Help? Transition. From single stage to progressive

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by AR. Hillbilly, May 16, 2021.

  1. Horskinator

    Horskinator Member

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    Mentally I have developed the following plan for bulk bottleneck cases. I plan to do it in 2 phases, Prep and Load. I also only plan on loading 357 Sig and 223 bottle neck in bulk at this time. 300BO is probably entering the realm of possibility in the future.

    Prep:
    Tumble clean cases
    Lube cases with RCBS Lube Die on Rockchucker
    Size FL/deprime on Rockchucker
    Swage on RCBS bench swager
    Trim/Chamfer/Debur/Primer pocket clean/uniform on Hornady Case Prep Center
    Tumble off lube 10 mins

    Load:
    Set LNL with case feeder as follows:
    Pos 1: RCBS Lube Die
    Pos 2: FL Size with decap removed (.223 gets small base)
    Pos 3: Powder Drop
    Pos 4: Powder Cop
    Pos 5: Seat/Crimp

    Tumble off lube 15-20 minutes

    Not sure how this is going to fully work as I am waiting on lube dies. So for now bottle neck is still being processed on Rockchucker.
     
  2. Dudedog
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    Dudedog Contributing Member

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    I am in cfullgrafs camp. I like to wet tumble so for pistol
    1. Quick wet tumble say 1/2 hour to clean range dirt/grit of cases
    2. Deprime resize, flare case neck
    3. 1 hour pass in wet tumbler
    4 hand prime cases while watching TV. (wear safety glasses!) Store brass until ready to load

    LNL
    Station
    1. Powder drop
    2 RCBS lockout die (or Hornady lockout die that came with the Hornady Deluxe Control panel kit for the LNL)
    3 bullet feeder, add bullet
    4 seat
    5 Lee FCD (I know some people hate it but I like it for my 9mm ammo)

    This takes two passes thru the press, but then I don't have to mess with priming/filling primer tubes while loading
    and the time spent watching TV hand priming is not really extra time since I am watching the tube.

    Lots of ways to do it, the important thing is to find a way that works for you.
     
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