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Posted: 1/15/2015 9:40:17 AM EST
I load for a lot of different calibers in both pistol and rifle. If I had to choose one single favorite round to load it would be the .45 acp.

Short fat cases are easy to pick up, I dont to seem as drop as many even after sprayed with One Shot. The light on the top of the Dillon allows you easily see the powder inside the case without using a mirror. I dont seem to ever break a decapping pin when loading .45 because of some berdan brass that got mixed in. Load development is simple and easy with the .45. It seems easier to put together very accurate loads with any number of powders. In conclusion I like the slow push of the recoil of the .45 vs the fast snap of other calibers. Double bonus with the advent of small primer .45 brass you have even greater component flexibility when the supply chain gets backed up.
Link Posted: 1/15/2015 9:46:57 AM EST
I like 45auto, too.

But I find myself giggling when I'm loading some 10mm.
Link Posted: 1/15/2015 10:36:03 AM EST
6.8 SPC, it just feels clean and new. idk how to describe it.
Link Posted: 1/15/2015 11:33:24 AM EST
40 and 45 acp are very easy......
Link Posted: 1/15/2015 11:35:54 AM EST
10mm.

It encouraged me to sail off the edge of published loads into savage lands where there be dragons.

MORE VELOCITY.
Link Posted: 1/15/2015 11:47:29 AM EST
I load 223, 45 and 9. I to find the 45 the easiest to load from start to finish so 45 for me. 223 would be last due to trim/debur and hand measuring powder.
Link Posted: 1/15/2015 2:16:04 PM EST
Link Posted: 1/15/2015 2:36:21 PM EST
I like loading .357 Mag and .38 Spc.

Hot .357 mag for hunting and nice quiet subsonic .38's for plinking.

Link Posted: 1/15/2015 3:09:17 PM EST
.45acp for the same reasons you gave.
Link Posted: 1/15/2015 4:26:48 PM EST
Cranking out 9mm, 40 s&w, and 45acp on my progressive press is very fulfilling. As others have said 45acp is probably the least temperamental to run large qty's out.
Link Posted: 1/15/2015 4:36:12 PM EST
the easiest is38 special. Especially when you're loading with trail boss. I reload 380 and my big fingers make it hard to handle
Link Posted: 1/15/2015 4:46:57 PM EST
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Originally Posted By Cheesebeast:
10mm.

It encouraged me to sail off the edge of published loads into savage lands where there be dragons.

MORE VELOCITY.
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This guy, he gets it. 10mm is my favorite handgun round to reload.

My all time favorite is the .222 rem. It is an accurate round and I like seeing just how accurate I can get with it.
Link Posted: 1/15/2015 4:50:46 PM EST
Originally Posted By nigla:
I load for a lot of different calibers in both pistol and rifle. If I had to choose one single favorite round to load it would be the .45 acp.

Short fat cases are easy to pick up, I dont to seem as drop as many even after sprayed with One Shot. The light on the top of the Dillon allows you easily see the powder inside the case without using a mirror. I dont seem to ever break a decapping pin when loading .45 because of some berdan brass that got mixed in. Load development is simple and easy with the .45. It seems easier to put together very accurate loads with any number of powders. In conclusion I like the slow push of the recoil of the .45 vs the fast snap of other calibers. Double bonus with the advent of small primer .45 brass you have even greater component flexibility when the supply chain gets backed up.
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I am not a fan of small primer .45 Auto brass! It creates a very sick feeling in my stomach to pull the handle on a progressive loader and have it slam to a halt. When upon inspection you discover a "large" box of primary explosive was just jammed into a "small" hole. I look for them but sometimes they get through (Federal, Blazer, Speer...).
Link Posted: 1/15/2015 5:39:14 PM EST
300 AAC Blackout, converted from .223/5.56 brass. Keeps me busy during the winter.
Link Posted: 1/15/2015 7:06:55 PM EST
.45-70 feels good and when one falls off the press you just know you loaded an artillery shell.

I would have said .45 ACP but all the SP brass sneaking in really makes it a pain!
Link Posted: 1/15/2015 7:07:30 PM EST
Neck sizing FNB-81 .303 British (Berdan), a powder I have never used before, and a .312/174gr bullet. I can take a pocket full of those, three or four No4 Enfields, and have an external ballistic orgasm.
Link Posted: 1/15/2015 7:13:03 PM EST
[Last Edit: 1/15/2015 7:15:50 PM EST by zzzspacezzz]
45 Colt. Doesn't get any easier and a lot of fun too shoot.
Link Posted: 1/15/2015 8:47:55 PM EST
357/38 and 45 because that's where I started but 45/70 has the big time impact just from the size of the whole thing
Link Posted: 1/15/2015 8:53:28 PM EST
I reload or have reloaded everything from .25 ACP to ..50 BMG and I have to say, I don't have a particular favorite.

The .25's and .32's are fun for the same reason as the .50 BMG- their sizes; the rest all have their unique peculiarities that make loading them fun.
Link Posted: 1/15/2015 9:20:10 PM EST
38 special 148 gr. HBWC ammo, because it is so accurate and loads easy. It also runs well through my Hornaday ProJector.

9mm since I am set up to load large quantities of it, fairly trouble free and it is cheap. Cant' wait to deplete my loaded ammo inventory to load up another huge batch.

3006, because it is a serious cartridge that shoots well in several prized rifles, and stacks up well on the Phallic Cartridge Comparison Scale.

I don't hotrod anything but 7mm R Mag. Shooting excess quantities of hot 458 Win and 454 Casull cured me of magnumitus.
Link Posted: 1/15/2015 10:48:45 PM EST
'06.

Even the little bullets are easy to pick up if I drop one in the loading block. I suppose because of the shallow shoulder angle and body taper, it glides through the dies. I also feel like I'm paying homage to riflemen of the past.
Link Posted: 1/15/2015 11:11:22 PM EST
45 ACP for size, no need to trim and cleaning cases is optional.
Link Posted: 1/16/2015 12:01:21 AM EST
For ease it's 45acp, easy to load and brass lasts forever.

Most rewarding is 260rem, I ask a lot from it and have had to put in some work but it does fabulous things if I do my part.
Link Posted: 1/16/2015 3:46:53 AM EST
I've loaded 380, 9mm, 45, 223, 308, and 30-06 on single stage, turret, and progressive presses

Favorites are 45 on progressive, and 308 anywhere. Both are substantial, easy to handle, and fun to shoot.
Link Posted: 1/16/2015 5:27:24 AM EST
308 win.

It's amazing when you get them to sing.

Txl
Link Posted: 1/16/2015 6:59:14 AM EST
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I'm going to go with 38-55.

Nice big cases, no trimming, no chance of jamming a primer into a crimped cup, generous charges that are tough to f* up, and a loud and gratifying *clunk* when they land in the bin. Plus I never do so many at one time that it gets tedious, and they're something I flat out can't buy anywhere.
Link Posted: 1/16/2015 7:50:05 AM EST
.45 ACP.

Brass is easy to pick up and hold as are the bullets.
Link Posted: 1/16/2015 8:38:18 AM EST
Link Posted: 1/16/2015 9:34:57 AM EST
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Originally Posted By Cheesebeast:
10mm.

It encouraged me to sail off the edge of published loads into savage lands where there be dragons.

MORE VELOCITY.
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Couldn't have said it better.

However, I am also having fun loading my newest caliber, 45 Super too. All the advantages the OP mentioned and all the fun Cheesebeast stated above.
Link Posted: 1/16/2015 12:01:29 PM EST
I agree, 45 ACP is the easiest but it's not my favorite.

I love loading 30-06. I wet tumble so the loaded rounds come out looking so clean, shiney and BIG !
I load 'em light so my 03-A3 doesn't beat the hell out of me.
Link Posted: 1/16/2015 12:58:29 PM EST
.308 and .300. The cost savings gives me a woody.
Link Posted: 1/16/2015 1:12:31 PM EST
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.308 and .300. The cost savings gives me a woody.
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I've still got right at 9K worth of 55grn 5.56 components left at the wildly expensive price of 8.1¢ per round (that's right, $81/K) for my AR middy general shooting ammo. Now if that don't get you hard, nothing will!!
Link Posted: 1/16/2015 9:08:49 PM EST
The zen of shooting and reloading .38 Special with LSWCs is unmatched.
Link Posted: 1/16/2015 9:15:20 PM EST
10mm hands down. Easily and economically reloading high performance rounds people pay out the ass for brings a smile onto my face every time one drops in the bin.

I look at factory ammo any more and think "Why on God's green earth pay so much damn money for mediocre ammo!?"
Link Posted: 1/16/2015 9:40:30 PM EST
.223. Its what I shoot the most of anyway.
Link Posted: 1/16/2015 10:33:52 PM EST
450 Marlin or 10mm.

Reason: Save oodles and oodles of cash per round made.
Link Posted: 1/17/2015 3:59:10 AM EST
I like reloading all calibers, but I've loaded more 9mm than any other so I'm real familiar with it. I always get 380 and 9mm mixed together and it keeps you on your toes separating them when sizing/decapping. My favorite is a 147gr coated bullet sitting on top of some AA#7 for the CZ75. I have a bunch of 9mm components too, but never enough it seems

The 45 for the ease of identifying and handling the case and bullets. I use a rock chucker so a lot of handling goes on.

Link Posted: 1/17/2015 5:12:10 AM EST
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Originally Posted By cwmax2000:
40 and 45 acp are very easy......
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Nothing I reload (not .223, .308 or 30.06) is as hard to resize as 9MM brass. The .45 acp and .40 S&W are a breeze. I seem to have gotten lucky and found very accurate loads very quickly in the .40 S&W (CZ P07) when I started reloading for it last year.
Link Posted: 1/17/2015 6:27:54 AM EST
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Originally Posted By AJE:
I don't have a favorite cartridge. I like it all.
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Generally, this is how I feel. Variety is the slice of life and I like to reload a lot of different calibers. I do have one caliber that I never could warm up to, FN 5.7x28. Everything is just so small that it doesn't take long for me to get my fill of that.
Link Posted: 1/17/2015 6:39:30 AM EST
I enjoy reloading everything I'm set up for. Yes, I also enjoy rifle case prep work. But my most enjoyable would be 40S&W and 45 ACP. Mainly for the same reasons others have mentioned here. But also for the fact that I cast all the bullets I shoot and get my lead for free. I like to watch the very cheap bullets fill up the bin as I crank the handle on the progressive.
Link Posted: 1/17/2015 1:19:45 PM EST
.30-30 to me is fun. I don't need a bunch, its easy to load, and it is not hard to get a reasonably accurate load with just about any combination.
Link Posted: 1/17/2015 1:56:48 PM EST
.45 ACP all day long and twice on Sunday afternoons
Link Posted: 1/17/2015 8:09:41 PM EST
45 as well for all the reasons mentioned.
Link Posted: 1/17/2015 9:27:30 PM EST
[Last Edit: 1/17/2015 9:31:22 PM EST by DakotaFAL]
I load a lot of calibers including:

.22 Hornet
.223 Rem
.243 WIn
.25-06 Rem
7mm TCU
7mm Rem Mag
.30 M1 Carbine
.30-30 Win
.308 Win
.30-06
.32 ACP
7.62 Nagant
7.62x39
7.62x54R
.380 ACP
9mm Para
.38 Special
.357 Magnum
.38-55
.375 Win
.400 Cor Bon
.45 ACP
.45 Colt
.45 Win Mag
.45-70 Govt
.54 cal. Sharps (a nitrated paper cartridge)

Of those the .38 Special is probably my favorite, with the .45 Colt coming in a close second and .38-55 a close third.

I like it because:

1. As a rimmed revolver cartridge, you don't have to worry about feeding or cycling the action as you do with a round for a semi-auto,
2. there's no need to sort brass,
3. it is a straight wall case with zero taper so it will wear out before you have to trim it,
4. it's a nice size to handle and it's a very easy cartridge to load with no particular quirks and no special effort or tricks required,
5, it shoots bullets large enough to be fun, but still light enough to sell for around $50 per $500,
6. at current cast bullet, powder and primer prices I can load it for less than I can buy decent .22 LR ammo,
7. it's not made in both small and large primer flavors (like the .45 ACP is now, thanks to Federal and Fiocchi),
8. brass is commonly available and not expensive.
9. it can be loaded anywhere from very mild plinking loads to +P+ pressures, and
10. even in effective +P self defense loads, it's comfortable to shoot even in fairly lightweight revolvers.
Link Posted: 1/19/2015 7:26:01 PM EST
most enjoyable to load - 357 Mag

Most fun to load - 458 Socom
Link Posted: 1/19/2015 7:50:58 PM EST
My favorite is 357 & 44 Magnum because the brass is trimmed only once, the first time, the cases last forever being shot out of revolvers.
So a loading session with either one of those is enjoyable and relaxing.
Link Posted: 1/19/2015 8:06:58 PM EST
12 gauge slugs make me feel really good to load. No idea why. Love seeing those big rounds. Maybe it's just cause I know I can see the holes without a problem on paper at 50yrds.

But if we are only talking metallic, then I agree with the other poster about 30-30. It was the easiest rifle load to get working well. I guess it's because my expectations weren't that high and I was over-pleased.
Link Posted: 1/19/2015 8:08:51 PM EST
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Originally Posted By mevertsen:
.30-30 to me is fun. I don't need a bunch, its easy to load, and it is not hard to get a reasonably accurate load with just about any combination.
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This

.30-30 it's also the first round on what I learned to reload.
Link Posted: 1/20/2015 11:52:27 PM EST
Mine is .38 special because I load it for my Dad......

I love to help the old man out and get him out to the range!
Link Posted: 1/21/2015 12:04:04 AM EST
I just finished with 4,000 9mm, so I can tell you which is NOT my favorite!
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