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Decision on Reloading Press Made!

Didn’t Take Long to Make a Decision…

I’ve decided on the reloading press I want!  Yay!  The decision I made is based on advice from a relative who does a lot, and I mean a LOT, of reloading for various calibers of pistol and rifle.

Tada!  Here we go with the Dillon Precision’s RL550B Progressive Reloading Press.

Of course there are a “few” accessories I will be wanting to buy, but that is pretty irrelevant.

WHY DID I DECIDE ON THIS?

One simple word:  VOLUME!   I estimate that I will be reloading a minimum of 400 rounds per month, and a potential maximum of at least twice that many.

What will I be reloading?

First and foremost, I will want to work up a load in 9mm for a custom Glock 35 straight from the Glock Custom Shop next Spring.  Secondly, there is the .40 S&W rounds I will be loading in “typical” and +P. Third, there is my sweet .308 Win rifle.  That is actually my absolute favorite gun to shoot, but I do not intend to do rifle competition, whereas with the 9mm pistol, I do.

Therefore I will need 3 die sets to begin.  They are not that expensive, and should last forever, as should this press.

Where?

TBD – Need to determine how to make space in the garage for a bench to do this, and for safe storage of components.  Naturally I would prefer to set up in the family room right in front of the TV, but we all know how impractical that is, at least for a married man lol.

Okay.  This is the latest in my reloading decision process.  I realize that it is probably of little interest to many, many people, but I wanted to talk about it anyway, so there we go! 

Regards,

~S~

Decision Made = RELOAD

I HAVE DECIDED TO RELOAD!!!

Based on the info in this video by “Hickok45” on YouTube, I have decided to go ahead and reload.  I figure I’m going to be doing enough shooting to justify it.  Also, have decided on a progressive press.  Want a Dillon Precision if I can find one available to buy! LOL.

Anyway, if you are questioning whether or not to reload, check out “Hickok45” in this video:

Will keep everyone up to date on this journey.  I am familiar with reloading, as I used to do it with a hand-press by Lee for 30-30 rifle cartridges….that was interesting and cool, but ohhhh so slow.

Any further input on reloading is welcome here.  Comment away! 😀

To reload or not to reload….

Okies, let’s get right down to business.  I currently have a .40S&W, and am buying about $150/month on factory ammo…

I’m going to purchase a 9mm for NRA competition type shooting.  Have NO idea as to the power factor requirements for that, or if I should approach the low end or the “hot” end for competition.

Thinking about getting either an RCSB or DILLON PRECiSION single stage press (I do NOT want a progressive because I will want TOTAL control of powder measure and everything else).  I pretty much realize that in the long run reloading will be cheaper for me given that I’ll be a high volume shooter.

Also, I shoot VERY long range with a .308.  So I would indeed like to work up an optimal load for that.  Match grade ammo is the only ammo I find remotely acceptable off-the-shelf, so now we’re talking about two pistol calibers and one rifle, and that’s a minimum at this point, because I intend to purchase a few more “range toys” lol.

Question is this:  RCSB or DILLON??  

My most recent advice, from a guy that does 500-800 yard prairie dog shooting, is DILLON, but that’s rifle, while I’m talking about precision loading 9mm on a VERY regular basis.  

Anyone have recommendations?  

Also, I know I need the press and die sets for each caliber, but can anyone give me a recommended (with brand) list of the other stuff for PRECISION, round by round, to the 1/100 gr (or smaller tolerance) for 9mm pistol reloading?  What’s the best powder scale?  Who makes the best bullets?  Who makes the best powder?  Used to be Hodgon(sp?), but are there others that are any better?  What about all the other stuff?

ALL INPUT IS WELCOME ON THIS!!  (That includes advice, not just comments).

Thanks a ton!

~S~

Match Grade .40 S&W Ammunition?

What do you think is the very best match grade ammo for .40 S&W?

horizlinebrn

January 26, 2014.  0511HRS:

Recently, I have been using Winchester FN FMJ, 165gr ammunition in my Glock 27 for target shooting practice.  It does well, but I have to wonder if there is some true, match grade ammo out there in .40 S&W that I just haven’t seen yet?  

Any suggestions?  What would YOU use for competition ammo?  NO RELOAD information please.  I do not reload, and do not intend to reload for competition stuff.  Maybe I should?  What do YOU think?

Would like input from people who actually use a .40 Pistol…

If you look at my shooting log page, you will see the sort of results I am currently getting.  Granted, some of that has to do with me, some of it with the small frame of my G27 (muzzle jump) that has not yet been modified.  And it isn’t my eyes.  I see quite well with my glasses on, and use the “Over the Eyeglasses,” clear safety glasses when I shoot.  

I’ve been firing between 104-200 rounds a week for practice, and shooting at different distances, as well as shooting one handed (strong and weak side), and of course two handed.

I have a HUGE wish-list at the GlockStore of accurizing parts, and hopefully the modifications I intend to do will be of help.  I think they will.  I’m going to put a Lone Wolf threaded barrel and compensator on, as well as a 3.5lb trigger connector, a titanium striker, and a titanium plunger.  Also going to do the heavy, competition type magwells to give the gun a little more weight and potentially a more firm and steady grip.  Also going to put the heaviest recoil spring they make on the thing!

Regardless of those factors, I want to be sure my ammo is the best I can purchase for competition purposes. I need to be shooting 2-4 inch groups at 50 yards, and right now I’m shooting closer to 5 inch groups at 40 feet…..so “I” need some work, and I want to ensure the pistol is tuned up as well as I can get it .  I really believe the longer, threaded/compensated barrel will make a huge difference, as well as a decreased trigger pull weight and some other mods.  

Guess what I’m trying to say is that I do NOT want my pistol OR my ammo to be limiting factors in my accuracy.  The ONLY factor I want to have to deal with is ME.  I mean, I want the pistol to have the capability to shoot better than I am able to shoot.  Don’t want equipment or ammo issues holding ME back!

Any and all input on this matter is very welcome!

Thanks and have a blessed Day!

~S~

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