Ammunition forecast for 2017

This year I expect to fire 864 rounds of .45ACP for record in the DLEMA PPC pistol matches. Using lead bullets instead of jacketed, I have gotten the cost down to $6.00 per box of 50 rounds.


Since the end of the 2016 season, I have looked over the competitive offerings and decided to compete in quite a few more rifle matches than in years past. The Swiss rifle competition will burn up 480 rounds of 7.5x55mm GP11 ammunition for score. While I do reload 7.5mm, I try to use the issue Swiss GP11 as I have yet to come up with a loading that rivals the phenomenal accuracy of the factory round.


Between my M1903A3 and M1 Garand rifles, my expenditure of .30-06 ammunition will jump to 1061 rounds sent downrange. It is only due to the fact that I reload my spent brass that I can afford to shoot so much. My Dillon Precision reloading press has been churning out affordable quality ammunition since the 1980’s!


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1 Response to Ammunition forecast for 2017

  1. Fritz says:

    The key to an accurate reload is to duplicate the Swiss loading. Which means a 175 grain HPBT Match-king, a Tula Berdan primer and 49.8 grains of N19. With the slow powder (burn rate between IMR 4350 and 4831) you need a tight crime, which can be achieved reducing the expander button slightly, then polishing it. Of course this combination is more than buying ammo at 51 cents a round, which is the current price. My last known price was 38 cents a bullet, 16.4 cents per powder charge and 1.8 cents/primer or 56.2 cents.

    In theory a nearly as accurate load for 300M or less could be made by using a good quality FMJ 144~146 FMJ (like a Hintenberger STG58 pull) and around 40 grains of IMR 4064 or Varget. Both of these powders seem to give very good results in 30-06 size cases. The closest thing to the old international match load would be around 38.5 grains of Reloader 15 with a 168~175 grain bullet. That load was very successful on the ISU target out of Springfield match fires in the 1920s and 30s (they used Hivel # 2, closest modern equivalent in Reloader 15).

    either way you are still looking at around 40 cents a load with free cases and time.

    Hard to beat Swiss surplus at this time.

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