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Old 08-07-2012, 01:13 AM   #11
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I've heard they are a bit more sensitive rounds to reload.
Really? Well that is one of the calibers that I am going to do. I don't know what to start with. 223/556, 40, 380 or 308?
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Old 08-07-2012, 01:47 AM   #12
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It's not any different than other calibers just stay within the data for powder n pressures. I started on 40 and 308. Then adds 223. Gettin ready to start 9mm and possibly 357

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Old 08-07-2012, 03:32 AM   #13
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I started reloading in January. My first set of dies was 38 Special/357 Magnum. I learned a lot and tried several recipes before I was satisfied. I now have sucessfully reloaded .45 ACP, 9mm Makarov, 357 Sig and .44 Magnum. I intend to get .40 S&W, 9mm Lugar and .45 Colt dies before I start to reload for my rifles. I do not know if the loads that I have produced so far are the optimum since I do not own a chronograph. That said, I am reloading with the goal of creating rounds that I can plink at the range with with accuracy and comfort. If I were reloading for SD or for hunting I would need to invest more time in the selection of bullets, powders and primers.
As I continue to experiment (following load data) I become more competant. MY shelf of shame where I keep my scrwed-up rounds is quite substantial.

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Old 08-08-2012, 01:03 AM   #14
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I started reloading in January. My first set of dies was 38 Special/357 Magnum. I learned a lot and tried several recipes before I was satisfied. I now have sucessfully reloaded .45 ACP, 9mm Makarov, 357 Sig and .44 Magnum. I intend to get .40 S&W, 9mm Lugar and .45 Colt dies before I start to reload for my rifles. I do not know if the loads that I have produced so far are the optimum since I do not own a chronograph. That said, I am reloading with the goal of creating rounds that I can plink at the range with with accuracy and comfort. If I were reloading for SD or for hunting I would need to invest more time in the selection of bullets, powders and primers.
As I continue to experiment (following load data) I become more competant. MY shelf of shame where I keep my scrwed-up rounds is quite substantial.
Ha! Yeah mine is growing too, somehow a primer flipped on its way into a cartridge and I have it seated in reverse. The case was never charged, but I don't want to risk removing it with my press. Do you have problems with the seating depth changing on your setup as you are pressing 50-100 rounds?
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Old 08-08-2012, 03:10 AM   #15
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Yes, I have experienced that. Take my advice for what its worth. After all I am still a newbie. I am fine tuning the powder-through die so that it only creates a minimal bell in the case and then secure the bottom nut firmly. I am using factory crimp dies on all of my loads so I check each cartridge for bullet seating before I crimp. Although I have a 4 station turret press I am using it as a single stage press until I feel that I am ready to go to the turret operation.
On shells that are primed but have an excessive bell I have successfully punched out the live primer to resize the case. I bring the ram up very slowly and so far I have not had any problems. In fact, I have reused the live primers I have salvaged from those cases. When I perform this operation I make sure that my loading bench is void of any powders or primers. I wear eye protection and I turn my back to the press as I raise the ram. I don't really know how much of a risk I am taking by doing this so I am not advocating that you try it.
Another cause of reload fail is when raising the ram during bullet seating. If the cartridge is not aligned properly in the shell holder the case can catch on the die and deform as you raise the ram.
I hope this helps. Again, I am no expert. There are many members of this forum that are. If I am dispensing bad advice in my posts please correct me.

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