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Baschieri & Pellagri: handgun reloading


Friends of all4shooters, all4hunters, here we are at Baschieri & Pellagri in Bologna. Today we are presenting 7 new propellants that
have been conceived and developed expressly for this type of cartridge
by us. We have prepared three types of powder for short firearms and four types for long firearms. For the pistol we have chosen three powders. A brisk gunpowder that is recommended for small shells and ammunition
that is not too compressed we have an intermediate powder that is a
genuine wildcard and particularly suited to medium-power cartridges as well as to
all kinds of trap cartridge. And we can conclude the set with a
magnum powder that is specifically for the more widely used magnum revolver gauges
and for the powerful gauges chambered in these revolvers – therefore, .357 and .44 and 454 Casull, the most powerful, high-performance cartridges in this range. We are refilling a pistol
cartridge for handguns a .45 ACP, gauge, which is widely used by target shooters. The shells have already been cleaned with a bullet case cleaner with needles and are now very clean, inside and out.
We can show you all the refilling operations Starting with the recalibration and ending with the insertion of the ball. As ever, the shell holder, the shell support base, must be fitted at the top of the piston, then we take out
the .45 ACP gauge dies from the box, the resize expander die sometimes
has a recapping rod and in others, it doesn’t. This is a CH die,
and the expander has no decapping rod. We screw it on,
move our shell holder up and then press on it. Then just a bit more, and we lower it and press down, Then we put the shell
in the shell holder and push it into the resizing die, all the way. The shell is completely resized, and
we do the same for all the others, so we have resized our shells. Now we make a slight flare at the opening of the shell to make it easier
to insert the ball This operation is carried out with the
secondo die, which is known as the expander. Inside the die we have
a rod with expander to resize the part that the ball will occupy,
via a cylindrical section that is highly polished, in this case, through use,
and with this conical collar that will create a slight flare at the opening, for easier
ball insertion. In this set of dies, this is the one
that takes out the primer in fact, we have the ejection port
for the primer and here, we gradually create the flare so it is wide enough to insert the ball. Look at the wide part, which makes
it easier to start inserting the ball.
Now we need to put the primer into the shells we have resized. This primer
is a large pistol, which means it is a primer for larger handguns and there are two
different sizes small, with a diameter of 40.45
millimetres and large, with a diameter of 5.33 millimetres. The .45 is using these shells in the large size, in this case. Now we can prime all of our shells
taking care to move the lever all the way, so that we can be sure of
full insertion and that the shell is correctly primed
with nothing sticking out. It doesn’t take much pressure, and you can
immediately feel it when the primer has reached the bottom of the pocket,
because there is some friction from the lever. Here, it’s coming back up
and once it’s touching, we can be sure that the primer is fully inserted. The shells are all completely primed and now we need to pour in the powder. In this case,
we are using B&P 01 light pistol powder, which is fast, and great for the .45 gauge that prefers a faster powder. The optimum load is about 5 grains which is practically 0.33 grams or 0.34. We can also calculate this with the aid of a calculator. 5 grains, which if we
multiply by 0.0648, gives us 0.324, meaning we need to weigh out a
charge of 0.324 g. The amount of powder is tiny in this case. Now we fit the insertion die.
Single-station presses obviously need the die used for
the previous operation to be removed each time. In this case, the shell holder
goes back to its place We fit the insertion die and crimper put in a shell and find the point where the crimping starts.
Here, there’s the start of the crimping. Since this is
a taper crimp, we need to make the shell opening quite conical.
We can try this on an empty shell I’d say that was enough, and so we move
the ball pusher up and insert the ball that, as you can see, enters easily
because the shell has been flared with an expander die. Then, at the end of travel, our shell will certainly be
long, so we need to take it to 32 millimetres with this type of ball, so we use a gauge
to see where we are 34 is still a bit long and so we lower the
ball pusher a bit further, trying not to go under the required size. We’re a bit over, but
it is still well within tolerance. This is our finished .45 gauge cartridge.

1 thought on “Baschieri & Pellagri: handgun reloading

  1. Complimenti per il video. Posso chiedere perché nella tabella B&P consiglia l'utilizzo di inneschi LPM anziché i LP standard che utilizza nel video?

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