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  1. Howdy All, background: I am loading 38spl with 2.7 grains of claydot and federal primers to push a 105 grain SWC (pistol) and I am loading 38spl with 3 grains of claydot and federal primers to push a 125 grain RNFP (rifle) What, if anything, can I expect to happen if I use the same bullet, powder, and primer but load a 357 case vs a shorter 38 spl case? If you have a reference or manual I would appreciate it so I can check as well.
  2. I'm looking to buy a good used reloader for .38 special cowboy ammo. I like the RCBS Pro Chucker 7 but will consider others. Please PM me with details.
  3. Howdy All, Why reload? Do you save money? Do you prefer controlling your ammo, accuracy, velocity? Is it a hobby? Do do you spend an hour making 10 perfect target rounds or an hour cranking out 1000 match rounds? Regardless, here’s my cost breakdown and I want to know yours. (This does not take into account the bullet moldes, melting pots, reloaders, sizers, and Brass tumblers I’ve invested in. Only the consumable items) bullets- I cast all my own projectiles from reclaimed range lead. Cost-$0.00 Powder- clays smokeless power 8# for $150.00 $18.75/pound $0.008 a round when loading 3 grains to push a 125 grain bullet. (Rifle) And $0.007 a round when loading 2.7 grains to push a 105 grain bullet. (Pistol) Brass- reused brass. $0.00 Primers- Federal Small Pistol Primers. box of 1000 for $32.00 $0.032 per round Bullet Lube- liquid Alox $0.01 per round brass polish- Brasso $0.0025 per case lead flux- (wax and sawdust) $0.001 per round total cost: $0.0526 per round. Now, if you’ve stuck with me this long why does it matter ?? Well, the cost of a 50 round box of LRN 38 special at Walmart is $23.50 after tax in my area and local shops (if they have it) is about $25.00 Thats $0.47 per round and you run the risk of the place not even having what you need when you go shopping. SOOOO... What’s your breakdown?? What do you use and why? Eager to learn from y’all and hear your take on it. R, Moe T Vader 104114
  4. Catlow4697

    38 S&W

    I need the Dillon part number for converson Kit for the XL 650 for the 38 S&W cartridge Yes I have checked the web sight and the blue press . If I had a RL 550 press I would be ok but I can't find a listing for a XL 650 or Square deal. tried to call Dillon but was only 15 th in line. I tried the 38 -357 mag shell plate but the rim is to large to fit thanks CATLOW
  5. Ammo Factory in a Trailer! A rolling reloading facility!! $2600 It’s in Youngsville, LA!! Phone 504-461-8133 Ready to tow to your favorite location. LARK 6x10 plus 2 ft ‘V’ nose Hi-top Cargo Trailer with heavy-duty axle & 2” Ball Hitch (Current South Dakota Title & Registration) Full Drop Rear Door – access Ramp plus a Side Entry Door Top Vent with new metal cover - 2-Brand New Load Range ‘E’ tires plus a mounted spare Strong Shelves on both sides with retaining straps & more shelves in the ‘V’ nose New smooth Lino flooring - Removable Full-width work table at rear door Steel Reloading Table with rotating turntable holding: * Hornaday Lock & Load Progressive Reloader with case Activated Powder Drop * MEC 12 Ga Shotshell Press * MEC Jr. 20 Ga Shotshell Press * Lee Single Stage Reloading Press * plus 38Spl & 9mm die sets and reloading charge bars for the ShotShell presses It is a pretty slick setup since you simply rotate the turntable to use the loader you wish. And there is also plenty of room for the other stuff with added shelves in the table for storage. Additional Equipment includes: * Large & Small Primer Pickup tubes (3 each) * SMART Digital Powder Scale (iScale) * SMART Hand Primer * SMART Powder Measure * SMART Vibration Cleaner-737Nano * Gooseneck Lamp * Small 120v Fan * Gun Vise Rifle / Shotgun holder Included is everything noted above ONLY! (Reloading supplies and other items in the pictures ARE NOT included.) Ammo Factory Photos are at: http://s589.photobucket.com/user/lamoho2/library/Ammo Factory (The last picture shows the turn-table partially rotated to the 12 Ga Press. The turntable is held tight by a large bolt with a large thumb-nut plus a secondary bolt to eliminate any movement. Each press is bolted tight to the turntable and the stand is bolted to the tabletop and the table is screwed and bolted to the trailer structure!) I have used this setup for many thousands of reloads - mostly 38 spl and 9mm.
  6. Howdy All, I recently posted about my personal costs for reloading. In this discussion I only accounted for the individual costs of making each round. IE how much it costs in lead, powder, brass, lube, polish, and primers. What I DID NOT account for was the initial cost of all the equipment that now occupies 35% of my garage space. The purpose of this post is to do just that. I acquired almost all of my equipment new and out of the box so keep that in mind as we go through this together. Nothing wrong with being thrifty!! 1. Reloader Dillion 650 progressive press. $1250 (with shipping) I got all the bells and whistles from the blue catalog. The "as pictured" version straight from Dillion. https://www.dillonprecision.com/xl650-reloader_8_1_23803.html?msg=Caliber+Conversion+Kit+to+be+Included+is+required. Pros- ammo production- by myself I can crank out roughly 500 rounds/hr on this machine. I stop every time I refill the primer tubes and do a powder, primer, OAL and diameter check. With a second set of hands I can get over 1000 rounds/hr no problem. With someone feeding the brass in to the case feeder, adding primers, and refiling the bullet tray all I have to do is keep an eye on powder checks and pulling that lever. In between those acts they are also doing the visual round inspections, marking brass, checking for high primers and putting rounds into ammo boxes. Team work makes the dream work. -warranty- billion has a no BS warranty. if it breaks they will work with you to get it fixed Cons- opportunity costs- the 650 with all the bells is the same price as a pair of Ruger NV, or a new 1873. It is expensive. -space- its big. mounted on my table its almost 7' tall at the top of the brass feeder. its not exactly mobile. I have mine mounted on a moving table but the loader itself isn't very easy to move once its bolted down. - location- I do not load in my house. I do it in the detached garage just in case something goes wrong and there is a fire/explosion. - initial setup- this took almost a week to get up and running fully. There's lots of trial and error, frustration of getting it exactly right, and learning from your mistakes. Lots of crushed cases, sideways primers, powder flakes, and alarms beeping at you. 2. Brass Polisher/Separator Frankford Arsenal starter kit. $85 on Amazon (with shipping) Quick-N-EZ Case Tumbler, Quick-N-EZ Rotary Media Separator, 4 oz. Brass Polish, 3 lb. Cleaning Media and a Plastic Bucket https://www.amazon.com/Frankford-Arsenal-Quick-N-EZ-Polishing-Reloading/dp/B000TTILBC/ref=sr_1_fkmr2_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1549569141&sr=8-1-fkmr2&keywords=reloading+brass+polisher+kit Pros- This is a great starter kit. Comes with everything you need to get started. If you have a box of spent brass and get this you will have clean and ready to load brass in about 4 hours. - I've polished about 2500 cases without replacing/cleaning my media. Its not very loud and doesn't take up much space. - If you powder coat your cast bullets this will double as an applicator system. - fair price for all you get. Cons- The polishing compound didn't last very long. I switched to brasso (brasso goes a LONG Way. You only need about 1/3 the amount) - its messy. no matter how hard you try you are gonna get media on the floor. Once it hits the ground it shouldn't be reused on your brass. - I can only fit about 500 38spl cases in at a time. If you're going through more than that on a regular basis you might need a larger system. 3. VibraPrime Primer Loader- $50 Amazon with Shipping WORTH IT!!!! DO IT! next topic https://www.amazon.com/Frankford-Arsenal-Universal-Automatic-Reloading/dp/B00BQ6A3Y0/ref=sr_1_fkmr0_1?rps=1&ie=UTF8&qid=1549569877&sr=8-1-fkmr0&keywords=vibra+prime+primer+tube+loader 4. Bullet Moldes lee 6 cavity moldes and handles x 2 - $134 with shipping on amazon https://www.amazon.com/LEE-PRECISION-358-125-Rf-Cavity-Bullet/dp/B008M5TSBW/ref=sr_1_6?ie=UTF8&qid=1549570011&sr=8-6&keywords=lee+6+cavity+bullet+mold+.358 https://www.amazon.com/LEE-PRECISION-358-105-Swc-Cavity-Bullet/dp/B005KW5FCQ/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1549570011&sr=8-3&keywords=lee+6+cavity+bullet+mold+.358 https://www.amazon.com/Lee-Precision-Commercial-Mold-Handles/dp/B00162RW4I/ref=pd_bxgy_200_2/142-3026109-4002846?_encoding=UTF8&pd_rd_i=B00162RW4I&pd_rd_r=f6cccaa4-2b13-11e9-b037-33f16b2f8627&pd_rd_w=pz1OH&pd_rd_wg=DS9eQ&pf_rd_p=6725dbd6-9917-451d-beba-16af7874e407&pf_rd_r=47K4DD36BX7HBW0REMH7&psc=1&refRID=47K4DD36BX7HBW0REMH7 So if you are looking at casting your own you have to have your molds. Lee 6 cavity are the way to go. as long as you keep them well maintained they will keep dropping good consistent bullets. Pro- teaches you patience. Con- LOTS OF Patience. - you will burn yourself. it will hurt. you will learn 5. Lead Melting Pot Lee 20# lead pot $105 with shipping on amazon. https://www.amazon.com/Lee-Preciesion-90948-Precision-Furnace/dp/B0091MPWVK/ref=sr_1_9?ie=UTF8&qid=1549570472&sr=8-9&keywords=lead+melting+pot+for+bullets again, if you are casting your own bullets, this little guy is a good start. Its not perfect but short of commercial production it does quite well. Pro- durable and reliable- I've dropped it, its been rained on and bounced around in the bed of the truck for hours. Its tough. Con- space- you gotta be either outside or in a VERY well ventilated area. I DO NOT recommend doing this in the house. lead drips and splatters out of the spickette and leaves these tiny little droplets all around the pot. It just happens. 6. Safety Equipment Glasses, gloves, long sleeves, respirators. $50ish wherever you so choose. These are at your discretion. Your safety is in your hands. Don't skimp, especially on the glasses. If your primer tube catches static and blows or your get moisture in your melting pot and it pops your eyes are kind of irreplaceable. 7. containers. Meal prep plastic Tupperware- $30 for 15 at Walmart you will quickly realize as you make more and more different types of ammo, cast more bullets, sort brass, etc you will need a place to put it all. medium size air tight Tupperware because I don't worry about moisture seeping in or hazmat seeping out. I started out just reusing old 50 round ammo boxes but those are neither waterproof nor designed to last very long. 8. Single Stage press and Sizing Die- $64 on amazon. https://www.amazon.com/Lee-Reloading-Press-Md-90045/dp/B002SF4X5I/ref=sr_1_1?s=sporting-goods&ie=UTF8&qid=1549571669&sr=1-1&keywords=lee+single+stage+press https://www.amazon.com/Lee-Precision-90047-SIZING-357/dp/B00162NYTA/ref=sr_1_1?s=sporting-goods&ie=UTF8&qid=1549571740&sr=1-1&keywords=sizing+die+357 for sizing cast bullets. If you cast bullets you MUST resize them. I originally took out the dies from the 650 and was sizing them there. NOT WORTH THE TIME So I got the little single stage press and it works great. Pro- you have to size and this is the best setup. You can also pop the dies out and do some individual loads. Cons- sizing takes time. its an extra pull of the lever, but you gotta do it. Conclusion. $1768. initial start up costs over the course of about 2 years. Buy quality the first time and it will be the last time you have to.
  7. These items are all new. When I started reloading, a few years ago, I bought some things I dont need. My prices are based on Midway and are marked down. This is not a fire sale. Prices are each and shipping is extra. No trades or Pay pal. US Post Office Money order for your total plus shipping costs, like on Gun Broker. PM me your list and zip code and I will get a shipping cost for you. Send me your email addy and I will send you a picture of the items you are interested. AMMO boxes 23 Frankfort Arsenal #505, Flip-Top Ammo Box holds 50 rounds, 17 Remington, 204 Ruger, 223/556 and 300 blackout. $2.25@ 14 MTM J-20, slip top boxes, holds 20 rounds for: 22-250, 243 & 308 Winchester. $1.75@, MISC. RCBS Pro-2000 Progressive Press, Die Plate $20 45 LC, Lee Carbide Factory Crimp die $18.00 Hornady Quick Change bushings $9.00@ , for a Rock Chucker to use Hornady Quick Connects Dillon, Powder measure with a large bar, powder die, tool head and stand plus a vibrator for consistent powder throws. $120 4 powder dies $11@ 1 large charge bar $25 2 medium charge bars $25@ For a 650: Powder checker $60 10mm/40S&W Dillon dies, unbroken seal $65 10mm/40S&W change kit, unbroken seal $75 500 10mm/40S&W hard cast, Badman bullets $40 Frankfort Arsenal primer tube filler $45.00 BULLETS 2 boxes, Hornady 30 cal, 150 gr, .308 RN, interlock $20@ 59 bullets, Hornady 30 cal, 150 gr, .308 RN, interlock $10 2 boxes, Hornady, 38 Cal. 357, 125 gr, XTP $16@ 75 Bullets, Hornady, 38 Cal. 357, 158 gr, XTP $14 3 boxes, Sierra, 9mm, 115 gr FMJ $18@ 1 box, Sierra, 9mm, 90 gr JHP $16 75 bullets, Sierra, 357, 158 gr JHP $14
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