Finally got a chance (and the ambition) to actually sit down and use the new reloading setup. First box of 50 rounds are done. I should have bought a turret press YEARS ago and I probably wouldn’t have given up on reloading for the time I did.
4.6 gr of Titegroup
115 gr FMJ
Checked the powder weight on my Lyman digital scale for EVERY round because I don’t trust this cheap ass Lee powder measure. It’s the one thing they REALLY got wrong. I plan to replace it soon. Although, I will admit that once I got it dialed in, the weights were fairly consistent. I just miss the ability to top fill them like the old ones used to. This “baby bottle” design sucks.
Used my calipers to measure the length on the first 5 and then every 5th one after that. Everything stayed well within tolerance there. I never really cared much when I was reloading revolver rounds. Semi auto ammo is a different duck though.
I did have a couple of mishaps. First was the Lyman scale. I didn’t realize I had it on grams instead of grains. Couldn’t figure out why I had to keep cranking out the measure on the powder throw and thought that looked like a LOT of powder in my scoop. Then I looked at the scale again and realized my error. Fortunately, 4.6 GRAMS of Titegroup will not fit in a 9 mm case.
Second was a bullet of shame. Didn’t realize I hadn’t cycled the turret and tried to seat the bullet in the case with the case sizing die. Smashed it right down in there. I don’t know if I’ll get it out with my bullet puller or not.
Overall, I’m really happy with this Lee turret loader. It’s definitely taken my reloading game to a whole new level.
Gratuitous pic of the First 50: