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Hornady One Shot + X-die = Progressive?

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by Shrinkmd, Dec 16, 2009.


Is rifle progressive loading really possible?

  1. Hornady One Shot and X-die make it happen

    4 vote(s)
  2. RCBS Lube die and X-die do the job

    0 vote(s)
  3. Tried and failed, pre-prep the brass and you can't go wrong

    2 vote(s)
  4. Other/single stage only/All I shoot is milsurp 7.62x54R

    0 vote(s)
  1. Shrinkmd

    Shrinkmd Participating Member

    Jul 1, 2005
    Austin, TX
    I've been reading more about this, and it seems like there is a contingent of reloaders succeeding with either the RCBS lube die and X-die, or using Hornady One Shot Aerosol and X-die who can run their rifle cases through their progressive all at once, no pre-prepping the brass.

    Does anyone here do this successfully? And which works better?
  2. ants

    ants Senior Member

    Nov 24, 2007
    You provided very few options. I don't do any of those, Shrink.

    Plinking ammo can be made on a progressive that has enough clearance to seat the bullet, and enough capacity in the powder measure for the chosen powder charge. Better make sure the case length will be good after sizing.

    I doubt you'll ever make highly accurate long-range match ammo that way.
  3. eldon519

    eldon519 Senior Member

    Jul 21, 2005
    I've done it with an X-die and One Shot in a Dillon 550B. Works fine. I wouldn't say it's anything revolutionary though.

    You'll find people even love One Shot or hate it. Here's the trick: Get yourself a freezer storage bag, and spray a good dose of One Shot directly in there, a really good dose the first time. Rub the liquid around really well in there by just rubbing the plastic bag layers against each other; that'll coat the inner bag walls. Then throw your brass in, seal it almost all of the way so air can still get out but brass stays in, and just rub and jostle the brass around in there through the bag layers (don't stick your hands inside). It should be pretty well lubed at that point. Keep using the same bag, and you don't have to spray that much in there each time because there will be lots of residual lube. The folks who fail with the One Shot are the ones who try to just spray it on, or maybe spray it and roll it around in a shoe box.
  4. USSR

    USSR Mentor

    Jul 7, 2005
    I wouldn't word it as "the folks who fail with One Shot". It's more like "One Shot fails the folks". Must be a lot of people using it wrong, 'cause the #1 reason for a stuck case is One Shot.

  5. EddieNFL

    EddieNFL member

    Nov 9, 2009
    One Shot works...but there are better lubes available. RCBS, Dillon, Midway, Red Rooster, Imperial, STP, KY Jelly...
  6. Randy1911

    Randy1911 Active Member

    Mar 15, 2009
    I resize on a single stage press. Then trim if necessary. Then finish on the progressive. It works for me. Oh yeah, I use RCBS case lube 2 then rinse in Acetone. It dries in just a few minutes.
  7. Wilburt

    Wilburt Member

    Jan 3, 2008
    North Carolina
    "X-die and One Shot": That's the way I do it. 308 win.

    etc.... +1. However, it's not revolutionary like eldon519 said.
  8. Grump

    Grump Participating Member

    May 22, 2003
    Las Vegas, NV
    The only "failure" of One Shot is some difficulty in knowing whether the spray left lube, or FAILURE TO SHAKE THE CAN ENOUGH led to only the propellant getting on the case.

    I find One Shot to be a bit the opposite of the Dillon lanolin-in-alcohol spray. You HAVE to go light on the Dillon or you'll get shoulder dents. You HAVE to go generous with One Shot. Don't stop too soon at the edges of your pile of brass. It also does not "run" around the case quite as well as the Dillon stuff, so I prefer to line my cases up and make sure they are rolled over for a second spray.

    All this is worth it to me, to avoid the case dents, the gummy buildup on the shellplate, and the sticky, gummy mess that I have to clean off the loaded rounds. I prefer to not generate gummy media in my tumbler, so I still drop them on a towel and spray them off with carb cleaner. One Shot gives me more cleanings per towel, fewer sprays per cleaning, no gumming up the cleaning towel, and no "oops, thought they were clean but now they're sticky" feeding troubles with my semiautos.

    With the X-Die, it *will* work best if you trim the cases as instructed. I do that after the first reloading. Part of why I love my once-fired brass--just load it and go.

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