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Old March 12th, 2017, 11:57 AM   #1
 
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Can I replace bullets in factory ammo?

Is it ok to take a 125 Remington bullets I bought at Walmart and replace it with another brand of bullet that weighs 125 grain- ( like I bought target ammo) Can I replace it with a hunting round bullet thats 125 gr. Never done anything like this before so I thought id ask.




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Old March 12th, 2017, 12:14 PM   #2
 
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tarza, are you wanting to pull the bullet on the target ammo you purchased, reuse all the components except the bullet. If so, doesn't sound like a very good idea to me.
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Yes that's what I wanted to do. And I'm not trying to be funny. I want to be safe. I thought a boat tail was a boat tail?
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Are we talking a box or two here or a case of ammo?
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Just 2 boxs- its for a 300 B-OUT
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How far do you anticipate your longest shot to be?



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I would say just shoot it up. These things happen.
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Old March 12th, 2017, 12:40 PM   #8
 
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If you want to be safe, leave the Walmart ammo alone.
Results of changing bullets are unpredictable.
Unpredictable is not good.
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yea be careful Tarza, Ive been reloading for a few years and still consider myself and amateur, but there are some very experienced reloaders on here and take it from them.

Im sure Iowegan will comment on here shortly, He's definitely the one to listen to.


But you have to go by the reloading standards in books which based on brand, weight and type will give you what powder and what amount to use. If you are hoping to pull the bullet and reuse the powder thats already in the case, that powder may not be a compatible brand to use with the new bullet you're hoping to use in its place.

The best option would be to fire the rounds you purchased from walmart, then reload from start to finish with the new bullets you want based on the guidelines in your reloading manual.
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You have no idea what the manufacture used to build the target loads. I would shoot them and then build your own to some published load data.
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I am relatively new to reloading, but I would not do it. You would need to know the type of powder, and quantity, before you load your new bullet. Without knowing exactly what powder is inside, you might cause too much pressure to be created in the case.

I know you are thinking "125 gr. replacing another 125 gr. Should be no problem." And that might be, but it might not. Different bullets have different shapes, and if you load your new bullets deeper into the case than the old ones, that is where you could have pressure issues.

Two boxes are no real issue to just shoot as is, and reload after.
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Max range was going to be around 150 yd- I wanted to use it for hogs. If you don't think it's a good idea. I will just shoot it - And use my 30:06 and forget about this. Thank you for your replies. I have been reloading for about 6 years- I don't take chances!
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My advice is shoot them up as they are and then reload the empties the way you want.
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Max range was going to be around 150 yd- I wanted to use it for hogs. If you don't think it's a good idea. I will just shoot it - And use my 30:06 and forget about this. Thank you for your replies. I have been reloading for about 6 years- I don't take chances!
That should be an easy shot with a 300, even with ammo you bought. Take it the range and test a few, you may be surprised. If they don't shoot, well it's still trigger time behind your gun. I wouldn't think about pulling bullets, when I can shoot em and roll out some new ones, which will shoot better than the store bought ones.

My buddy took the face off a doe at 191yds with some factory 300 loads last deer season.

I'm sure someone is going to write a "book" on this for you., they usually do.




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No, I would say it is not OK and would advise NOT to do it. Shoot up what you have then reload the empties to what you want.
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