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As the title says - can't be the only one. Currently I reload for .223, .380, 9mm, .44 Magnum and 7.92x57 (a.k.a. 8mm Mauser) and just love the Zen of doing it.

It's not so much to save money even though I do save quite a bit on the big rounds, it's just so much more satisfying to shoot loads you've developed and experimented with than just buying factory ammo.

My primary press is a Lee Classic 4-Hole Turret but I do have a Pro 1000 press on order for 9mm since I shoot a lot of that. Will probably set it up to do .223 too since I already have those dies.
 

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I just climbed up the stairs from the basement from loading 150 rounds of 9mm. :) I use a Dillon 550B for 9 MM, 40 S&W and 45 ACP. I used to shoot competition and went through thousands of rounds per month but now it's just a hobby and to keep my trigger finger strong for self defense. :biggrin I might shoot 1,000 rounds monthly tops these days. It definitely doesn't save you money. If anything, it costs you more money as you just find yourself shooting that much more. It is nice to taylor your own rounds to your liking. I've been meaning to start reloading .223 but I bought so much of it, I haven't had the need to yet. I've been saving all my brass though.
 

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As the title says - can't be the only one. Currently I reload for .223, .380, 9mm, .44 Magnum and 7.92x57 (a.k.a. 8mm Mauser) and just love the Zen of doing it.

It's not so much to save money even though I do save quite a bit on the big rounds, it's just so much more satisfying to shoot loads you've developed and experimented with than just buying factory ammo.

My primary press is a Lee Classic 4-Hole Turret but I do have a Pro 1000 press on order for 9mm since I shoot a lot of that. Will probably set it up to do .223 too since I already have those dies.
It's been years, but I used to do a lot of it.
When I first started with the SORT team (late 80's) the entry team carried H&K MP5's. So thru training or just fucking around at the range on full auto, we went thru a lot of 9mm.. :lol

There were many an evening's after range day with the Lee turret and a few cold beverages.

If anyone knows.
I can't recall if the 9mm came with a 3 or 4 firing selector???
 

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I've heard that the Pro 1000 shell plate doesn't hold them securely enough for them to line up with the dies. I haven't tried myself, but I suppose I could next time I'm switching the Pro 1000 up to do some .300 blk cases.

I use the Pro 1000 to make sure the flash hole is clear with the universal decapper, prime, then flare the necks on 300blk before I charge and seat and crimp bullets single stage.

While the #4 shell plate is on, I could try putting some .223 dies on and see how it goes.
 

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It definitely doesn't save you money. If anything, it costs you more money as you just find yourself shooting that much more.
Well, it saves you money per round. That's my story and I'm sticking to it :lmao
 

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I reload everything I shoot, more than I want to list. I couldn't afford to buy new shells for NRA High power, Palma and Long range. Bullets are bad enough. Also I find it relaxing and it brings good memories of my dad who started me out.
 

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I'm not fortunate to have area's to shoot outdoors so I have to go to ranges. The ones here doesn't allow reloaded ammo. So for now, I have to just buy.
 

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I'm not fortunate to have area's to shoot outdoors so I have to go to ranges. The ones here doesn't allow reloaded ammo. So for now, I have to just buy.
I literally drive by two ranges over half hour away because of their 'no reload' policy. One of them won't even let you pick up your own brass. It really sucks as one is literally two miles from my house.
 

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I load 5.56NATO (yes, there's a difference from .223), .45ACP, and 9mm parabellum. Will take a few pics of my reloading bench once I finish up the new top.
 

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That's why I have a brass catcher..... but I pickup my brass regardless of their policy. Just because I fired it on their range doesn't make it their property.
 

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That's why I have a brass catcher..... but I pickup my brass regardless of their policy. Just because I fired it on their range doesn't make it their property.
Their range, their rules. I just don't go there, along with a whole lot of other people that re-load. They've been there for about 6 years and seem to be doing well (recently opened a second location) so it must obviously be working out for them.
 

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Lol, I thought you said freeloader, and figured I'd find OG in here.
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I recently picked up a Japanese Type 99 rifle so I'll be reloading 7.7x58 soon too :D

Brass is available from Graf's and it uses the same bullets as .303 British so it's a lot easier to load than to find loaded ammo for that.
 

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i have the hornady AP progressive . still havent got everything set up yet though. mainly just plan on reloading for pistols revolvers and semi autos. i think rifle calibers demand single stage for quality rounds
 

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You can do a 2-3 stage on a progressive for prepared and inspected rifle brass. You can just throw on clean brass and go full circle like you can with pistol.
 

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Help me out. I'm no where near as experienced as you guys with the weapons. What the fuck is reloading? By the way I just purchased a Glock 23 and a S&W 686 as wedding presents to myself. And yes, I'm finally married now. :punk
 
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