GUN Besides shooting reloading is one of the best hobbys to pick up...

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  1. minus

    minus Damn you, Damn the Broccoli, and Damn the Wright B

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    Single stage presses are a great way to start and there is no better feeling then making your own ammo and going to the range and having it be more accurate than factory.
     
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    I never said it was cheap.
     
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    the price i have in my reloading setup is less than the cost of 100 rounds of good quality .357mag.
     
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    minus Damn you, Damn the Broccoli, and Damn the Wright B

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    I've got the anniversary kit. I however got a digital caliper and scale the one it came with was a PITA.
     
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    Single stage looks really frustrating, I'm thinking a turret
     
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    I do it in 50 round batches.
     
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    true, the lee safety scale is cheap, but a PITA. i think my mom is getting me a digital scale from midway for christmas.
    and a tumbler too! yay for shiny brass
     
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    It seems like thats alot of die removal and resetting, does it not get irritating?
     
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    no.
    you resize all 50, prime all 50, flare all 50, charge and seat a bullet in all 50. you only have to insert and remove each die once
     
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    Goat That crack is really moreish

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    Not really, no. All my dies are already set, so it's just pretty much just unscrewing one and screwing in another :dunno:
     
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    What he said. There are some minor adjustments but its pretty simple and this allows better quality control so I can check each round.
     
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    7 First comes smiles, then lies. Last is gunfire.

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    You know turret presses seem like a good idea but the more I see them the more I can't figure out why it's such a big deal to screw a die in and out. I'm sure it's convenient but I don't think it would be worth it to me. Progressive on the other hand....
     
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    (I have the ABC's of reloading in the mail as we speak so soon I'll be a little more educated on the matter).

    That still means if I was doing a 200 round set in 50 round batches I'd have to take in and out the sizing die 4 times, thread in and adjust the seating die 4 times, etc doesn't it? Thats where I figured the turret would be the advantage. Part of it though is I don't understand how much work the adjustment part takes yet.
     
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    7 First comes smiles, then lies. Last is gunfire.

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    once you set the size sizing die, seating die, etc, you don't have to adjust them again unless you're sizing cases for a different gun or using different bullets. You would have to remove the die 4 times yes, but once it's set you're good to go for a long time. The dies have lock rings so you shouldn't have any problems with the adjustments moving.
     
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    oooo I figured removal threw it out of adjustment....I really do need a cheap press just for 10mm badly maybe I should reconsider a single stage.
     
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    7 First comes smiles, then lies. Last is gunfire.

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    lee stuff is really cheap and will easily handle 10mm :dunno:
     
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    I hate it when you guys make it sound easy... now I really want to get a single stage. I know it's going to be much harder than it sounds though :hs:
     
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    it's actually much easier than I thought it would ever be. You can perform more specialized actions like neck turning and what not but if you're just loading a bunch of soft points for plinking or whatever there really isn't much to do:

    size and deprime case
    prime it
    weigh out charge
    charge case
    seat bullet

    and thats about it.
     
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    Lee pistol factory crimp dies have an additional carbide sizer die as a last check and roll crimp buit yea thats basically it.
    Single stage anniversary kit+tumbler+dies+digital scale+caliper=easy and cheap
     
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    Ohhh okay I know why I can't do it, this is going to take some big sturdy bench setup that I'll never be able to tuck away in the corner of an apartment closer when I'm not using it won't it? :big grin:
     
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    i dont, theres really no point since with proper seating and crimping, it wont matter anyways.



    as to adjustment of the die, i use Hornady lock rings, they have a hex head screw on it to keep the ring in place on the die.
     
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    I think I may pick up the Lee handloader soon just to give reloading a shot........maybe load some good hot .357's starting out

    Almost forgot: so what's the deal with crimping on some cartridges? What's involved and what is its purpose?
     
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    you have to enlarge the mouth of the brass to get the bullet in there, so the crimp removes the bell that you place on the mouth of the cartridge. there are many different types of crimps, most of which i dont give a damn about. check www.leeprecision.com and look at their crimping dies.
     
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    i have a 3 hole turret press i would sell to someone
     

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