reloaded my first 25 .380 rounds...


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Carbon_15
May 5, 2009, 06:24 PM
...and I have officialy made back the $30 I spent on the dies.
Sad, but atleast I can afford to shoot my new 230 and LCP.

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NCsmitty
May 5, 2009, 07:05 PM
Congratulations Carbon_15, at least you won't be held hostage by the ammo shortage. You'll enjoy that personal satisfaction of being able to choose your own load.
Good luck.

NCsmitty

Carbon_15
May 5, 2009, 07:07 PM
Never thought I would see the day when it would be worth it to reload 9mm much less .380

marcodo
May 5, 2009, 08:18 PM
I found the 380 cases to be a little more difficult to work with...very soft and easy to crush. Once you get the hang of it, it goes quickly. Not many boxes to break even...even if it wasn't the money, you almost need to do it for the availability

Marlin 45 carbine
May 5, 2009, 08:45 PM
at a buck a shot for h-p's (some are selling fmj for that) it doesn't take long to add up.
Mike at mastercast in Carbondale, Ill makes a good .380acp rn cast slug.

Carbon_15
May 5, 2009, 09:32 PM
Fortuantly I cast my own bullets too...

Roccobro
May 6, 2009, 02:40 AM
It has been 3 weeks since my 1 year anniversary of an order of 9mm bullets placed with Mike at Mastercast.com.

I'll just wait another week or so and buy some .380 from Montana Bullet Co. with their THR discount. Looks like the ship the next day. Not the next year (or more?).

Justin

wankerjake
May 6, 2009, 03:11 AM
Congrats. At the gun show over the weekend I saw a guy spend $70 for 40 rounds of gold dot ammo. And that was an afterthought, he had just bought a whole bag of ammo from the guy, and was like oh let me get 2 more boxes of those gold dots. He was going to use it as range fodder in his new bersa 380. Even the salesperson with the outrageous prices grimmaced when he heard the news. My point is that you will be happy to be able to afford to shoot your LCP! Good job.

MkgReloader
May 6, 2009, 12:33 PM
"I found the 380 cases to be a little more difficult to work with...very soft and easy to crush. Once you get the hang of it, it goes quickly."

I have to agree. The first time I reloaded 380's I crushed a bunch. Got the Lee Pro 1000 set up perfect now and loaded 150 Sunday in under an hour.

bedwards1
May 6, 2009, 12:52 PM
Man, they are really thin. I had to re-align my Lee after crushing a few. They were catching the lip of the die's. Apparently the turrent can get off center. All is well now though.

Randy1911
May 6, 2009, 03:34 PM
I crushed a few when I first started to load the 380 also. If you don't pay close attention on a progressive it is easy to do. I broke several decapping pins and even bent one decapping stem. Thanks RCBS for the free replacementw.

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