Reloading Goals For The New Year

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What is on everyone to do list this year? Given that supplies are slowly making it to the shelves.
I have many - by bore size
6mm Creed - 105gr 115 gr RDFs N555 powder
257 Wby - 90gr AH
6.5 Creed - getting 145gr Matchburners to shoot
30-06 - developing new loads for the new barrel
300 Wby - 180gr Accubonds coming
30-378 Wby - working with N570
340 Wby - still waiting on its return from gunsmith
35 Whelen - getting 250gr bullets to shoot
460 Wby - 404gr SH
 
There is alot i want to try and accomplish. I really want to spend more time doing instead of just thinking about it. I've stocked up on pleanty of components and they do no good sitting on the shelf.
Handguns
Develop a hunting load for the 10mm
Load and shoot the 41 mag, decide what direction to go.
Develop a 6mmBR load for the speciality pistol
Work with the 327/32H&R more
Start loading for the 500S&W
Rifles
Finalize 143gr bondstrike load for 264WM
Develop new 120-130gr load for 260rem
Continue work with 52gr 22-250, and also look at the 64gr BSB.
Revisit the 243 & 25-06's and come up with something.
Maybe start loading the 30-06

All of that, on top of continuing to load and shoot the others.
 
Well, I hope to do more pistol shooting with
Springfield Armory 45ACP Ronin
Springfield Armory Range Office Elite 9mm
Ruger MK4 22lr
Smith & Wesson Mod 617 22lr
As for rifles some load development for
Rem 700 270 Win.
Ruger American 223 Rem.
Plus, just shoot my Winchester Mod 70 6.5x55 And Rem 700 30-06, Rem 700 35 Whelen and Rem 760 35 Rem. All fun. Dan.
 
I have decided to simplify and standardize. My Whelen project has been suspended for now. A well worn .257 Weatherby is going to get a new barrel. Eventually.

Focusing more on our “workhorse” cartridges (.223, .220 Swift, .243, .25-06, .270, 7mm-08, .308 and .30-06) to get a decent stock built up for each in a standardized load or two.

Finding a load for my Mini 14 (580 series) that will shoot at most 1.5-2 MOA consistently.

Developing a “lead-free” load for my Browning BBR .270 Winchester featuring the Barnes 130 gr TTSX

Locating a steady supply of 140 grain .284’s for my wife’s 7mm-08 and even 100 of the 7mm-160 grain ABs for my brother-in-law’s STW.
 
Find a second 3000 fps some moa load for my 7 Mag using 160 gr bullets.
I have a new 308 and a 6.5 creed in the safe. I want to learn and load some good deer hunting loads for the 308, keeping bullet weights between 125 gr and 150 gr.
For the 6.5 I want to develop a load with 95 gr Vmax.
For the 30-06 I want to develop a hunting load with the 130 TTSX and 165 TTSX.
For the 270 stock pile some "hunting boxes" with 130 Ballistic tips, 140 Interlocks and 150gr Speer Hot Cors.
Also want to spend more time reloading with my son. He has "his" own 7-08 now so I want to research and work up loads with him. My plan is for every load we work up, I will make 6 rounds, 3 for me to shoot and 3 for him to see how he does in trying to beat my group size.
 
Buy $35 primers again :rolleyes:.

Try one more bullet for my Ridgeline 300wm! Then rebarrel. :(

Finish fireforming brass and braking-in my new Mcgowen 270wsm barrel. Then find out if it likes 150 Ballistic tips, 150 AccuBond long range, 150 VLD, or 140 vld the best with Reloder 26. ( Rl26 has been the absolute most accurate powder in every 270wsm barrel I've ever had.)

Stockpile my 9mm production a little more.

Figure out which bullet my new Criterion Ar15 barrel likes.

I'd love to find a place to have 600 yard Benchrest matches again so I can play with my 6BR!!! I really miss shooting that little laser beam.
 
Develop a 100 gr BT load for the 250 Savage.
Finalize a 110 gr AB load for the 250AI.
Develop a 150 gr AB load for the 280 Rem.
Develop a 200 gr AB load for my 338 Federal.
Develop a 200 gr FTX load for my 338 Marlin Express.
Load some more 220 gr Hot Cor ammo for my 358 Win BLR
 
There is alot i want to try and accomplish. I really want to spend more time doing instead of just thinking about it. I've stocked up on pleanty of components and they do no good sitting on the shelf.
Handguns
Develop a hunting load for the 10mm
Load and shoot the 41 mag, decide what direction to go.
Develop a 6mmBR load for the speciality pistol
Work with the 327/32H&R more
Start loading for the 500S&W
Rifles
Finalize 143gr bondstrike load for 264WM
Develop new 120-130gr load for 260rem
Continue work with 52gr 22-250, and also look at the 64gr BSB.
Revisit the 243 & 25-06's and come up with something.
Maybe start loading the 30-06

All of that, on top of continuing to load and shoot the others.
Looking forward to see where you go with the 41 Rem Mag
 
Looking forward to dust off the covered Dillon 500 I bought around 15 years ago, still looks like new. Planning to get some new powders for the .45, .38 Super and the .41 Magnum. Firstly, I still have a couple of hundred loaded rounds for the .45 and .38 Super that I used to load in that Dillon, I need to shoot them in order to reload again. Hopefully find those old loads I made back then. Still have those bulk bullets for those 3 calibers. If I could remember, I used Blue Dot for the .38 Super ands it was a boomer. Unique, I think, for the .45 ACP and H110 for the .41 Magnum. Time to take out those Kimbers soon.
Planning to try the 178 and 200 ELD-X for the 300 Win Mag with some of those Hodgdon powders, either H4831 or H1000 and see how they do in those 40 new Norma brass I found on the top shelf. I already have some loaded 180 Accubonds in Lapua brass for future use in case a hunt comes up. Been too busy to hunt this year. I still have my mind on a nilgai.
Not to wander off topic, BTW, I spoke to a beef master rancher locally recently, he has grass fed black Angus bulls and cows on his ranches, he normally shows up at the Farmer's market to sell some individual meats according to a family member. He put a young bull off the grass diet for me and put him on a 90 day grain diet to get some marbling on the meat, he charges $6.00 a pound and ships the bulls live to the butcher locally, where he slaughters it and charges $1.10 per pound, so the final price is $7.10 per pound. Word was the bull final weight after processing should be roughly 400 lbs, and my sister and i are going 50 /50 on it. Just ordered my new upright freezer, 21.3 cubic ft, and it arrived a few days ago. It's why I put the nilgai on hold until I see how much space I will have left. If I have space, I'll go for a nilgai, if not, I'll grab two whitetail does and grind all of it for a 70 /30 mix with deer / brisket. The black angus will be all meat and steaks. I have a long list of what I want want out of that angus.
 
I got plenty to do and work at. But one thing I have to do is save up some Peso's and get the scope I want on a Sauer 101 chambered in 30-06 and run some more bullet weights through it testing and get it in the rotation of use.

Threw a Leupold 12X varmint scope on it and tested it and that was it. I think that was September of 2021. A nice rifle that wants to shoot like that shouldn't be sitting in a box.



This is what it did at 200 yards. Took the scope off I had mounted for testing and the rifle's been in a box and haven't shot it since. Shameful.

 
I got plenty to do and work at. But one thing I have to do is save up some Peso's and get the scope I want on a Sauer 101 chambered in 30-06 and run some more bullet weights through it testing and get it in the rotation of use.

Threw a Leupold 12X varmint scope on it and tested it and that was it. I think that was September of 2021. A nice rifle that wants to shoot like that shouldn't be sitting in a box.



This is what it did at 200 yards. Took the scope off I had mounted for testing and the rifle's been in a box and haven't shot it since. Shameful.

Is that barrel bedded? Or just the action, Sauer's German translation has me lost.Screenshot_20230102-152552_Chrome.jpg
 
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