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    Does anybody else reload?

    I get a huge kick out of reloading.



    I have taken a full swig of the blue Koolaid for about the last 6 years with an RL550B and all the blue crap that goes with it. I reload .44RM/.45ACP/7mm RM. The pistol ammo gets loaded about 100-300 rounds per week.

    What do you reload, how much, and what equipment?
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    I have been loading for pistol and rifle on a single stage press for 25 years. I just recently upgraded to a turret press to help me keep up with all the .45's I shoot in practice and IDPA related.

    It is not only a good way to get accurate,cheaper ammo it is relaxing and rewarding.

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    I've also got a 550B. I've put about 105 separate batches through it -- probably around 20,000 rounds so far. I reload 9mm, .38, 10mm, and 45 ACP.

    I reload several thousand rounds per year.

    Good press.

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    Yup....I own a Dillon 550B and Square Deal B and Lee Turret Press and small single stage press with die sets for .223 Rem, 9mm/.380 ACP, 10mm/.40 S&W, .41 AE (!), .45 ACP, and 357 SIG.
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    I loaded with single stage presses for my first three years. I started out reloading while working at Hercules, Inc. in Kenvil, NJ back in the late 80s. Back then, I was lucky to be able to load 100 rounds per hour.
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    I do a little.

    I've got a 550B,RCBS R3,Redding Magnum,and a .50 BMG press that I made.
    I currently load 18 calibers.

    I also have a dozen bullet molds and mold for the 9mm,38,40,45acp,45LC,.30 rifle,and .50bmg. I have all of the stuff that goes with it.
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    I have wanted to cast my own, but have been a little skiddish about doing it in the house. I have small kids.
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    Yeah...not the best idea to do it in the house. I've got a shop that I built behind my house with all of my junk in it. Its got great ventilation...which is a must for casting.
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    The kids dig watching the tumbler...

    Whatever doesn't kill you postpones the inevitable.

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    I just started reloading about a year ago and couldn't believe how much better my groups got. There is a certain satisfaction in paying a fraction of the cost for something that works better. I only have the Lee anniversary kit and a couple of die sets; I didn't realize how much I would enjoy it.
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    I have never reloaded, but just recently got the cheapie classic lee reloader to give it a try with 45 acp. If I like it then I will go something bigger. If I get tired of it then I'm not out much.

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    yep

    i have a lyman turrent press and a hornady lock and load progressive let me try to list the calibers

    9mm
    38 super
    38/357
    41
    44sp/mag
    45 acp
    45 colt
    454 casull
    460 S&W
    500 S&W



    223
    25-06
    300 savage
    30-06
    300 win mag
    7mm mag
    375 winchester
    45-70


    im sure there is something i forgot somewhere

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    Bunch of Lee stuff - which was what I started with 25 years ago for economy reasons - so stuck with it since. Am always well behind on reloading these days - partly due to laziness and fair price ammo for 9mm.

    I keep a generous supply of consumables tho and IIRC have dies for -

    .38/357
    9mm.45
    .44 mag
    .454
    .45-70
    9x17
    9x18
    .455 Webley

    .308
    .243
    .303 Brit
    .223

    Probably others too!
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    I've been reloading since 1970. I started on a RCBS rockchucker, still have it. I use two Dillons 550b's now. I reload mostly large calibre pistol and rifle. In the 80's I shot 5000 rds of 45 acp a month, reloading was a must then. I'm lucky to shoot 200 rds a month now. I have had tons of equipment over the years. The industry today has more equipment and better quality control than in 1970. I'm no expert but I learned a little over the years.

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    Man!, there are a lot of us 550B users here.

    I have the following die sets (some get used a lot more than others), but they all get used:

    .357SIG
    .45ACP
    9mm
    10mm/.40SW
    .38/.357MAG
    .41MAG
    .38-40
    .45COLT
    .454CASULL
    .475Linebaugh (I use cut down 45-70 brass)
    .45-70
    .300WBY MAG
    7.62x39
    7.62x51
    .30-06
    .25-06
    .223
    .303British
    7x57Mauser

    I also have an SL900 and load 12 & 20GA shotgun shells.
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