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Been reloading many years but recently decided to start reloading 9mm on my single stage press (RCBS Rockchucker).

 

Most of my die sets are RCBS with a few Hornady sets.  Given a choice, should I go with RCBS or Hornady Custom or something else?

Loading for Glock Gen 5 G34.

 

Thanks,

Jim

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I’m a fan of Redding but RCBS are nice, too. I load for a G17 which is a 34 with the shorter barrel and don’t have any issues with factory or reloads.

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I will give you some advice an old timer gave me when I first started reloading pistol on a rock chucker.  If you are married and want to remain married get yourself a progressive reloading press.

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19 minutes ago, AGGIE85 said:

I will give you some advice an old timer gave me when I first started reloading pistol on a rock chucker.  If you are married and want to remain married get yourself a progressive reloading press.

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2 hours ago, Cherokeewind said:

Been reloading many years but recently decided to start reloading 9mm on my single stage press (RCBS Rockchucker).

 

Most of my die sets are RCBS with a few Hornady sets.  Given a choice, should I go with RCBS or Hornady Custom or something else?

Loading for Glock Gen 5 G34.

 

Thanks,

Jim

Asking witch kind of press to get on Enos forum is like asking what kind of Ford to get on a chevy truck forum 

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Not asking about the press..........looking for experience with different brands of 9mm dies.

 

And I don't need advice about trucks made by Govt. Motors:)

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4 hours ago, AGGIE85 said:

I will give you some advice an old timer gave me when I first started reloading pistol on a rock chucker.  If you are married and want to remain married get yourself a progressive reloading press.

Yes

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I have a mix of dies that I’ve collected and use. Whatever you have loaded in the past just know the 9mm is a picky PITA compared just about anything else. Now that’s out of the way, I use a RCBS or Lee sizer, Lyman “M” die expander, and either a Lee or RCBS seater and either a RCBS crimper or Lee Factory Crimp Die. It all depends on what bullet and brass combo I’m loading. With .356 lead/plated coated or not, use std crimp die. With .355 jacketed, go with the Lee FCD. Just my 2 cents. 

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7 hours ago, Farmer said:

I have a mix of dies that I’ve collected and use. Whatever you have loaded in the past just know the 9mm is a picky PITA compared just about anything else. Now that’s out of the way, I use a RCBS or Lee sizer, Lyman “M” die expander, and either a Lee or RCBS seater and either a RCBS crimper or Lee Factory Crimp Die. It all depends on what bullet and brass combo I’m loading. With .356 lead/plated coated or not, use std crimp die. With .355 jacketed, go with the Lee FCD. Just my 2 cents. 

Thanks for the helpful comment.

One reason I haven't loaded 9 yet is because of the "PITA" features of the case....... 

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I don't find 9mm to be too much of a pain. For my guns, it's the opposite of 45. 45 can't be too short, 9 can't be too long. 

 

Just find a workable length, and you're good. Straight wall cases are nice and straight forward (even if it's a tiny bit tapered). 

 

I like my Lee dies. The ones I bought 10 years ago are better made than the new ones, but they're all fine. I rechamfered mine for my Lee progressive and they function much smoother now, but they never were an issue in a single stage. 

 

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On 6/6/2021 at 6:44 PM, AGGIE85 said:

I will give you some advice an old timer gave me when I first started reloading pistol on a rock chucker.  If you are married and want to remain married get yourself a progressive reloading press.

Isn't that the truth. I got started on a RockChucker. It was a great way to learn reloading. But I cannot imagine going back to one for anything other than odd calibers that see little action in my guns.

 

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19 hours ago, Steve RA said:

I use Lee 9mm and have no problems with them or the ammunition they produce.

 

Same here. I've used Dillon, RCBS, Redding and Lee. I cannot say that I've ever noticed a difference. Maybe it would matter for precision rifle. But I've never shot that, so I have no idea.

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8 minutes ago, tbarker13 said:

Isn't that the truth. I got started on a RockChucker. It was a great way to learn reloading. But I cannot imagine going back to one for anything other than odd calibers that see little action in my guns.

 

I still have mine (junior 2). Every once and a while I get a wild hair and load up some .38 special to plink with my 66. But yeah, can’t imagine loading competition quantity on it.

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1 minute ago, Mcfoto said:

I still have mine (junior 2). Every once and a while I get a wild hair and load up some .38 special to plink with my 66. But yeah, can’t imagine loading competition quantity on it.

 

I'd stop competing at all if I had to load on a single stage press. I use my RC for 44-40 and a few other oddball calibers. 

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2 minutes ago, Mcfoto said:

I still have mine (junior 2). Every once and a while I get a wild hair and load up some .38 special to plink with my 66. But yeah, can’t imagine loading competition quantity on it.

 

A little off topic, but which 66 do you have? I've been shopping around for a 66 or 73, but can't decide which one. I'll probably go with 44-40, just to match my Colt SAA in the same caliber.

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14 minutes ago, tbarker13 said:

 

A little off topic, but which 66 do you have? I've been shopping around for a 66 or 73, but can't decide which one. I'll probably go with 44-40, just to match my Colt SAA in the same caliber.

66-8, current model. 

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