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    SOP for gifted reloads?

    A neighbor bought a .40S&W pistol, it came with a box of reloaded rounds, the data seems in speck?
    The guy I bought the Dillon and MEC has several boxes of reloads his dad had made before passing, the data seems alright?
    So what do you do? Tear them down and load with knowns? Tear one down or just shoot them? Seriously, I've no idea!
    Thanks in advance.

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    Pull them apart, and re-use what you can except the powder. I won't ever shoot someone else's reloads. And since you didn't list any of the data, we have no way of knowing if it's in spec or not. Not worth the risk IMHO.

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    Is the free ammo worth more to you than you gun, or your hands, or your face? Pull them apart and reuse the components and fertilize your lawn with the powder.
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    Pull it, throw the powder and reuse the primed casings and boolits/bullets if you can salvage them. Personally, I wouldn't trust another person's reloads that you know nothing about nor do you know if what is written down is accurate information. You mention a "box" . . . is 50 rounds of unknown worth possible damage to gun or injury? Life is too short . . . .

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    I'd shoot it.

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    The info is, 165grn rn, actually truncated, "comp"? 4.8gr of Titegroup. Per the manuals, not a terrible hot load. I don't own a .40, so these don't matter to me per se. Seem to be well done, but??????
    I'm not trying to start a pissing contest, I assure you, been in one recently on here, I'm just curious how you guys deal with these "gifts" I guess?

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    Why not pull one apart, and weigh the projectile ?

    Then weigh the powder.

    Then compare the supposed Titegroup to known Titegroup.

    Then take a decision.
    "Varium et mutabile semper femina." - Virgil
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bookworm View Post
    Why not pull one apart, and weigh the projectile ?

    Then weigh the powder.

    Then compare the supposed Titegroup to known Titegroup.

    Then take a decision.
    All good, until comparing to "known Titegroup", I have none on hand!

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    I only trust my own reloads, no one elses. Break down and reuse components.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ShooterAZ View Post
    Pull them apart, and re-use what you can except the powder...
    This is what I do.
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    I've seen these arguments on other sites. The last one involved thousands of rounds. Personally, I shoot a few reloads loaded by close friends and my oldest Son. Not very many from others and none from unknowns. I don't feel comfortable shooting others and I only let a chosen few shoot mine. Might be a good excuse to buy a bullet puller, or a bullet puller collet in a caliber that you don't own yet. I would pull them down and reuse the components minus the powder.

    Makes you wonder what will happen to all of the loaded ammo that you labored over and leave behind, don't it.

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    I have 3 close friends that reload. I would shoot anything bob or Jeff made I wouldn't shoot factory ammo from the third guy

    if your going to shoot reloads know the reloader
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    Two choices.

    1. Tear them down and rebuild with know powder.
    2. Get out bible and pray a bit then shoot them.

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    I have a puller, no problem there, if I tear them down I'll most likely hot rod the bullets for my 10mm, because I can lol! Then load some casts in the 40 cases. 165grn fmj's should move pretty good in the 10.
    I had a decent idea what the concensus would be, but thought it was worth asking.
    Thanks all.

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    Give the rounds to somebody you don't like. []

    PULL THEM!!! NEVER SHOOT ANYBODY ELSE'S RELOADS BAD THINGS CAN HAPPEN!
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    I would pull a few bullets(more than one) and weigh the powder and make sure they are consistent. There are few powders that are faster burning than Tightgroup. Even if the powder is Bullseye or another faster powder the loads,if 4.8 gn. does not seem out of line. My manual lists 5.0 Tightgroup as a starting load and 5.2 for Bullseye.

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    especially titegroup loads.
    they might look good, the powder could be spot on, everything could be to the book.
    except the neck tension might be off, or they are 5 time resized glock brass.

    then you got trouble.

    I have some loads I wouldn't want someone else to shoot in their guns.

    some of my 44 special, 45 colt, or 12 ga loads could well be more than their gun is able to handle.
    it's all an educated guess,,,, till the trigger is pulled.

    this opinion brought to you by mister low-tech solution..

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    Quote Originally Posted by lightman View Post
    Makes you wonder what will happen to all of the loaded ammo that you labored over and leave behind, don't it.
    That's why I label clearly all my reloads. I am not planning to go anywhere in the short term but you never know.
    Collector and shooter of guns with selector switches and threaded barrels. Collector of suppressors, SBR's, AOW's and SBS's. Lead and brass scrounger. Never too much brass, lead or components in inventory! Always looking to win beauty contests with my reloads.

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    Several months ago I posted a thread about a Ruger Security Six that I had purchased. It came with some ammo - a selection of unknown reloads. Maybe 40, all mixed stuff.

    I was shooting the "new" revolver with a friend of mine. This guy is the kind of guy whose car is shinier than yours, his wife can cook better than yours, his boat is faster, his gun can shoot farther, and his fire engine is redder.

    You know the type.

    Anyway, he saw the old handloads, and asked what I had planned for it. I told him I would break it down and reuse what I could.

    He wanted to shoot it. In his S&W. I told him to have at it.

    He fired a cylinder, and said something like "that last round sure stung", or some-such.

    Here's what we found -

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    These were un-marked, unknown loads. The overall length was all over the place, different projectiles, just a pile o'carp.

    He wasn't all that interested in shooting the rest of them.
    "Varium et mutabile semper femina." - Virgil
    Man, ain't it the truth....

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    YMMV I would not risk mygun, may hand or my life to save a few rds.. pull down toss powder use components
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