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This past Saturday, I hit my 6th year of rolling my own handgun cartridges. Still happy with my Lee classic turret press. I started in April of 2014 with 45acp & 38 Special/357 mag. By June I had added 9mm and then by summer/fall of 2015 I was also loading 380 and 40. At first I was loading a lot of 9mm but by 2016 I was fully involved with revolvers and 38 specials are what I load the most of.
Lately its been 9mm and I loaded these tonight and last week. These are a 124gr FMJ from Rocky Mountain Reloading, loaded with 5.5gr of Power Pistol and a 145gr Hi-Tek coated bullet over 3.7gr of Unique
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Congratulations mate, think about how much money you saved:)

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Since I don't reload, generally how long does it take most of you to complete 50 rounds of 9mm or 38?
Mark will probably jump in here ,but I could do them after set up in about 15mins, with a progressive. Now if I had case and bullet feeder, as quick as you can pull the handle. Mark has a Dillon 1050, which is basically a commercial press.. look forwRd to his comments.

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Tonight I did 150 rounds of 9mm in 1.5 hours, and I wasn't pushing it. That time includes getting out the components, double checking my recipe, and when done putting everything away, labeling the ammo I loaded and recording it in my log book. Longer cases like 38 and 357 take a bit longer but not much. My arm gets tired of resizing that tall brass before I hit 100, so I go a bit slower
 

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Tonight I did 150 rounds of 9mm in 1.5 hours, and I wasn't pushing it. That time includes getting out the components, double checking my recipe, and when done putting everything away, labeling the ammo I loaded and recording it in my log book. Longer cases like 38 and 357 take a bit longer but not much. My arm gets tired of resizing that tall brass before I hit 100, so I go a bit slower
50 in 30mins on a Turret is about right mate, don’t need to break records.:) you would like a progressive, but if you like what you have? Power to you mate..

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Go Blue !!!

Mark will probably jump in here ,but I could do them after set up in about 15mins, with a progressive. Now if I had case and bullet feeder, as quick as you can pull the handle. Mark has a Dillon 1050, which is basically a commercial press.. look forwRd to his comments.

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Hey Welsh,

Have two 1050's, one for 45acp & 45LC (separate heads & shell plates, both are large primer calibers) the other for .38 Special (small primer) and a 550.

On a 550, one can load 500rds/hr of 45acp. About 400rds/hr for 38, .44, .45LC, 30-06. For 22-250, 38-55 and 45/70 its about 300 to 350rds/hr.

On the 1050, can handily load 1,000rds/hr of 45acp or 45LC. Can only get about 800 to 900rds/hr on the 38's.. Arthritis stinks. LOL

For a new shooter, I highly recommend the Dillon 550C. The most user friendly progressive machine made. Easy to change calibers. No fuss. You want to make ammo? Start pulling the handle:D You can feed one case at a time, until you are "sure" how to work the machine.

Accuracy of ammo loaded on the 550 is second to none. Note the 22-250AI pic. :D

The 1050's have a rather steep "learning curve"...if something messes up, can take a bit to fix it....(like the forsaken small primer 45acp brass:mad:) They will make ammo fast and reliably, and rarely mess up...

One learns to avoid some things, like "Seller & Blow" brass. Leave it lay. :D

Hope this helps.

Later, Mark
 

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Hey Welsh,

Have two 1050's, one for 45acp & 45LC (separate heads & shell plates, both are large primer calibers) the other for .38 Special (small primer) and a 550.

On a 550, one can load 500rds/hr of 45acp. About 400rds/hr for 38, .44, .45LC, 30-06. For 22-250, 38-55 and 45/70 its about 300 to 350rds/hr.

On the 1050, can handily load 1,000rds/hr of 45acp or 45LC. Can only get about 800 to 900rds/hr on the 38's.. Arthritis stinks. LOL

For a new shooter, I highly recommend the Dillon 550C. The most user friendly progressive machine made. Easy to change calibers. No fuss. You want to make ammo? Start pulling the handle:D You can feed one case at a time, until you are "sure" how to work the machine.

Accuracy of ammo loaded on the 550 is second to none. Note the 22-250AI pic. :D

The 1050's have a rather steep "learning curve"...if something messes up, can take a bit to fix it....(like the forsaken small primer 45acp brass:mad:) They will make ammo fast and reliably, and rarely mess up...

One learns to avoid some things, like "Seller & Blow" brass. Leave it lay. :D

Hope this helps.

Later, Mark
Hard core mate, I’m good with my LNL, some good comparisons with the Dillon 650, Hickok45 likes the 550 Dillon too. That would be a great upgrade for Jones’s...my o2

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Hey Welsh,

Have two 1050's, one for 45acp & 45LC (separate heads & shell plates, both are large primer calibers) the other for .38 Special (small primer) and a 550.

On a 550, one can load 500rds/hr of 45acp. About 400rds/hr for 38, .44, .45LC, 30-06. For 22-250, 38-55 and 45/70 its about 300 to 350rds/hr.

On the 1050, can handily load 1,000rds/hr of 45acp or 45LC. Can only get about 800 to 900rds/hr on the 38's.. Arthritis stinks. LOL

For a new shooter, I highly recommend the Dillon 550C. The most user friendly progressive machine made. Easy to change calibers. No fuss. You want to make ammo? Start pulling the handle:D You can feed one case at a time, until you are "sure" how to work the machine.

Accuracy of ammo loaded on the 550 is second to none. Note the 22-250AI pic. :D

The 1050's have a rather steep "learning curve"...if something messes up, can take a bit to fix it....(like the forsaken small primer 45acp brass:mad:) They will make ammo fast and reliably, and rarely mess up...

One learns to avoid some things, like "Seller & Blow" brass. Leave it lay. :D

Hope this helps.

Later, Mark
Mark, that's not a reloading room, its a reloading factory!
 

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Mark, that's not a reloading room, its a reloading factory!
Hey Jonesy,

You're too kind.

The way I work, need to be able to crank out ammo in short order.:D

Later, Mark
 

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Hard core mate, I’m good with my LNL, some good comparisons with the Dillon 650, Hickok45 likes the 550 Dillon too. That would be a great upgrade for Jones’s...my o2

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Hey Welsh,

The 550 is really quick to change calibers. 30-06 to 45acp.? Ten seconds. (both use same shell plate)

45acp to 44mag? Two minutes. Movin' slow. LOL (change shell plate)

44mag to 38. 5 or 6 minutes. (need to change primer mechanism, call it ten minutes the first time)

Also relatively inexpensive to "change" calibers..

Later, Mark
 
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Nice setups. I use a LNL Hornady progressive press. It improves throughput, but keeps me busy loading components and measuring completed cartridges by hand as I work.

A bit slower, but the quality is there in the output.

I also keep a single stage Lyman press for special projects, decapping and primer pocket swaging.
 

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I being in my seventh decade have lost a certain amount of interest in reloading even thou I have one 550 and two SDB Dillon units but did dispose of my Redding equipment. My reloading endeavors are mainly 9X19mm,45ACP and occasionally 44Spl/Mag. I've given up a cross the course rifle competition thus no longer reload for rifles. The data that I use is structured in Bill of Materials format, a little more detailed than some would have in their endeavor's.

Reloading as a hobby, no not really more of a means to a end. At some point it was a hobby out of necessity but no longer as I have the finances to purchase what I need or want within reason.
 
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