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Posted: 6/1/2009 6:25:39 PM EST
[Last Edit: 6/1/2009 6:29:30 PM EST by Winston_Wolf]
... Pretty exciting, to me at least

(Kinda cross-posted from Team, they just didn't seem to have much interest there)


... Between the NRA Convention in Phoenix a few weeks ago and the rising cost of shooting, I finally decided to start reloading rifle calibers. Just built a sturdy bench in an unused closet and stocked her up on supplies to begin loading .308 & .223 (a 1000 rounds of each to start).

Most my supplies are finally all in (waiting for some .308 brass from an ARFCOM member). To me it was fun setting all the tool changers and hard mounting the loaders, swager & case trimmer. (I have a Lee single-stage set up for .50 not shown)

Never really had a need to reload rifle rounds as most of us were buying it cheap and stacking it deep as dpmmn always recommended - But times, they are a changing

- I love the Dillon case separator, beats the ex-wife's old colander
- It was actually much fun re-learning the system and process over again
- Returned the RCBS case trimmer, going with Dillon's version (here tomorrow)
- The new bench is sturdy as a rock
- So glad I bought thousands of large & small rifle primers years ago
- Learned quickly that Berdan primers don't decap in a Dillon
- Gonna get me an electronic powder scale, the balance beam is a PITA

First rifle batch ever off my 10 y/o RL550B ...

Taking inventory

Getting read to mount machin


First ten (LRIP) took an hour

(100) .308 done, now onto .223 setup!
Link Posted: 6/1/2009 6:40:50 PM EST
Looks good! Let us know how they shoot.
Link Posted: 6/1/2009 7:13:20 PM EST
Nice bench. You will probally add more shelfs as you get more stuff.

Scale is much easier to read/use if you mount it at eye level.

I sit to reload, and PM and scale are at eye level.

No bending over to read scale.
Link Posted: 6/1/2009 7:30:14 PM EST
I'm fascinated by the 550B and the little design changes they made over the years. I see some differences of your 1999 model and my 1993 model

- You have the same black finish primer bar that I have, but mine's worn out, all galled up, and my replacement one is silver finish
- hard to tell from the pic but you lack lube holes for the upper pivot arms and crank
- you have the new style powder measure I have the one that has 2 springs to return the bar
- my bottom crank pivot bolt is held in place with c clips on each end, yours has regular nuts
Link Posted: 6/7/2009 5:18:32 PM EST
... AAR

First batch performed flawlessly @ the AZ HTF shoot here http://www.ar15.com/forums/topic.html?b=8&f=13&t=362990&page=3 yesterday

Tight grouping out to 450 yards
Link Posted: 6/14/2009 6:24:44 PM EST
... Taking a measured and leisurely pace at reloading military brass - swaging the first time around sucks, luckily you do it once.

Set up the Dillon case trimmer today - it's the cat's meow. Also made a crude stand for my tool heads.

Going for 2K .308, next on the list is 3K .223

Swaging primer pockets

Powered case trimming process

De-burring (not sure it's needed but WTH)

Quality control - Case length

Link Posted: 6/14/2009 8:44:34 PM EST
where did you get this guage at, what brand is it?

Link Posted: 6/14/2009 9:00:29 PM EST

Originally Posted By setlab:
where did you get this guage at, what brand is it?


... Why, none other than Dillon Precision
Link Posted: 6/15/2009 4:30:05 AM EST
Tell me more about that Glock Perfection motivator I saw in the background.
Link Posted: 6/15/2009 10:07:08 AM EST
Nice set up. Enjoy!!
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