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Posted: January 01 2019 at 12:43pm | IP Logged Quote sailcapt

Are there still companies/small businesses that will reload your spent
brass for you still in business.
I used to have my .455 Webley brass reloaded by a company called
Stars and Stripes Ammo in Florida.
I would send them my brass and they reloaded it to factory specs. As I
remember they were competively price to new ammo from Fiocchi.
It is or was a nice little niche business to be in but are there any ones
still out there?
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Posted: January 01 2019 at 2:01pm | IP Logged Quote richhodg66

I've personally never heard of such a thing. How long has this been since you had them load your Webley ammunition?

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Posted: January 01 2019 at 2:44pm | IP Logged Quote sailcapt

It was 5 years ago, maybe a little longer.
This was a service that was quite nice before Fiocchi started to
regularly produce the .455 Webley.
But it still can be a year before supplies of these bullets from Fiocchi
become available.
Right now there are about 4 companies selling the .445 and when that
gets sold out it will be around a year again before they make them
again.

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Posted: January 01 2019 at 3:01pm | IP Logged Quote richhodg66

Do you reload? Seems to me like it would be easier all around to do it yourself. Straight walled revolver cartridges are the easiest of all to learn on, suitable bullets abound and there should be plenty of powders available for it. If you're only setting up for the one caliber, the tooling you'd need wouldn't cost much and would pay for itself rather quickly compared to buying ammo or paying someone else to do it for you.

Surely there is someone on here loading for the Webley. Lot's of general reloading knowledge on here, so you came to the right place.


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Posted: January 01 2019 at 3:55pm | IP Logged Quote sailcapt

I do reload. Everything from .25, 9mm, .45, 32-20, 38 and even the
.445 Webley.
I ask simply because, sometimes the cost of reloading and buying are
very competitive.
There were a few of these companies doing this sort of reloading of
your own brass and the costs were offsetting.
Just wanted to know if anyone remembers them or is using any of
them.
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I ran across one of those places not too long ago while surfing. It was something like Gad Custom Cartridges as I recall. The only thing I remember about them was that they had an "F" rating from the Better Business Bureau.
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Posted: January 02 2019 at 6:54am | IP Logged Quote richhodg66

This is the first I've heard of services like this. Makes me wonder how it can be cost effective with what shippers charge to send ammo, but OK.

I would, however, like to hear more about your experences loading for the .455 Webley. I've always had a thing for top break revolvers and those old, big Webleys are the epitome of old school cool. I hesitated on what was probably a decent deal on one a few years ago and missed it, been kicking myself since.

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Posted: January 02 2019 at 7:47am | IP Logged Quote sailcapt

Rich,
I agree the old weapons like the Webley are great. Mine is an original,
uncut (cylinder). I have even have the One Shilling Coin the soldier
used to field strip the pistol. The coin was a perfect fit for the screws in
the pistol. And I have his Pritchard Bayonet also. All numbered to
match. So as you can see I am proud of this pistol.
My collection is comprised 99% of the older weapons.
It really does make shooting and reloading for them so great.

I have a 4 cavity mold for the .455, I purchased from MP Molds in
Slovenia. Their tolerances are very precise and makes really true
bullets.

I have a article that was written in Haandgunner Magazine years ago
which detailed reloading for this pistol. And as with all my "old" guns I
tend to be very light and accurate with the loads.
I'm not shooting in competition, just for the experience of holding and
using the guns is enough. But to this day they are deadly accurate.
When I show up to the range with them everyone admires and wants to
shoot, laying down their modern guns for the experience. It's just fun.

But as you can imagine, I go through many more rounds than normal.
That's what prompted this posting.
Stars and Stripes Ammo was great, fast, and easy to do business with.
But I guess he couldn't make a living out of it.
So I understand what RT58 is saying, it's hard to find the small
companies that can stay in this sort of business, turn a profit and be
reliable too. Companies like Fiocchi can mass produce and put the
small guy out of business or force him to cut corners, usually on the
customer service end.

Currently there is a fairly good supply of .445 available. And your right,
It the shipping costs that's the game changer.

You get this type of collection out of shear joy and deal with the
availability of ammunition at a slower pace. And enjoy the experience.

If you do find another Webley, or even the Enfield Model of the same
pistol you should go for it. They are quite the experience.

If you would like I can PM a photo of the pistol for you to see. Let me
know.
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