Reloading this evening


March 5, 2005, 10:25 PM
I got home from work this afternoon and tended a handull of honey dos like replacing a couple of damaged vinyl tiles on the kitchen floor and finish installing the new dish washer and the like. Well I got into the family room and executed a quick clean up and inventoried by 45 ACP ammo and found I was down to maybe 400 rounds. I cleaned all of the accumulated crap off of the loading table and sat down to get the ready service inventory back to where it belongs. I was loading 200 gr LSWC over 5.6 gr of AA#2, one of my favorite all around loads. I load on a Dillon 550 but I only have 3 large primer tubes. My standard is to load primers into the machine and then refill the primer tube so I have 400 primers ready to go. I ran through the 400 primers in about an hour, while tending the case tumbler and rotating wash, since I was obstructing the path for SWMBO from the laundry room. I figured that I would load another 600 and get on with business. Reloaded the machine and tubes and went to work. One hour later I had 500 rounds in the hopper ready to box. When I load I do a 100% visual on powder and weigh every 100th powder charge. I may get away from that since I never had a deviation of more than a tenth when using AA#2. This was a milestone for me in that this is the first time I made 500 rds/hr with a primer tube reload. Now my ready service locker contains 1400 rounds of general service ammo and about 200 rounds for those serious social occassions that we all hope to avoid.

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March 6, 2005, 08:20 AM do you do the visual on the powder? Pull each case out to look?

March 6, 2005, 09:22 AM
Sounds great - very soon I should be tumbling 9mm cases, and loading up a batch or four, but with a single stage it takes a bit longer. No problem - it is a fun job!
I also use AA#2 - good stuff...115gr over 4.2gr. Next will be the 115gr LRN over 4.4gr weekend.....

March 6, 2005, 08:31 PM
With a relatively large diameter short case like the 45 ACP, with a good light in place, I can see well into the case when I index from the neck expander/powder dump station to the bullet seating station. This is one of the reasons I like a little bulkier powder than Bullseye or 231. On light loads those charges can get lost in the bottom of the case. But the real trick is positioning and adequate light.

March 7, 2005, 06:10 AM
HRT is right about lighting. I have a floor lamp with a goose neck and I position it so that the light shines right down into the powder charging and bullet seating stations on my RCBS AmmoMaster. This press also has a clear plastic drop tube for the powder measure, so I can also see the powder flowing into the case. No squibs yet!

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