trick up their sleeve that would make reloading the revolver with flat nose rounds easier.
there isnt anything gear wise you can do other than changing bullet profile. and this is only going to be marginal.

other than that, LOTS of practice until it becomes muscle memmory. this will be the biggest improvement. smooth is fast. dont try to force it. speed will come after years of practice.

if your going to compete you should be loading and have a chronograph to be sure your ammo is in the correct power factor if your doing that sort of thing. handloading lets you shot a LOT more matches and practice more.
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You're right. I was just hoping someone had a technique I'd never heard of. Practice is certainly the long term key. I'll probably start reloading eventually.

I think I don't "compete" so much as "participate". My last sanctioned match I placed in the middle of the Marksman category out of about 20. I look at IDPA matches as opportunities to practice doing things I can't do at the range. Holster draw, shooting at close range, rapid fire, shooting on the move, etc. I want to learn revolver just for the fun of learning a new physical skill.
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Are you set against having the cylinders recessed for moon clips?
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you want to get really good, use a single action revolver... makes that speed loader issue trivial heh
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I have one SW686. If I trim the cylinder to receive moon clips, the 38spl cartridges don't get full support. So modifying for moon clips requires always using moon clips. But moon clips are not allowed in SSR. The revolver is an experiment. If I find I like it, I might get another and convert that to moon clips.
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Actually I use single action mode for the 15-20 yard shots around cover on 3rd stage of Classifier.
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One little trick is to use your hand to guide the speed loader.
Most will use the tip of the bullets only. The palm of the hand can act like a chute.


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