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#5658438 - 03/19/15 09:54 AM Loading pistols rounds...
Deerhunter61 Offline
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Registered: 08/27/08
Posts: 5543
Loc: DFW
Guys,

I've only occasionally loaded for my pistols because of cost/time issue but now that the wife has her own 9mm and the prospect of shooting them a lot more I'm thinking I might need to start loading her 9mms and my .45s.

I've only got a single stage press and my primer is pretty slow and cumbersome. I do have a powder drop so that can help but what else can I get at a reasonable price that will speed things along here?

Anyone care to share your process? Show me your setup?

Thanks,

Mel

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#5658449 - 03/19/15 09:58 AM Re: Loading pistols rounds... [Re: Deerhunter61]
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Registered: 05/21/10
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I use a single stage on all my reloading but I don't have the primer attachment, mine is RCBS primer press that I clamp in vise. I load everything from 223 to 30/06 with single stage but I don't get in a rush about it.
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#5658454 - 03/19/15 09:59 AM Re: Loading pistols rounds... [Re: Deerhunter61]
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Registered: 05/02/05
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A digital scale--or a dillion-- if you shoot a lot, you'll never look back.

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#5658533 - 03/19/15 10:44 AM Re: Loading pistols rounds... [Re: Deerhunter61]
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Registered: 01/28/08
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When I got my 9mm and really liked shooting it is when I got a Dillon press. I was going to get the square deal press just for pistol but a friend told me to get the 550b and that was the best advice he could have given me. It is so much faster than a single stage press and that is what you need for pistol rounds. I still load some rifle on my RCBS but most are on the Dillon.
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#5658535 - 03/19/15 10:45 AM Re: Loading pistols rounds... [Re: Deerhunter61]
redraider99 Offline
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Registered: 12/13/05
Posts: 599
Loc: Frisco TX
I use a single stage for 9mm,40,and .45. It takes some time but I just do all the different steps while the kids play out front(my set up is in my garage).

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#5659029 - 03/19/15 03:56 PM Re: Loading pistols rounds... [Re: Deerhunter61]
elkhunter7x6 Offline
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Registered: 09/11/06
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Loc: Panola County
A hand primer if you are going to continue to load on the single stage press.

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#5659032 - 03/19/15 03:59 PM Re: Loading pistols rounds... [Re: Deerhunter61]
Cleric Offline
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To make it worthwhile you need a progressive. I would do the math on 9mm because unless you get good deals it's not worth it.

I have made my money back on 45. For the amount I shot my press has payed for itself

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#5659194 - 03/19/15 05:39 PM Re: Loading pistols rounds... [Re: Cleric]
elkhunter7x6 Offline
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Originally Posted By: Cleric
To make it worthwhile you need a progressive. I would do the math on 9mm because unless you get good deals it's not worth it.

Really, how much are you payng for your 9mm ammo and what quality is it? I am currently loading 9mm for $110.50-138.50 per thousand depending on which bullet I use. Regardless it is all high quality and shoots great.


Edited by elkhunter7x6 (03/19/15 05:59 PM)
Edit Reason: Added costs for brass.

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#5659300 - 03/19/15 07:09 PM Re: Loading pistols rounds... [Re: Deerhunter61]
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Registered: 11/11/07
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Loc: Wise Co.
I've always used a single-stage. It's much slower, but the payoff is that I value each shot that much more and I don't like to burn through ammo. I think that's saved me some money over the years. Hmmm...come to think of it, it's probably saved me enough to buy a Dillon 550 or 650. Maybe I should go ahead and---whoa! Never mind.
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#5659318 - 03/19/15 07:26 PM Re: Loading pistols rounds... [Re: Deerhunter61]
ChadTRG42 Offline
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Registered: 09/16/09
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Loc: Lewisville, TX
After loading pistol on a single stage, you feel like you are driving a Ferrari when loading on a good progressive!
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#5659354 - 03/19/15 07:51 PM Re: Loading pistols rounds... [Re: Deerhunter61]
RiverRider Online   content
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Registered: 11/11/07
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I have no doubt that is true, and I have no doubt I'd never be motivated enough to look for the keys to my F150 ever again!
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#5659357 - 03/19/15 07:53 PM Re: Loading pistols rounds... [Re: Deerhunter61]
Old_Town Online   content
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Registered: 09/07/04
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I use a a Lee Classic Turret. It will triple your speed over the single stage. I have been happy with mine.

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#5659424 - 03/19/15 08:34 PM Re: Loading pistols rounds... [Re: Old_Town]
Tactical Cowboy Offline
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Registered: 08/23/11
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Loc: Abilene
Originally Posted By: Old_Town
I use a a Lee Classic Turret. It will triple your speed over the single stage. I have been happy with mine.

This is what I'd recommend.
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#5659655 - 03/19/15 11:35 PM Re: Loading pistols rounds... [Re: Deerhunter61]
TheOilman Offline
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Registered: 03/25/13
Posts: 191
I load 9mm on single stage and it's really not that slow. I resize deprime all my brass I have, then prime all of it. I have 3 reloading trays so I do 150 a time when it comes to powder and seating. I'm sure everyone does it like this but just throwing it out there.

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#5659732 - 03/20/15 06:03 AM Re: Loading pistols rounds... [Re: Deerhunter61]
GasGuzzler Offline
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Registered: 12/15/13
Posts: 1642
Loc: Cooke County, Texas
For the price of factory 9mm a Dillon is not even close to money ahead unless you are loading hundreds per week.

As stated above, hand prime for single stage loading. It's likely five times faster than on press priming. The RCBS unit takes standard shell holders unlike the Lee that requires a specific set.

RCBS Hand Primer CLICK HERE

I haven't used my Classic Turret for 9mm but it's about a 300-400 per hour machine on .357 once set up, probably closer to 500 if you hand prime first (I usually don't for that machine).

Lee Classic Turret Press CLICK HERE

(I paid $220 shipped for a kit with the above press plus a bunch of other stuff I use or traded/sold so the accessories in the kit were essentially free, check eBay)
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