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Posted: 7/29/2003 5:16:32 PM EDT
I know TxLewis, Sparsky, Frisco and myself reload. Frisco because of all his "exotic" stuff that uses .50 Unobtanium ammo. Sparsky because he always has. TxLewis because he doesn't have anything else to do in the garage since his wife won't let him in the same house as the new baby. Me because .357 and .38 are close to $20 and $10 a box respectively and .45/70 well over $20 locally.

If you do reload, what calibers and for what purpose? Any good local, to your area, sources for bulk components? Anything else?

mike
Link Posted: 7/29/2003 5:37:43 PM EDT


After taking a Reload 101, I'll do it in a very near future: .40, .45, .223.
Link Posted: 7/29/2003 5:50:44 PM EDT
i reloaded for my 9mm and .45. currently for the .308. need to get dies for .357SIG, .40, .223, and .32.

in fact if somebody wants to trade one of those i have a set of lee carbide 45 acp to trade.
Link Posted: 7/29/2003 6:07:51 PM EDT
I'm a reloader. I do it to save money on some rounds, and for accuracy in others, and of course the great satisfaction of the effort.

.45 ACP
9x18 Makarov
5.56x45
6.5x55
.30-06
.416 Rigby (20 reloads are about $18, while a box of Federal factory runs $120+tax at the ONLY store (McBride's) I've found that has a box on the shelves. I've paid for my equipment many times over on this one cartridge alone.

I need to get some 7.5x55 and 7.62x25 dies and shell holders as well. But since 7.5x55 boxer brass is scarce I can wait a bit for those. I want to load up some .224 projos in .30 sabots and stuff them into 7.62x25 cases to get a poor mans .224 BOZ / FN 5.7 performance out of my CZ52.
Link Posted: 7/29/2003 6:25:18 PM EDT
I started to reload many years ago to save money. Now I reload for better accuracy, improved reliability, cost savings, tayloring loads to individual rifles and to specific purposes to improve performance. I reload for the following:
.223 & 5.56mm
22.250
220 Swift
.243
.243 Improved
6 mm Rem
.270 Win
7mm Rem Mag
308 Win
30-06
30-06 improved
300 Win Mag
300 Rem Ultra Mag
.338 Win Mag
450 Marlin
9mm
38/.357 mag
40 S & W
44 Special/44 mag
45 acp

I also go along with DPeacher and get alot of satisfaction out of it.
Sleepy717
Link Posted: 7/29/2003 7:48:33 PM EDT
DPeacher, that cz is already one fast, flat shooting rig. Running a sabot in that would be a blast. Bring it to the farm again, with the sabots!

TXL
Link Posted: 7/29/2003 10:05:58 PM EDT
.45 ACP
.308 WIN
8x57JS
.223
Link Posted: 7/29/2003 10:28:10 PM EDT
.45
.38/.357
.9mm luger (once in a blue moon)
.38 super ( its been some time, but I still have the dies)
.44 mag
.280 remington
.222
.223/5.56
.8mm mauser
.30/06
.300 win mag
.45/70
Soon to be .50 beowulf if I can get my order squared away.
.6mm rem
.243

I quit loading shotgun shells several years ago. Have though of trying to get started with the .410 though

The only good local source for powder went under a couple of years ago. I buy all my projectiles/brass via the internet.
Anybody have a good source around D/FW?
Link Posted: 7/30/2003 5:53:51 AM EDT


What's the type of reloader are you guys using?

I have seen TXLewis' reloader. Is progressive reloader from Dillon way to go?
Link Posted: 7/30/2003 10:28:10 AM EDT
I load .45ACP because it saves me a bit over buying ammo locally.

.30-06 because surplus is becoming harder to get, and I can tailor my loads for my M1 while keeping them safe for that weapon.

.303 British, because it's hard to find non-corrosive surplus, and commercial ammo is kind 'spensive

I will get into loading .357 Mag eventually, tho in smaller quantities... I don't shoot my wheelgun much.

Link Posted: 7/30/2003 11:44:29 AM EDT

Originally Posted By mojo:


What's the type of reloader are you guys using?

I have seen TXLewis' reloader. Is progressive reloader from Dillon way to go?




If I had no experience reloading, I would get a single stage press to begin with.

I do have a progressive, but hardley ever use it. I like the rock Chuckar by RCBS

I have my 50 beowulf upper on the way as of 10 minutes ago, along with dies, just need to locate someone who stocks brass. I don't like the term BACKORDER, but I am getting used to hearing it! Before I sit on backorder for a month, I guess I'll get raped on a bit of loaded ammo, so I can acquire some.
Link Posted: 7/30/2003 12:18:08 PM EDT

Originally Posted By chaos4570:

Originally Posted By mojo:


What's the type of reloader are you guys using?

I have seen TXLewis' reloader. Is progressive reloader from Dillon way to go?




If I had no experience reloading, I would get a single stage press to begin with.

I do have a progressive, but hardley ever use it. I like the rock Chuckar by RCBS

I have my 50 beowulf upper on the way as of 10 minutes ago, along with dies, just need to locate someone who stocks brass. I don't like the term BACKORDER, but I am getting used to hearing it! Before I sit on backorder for a month, I guess I'll get raped on a bit of loaded ammo, so I can acquire some.



Thanks, chaos.

I think TXLewis has one stage press. It looks very simple setup.
BTW, do gunshows sell them at reasonable prices? Any particular brand?
Link Posted: 7/30/2003 3:02:03 PM EDT

I reload .357, .223, 25-06 and various others on a RCBS single stage Rock. I have had this unit for over 20 years. It is still like new.

RCBS makes a kit to convert the Rockchucker to a turret style press. I don't know how well it works, but RCBS is quality... fullclip

Link Posted: 7/30/2003 5:06:22 PM EDT
Well right now I have a single stage and a semi-progressive press. Calibers: 30 carbine, .223, 30.06, .308, 9mm, 45acp. More calibers will be added as soon as I get more money. Pretty much to save some money and get some accurate ammo at the same time.
Link Posted: 7/30/2003 5:07:33 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 7/30/2003 5:09:43 PM EDT by DPeacher]

Originally Posted By mojo:


What's the type of reloader are you guys using?

I have seen TXLewis' reloader. Is progressive reloader from Dillon way to go?



I think it is a good idea to have both a progressive and a single stage. I got a RCBS Ammo Master single stage press because it was capable of reloading everything from .25 ACP to .50 BMG, was high quality, AND most importantly fit into a Sergeant's budget.

If you are only going to be loading a few rounds (50 or less) at a time, or you are working up loads for whatever reason (pressure, accuracy, new powder, primer, bullet) then a single stage press gives you the flexibility to tinker with powder weights and seating depths without too much trouble.

A single stage press, rotary case trimmer, dial calipers, deburing tool, and a PACT Digital Precision scale and a Digital Precision powder dispenser, along with at least 3 different load books, is a great reloading setup.

But if you need to crank out some ammo (100+ rounds) and you have a load already developed, a Dillion progressive is the way to go.

I need to get a Dillion for .223 and my pistol rounds. When I shoot those, I tend to shoot a lot, and the time/$$ savings would justify the cost of the equipment. You can probably load up match grade .223 for about the same price as Q3131A if you buy bullets and powder in bulk and catch them on sale, or have a C&R FFL so you can buy at wholesale.
Link Posted: 7/30/2003 5:27:42 PM EDT

I basically got back into reloading less than a year ago after a 15 year break. I reload a lot of .223 since the closest range to me does not allow FMJ. I've got a little Lee Challenger press, soon to be upgraded...I haven't decided if I want a turret or another single stage. I originally started with an RCBS kit back in the 80's. One thing I do have to mention though with presses, scales and powder measures, you get what you pay for. The Lee press is flexy enough that you notice the effort when sizing heavier/thicker cases.

Now here is a good one, how many of you have dies and components for calibers to which you don't own a firearm to shoot them in? My case it's a set of .243 dies.

mike
Link Posted: 7/30/2003 5:46:10 PM EDT

Originally Posted By DPeacher:

Originally Posted By mojo:


What's the type of reloader are you guys using?

I have seen TXLewis' reloader. Is progressive reloader from Dillon way to go?



I think it is a good idea to have both a progressive and a single stage. I got a RCBS Ammo Master single stage press because it was capable of reloading everything from .25 ACP to .50 BMG, was high quality, AND most importantly fit into a Sergeant's budget.

If you are only going to be loading a few rounds (50 or less) at a time, or you are working up loads for whatever reason (pressure, accuracy, new powder, primer, bullet) then a single stage press gives you the flexibility to tinker with powder weights and seating depths without too much trouble.

A single stage press, rotary case trimmer, dial calipers, deburing tool, and a PACT Digital Precision scale and a Digital Precision powder dispenser, along with at least 3 different load books, is a great reloading setup.

But if you need to crank out some ammo (100+ rounds) and you have a load already developed, a Dillion progressive is the way to go.

I need to get a Dillion for .223 and my pistol rounds. When I shoot those, I tend to shoot a lot, and the time/$$ savings would justify the cost of the equipment. You can probably load up match grade .223 for about the same price as Q3131A if you buy bullets and powder in bulk and catch them on sale, or have a C&R FFL so you can buy at wholesale.



Thanks for the info DPeacher.
Link Posted: 7/30/2003 6:02:52 PM EDT
I have two RCBS Rock Chuckers. I hope to get a Dillon progressive some day soon (just can't justify the cost yet). I agree with DP's comments. I'd add a powered case trimmer. I used a RCBS Case trimmer II converted to use a cordless drill but it was way to slow. I bought a Gracey trimmer do do my .223. Much faster. Also, a priming tool like a Lee Auto Prime is pretty nice.

Wow, maybe my wife is right...I am spoiled!
Sleepy717
Link Posted: 7/30/2003 7:06:10 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Sleepy717:
I have two RCBS Rock Chuckers. I hope to get a Dillon progressive some day soon (just can't justify the cost yet). I agree with DP's comments. I'd add a powered case trimmer. I used a RCBS Case trimmer II converted to use a cordless drill but it was way to slow. I bought a Gracey trimmer do do my .223. Much faster. Also, a priming tool like a Lee Auto Prime is pretty nice.

Wow, maybe my wife is right...I am spoiled!
Sleepy717



I forgot about the priming tool and the motorized attachment for the case trimmer. I use the RCBS version of the Lee Auto Prime. Good piece of gear.
Link Posted: 7/31/2003 4:23:30 AM EDT

Originally Posted By mm38:
...Frisco because of all his "exotic" stuff that uses .50 Unobtanium ammo.
If you do reload, what calibers and for what purpose? Any good local, to your area, sources for bulk components? Anything else?

mike



It's not exotic...just "hard to find locally"

I'm reloading:
.458 Socom
.300 WM
.45 ACP
.223 (Tracers only)
.40 S&W

I'll probably get the .50 BMG setup this Christmas to keep feeding my AR-50. It's got an expensive diet.

Link Posted: 7/31/2003 7:33:14 AM EDT
currently loading .223 & .308 for accuracy on a dillon 550b press and not using their powder dispenser. i've had good success with a measuring/trickle setup similar to one saw on this page:

www.shootingsoftware.com/smallprojects.htm

as for supplies, southwest ammunition supply in mesquite has fair deals on eight pounders of powder.
Link Posted: 7/31/2003 10:00:14 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 7/31/2003 12:11:24 PM EDT by Keith_J]
I reload everything from .22 Hornet to .45 ACP. I got started with the Hornet as ammo was $20 per 50 and that was barely a day's worth. Used a Lee single station as 50 per day was nothing.

I like to make each shot count and therefore, I don't buy that cheap stuff, otherwise I wouldn't reload .223.

Since .223 and .308 use the same powders (if you use heavy bullets in the .223), that was logical.

When my .45 consumption went to 300 rounds per week, I got into that for money savings. I got that down to $6.50 per hundred with bulk cast bullets and a closeout deal on Scot Pearl powder...I think it was $5 a pound.

Now I use a 550b. I use a Lee measure & dies for the .45 work as it is much better for small powder volumes. The Dillon measure has been modified for better accuracy with short cut extruded powders (secondary baffle made from a plastic funnel).

Link Posted: 7/31/2003 11:49:48 AM EDT
I reload .45, .308, .38Super, 12ga., 20ga. and 28ga.
Link Posted: 8/2/2003 12:19:32 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 8/2/2003 12:21:02 PM EDT by usma89]
223, 308, 30/221. 6ppc, 300 WinMag

I have reloaded for years, and do it for fun. The local ranges do not allow FMJ, so it has turned out to be good.
I have used a single stage Rockchucker for years and love it. I recently bought a angled press from SG&Y for my 6PPC guns and it works great for very precise loadings.

One day when the kids move out I will get a room indoors so I can reload in the summer...one day.

Edit to add: if you want the a fast powder measure that is super accurate, try the Harrell, I have used mine for years and it is the best.
Link Posted: 8/3/2003 8:39:07 AM EDT
I'm currently reloading only pistol ammo. Mainly 9mm 115grn JHP's for my sidearm when I go hunting.

Square deal B.

I have, in the past, reloaded, 22.50, .222 . .223. 6.5mag (Remm), 7mm and 300mag.

Link Posted: 8/3/2003 3:33:41 PM EDT
Tens of thousands of rounds.
.40, .45, .38, .357 on a Dillon
.223, .308 on a RockChucker.

DanM
Link Posted: 8/3/2003 3:46:00 PM EDT
I use a Dillion 550 for my .45, 5.56, and .308. Loading hundreds of rounds at a time, it's the only way to go.
Link Posted: 8/11/2003 2:22:51 PM EDT
This thread is just too good to let go.


mm
Link Posted: 8/11/2003 3:11:49 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 8/11/2003 3:12:33 PM EDT by harv]
.223 ,.300 RUM and .243, Rockchucker does it just fine. I do need a Giraud or Gracy trimmer.
Link Posted: 8/11/2003 3:46:49 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 8/11/2003 4:09:35 PM EDT by Minuteman419]
I load:
9x19mm
.357 Mag
.357 Sig
10MM Auto
45 ACP
.223/5.56mm
.223 Ackley Improved
.308 Win./7.62
.308 Win. Ackley Improved
.30-06 Springfield
.50 BMG

I load simply because I want the best possible accuracy out of my ammo period. And, that's what I have been getting for years.

It's also FUN!

I have loaded more calibers than what's listed BTW.

Have done:
.221 Rem. Fireball
.222 Rem.
.22-250 Rem.
.243 Win.
6mm Rem.
6x47mm
6 PPC
.25-06 Rem.
.270 Win.
7mm-08 Rem.
.30-30 Win.
300 Win Mag.
.35 Rem.
.41 Rem. Mag.
.44 Rem. Mag.

Probably missed a few, oh well.

MM419
Link Posted: 8/12/2003 2:54:10 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 8/12/2003 2:54:57 PM EDT by Wee_Mad_Arthur]
I used to reload. I still have a press and some shellholder plates (Dillon RL550).
I have reloaded the following:

.357 Mag
.45 ACP
6mm Rem.
7mm Rem. Mag.
8mm Rem. Mag.
.375 H&H Mag.
.458 Win. Mag.
.30-30 Win.
.41 Rem. Mag.
.44 Rem. Mag.
.45 Colt
45-70

If money gets back to normal, I will get back into reloading.

WMA
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