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    hey p8riot..

    Does that SL900 do 3 1/2" shells ?
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    Hornady Progressive

    I have been reloading for several years with a Hornady Progressive.

    45 ACP
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    300 win mag
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    375 H&H

    I shoot lot of IDPA and reloading is the only way to go.

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    550 for me too.So far .40 and '06. Next will be .44 mag and .45 ACP
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    Quote Originally Posted by HotGuns View Post
    hey p8riot..

    Does that SL900 do 3 1/2" shells ?
    Don't know, all I've ever done is 2 3/4" shells. There is nothing in the manual about converting to the longer length shells either, and the dies don't look like they can afford another 3/4 inch of adjustment.

    In addition:

    I do know that some MEC reloaders can be setup for 3-1/2.
    Last edited by p8riot; August 27th, 2006 at 10:55 AM. Reason: To add comment about MEC reloaders
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    to all of you reloaders....can anyone put a good estimate of their $$$$ savings....I'm shooting ~200 rounds a week at a cost of $45

    **don't include the press cost because I have one availabe for free.

    thanks

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    to all of you reloaders....can anyone put a good estimate of their $$$$ savings....I'm shooting ~200 rounds a week at a cost of $45
    kinda hard to figure...

    if you reload you just SHOOT that much more...

    but I'll try a breakdown for ya...

    1000 230 grain 45 bullets...free because I cast them
    1000 large pistol primers... 18.50
    1000 cases...free because I get all I can stand from the Sheriff Dept.
    I pound of powder to do the above... 14.00

    so... thats 32.50 for 1000 rounds.

    Of course, if you buy 1000 bullets, or cases it becomes alot more.


    So...in my case, I dont think I save much, I just shoot alot more for the same price...
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    I wanted to give the reloading thing a try, so for low startup costs I bought a Lee Pro 1000 Progressive press a couple weeks ago. So far I've done about 500 rounds and after some tuning it works fine. I got the case feeder and bullet feeder so that helps a lot. I figure I'll be loading about 200-250 9mm rounds per week. I'm in the phase now of testing different bullets and powders.

    I didn't buy mine to shoot more, although it may come to that , I bought it to save money versus paying for the competition loads I had been buying.

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    My experience is that, on average, it saves about half the cost of the cheapest factory loads you can find, but there are a few important variables that can have an effect on the cost in either direction. You can save considerably by shooting cast bullets and lightening the loads. Also, the more cycles you get out of your brass, and the more free brass you can get your hands on, the more $$ you will save. At $45/wk, I think you would be an excellent candidate for reloading.

    If you did have to buy stuff, your equipment would more than pay for itself in less than 6 months given the rate you shoot. That's based on getting the good, multi-stage stuff with interchangeable tool-heads complete with dies.

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    great..good info...looks like something I'll give a shot and I'll let you know how it goes!

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    For those of you that cast your own bullets. Where do you get the lead? Do you recycle it from past shootings or what?

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    I have a Lee single-stage press with Hornady dies for 9mm. I used to reload some but haven't now for probably 10 years.

    New reloaders -

    please be careful and pay attention when you reload. The buddy of mine that got me into reloading years ago forgot to add powder to one of his rounds. Sounds like a stupid mistake but when you are loading 50 at a time it can happen.

    I was with him at the range when this particular round was fired. The bullet had a primer charge behind it but nothing else. It was lodged in the barrel and he noticed before pulling the trigger another time.


    * Author Edit: This happened 15 years ago when I was new to shooting pistols and it just occured to me this morning that a new round would not have been chambered since there was no real energy from the previous round to work the slide. *

    Not sure what would have happened to his Springfield .45 if bullet hit bullet in the barrel and luckily we didn't get to find out.
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    as far brass goes....should i start saving the Magtech casings that i've shot now for future reloads or should i just buy them??

    I think I've read some brass (probably cheap) should never be reloaded...

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    Just getting started. Starting on a Lee hand press.

    I will be loading for:
    10mm (full power)
    45ACP

    .223 (AR15)
    7mm-08
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    All brass should be able to be reloaded. Steel and nickeled casings are recommended to NOT be reloaded. Some brass will work better for reloading than others. I know the a-merc .40 ammo my buddy gave me sucks.
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    I only started reloading about a year ago. I currently only reload .30-06 and .45-70. Use a RCBS rockchucker. Haven't ventured into the pistol ammo yet. Barely have enough time to shoot; think the family would cry foul if I took up another hobby and spent hours in the garage!!
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