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Posted: 11/17/2005 9:10:05 PM EDT
I am having a HUGE problem getting any ammo where I live, So I gotta start loading for my still virgin 'wulf. The joy of Alaska.
I've been reading all the tech stuff I can find and got brass and dies on the way. Would love to hear input from shooters, what loads do you like/dislike. I just got to get out and shoot this beast before I get too old to have fun.
Looking for free advice.
Link Posted: 11/17/2005 10:28:17 PM EDT
where at? i just moved to fairbanks myself. didnt see ammo at shops, you could probably order some though.
Link Posted: 11/17/2005 11:18:42 PM EDT
Where are you guys at?

Bill at protec has everything you will need for the 50wulf as he loads and shoot one.

Let me know if I can do anything to help
Link Posted: 11/18/2005 12:26:34 AM EDT
I'm at Hidden Falls, other side of the island from Sitka. Making it tough to get from "local" gun shop since I cant remind them every week to try to order it.
Link Posted: 11/18/2005 5:56:41 AM EDT
I am loading a Sperr 400 gr jacketed flat point over 48 grains Alliant Reloaedr 7 with CCI magnum large pistol primers. Seems to be working fine and I like the 400 grain punch!!
Link Posted: 11/18/2005 8:49:33 AM EDT

The two bullets above were recovered under the skin on the off shoulder of a bull moose I shot this fall. They were 400 Grain Hawk bullets using the R7 load from AA. Excellent performance.
Link Posted: 11/20/2005 3:33:34 PM EDT
Nohorse, I've gotta know what OAL you're loading those Speer 400's to. I'm really curious to try out that load myself. I was also wondering if there was ANYBODY who'se tried loading those massive Hornady 500 XTP's in the Beowulf yet?

Link Posted: 11/20/2005 4:25:03 PM EDT
I am reloading to the same specs listed on the Alexander Arms page and crimpming on the cannelure....
Link Posted: 11/20/2005 6:54:54 PM EDT
I just loaded some Hornady 500 grain XTP's for the Beowulf. Will report here after going to the range. I guess they make a good Sasquatch killer round.

Link Posted: 11/21/2005 6:39:06 AM EDT
Looks like an excellent load and will be interested in what powder/primer combo you are using. Also interested in what kind of penetration the bullet will get as my application will be as a bear protection/carry weapon and penetration is the name of the game.
It is probably just optical distortion caused by the flash but the base of the cartridge on the left looks bowed to me.
Link Posted: 11/21/2005 10:20:24 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 11/21/2005 10:23:01 AM EDT by Tongo]
I used the following reloading recipe for the hornady 500 grain bullet.

37.7 grains Reloader 7 with CCI #350 primer

I am using this load for personal protection while backpacking in the back country. I think the camera is playing games. I rechecked the rounds.

Link Posted: 11/27/2005 6:27:06 PM EDT
I am confused (pretty easily done.) Are you useing the 400 Gr. Speer or Sierra?
Link Posted: 11/28/2005 9:25:54 AM EDT
My fault - a synapse must have grounded out.......sorry about that. I am using the Sierra 400 gr JFP.

Link Posted: 11/28/2005 4:23:41 PM EDT
Just a very quick observation from looking at the pics, the Beowulf headspaces on the case mouth, so it is not always advisable to crimp into the cannelure. If you do end up aligned with the crimping groove on a particular bullet I would suggest that you take a measurement of the case mouth diameter. The finished case should be between 0.523" and 0.527" right at the mouth. While the throat drops to 0.5025" so there is little or no chance of forcing the case into the throat and mis-headspacing the cartridge, leaving too much clearance at the front of the cartridge will reduce reliability. These large AR calibers run at very low pressures relative to the brass thickness so it is not unusual to not get complete obturation. If the gap is too great you can build up a thick layer of carbon. Keep the case to spec and the gap will not build carbon.

Bill Alexander
Link Posted: 12/8/2005 6:16:40 PM EDT
The load data that comes with the dies is your surest bet, also check out the Alexander Arms website, I believe they have them there too. One thing that I learned from reloading for the 'Wulf, is that you should stick very close to the powder weights on those charts. When I first started reloading, I reduced the weights for a starting load. Since it made plenty big enough bang, I never bothered to up the charges to their full weight, and I started getting performance problems with ejection.

I believe it was Wulf50Guy that wised me up, and since loading exactly the recommended weight, I haven't had a single repeat.

Link Posted: 12/8/2005 6:53:40 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 12/8/2005 6:58:12 PM EDT by wulf50guy]
Glad I could help ya out hrothgar.
Link Posted: 12/9/2005 6:14:02 PM EDT
i heard reduce the rainiers .4gr. heavy extractor marks. anyone load the rainier 334gr?
Link Posted: 12/22/2005 8:54:39 PM EDT
My name is Lars and i live in Juneau;have a .50 beo and i order ammo direct from alexander arms ,shipped acrossed usa to seattle to alaska marine lines and its not cheap but its LEGAL.Last case cost about 250.00;fuel went up again so im gonna order more when i save up.
Any way i am happy with my beo havent killed anything but paper,im sure .300gn gold dot will ruin any critters day asap.
your welcom to get in touch with me and i would be glad to be an alaskan go between to you if need be, oh by the way i was born in the terrtory of alaska and raised all over the state,only been out for military and occassional visits to rare relatives.
The initial cost of the cs ammo 230.00/25.00 crossed country and 20.00 aml fuel surcharge
The local gunstore cannot make a profit and the .50beo is not so common as a .22.

Link Posted: 12/23/2005 7:44:13 AM EDT
Hi Lars,
very cool to hear from Juneau.
I just got a 100 box from Orion's in Sitka, 334 JHP but am prob gonna just start to load my own.

Since I live at Hidden Falls right now everything has to be chartered out here to me on Wed Flights.
I am waiting to build my bench right now to load up 335 JHP on the Lil'Gun powder and will be ordering some 530 grn for grins.

Next time I get up to Juneau I'll try to bring my 'wulf and perhaps we can go to the range at the end of the road and show off!

Link Posted: 12/24/2005 4:21:53 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 12/24/2005 4:22:11 AM EDT by FB41]

Originally Posted By infsqdldr:
i heard reduce the rainiers .4gr. heavy extractor marks. anyone load the rainier 334gr?

I load the Ranier 335 and I use the exact same data AA puts out for 334's. I have had ZERO problems with ejection, extraction or chambering and the bullet is hell on wheels on hogs.
Link Posted: 12/24/2005 2:03:02 PM EDT
since the beowulf is a low pressure round, is trimming cases necessary? i check and trim rifle cases every time, and do not pistol. figured the beowulf was somewhere in the middle. i would have to get a custom case length gauge made, and dont want to if i dont have to. thanks.
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