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Got my single stage in yesterday! I've been "prepping" the cases until it came in. Cut down all the brass and after burying two SST rounds too deep into my cases, I finally got the length just right (I believe). It fired well, but didn't cycle the round for some reason. I used 17.5 gr. of H110 for the one I shot. It ejected the brass but didn't cycle the next round.

I then read one another site that they were loading SST rounds w/a 15.5 gr. load, so I'll give that a shot when it clears up (weather). I have 5 different grains set up from 15.5 to 18, three rounds each. Hopefully I'll find the right load soon!

But this is extremely fun and a stress reliever!

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Awesome. I can't wait to start (hopefully by around Christmas time).
 

Darth Ryno

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I've somehow managed to get one case stuck in my sizing die!!! So that stress reliever is doing the exact opposite! Ugh.

I lubed the case, like I did the previous 100 rounds and popped out the primer, but it would not release. It's stuck. I tried everything to remove it. So I said, screw it.. just got another one for $20. So a slight set-back.
 

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I'm probably talking to myself :) but .223 is even easier to reload, not just sure if it's cost effective. My girls and I watched a movie last night and I wheeled my 'portable reloading cart' (I call it) and worked on rounds from start to finish; did 150 rounds going slowly during the 2nd half of the movie. Just a pain with the small caliber.

Probably going to buy .308 dies and stick to .300 Blackout and start loading .308, since those are the two expensive rounds I shoot.
 

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The only problem with 223 is the crimped primer pockets on a lot of the brass I have. That makes it a pain in the ass to work with. I bought something to decrimp, but it is an extra step, and the money savings isn't huge. I'll probably just reload my 223 when I run out of my factory ammo I've had sitting around.
 

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Misc brass... just tumbled for over 8 hours.
CCI #450 primers
26.5 gr. Win 748 powder
55 gr Hornady FMJ/BT

Found a guy who sold me 1,000 rounds for $100, then for $35 he added two boxes of Horandy 150 gr. .30cal FBJ/BT arounds. The box it came in weighed 12 pounds (in one of those small priority mail boxes).

He has about everything.

I more enjoy the 300 blackout. Just takes many more steps. I can produce 100 rounds of .223 in just 45 minutes. Takes me a couple of hours to produce the .300 blackout from start to finish (starting, meaning cutting the .223/5.56 brass).
 

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Misc brass... just tumbled for over 8 hours.
CCI #450 primers
26.5 gr. Win 748 powder
55 gr Hornady FMJ/BT

Found a guy who sold me 1,000 rounds for $100, then for $35 he added two boxes of Horandy 150 gr. .30cal FBJ/BT arounds. The box it came in weighed 12 pounds (in one of those small priority mail boxes).

He has about everything.

I more enjoy the 300 blackout. Just takes many more steps. I can produce 100 rounds of .223 in just 45 minutes. Takes me a couple of hours to produce the .300 blackout from start to finish (starting, meaning cutting the .223/5.56 brass).
This is a great site for bullets. They usually have sales, follow them on facebook. FMJ for .22 cal, then plated for pistol bullets.

http://www.xtremebullets.com/223-Jacketed-s/48076.htm
 

Darth Ryno

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I'm looking for AA1680 powder if anyone has some to sell or knows if they can get some, I'll pay ya for it. I've looked everywhere, that usually sells it in these small towns around me. I was hoping people in larger cities might find it at a store.

Let me know! THX!
 

dds115

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I'm looking for AA1680 powder if anyone has some to sell or knows if they can get some, I'll pay ya for it. I've looked everywhere, that usually sells it in these small towns around me. I was hoping people in larger cities might find it at a store.

Let me know! THX!
Checked my local Cabelas today, no AA1680. I'm loving finally seeing powders back in stock, though. Got a pound of Varget and 2 pounds of HP38 a few days ago.
 

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Checked my local Cabelas today, no AA1680. I'm loving finally seeing powders back in stock, though. Got a pound of Varget and 2 pounds of HP38 a few days ago.
Finding Varget is a big find! I rarely see it. Of course, some people never see H110 either and my local shop has it all the time.

DDS, if you ever do see 1680, please grab it and I'll pay you at a game or something. Even if it's $50 (should be $26ish) or the 8lb one, I'll buy it!
 

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Question for those with more experience than me reloading...

I've had trouble with my blackout and blown primers. I only use the CCI #400 primer (not the 450, magnum ones) and one out of every 30 will blow. Last night I had 3-4 pop and jammed my bolt in place. Took be an hour getting it loose again.

Overpressure would seem like the first problem, but I'm loading every round the same and under the Hornady specs. All the head-space are within specs pf SAMMI for the .300 Blackout, I do the same thing on every one I load. Only load subsonic rounds differently.

I don't have this issue with the .308 I load or the .223 I load. Only blackout... and I even had some blow with factory ammo before (Remington 115gr).

Any clue? Suggestion?
 

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The only problem with 223 is the crimped primer pockets on a lot of the brass I have. That makes it a pain in the ass to work with. I bought something to decrimp, but it is an extra step, and the money savings isn't huge. I'll probably just reload my 223 when I run out of my factory ammo I've had sitting around.
Actually, that is military 5.56 brass. The commercial 223 brass does not use the same type of crimped primer.

If you're going to load 5.56 Nato brass, you need to use a special tool to take out the crimp. I don't like it as it's thicker brass and generates higher pressures. I recommend you stay with commercial brass with the "223 Remington" headstamp.
 

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Question for those with more experience than me reloading...

I've had trouble with my blackout and blown primers. I only use the CCI #400 primer (not the 450, magnum ones) and one out of every 30 will blow. Last night I had 3-4 pop and jammed my bolt in place. Took be an hour getting it loose again.

Overpressure would seem like the first problem, but I'm loading every round the same and under the Hornady specs. All the head-space are within specs pf SAMMI for the .300 Blackout, I do the same thing on every one I load. Only load subsonic rounds differently.

I don't have this issue with the .308 I load or the .223 I load. Only blackout... and I even had some blow with factory ammo before (Remington 115gr).

Any clue? Suggestion?
Are you loading LC brass? Headstamp will say 5.56 Nato. If so, you may well have a a pressure issue on your hands. Military brass is thicker and you need to cut down your powder charge.
 

dds115

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Actually, that is military 5.56 brass. The commercial 223 brass does not use the same type of crimped primer.

If you're going to load 5.56 Nato brass, you need to use a special tool to take out the crimp. I don't like it as it's thicker brass and generates higher pressures. I recommend you stay with commercial brass with the "223 Remington" headstamp.
Yeah, I have since separated my 223 and 5.56 brass. For most of my AR15 shooting I am just plinking with a near minimum powder charge.
 

sc5mu93

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Anyone have impressions on the Dillon square deal B? I'm only looking to reload handgun calibers, particularity 45ACP. I have little to no interest/time for rifle calibers.
 

sc5mu93

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I have no knowledge on that press, but Dillon makes great products. Make sure you sort your 45ACP by large and small primer.
The only negatives i have seen are 1) only straight walled pistol cartridges and 2) proprietary Dillon dies.

I think I can live with both of those. I don't expect to save money. I just want to shoot more without having to give up eating and beer. Everyone seems to have high opinion of dillon presses.