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 Post subject: Re: first time reloader
New postPosted: 15 Feb 2012, 01:19 
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Just ordered the Lee Pro 1000 for 9mm, auto bullet feeder, 750 rds of 115g 9mm round noise bullets, and a digital scale for the powder. Still need powder and primers. I'll get a single stage when Im ready to start loading 308. I only shoot about 50 rounds a month so there's no need to crank out 1k rounds a month lol. Thanks for everyone input.

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 Post subject: Re: first time reloader
New postPosted: 17 Feb 2012, 20:02 
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Built my bench for reloading. My press should be here on Saterday. Here is my reloading station.
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 Post subject: Re: first time reloader
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If at all possible, attach the bench to the back wall. You'll be a lot happier...and things won't go jumping around every time you stroke the press.

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 Post subject: Re: first time reloader
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The bench is already pretty sturdy as it is. I hand washed about 30 pieces of brass to do a test run until my Lyman pro 2500 tumbler gets here. Some of trial and error. The Primer seater is kinda a PITA until you get use to it. I ordered the lee micrometer adjustable charge bar to replace the auto disk so I can fine tune my loads. I loaded 25 rounds. this batch was Remington 115g FMJ and 5.8g of Vv 3N37 OAL 1.147. Should be fun to try out.

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 Post subject: Re: first time reloader
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Once Im out of the Vv 3N37 Im going to switch powder to something alittle more available. Was thinking about Bullseye with a 124g bullet. Has anyone tried this combo?

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 Post subject: Re: first time reloader
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Once Im out of the Vv 3N37 Im going to switch powder to something alittle more available. Was thinking about Bullseye with a 124g bullet. Has anyone tried this combo?


No, but a ton of people have, and it's a good solid combination. Just be aware that you can fit a double charge in the case and blow the whole thing up and watch your reloads carefully.

I use Unique to avoid the possibility of this happening and because Unique is the absolutely most versatile powder there is. I use it for all of the 7 handgun cartridges I reload and also for 20 Gauge loads. It is physically impossible to put enough Unique in a 9MM case to blow it up.

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 Post subject: Re: first time reloader
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+1 on unique. I use it in 9x18, .45, 38/357, and soon .30 carbine. A goon, yet forgiving powder if there is such a thing.


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 Post subject: Re: first time reloader
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Ok, I'll give unique a try next. Thanks.

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 Post subject: Re: first time reloader
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Took a pic of the finished set-up. Still need a single press for loading my 308 Looking at the Lee Single C frame. Im going to get a set of dies for 40 S&W so I can reload for some of my friends. I ordered a Lee Micrometer adjestment bar to replace the powder load dies so I can fine tune the powder. When I ordered the press I also ordered the auto bullet feeder but it was the wrong on. Going to see if I can exchange it for the correct one. Should be able to produce 100+ rounds an hour.

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 Post subject: Re: first time reloader
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Once you get the hang of it and are comfortable reloading, you'll do better than 100 rounds/hour with your setup.

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 Post subject: Re: first time reloader
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My Lyman Pro 2500 tumbler came in today. Started polishing 1000 rounds in crushed walnut and Nu-finish to polish it up some. Talked to midsouth about the bullet feeder and they gave me a return authorization # so I should have the correct bullet loader sometime next week. What does everyone recommend for 9mm bullets. I have 500 rds of 115 FMJ. Already loaded 100 rds with 5.8g of Vv 3N37. Its just for plinking. I carry my 357 mag for defense.

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 Post subject: Re: first time reloader
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For 9MM, I use either Berry's bullets, 115 Grain or 124 grain or Frontier bullets, 115 grain or 124 grain for general practice and range work.

I use commercial ammo for carry ammo, partially because it's a probably a good idea and also because I burn off my carry ammo and the wife's once per year, and so all I need is 20 rounds of commercial ammo per year. That doesn't cost very much at all.

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 Post subject: Re: first time reloader
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Went to the range today to test out my reloads. Went pretty good. I loaded 5 factory 115g, 5 5.8g of vv 3n37, and 5 6.2g of vv 3n37. The 6.2g felt like shooting my buddies 40 cal lol. The 5.8g was ok. Had a bullet get stuck in the barrel. Scared the crap out of me. Cleaned the barrel with my field kit and didn't have any more issues. According to the Vv 3n37 load data I can load up to 6.5g of powder. I don't think I'll go that high lol. Thanks everyone for your input.

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If you had a bullet get stuck in your barrel, you need to re-think your load as it's too light. These are called squibs and can be very dangerous.

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 Post subject: Re: first time reloader
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the 5.8g load was the one that got stuck. It was near the end of the day and the barrel was starting to get dirty. Im reloading 6.2g of the Vv 3N37 until it runs out. Then Im going to switch to Unique. I picked up some 40 cal dies, 1k 165g flat nose bullets to reload.

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