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  1. Newbie .223 reloading questions

    H335 looks good for metering, I like CFE 223 but buy what you can find. Check out this website for details on what powders look like. http://www.ilrc.ucf.edu/powders/sample_detail.php?powder_id=768
  2. Newbie .223 reloading questions

    It all goes back to how much you are reloading and how much time you have on your hands. When I was younger and money was tighter, I went with the hassle of swapping out my powder drop for each caliber BUT I would reload ALL the brass I had for that caliber and would be "done" for awhile and swap it back. Now, I swap back and forth so much in my reloading room that I have a powder drop for each caliber and a powder baffle in all of them, etc. ALSO, what powder do you plan on using because my favorite powder (Varget) does not meter well in my dillon powder drop, so I switched to CFE 223 but I only use that for my 3Gun and plinking ammo. For prairie dog shooting at distance, I go back to my RCBS chargemaster and meter each powder drop. I do not have experience with your Hornady LNL powder drop (I do have one but never use it anymore) to know if / what powders bridge and do not meter consistently.
  3. Getting Started with Precision Rifle

    Back up a second. How ready are you to shoot, if not that ready, see if there is a league shoot in your area first. League shooting is more laid back and people have more time to talk to you. Talk to the people there and take a lot of notes, take pictures of what the other guys have and get an idea of what you are getting into. I brought a gun and some stuff the first time I want to a 600 KD league night shoot and was just going to watch but the league director had me ranged in at 100 yards to confirm my gun and scope could reach track out to 600 yards. It was great!
  4. I of course 2nd what Hi-Power Jack said, buying a used gun you do not get the fast depreciation of a new gun and lets you get used to a model before with the ability to sell close to what you bought it for. You might even like the gun and just get mods done on the gun and keep it. I did that with an older STI Edge and ended up selling the gun to a friend to get him into shooting.
  5. Newbie .223 reloading questions

    X-Die is full length sizing die, correct? If so, then you have to lube the cases and why lube cases you are going to sort and possibly get rid of. Not sure though, I had once looked into the X-Die but the one thing about that is you are assuming you get all YOUR brass back when done shooting when I would rarely expect that unless I was shooting a bolt gun.
  6. Newbie .223 reloading questions

    OK but that means you already deprimed the case and if you are just sorting brass than you might want to add a Lee universal decapping die if its not already on your lists somewhere. Some guys (not me but I might in the future) decapp and then clean the cases especially if they use wet media since it does a great job on primer pockets.
  7. Newbie .223 reloading questions

    That Hornady LNL swaging looks nice and faster than my dillon swager but get one of these as well. I check 10 in a row than spot check but if they are military crimp, I check them all. BALLISTIC TOOLS - SWAGE GAGE™ PRIMER POCKET GAUGE
  8. Any good mods I should consider for my 10MM Tanfoglio Hunter?
  9. Newbie .223 reloading questions

    I like the trimmer idea and might have gone that way had it been around when I started, simple and takes error issues out of the equation.
  10. Primer shaving on XL 650

    Never heard of this before, what is the issue that it fixes? My 650 is running fine but I like to have ideas for when things start to happen. Found this Youtube and now it makes more sense.
  11. Finally done.... Open core project

    Than I would say you have an excellent gun for an excellent price and with some sentimental value as well. Diligentia, Vis, Celeritas
  12. CCI 500 vs CCI 550 primers

    Factory springs yes, I did do a Glock aftermarket trigger and I had problems when I used the lighter springs.
  13. Brass Trauma

    I shoot .45 out of 3 different guns (Glock 41, Colt match build and a Turkish gun, with non of the brass issues you are seeing.
  14. Finally done.... Open core project

    Looks fantastic, how much $$ do you have into it?
  15. Newbie .223 reloading questions

    Tough question to answer, everybody's opinion will vary. 3Gun shooting can include some longer ranges and that means good brass could be a benefit, luckily you are only shooting at steel and not for group size. I like to reload and prepping is part of that, so I prep everything to a certain degree and I pick up range brass but I cull that crap out of it before it gets into the prep bucket, nothing bad looking makes the grade, no scratches, dings or really scuffed case heads. 1&2) 500 cases times touching the brass 10+ times during prep. That Lyman case prep is great, I started down the RCBS road but BOTH are good. I stepped it up to the trimmer and case prep machine RCBS, its pricey but I love it! That whole process for me for this part alone is just under a minute per case (500 x ~50 seconds = ~7 hours) , now that does not include double checking case length every so often with a caliber just to make sure each piece is within my acceptable trim length. Now, that is what I do for just my regular brass. My Match brass takes even longer. And this does not count the steps leading up to the trimmer. There is lube and resizing, cleaning lube off (several different ideas there), do you tumble clean or pin clean.... and of course going backwards here but all the case inspection to begin with. (Oh yeah, range pickup or buying Lake city brass and running into heavy primer crimps and having to swage the primer pocket, even more time, buying case gage and primer pocket check gauge, its a slippery slope) 2) WHY get a single stage, with the LNL (I bought the LNL inserts for my Rockchucker and love those but use those for my precise .308 and 6.5 creedmoor) I thought you could use that as a semi single stage like I use my Dillon 550 Now, cost of new equipment versus buying bulk .223 ammo. At .25 to .30 cents per round, do you want to reload .223 for 3Gun or will bulk ammo get to what you need? Do you LIKE to reload (Like I said, I do). If not, then don't reload .223.