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Need help on a reloading machine

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by mike5123, Nov 4, 2006.

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  1. mike5123

    mike5123 Member

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    I an looking for a automatic loading maching that will do all the work is there any thing out there like this
    If it makes a difference i am looking to reload 45acp and 5.56/223
     
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    It's a good thing they don't show prices, I don't think my heart could take it.
     
  5. jerkface11

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    There was an automated unit on ebay last week. Capable of loading 5000 rounds per hour. With dies and shell holders for 3 or 4 cartridges. Slightly used. Only $30,000.
     
  6. bender

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    yeah, I was wondering also.

    I was hoping for videos of the machines in operation, also, but noooooo......
     
  7. redneck2

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    If you get something progressive with a case and bullet feeder, there really isn't anything left except pulling the handle.

    If that's too much work, you probably won't have enough ambition to load the mags anyway:neener:
     
  8. bender

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    that's possibly what the OP was asking about anyway.... :confused:

    You'd pretty much have to be in the ammo business to justify one of those machines...
     
  9. kansas45

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    One word................DILLON. Actually there are several fine progressive re-loaders on the market. I still like my single stage RCBS Rockcrusher.:D
     
  10. RustyFN

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    A video would be nice. I would love to see one of those in action.
     
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    I bet a brick of primers that you do not have pockets deep enough to get a Ammoload or Camdex machine fresh from the factory. Because if you did you would just be buying factory ammo by the pallet! :cuss:

    The closest thing is the Dillon Super1050, and they run about 1500 bucks. Great machine!

    For pistol caliber rounds a Dillon 650 with case feeder is a great choice! A person

    For rifle caliber caliber rounds a Dillon 550 bone stock is my choice.
     
  12. bender

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    which companies have progressive presses (one pull one round) that REALLY work? I mean, with good results and minimum hassle.

    I've been reloading for around 20 years, with the same Lee Turret Press. I just can't crank out the rounds like some of you guys though.

    What I do is (for new brass): prime 50 with a Lee auto hand prime, bell all 50 with my lee die, take the loading block and use my Lyman #55 measure to charge all 50, then seat bullets in them all (seat & crimp with seater die). I'm lucky to get 60 or 70 in an hour. Of course, I'm going slow & careful, and I weigh 5 or 6 out of my block of 50.

    I was wondering if some of these progressives really work properly? I went to Lee's site expecting to find a video of a progressive in action... but don't see a video listed...

    I know there may be other "progressive" threads around but...
     
  13. Uncle Don

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    What are your loading needs, how many rounds do you shoot a week and how long are you willing to spend in front of a press to do it?

    With this information, we can probably give you the best options for your needs along with the money necessary for the investment.
     
  14. bender

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    I have no idea what these progressives go for. Guess I'd spend a few hundred on one...

    I shoot mostly pistol, .45acp, but a lot of rifle also.

    I average maybe twice a month to the ranges, and probably a couple hundred rounds per month.
     
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    What caliber rifle(s)?
     
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    pistol: 45acp, 9mm, 38sp, 357mag. and possibly 44sp & 44mag in the future

    rifle: 30 carbine, 30-06, 7.62x39. and .223 if I ever get an AR...
     
  17. Uncle Don

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    You can go progressive, and there are many choices but you have another option for your needs that wouldn't cost as much.

    Lee makes a Classic Turret press. There are several advantages and many people who have many makes of progressive presses have this press too. It's made of cast iron and steel, it dumps its primers though the ram and into a tube for easy disposal, it has high enough clearance to do 50 BMG if you wanted to. It's inexpensive to change calibers as all you need is a new turret and the shell holder comes with the dies. You can use it as a single stage or a semi-progressive by simply removing the index rod (two seconds) and then return to auto indexing by simply putting it back (five seconds). The best part is that it's very reasonbly priced and you wouldn't have any trouble with a little practice getting 200 rounds of handgun an hour out of it.

    I'm not trying to necessarily talk you out of a progressive if that is what you want, but it's an option, and then later if your needs go up, you'll still have a great press for developing loads and for rifle without having to change calibers on the progressive.
     
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    Uncle Don:

    Out of curiosity, why do you have to remove the index rod in order to operate the Lee Classic Turret as a single stage? I've seen you and Benedict1 both say this. If you don't cycle the ram and shell holder all the way down to the helical portion of the index rod, the turret won't rotate. I do this often while checking powder throws, or for adjusting overall cartridge length. Seems to work fine in this mode...

    Vista
     
  19. mike5123

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    thanks helped alot
     
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    Under the circumstance you describe, that would work, but I don't think very many people would be content to make sure they don't go to the bottom of the stroke so the press won't index. I've done the same thing as you describe, but it's for a quick scale check or something.
     
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    I do the same thing as Vista. When I first bought my classic turret I had brass but no powder or bullets. It was killing me to use the press so I decaped 1200 cases by not cycling the press and didn't disconnect anything. I also do this for powder checks.
     
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