Any signifigant difference between plated and hard cast lead? Assuming the plated is cleaner to handle, but other than that they are about the same, no?
I don't mess with trying to get the last primer to feed. I us up all but one and reload.
I do the same, however if one were to be switching between brand or type of primer using every last primer would be needed and its something that should be considered IMO. It takes just a second to deprime, size, and reprime a case up to the last couple that probably take a good 30 seconds a piece. More of an annoyance than anything but time is precious and I guess every minute counts to some.
Gordo I have to disagree, for me at least I am really liking the safety prime system. Initially I was skeptical and somewhat leaning towards the other kit that comes with the hand primer, but after some thought I went with the press mounted system and am happy I did. In the rare event that something bad happens, my hands are not in any sort of danger, and the system produces a great "feel" if you will of how much resistance it took to seat the primer. I am very very happy with it.
After loading a few hundred rounds I would say on average it takes me a little under an hour to do 50 rounds. If I am making an adjustment to powder weight then I am looking at an extra 10 minutes. I could do it quicker but I prefer to make things precise. As far as the accuracy of the equipment in the kit I purchased, everything has been very accurate. Granted I am using Bullseye which I understand throws very accurate in most powder measurers, but I never see a deviation of more than .1g and nearly all loads I weigh are dead on. I usually weigh every 5th charge if I have made a change in powder weight, and if not I will weigh every 10th charge assuming there are no hicups. I always visually inspect each charge when it is thrown, and visually inspect the entire tray after I am done throwing powder, and again before I seat the bullet. Tripple check for safety.
I know it won't tell me if I am a half a grain off, but it will tell me if I have a double charge or a super light charge.
I played around with some different loads and they all seem to group the same. All of my reloads have been right around 2" at 12y using my hood as a rest out of my bone stock GP100. I managed a couple 6 shot groups close to an inch, and I am sure that if I could do my part better I could achieve groups like that at 25y. Just too hard without optics mounted with my eyes and my nerves. 5 rounds of Remington 125g JSP 357 mag grouped at 1.5" with a flyer that was the fault of my nerves. Second shot of magnums did produce a small flinch after 75 rounds of 38sp, many of them on the light side.
I did manage to keep 12 rounds on a notebook sheet of paper at 50 yards, which was impressive to me. Id love to see what I could do with a 2.5x pistol scope.