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    When you really get into it you may want to buy in bulk instead of a box at a time. A good place to buy bulk bullets are gun shows so you don't have to pay a shipping charge. remember to get the brand and weight and put them on the scale to check the weight. Keep having fun.

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    Congratulations to Benzuncle. I am glad you had a good time and are getting the routine down. I have been loading for about 5 years now and I usually start in the middle of the load range as well. Better too light than too hot, but I have never had one fail to cycle. Keep loading and enjoy. It's almost as much fun as shooting the bullets isn't it? :D
    David

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    Powder Scales

    I cheat! I use a Lyman 1200-DPS3 powder scale. It's pricey but I have been reloading for over thirty years and decided to indulge myself. Using the auto repeat setting I weigh every charge. I still have the same press I started with, an RCBS Rock Chucker. I am going to wear it out before I stop reloading! I won't even try to guess at how many thousands of rounds I have loaded with it.
    .300 Win Mag.
    .30-06
    .270 Win
    .223 Rem (5.56 NATO)
    7.62 X 39 Russian
    .30 M1 Carbine
    30/30 Win
    7.62 X 54 Russian
    7 X 57 MM Mauser
    9 MM (9 X 19 Luger)
    .40 S & W
    .38 Special
    .357 Mag.
    .44 Mag.

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    Hey Mushroom. What brand of dies to you use for your 7.62x54r. I just got a Mosin m38 for Christmas and want some dies. I have always been very fond of Lee dies, but I have read of some people having issues with them in the 7.62x54r. Thanks
    David

    The only person available to protect you 24 hours a day is you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DrDavidM View Post
    Hey Mushroom. What brand of dies to you use for your 7.62x54r. I just got a Mosin m38 for Christmas and want some dies. I have always been very fond of Lee dies, but I have read of some people having issues with them in the 7.62x54r. Thanks
    Hey Doc I have not started loading for the 7.62x54r yet but a guy I work with has been. He said he has not had any issues with the Lee Dies. He did mention, for some reason, the Przi brass showed a lot of scrapping when resized. All the other bands resized without an issue.

  7. #26
    Shooter57, I bought 500 bullets and 500 Starline casings when I bought my Lee setup from kempgunshop.com. They are located in Michigan City, Indiana.


    I would have bought in bulk, but not on the first try.
    I know a man by the name of Mel;
    he can't see but he sure do smell.

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    Quote Originally Posted by benzuncle View Post
    Shooter57, I bought 500 bullets and 500 Starline casings when I bought my Lee setup from kempgunshop.com. They are located in Michigan City, Indiana.


    I would have bought in bulk, but not on the first try.
    Nice start. Now you just have to start training all your non-reloading friends to collect there brass. Before you know it you'll have a couple 1000 rounds of different calibers! :D

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    Quote Originally Posted by DrDavidM View Post
    Hey Mushroom. What brand of dies to you use for your 7.62x54r. I just got a Mosin m38 for Christmas and want some dies. I have always been very fond of Lee dies, but I have read of some people having issues with them in the 7.62x54r. Thanks
    The one's I have had for at least 20 years.(RCBS) They are all good, I usually use RCBS or Lee. Lately I prefer the Lee because they allow me to drop powder thru the expanding die of my pistol calibers. I load a lot of .40 S&W.

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    Thumbs up 5.1 grains did the trick!

    Here's the continuing saga of Benzuncle's handloading adventures:
    As you will recall, the first 20 rounds carefully loaded and measured at 4.2 grains were more than a little light, but as I mentioned, I figured they were and was being careful. The next 20 rounds were boosted to 5.1 grains, and they are fine. I shot 10 rounds at 21ft. and the other 10 at 40ft. I am very pleased, and now I can load up a small pile. Thanks to everyone for all of the much needed advice. ;)

    BTW: I also purchased a Maxpedition Jumbo Versipak, which is designed to be used for a CCW. I plan to use this to carry my Sig P220 Compact. I've been looking at these long and hard and had initially decided on the regular Versipak. But as I carry a backpack to work each day, I got the larger one so it can pull double duty. These units have a lot of pockets and pouches, and add-ons. I am very pleased with the bag. The 3 guys that work at the range each have 2 different Maxpedition bags and are very fond of them. I can see why...
    I know a man by the name of Mel;
    he can't see but he sure do smell.

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    Congrats again. Now you can see what less than 1 gn difference will do. That's the reason you check and check and check your loads as you reload.

    I have a fanny pack that has a holster built in. I use it in the summer sometimes. Works great when I don't want my weapon seen at all.
    USAF Retired, CATM, SC CWP, NH NR CWP, NRA Benefactor
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