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reloading questions/advice if you would please?

Old_Me

Professional
well, this is a most fruitful day.

i got an email telling me that my order of 2,000 LPP's from Miwall in CA, is going to be delivered this week.

my buddy that runs the bait and tackle store told me about 3 weeks ago, he had LPP's and he'd sell them to me, for what he paid for them, but i thought he forgot, since he is super busy at the store.

today he asks me if i still wanted them, since i told him of my coming delivery..........YES, i said, and i couldn't get out the YES fast enough

he sold me 2,000 LPP's for $75. each....

so, i'll now have like 5,000 LPP's in my personal warehouse, along with about 2,000 SPP's....

imma gonna be reloading some ammo in the fall/winter.

i just need now to stock up on "some" powder, maybe more Bullseye, and W-231, maybe Unique....

when i get around to it, i have to see what 1 powder works well for....9mm, 38 special, 45 ACP, and 45 Colt LC

i'd rather have a "1 does it all" powder than to have like 50 different ones.
 

Old_Me

Professional
ok, here is what i have in my stock of bullets.

9mm 124 gr, lead

38 special 158 gr, lead

45 ACP 230 gr, lead

45 Colt LC 200 gr, lead

i just checked 1 book, my Lyman, and ALL can use Unique....

i think that's what i'll go with, since it is a "do all" powder for what i shoot and will reload.

and keep myself at the "starter charge", as i have said more than once, i am in it for the plinking/target practicing.
 
Round up those you can get while you can! Just like #34 primers. I usually don't buy any military primers, but these have been all I can find lately. Lots of spp, msrp, mspp, srp and 209's, but the unicorns have been a tough find.
 

Old_Me

Professional
Round up those you can get while you can! Just like #34 primers. I usually don't buy any military primers, but these have been all I can find lately. Lots of spp, msrp, mspp, srp and 209's, but the unicorns have been a tough find.
that's what i am trying to do. checking all the saved websites that i can more than once per day.

heck, i may not even reload using (say) the 4,000 LPP's that i have, but nice to "know" i can if i get really, really bored, and set up a cot, at the club.
 
that's what i am trying to do. checking all the saved websites that i can more than once per day.

heck, i may not even reload using (say) the 4,000 LPP's that i have, but nice to "know" i can if i get really, really bored, and set up a cot, at the club.
I think sportsman's superstore has lpp at a decent price?
 

yotehtr

Alpha
Case trimmers are most definitely NOT just for rifle cases, and are most important on those straight walled cases that headspace on the case mouth. I'm pretty sure the .45 auto does so.

When selecting your case length trimmer, be sure it's compatible with whatever press you finally choose. Some are hand tools and work totally away from the press, some are more automatic and some are completely automatic and electric powered. They all do the same job, some just a little easier and usually more expensive. Keep in mind (unless you're independently wealthy) that you're reloading for your personal use and enjoyment. You're not going into a production shop to reload for resale. (???)

Case length is also especially important if you're using a roll crimp as opposed to a taper crimp, which is just a little more tolerant of variations in length. And even more so if the projectile has no cannelure groove.

There are some folks who will tell you to seat your bullets 'extra' deep if you're running into headspacing problems and never consider the possibility of creating a 'compressed' load ...... which can be big trouble under the right conditions. All things considered, please be very cautious who you take advice from.

The "swagger" die I think you're referring to is called a 'swager' die. It's used for sizing home made lead bullets, especially wad cutters. A home poured lead bullet will be close to but not exactly the OD you're trying to achieve. A 'swager' die is simply a die you force the home made lead bullet though under pressure to form it to the final intended diameter of your intended projectile.

A sizing die is also a 'swaging' die, but does just the opposite. It squeezes the brass case to a smaller diameter than existing. "Swaging" works both/either way .... to enlarge a metal tube, or to make smaller a metal tube, rod or wire.
Good old hollow base wad cutters loaded upside down, the flying ashtray.
 
As of 9/22/2022

For those looking for primers, Targetsportsusa.com still seems to have stock. I personally wouldn't buy them at the current price, but if you need them, you need them. I miss $.03 primers.

I use Hodgon CFE Pistol 5.1gr 124gr 9mm rn cast/powder coated, and 6.2gr 230gr 45ACP rn cast/powder coated.

I haven't read through the entire thread, so if what I mentioned has already been mentioned, just ignore it.

1. I like wet tumbling without pins over media tumbling. Search for a Harbor Freight rock tumbler. Relatively smaller batches, but no dust and no media cost. Drying time can be an issue.
2. If you shoot 223/556, make your own resizing lube with 99% alcohol/lanolin, and don't skimp when lubing cases.
3. A Lee Loadmaster is a cheap progressive loader, but it does have issues, and they can be overcome.
4. RMR Bullets is a source of lead and premade bullets if you are going to try casting your own.
5. If you are searching for powder, Brownells and Powder Valley still have powder, hit and miss though.
6. If you are going to try casting, look up Elvis Ammo on youtube to learn about powder coating.
 

Old_Me

Professional
As of 9/22/2022

For those looking for primers, Targetsportsusa.com still seems to have stock. I personally wouldn't buy them at the current price, but if you need them, you need them. I miss $.03 primers.

I use Hodgon CFE Pistol 5.1gr 124gr 9mm rn cast/powder coated, and 6.2gr 230gr 45ACP rn cast/powder coated.

I haven't read through the entire thread, so if what I mentioned has already been mentioned, just ignore it.

1. I like wet tumbling without pins over media tumbling. Search for a Harbor Freight rock tumbler. Relatively smaller batches, but no dust and no media cost. Drying time can be an issue.
2. If you shoot 223/556, make your own resizing lube with 99% alcohol/lanolin, and don't skimp when lubing cases.
3. A Lee Loadmaster is a cheap progressive loader, but it does have issues, and they can be overcome.
4. RMR Bullets is a source of lead and premade bullets if you are going to try casting your own.
5. If you are searching for powder, Brownells and Powder Valley still have powder, hit and miss though.
6. If you are going to try casting, look up Elvis Ammo on youtube to learn about powder coating.
when i was first getting an "interest" in reloading, i searched the different cleaning/polishing methods.

in the end, i am glad i went vibrating over wet tumbler.

drying time may or may not be an issue for me, but space most certainly is.

plus, the mess (water spillage) of water for my limited space.

but that's just me.
 

Old_Me

Professional
well, i finally decided to go with 2 light kits.

1 for the Dillon, the other for the Lee.

getting them from KMS/2. i checked with Amazon, they only had the kit for the Dillon, and it was about $2.00 more, but free shipping. at least at the KMS/2 site, they had both kits.

a buddy of mine that hangs out at the bait & tackle store has them, and some of you guys had suggested lights as well.

getting closer now to the days (and maybe a few nights) that i start reloading.

just gotta find Unique powder, hopefully in the 4 lbs container.
 
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