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Reloading
#1
Just came back from the local indoor range ( yes can you believe there are even ranges in NY ) and did a couple hours of reloading.

It got me thinking about my favorite loads for a couple of guns I usu shoot. I was wondering what is your fav round and load ?

Here's two of mine.  *** caveat, ALWAYS work up your loads in your gun as what works in one may not in another - safety first ***
TMK these are not above book.

10mm ;  180gr bullet, 10.2 grs of Bluedot ... warm load about 1150-1200fps but very accurate, a bit loud, some flash
45acp ;   230gr bullet,  6grs of Unique...  typical ball ammo speed of 850fps, Unique can be a bit dirty

BTW, cost without cases seems to be running about 15 cents per
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#2
Back in the 80s I did a lot of reloading mostly 45 acp and 38 spl because I was in a couple of pistol leagues (IPSC and PPC). It became easier after awhile to simply buy reloads and I probably have a couple thousand empty shell casings of each lying around in boxes. I also loaded .357 and 44 mag for handgun silhouette shooting. Then life got in the way (career/kids, etc) and I didn't do any reloading for 25 years

A good .45 acp load that is both pretty mild but met the IPSC power factor was 5 grs of Bullseye behind a 200 gr SWC

During the 90s shooting switched to mostly 9mm, 5.56 and 7.62x39 and surplus/bulk ammo was so cheap I didn't reload that stuff.

In recent years I've only reloaded small test runs for various hunting rifles. (375 Win, 35 Rem, 30-30, 308 etc)

In 2015 before going to Alaska I loaded up some heavy 305 gr 44 mag ammo to carry. I think that was the last time I reloaded anything.

Been meaning to get back at it and my son is urging me to buy dies and reload 5.56 and 300 blk.
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#3
Haven't reloaded since I was a kid, and then it was super-twerked rifle rounds and mass amounts of shotgun loads.

I soooo want to get a Lee Hand Press though for .357 fun. And maybe 30-06.
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#4
I should mention that I have a Lee turret press which I bought back in the 80s.
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#5
I used to use a Dillon 500 set up with all the goodies. When I began converting over to 3 standard platforms I sold my whole shebang including tumbler, vibrator, press and dies. Wouldn't mind getting back into it later on.
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#6
Dillon is nice, no doubt about it.... Ive tried one
I have 3 presses now, 2 set up and running and I leave them that way ( third is mounted but in use only now/then ).
2 Lee classic turrets and a Pro 1000.
The LCT will do for me about 150, in 45acp, per hour taking my time, while the Pro, in 10mm, does 225+. These are all target rounds, the third press I use for those special rounds like when I hand weigh , etc

I guess it all comes down to the cost vs how much you shoot and your time. I fiq it comes down to over 500 rounds per month. Right now I'm just running at that level of 4-500 rounds a month and it takes me about 3 hrs to load same... with a Dillon I'd prob cut that time closer to 1 hour+. But since I'm retired it doesn't make much diff yet.

I want a Dillon, but at this point can't convince myself it's justified
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#7
I've been reloading for 9 years now, it's hard to pick and exact load but I guess I would have to say
.308 155 lapua scenar with 42g of imr3031
And a shot gun slug - 1 oz thug slug, 24g of unique.

I've been using a single stage since I started for Rifle/pistol (rcbs) and shotguns (Lee)
But the shot gun slug is just fun just because they are quick and easy esp. using a drill to roll the crimp.
And the lapua because of the accuracy.

I have a long standing process for the 300 bullets one the single stage that it is just hard to justify upgrading it.
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#8
But the shot gun slug is just fun just because they are quick and easy esp. using a drill to roll the crimp.


I've never loaded shotgun... How does the drill method work ?

( have seen a friend load Blk Pdr shotgun but they didn't crip at all , just manual loading and glued top )
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(01-14-2017, 05:29 PM)ETom Mac Wrote: But the shot gun slug is just fun just because they are quick and easy esp. using a drill to roll the crimp.


I've never loaded shotgun... How does the drill method work ?

( have seen a friend load Blk Pdr shotgun but they didn't crip at all , just manual loading and glued top )

Here is the YouTube video with th ballistic products roll crimp

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=Nlysb5JuKVg

The ExactaRoll Double-Pin Roll Crimper 12ga
http://www.ballisticproducts.com/ExactaR.../ROLL12EX/

And I've known some people make their own hull vice, I used my hands but after 20 they started to hurt, so I bought the ballistic products hull vise, which was quick, easy and painless.

http://www.ballisticproducts.com/Hull-Vi...info/VISE/

In the video he used a drill press, I'm just using a cordless drill

I have the Lee single stage for regular shot which doesn't use the drill, but I don't use glue for that either. I just press them with shot cards.   This has been a learn as I got process for shotshell since I don't know anyone else near me that loads shotshell.  The slugs was from YouTube videos to save money on slugs for 3 gun match.
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#10
Thanks for the info
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