GUN My reloading setup, let me show you it

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  1. jabbadeznuts

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    Lee Anniversary Single Stage kit. Price $79.99 at Sportsman's Warehouse



    This is my first foray into reloading and I have to say, it's a great way to get into the hobby.



    Pros: Good smooth press, hand-priming tool, scale, powder measure, funnel, hand-primer shell holders for common calibers, misc. smaller tools, case lube are all included. Good kit for the money.

    Things you need to buy extra: Shell holders for the press, dies, shell tray, powder trickler, bullet puller, hand-primer shell holders if your case isn't "common", calipers.


    Cons: The kit doesn't include any of the above. Granted, shell holders and dies are caliber specific, but the bullet puller, powder trickler, and shell tray should be included. The scale is sticky, but a very soft tap gets it going. The powder measure is finicky. I can't get it to throw a consistent charge. :hs:


    I bought RCBS dies and shell holder. RCBS obviously makes some good shit. If I had more $$ to spend, I would have gotten the Rock Chucker kit. :hsd:



    Final verdict: Great way to get into reloading. Just pick up a trickler, a shell tray, a good caliper, and a bullet puller and you're ready to go.




    For what it's worth, I'm reloading 7.62x54R using IMR 4064 powder, CCI large rifle primers, Hornady 123gr SP bullets with a mix of Winchester and Serbian brass. At this point, I'm loading 45gr of powder.
     
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    7 First comes smiles, then lies. Last is gunfire.

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    Tricklers and bullet pullers are pretty much never included in reloading kits though I'm a bit surprised it didn't come with a loading block. For bullet pullers I'd recommend one that screws into the press and uses collets; they're more expensive than the hammer type but a lot less messy and easier on lead tips.
     
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    Dr. Fuckface Wheelguns: when it absolutely, positively has to g

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    I have an RL550b, do you have to remove one of the dies to use a collet -type puller?
     
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    7 First comes smiles, then lies. Last is gunfire.

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    with all the ones I've seen, yes
     
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    45gr for a 123gr bullet?

    good luck
     
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    Dr. Fuckface Wheelguns: when it absolutely, positively has to g

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    so I would have to either readjust the die I removed after using the puller, or I would need to get another toolhead. that kinda sucks.
     
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    993kgt building an airplane whee

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    why would you want to pull bullets?
     
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    JaimeZX Formerly of :Sep 2001: fame - Also: Sprout Crew OT Supporter

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    Lots of reasons.
     
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    when I'm setting up to load, i check the crimp by crimping a bullet into an empty casing. If you can pull the bullet without damaging it or the brass, you can reuse both. I'm still a reloading noob, so maybe there's a better way?

    if you're afraid you might've accidentally double-charged a cartridge, you can take it apart and remake it to be sure.

    I've even read where someone inherited a bunch of ammo, but didn't want that specific bullet in the brass, so he pulled hundreds (or maybe thousands, I don't recall) of bullets to use the brass.
     
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    I don't have any data for IMR 4064 powder with a 123gr bullet. I DO have data for 110gr and 130gr bullets with the same powder. My book calls for 45.7gr of powder for the 130gr bullet. I'd rather be under than over. :noes:
     
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    While I was setting up the seating die, I pressed the first bullet too far into the case. Both brass and bullet are still reusable. Why not pull them apart and use 'em?
     
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    I'm about to get my late grandfather's old RCBS Jr. press and .45acp die set. I was about to buy one of these Lee kits before my dad told me the press was still around.
     
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    993kgt building an airplane whee

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    other way around, lighter loads for lighter payloads

    you'd want to use the lower figure and work your way up, not the other way around- also, usually what is stated in the book is a MAX, your starting load should be 10% less than that
     
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    What are you getting at?


    Fuck ups
    if I load a bunch of test loads, find a good one, and don't care to shoot the rest
    etc.
     
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    That looks just like the gear on the cover of a new book I picked up called The ABCs of Reloading. I know nothing about reloading except....there's a lot to learn. :)
     
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    So did you notice that the guy who wrote that book lost both his hands while playing with explosives? :rofl:
     
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    How did he write the book [​IMG]
     
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    Ok you are a fucking moron. I always thought you were but this confirms it. You trying to get someone killed? Blow someone's gun up?


    Heavier bullets use less powder. If you have a bullet in between, you should always go to the heavier weight bullet data because it is a smaller amount of powder.
     
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    I was going to let him try to explain his outstanding post before I wrote all that :mamoru:
     
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    And I found data for 125gr bullets. Speer calls for 46.1gr of powder. I feel that a 45.0gr load is a good starting point.
     
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    :ugh2: Please don't ever start reloading. Most books give you a starting load, some loads in between, and a MAX load. NOT just the max.
     
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    Start with good quality stuff, LOTS of books and research, and take your time. Use multiple sources for data and cross check before you start. Oh, and keep immaculate records.
     
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    yeah yeah yeah, you are correct....in my defense, I always load the same weight per caliber, haven't ventured into different projectiles yet- but i'll consider your advice and avoid blowing myself up
     
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    :bowrofl: well done, sir!
     
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    he has hooks :noes:
     

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