Get a set of check weights. My scale is a cheap balance beam from RCBS, but I trust it. I calibrate with the weights before loading, check several loads, then recalibrate during the loading session.Yeah, my main regret so far is going cheap on the scales. The scales were part of the packages that were recommended by others, but I just overlooked them by placing too much faith in the little digital ones. You gotta have trust in your equipment and while I trust what I'm doing so far, the need to improve my scale situation is a high priority.
That scale could be considered an antique. lol I don't think I could part with something I had that long. The new scale arrives today. The RCBS M1000.American, Get a good balance beam scale even used from a known source. I bought my Ohaus M 5 (RCBS 10-19) used in '62 and used it through '16 when I sold it, still accurate I did not need 3 scales also I liked the drum type gr./1/10 gr.vernier.
American, which RCBS hand primer do you have coming, the Universal or the other one? Rather than looking at past posts, (actually I’m lazy) which press did you end up getting that’s giving you feed issues? I’m pretty spoiled.....I had a feed issue with my Dillon some years ago, I needed one small part, a rod actually.......the guy at Dillon didn’t see it that way, he sent me a complete priming system instead.I ordered the newer RCBS hand primer today. I did see people complaining about the priming with my press in the reviews before I bought it, but also saw a lot of other complaints with a lot of other presses about their priming systems. It installed the large primers in my 10mm casings with ease, no problems whatsoever. But then yesterday I switched to the small primers with the 5.56 and it was horrible. If they went in the cup right side up, it was a breeze, but getting them in the cup correct coming out sideways or upside down. I just started putting them in the cup by hand and solved the problem. Hopefully I will have better luck with the hand primer.
It is the universal one. Hopefully it is alright.American, which RCBS hand primer do you have coming, the Universal or the other one? Rather than looking at past posts, (actually I’m lazy) which press did you end up getting that’s giving you feed issues? I’m pretty spoiled.....I had a feed issue with my Dillon some years ago, I needed one small part, a rod actually.......the guy at Dillon didn’t see it that way, he sent me a complete priming system instead.
You’ll like the universal, (no shell holder needed)........you can swap out between large and small primers in about 5 minutes. They say it will prime case down to .223 but it will prime .20 caliber. Since it’s hand held you can get a better “feel” for the seating. JMOIt is the universal one. Hopefully it is alright.
Wow. I check my beam scale maybe once a year.Get a set of check weights. My scale is a cheap balance beam from RCBS, but I trust it. I calibrate with the weights before loading, check several loads, then recalibrate during the loading session.
A few extra minutes spent triple-checking things never hurt anyone when reloading.
100% agreed. Safety is always my top priority and that was instilled in me since childhood. I wasn't even allowed to carry my own rifle until I passed the Hunter's safety course which my step dad at the time ran and he made sure to make me do a lot of the examples and assisting. Appreciate the reply!Disgustipated : This Ruger Forum and the people here are the Most Knowledgeable people I've ever seen when it comes to Reloading and Gun's . I have Definitely learned a tremendously lot of useful information . I would first say Safety is first tool that you would need Can Never Get Enough of it.
Distraction is your Biggest Enemy along with Fatigue . You need at least 100% of your undivided attention . I'm not saying this to Scare you but to Educate . Learning the Fundamentals of Reloading is not only Rewarding as it is Enjoyable and I Love it and Live it with a Passion . To me and it is (IMO) Very therapeutic and relaxes me to know end . It takes me back to a time well spent with my Father teaching me the Do's and Don'ts . So with that said I will tell you like I was told When I first joined . Welcome and Listen and Learn . Sorry if I got off track a little . I hope this helps you and enjoy
Excellent advice! Should be part of the sticky.Once you are set up and loading your own ammo you will find it easy to manufacture .45 Colt ammo that will not intimidate new shooters and might not 'need' so much .38 Special for that GP100. I still recommend picking ONE cartridge (your choice, but making that .45 Colt will solve your other 'cost of .45 ammo' issue) to start with. The fundamentals are the same for any rimmed, straight wall revolver cartridge so learning to size, trim (when needed), prime, charge, seat and crimp on that one will be transferable skills. Learning what it takes (and means) to get that ONE right will make it easier to add others later rather than trying several at once.