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    New to reloading

    I am still pretty new to this forum but i have already learned a lot. I am looking to reload mostly 9mm and .40S&W. I have been looking at the lee 50th anniversery package and a couple of different manuals. I grew up watching my dad use an old cast iron press in the basement. Also, does it matter if the area i reload in is temp controoled or not? Thank you all in advance.


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    does it matter if the area i reload in is temp controoled or not?
    Sure it does.

    If its hot, you'll sweat all over everything.If its cold you hands might stick to the press.

    If you are going to do it, you might as well be comfortable doing it. You dont need any distractions.
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    The temp is going to matter to you, but not your ammo.

    Just don't store your powder or primers in high humidity.

    As far as manuals, my I recommend the Speer and the Lyman. I like to verify loads from two sources and these are the best two IMHO.

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    good point. did not look at it that way.

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    One thing you need to take a look at is how much reloading will you be doing,a single stage will turn out enough for casual shooting but a progressive press will turn out a loaded case with every handle pull once all stations are loaded,and most progressives you can start off loading 1 case at a time until you get proficient confident enough to start pumping them out
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    Yep, at the rate of about 500 per hour with a progressive vs. 50 per hour with the single stage.
    It all depends on how much you time is worth.
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    I know I could go a lot faster on my progressive, but I don't think that I could make quality ammo at the rate of 500 per hour on my Pro2000, my typical is about 400. Also I can do close to 100 rounds in an hour on my old rock chucker and I seat and crimp separately.

    You don't get points for setting ammo/speed records. Go slow, double check and don't get distracted. Be safe.

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    Perhaps, but a begginer needs to start slowly. The speed will come form experience.
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    I like my 550 and I can do 4-500 an hour,and I haven't had a squib load since I switched to it from a lee pro 1000,to be honest the squibs were my fault but the dillon removed the problem
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