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    Posted: April 29 2020 at 9:50am
Thought some of you might find this interesting.  I picked up this 1937 reloading manual by Richard Sharpe a while back for dirt cheap at an antiques mall.  Here's the .303 loads listed - some of the powder is still made today, some isn't. Apologies for the sideways orientation, can't seem to get it to rotate properly and keep when it uploads. Angry


Many of the loads listed show performance with corrosive primers - useful if you were to try your hand at making primers, since the safest (relatively) primer recipes are corrosive.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Goosic Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: April 29 2020 at 12:47pm
It should be interesting to note here that, one of the loads use a 150grn 30/06 bullet that has a .309" diameter. Every once in awhile I will load a 168grn 308 BTHP into a 303 case and get excellent performance out of it when fired through my Long Branch two groove barrel...
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Can you take a pic of the entire page, the text and Tables will be interesting.  There was very little reloading equipment available at that time, some Lyman hand tools perhaps. 
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I am astonished to see loads with Unique (Alliant Powders).  That's a very fast powder for shotgun loads and useful in .38 Special with jacketed bullets (that's what I use it for).  You could get into trouble with that in a .303 British if all the powder happened to end up behind the bullet or bunched up at the base end.  

Results similar to a bore obstruction.
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Here is the full pages for 303 British - some interesting commentary, especially on the Ross rifles chambers.




Britrifles, there is actually quite a bit of equipment in there, a whole chapter is devoted to commercial equipment.  Here's a sampling of what's pictured.




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Stumpkiller - Yep, there are some really odd loadings listed in there.  As you noted Unique is not typically considered a rifle powder, but there are loads with it listed in most of the major rifle cartridges.  I have not read it cover to cover yet, they may have some trick for it hidden in one of the chapters.
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Thanks for posting that William.  These tools had been recently developed.  The NRA reloading manuals from the 1960’s has a good section on the history of reloading.  
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Unique, (& Bullseye) were frequently used in a reduced load with a .30 or .32 pistol bullet or a single "00" buck pellet as a pest control load.
I'd be very, very careful using it for anything else!
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Someone was looking for HiVel load data, here it is.  

But I would caution using this, powder manufacturers change their formulas over time.  

And, using old powder is another risk.  I’ve got some from the 1960’s, is was stored in relatively cool conditions and is still good.  Powder will deteriorate in elevated temperatures quite quickly and has the potential to spontaneously ignite in bulk where the heat cannot dissipate quick enough.   I have some WWII .30-06 cartridges that must have seen hot conditions, the powder turned bad and ate pinholes thru the brass. 






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