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Old 07-18-2019, 11:18 AM
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Ive been reloading 17HMR for over a year now, and have had to do all my own research, testing and custom reloading equipment. Video in link is using unfired brass, but I also use fired brass, but have not made a vid yet on that.

Why? Because as a competitive shooter, I need the most consistant priming, powder charge and bullets. Reloading allows me to make adjustments to neck tension and every other part. I use Lehigh Defense lathe turned 20gr solid copper projectiles firing at a MV of 2620 from my 18" Garrow Firearms Development / CAAPS match rifle.

Feel free to ask any questions!

https://youtu.be/MIg0gR-kmN0

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Old 07-18-2019, 07:28 PM
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WOW!! That is dedication!
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Old 07-18-2019, 08:35 PM
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Could you post a target with 50 shots at 200 yards?

I'd like to see just what quality 17 hmr cartridges are capable of

Include the chronograph numbers too if you would.
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Dude you could make a fortune just selling your hand loads here on RFC.
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Could you post a target with 50 shots at 200 yards?

I'd like to see just what quality 17 hmr cartridges are capable of <img src="https://www.rimfirecentral.com/forums/images/smilies/tup.gif" border="0" alt="" title="thumb" class="inlineimg" />

Include the chronograph numbers too if you would.
Hell I'd just like to see 5 10 shot groups at 50 yards without out a half dozen flers a half inch outside the group. I love the theoretical 17hmr cartridge but the actual available cartridges are so poorly made it makes it hard to champion the caliber. Even for hunting at long distance the normal one out of 5 flier is usually a missed shot on smaller critters or just wounds bigger ones.

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Old 07-19-2019, 09:28 PM
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This is (6) 5 round groups at 100 yards shot consecutively.

https://i.imgur.com/ksmphtZ.jpg

This is 5 rounds and 3 rounds at 450 yards

https://i.imgur.com/1zrFeak.jpg

https://i.imgur.com/3U0FYXF.jpg

Results at the top from (6) 5 round groups in competition at 50 yards

https://i.imgur.com/TbCychj.png
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Old 07-19-2019, 09:35 PM
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Could you post a target with 50 shots at 200 yards?

I'd like to see just what quality 17 hmr cartridges are capable of

Include the chronograph numbers too if you would.
Next time out, I can do 50 rounds at 200. I shoot my match loads (20gr) at 2620 fps, about 250 fps higher than factory 20gr loads.
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What's the break down on the custom reloading dies?
The last time I checked it was less involved and very expensive for a crude 17hmr set.
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That is both fascinating and the results not entirely surprising.

Compared to handloading centerfire for long range, this is not excessive. (But neither is practical outside of competition)

Just curious, if you're loading, say, 100 rounds, how many hours are invested?

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What's the break down on the custom reloading dies?
The last time I checked it was less involved and very expensive for a crude 17hmr set.
The seater die was made from a Wilson blank, everything else but the shellholder and shellholder extension were made from scratch. Not sure what the cost would be, I was blessed to have mine made by a sponsor for me. There are easier ways to load, especially if just swapping bullets, but I do everything from sizing, neck tension, priming, powder, bullet etc.
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That is both fascinating and the results not entirely surprising.

Compared to handloading centerfire for long range, this is not excessive. (But neither is practical outside of competition)

Just curious, if you're loading, say, 100 rounds, how many hours are invested?
100 rounds, actual work time around 6 hours if I'm in a rhythm, but it takes 2 days because of time between stages.
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