Originally Posted by treillw
I just got an Anaconda 44 mag (first pistol) and started reloading pistol cartridges (first time), and I have a few questions.
Why are Semiwad Cutter bullets called so?
What advantages does crimping bullets offer? Do you get more velocity due to the bullet being held in the cartridge longer and the pressure growing? I loaded some some hornady hollow points with 17 grains of 2400 and I didn't crimp them and they seem to be ok. I'm planning on loading some SWC's with 8-10 grains of unique - Should I crimp them? Is 8 grains of powder enough or is 10 better?
Who makes the best brass? I got a pack of Remington brass for now.
I'm also looking for a nice soft holster that won't wear on the finish. Any Recommendations? I had a uncle mikes sidekick but it seemed pretty abrasive so I returned it.
Feel free to answer any of my many questions. Thanks
Wadcutter and Semi Wad cutter are usually Lead bullets (Cheaper than Jacketed) Both have a sharp per edge for cutting clean holes in paper and were designed for competition shooting. Semi's are longer out the top, wadcutters are flat with the brass.
Crimp is critical in most handguns. The others have stated correctly. It is harder on the brass for less of a long life. But accuracy first!
You'll find that working up a load(starting at the bottom and going up in .5 grain increments) bottomof the recomendations to top of the recomendations is the a bunch of the fun of reloading. Consistancy(Brass, Primer, Bullet, Powder) will always make you a better shooter. Find what you like and stick to it!
H110 works for both my .454 and .44 so I use it. but these are hunting loads not just for punching holes in paper. The faster you push a lead bullet the more build up in your barrell as friction causes heat as well as hot powder.
Unique is better for lead.
Any holster will wear the finish of a gun if pulled in and out enough. Cold bluing and keeping the gun clean will remove some of the abrassives, and keep your gun looking newer. Rather than concern on wear find one you can get the gun in and out of without the use of two hands(one will work).
My wife wishes I never started reloading. I get into the "zone" when I'm doing it and can't seem to find a stopping place. Just gotts get her shooting more
Hope it helps!