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Old March 19th, 2020, 04:06 PM   #1
 
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Ok, after you all stop snickering, I want to reload 25 ACP, and need to find brass, bullets, and most importantly, a gauge.

Anyone else out there reload 25 ACP can tell me where I can look?

This 25 ACP stuff is harder to find than toilet paper.

My thanks in advance to those who might be able to help.




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Looks like midway has what you need right down to brass, loaded ammo, dies, bullets. Just search 25 ACP.


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I used to load 25 ACPs for my Baby Browning. I sold my presses and most of my equipment but I still have a RCBS 3-die set of 25 ACP dies if you don't already have dies.
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I used to load .25 ACP, but I lost my tweezers........
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Never handloaded this one. Had a cool little Colt pocket .25 for many years. The smallest caliber ever handloaded is .270 Winchester, could see the case at least. 😉

The .25 sounds like a fun project.
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That would be a lot of 25acp shooting to make it worth the investment, I would think. But, great thing now days, seems you can pick up anything you'd like. Enjoy.
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I used to load 25 ACPs for my Baby Browning. I sold my presses and most of my equipment but I still have a RCBS 3-die set of 25 ACP dies if you don't already have dies.
Thanks Iowegan, but I have a set of Lee 25 acp dies. Just looking for bullets, brass, and most important a gauge.
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You don't need a special high priced hard to find "gauge"... simply use your guns barrel as the "gauge"....Honestly it's the BEST gauge and just because a round fits a gauge....that doesn't mean it will chamber in your gun . Go back to old school reloading .

Gauge , what gauge ?...We ain't got no gauge ...we don't need no stinking gauges !

Get brass by shooting factory ammo .

I've been reloading for 50+ years and never needed a special gauge . I own not one and can reload just fine .
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You don't need a special high priced hard to find "gauge"... simply use your guns barrel as the "gauge"....Honestly it's the BEST gauge and just because a round fits a gauge....that doesn't mean it will chamber in your gun . Go back to old school reloading .

Gauge , what gauge ?...We ain't got no gauge ...we don't need no stinking gauges !

Get brass by shooting factory ammo .

I've been reloading for 50+ years and never needed a special gauge . I own not one and can reload just fine .
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Yes Gary, thanks. I am aware of the options you suggest, I just find it easier to use a separate gauge. As for using old brass, certainly, again you are correct. That was in my plan. But I was hoping to get some virgin brass as I have noticed a slightly higher incidence of used 25acp cases have cracks or are otherwise non re loadable. But your 50 plus years of doing this tops my 5. I now know another person I can turn to (besides Iowegan) to ask for reloading advice. Thanks much!
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I would not be able to hold on to the components!
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OhioBrian, if all you need is brass, I recommend checking the link in my first reply. Midway has brass in stock.


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gwpercle, The gun's barrel (used as a gauge) just tells you if the loaded cartridge will chamber. A case gauge also tells you the same thing plus it tells you if headspace is excessive or if the case needs to be trimmed. I had Wilson or Dillon case gauges for every different cartridge I loaded and used them each time I loaded a batch of ammo. There were times when a cartridge would chamber in the barrel OK but a case gauge would indicate a generous headspace (case too short, very common) or a rare case that was too long. This simple test would weed out potential problems way better than just using the barrel's chamber.

25 ACPs are about the hardest centerfire cases to reload because they are so small. Further, powder charges are critical …. a tenth of a grain is a large percent when you are dealing with a max load of 1.7 gr. I used W-231 because it is a ball powder that meters exceptionally well. The good news is …. with these tiny pistols, accuracy is not very important as long as the pistol cycles properly. At 7 yards, My Baby Browning would group tight enough to hit center mass but I doubt if it would be much of a "man stopper" …. more of a scare tactic that I never had to test.
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gwpercle, The gun's barrel (used as a gauge) just tells you if the loaded cartridge will chamber. A case gauge also tells you the same thing plus it tells you if headspace is excessive or if the case needs to be trimmed. I had Wilson or Dillon case gauges for every different cartridge I loaded and used them each time I loaded a batch of ammo. There were times when a cartridge would chamber in the barrel OK but a case gauge would indicate a generous headspace (case too short, very common) or a rare case that was too long. This simple test would weed out potential problems way better than just using the barrel's chamber.

25 ACPs are about the hardest centerfire cases to reload because they are so small. Further, powder charges are critical . a tenth of a grain is a large percent when you are dealing with a max load of 1.7 gr. I used W-231 because it is a ball powder that meters exceptionally well. The good news is . with these tiny pistols, accuracy is not very important as long as the pistol cycles properly. At 7 yards, My Baby Browning would group tight enough to hit center mass but I doubt if it would be much of a "man stopper" . more of a scare tactic that I never had to test.
Iowegan, as always, when it comes to reloading you nailed it. The reasons you give for using a gauge are the reasons I want to get one for 25acp.

As for it being a tricky round to reload, Im looking forward to the challenge, just to see if I can do it. I just finished a large batch of 32 acp, so I figure 25acp is next moving down the line.
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my 1st carry gun was a Beretta 950bs 25acp and I carried that for almost 20 years . great little gun, quality piece!
I upgraded to 380acp because you can carry a 380 , now, that is the same size as a 22/25 .
I loved my 25acp........brings back memories
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