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Steve Koski
01-25-2006, 19:08
Dear reloading newbies (we were all newbies once),

If you're serious about reloading, consider buying and reading a reloading manual first (Lyman, Hornady, Speer, Sierra, Lee, etc.) This $15 investment will be a valuable resource for years to come.

Here are some videos to wet your whistle:

Basic Process:
Whirlwind tour - pistol ammo: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qwzi9lgBCBE
Slow tour - rifle ammo: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z6vVtVRtJmY


Minimum Equiment:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kYS_3VsmOP0&feature=related

Working Up a Load
http://glocktalk.com/forums/showthread.php?t=814093

Factory Crimp Die:
http://glocktalk.com/forums/showthread.php?t=701784

Single Stage Press:
Rifle: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t0Jdd-syqN8
Pistol: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a5bKsyge1fk&feature=related

Turret Press:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=awQI2sGeJh0

Progressive Press:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6ZuaihzGiSU
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zm8JLmflvrw&feature=related
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_qMg5ysaPz8
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bzrvZ0MLkwI

Die Setup:
http://www.glocktalk.com/forums/showpost.php?p=6142382&postcount=16
http://www.glocktalk.com/forums/showpost.php?p=6181932&postcount=17


Startup costs:

Cost of reloads (9mm in this example):

Free Reloading Cost/Payback Spreadsheet

Reloads for Carry/Self Defense?

Can I shoot lead bullets in my Glock?

Need help or tips with your Lee Loadmaster?
http://www.glocktalk.com/forums/showpost.php?p=7429267&postcount=25

Tips for Hornady LNL AP Users Here!

Sixgun_Symphony
01-25-2006, 19:23
My advise to all newbies is that they get a copy of the ABC's of Reloading (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0873491904/qid=1138242053/sr=2-2/ref=pd_bbs_b_2_2/103-6420724-8405404?s=books&v=glance&n=283155) and read it cover to cover.

The book is written for newbies. It goes over different types/brands of reloading equipment with simple, step by step instructions. The author's writing style makes it easy for beginners to comprehend the instructions.

GlockJD
01-25-2006, 19:46
awesome post steve, great threads!

sixgun great post too, I noticed a pattern in almost all the threads he posted:) Its a great suggestion though!

jkrispies
01-25-2006, 20:00
;a ;a ;a ;a ;a ;a ;a

It's about time somebody finally did this. May I move for a sticky? Anybody second that? Anybody? Anybody...?

SlammedDime
01-25-2006, 21:26
Originally posted by Sixgun_Symphony
My advise to all newbies is that they get a copy of the ABC's of Reloading (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0873491904/qid=1138242053/sr=2-2/ref=pd_bbs_b_2_2/103-6420724-8405404?s=books&v=glance&n=283155) and read it cover to cover. I did that twice, then I read even more stuff online. A great help that book was in starting me out. Newbs can also check out their local library to see if they have it there as well. Thats where I found it.
:)

btw, I vote this for sticky status. I'll send a PM to Sidearmor. :)

BigSlick
01-25-2006, 21:46
Great idea Koski ^c

What ? No red vs blue slapfight threads ;f

We might also want to figure a way to include a link to the Reloading Amortization spreadsheet to help assess the the meaningess aspects of reloading, such as ROI and projected cost savings.

I think everyone starts out with these things in mind, then turns into a brass grubbing, bullet mongering whore like the rest of us ;f

Thanks for the effort on this one Steve...

I VOTE FOR A STICKY ON THIS TOO !!

BigSlick

Kentuckian
01-26-2006, 04:02
I know I could load more rounds faster with a progressive press, but I still reload using a single stage.

Call me crazy. ;)

Jayman
01-26-2006, 08:56
Here is a rifle reloading question:

HOW DO YOU SET THE RESIZE DIE BASED ON HEADSPACE? ;) Or is that referenced in one of the previous threads?

bush pilot
01-26-2006, 19:21
Originally posted by Kentuckian
I know I could load more rounds faster with a progressive press, but I still reload using a single stage.

Call me crazy. ;)

You're crazy,nothing to look at either I've heard:)

bush pilot
01-26-2006, 19:28
Originally posted by Steve Koski
Dear reloading newbies (we were all newbies once),

Do some reading in the links below. They're full of damned good info. After you've read up, post some really tough questions to entertain us old farts as we argue amongst eachother.

Basic Process:
http://glocktalk.com/showthread.php?s=&threadid=461039

Minimum Equiment:
http://glocktalk.com/showthread.php?s=&threadid=408943

General Equipment:
http://glocktalk.com/showthread.php?s=&threadid=434969

Starting Out with Single Stage:
http://glocktalk.com/showthread.php?s=&threadid=417098

Starting Out with a Progressive:


http://glocktalk.com/showthread.php?s=&threadid=428970

Single Stage vs. Progressive:
http://glocktalk.com/showthread.php?s=&threadid=482653
http://glocktalk.com/showthread.php?s=&threadid=397164
http://glocktalk.com/showthread.php?s=&threadid=483713

Reloading Manual Thread:
http://glocktalk.com/showthread.php?s=&threadid=451601

Startup costs:
http://glocktalk.com/showthread.php?s=&threadid=449139

Cost of reloads (9mm in these two cases):
http://glocktalk.com/showthread.php?s=&threadid=445611
http://glocktalk.com/showthread.php?s=&threadid=400131

Free Reloading Cost/Payback Spreadsheet (Current version is at bottom of FIRST post):
http://glocktalk.com/showthread.php?s=&threadid=78745

It's about time someone on the company clock put that time to good use;g

Martindog
01-26-2006, 22:39
Steve,

I thank you.

Richard Lee thanks you.

And Mike Dillon would thank you, but I think he's chasing around one of his Blue Press models somewhere.

Kentuckian
01-27-2006, 05:14
Originally posted by bush pilot
You're crazy,nothing to look at either I've heard:)

You might be right on both counts.

Then again, I've never been vain enough to care. ;)

Tailgunner1954
01-27-2006, 06:13
What's the fastest reloader?
http://www.camdexloader.com/products.htm

Glock4Life
03-08-2006, 22:12
Steve,
Nice touch by adding all the necessary keywords into the thread title for untold searching potential. ^c

margo
03-19-2006, 10:09
I have decided to reload and am full of questions, these threads should give me a good start. I'm going to order the book now!

Steve Koski
04-26-2006, 21:10
Contributed by our own Uncle Don

Proper Die Set Up

Sizing

Some brands of dies are manufactured differently than others and should be set up slightly different. For Lee and standard RCBS and Hornady dies, the proper headspace is built into the length of the die. Therefore, you should set them by placing the ram in the up position with a shell plate or shell holder installed. Turn the die into the press until you can’t turn it anymore. At this point, lower the ram and turn the die in between a quarter and one half turn.

On standard 7/8 x 14 threaded dies, a quarter turn equates to about .018 of an inch. This is negligible as to the operation of the press but does create an environment that when you raise the ram, you are able to eliminate any daylight between the shell holder and the bottom of the die.

While some people tout an “over-center” feature of a press, it is not necessary or even advised if your die is set properly. About 25lbs of pressure on the handle can equal 600 pounds of force on the press.

I can’t speak to other brands of dies but I am aware of at least one brand that should not be set in the above manner because it would create excessive headspace. With this type of die, proper setting come with trial and error until your case properly seats in your rifle with the action able to close on it without undue effort. This type of die would include specific instructions advising how to arrive at the proper setting.

Flaring

The flaring die creates a bell in the case mouth of the case allowing the bullet to be seated into the case without shaving lead or copper off of the bullet. These dies are most common with handgun dies as well as rifle dies that are essentially straight walled. The idea is to raise the ram with an empty sized case in the shell holder. Repeat the process gradually turning the seating die down until you get a slightly belled case when your ram is at the top of the stroke. Too much bell is not desirable, as it wears out the brass faster and can reduce the grip of the case on the bullet.

For Lee dies, simply turn the powder through flaring die in until it touches the shell holder and then back it out one half of a turn. If you are using an Auto Disc Powder Measure, no further setting is necessary, simply remove the hex nut at top of the die and turn the measure into the die at this setting. This results in a properly charged case each time as long as you are pulling the lever to the bottom of the press stroke.

Seating & Crimping

This die setting probably causes more headaches for new loaders than any other die. This is because you are asking it to do two things at the same time. Raise an empty case to the top of the stroke, and while holding it there begin turning the die with the lock ring in the upper position and the adjustment screw turned outward into the press until it stops. This is where the crimp shoulder in the die has contacted the case mouth. Set the lock ring at this point and lower the ram to place a bullet on the case.

Turn the center adjustment of the die in slightly and raise the case into the die. This will begin to seat a bullet but won’t crimp it. Lower the case, and turn the center adjustment in a bit more. Repeat the process until the bullet is seated to the depth you want

At this point, lower the ram and loosen the lock ring and turn the die in about a half turn. At the same time, bring the fine adjustment screw outward about two turns. Raise the case (that you just seated the bullet in) into the die. This should crimp it properly. With the ram still raised, turn the center adjustment downward until it stops. This sets the proper bullet seating length.

You now have a “dummy” round and future settings are very easy. Place the “dummy” round in the shell holder and raise the ram. Turn the die with the center adjustment turned outward as well as the lock ring, into the press until it stops. This is the proper crimping setting. Turn the center adjustment down until it stops. This is the proper depth setting.

Factory Crimp

Lee produces the only factory crimp dies I am familiar with. Factory crimp dies for rifle and handgun are different in that the rifle crimp die uses a collet to apply the crimp while the handgun factory crimp dies utilize a bushing system. The handgun dies also contain a carbide ring like the sizing die which “post” sizes the case to ensure proper dimensions.

To set the rifle style dies, place the case to be crimped in the shell holder and raise the ram. Turn the die in until it stops, lower the ram and turn the die in about a half turn more. This applies a normal crimp and fine adjustments can be made from there.

For the handgun factory crimp dies, turn them in until they touch a raised shell holder without a case present. Ensure that the center adjustment is turned outward. Lower the ram and place a case to be crimped in the shell holder and raise it into the die. There may be some resistance as the case goes through the carbide ring, but it should not be excessive. When at the top of the stroke, turn the center adjustment down until it stops. Lower the ram slightly and turn the adjustment ring about a half turn and raise the ram, the proper crimp is applied at this setting.

Handgun factory crimp dies for straight walled revolver cartridges apply a roll crimp. Factory crimp dies for cartridges that headspace on the case mouth, such as semi-auto cartridges, apply a taper crimp. However, excessively crimping with a taper crimp die will cause it to apply a roll crimp as well. If you are rolling the case mouth into the side of the bullet, you are applying too much crimp for semi-auto cartridges.

mikeb9550
05-04-2006, 18:08
OK basically this is how it works. Each stage could be done separately on a single stage press or all at the same time using a progressive. The example given is based off of a Dillon 550B. This is the readers digest version and put in a format without all the reloading jargon. You can go to Dillon's website, download a 550 manual, and look at it while reading the different stages. This may help. I will work on putting pics in the email if I get some time tomorrow. LEE Factory crimp die set (4 die carbide set) used for example with the LEE powder die staying in the box since you must use the Dillon one on their machines. The press does come with one attached to the powder measure when the box arrives. These are the steps but it doesn't take place for all the reading that should be done to understand the right and wrongs as well as the safety safety safety. Its intimidating at first but after you load your first hundred rounds, you will wonder why you were ever stumped in the first place.

Stage I - This stage does 3 things when you pull the handle (Size the case, deprime, and prime). With an empty shell plate, pull the handle down which will raise the shell plate. Screw the sizing die so that it touches the shell plate. Now, put an empty cleaned case in the shell plate (piece of metal that holds the case in place - comes with the conversion kit from Dillon). Pull the handle down, the shell plate rises to insert the empty case into the stationary sizing die. The case goes fully into the die to take the case down to the size it was before it was fired (expands when fired) while the little punch will punch out the old primer. On the up stoke of the handle, the new primer gets seated into to primer pocket. Make sure you can feel the primer a little bit. If it goes in too easy, the case should be tossed. On a progressive press, you load 100 primers in the primer tube at a time The primers move into position on the down stroke and seat into the case on the put stoke. If you forget to seat a primer, you will wonder why you got all this powder all over the place. Its because its coming out of the hole that the primer should have been in. You also want to make sure the primer is seated flush. This is why some people use reloading boxes. The help to identify a high primer. I only use them to keep track of a new load I am trying out since I feel like I am working in a sweat shop in China putting all those rounds in their little holes.

Insert empty case into stage I
http://i65.photobucket.com/albums/h237/mikeb9550/1.jpg

Pull handle to size and prime
http://i65.photobucket.com/albums/h237/mikeb9550/2.jpg

Push handle forward to seat primer
http://i65.photobucket.com/albums/h237/mikeb9550/3.jpg



Stage II - This stage does two things (bell the case and charge it). First it puts a bell on the top of the case. This is to have something for the bullet to sit on and so that is doesn't cut into the brass when it is seated on the next stage. The other thing that is done on this stage is dispense the powder. The powder dispenser is basically a hopper that drops a dialed in charge that you set. Screw the powder die (must be a Dillon powder die) in the second stage hole and put the powder funnel in the die. The powder funnel comes with the Dillon conversion kits and is what puts the bell on the case as well as "funnels" the powder in the case. Attach the powder measure on the die and finish assembly per instructions. Put a case from stage I in the shell plate and pull the handle all the way in the down position. The shell plate will rise and go into the die a little bit. Return the handle in the up position which will return the shell plate in the resting position. Keep screwing the die in a little bit until you get the bell you need or back it off if you have too much. Just need a little bit. You will get the feel of it. Too much and you will have a hard time getting the case into the next stage. Too little the bullet will fall off since it has nothing to sit on. Its not that hard to get the hang of it. There is a starter recommendation in the Dillon manual but you will find out what works best for you. On the up stroke, it pulls the case out of the die and resets the powder drop for the next round. Now add powder to the powder measure. Pull the handle, it will bell and drop the powder (I know you already belled but you have to bell again since it goes along with dropping the powder). Weigh the charge and adjust until you achieve the load you are using. Weigh and weigh again. If its not perfect, dump the powder out of the case and put it back in. weigh a couple more times just to make sure the charge is correct. Can you see the charge weight is important? Also its good to cross reference a charge weight between two references. A typo could mean a KB!!! Especially if the load is from a friend. Don't be scared to try peoples pet loads. They are some of the best I have ever tried. But please always check to make sure they are within loading specs per published manuals. When you get more experienced, you can play with pushing the envelope. When switching brands of powder in your measure, make sure you get all of it out. 5 grains of one powder could be a low charge but that same load in another powder could KB your gun. I have read where one guy switched powders and had a KB. They pulled the rest of the bullets and everything was OK. I suspected that he didnt clean out the measure good enough and it dropped some of the old power which would be at a dangerous pressure at the new weight. Just be careful. I played around with it to see if it could happen and it can.

Move case into stage II
http://i65.photobucket.com/albums/h237/mikeb9550/4.jpg

Pull handle to raise case into die which will bell the case and dispense powder.
http://i65.photobucket.com/albums/h237/mikeb9550/5.jpg

This is what the bell should look like
http://i65.photobucket.com/albums/h237/mikeb9550/6.jpg

Stage III - This just seats the bullet to the depth you want it. With the shell plate empty, pull the handle to raise the shell plate. Screw in the bullet seating die until it touches the shell plate and back it off 3 full turns if using the LEE die set. Back off the screw on top of the die. Now put a case in the shell plate that has already been through stages I and II. Place a bullet on top of the case (I always look in the case to make sure their is powder in the case before I set the bullet on the case) and pull the handle. On the down stroke, the shell plate will rise. The case with the bullet will rise into the die. On the up stroke, the round (its a round of ammunition at this point) will pull out of the die. Take it off and measure the overall length with a caliper (need one of these things). It will be long because you backed off the screw a lot. Screw the top screw of the die in more to further seat the bullet to the depth you want (little at a time). Each time, put the round back in the shell plate and pull the handle down and up. Measuring each time. Stop when you have the depth you want.

Move case to stage III
http://i65.photobucket.com/albums/h237/mikeb9550/7.jpg

Place bullet on top of the belled case
http://i65.photobucket.com/albums/h237/mikeb9550/8.jpg

Pull handle to raise the bullet/case into the seating die.
http://i65.photobucket.com/albums/h237/mikeb9550/9.jpg

Pic shows seated bullet
http://i65.photobucket.com/albums/h237/mikeb9550/10.jpg

Stage IV - This is the crimp stage. The purpose of this stage is to take the bell out that you put on the case during stage II. Its not to retain the bullet although some people think it is. With an empty shell plate (no case) pull the handle to raise the shell plate. Screw in the die until it touches the shell plate and back off the bolt on top of the die. Put the round in the shell plate and pull the handle down and the shell plate rises (I figure you get this by now). The round will go into the die. While keeping the handle in the down position and the round in the die, screw in the bolt on top of the die until you can feel it touch the bullet. Pull up the handle to return the shell plate to its resting position. Screw the bolt on the die in additionally 1/4 to 1 turn. I usually do a little less than 1/2 turn. Put the round back in and pull the handle down then back up to complete the cycle. Take your calipers and measure the crimp (top of the case) on the round to see if you have it per your load data that you are trying to accomplish. To much crimp and you will dig the brass into the bullet. Too little and you will have feeding problems due to the bell. The nice thing about the Lee Factory Crimp Die is that you don't get over-sized rounds that can get stuck in your barrel.

Move case into stage IV
http://i65.photobucket.com/albums/h237/mikeb9550/11.jpg

Pull handle to raise the round into the crimp die.
http://i65.photobucket.com/albums/h237/mikeb9550/12.jpg

Crimp complete.
http://i65.photobucket.com/albums/h237/mikeb9550/13.jpg


Thats it, you have a round made on a 550. Of course on the 550 you do all the stages with one pull once everything is setup. I broke the stages down as if you were setting it up for the first time. As you can see, most of the work is setup. Thats why I always recommend a turret at the very least. Don't have to mess with the setup all the time. Lee makes a pretty good one but its still 4 pulls of a handle instead of 1 for the same end result. The startup price is very small with the LEE kit. If you shoot more than 200 rounds a month, I say get the progressive. I would take a LEE progressive any day over a top end single stage or turret. Just my opinion.

margo
05-05-2006, 00:27
Thanks for the run down. I got the ABC and lyman book but your version answers some questions that were not addressed in the book. I think you meant to say "long" in stage 3, the next sentance.



"It will be short because you backed off the screw a lot. "

The round will be "long" at first till you screw it in, that's how I understood it anyway.

I'm still leaning towards the turret press because I have all the time in the world, and I want to do rifle rounds and would like one press that does it all.


Actually I will be changing shifts soon and will be losing my shift diff which is a substantial amount of mad money. I might not be getting any press at all.

mikeb9550
05-05-2006, 07:37
Thanks, changes made. you dont know how many times I have had to updated it. Everytime I read it I find something else.

I had the "All the time in the world" philosophy but decided that would wear off. I have been saved a few times already having the 550. A few times freinds have called and asked if I wanted to go shooting. Went in my reloading room to grab my range stuff only to find that my ammo surplus is low due to being busy with work and stuff around the house. Told my buddy to give me 20 min. Cranked out enough rounds to shoot for the day and off to the range. Really, happened more than once. I usually have a stock pile but things happen. Also if you start shooting IDPA or other shooting sports, ammo goes fast. My ammo usuage doubled for a range outing. Just things to consider. Did you know you call load pretty much everything but the big 50 BMG on the 550? Just cant use the case feeder.

With that being said, I dont think you can go wrong with the LEE turret to see if you like it. Especially if cost is a factor. I dont know any shooter that is still active in the sport and just stopped reloading. Usually the only reason they sell their machines is to buy faster ones.

How many rounds do you shoot??

mikeb9550
05-05-2006, 08:38
Just read your post fully and seen the money thing. Sorry to hear that. I wouldnt let the money thing keep you from reloading. That is if you still have the money to shoot. What I mean is that if you are still buying factory ammo, its still cheaper to get the regular LEE kit and die set. It will pay for itself within just a few boxes of ammo.

Added pics to give visuals.

margo
05-05-2006, 10:37
I joined a range and was shooting a couple hundred rounds a week. Before I joined the range I was lucky to shoot that much a year. Oh, I didn't intentionally set out to shoot that much, but if I brough ammo with me I would shoot it till it's gone, sometimes I would have to purchase an additional box! I blew through my reserve pretty quick.

Of course it gave me a good excuse to get a G34, cause 9 is cheaper to shoot!! I like to shoot my .357 revolvers and that's what I would start reloading for. I am afraid to use my glock fired brass for reloading and didn't think it was worth reloading for 9mm but with ammo price increases that may change.

Anyhoo, I learned that shooting is kind of addictive and it's easy to spend more on ammo than you realize. A lot more!! I still plan on doing it but I need to adjust to my new paycheck first. I've been on 2nd shift for almost 20 years so having a normal life will offset the shift diff.

B+Shooter
08-15-2006, 13:28
I appreciate the info! I'm hoping that reloading will encourage me to shoot enough to burn out my barrels, hence improving my abilities. Reloading seems to me to make shooting more of a hobby than a rich person's sport.

Thanks again!

margo
08-20-2006, 11:05
The turret press. Now that ammo prices have gone up and I have a .40 cal (in additon to 9mm and 357mag) maybe the progressive would be the way to go. I had wanted to reload for rifle rounds also but a cheap one stage press or two would probably be even better than the turret for the "precision" reloading I would want to do.

I am sort of remodling my house all because of this reloading thing. I didn't have room for the stuff unless I rearranged a few things and it did't make sense to do that unless painted the den, which required wallpaper removal, and if I was going to do that I may as well do the rest of the house.

So I am in the process of removing wallpaper on my walls, which is all of them, and painting. It's required a bit of wall repair and skimcoating, that's why I call it "remodel" instead of "redecorate".

So what does this have to do with reloading? My house had become so cluttered and disorganized I could not find anything or do even a simple project. After I am done with this I will have all my stuff organized, everything will be in it's place and if I'm going to reload I need to keep things orderly. It also has taken some money to do which is biting into my reloading plans.

I was going to get myself something nice for my 50th birthday, it may as well be a nice progressive dillon press. Oh, and something in .223! :)

AZkick-n40
12-20-2006, 08:39
Thanks for all the information everyone!

I am finally setting up my reloading stuff after 15 years of sitting in a box.

Brian

shadow500
12-31-2006, 16:37
Here are some setup and operation videos that I made for the Lee Loadmaster.

Casefeed setup
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KW5fuw9KaVA

Casefeed theory of operation and demo
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pfep9hXXKBw

Lubrication
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C1TBU_eN1cQ

Bullet feed demo
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZRkbrJNWbpQ

Bullet feed setup
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QlgqMQGht9w

Adding and removing primers
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FyI23NtL2qk

Priming Video 1 of 3
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_uUQr855_K8

Priming Video 2 of 3
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ytn1BQTvnC0

Priming Video 3 of 3
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Dk3ytrH498

Animated primer system
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y1UfwapOfIE

Animated primer system side view
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wrUNIFWJY7E

Animated shellplate advance
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ovBWgAFzaSM

Chris

shadow500
01-31-2007, 12:15
Here is a list of websites that provide free load data.

I use Handloads.com (http://www.handloads.com/)

Originally posted by cohutt
http://www.hodgdon.com/data/pistol/index.php (Note: they have a new consolidated reloading data link posted but it has yet to work for me)
http://www.hodgdon.com/data/rifle/index.php
http://www.alliantpowder.com/reloaders/Index.htm
http://www.imrpowder.com/data/index.php ( eerie resemblance to hodgdon's site eh?)
http://intoku.net/reloading.html this guy had the links below as well as othe rgood links:
Accurate http://www.intoku.net/Upload_Manually/pdf_files/Accurate_Powder_2003.pdf
Vita Vouri http://www.intoku.net/Upload_Manually/pdf_files/Vita_Vouri_Load_Tables.pdf
Winchester http://www.intoku.net/Upload_Manually/pdf_files/Winchester_reloadersmanual.pdf
many more personal websites with mor eload data than you will ever need but check data vs powder manufacturers data. example: md smith http://www.reloadammo.com/
and steve's pages (down for me a lot lately) http://www.again.net/~steve/page8a.htm

These are free i don't charge to post links :hugs:

Originally posted by Washington,D.C.
http://speer-bullets.com/default.asp?s1=5&s2=15

intoku.net

http://www.nosler.com/index.php?p=15


http://www.thor420.com/reload/list.htm

freakshow10mm
02-02-2007, 12:10
www.reloadersnest.com (http://www.reloadersnest.com)

http://www.loaddata.com/members/search.cfm

http://www.realguns.com/calc/exteriorballistics

http://www.reloadbench.com/main.html

freakshow10mm
03-09-2007, 10:09
Reloading Retailers
http://www.midwayusa.com/ebrowse.exe/browse?tabid=1&utm_source=reloading&utm_medium=homepage
http://www.grafs.com/
http://www.midsouthshooterssupply.com/deptsearch1x.asp?dept=%52%65%6C%6F%61%64%69%6E%67
http://www.natchezss.com/category.cfm?category=22&CFID=578470&CFTOKEN=42589740
http://www.bosesguns.com/Reloading_s/680.htm
http://www.kempfgunshop.com/products/reloading/index.html
http://216.15.64.227/?sessionID=1171382993TnT8161 T & T Reloading
http://www.powdervalleyinc.com/
http://www.pathfindersports.com/p/pathfindersports/default.asp?S=E3&Document=Bear+Creek&NID=19588
http://www.fmreloading.com/



Bullet Manufacturers
http://www.precisionbullets.com/products.html
http://www.xtremebullets.com/index.htm
http://www.pennbullets.com/calibers.html
http://www.beartoothbullets.com/index.htm
http://www.precisiondelta.com/products_new.htm
http://www.berrysmfg.com/categories/2-0.php
http://www.laser-cast.com/index.html
http://www.swiftbullets.com/index2a.html
http://www.barnesbullets.com/
http://www.hornady.com/shop/?page=shop/browse&category_id=f3bfaddc013794290bd11895807e0abb
http://www.sierrabullets.com/
http://www.meisterbullets.com/
http://www.bergerbullets.com/
http://www.speer-bullets.com/
http://www.nosler.com/index.php including Combined Technology
http://www.magnusbullets.com/




Reloading Equipment Manufacturers
http://www.leeprecision.com/
http://www.rcbs.com/default.asp?menu=1&s1=1
http://dillonprecision.com/default.cfm
http://www.reddingreloading.com/
http://www.huntingtons.com/
http://www.forsterproducts.com/


Reloading Data and Information
http://www.reloadammo.com/
http://www.reload-nrma.com/
http://www.reloadbench.com/main.html
http://www.accuratereloading.com/reload.html NOT THE MANUFACTURER SITE
http://www.reloadersnest.com/
http://www.loaddata.com/home/index.cfm?CFID=2554770&CFTOKEN=16197256


Powder Manufacturer
http://www.alliantpowder.com/
http://data.hodgdon.com/main_menu.asp Hodgdon, IMR, and Winchester powders
http://www.accuratepowder.com
HTTP://alliantpowder.com



Ballistics Calculator
http://www.eskimo.com/~jbm/calculations/traj/traj.html

gunslinger_627
03-13-2007, 12:26
GO BLUE, And you won't go wrong!

http://dillonprecision.com/

gunslinger_627
05-03-2007, 22:10
All information is from the company web site and help line.

SMOKEin
07-29-2007, 19:28
Originally posted by Steve Koski
Dear reloading newbies (we were all newbies once),

Do some reading in the links below. They're full of damned good info. After you've read up, post some really tough questions to entertain us old farts as we argue amongst eachother.

Basic Process:
http://www.rcbs.com/default.asp?menu=1&s1=5&s2=15
http://glocktalk.com/showthread.php?s=&threadid=461039

Minimum Equiment:
http://glocktalk.com/showthread.php?s=&threadid=408943

General Equipment:
http://glocktalk.com/showthread.php?s=&threadid=434969

Factory Crimp Die:
http://glocktalk.com/showthread.php?s=&threadid=612935
http://glocktalk.com/showthread.php?s=&threadid=701784

Starting Out with Single Stage Press:
http://glocktalk.com/showthread.php?s=&threadid=417098

Starting Out with a Turret Press:
http://glocktalk.com/showthread.php?s=&threadid=638556
http://glocktalk.com/showthread.php?s=&threadid=638326

Starting Out with a Progressive:
http://glocktalk.com/showthread.php?s=&threadid=428970

Single Stage vs. Progressive:
http://glocktalk.com/showthread.php?s=&threadid=482653
http://glocktalk.com/showthread.php?s=&threadid=397164
http://glocktalk.com/showthread.php?s=&threadid=483713

Reloading Manual Thread:
http://glocktalk.com/showthread.php?s=&threadid=451601

Startup costs:
http://glocktalk.com/showthread.php?s=&threadid=449139

Cost of reloads (9mm & 500 Mag in these examples):
http://glocktalk.com/showthread.php?s=&threadid=723330
http://glocktalk.com/showthread.php?s=&threadid=509251

Free Reloading Cost/Payback Spreadsheet (Current version is at bottom of FIRST post):
http://glocktalk.com/showthread.php?s=&threadid=78745

Reloads for Carry/Self Defense?
http://glocktalk.com/showthread.php?s=&threadid=471695

Need help or tips with your Lee Loadmaster?
Tip Thread: http://glocktalk.com/showthread.php?s=&postid=5830137#post5830137
Darwin-T's Setup Video #1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tFprUSI7WuM
Darwin-T's Setup Video #2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aCnWhkJSUQs
Shadow500's Setup Videos (several): Scroll down to last post on this page.


I wish these link's worked.. Now your all gonna be stuck answering my questions!!!!!!!!!!! :tongueout:

Steve Koski
07-31-2007, 20:18
Aw crap. Looks like GT has deleted the older threads. I'll try and re-tool it.

Steve Koski
08-27-2007, 21:30
Doh!

TahoeBear
09-19-2007, 21:29
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v260/dmchinnock/ScreenCaptureProfessional1.224mod.jpg

severa
11-27-2007, 18:16
ok, so i have a question...

according to something i read, nearly all mfgs say that reloads will void the warranty. i just got a new g34 and am thinking about studying reloading but two things are making me think twice: the warranty void issue, and the fact that glocks supposedly create bulges in the brass that makes reloading less a good idea..

i guess the former roadblock will go away with time (i just dont want the very first thing i do with my brand new pistol to be warranty voiding). will the latter be taken care of by the sizing step described above, or is the bulge too much? do aftermarket barrels also have this problem or is it something that only happens with glock factory barrels?

thanks

Steve Koski
11-27-2007, 22:11
Severa,

If you blow your new Glock up with bad reloads - that is your problem and it isn't and shouldn't be covered under warranty. If you shoot good reloads through it, who will know or care?

Glock 9mm barrels have good case support and are very easy to reload for. The only reason you might want an aftermarket barrel is for shooting cast lead bullets.

Koski

ArodJohns
12-16-2007, 13:19
Awesome thread guys! Makes for a nice Sunday afternoon read!

JMG22
12-22-2007, 21:56
Reloading tip: Do not reload if you are distressed,disturbed or tired

Steve Koski
12-23-2007, 00:25
Disturbed?

That counts most of us out.

Steel Talon
01-12-2008, 08:08
Here is a rifle reloading question:

HOW DO YOU SET THE RESIZE DIE BASED ON HEADSPACE? ;) Or is that referenced in one of the previous threads?


FWIW..

This is how I set up my F/L sizing die for bottleneck cartridges.

1. Take a once fired factory round and blacken the neck and shoulders with a Magic Marker or Sharpee pen. Some people like to smoke the neck and shoulder, but I find the Magic Marker/Sharpee pen a bit better.

2. Lubricate the case. I use Imperial Die Wax

3. Loosen the lock ring on the sizing die and back off about two turns from when the die is set to touch the shell holder.

4. Size the case. Note where the marks are on the case and turn the die down about a half a turn and size again. Turn down some more, and resize again. What you are looking for is the marks on the blackening just touching the shoulder.

5. Clean the lube from the case and try it in the rifle. It may chamber just a bit on the snug side. If so, turn the die down ever so slightly, lube and size again. Wipe off the lube and try in the rifle. If it slides in as easily as a factory round, you should be good to go. If not, usually one more very slight adjustment should fix the problem.

6. Tighten the locking ring for the die and you're done. You have just set your sizing die up for a custom fit to your specific rifle, rather than a generic one size fits all guns.

Peace
Steel Talon:cool:

freakshow10mm
01-17-2008, 22:25
Link for "what do you load" thread.

http://glocktalk.com/forums/showthread.php?t=694063

NotSoFast
06-29-2008, 17:19
My advise to all newbies is that they get a copy of the ABC's of Reloading (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0873491904/qid=1138242053/sr=2-2/ref=pd_bbs_b_2_2/103-6420724-8405404?s=books&v=glance&n=283155) and read it cover to cover.

The book is written for newbies. It goes over different types/brands of reloading equipment with simple, step by step instructions. The author's writing style makes it easy for beginners to comprehend the instructions.
I did that and I got a lot out of it. But I do hve to say that I prefer the Lyman Reloading Manual. It has much more detail and a really good layout.

http://www.midwayusa.com/eproductpage.exe/showproduct?saleitemid=462564

lowepg
10-06-2008, 16:38
about half the links on the top post are broken :-(

joe164
10-15-2008, 17:15
hi steve , I can't seem to get many of these threads to work.
any ideas

DFin
10-21-2008, 18:18
How much does a progressive press cost? I don't want to buy the single stage press and then regret it.

vote Republican
01-03-2009, 21:33
about half the links on the top post are broken :-(

These are archived out. Unfortunately, once this happens, the info is gone.

If someone can recreate the info or suggest newer links, I will try to organize & sticky this info.

AZson
01-17-2009, 18:26
I your reloading pistol I would use a lee turret press, rife I would use a RCBS rock chucker.

Bababooey
03-03-2009, 12:32
min equipment link is fubar ...


vBulletin Message <!-- main error message --> No Thread specified. If you followed a valid link, please notify the administrator (support@glocktalk.com)


Can someone give me a link to a low cost reloading setup so I can reload my 10mm auto ?

Figured might as well learn to reload since nobody has any for sale ...:crying:


Thanks

Tom G.
03-12-2009, 10:42
Here are some setup and operation videos that I made for the Lee Loadmaster.

Casefeed setup
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KW5fuw9KaVA

Casefeed theory of operation and demo
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pfep9hXXKBw

Lubrication
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C1TBU_eN1cQ

Bullet feed demo
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZRkbrJNWbpQ

Bullet feed setup
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QlgqMQGht9w

Adding and removing primers
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FyI23NtL2qk

Priming Video 1 of 3
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_uUQr855_K8

Priming Video 2 of 3
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ytn1BQTvnC0

Priming Video 3 of 3
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Dk3ytrH498

Animated primer system
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y1UfwapOfIE

Animated primer system side view
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wrUNIFWJY7E

Animated shellplate advance
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ovBWgAFzaSM

Chris
I just got my Load Master last week and was becoming very frustrated. I found your videos extremely helpful. Thanks.

Panther5

IndyGunFreak
03-14-2009, 10:52
Here are some setup and operation videos that I made for the Lee Loadmaster.

Casefeed setup
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KW5fuw9KaVA

Casefeed theory of operation and demo
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pfep9hXXKBw

Lubrication
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C1TBU_eN1cQ

Bullet feed demo
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZRkbrJNWbpQ

Bullet feed setup
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QlgqMQGht9w

Adding and removing primers
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FyI23NtL2qk

Priming Video 1 of 3
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_uUQr855_K8

Priming Video 2 of 3
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ytn1BQTvnC0

Priming Video 3 of 3
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Dk3ytrH498

Animated primer system
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y1UfwapOfIE

Animated primer system side view
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wrUNIFWJY7E

Animated shellplate advance
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ovBWgAFzaSM

Chris

Thanks a lot, I'm considering upgrading my Turrett to a Loadmaster, and read about primer feed problems a lot... Thanks for the videos

IGF

JoleBole
03-31-2009, 09:45
Dear reloading newbies (we were all newbies once),

Do some reading in the links below. They're full of damned good info. After you've read up, post some really tough questions to entertain us old farts as we argue amongst eachother.

Basic Process:
http://www.reload-nrma.com/metallic.html
http://www.reload-nrma.com/videos.html

Minimum Equiment:
http://glocktalk.com/forums/showthread.php?t=736006

Working Up a Load
http://glocktalk.com/forums/showthread.php?t=814093

Factory Crimp Die:
http://glocktalk.com/forums/showthread.php?t=701784

Starting Out with Single Stage Press:
http://glocktalk.com/forums/showthread.php?t=736008

Starting Out with a Turret Press:
http://glocktalk.com/forums/showthread.php?t=638556

Starting Out with a Progressive:
http://glocktalk.com/forums/showthread.php?t=748687

Single Stage vs. Turrent vs. Progressive:
http://glocktalk.com/forums/showthread.php?t=757492

Reloading Manual Thread:
http://glocktalk.com/forums/showthread.php?t=737716

Startup costs:
http://glocktalk.com/forums/showthread.php?t=736844

Cost of reloads (9mm in this example):
http://glocktalk.com/forums/showthread.php?t=723330

Free Reloading Cost/Payback Spreadsheet (Current version is at bottom of FIRST post):
http://glocktalk.com/forums/showthread.php?t=78745

Reloads for Carry/Self Defense?
CRAP! That was a good thread.

Can I shoot lead bullets in my Glock?
http://glocktalk.com/forums/showthread.php?t=820554

Need help or tips with your Lee Loadmaster?
Darwin-T's Setup Video #1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tFprUSI7WuM
Darwin-T's Setup Video #2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aCnWhkJSUQs
Shadow500's Setup Videos (several): Scroll down to last post on this page.

Tips for Hornady LNL AP Users Here!
http://glocktalk.com/forums/showthread.php?t=802420
http://glocktalk.com/forums/showthread.php?t=819984

Most of this threads don't exist, or the links are invalid :crying:

Plyr58
04-21-2009, 16:22
Anyone have a reloading cost savings spreadsheet so I can "show" my wife I will save money by reloading?

4570Lever
06-14-2009, 18:45
Single stage yardstick - time and money

The following is one example of time needed in a single instance of production for 50 rounds. The caliber was the very common .40SW pistol round.

There was no rushing of any kind nor cutting of corners that might compromise safety. Simply an effort to calculate the average time needed to produce one box of ammo when proceeding with purpose, deliberately and steadily. This may inform those looking to start reloading with the traditionally recommended single-stage press, and curious about the level of production.

I am neither a novice nor pro but have 5 years experience as a hobbyist and learned from scratch on a Lee Anniversary kit (still in use and also for this example) by reading, one visit to the reloader who ordered my kit for me (before I figured out I could have done that myself!) and some additional information picked up online.

This is simply a reasonable yardstick. If you are moving slower or faster it is not necessarily an indication you are doing anything wrong.

Other steps ancillary to the process not included are brass sorting and selection. It assumes your brass has been tumbled or is otherwise ready to load. It does not include any case lube time if you are not using carbide dies.

If you are new it is certainly ok to do more safety inspections of the process to insure you're on the mark.

:09 Decap
:13 Prime
:22 Flare/Powder/inspect for doubles/squibs
:16 Seat/COAL check

Total: 1 hour exactly

:10 Crimp (optional)

Bench cleanup add <5 minutes.

There are little production tricks you can pick up over time. If you've lucked into a range bucket and want to have a prep session you can save time for later loading. Advance prep would mean sorting brass already clean, tumbling the rest, batching it in baggies of a 50 or 100. You can then sit down to a massive de-cap session where the case are all deprimed and resized. Again, count and re-bag/inventory and it will be ready to go once you're ready to start. Don't prime a lot in advance since recipe selection on some rounds might mean choosing between a standard or magnum primer. Naturally this will not matter if you're sure and have limited bullet/powder choices
and know for sure.

If you have some of these steps out of the way its not impossible to knock out 100 rounds in 90 minutes or so, but never rush at the expense of quality or safety.

The above simply summarizes this one reloader's experience over time and an actual example.

The ammo produced from this session is now ready to shoot. It can be loaded into magazines and put in service for carry or taken to a range and shot with no further delay.

If you wish to double check your rounds, a final check can include a chamber check, where you actually cycle some rounds thru your gun to insure they're chambering properly, or use a gauge if you have one. Remember to keep your gun pointed in a safe direction if cycling your rounds thru the gun since they're now live.

As always, you are responsible for safe weapon and ammo handling as well as every round that leaves the gun.

Money Saved

The following were my costs for this:

Powder: - $1.32 (1 lb = 7000gr, .002857 cents per grain at $20/lb, 9.3 grain load)
Primers: - $1.50 at .03/ea (brick at $30)
Bullets: - $6.00, (.12c each in bulk)
Brass: - re-use

Total: $8.83
Avg OTS price these parts: $18.50 (40SW cheap ball ammo, American Eagle)

So the savings in this instance was about $10.00/box. Load only 14 boxes and you've paid for a Lee anniversary kit. I don't know of any other form of economizing that has this quick a payback and its fun and productive to boot.

This can be improved upon:
-cast your bullets from wheel weights
-find a cheaper production source
-some powders can be had as low as $15.00/lb
-primers can be had in bulk cheaper with the right source
-different powder selection by recipe using powders with higher burn efficiency

Some of my loads in .38sp are down in the area of $6/box, some here do it for less than half that if they take the biggest cost (bullets!) out of the equation by casting their own.

dalep
11-08-2010, 16:54
I'm new to Glocktalk and reloading, but this is an Excel 2007 spreadsheet I made up to look at the cost of reloading vs. buying cheep ammo.

I eventually decided to reload, and added features to track that spending as well. A lot if it is based on named ranges of cells. If you not familiar with that, updating with your own information may not work well.

This was not intended as anything beyond my own use, but perhaps it will be useful to some out there that use excel. If you do not have excel, this may or may not work with OpenOffice. I have not tried it.

Something else I recently found but have not tried is Reloaders Reference (http://reloadersrfrnce.sourceforge.net/).

justinsaneok
12-05-2010, 21:24
No links are working

ghr1142
07-07-2012, 09:22
Steve, your the man ! thank you for all your info. on this issue I posted .
Thank you,
keep your powder dry.
ghr1142

Bremmer
07-26-2012, 13:33
Hello,
I am new to GT and love the wealth of expert information I see.
I am interested in reloading since buying a G20. After countless hours of research I believe I will choose the LCT for my first hand loader. Does anyone have an opinion about using the Lyman #55 powder measure with the LCT? Will I need anything to make this work other than the 7/8 x 14 thread adapter?

Thanks,
Bremmer

ael
01-06-2013, 22:01
Where is the "Reloading Cost/Payback Spreadsheet" located? The links to the forum post mentioned here are broken. Thanks!

F106 Fan
01-06-2013, 22:20
Where is the "Reloading Cost/Payback Spreadsheet" located? The links to the forum post mentioned here are broken. Thanks!

Google is your friend! Just try 'reloading payback spreadsheet' and one of the replys is:

http://forums.outdoorsdirectory.com/showthread.php/36-Reloading-Calculator-Spreadsheet

The actual spreadsheet is at:

http://westernsafellc.com/Reloading.xls

Richard

F106 Fan
01-06-2013, 22:22
Hello,
I am new to GT and love the wealth of expert information I see.
I am interested in reloading since buying a G20. After countless hours of research I believe I will choose the LCT for my first hand loader. Does anyone have an opinion about using the Lyman #55 powder measure with the LCT? Will I need anything to make this work other than the 7/8 x 14 thread adapter?

Thanks,
Bremmer

OOPS! This is old...

Richard

ael
01-06-2013, 22:32
Google is your friend! Just try 'reloading payback spreadsheet' and one of the replys is:

http://forums.outdoorsdirectory.com/showthread.php/36-Reloading-Calculator-Spreadsheet

The actual spreadsheet is at:

http://westernsafellc.com/Reloading.xls

Richard

Thanks, Richard!! Appreciate how quickly you threw me the info! August