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Old 01-09-2010, 08:58 AM   #1
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Federal Milsurp White box ammo

I recently purchased a box of this ammo to try. Curious, I checked each round in the Hornady HS gauge. I was surprised to see each round gauge out at 1.612!! Much short for my SA which headspaces at 1.631. Everyone sings the praised of this ammo, but I am curious if it is safe to fire. Interestingly enough, if I were not a reloader I would have just fired the stuff. Maybe I am trying to reinvent the wheel here. Ignorance is bliss as they say.
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Old 01-09-2010, 04:06 PM   #2
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Re: Federal Milsurp White box ammo

I picked up a couple of boxes of 95gr Fed WB and it shoots fine but doesn't make PF out of my G17 (PF 123) and BHP (PF 122). For gits and shiggles it's OK though.
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I'm not familiar with the Hornady HS gage so cannot comment on it's accuracy but suspect it's a comparative reading type. Have you calibrated the gage with a headspace gage? Do you know anyone with a Wilson cartridge gage? I don't doubt you but it is uncommon to say the least that ammunition would be so short.
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Old 01-09-2010, 05:58 PM   #4
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I'm not familiar with the Hornady HS gage so cannot comment on it's accuracy but suspect it's a comparative reading type. Have you calibrated the gage with a headspace gage? Do you know anyone with a Wilson cartridge gage? I don't doubt you but it is uncommon to say the least that ammunition would be so short.
Well, you may not doubt me but I do. I just don't know. I just purchased the gauge on the basis of reading "Handloading for Competition" by Glen Zediker. I'm sure you're familiar, but if not here is the link: http://www.zediker.com/downloads/m14.html

The Hornady gauge is the old Stoney Point Gauge he sings the praises of. I made an assumption it was a reasonably accurate tool. What would be the sense of using one if it isn't?

I fired some of the ammo and it fired fine. It read 1.610-1.612 before firing and 1.621-1.622 after. The Federal brass is somewhat softer than LC as the brass stretched from 2.007 to 2.011. My LC reloads actually shrunk from 2.007 ti 2.004. I was using a small starting load of 39.5 grains of I4895 behind Hornady 168 HPBTM.

I'm use my reloads almost exclusivly. I only purchased one box of this ammo to have something to compare to.
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