9mm load blocks

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  1. Atavar

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    I am quite frustrated trying lo load 9mm.
    Remember that I am a recent reloading repat and my bench isn’t fully outfitted yet.
    My problem is that the “universal” loading blocks are not really 9mm friendly. The case drops so far down that I cannot use the drop tube on my powder thrower without spillage.
    Doing some research on this I cannot find any 9mm specific load blocks.
    Do any of you have a good source or should I just make some out of wood?
     

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    I usually just use used trays from ammo boxes. But not the styrofoam type.
     
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    The RCBS tray will work. That what I use for every thing I load for.
     
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    Wood is not cheap anymore, But I took some scrap 3/8 inch and drew intersecting lines. Then used a bit that I would like. Now I drilled completely threw the wood and later glue a piece of chip board(dry cleaning paper board) to the bottom. Going on 10 years and still works great.
     
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    I use what I think are the ... well, wait. Before I type the wrong thing I'll go out to the man cave tomorrow and look. They're made by the plastic people that also makes all the ammo boxes. I want to say MEC but that can't be right because my Sizemaster and one of my single stage presses are both MEC. M something or other. Flip them over to one side and they'll hold certain cases and then flip them over to the other side and they'll hold other cases. MTM? Yeah MTM! That's what they are. MTM universal trays. I've got probably 10 of them in red and maybe one blue. They work great for me. Cheap on Amazon too.
     
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    Yeah, the one in my picture is an MTM. The problem for me is that there is too little of the case poking out of the cavity so the drop tube doesn’t seal with the mouth of the case. The reverse funnel cone in the drop tube mouth doesn’t touch the case mouth.
     
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    I am so backwards I take the case out of the RCBS loading block and hold it myself under the Uniflow drop tube, then put it back and grab the next one, just to make sure powder is in each and every one. Empty is upside down, filled right side up, (of course), and then checked with flashlight for final inspection after that block is full. Yeah, slow and painful, but I have time. Heck, I already cast and powdercoat the bullets, might as well take my time.
     
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    MTM LT-50-43 Compact Universal Loading Tray (Light Gray) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00162MHPW/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_glt_fabc_78SBJ9FYQBVQ7N6CEWDK
     
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    You want an injection molded tray from a box of factory ammo, cut off to ~ half of brass length.
     
  14. lordpaxman

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    I have your red MTM tray too, and yes the cases drop way down in. I have wooden blocks, ordered many years ago so I don’t think they make them anymore. Midway has these:

    https://www.midwayusa.com/product/1018277980?pid=935308

    Good luck.
     
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    I'm just wondering ... are you using the right side for 9mm? I know sometimes guys use the wrong side because they are going for less wiggle rather than case protrusion. I've never had an issue with 9mm when I use those red MTM universal trays, not one that I can remember although it's been awhile since I went to a turret press and drop charges from the turret for all my pistol caliber runs.

    The blue trays I mentioned above are basically the same as the red MTMs but I looked this morning while I was out there and they are Frankfort Arsenal trays. Same exact trays except for the color.
     
  16. Atavar

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    Yep. I’m using the side labeled “This side up for .45 and 9mm”
     
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    Use a brad point bit or Forstner bit for a pretty flat bottom hole. I use hard maple and it works very well.
     
  18. Atavar

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    Made a couple load blocks using oak board. Set up a nifty jig on the drill press with precision cut spacers.
    I am happy with how they came out.
     

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    Don't charge the cases while they sit in the loading block . For Safety ... have the ready cases to be charged in a bowl or other container , pick one up with fingers , hold it under the drop tube , charge the case , inspect case for a proper charge and place it in the block , do that for the remaining 49 ... when done inspect all 50 charged cases with your pen light to make sure they are all properly charged .
    Can't find the right block ... don't let that monkey stop your reloading show ... adapt and overcome .
    I've been using the red MTM Universal blocks for 50 years ...loaded lots of 9mm Luger , 380 auto and 32 auto ..You can do it with my method .
    Gary
     
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    Brownells white delron excellent
     
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    I use two loading trays, one holds empty cases, the second is for charged cases.
    Pick up an empty, charge it from the powder measure, set it in the second tray.
    Done it that way for years, never double charged a case.
     
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    Looks good......
    Is it just an illusion, or is there some CRAZY flare on those cases....?
     
  23. Atavar

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    Yeah there is. I let a friend do the case prep. I’m hoping the crimp will correct.
     
  24. mokin

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    Same here.

    That describes the system I had for 9mm before I got a progressive press. I still use it on other cartridges.
     
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    I use the same process as armoredman. It seems the safest to me.
     
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