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Discussion in 'Reloading' started by Moonpie, Aug 6, 2015.

  1. Deavis

    Deavis Active Member

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    We processed 9 and 45. Loaded those and 223. Converting over to 380 for tomorrow. 20191111_165945.jpg 20191111_170008.jpg 20191111_165935.jpg 20191111_165949.jpg
     


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  2. SQLGeek

    SQLGeek Vodak, The Choice of a New Generation TGT Supporter

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    Black and yellow tubs full of brass. Now that's some life goals!
     
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  3. Deavis

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    That's just the 380 we need to process, looks more impressive in the drum. Fiber drums are full too, it will take a few days to run it all.

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    Wish I had three machines to run it like 9mm.
     
  4. rp-

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    Do you have many issues loading 380? Out of all the calibers I load I seem to have more crushed cases with 380 than everything else put together.

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  5. Deavis

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    It's not really fair to compare, I'm running on a Camdex with processed brass. I run the 380 just slightly slower than 9mm just due to powder slosh in the short case. The better question is probably processing for me. I see about the same number of dented casings as I do with 9mm but 380 holds 32, which is hard to get out despite how hard we try.

    On a small loader, I'd day 380 is slightly worse than 9mm but mainly because the bullets stink to feed/handle. 45 is the worst for crushed casings, that fat mouth and shoes don't mix. I get far more case fault bin outs from that one than 380 or 9mm. Plus 380 doesn't bulge like 9, thanks to the low pressure.
     
  6. rp-

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    Further testing the 450bm and 45acp with the 230gr HAP today.

    This morning I loaded 25 of the 450s at 41.0gr to test out with a new red dot and I worked up a few more 45 rounds in the comfort zone. As I was leaving though, my wife decided she wanted to come with.

    Accuracy wise, I found a good load each with the small mag and the large primer 45s so they're set to start cranking out now.

    The 450 bm had feed issues from the mags but that's common for standard AR mags. What I did find though was that 2 rounds wouldnt fire and wouldn't extract. I was able to free them and we kept shooting. When I got home I tried the 450 rounds again but they wouldn't eject. Finally figure it out. The crimp was too tight and they didn't headspace right. Sure enough the first 2 rounds I loaded I didnt have the crimp set right. Lesson learned. Just glad it didn't end bad.



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  7. avvidclif

    avvidclif RFTW 2010

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    Stood up as opposed to sitting down and got started on the new to me Dillon RL550B. Ran thru a little over 200 rounds with only 2 hiccups. One my fault (didn't seat primer) and the other a case fault (primer would not seat all the way). Didn't get in a hurry just going slow and figuring out how to do it and get a rhythm going. So far pleased. I was wondering how the manual indexing would work as opposed to automatic and I think I like it. It's not much slower but allows you to back up the cases in case of gotchas. There were several as I got used to it.

    Standing because with the Strong Mount the loader is in the clouds. My head is just above the main part and no way to check the powder in the case visually. My bench is a standard workbench 36" tall and great for working on but the Strong Mount raises the loader 8.5". Minor problem for the convenience of having the bullet tray, case tray, and loaded round tray all attached to the loader.
     
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  8. TxStetson

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    I have a tall Craftsman stool at my workbench, but honestly I hardly ever sit down out there. I did put one of those foam rubber mats in in front of my bench and it definitely feels better on my feet at the end of the day. I think I paid $5 for it at Harbor Freight.
     
  9. rp-

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    My daughter gave me a heart shaped pillow to stand on.

    When I built my new bench I was red it higher than my last house. I wanna say the top is at 43 inches. At the old place it was 3-4 inches lower and I would have to slump a little when running the presses and it hurt my back.

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  10. ed308

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    I like my 550C which I acquired only recently. I'm use to a 650 and miss having the Powder Check system on the 550. I find it's easy to screw up on the 550 when you get distracted. I sit when I reload so can't see in the case. I've already caught one squid where I advanced the shell plate before dropping powder. I caught it after weighing completed rounds. I'm thinking I need a cameras to see the powder in the case and get in the habit of advancing the shell plate only after confirming powder in the case.
     


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