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A little bit preachy, perhaps: Reloading round count vs. time

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by beatledog7, Nov 16, 2012.

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  1. Hondo 60
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    Hondo 60 Member

    Sep 6, 2009
    Freeport, IL
    Truth be told, I bought a progressive to make good (safe) ammunition swiftly.
    But good & safe are #1.

    When I fire up the press, I make whole box(es).
    If I have to be somewhere at a certain time, I make sure that I have more than an hour, or I don't start reloading.

    About a year & a half ago I had one dbl charge or serious setback, I'm not sure which.
    The steel part of my gun was not damaged, but the wood grips cracked in half.
    That was far more than any warning I needed.

    Please stay safe.
    The life you save may be your own, your child or your grandchild.
    How can you explain to your son/daughter that their child was injured or killed because you weren't diligent???
  2. dmazur

    dmazur Member

    Apr 28, 2007
    Pacific NW
    I found that a certain aspect of reloading (bottleneck cartridge case prep) was beyond tedious. Approaching torture, possibly.

    I wanted more time to do the rest of the process at a reasonable pace.

    So, $500 or not, I got a Giraud trimmer.

    Since the silly thing is going to last me the rest of my lifetime, and it makes case trimming a pleasure, I believe it was worth it.

    But I've read a lot of threads which knock the thing because of its cost.

    That's my input on this: If you enjoy every aspect of reloading, then more power to you. But if some element is not comfortable, I would suggest reconsidering the power tools that might make it so.
  3. CGT80

    CGT80 Member

    Mar 12, 2012
    I can crank out 9mm at a cyclic rate of 2,000 rounds per hour (100 rounds in 3 minutes), if the primer tubes are pre-filled. It takes me 1:08 minutes to load a tube of primers by hand. Then again this is all on a Dillon 1050 with a Mr. Bulletfeeder. I watch the powder as a bullet is placed on each shell and work the handle smoothly. There isn't much to it, unless there is a hang up. If that happens, I take my time to clear it and check any rounds that may be affected.

    My usual speed is probably closer to 4 min per 100. I don't have to push myself. Quality ammo is number 1 for me. I load 50-500 rounds per session. Sometimes I hit the press a few times in a day. I will take a break between each 100 to top off the press or label boxes. My arm gets tired after a bit and it is boring work.

    I have a machine that goes very fast, but I don't feel the need to push it to the limit. I am as picky about running out good ammo on a progressive as I am at running a single stage. I have been reloading for 20 years and haven't had any damaged guns or squibs. I can make my movements and machines more efficient, but there is still a limit to how fast I can work on making such a precise product.
  4. raddiver

    raddiver Member

    Aug 11, 2010
    Louisville Kentucky
    This is where i happened to get lucky in my powder choices. I use imr 4198 for 223 and BE for my pistol cartridges.
    Makes it rather obvious if i put a stick powder in my pistol cases or flake in my rifle.
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