IPSC Loads Lists
These lists have been gathered from a variety of published and unpublished sources, and have been reported as safe in modern firearms of the types used in IPSC competitions. Every gun is different, and you are responsible to use common sense and safe load development techniques in working up to a good load for your own use.
IMPORTANT NOTE: The .38 Super and 9x21 loads, in particular, are only safe in firearms with barrels that fully support the case, which generally includes only custom-built guns. The specific needs of the IPSC shooter require that loads used will exceed the pressure limits set by SAAMI and CIP, and these loads are not to be used by the casual reloader! The lowering of the IPSC Major power factor from 175,000 to 165,000 does not change this: these are still high-pressure loads!
"Come on in and take a load off!"
(Thanks to Jim Boemler for suggesting the slogan!)
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Several people have asked whether I have an IPSC Loads List for .45ACP. I do not. I don't plan to add one, as there are many, many IPSC Major loads in the commercial loading manuals.
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38 Minutes / $25.00
More of an advertisement for
VihtaVuori/Lapua than one should be expected to pay for. It's
largely a 38 minute "Infomercial" that you pay for the
privilege of watching.
Based on the cover that features
IPSC shooters Matt Burkett, Rob Leatham, Angus Hobdell, Brian Enos,
and Don Golembieski, I expected some IPSC-specific reloading
information. I got little, outside of some interesting discussion of
the various VihtaVuori powders. Reading the script is Matt Burkett,
and the others listed appear only to give short testimonials to the
quality of VihtaVuori powders.
The majority of the tape covers
beginner-level information, focusing more on rifle loading on a
single-stage press. Judging by the extensive use of RCBS
reloading equipment, I suspect that they were a sponsor of this
production along with VihtaVuori OY. No Dillon Blue in sight: it's
The tape costs about $20-$25 from
several dealers, including Shooters
Connection and Graf & Sons.
Summary: Save your money. The Brian
Enos tape "Competition Reloading With Brian Enos" from Gunvideo.com
is a far better choice for someone wanting to learn about reloading
for USPSA/IPSC and other action handgun matches.
Reloading With Brian Enos
80 Minutes / $20.00
Lots of good tips on reloading for IPSC
and other action handgun sports!
Narrated and demonstrated by IPSC
Grandmaster Brian Enos, with prompting by off-camera Lenny Magill,
this tape demonstrates the setup and proper use of a Dillon
progressive press (XL650 is used), and covers all the details required
for reloading quality, reliable competition ammunition.
Brian Enos is not a
rousing speaker, and his monotone has resulted in me dozing off more
than once while watching this tape! Perhaps a scantily-clad female
assistant would have helped, handing him a jug of powder here and a
box of bullets there. Prop your eyelids, though, because there are
some very good tips embedded in this tape!
Tape is available from gunvideo.com
Summary: Recommended purchase for the
Reloading Component Dealers