How many rounds per hour do you make?

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Apr 22, 2010
I know I know, quality over quantity. I subscribe to that too but nobody wants to spend 3 hours making 50 rounds so...What's your usual 'pace' when reloading whatever type of ammo plinking/accuracy you reload the most? What kind of equipment are you using as well?
Theoretically, with my single stage, RCBS hand prime, and Lee P. Powder measure I guestimate I can do 120 RPHour. In actuality more like 100 RPH which, at that pace, I can make ammo as fast as I WOULD shoot it at the
range, not necessarily as fast as I COULD shoot it.

.45 ACP
Resize/Deprime, 5 secs
Priming, 5 secs
Expander Die, 5 secs
Powder Drop, 5 secs
Bullet Seat, 5 secs
Factory Crimp, 5 secs

Not including case inspection, OAL checks, bullet tension checks, powder charge visual inspections, messing around with the radio etc.
In all honestly I have not kept track that closely but I reckon my output is 'around' 100-150 per hour? I dunno.. I reload to relax and not have to rely on store bought. I find it a fun hobby. My time costs me nothing since I am not taking away from my work time to reload. I am more than able to keep ahead of my actual range use.
Once I got my LNL "figured out", I ran 100 9mm on the clock. I didn't start timing until I had all my brass and lead in their bins, and primer tube full. No case or bullet feeder. I wasn't hurrying, but still ran into a couple snags with crimped/ berdan primers, fumbling brass or bullets, etc. Took me about 14.5 minutes. That's a rate of 413 rds/hr, but I doubt I've ever loaded more than 300. I'd just rather not stress about time, and I rarely need to make more than a hundred in a pinch.
Depends. About 500 handgun rounds per hour on a progressive. About 100 rifle or pistol rounds per hour on a single stage. And about 20 dangerous game rifle rounds per hour on a single.
I can do about 100 pistol rounds per hour if I get crankin', but I generally poke along at about 50 rnds per hour, and 20 rifle rounds per hour, all on a single stage.
I take it you're not weighing your powder every once in a while then

I don’t weigh charges very much. The measure, powder check die and my looking at the “fill” of the case with powder all work by volume not weight. The only time I weigh every charge is if I am trickling but I don‘t do that on a progressive. I probably do double check charge weight more often than Federal, Winchester or Remington do but I change setups more often also.
i take a long time to reload

for me crafting my own ammo is more of a relaxing hobby.... it might take me an hour to put 100 rounds of .38 spl- .357 mag ammo together.... but i do the best i can to make the best i can..........................................
I load on a Dillon 550 and I average a little over 200 rounds per hour just taking my time and checking every 25th round or so for charge weight, crimp and depth. It's a hobby and not a production line. :)
Just curious. Thanks for the replies. I too enjoy relaxing and making ammo but once in a while I just need to bust out 100 rounds so I can go to the range so it's nice to only have to spend an hour. I started with a LEE LOADER so to me 100 RPH is like heaven. Thank god I don't have to swing that damn hammer anymore :)
I do about 100 per hour on a lee turret press. about the same speed for a both 3 and 4 hole. I run a movie at the same time so I"m not rushing, but I'm working steady.
I am still using my old Dillon 450 and Square Deal bought back in the 1980s. Never checked the rate, but fast enough for this child.
Somewhere around 500 to 700 rounds per hour, working solo, with a Dillon
650; The larger (.45) calibers take a bit longer. I check powder weight every 100 rounds. This rate doesn't include the 100% case gauge operation that I perform on all of my output.

I'm really not into speed; but I fine tune the machine & process for a smooth & efficient operation, and it pays off. "A good worker is a fast worker; but a fast worker isn't necessarily a good worker".

I don't reload for more than two hours at a time; boredom & a bit of fatigue take the "fun" out of it. :(
It varies. I'm not there to set a record, or even to record my progress. I'm there for relaxation while I reload some ammunition. And it varies depending on what I'm loading, if I'm hand priming, am I tired, etc.
300-400 rounds an hour on a Dillon 550. Rifle, about 200-250 rounds an hour, assuming that all case prep is done in advance or I am loading freshly processed once fired brass.
I haven't a clue, since I never do the entire procedure at once. One day I might decap 500 rifle cases and another day I'll prime them amd/or expand the necks. I'd have to sit down and do everything on the same day to figure it out I guess? When people talk about someone that relaxes while loading, I'm the guy they're talking about. :neener:
I am one old fogey sitting back and enjoying life - my reloading is carried out in the most leisurely and relaxed fashion. Now in my eighties, I shoot just twenty rounds from one of my rifles during each range session. The way I figure it, if I spend as much time shooting the bull about marksmanship, rifles, ammunition and equipment as I do actually shooting at targets, then that is a great afternoon of shooting. Because of all this, I only hand load twenty cartridges during a session. I use 0000 grade steel wool to clean each case by hand as I inspect them. I decap, resize and seat bullets in an ancient RCBS single stage press, seat primers by hand and individually weigh each powder charge using an equally ancient RCBS balance beam scale. I don't keep track of time when I reload - life is wonderful.
I clean my brass almost immediately after collecting it. Next time I'm bored, I'll deprime and resize a bunch. I even had my 6 year old helping with that step.

Those are the common steps, regardless of recipe or purpose.

After that there are obvious re-tooling steps, such as dialing in powder dispenser, or tweaking seating depth for a particular bullet.

Once all that's ironed out, and you're creating exactly the same round dozens of times, I think a single stage is plenty fast for pistol rounds.
About 50 handgun rounds per hour on a Lee single stage press. That assumes I start with (polished) fired casings and weigh every 10th charge, and check every 10th charge for OAL. This is also going at a rather relaxed pace. Could probably do 50 rounds in 45 minutes but I wouldn't enjoy it as much.

If devote one hour to each respective step, I can double my output but the process gets more tedious.
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