DubfromGA
DubfromGA
44 posts
Joined May 2019

Press advice to cover my needs....which one to add ???

I'm now getting back into reloading after a 12+ year break.

I used to run a single stage to feed my hunting rifles. I really enjoyed dialing into super-accurate hunting loads that did great in my bolt action guns.

Work schedule, surgeries and other time demands cut out my hunting and I sold all my reloading gear to a buddy who put it to good use.


The past couple of years I've begun using a couple nearby ranges to shoot my 9mm & .45acp 1911's and other guns. Fun stuff......has me shooting more often.



I wanted the satisfaction of hand loading my own target ammo for the handguns and decided to order an XL 650. It should be here in a few days.

Finishing my bench now.

I'll be starting off with 9mm, 45acp and 38spcl with dedicated quick change toolheads & dies set up for each.

I planned on getting comfortable with the press and range testing the loads....and the adding a case feeder.

I want to do runs of 1,000+ rounds on each before swapping over calibers.

This will cover the lion's share of my family's range needs.



I also will be back into some hunting this year and wanted to hand load my own ammo for two .30'06 bolt guns, .308win for an M1A Scout Squad, .45/70 Henry lever and .44mag revolver.....plus I would like to add 270win, 270WSM, 7mm08 and others over the years ahead.

Once accurate hunting loads for these guns are found.....I'd guess I'd be doing much smaller runs for each....maybe 200 between changeovers.

I have other calibers that I hunt with and occasionally shoot that I'd add later.



For the hunting I'd kicked the idea around of adding a BL550 + the use of one of the modern powder scales that I can punch in the charge weight and it'll dump + trickle up to spec. I'd manually place the primer + pour powder charge.

Seemed like it'd be much more efficient than my old single stage setup, yet give me the control I'd be confident with.



Another thought would be to order a 550C package and repurpose the powder measure for dedicated use on a XL650 toolhead for one of the calibers I'll be running on it.



I'm sure there are loaders here that have faced the same type needs and would really appreciated in hearing how you've solved your setup needs.

Thanks.
DubfromGA
DubfromGA
44 posts
Joined May 2019

RE: Press advice to cover my needs....which one to add ???

I meant to add......that on the hunting stuff, I'd prefer to leave the dies setup on their own toolheads....once I'm onto a load that the gun likes.

It may be a pipe dream, but it sure would be sweet if both my .30'06 guns shot the same load....and did so really well. This may be asking too much, though.


I'd also wanted to ask about rifle dies. Is it worth it to spend the extra money for carbide dies in these rifle calibers ?
dillon
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dillon
3,222 posts
Joined July 2007

RE: Press advice to cover my needs....which one to add ???

Both carbide and steel rifle dies require case lubricating. The carbide dies are somewhat smoother, but their primary advantage is die longevity. Steel size dies have a lifespan of about 40,000 cases. A carbide size die has a life of about 750,000 cases. The carbide rifle dies were developed primarily for the commercial reloading market.
OneLargeEye
OneLargeEye
20 posts
Joined August 2013

RE: Press advice to cover my needs....which one to add ???

If you are going to reload anything that requires the primer pocket to be swaged I would go for the 1050.
DubfromGA
DubfromGA
44 posts
Joined May 2019

RE: Press advice to cover my needs....which one to add ???

Well.....I now have it figured out.


I bought an XL650 with case feeder that I'll be running my 9mm, 45acp, 44mag and other handgun stuff with.


I also bought an RL550C that I'll be setting up for .30'06, .308Win, .45/70 and others.

Inline Fabrication Quick Connect Ultramounts & Skylights for both.

Looking forward to being able to cover all my ammo needs.