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Old 05-22-2016, 05:42 PM   #1
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Is there any rhyme or reason regarding .45 cases having small AND large primers?

I'll be reloading them before long and I know I can sort them. Just wondered why there is both. Brass is being cleaned as I type this.

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Well, Terry I've heard size don't matter but we all know that's a crock.
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Well, Terry I've heard size don't matter but we all know that's a crock.


Remember it's not the length but the diameter.
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[QUOTE=leemata;125676]Is there any rhyme or reason regarding .45 cases having small AND large primers?



I'll be reloading them before long and I know I can sort them. Just wondered why there is both. Brass is being cleaned as I type this.



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45 ACP with small primers were made to reduce lead on firing ranges by using primers that use DDNP
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Do you two reloaders use single press or multiple? Ive been hoarding brass thinking about it but very apprehensive. Dont hardly know squat about it.
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Have 2 Dillon 550B's set up for large and small primers, a Dillon 650XL dedicated to 45 ACP and a Redding T7 turret press set up for loading small quantities of rifle ammo. I think sometimes I get carried away with ''man toys''.


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Do you two reloaders use single press or multiple? Ive been hoarding brass thinking about it but very apprehensive. Dont hardly know squat about it.
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I load everything 380, 9mm, 38/357, 45 ACP and 41 Mag all on a Lee Classic Turret Press. Once I'm all setup I can do about 150 an hour. Not anywhere near Progressive speed but I don't shoot competition and go through 2000 rounds a week. I load all winter and shoot all summer.


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It's actually not a bad thing, over the years I've accumulated 2000-3000 of the small pistol primer 45 casings. I have a separate storage can for them, figure if I run out of large pistol primers I can still shoot 45.
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.45 ACP primers

What really got me into the reloading side of firearms was the 41 Mag. Expensive and hard to find the ammo. Now it runs me under $100 for 500 rounds of 41 Mag. At retail of $25 to $30 per box of 25 you figure out the savings. After I got started on the 41 I figured "What the hell, just load everything I shoot and buy supplies in bulk". If you have the time and enjoy the hobbie it's well worth the time. You won't save any money, but you'll shoot 3 times as much.


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Do you two reloaders use single press or multiple? Ive been hoarding brass thinking about it but very apprehensive. Dont hardly know squat about it.

I use a Hornady AP progressive with 5 stations. If you run all 5, there's a lot to keep your eyes on, but you get used to it. When I started with it, I just ran it like a single stage until I got a feel for it.

I haven't been loading for very long, but I can't imagine I'll ever be concerned about a rounds/hour count. In my view, reloading & rushing is a bad mix. The reason I went with a progressive is I don't like a lot of repetition....though there's still a fair amount involved.

There's really nothing to be afraid of if it's something you want to get into. Just know that if you're not detail oriented, it's probably not a good idea. In that case find someone you trust and work a deal with 'em if you can.

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