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Hi all,

Let me apologize in advance for the long post but I figured you would need to know the background information to assist here.

HISTORY:

I used to reload with a good friend but have been out of it for approximately twelve years. Within the next year or so, I will be back into it again, this time with my son, and need to catch up with the times. That plus the fact that my memory is not what it used to be, so any help is welcome and appreciated.

My Buddy and I reloaded mainly for economy and never exceeded the recommended loads for the various calibers nor did any experimentation. We always checked every tenth powder charge and generally double-checked each other as we went through the process, safety first, last, and always (we had a fire extinguisher handy too).

Our/my equipment was mainly RCBS, a Rockchucker with a original Partner progressive attachment that never seemed to work perfectly, carbide sizing dies, beam scale, powder knocker, big case tumbler, some miscellaneous items, etc.

The calibers that we were reloading were as follows: .38 Special, .357 Magnum, .45 ACP, and .30 Carbine. The bullets were all hard-cast lead (except the Carbine, FMJ’s), bought in bulk from gun shows (and we weight checked them), the powders we used were mainly Accurate No. 2 (only one pound), Bullseye and WW-231, I believe, and the primers were all CCI’s.

In addition to the above-mentioned four calibers, I will eventually get into 9mm Parabellum and .40 S&W.

QUESTIONS/CONCERNS:

NEW PRESS: I was thinking on getting a Dillon setup, or equivalent, for the ease and volume as I plan to shoot 300 to 500 rounds a month. (As I said, I was never satisfied with the origional model Partner Piggyback). As to which Dillon I do not know, as there are too many choices. (I would like to get it right the first time $$$). I would keep the Rockchucker for future rifle caliber reloading.

POWDERS: What I am looking for is a clean burning, general use pistol powder that is case filling, so double charges are obvious. In addition, I would like to keep the powder selections to a minimum, preferably one, for the pistols, if possible.
PRIMERS: As I said we used CCI’s because we got them the cheapest and never had a problem with them.

SUPPLIER: I will need a good mail order supply house. If I recall, we use to use Natchez Shooters Supply.

GENERAL: I say again, any help is welcome and appreciated.

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KG59 out!

"There ain't no freekin' Indians around here..."

G.A. Custer 1876
 

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Good Morning All,

I greatly appreciate the knowledgeable input I have received (which I am saving in a word.doc) - THANK YOU.

As I stated in my original post, if plans work out for us, it looks like I will be reloading again by next year. We will be in a rural setting (12 semi-wooded acres in south-central Wisconsin) and can shoot and hunt on our own property – OUTSTANDING! A dream comes true for us, finally.

After we settle in, we will build and setup the reloading bench, with spots for two presses. Then sort out all my reloading equipment, remove the RCBS Piggy-Back unit, and setup just the Rockchucker.

Then I think I will go back to basics, single stage, and .38 Special ammo. This, I feel, will serve two purposes. First, it will get me safely back into the swing of things and, two, I can teach my son to reload from the bottom up.

Once a bit of extra cash is raised, I think, after some research and your kind advice, I will go with a Dillon 650 with all the “bells and whistles”. It is very expensive but if we continue to reload then it will be worth it in the end. Of course, I will keep the Rockchucker for small batches and experimental loads.

I did look at other progressive loaders like Hornady’s Lock and Load unit. They are a lot cheaper but I think if we are shooting the volume I suspect we will, then the Dillon 650 would be the way to go.

One more question, if I may:

CHRONOGRAPH: Does anyone use one, and if so, what type and any recommendations or advice? I never had one due to their cost at that time however, I hear they’re a lot cheaper now, and the quality is suppose to be very good.

Again, a big thanks to all of you.

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Take care,
KG59 out!

"There ain't no freekin' Indians around here..."

G.A. Custer 1876
 

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Hello dfariswheel & ohiobuckeye,

Thanks for the information and I will consider the 550. The new press is a long way off for now but I like to do the detective work so when I purchase I am informed.

I remember when I loaded single stage, after awhile I got fast at it so speed, in of itself, is NOT too important for me, accurate, consistent, and safe loads are.

My reason for wanting the chronograph is to check the initial velocity and the consistency there of¬ÖI never hot load.

As I said in another post,…”I remember the “magnumizing” days, in the late 70’s and early 80’s. I saw people hand-load 9mm’s, .38 Special’s, and .45 Colt’s, so HOT that the primers flattened and the cases had extraction marks on them. Not only was this dangerous but it beat the hell out of the guns…and for what?”

I will defiantly be looking into Chrony and Pact chronographs, actually, I will check for websites in a few minutes.

Purchasing “all the bells and whistles” up front is necessary. I have learned over the years that it is cheaper and better to get the total package than to wait (and possibly never get them).

So folks, thanks again and keep those cards and letters coming in¬Ö

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Take care,
KG59 out!

"There ain't no freekin' Indians around here..."

G.A. Custer 1876
 
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