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About N2extrm

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  1. I find a sturdy box that fits under the bench, often what the brass I bought came in so a USPS flatmate box or similar. They sit pretty well under the bottom of the bench, not a lot of wasted space. At the range I may use ziplock bags to collect what I shot, toss that bag right back in the box until I'm ready to process them out. I also used "recycled" plastic jugs from animal crackers and pretzels when the kids were younger. Those giant ones you get from Costco, BJ's or Price Club. But those have mostly gone away.
  2. It depends what you (or I am) loading. I use a lot of WSF and WST because we shot a lot of .45 & 9mm. I use Bullseye for .38, but don't hoot it much. Rifle I use RE15 in .308, .22-250 and when I cant find anything better for 6mm BR I've used it in that with so so results. So RE15 is is pretty versatile for what I shoot. Varget is another go to, but its hard to find, Ive used that for .223 as long as I have reloaded it. The M1, thats trickier and I still haven't picked something I like and trust with it.
  3. Yes it does, I may or may not have some of that around! Meters very well. 😂
  4. I have a hard time with this one, what I shoot the most verse my top 3 would be different. So top 3 rifle cartridges; .308, its versatile accurate and readily available. 30-06, when .308 isn't enough and well, M1 Garand. 6mm BR, fast and accurate and bit easier on you for a long day.
  5. Yes great points! My dang Wilson case gauges are a mess, I thought it was me I guess not. And the RCBS decapping die, broke that stupid pin sooooooo many times! $%^&#$ Die!
  6. I am a gadget sucker. I fall for things, sometimes I buy them just to play around. So lets here what were the best and worst small dollar investments you made in reloading bench; tools, equipment or gadgets. Off the top of my head: Best: The silly bearing for the 650, shell plate, a little piece of tubing for the 650 "Ski Ramp" and the spent primer catcher upgrade on my Rock Chucker. Worst: Fancy reloading block from Sinclair (if you get one powder flake in it you will never get the case out).
  7. What ammo and reloading supplies? I’ve never heard of them.
  8. Thanks! I gutted the basement and re-framed and re-wired the entire thing. Those outlets were put there exactly for that reason. To admit my mistake, its still not enough power. I should have done quads.
  9. This was my original setup, before I got exiled to the out building, before I sold the 550. And my bench in exile at the old house.
  10. Good on you crockett! I was just thinking it was time to start one of these threads. Lets see if I can get this to work. My bench is a work in progress since we moved a year or so ago. At least I'm in a heated and cooled space now. My prior bench was an unheated detached shed/garage.
  11. Vihtavuori has some nice powders, pricey but nice. I use it in .22-250 and 6BR, not so much in pistol. Its been hard to find from time to time.
  12. I have been loading Montana Gold 115 grain JHP. I haven't had to order in a couple of years because I hardly ever shoot 9mm. I just looked and 1,000 are $127.00 shipped to your door. That drops you down to .127 per, add in some once fired brass, a primer and powder, its pretty cheap to reload. Lead will get your costs down, there all those coated lead bullets that fall somewhere in between (don't shoot em so I don't know too much about them). No matter how you "skin the cat" you have to buy in bulk to make the numbers work. I know its hard sometimes, but save a few bucks buy a few thousand at once and then your ahead. Maybe split a case with a buddy. Then take a few bucks every week and put it in a coffee can under the reloading bench. When your halfway through that case, you'll have a stash to reorder. Best part for me is the Mrs. never ever enters the reloading room and hates coffee, so the money is safe!
  13. Mine was more of a progression combined with laziness. I started on a 550 and after a while I decided I wanted to improve my rifle accuracy and the stick powders didn't throw as well on the Dillon. In my pursuit I knew I must measure every charge. So I added a rock chucker to the bench and peeped every case; case OAL, weight of the case, primer pockets, necks, neck sizing with a bushing die etc. all became part of the process. Interesting enough, weighing every charge to a grain probably made no difference in accuracy. At some point I wanted to increase pistol caliber production. Time to shoot and reload became tight (life happens) and I wanted maximize my time at the bench. At that time it wasn't uncommon for me to load a few hundred rounds in a pinch to run to the range the next morning. The 650 with case feeder started to look good. Add in that I was getting fed up with the 550 primer slide, it felt like every time I loaded anything the slide would hang up. I would be cleaning and adjusting it, puling miss primed cases, cleaning up split primers and I would get aggravated. The first 650 was ordered. I kept the 550 running mostly small primer ammo, .38 and 9mm that I just didn't shoot that much of and left the 650 running large primary .45 ACP, that's what I shot the most. Well that case feeder was nice and the primer system on the 650 was so pleasant. Did I mention I am lazy? So the 550 was sold and the second 650 arrived. I still regret selling that 550, it was a great press. I still run the rock chucker and the two 650's. I am tempted to add a fosters, not because I need it but rather because I want to "play" with it. The rock chucker works fine, but with fat fingers the priming system can be a PIA. I have been priming off the press, which helps but the depriving is still messy. I just ordered one of those fancy $10 kits that are supposed to change your life and keep the primers from going all over. The Jury is out, but for the price I am not complaining. I have a Square Deal with some conversions I picked up used, the price was such I couldn't walk away. I've never set it up. Someone gave me a couple of Lee turrets and misc part, those I gave to a friend who was just starting out in reloading and money was tight. In the end its a math equation, A+B+D-C=X. What are your needs (calibers and outputs), what are you time constraints, space limitation and budget. Match you desires and needs in a way that won't break the bank. Try to buy one and cry once. But if all you can afford is a lee thigh master and its gets it done, so be it. It's not a sprint, its a marathon.
  14. I’m a chicken so I haven’t put any gun parts in the little Hornady unit. I watched a bunch of reviews and a bunch of videos where others have. It seems like it’s hit or miss on results. I think they can clean well, but you are removing all oils so that worries me. At least when I see guys dump an entire J frame in the tank fully assembled sand grips. I shoot mostly .45 ACP and mostly lead. I have had luck with good cleaning and JB bore paste. They make different grades, like compound, polish and glaze for your cars finish. I keep meaning to try it on the forcing comes in my 586, after all these years it’s got some carbon build up. But honestly I am lazy and old which makes it easy to forget.
  15. My experience is about the same. I enjoy the process, so it’s never a chore and I almost always have 9mm ready for a match. I don’t shoot 9mm that often, but if I do it’s the wife and I so that’s a good bit of ammo. I have a set of 650’s, one set for large primers, one for small. Tools heads are all set up so it’s minutes at most to swap to any caliber and knock out some of what you want with no issues. Low stress. During all the “shortages” and price gouging I was never in a bad spot. Yes you can buy cheap 9mm but I think from a hobby standpoint the cost is irrelevant. At least to me the few pennies eithier way don’t matter. The important part is what makes you happy.
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