All 9mm finally loaded! YEAH


Peter M. Eick
July 7, 2013, 07:20 PM
I has been several long days on the press, but 3998 rounds later I have all my 9mm loaded up. I am not sure where I lost the last two pieces of brass, but so be it. I was cranking about 1000 to 1200 rounds per day on the press over the weekend so I could get it done and switched over to 357 Maximum.

I will do the change over tonight so I can start loading the Max.

I now have all of my non-starline 357Sig loaded, all 9mm, almost all 380Auto (found a few in my 9mm's). I still have a bunch of 38 Super loaded up so I will switch to Max and break up the box of 2000 pieces I have for it.

I tend to load in batches. All of one caliber then move on to the next one. My plan is to do some of my standard 357 Max (hot load of 4227 with a 180 grn Lead SWC), then some 38/44's (above current book max load of 4756 and a 158 SWC), then make a series of experiments with the 357 Magnum and the 158 Lead SWC and Jacketed JHP.

So anyone else sharing the joy of a long loading session and saying its done?

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July 7, 2013, 08:10 PM
Well, on a smaller scale I have recently finished a couple of cartridge batches. But I load on a single stage presses, so I don't get any where near the volume. I just finished up 500 pieces of 9mm JHP, 500 .40 cal. JHP, and 500 .357's JHP.

But I also did a load development for a 700 in 6mm Rem with a new bullet. I haven't yet put them all together, but I have finished the development process and have everything all dialed in, brass is completely finished being prepped. Now all I have left to do is to charge and seat a couple hundred rounds.

And just finished getting a new Ruger American in 270 win. broken in, load development is finished, and I have a couple hundred rounds ready for the fall hunting season.

The 7mm RM will be easy because I have worked up and dialed in multiple different loads that perform beautifully. Brass is already prepped and ready to go.


July 7, 2013, 08:19 PM
I don't care for long reloading sessions. I keep 500 rounds loaded for each caliber that I shoot and reload them as I use them.

July 7, 2013, 08:28 PM
WOW. That is INTENSE! I loaded 700 .357 Magnums in one day and that was enough for me...!

My normal session usually runs anywhere from 50 (rifle) to 200-300 (handgun).

July 7, 2013, 08:32 PM
That's quiet a marathon! I started loading in "batches" a few months ago. I sat down and loaded every .45 acp I had, then moved to the next caliber. On and on it went. I spent every night for a week out in the garage and it's nice to see the pile of ammo at the end of it.

Now I need to go shoot so I can do some more reloading!

the count
July 7, 2013, 08:38 PM
Don't want to be Mr. PartyPooper here... but you DID make 4,000 rounds of ammo where you know for sure that your guns like them, right? I once make (only) 200 rounds of 9mm with lead bullets for a 1960's Walther P38 only to find out that it did not like that particular mfg's lead at all...

July 7, 2013, 09:50 PM
Count, Peter shoots 5 figures worth of ammo every year. I think by this point he's figured out what he likes.

That quite the grind, my friend. I have enough bullets, primers & powder to do a 4,000 round grind, just not the brass. I figure it's reusable and what I have in brass will go 4k, eventually, after shooting once or three times.

Most I've done in one session was 1500 rounds of 38 Special for a shooting class.

July 7, 2013, 10:20 PM
My largest single burst of reloading was 318 rounds of .223 and .40 on a weekend back in 2012. That probably took (with brass prepped and primed, I would imagine) four or five hours spread out over several sessions.

I'm strictly SS and don't shoot anything like that kind of volume.

July 7, 2013, 10:23 PM
I'll do 500 to 700 or so at one sitting, but then I want a break. The last time I did a bunch of the same load (2000), I did it in three days. :)

July 7, 2013, 11:30 PM
Yikes!! Most Ive loaded at one time is 100 9mm, and 50 .38 special and 25 .357... My back started getting sore at that point so i quit... What press you load on?

July 7, 2013, 11:34 PM
that is what i like to do. load in large batches. then change over the dillon to an other caliber. i do around 2k at a time in pistol. rifle not so much, mostly 200 to 300 at a time because i still to rifle on a single stage press.

July 7, 2013, 11:37 PM
Got 3,000 rounds of 38 Super sitting under the Dillon that needs to get stuffed... Not looking forward to it but alas, it is inevitable.

July 8, 2013, 01:09 AM
I have 1500 pieces of primed and sized 38spl ready for when i finally get a chance to send back my lee six banger mold where I broke the sprue plate nut clean off. I tend to like to prime and size cases as I wait for lead to cast the boolits, but for 45, I guess ill load em as I empty em as I casted up 3,150 230 grain boolits over the weekend. Meant to save some lead for 38 boolits but I got carried away haha, guess I gotta do another tire shop lead sweep south of me...

July 8, 2013, 09:25 AM
I load in batches as well, but back problems (and I don't care what kind of super loading chair I use) make it a painful exercise for anything over an hour. On my Dillon 550B's, that's 200 or so....plenty for my home range and an afternoon's fun and games with friends. Rod:)

July 8, 2013, 10:30 AM
Hey Peter,
Good job! That sounds like a busy weekend. I hope you are using a progressive! ;-)

I did much the same this weekend. It was hot here and my cool basement/press was calling me. I've bought several target .38s and had run out of my standard load (148g HBWC in front of 2.7g Bullseye). I had everything in hand and pushed 1,450 rounds off the press. Yep, I gotta Progressive's fantastic to be able to run a bunch out.

Say, you still have that old 8 3/8" pre-27? That was a pretty revolver.


July 8, 2013, 10:57 AM
Wow! Not sure I've ever completed more than 200-300 of anything in a weekend. I resized/decapped and trimmed 500 .223 cases this weekend, and thought I was doing good. :(

July 8, 2013, 02:04 PM
I did 200 9mm on my Pro 1000 on Saturday. I did 200 .223 on a Lee handheld press, and 100 .308 on the same, on Sunday. My hat is off to you.

Hondo 60
July 8, 2013, 02:43 PM
I enjoy short reloading sessions, then a nap.

The joys of retirement ^^^^^^^^ :p

July 8, 2013, 03:21 PM
I made up 200 .303 Brit rounds once, with 174gr. FMJBT's, and then found out my Enfields don't like BT bullets. Every shot keyholed flat against the target. Had to pull them all down, that made my jaws tight.....

July 8, 2013, 03:42 PM
I tend to load whatever bullets I have for handgun until they're all loaded, or I run out of brass. I've actually shot factory loads to get more brass to put my bullets in. :rolleyes:

July 8, 2013, 04:40 PM
When you count your prepped brass by the 5 GAL bucket loading it all would be a chore.:eek: I will spent the late fall early winter evenings prepping/loading my ammo and then spend the next summer shooting it up.:) BTW I use a SS or turret press and load in multiple 60 hole loading blocks. I try to limit it to 500--750 rounds a night as there is really no hurry to complete the job. Quality over quantity is my way. Bet you were glad when it was over with.:D
The only ones I dread are the 25 ACP rounds with my big clumsy fingers.:D

July 8, 2013, 04:57 PM
Wow !
I finally got all my supplies to reload the 557 - 9MM cases and the 326 - 45ACP that I had been gathering over the last couple months,
I started this past weekend on Friday afternoon, then would come back to it in 2-hour sessions over the whole weekend, I finally finished up last night about 11:30 ,
I suppose I had a total of about 15-16 hours into that project, and its got me convinced that IF I am going to reload my pistol cases, I will buy a progressive reloader as doing it 1-step at a time with the ol' RCBS single stage really sucked !!
Towards the end I would come back and sit down, look at the pile of brass, and wonder what I was doing......
I will now reload in smaller batches to prevent burnout !!

July 8, 2013, 05:05 PM
Yesterday I finished loading 9mm also. Used up the last of my bullets and down to less than 100 SP primers. Probably close to 4k rd in stock. I usually load in batches of 100, sometimes 200. Have a Dillon SquareDeal but removed the priming system as, no matter how carefully it is adjusted it loves to flip primers. Great for sizing, charging and seating but the primer system has been erratic. 9mm bras is no problem to obtain. The range where is shoot is usually littered with the stuff.

July 8, 2013, 05:11 PM
Don't want to be Mr. PartyPooper here... but you DID make 4,000 rounds of ammo where you know for sure that your guns like them, right? I once make (only) 200 rounds of 9mm with lead bullets for a 1960's Walther P38 only to find out that it did not like that particular mfg's lead at all...
I've done that and it sucks!!! I'm too detached to spend 2 hours pulling bullets!

July 8, 2013, 05:29 PM
I made 100 30 Carbine from 'unreloadable' Amerc brass :P

Trick is to inspect the HECK out of it. Some of their 'factory' stuff split on me, and when I pulled the bullets, I saw why.
Hand select the brass that doesn't have those features and they didn't split!!

July 8, 2013, 05:31 PM
I resized/decapped and trimmed 500 .223 cases this weekend, and thought I was doing good

You did do good. Pistol is much easier to load because those cases don't need lubed (except the 357 Sig) or trimmed. I hate prepping rifle brass. I think trimming is the worst part.

July 8, 2013, 06:15 PM
The oldest came home from his new job in Kentucky--he wanted me to run 200-115 gr
9 mm--I loaded them with 4.5 gr of Win 231 in about 2 hours using a Lee classic turret---normally that would take me 1 week working on & off.
He called me & said I made one squib ( first one in about 20 years) Maybe he thought I was trying to kill him as he left his 2 teenage daughters & their dog for us to take care of. Being retired 14 years-- I don't rush reloading
Anyway the bullet stuck in his barrel & he said it came out with one push on a punch ?
Maybe someday he will find a shop with some to sell.

July 8, 2013, 06:17 PM
Ya that's quite a bite more than I would do in a sitting, I usually do a 100 or so and call it good

July 8, 2013, 06:29 PM
The cases I used had the primer already installed

Marlin 45 carbine
July 8, 2013, 07:36 PM
if you have a 9mm carbine you'll be surprised at the velocity/accuracy gains that can be achieved with good handloads and 'premium ' bullets. 124gr specifically
I load for myself and nephews 9mm handguns and carbines useing +P loads of Power Pistol and various makes of slugs.
50 yds tighter groups than needed to be effective at 100yds

July 8, 2013, 07:51 PM
I, Like walkalong, have been dragging my feet slowly over the bench lately- just getting some 44 mag prepped ( 500 pieces ) and my 30 carbine sorted. I'll get to those little buggers someday.......

Congratulations on the big haul ! Its nice to have a nice pretty pile.......... but we need PICS, or it DIDNT HAPPEN :D

July 8, 2013, 08:23 PM
Wow. A comfortable evening turning out a hundred 9mm or 20 30-06 seems so...

Peter M. Eick
July 8, 2013, 08:38 PM
Just to answer the question, yes, before I made up the batches (about 1500 give or take of each load), I tested them or they were a known load. I even shot about 500 during the session just to be sure I had it worked out right. My normal range session is around 500 rounds and over this holiday I shot around 1300 rounds of centerfire (357 Mag, 38/44, 38 Special and 9mm).

For Vonfatman. Why of course I have the 8 3/8". Plus it found a friend.

Can you tell which is which? Answer at the bottom of this post

I find with my pro2000, it is fairly easy to run off 800 to 1000 rounds at a session before I am tired. Since it is an APS primer system I never handle a primer. I was loading bulk MBC bullets so I just had to feed primer strips, keep the powder topped off and then just shove brass and bullets. The time is spent sorting and logging the rounds in. I sort after I load so I get all of the Speer cases from the Win's etc. I find this helps my accuracy.

To put it in perspective, this year I have loaded 17,517 rounds, fired 8,655 rounds and so I really have not put much back onto the ammo pile. Right now 357 Magnum is at zero rounds, 38 special I only have 718 rounds loaded and 38/44 I only have 488 rounds. I have a lot of loading to do which is why I am cranking out big batches.

My next plan is to do 158 JHP's and 158 LSWC's with 2400, Blue Dot, 296 and Longshot from 15% below max to 10% over current book max and do 50 per level in 5% increments. I have a stated goal of trying to recreate the original 357 Magnum power levels for my Redhawk 357 Magnum. I want 1550 FPS with a 158 with the lowest pressure.

For Vonfatman, its the bottom one.

July 9, 2013, 12:23 PM
That's A LOT of ammo. I did 1k rounds of 9mm in one day on my LCT about 6 months ago. Other than that I've done a few 500-750 round sessions. Feels good when you are done. That's for sure.

July 10, 2013, 07:02 AM
My best is as follows:

5000 rds 9mm 124 FMJ
3000 rds .45 ACP FMJ
1000 rds .45 Colt 255 LFP
500 rds 25-20 WCF 75 JSP

All loaded in 7 days on my Dillon 550B

July 10, 2013, 07:56 AM
My son and I cranked out 554 9mm last night between 4:30 PM and 8 PM on a Rockchucker. The odd number was due to running out of powder. Looking forward to the arrival of my 4 lbs of W231 from Recob's Target Shop so I can finish.

July 10, 2013, 09:42 AM
Man Peter that is a wonderful revolver. Thanks for sharing.


July 10, 2013, 09:46 AM
Coincidentally I finished a "batch" of 2600 .45 ACP yesterday.
A couple evenings on the 650 and done.
I suppose my least favorite is loading primer tubes, although loading six tubes at a time is somehow a bit less tedious.
Ordinarily shoot 400 rds per range session, which we do every Friday. I can forget about reloading .45 ACP for a while.

July 10, 2013, 12:59 PM
I did bulk material handling & sorting equipment design work for a small commercial caster. They had at the time acquired a commercial automated loading machine. I can't remember the total production for an eight hour period but I've not forgotten the amount of propellant powder consumed 18.8 pounds of W231.

GW Staar
July 11, 2013, 12:25 AM
Congratulation Pete! That stash would last me several years.....not by choice. Peter Eick is a living example of how to save serious money loading ammo. To save the way he does you have to buy in bulk. That means spending serious dough to get the cheaper price. The price break where he buys has been at the 10,000 primer level.

I copied this picture of one of Pete's older posts....slightly more than 10,000.:rolleyes: Each box is 5000.....the picture represents one order for him.

Of course he does the same thing on powder and bullets. He's the reason I bought a Pro 2000. The thing is simple to use and stout as a tank.....and preloaded primers are a joy to use on one, not a drudgery.

The press has loaded more than 300,000 rounds for him and going.

July 11, 2013, 02:27 AM
I'm in awe of anyone who buys AND uses that many primers, as Pete obviously does. No way would I buy that many at once. But then, at my age, I don't buy green bananas either. ;)

July 11, 2013, 05:11 PM
It seems I'm in the middle of load development for all my firearms so no bulk loading for me. Finding the right powder charge can be a chore but throw lead alloy on top of it and it becomes tedious. It's a good thing my criteria for a lot of it isn't bench rest accuracy. If that was the case I don't think I'd ever be done.

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Peter M. Eick
July 13, 2013, 05:13 PM
I look at the picture of the primers and they are nearly all gone already. I think I only have about 20,000 left and they will be run through by this fall.

Summer is reloading time for me. Right now it is 100F out and 111 heat index. The reloading room is 78F and 50% humidity so other than a break to see the forums, the press has been cranking away.

It is a lot of fun to load big batches. You get in a groove, relax and clear your head of the weeks stresses and work and then just load. Sort of like when I shoot. Relax, clear the head and try to just let the gun roll with the recoil.

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