Re: To My TFF brothers in arms
Stick around! There's a lot to learn here, and your manuals. I also spent a year on this fourm, and other along with reading my manuals. I purchased Lyman's, Speers, Hornady's, and Lee's manual about a year before I purchased my equipment. Between reading paper and here I had a decent grasp on getting started, and what components I needed to start loading. Please spend some time reading the Lyman manual before you get started. There's a lot of great info in there. First setup your dies and make a few dummy rnds (no powder or primers) to verify your dies are setup correct. Measure your OAL, and crimp. If all is good Find the starting charge for Red Dot and your bullet type. Start there and work your way up slowly about .2gr at a time. Load about 15-20 rnds at each charge weight. Check your finished rnds with the plunk test, verify the OAL, and Crimp. Also make sure you have proper case tention on your 45ACP by trying to push the bullet against the bench checking for set back. If all is good it's range trip time. I carry a notebook with me to record my findings as I shoot each load. If you start seeing presure signs stop. It's better to pull bullets, than have KBOOMS! I set my taper crimp for 45ACP to .471-.472" measured at the case mouth with calipers. OAL will vary with gun. I try to avoid going shorter than the recommended OAL per manual. For my 1911's I set my OAL to 1.250" for lead, and 1.260" for plated bullets. Good luck!