For a while, we have been asking around for some ADI brass. We know it isn’t the greatest brass in the world, but it is cheap and this year we would really REALLY like to have enough brass to not have to reload during nationals week! We have a load developed with Lapua brass for Jareds rifle, so I will use the ADIs and figure something out between running my rifle in and Nationals. (Not long to go now – eek!)
We have been lucky enough to acquire 2 batches each consisting of 216 cases (thanks Kevin and Malcolm!). To our surprise, one batch of cases turned up as fully loaded ammunition!
From the label, this ammo was loaded in 1994 (I was 10 years old in 1994!) and has a 144 grain projectile. I believe it is left over from the 1995 World championships which was held in New Zealand.
Any ammo we don’t have to load ourselves is good ammo so we will use this in short range competitions and club days leading up to Nationals.
One thing we will do is replace the 144 grain projectiles with our nice shiny 155 grain HBCs. Anything to get an advantage in wind! Aren’t they pretty?
It is nice quick easy way of making this ammunition better!
First you pull the old projectile out (using the press rather than your teeth!)
And you end up with a bunch of powder filled bullet-less cases (powder that I didn’t have to weigh… yippee!)
And some old projectiles… notice the crimp line around them compared to our new ones and also the copper jacket doesn’t continue all the way to the back..
Then you squash a new bullet in.
Umm…they aren’t supposed to look like this! I guess this one was softer than the rest!
And final result… Boxes of bullets! We put aside 50 of the original rounds for when I run in my new barrel. No point in wasting our good projectiles when all I am doing is getting my rifle dirty!
And finally, the important question… How well does this 20 year old ammunition shoot?
Well… we tried it out a couple of weeks ago – It seems to work pretty well. I shot a 48.3 at 600 yards – my best score of the season so far by a long way! My group was well within the 5 ring (except for the wind related 4s but that isn’t the ammo’s fault!). I think the ammo shoots better than I do.