Sub-Continental Reloading

RELOADING IN ITS MOST BASIC FORM


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Shooters, don’t try this at home…

Q: Back in the early 1970s I read an article by you about hunting in India. You had some very interesting and sometimes hairy experiences during that trip which lasted six weeks. I can’t find that particular magazine, but you mentioned some very primitive reloading methods an Indian used to reload cases for his Savage Model 99. Would you care to refresh my memory about this?
Harold Peterson
A: I do remember that episode really well. The Indian hunter-reloader used some old .308 cartridge cases of Indian and ICI manufacture that he’d managed to scrounge from the sahibs he’d gone hunting with. The bullets were recovered fired bullets that he’d carefully filed the rifling marks off. the primers were removed from the fired cases and the striker indent tapped out and refilled with ground-up match heads. The cartridges were loaded with powder of local manufacture, composition unknown. When the supply ran out, he loaded his cases with finely sliced movie film bringing the charge weight to  somewhere between 32 and 38 grains. I’d love to have chronographed his loads, but I doubt if the muzzle velocity of those reloads was more than 1100-1300fps. Every time he fired the rifle his reloads gave off a bright muzzle flash and a cloud of smoke. Hitting a deer much beyond 50 metres would have been a miracle.


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Nick Harvey

Nick Harvey is one of the world's most experienced and knowledgeable gun writers, a true legend of the business. He has been writing about firearms and hunting for more than 65 years, has published many books and uncounted articles, and has travelled the world to hunt and shoot. His reloading manuals are highly sought after, and his knowledge of the subject is unmatched. He has been Sporting Shooter's Gun Editor for longer than anyone can remember. Nick lives in rural NSW, Australia.

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