Best AFFORDABLE 55 grain reload recipe?

Discussion in 'Mini-14 Forum' started by Brother_COM, Sep 6, 2011.

  1. Brother_COM

    Brother_COM New Member

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    Guys I'm not looking to break the bank, but I would like a decent recipe for reloading for my mini. Model 580.

    Powder?
    Do primers matter much?

    Thanks in advance!
    Glen
     
  2. RMP1394-RLTW

    RMP1394-RLTW New Member

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    I am currently reloading for my dads new toy.

    -55 gn fmjbt hornday
    -2230 accurate powder (24.5 gn) I made a batch of reloads starting at 23gn and worked up to 25 gn in 1/2 gn increments until I found what his rifle liked best.
    -Range pick up brass (be sure to check you length before you load)
    - and small rifle primers CCI
    he is happy with the results and that makes me happy!

    RLTW!
     

  3. RMP1394-RLTW

    RMP1394-RLTW New Member

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    Forgot to add, running about .18-.20 per round. Not sure you can do much cheaper that that.

    RLTW!
     
  4. Brother_COM

    Brother_COM New Member

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    RLTW "-Range pick up brass (be sure to check you length before you load)"

    What is the proper length brass for my mini 580?

    THANKS for the recipe!
    Glen
     
  5. masterPsmith

    masterPsmith New Member

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    I suggest that you get a good reloading manual to start.


    Jim.........
     
  6. RMP1394-RLTW

    RMP1394-RLTW New Member

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    Check your load book. It should have the trim to length. I use the lee case trimmer, cheap, easy and it removes all doubt since the gauge is the correct trim to length. I am currently using the .223 and 7mm gauge and have had no problems.

    Also, your weapon may not like this load, it is just the load that my dads AR liked bests as far as accuracy goes and no stress to the spent casing.

    Be sure to check several books for load data, you never know, I could be some gun hating lib that would love nothing more than to see you blow up your weapon! I use the Horndy, Lyman and lee manuals. The Lee manual seems to be a bit on the hot side and i like the Lyman manual the best but it does not always have the powder I am using at the time. You can always check the powder Manufacturers web site as well.

    RLTW!
     
  7. Brother_COM

    Brother_COM New Member

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    Guys thanks for the info! I really like the responses I get here at FT. Ya'll are G-R-E-A-T!

    I have a LYMAN 47th Reloading Handbook, but really wanted to know what works best from personal experience.

    Thanks again,
    Glen