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passtime 02-17-2014 04:19 AM

A couple of questions concerning reloading
I have already introduced myself in the Introduction thread but to any of you who missed my post, greetings. I am not new to reloading but it has been quite a while since I have done any. Back in the late seventies/early eighties I loaded 9mm and 38's on a Lyman turret press so that is how long it has been. Lately I have been contemplating getting back into it and if I do I will be starting from scratch. I would be starting with .45 ACP. I have been researching presses and supplies on the net. I did not have that luxury back in the day so the library was my go to place for info. Anyway, I have read a lot about shortages of powder, primers, bullets and brass these days which makes me think I need to wait a while before I start dropping the cash for new equipment and see how things pan out. I have checked out many of the reloading equipment distributors and indeed it does look like some things are hard to come by. My first question is what would you tell a guy who is in my present position about starting up a reloading operation at this time. Would you dive in or would you wait for things to get better in the supply category, when and if it does? Another thing I have noticed is some cartridge manufacturers are selling the .45 ACP with small pistol primers. I have a pretty good amount of WWB, Federal Champion and GECO brass that I have purchased fairly recently. From what I have read Federal champion is being made with SPP and WWB is made with LPP. I have eyeballed the primers in the brass I have and all are the same size. Comparing them to some 9mm I have around that I believe have SPP the primers in my .45 brass appear to be LPP. The posts on the different forums I have read about the Federal Champion having SPP were all at least (2) years old I did not run across any that were up to date. Can anyone shed some light on this for me. I have already decided that when it comes time to purchase primers I will be getting both LPP and SPP. I am just curious as to what manufacturers are doing now. From what I understand they are changing from the LPP to the SPP for environmental issues (lead) and cost.

mseric 02-17-2014 02:45 PM

I for one do not believe this shortage is going away anytime soon if ever. Once the Democrats take back the House in 2014, then things will really become scares.

If you are truly interesting in getting back into reloading, there is no time like the present. Prices are up, but waiting will not see them go down. Select the press, all the equipment and components you need and start searching and ordering.

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string1946 02-17-2014 03:04 PM

First let me welcome you to FTF. Glad to have you along. As far whether you should start reloading or wait I would say come on in, the water is fine. From where I sit it looks like supplies are starting to reach dealers shelves again. I buy most of my reloading supplies locally because of the haz-mat fee. I found a dealer near me (40 miles or so) and he had cases full of powder and shelves full of primers and bullets. He might not have every powder or primer you want but he had something that would work. I wanted some Accurate 2520 to load some 6.5 Grendel's but he said he had not received any Accurate powders in several months but had plenty of IMR 8082 XBR which will work just as well. As for the primer size thing, I have no idea. A couple months ago I sorted through around 500 rds. of mixed headstamp 45 acp brass and maybe 50 were Federal with spp. All the rest had lpp.

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c3shooter 02-17-2014 03:15 PM

As the folks said- get your equipment. The supply pipeline got sucked flat by folks that were afraid it was all going away, but it is getting better every day. And while you are looking, check for used equipment (Ebay)- and also check Amazon (yeah, the book place) for new stuff- you might be surprised.

Re: .45 primers- most will still be LPP. But there are a few with SPP. The NT ammo (lead free) will usually have the SPP. Just sort your brass- and the difference is readily apparent when you are looking at 2 cases that are side by side.

string1946 02-17-2014 04:32 PM


Originally Posted by c3shooter (Post 1508708)
And while you are looking, check for used equipment (Ebay)- and also check Amazon (yeah, the book place) for new stuff- you might be surprised.

Which reminds me, I don't know if you have anything similar were you are but here in Georgia we have a magazine called "Georgia Outdoor News" and their website has a classified section for listing anything concerning the outdoors such as firearms, ammo and reloading equipment etc. The best part most everything is close enough you can go inspect it before buying.

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Rick1967 02-17-2014 06:45 PM

I am able to find everything locally. But I do not wait until I am out of something to start looking. I usually keep 1000 of every kind of primer I use. Once I open my last brick of something I buy another. I never get down below a full pound of powder. When I open my last one I buy another. I do not run out this way.

passtime 02-18-2014 02:06 AM

Lots of good info. Thank you kindly. I will post periodically to let you know how things are coming along and I am sure I will have a question or two. Thanks again.

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