...and the final test -- SHOOTING my reloads!
The good news is that nothing blew up!
The reloads did seem to have a little "poop" to them - more than it seemed that I remembered from a .45 auto, but it has been a while since I shot my .45.
Some of the cases that were ejected seemed to be a little (not a lot) discolored on one side - maybe the load a little hot? Also noted on maybe 3-4 that it looked like someone had taken a very light piece of sandpaper and slightly rubbed the upper 2/3 of the case all around.
Had only one case of a failure to feed. I tried it a couple of times and it still failed to feed. Probably should have brought it back and measured it, but I loaded it "singly" and it successfully went "boom".
I took both my Army .45 and the new Rock Island commercial auto and both worked successfully, except for the one cartridge above.
What do you think? Maybe lower the powder load to 4 grains?
Again, the load was 4.5 grains of Red Dot using 230 grain FMJs with once-fired cases.
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