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My new 1050 experience...

Discussion in 'Reloading' started by Shadyscott69, Oct 23, 2011.

  1. As I posted last week I got a new to me RL1050. Thought I would post my thoughts so far.

    Got the press already set up for 38 Super about 10 days ago. Called Dillon the same day and ordered the conversion kit for 40 S&W since that is what I am shooting in competition and the majority of what i load. I have been doing about 1000 per week for the last few months on my LnL with great results.

    Exactly 7 days after i got the press the conversion kit arrived. I was somewhat apprehensive with the reports of the difficulty changing things out. While it was not a 5 minute job, I got it up and running in about 2 hours. I think I could do it in about 30 minutes now.

    Loaded up 4 of the included primer tubes, dumped a butt load of brass in the case feeder and started pulling the handle. One word... WOW!
    This thing is amazing! I now understand why Dillion makes the auto primer filler thingy. The primer alarm started a buzzing and I was thinking, what the hell is wrong with that thing. Nothing. It was empty in about 3 minutes.

    Loaded about 1000 rounds this weekend and shot in a match. Total time loading was less than 2 hours. All rounds are exactly the same OAL, the powder charges with VV N320 are EXACTLY the same on my scale. Very impressive.

    I should have bought one of these things years ago. :supergrin:
     
    Last edited: Oct 23, 2011
  2. Colorado4Wheel

    Colorado4Wheel

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    Sweet, I am keeping my eyes open for a RL1050 or Super. Glad your happy. You got a smoking good deal.
     


  3. Hoser

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    Many congrats. They are a great machine.
     
  4. freakshow10mm

    freakshow10mm 10mm Advocate

    S1050s are great presses. If you got it used it's most likely broken in already. Should be smooth sailing from here on out.

    As you may have found, smooth operation is the key to making great ammunition. Lube it per the manual and work the handle deliberately and you shouldn't have any problems.

    It's a little intimidating at first, but after a few hundred rounds it just feels right.

    Next step is a bullet feeder. I'd love to get one for mine but I can't afford it right now.
     

  5. The guy I got id from had loaded 40-50K with it. It looks new in every way. I am more than happy. I can see me waiting until 1 hour before I have to leave for a match to start loading. I had toyed with the idea of a bullet feeder, but to be honest, If it was any faster I couldn't afford to feed the thing. I could see loading 1800 rounds an hour with a primer filler and a bullet feeder. I am only ordering bullets 2k at a time.
     
  6. WiskyT

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    What makes it faster? I understand that it is likely smoother which allows faster handle operation, but isn't the limiting factor still the speed at which you can move your hand up and down and place a bullet?
     
  7. I think it is faster because it primes on the down stroke. I know that really doesn't make sense until you experience it first hand. The extra push at the top of the stroke on the 650 or the LnL really adds up over an hour.

    Another factor may be totally mental. I have more confidence in this machine already than I have ever had in one before. I was initially worried about not having any tactile feedback when seating primers. You really can't feel it seat. It just does so with boring consistency.

    The only speed limit I have found on the machine is powder splashing out of the cases if you go too fast. I would never try to go that fast all the time, I was just seeing how fast I could actually go before something went askew.
     
  8. Colorado4Wheel

    Colorado4Wheel

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    Once you get the hang of it you can catch the index point and to slow down at that point if you like. I do the same thing on my 650. It's one of the things I like about the way the 650 index's. To me the 1050 is a little less obvious but you can still feel it once you get the hang of it.
     
  9. WiskyT

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    Thanks.
     
  10. If your ever get down this way, you are welcome to come and give it a try.
     
  11. WiskyT

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    'preciate it. I can't even get to Waxhaw to chrono some loads I've been working on. Two hours to you I might as well be going to Florida. How often do you get up to Charlotte?
     
  12. PCJim

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  13. WiskyT

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    No, you're safe:supergrin:
     
  14. freakshow10mm

    freakshow10mm 10mm Advocate

    Loading on a 1050 is all about cadence. Smooth and steady is the name of the game. I've got a hybrid technique where I go faster lowering the toolhead than raising it and indexing. Some reloaders like using powders like TG on the press because they don't have to worry about slopping powder all over the place. Also if you're reloading cases with a lot of capacity like 38 Spl, 357 Mag, 45 ACP, 45 Colt you can go faster on the index than shorter ones.

    You wouldn't think priming on the downstroke would save time, but over an hour it really does. It's also a strict mechanical setting on the press, so every primer is seated to that depth.
     
  15. I agree with everything you said. I pretty much have the cadence down now. It is remarkable how quickly the little things add up to increase output.

    Now if I could only get consistent metering with bunny fart loads of 40 & Clays, I would be in heaven. :steamed:
     
  16. I get to the Queen City 4-5 times a year. Used to be a lot more when I had friends living in Kanapolis.
     
  17. byf43

    byf43 NRA Life Member

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    Gee. . . thanks.

    I've been happy with my RL-550B for many years, and now. . . you've got me thinking about a 1050.


    I KNEW I shouldn't have opened this thread.:dunno:
     



  18. You won't regret it one bit. I am keeping my LnL for small runs and quick caliber changes, but for pure volume, I doubt the 1050 can be beat.
     
  19. WiskyT

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    Give me a shout next time you come up. We can hit the club and burn some powder.
     
  20. Will do!