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Old 10-28-2012, 01:50 PM   #11
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But my 9mm i never picked them up but now i wished i would have..
I've been reloading for about 5 months and don't reload 9mm, yet. I have probably 3,000 pcs of 9mm brass though since I don't discriminate when picking up brass at the range. It is all cleaned, but not sized or de-primed. I am on the fence about buying dies for it though.

To the OP, good luck and be safe!!
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thanks for all of the advice! i think i'm going to jump in. I'm going to get the ABCs of reloading and get to reading that asap and start working on getting my equipment together.

to AsSeenOnTV i have no idea about the difference of the two primers u mentioned please enlighten me.

also i found some great prices on brass and bullets athttp://www.evergladesammo.com/brass.html

Would any care to put together a list of general things I'll need to get started that might not be obvious to a beginer?

thanks again
buy the book first. read it, then reread it several times. they go into much detail about what is absolutely needed to start reloading. read the book and it will put a lot into perspective and answer many of your questions.

Sdiver, even if you never reload that 9mm brass, hang onto to it because someone else might. could always be used for trading with another guy who reloads.
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I've been reloading for about 5 months and don't reload 9mm, yet. I have probably 3,000 pcs of 9mm brass though since I don't discriminate when picking up brass at the range. It is all cleaned, but not sized or de-primed. I am on the fence about buying dies for it though.

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for single stage presses, when i get to the powder loading part of it, before I put them through the bullet seating stage, I like to have them all in the little tray and visually inspect the levels of the powder of each of them as they are all there standing together. You can easily tell if you have had any kind of a problem and somehow there wasn't enough powder or too much powder was added. Just hold the tray up to a light and you can see the levels of the powder.
Pistol calibers you can easily load with a double load of powder. And that IS DANGEROUS.
On the other hand, Rifle loads not having enough powder can maim or kill you. Be very careful to inspect your bullets before you seat them.
i agree withis 100%! check and double check powder charges. much more critical on pistol cases than rifle cases due to the amount of powder used. i charge mine on a loading block and visually inspect before seating the bullets.
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I've been reloading for about 5 months and don't reload 9mm, yet. I have probably 3,000 pcs of 9mm brass though since I don't discriminate when picking up brass at the range. It is all cleaned, but not sized or de-primed. I am on the fence about buying dies for it though.

To the OP, good luck and be safe!!
One word of caution. Range pick up 9mm is often Glock fired. The Glock's unsupported chamber allows the brass to bulge near the base. A traditional sizing die will not correct this. You need to run it through a special die. I have a Magma Case Master that resizes from the rim to the mouth. I run all 9, .357 Sig, .40, 10mm, and .45 cases through this machine before loading to insure they are completely w/in specs.
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to AsSeenOnTV i have no idea about the difference of the two primers u mentioned please enlighten me
There are 2 basic types of primers: boxer and berdan. Boxer primers have an anvil built into the primer and cases for boxer primers have a single flash hole located in the center of the primer pocket. These are much easier to reload than berdan primed cases.

Berdan primed cases have the anvil as an integral part of the case and can be identified by the double flash holes in the primer pocket. While these cases CAN be reloaded, I don't know anyone who does so. It just isn't practical.

Look down the mouth of a fired cartridge. You may need to shine a light in for bottle necked rifle cases. If there is a single hole located in the center at the bottom it is a boxer case and is probably reloadable. An exception would be a steel case for which reloading is generally not recommended. If there are two smaller holes about half way between the center of the case's bottom and the outer edge, it is a berdan case and reloading is not practical.
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Alright well I got the abc's of reloading and have been reading it for the last couple of days. I have to admit I've been having periods of holy **** my brain hurts shortly followed by ok this seams pretty doable. Lol
That said I think I/we (my father and I) are going to jump in. A friend of his suggested the Dillon XL650 ,and after reading the thread about which press is for me, I think that will be the one we'll go with. Any objections? Comments? Concerns?

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Be careful when you become a reloader. There is a degenerative disease that comes along with being a reloader. Soon you will be seen at the shooting ranges walking around with a bent back, hunched over and looking like you just lost your contacts. Sometimes you will do more of this than actually shooting. This disease is also know as 'Old man', or 'old woman' syndrome. Welcome to the world of reloading, and where did that last brass go to!
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you forgot the other disease of reloading. buying dies you don't even have a firearm for, then having to buy that firearm to justify buying the dies. vicious circle if you ask me!
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Alright well I got the abc's of reloading and have been reading it for the last couple of days. I have to admit I've been having periods of holy **** my brain hurts shortly followed by ok this seams pretty doable. Lol
That said I think I/we (my father and I) are going to jump in. A friend of his suggested the Dillon XL650 ,and after reading the thread about which press is for me, I think that will be the one we'll go with. Any objections? Comments? Concerns?
Dillon makes a great press, You will still want a single stage press, I also
suggest working up your first few hundred rounds on a single stage press;
take a look at Lee's Classic Cast Press.

www.fsreloading.com

I have a mix of RCBS, Lee and MEC equipement with others sprinkled in
here and there. Saving my pennies for a Dillon or two.

Bulk 5.56 can often be found for under $0.10 a bullet. That is how I buy 'em.
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i have to agree with Shade that starting with a single stage press is much better for a beginner. allows you to concentrate on the steps and learn procedures.

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