To reload or not to reload

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Re: To reload or not to reload

Post by gunnnie » 27 Jun 2019, 8:32 pm

I virtually weigh every charge individually up till recently. I picked up a 2nd hand Dillon Square Deal for 9mm & will the increase in volume of 9mm ammo consumed to date, it would be ludicruous to weigh every charge. So I run a moderate charge of 3.5gn of Red Dot behind a Demon Projectiles .356" 135gn conical. If the Dillon powder unit throws a touch high it isn't too much of an issue. Actually, I've found that it is fairl consistent with Red Dot.

I've also increased the amount of 357Mag ammo used, so I bought one of those Lyman Brass Smith throwers. It too is very consistent with the AP100 load I use.

As for my rifles though, all loads are individually weighed on a set of beam scales. Once I get my finger out & buy a Magnetospeed chrono, I'll be able to see what degree of velocity consistency individually weighed charges gives.
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Re: To reload or not to reload

Post by Kelsey Cooter » 28 Jun 2019, 7:06 am

Oldbloke wrote:
Ziad wrote:Ok thanks... looks like Lee it is... bloody easy to throw... but I'll keep checking every load


I just throw a bit low and trickle up.


Me too, mine is an old hand-me-down simplex thrower. For pistol I just throw them but for my rifle (hunting) loads I do the same
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Re: To reload or not to reload

Post by zhuk » 14 Aug 2019, 12:17 am

junjun wrote:I shoot IPSC. I can easily shoot 1000 a month. Thinking to join another club allows me 247 access and shoot on my own. When that happens I will be shooting up to 1000 a week. It costs me about 20 cents reload. Compare to 50 cents factory. Reload is $200 weekly, factory is $500 weekly. The saving is there. Another factor to consider is more IPSC shooter reload because we can have less power factor compare to factory, means less recoil, more control.



Listen to this guy...you're only just getting into centrefires, yes you might start in service pistol but be warned...you might easiy be drawn over to the Dark Side, and IPSC. Once you realise its the most fun you can have with your pants on :mrgreen:

Just DON'T get a Lee Pro 1000 lol
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Re: To reload or not to reload

Post by Ziad » 14 Aug 2019, 4:14 am

I gotta ask why....lol... no I a.m not shopping why not dillion
Blame it on the phone auto correct
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Re: To reload or not to reload

Post by zhuk » 14 Aug 2019, 10:15 am

Ziad wrote:I gotta ask why....lol... no I a.m not shopping why not dillion


Dillon is the go to for progressive presses (plus free lifetime warranty on parts can't hurt lol)

Lee make great dies (which are an excellent choice to use in the 650) and their single stages/turret presses are fine. The 1000 progressive, not so much they have a rep for being a bitch to get working properly.
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Re: To reload or not to reload

Post by Jack Ryan » 06 Oct 2019, 2:18 pm

Get a mold and pour your own lead bullets. I'm shooting those for about 10 cents a shot or less.
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Re: To reload or not to reload

Post by gunnnie » 08 Oct 2019, 9:40 pm

In the process of doing just this.
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Re: To reload or not to reload

Post by wrenchman » 09 Oct 2019, 6:52 am

i had to order some dies for 45/70 no one is stocking it we are looking at a mold for casting
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Re: To reload or not to reload

Post by Bugman » 11 Oct 2019, 3:35 pm

I reload ALL my own center fire pistol and rifle ammo. For me I have the economic factor under my control as well as the loads that suit each type of shooting. It is up to you.
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Re: To reload or not to reload

Post by Tubs » 14 Oct 2019, 8:27 pm

Huge responses, thanks all. I bought a second hand square deal from some guys at my club, and went halves with a mate. Shot 125 grain proj/3.5 grain powder loads using a mates 1911 Springfield custom and was hitting a lot of bullseyes at 25. A lot less recoil than factory and therefore a lot more fun (and accurate!).
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Re: To reload or not to reload

Post by wanneroo » 15 Oct 2019, 12:34 am

Tubs wrote:Huge responses, thanks all. I bought a second hand square deal from some guys at my club, and went halves with a mate. Shot 125 grain proj/3.5 grain powder loads using a mates 1911 Springfield custom and was hitting a lot of bullseyes at 25. A lot less recoil than factory and therefore a lot more fun (and accurate!).


That's the nice thing about reloading is you can tune your ammunition to suit the gun and what you want to do with it. I make several different 9mm loads for different purposes and competitions.
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Re: To reload or not to reload

Post by gunnnie » 15 Oct 2019, 11:00 am

That is one primary point for me, controlling the ammo to suit my firearm.
It's also quite economical for me regards 9mm. The cheapest bulk 9mm ammo I can buy at present it's $325/1000. That's 32.5c per round whereas I can reload for my Glock at 16c a shot. I don't factor in brass a as I'm re-using my brass.
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