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    Finally got started

    I was given a Hornady Lock N Load AP for Christmas last year. I immediately looked into shell plates and dies. Most were back ordered till September. So since Christmas I have been buying what I can when I can. It has been very piece meal and now that I finally have enough components for a few calibers I am starting.

    I am using the press in a somewhat single stage manner at this point. Last night I adjusted and used the decapping doe to pop out all the primers on a load of .45 ACP brass. Tumbled it for a few hours and then set up to prime the brass. This is where I have run into a few issues. The shell plate does not index fully. I am having to turn it a bit after a full stroke to have it directly over the primer sled. I think this can be fixed with the index feet and screws, but did not have time to check.

    The other issue was that the primer sled would double feed or get stuck. When on the downstroke, the spring would stay extended. A few times I had a primer in front of the sled stopping it from advancing, other times it felt like a primer or something was sticking. I was going slow and once I got the rhythm down it went well, but there are obviously some adjustments to make. Did get about 50 45 ACP primed so we are moving along.

    Any suggestions or input would be appreciated.
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    I wish I could offer some advice on setup adjustments but after 35 years of reloading, I'm still cranking them out on a single-stage press. My quantity requirements aren't high enough to warrant a progressive, and it gives this retiree something to do. If your instructions don't clear up the issue, give Hornady a call and I'm sure they can help.

    A suggestion: If you going to tumble cases, you might as well do that first. It helps keep dirt and grit out of the dies. As for dirty primer pocket concerns, I can't tell you the last time I cleaned a primer pocket, and I've never had a misfire since I stopped. Once you get you press running, you'll shove clean cases in one end and watch loaded rounds drop out the other.
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    Thx OV. I did tumble them before depriming, but thought, well maybe itll clean out the primer pockets so did it afterward as well. Learning as I go so I am glad I tumbled the brass first.
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    When you say deprime you are also resizing right? Usually the deprimming and resizing process is done at the same time. If you are just deprimming then you'll have to resize them and I would do that before primming htem.

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    Yeah, I'm stuck in history with OldVet. Single Stage is all I have ever used for 30 some years. Never had a need for anything else
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    I started off with a single stage back in the 70s and finally upgraded to a progressive in early 2000. Now I have my single stage, a lee pro 1000, lee loadmaster and a dillon 650.

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    Yes agalindo, it does both. Just mentioned the part with the issue.

    I definitely see the advantages of a single stage press. That is why I am using mine as such right now. Definitely will be looking to work up some loads as the weather gets colder.
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    I take my time with my reloading using a single stage press. I tumble, resize/deprime clean primer pockets. On rifle brass I trim, chamfer as well. I am loading for precision, I do not want any crap in a primer pocket that may cause a high primer. Everyone has different needs.

    Good luck with your press I have only played with a friends Dillon and know very little about progressive presses.
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    Thx 40Bob. One of the reasons I started with .45 ACP is the straight walled pistol round that I am told is the easiest to start with. As I get familiar with the whole thing, rifle rounds will be next. Just got an M1a and she looks really really hungry!
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    Hey Jon, your message box is full. Can't get that info to you!
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    I'm just starting to venture in to rollin' my own rounds myself. I tip my hat to you for setting things up. Think I will start with some .357 and .38 loads, I got a hold of some old recipes from back in the Magnum's early years I want to try. Even got the one for Skeeter Skelton's pet .38 load I want to turn out. Congrats!
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    Just emptied it Sir. Thank you!
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    Ghost, the other 2 I am all set to get rolling is .38/.357 as well. So much potential there to "play" with. Keep me posted on your progress please!
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    Quote Originally Posted by glockman10mm View Post
    Yeah, I'm stuck in history with OldVet. Single Stage is all I have ever used for 30 some years. Never had a need for anything else
    That is almost . . . scary.

    BigJon, I reload both .45 ACP and 9mm Luger and Makarov in pistol rounds, and I don't know where the "9mm is hard to reload" story comes from. When I first started 9mms, my reaction was, "That's it? What's all the hype about?" Unless it's something like .357 SIG, which has a bottle-necked case, I see no difference in reloading any pistol rounds. While 9mm Luger is a more tapered round, compared to .40 and .45s, the die is going to take care of that, in both resizing and crimping. All semis use a taper crimp unless it's some real oddball, and you'll know that.

    One word of advice I can offer for your progressive--once you wind it up--is to select a powder that meters very consistently. Powders vary greatly in how consistently they feed thru a powder measure, and I think that is a major contributor to over/underloads in reloads.
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    I have never cleaned a pistol primer pocket but if you feel the need to clean them use a primer pocket cleaner it's faster than tumbling the cases.

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