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Newbie Start Equipment Cost Save Single Progressive Press Manual Thread

Discussion in 'The SHOT ShowCase' started by Steve Koski, Jan 25, 2006.

  1. margo


    Jul 19, 2000
    Savannah, Ga USA
    I joined a range and was shooting a couple hundred rounds a week. Before I joined the range I was lucky to shoot that much a year. Oh, I didn't intentionally set out to shoot that much, but if I brough ammo with me I would shoot it till it's gone, sometimes I would have to purchase an additional box! I blew through my reserve pretty quick.

    Of course it gave me a good excuse to get a G34, cause 9 is cheaper to shoot!! I like to shoot my .357 revolvers and that's what I would start reloading for. I am afraid to use my glock fired brass for reloading and didn't think it was worth reloading for 9mm but with ammo price increases that may change.

    Anyhoo, I learned that shooting is kind of addictive and it's easy to spend more on ammo than you realize. A lot more!! I still plan on doing it but I need to adjust to my new paycheck first. I've been on 2nd shift for almost 20 years so having a normal life will offset the shift diff.
  2. B+Shooter

    B+Shooter Last Man Out!

    Aug 13, 2006
    I appreciate the info! I'm hoping that reloading will encourage me to shoot enough to burn out my barrels, hence improving my abilities. Reloading seems to me to make shooting more of a hobby than a rich person's sport.

    Thanks again!

  3. margo


    Jul 19, 2000
    Savannah, Ga USA
    The turret press. Now that ammo prices have gone up and I have a .40 cal (in additon to 9mm and 357mag) maybe the progressive would be the way to go. I had wanted to reload for rifle rounds also but a cheap one stage press or two would probably be even better than the turret for the "precision" reloading I would want to do.

    I am sort of remodling my house all because of this reloading thing. I didn't have room for the stuff unless I rearranged a few things and it did't make sense to do that unless painted the den, which required wallpaper removal, and if I was going to do that I may as well do the rest of the house.

    So I am in the process of removing wallpaper on my walls, which is all of them, and painting. It's required a bit of wall repair and skimcoating, that's why I call it "remodel" instead of "redecorate".

    So what does this have to do with reloading? My house had become so cluttered and disorganized I could not find anything or do even a simple project. After I am done with this I will have all my stuff organized, everything will be in it's place and if I'm going to reload I need to keep things orderly. It also has taken some money to do which is biting into my reloading plans.

    I was going to get myself something nice for my 50th birthday, it may as well be a nice progressive dillon press. Oh, and something in .223! :)
  4. AZkick-n40


    Mar 2, 2005
    Flagstaff, AZ
    Thanks for all the information everyone!

    I am finally setting up my reloading stuff after 15 years of sitting in a box.

  5. shadow500


    Dec 6, 2006
    Down the shore
    Here is a list of websites that provide free load data.

    I use

  6. freakshow10mm

    freakshow10mm 10mm Advocate

    Reloading Retailers T & T Reloading

    Bullet Manufacturers including Combined Technology

    Reloading Equipment Manufacturers

    Reloading Data and Information NOT THE MANUFACTURER SITE

    Powder Manufacturer Hodgdon, IMR, and Winchester powders

    Ballistics Calculator
  7. gunslinger_627

    gunslinger_627 Blue Rules

    Feb 3, 2007
    Frederick, MD
    All information is from the company web site and help line.
  8. SMOKEin


    Feb 23, 2007

    I wish these link's worked.. Now your all gonna be stuck answering my questions!!!!!!!!!!! :tongueout:
  9. Steve Koski

    Steve Koski Got Insurance? Millennium Member

    Jan 31, 1999
    Aw crap. Looks like GT has deleted the older threads. I'll try and re-tool it.
  10. severa


    Nov 16, 2007
    ok, so i have a question...

    according to something i read, nearly all mfgs say that reloads will void the warranty. i just got a new g34 and am thinking about studying reloading but two things are making me think twice: the warranty void issue, and the fact that glocks supposedly create bulges in the brass that makes reloading less a good idea..

    i guess the former roadblock will go away with time (i just dont want the very first thing i do with my brand new pistol to be warranty voiding). will the latter be taken care of by the sizing step described above, or is the bulge too much? do aftermarket barrels also have this problem or is it something that only happens with glock factory barrels?

  11. Steve Koski

    Steve Koski Got Insurance? Millennium Member

    Jan 31, 1999

    If you blow your new Glock up with bad reloads - that is your problem and it isn't and shouldn't be covered under warranty. If you shoot good reloads through it, who will know or care?

    Glock 9mm barrels have good case support and are very easy to reload for. The only reason you might want an aftermarket barrel is for shooting cast lead bullets.

  12. ArodJohns


    Aug 2, 2007
    Awesome thread guys! Makes for a nice Sunday afternoon read!
  13. JMG22


    Dec 11, 2007
    L.I N.Y
    Reloading tip: Do not reload if you are distressed,disturbed or tired
  14. Steve Koski

    Steve Koski Got Insurance? Millennium Member

    Jan 31, 1999
  15. Steel Talon

    Steel Talon

    Mar 11, 2006


    This is how I set up my F/L sizing die for bottleneck cartridges.

    1. Take a once fired factory round and blacken the neck and shoulders with a Magic Marker or Sharpee pen. Some people like to smoke the neck and shoulder, but I find the Magic Marker/Sharpee pen a bit better.

    2. Lubricate the case. I use Imperial Die Wax

    3. Loosen the lock ring on the sizing die and back off about two turns from when the die is set to touch the shell holder.

    4. Size the case. Note where the marks are on the case and turn the die down about a half a turn and size again. Turn down some more, and resize again. What you are looking for is the marks on the blackening just touching the shoulder.

    5. Clean the lube from the case and try it in the rifle. It may chamber just a bit on the snug side. If so, turn the die down ever so slightly, lube and size again. Wipe off the lube and try in the rifle. If it slides in as easily as a factory round, you should be good to go. If not, usually one more very slight adjustment should fix the problem.

    6. Tighten the locking ring for the die and you're done. You have just set your sizing die up for a custom fit to your specific rifle, rather than a generic one size fits all guns.

    Steel Talon:cool: