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Posted: 9/5/2010 2:58:03 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 9/5/2010 3:00:21 PM EDT by UltimateReloader]
Hey all- thought I would post links to some articles I'm working on:

Reloading Safety - A basic primer
Reloading Safety: Powder Check Systems Overview
Dillon XL-650 / 1050 Powder Check System

Safety is perhaps the most important aspect of reloading, so please check out these posts, and share your experiences.

Here's a spoiler:

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Stay tuned for more coverage, including the RCBS lockout die!

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Link Posted: 9/6/2010 2:07:26 AM EDT
I'd like to see more detail review of the RCBS an Hornady powder check dies, in depth like you did with the Dillon one.

A lot of people have Dillon 550B's, I would mention there's no really good way to use a powder check system on that press, and of course, a powder check system for a single stage press is useless.

On the 550B I try to to the "fill the case over 50%" method of powder checking - that is a double charge will cause powder to spill from the case. It's impossible to get a double charge in .223 for example. You mentioned loads but a squib is relatively innocuous compare to a double powder charge

Great pictures and video as always.
Link Posted: 9/6/2010 6:19:49 AM EDT
AssaultRifler- I plan to cover the other systems in detail- RCBS Powder Checker, RCBS Lock-Out, Hornady Powder Cop.

Stay tuned!

Link Posted: 9/6/2010 6:55:40 AM EDT
Here's a spoiler: The Hornady die works well and handles even modest loads in small capacity cases like 9mm. You do have to look at the die, but its indications are easy to see and understand. I got one after an unpleasant incident involving a squib reload in my 9mm carbine...which also has me spot checking the weight of completed rounds to ensure they're within about ±2gr of all the other rounds.
Link Posted: 9/6/2010 7:54:06 AM EDT
I am interested in learning about the RCBS lockout die. I have the Dillon powder alarm but I would like to experiment with something else.

Link Posted: 9/6/2010 8:20:26 AM EDT
I use the DILLON powder check system on my XL650.
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