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Help? Transition. From single stage to progressive

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

  1. Horskinator

    Horskinator Member

    Aug 26, 2020
    New Hampshire
    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.

    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

    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

    Oct 19, 2013
    Southern CA
    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

    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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