Drank the blue kool-aid, now I'm paranoid

Discussion in 'The Ammo & Reloading Forum' started by 03fxsti, Dec 14, 2011.

  1. 03fxsti

    03fxsti New Member

    Jan 3, 2011
    Some of you folks who started out on single stage reloading then moved to progressive, how long after you switched did you just relax and run the machine? I used to check powder, c.o.a.l., chamber gauge, every round to 5 rnds. I have been amazed at how consistent my dillon is. That being said, I still keep worrying and stopping work to check this or that. Am I just being a wierdo?
    Last edited: Dec 14, 2011
  2. JLA

    JLA Well-Known Member

    Feb 26, 2007
    Heart Of Texas
    Id keep checkin. A machine is just a machine. it doesnt have to shoot the squib loaded ammo and then dig the bullet out, or worse.. a double charge. A double charge of bullseye for a 230 gr bullet in .45ACP will fit in the case without overflowing, but thatll be 10 grains of a fast powder and will make a handgrenade out of just about any .45ACP chambered handgun..

    IMO, Keep on checkin..

  3. Brisk44

    Brisk44 New Member

    Mar 6, 2011
    Nah I've been doing this for alot of years and still check every 10th round. If something can go wrong it will go wrong. Never hurts to keep a close eye on things.
  4. 03fxsti

    03fxsti New Member

    Jan 3, 2011
    At least I aint the only one. I'm trying to limit it to every tenth round do a quick once over.
  5. woolleyworm

    woolleyworm Well-Known Member

    Feb 23, 2009
    SW Fort Worth
    I check the powder charge visually on every case before seating the bullet. I weigh the first, second and last charges on each primer tube, so every hundred, I'll weigh 3 rounds.

    I'm with Josh, keep on checkin; it won't hurt anything at all.
  6. JLA

    JLA Well-Known Member

    Feb 26, 2007
    Heart Of Texas
    Get you a LED headlight for when you go progressive. and angle the beam so it lights up the inside of the cases while they cycle. makes visually checking powder dump seemless.

    The Remington blood tracker hunting headlights are on clearance at walmart right now for like 10 or 12 bucks and they are damn bright.
  7. medalguy

    medalguy Member

    Feb 20, 2009
    New Mexico
    Depends on what I'm loading. If it's rifle such as .308 I may check the powder in each of the first 10 rounds, then maybe every 10th for 100 rounds, then I just run it till I stop. I still check OAL every 100 or so, maybe powder once in a while but with rifle you can't get a double charge without knowing it.

    Now for pistol I may check every powder charge for 10 - 15 rounds, then every 10th for a hundred, then every 50 rounds double check the powder charge. OAL I check every round for the first 10 then just let 'er rip.

    I should mention I have Dillon presses dedicated to specific calibers that I load all the time: .45, 9mm, .30-06, .308, and I never break the presses down, just move them out of the way if I'm not loading that caliber at the time. I can't recall the last time I had anything change except the Lee FCD on the 308, but I got rid of the rubber O ring and screwed a steel ring down good and tight, and it hasn't moved in probably 50,000 rounds.
  8. 03fxsti

    03fxsti New Member

    Jan 3, 2011
    Well, I visually check each powder charge before I seat a bullet. What I meant was actually stopping work to weigh charge, check oal, and chamber gauge.. Thanks guys for the replies. I'll just keep adjusting to the new rig.
  9. carver

    carver Moderator Supporting Member

    I check ever 10 rounds, and have a light mounted right over the bench so I can see everything I'm doing. Keep checking!
  10. Dirtypacman

    Dirtypacman New Member

    Mar 3, 2008
    Merrimac Valley, MA
    You'll never lose the need to check and check often as you feel necessary. At a minimum every 10 rounds or so is a good routine.

    I have gone over it before but I check every powder level with an eye test, every piece of brass both visual before tumbling and by hand after tumbling.

    Once you get going on a progressive though you can really start cranking em out. Enjoy and be safe!
  11. gdmoody

    gdmoody Moderator Supporting Member

    Sep 7, 2007
    Athens, Georgia
    I am just like everyone else I guess. I start out checking every round until the powder stabilizes (and it don't take but a couple with the Dillon). Then I check every ten or twelve for a few then I just run with it and check every so often (30 - 50). I have a shop light mounted above the press so I can see down into the case and I look at EVERY one of them.

    I can safely say that with the Dillon, I have never had a double charge or a squib load. I cannot say that for when I was using a Lee progressive.
  12. Kevin Rohrer

    Kevin Rohrer Member Supporting Member

    Apr 9, 2010
    Medina, Ohio
    I always check the primer cup to make sure there is a primer in it. I also check each case to make sure it has been charged. Other than that, I trust the machine.
  13. myfriendis410

    myfriendis410 Member

    Mar 30, 2011
    Lompoc California
    With pistol on the Dillon mine are dedicated and pre-set so I just have to sit down and start loading. I check the first few and then at every point when I add primers. The exception is if I have to clear the loader for some reason; then I start over by checking the first few charges. It's too easy when clearing a problem to introduce an already charged case into the powder drop station and getting a double charge. As already stated; in the .45 acp it's easy to fill a case to double charge and still seat a bullet on it. My other handgun is the .41 magnum and I tend to load powders that WOULD spill over in the event of a double charge.

    When I load rifle I check EVERY charge. Every one is hand weighed to the precise charge.
  14. gdmoody

    gdmoody Moderator Supporting Member

    Sep 7, 2007
    Athens, Georgia
    I forgot to mention that. Mine has a tendency to not pick up a primer every once in a while so I DO look at that every time, also.
  15. Caneman

    Caneman Active Member

    Oct 22, 2010
    for each round i have a light/mirror system to verify if the primer seated, and a powder checker die... it is easy to peek at the mirror as i look at the powder check die, then peek in the case as i place the bullet in for seating...
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