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  1. This isn't as high tech, but it looks like it will work for me. The flexible inspection mirror is from Harbor Freight; cost was $7.00. I screwed it to my bench next to the strong mount.
  2. That's a nice setup for sure. A little more electronics than I wanted to do, but jeez, it's kewl.
  3. I'm a pretty meticulous (read slow and deliberate) reloader and never turn the shell plate until I am 100% sure everything is kosher. It would be nice if I had some kind of mirror so I could see the powder charge at station 3 before I seat the bullet. The way I sit at the bench, I have to lean in just a little to look down into the case, and I get a stiff neck after a little bit. It would be nice if I could mount a small mirror. I have In-line tool head lighting. I don't want some slap dash thing, and I am not much of a Rube Goldberg. Is there anything after-market available
  4. I bought a 550C about 6 months ago, including all the accessories for 3 different calibers. I had a steep learning curve, but now feel pretty competent. The one thing I found when buying stuff, is that I couldn't find any discounts on any Dillon stuff. I was told that Dillon is pretty strict about retailers discounting their stuff. The best I found recently was when one of my small retailers moved their store into a larger space and had a 10% sale on everything. I bought quick change kits, caliber conversions kits and dies for a couple of new calibers I want to try and appreciated the di
  5. Yes, I've heard that before. However, I decided to use a universal decapping die mounted in a separate dedicated toolhead in my 550C. Sure, I could have bought a separate hand decapping tool and die, but I like to sit at my stool and pull that handle. One of these days, maybe I'll hit the jackpot. I want to keep as much gunk off my machine, so I clean first. I am using a Hornaday Sonic Cleaner, perhaps I used the wrong terminology. Like I said, I looked at all the options and decided this fits my personality.
  6. This is kind of funny. About a month ago, I posted a question about whether to hydro clean brass before decapping. Based on the description of the steps I was taking to prep my brass, several people said I was taking unnecessary steps. I am sure the people who responded are into high production. Basically I sort of did what I wanted anyway. Now I sort by caliber, hydoclean, clean, decap, clean again, and tumble. I know there's an extra step of two, but I'm retired and looking for things to do to occupy my time. My brass looks almost brand new. LOL
  7. Thanks again. A guy shouldn't ask for advice and not follow it. When I go downstairs this morning I will try to back off a smidgen and see what happens. I wan't to get maximum re-use out of the brass and don't want to do a thing to weaken the case.
  8. Thanks everybody. My OAL for the 115 gr. FMJ is 1.10, which is right on spec for the charge, so I am not sure I am over-seating. Yes, I know there are recipes out there for longer case lengths, but right now, without a Chrono, I am going according to the manuals; and they work great in all my 9mm weapons, and pass all the tests. I know, I know, a Chrono is my next purchase I was very careful setting up the powder die. There is not much bell. You can barely feel it when you run your fingers over the edge, and the bullet just sorta rests on the bell before seating.
  9. Dillon 550C using factory Dillon dies. Loading a bunch of 9mm, 115 FMJ, and noticed that there are extremely fine brass particles collecting in and around station 4 and the ejected cartridge chute, not a lot, but enough to see. Dust sized particles. Smaller than a single grain of powder. I took great care setting up the crimp station. Finished round '"mic's" out to exact specs, and all rounds pass a case gauge and plunk test. No bulging of cases observed. Shot 50 rounds of this load last weekend in two different weapons, G17 and Sig MPX, with 100% success. Cle
  10. The Pyrex variety are at least $40 each. They are nice, but I agree, $120 ($40X4) will buy a fair amount of supplies.
  11. I thought I read someplace that the user shouldn't tap or do anything else to the tube to settle the powder; that it should just settle on its own weight?
  12. Thanks everybody. Good advice. My 550C is in a heated dry basement. So far I have managed to keep my recipes for 9mm, .380, and .40 S&W to W231. I use separate quick change kits for all calibers, and I have been dumping one powder tube from the caliber I won't be using for a while into the one is will be using to top it off. So far I haven't let a tube drop below 50 - 60%. I run about 15 tests to make sure the powder has settled before I start loading.
  13. How long do most of you keep your powder in the powder tube of your press? I load every couple of days and have yet to completely go through a whole tube of powder. I guess I was a little surprised to see some powder manufacture recommend removing all powder from the tube and putting it back into the original container if it wasn't going to be used in a couple of days. Maybe I should only load 1/3 or 1/2 a tube at a time.
  14. Yes, but wouldn't you think that if I am using 115 gr. FMJ factory ammo, wouldn't it at least be close to reloads using the same projectile. We are talking about 115 FMJ compared to 115 FMJ, not RN or FN.
  15. Thanks everybody for the valued opinions. I really had no idea that there would be so many variables to reloading when I started a couple of months ago. My #1 goal is always going to be safety, not only for myself, but also my family who will be using my loads. That's why I don't pull that handle until I am 100% sure of what I am doing. There will be no extremes coming from this house, thats why I am always looking for the middle of the road recipes that will work in my weapons.
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