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  1. That would be irritating to have to ponder if it had moved on you. After market to the Rescue !
  2. The powder adjustment bolt. Use a 6" Caliper across from the end to the bolt head.
  3. X-Treme Plated 38 Wad Cutters

    I contacted Xtreme Bullets about a smaller quantity of bullets. They box in 500 quantities. I am loading for a 3" 38 Special Revolver and bullet weight can move POI on these guns. So I did not want a shelf weight. They are sending me samples this week of their Semi & Full Wad Cutters. I just asked about them and no problem. I am also getting daily discount emails on these Bullets.... Anybody shot these ? Next plated bullet I plan to try is the hollow Base Berry's Full Wad cutter.
  4. It moves by design. The Part is used on the Classic Cast Single Stage press. The Manual gives directions on aligning it. Basically you turn it. The primer seater can be used or a wrench that fits into the gap. Only the top moves. You will see a line on the Ram where the two parts join. LEE should have a picture of the upper part on their website in the parts section. You can also call or write to LEE to get help.
  5. You can use your Digital or Dial Caliper to measure how far you have unscrewed the bolt and record it for any load in your personal loading manual for your guns. Then you just turn it to that length and verify with your scale.
  6. Rifle reloading can be significantly different than pistol reloading. The case preparation required before you add powder and seat a bullet can be extensive if you are using range scrap. There is a lot of examining cases as you process them. You also only get 4-5 reloads with rifle cases before they need to be annealed for them to be safe. Range Scrap requires verification do to not knowing how many reloads have taken place. So you have to exam each loaded case to see if it has cracks from mouth flaring, bullet seating & crimping the case. You may find you want or need a Single Stage or Turret Press to perform case prep and load development. You will be picking up each case for measuring cases, examining primer pockets, & verifying primer seating. You can fully load rifle on a single stage at about 100 per hour. A Turret Press will double that to 200. The beauty of the 550 platform is it works like a turret press doing 4 rounds at a time. You can pull cases to examine them and then index the shell plate. While all this stoping and examining is slow you can achieve 250-300 per hour. If you plan to purchase new brass or fully processed brass then you can avoid much of this. Pour them into a 650 and reload them as fast as you can. Then you decide if you want to examine, measure the length and verify primer depth of each case. Shooting large quantities of rifle reloads can be a lot of work. A rule of thumb that LEE Precision gives is 500 rounds per week before you a consider a progressive press. It is easy to shoot 500 on a Saturday if you compete. Many shooters use winter to load brass and summer to empty it so they have time to load 15,000 in the winter and only 5,000 during the summer season. If your shooting is less you might want a single stage or turret for rifle.
  7. Dry Fire and Beretta 92

    I have a surplus / LEO trade in 92s and found a manual for it that says not to. So I keep a snap cap in it.
  8. Disappointed in Lee hand primer

    Call them and use the replacement warranty. They have no issues with honoring their warranty. I have used their warranty on a powder measure and had no issues. Keep in mind in an effort to mitigate lawsuits that the hand primers are designed to fail before detonating a primer. With the number of mil-spec one shot cases being sold to the Reloading community the detonation from a primer being squeezed into a pocket is real. I did not like the LEE handprimer. I never found the ergo version on a shelf to try. I liked the Lyman over the RCBS. My preference was based on feel in the hand at the store.
  9. I am guessing a case activated measure should work fine. There re are pictures of Red & Green powder measures on blue presses on the internet. Another option might be the LEE AutoDrum with removable inserts. Plenty of YouTube's showing how to use one. Look at FortuneCookie45 for an impartial & critical review. His Reloading bench is a rainbow of colors. The metering inserts are about $4 each. So you get one for each load data you use. The powder measure is $35 maybe. Buy from a retailer not LEE's website.
  10. 38/357 75 Grain Wad Cutters

    I am curious about Matt's Bullets 75 grain Wad Cutter bullets. They say, "This little bullet takes low recoil to the extreme! It can also be loaded two to a case or used to top a load of shot in a .357 case." Has anyone done this ? http://www.mattsbullets.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=65&products_id=231&zenid=737o30hcan4ajoha8644fcvho1
  11. Convert casefeeder to bulletfeeder

    I use the Hornady 380-9mm Bullet feed die on a non Hornady brand Turret Press. I just drop bullets by hand into the top of the die. It holds 7-8 I think. You can also buy a tube and have a stack of them. I figured picking them up to drop in a tube or in a die is the same time.
  12. 550b Case Feeder

    That is a good piece of information. The list the 550 at 400 per hour I believe. So you gain 80 per hour on the upside. On the downside caliber changes take more time. If you are loading 10,000 cases before a caliber change it is worth it. Loading for 2 hours everyday will make a wintery January roll by quickly. Then you change primer size and caliber for February. So it comes down to batch size you will be loading.
  13. Zombie green bullets?

    I found with proper load development a zombie green bullet negates the need for a double tap to take down a zombie...
  14. Had to call Dillon yesterday

    That is pretty common place for Lee. Their price point is such that they cannot send out enough parts to assemble a second Press. So they do track what they send.
  15. Another option would be to do all your case prep first and the reload. Deprime, clean, inspect, seat primer, and inspect primer before you load your case. It sounds like a lot of additional work. But it does solve some issues and ensures your case is properly prepped. With pistol cases most people deprime and reprime without inspecting the primer pocket without a case issue... only primer seating issues. You can size and deprime cases very quickly. Just insert & pull. You can Prime Only with a hand Press or bench press. Or use your press. A hand press let's you do them as you have a few minutes or while watching TV. You can store seated primers in cases safely and have them ready to go. This lets you drop powder at station #1 and lockout on station #2. This is also removes primer jams and primer gunk jams during your loading session. Rifle cartridges are reloaded this way so it is not 100% obtuse.