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mnh327
10-14-2010, 11:18 PM
Just wondering how many rounds you can make in 1 hour. Does it matter if it's 9mm or 45 ACP, or is it all the same?

Maddog5150
10-14-2010, 11:20 PM
My press supposed to do 500 an hour. I would say an educated guess for me would be about 300-350 an hour. I like to check the powder every 15-20 rounds just to be safe. Its a little paranoid for a dillon I know but still.

SixPointEight
10-14-2010, 11:25 PM
I can hit 75 an hour...on my lee handpress. That's 223. I might be able to hit more doing 40, but haven't tried.

stphnman20
10-14-2010, 11:36 PM
I can do 100 in an hour once I get in the grove.

IntoForever
10-14-2010, 11:43 PM
I'm usually watching TV when I reload. J/K, never timed myself, I just get in the groove and go until I'm done.

Seesm
10-15-2010, 1:39 AM
Consistant and smooth 70-100 5.56 per hr

Tyrenlds
10-15-2010, 8:27 AM
I can load about 100 an hour on a Lee single stage press. 9mm and 38 special. I don't think any handgun cartridge will take any more or less time than another... Rifle loads may be a different story.

zfields
10-15-2010, 8:31 AM
250-300 an hour on a lee progressive.

gose
10-15-2010, 8:31 AM
With everything included (picking up primers, filling powder etc) ~500 / h without stressing it.
Dillon 650

chickenfried
10-15-2010, 8:31 AM
~500 rounds of .45. For some reason I'm a little slower reloading .38. Not sure why maybe the dillon dies work better with the press than the Lee dies. Maybe it takes longer to check for a powder charge in the deeper .38 case. Could just be my mind playing tricks on me.

sargenv
10-15-2010, 8:38 AM
I have done about 800 per hour on my 650.. having 10 primer pickup tubes helps though.. 38 spl, 40 S&W...

NorCal Mtn Flyer
10-15-2010, 8:55 AM
I'm brand new at reloading, and once I got my Lee Turret set up, I am averaging about 150 p/hr. I still stop to check things pretty often, and am still finding the rythmn.

I'm guessing with experience like others have noted, my pace should increase. But for now, till I get really comfortable, I'll just take my time.

bohoki
10-15-2010, 9:08 AM
depends on what you consider the "start" of reloading

its hard to say it takes me 30 minutes to cast 160 bullets for 9mm i timed myself

i let the brass tumble for about 2 hours after picking it up

it takes me about 20 minutes to size decap 100 9mm cases

then another 30 minutes to bell / prime per 100

then about 15 to charge and seat a bullet per 100

i single stage

when i used a friends dillon i was able to reach 500 in one hour starting with bullets clean brass and primer tubes already full of large pistol i started at 12:45am and was done at 1:50am
i did stop half way through to get a glass of soda

i was really in the groove and i wanted to go to bed

1911Operator
10-15-2010, 9:27 AM
u know theres specific threads for reloading right? anyways, I reload for my handgun (45acp) at a rate of 400-450 an hour depending on parts running smooth. primers not feeding can mess everything up!

9mmepiphany
10-15-2010, 9:35 AM
the speeds you'll see quoted on Dillion lit are based on have the primer tubes pre-filled, the shell tubes filled, the bullet tubes filled and the powder measure filled. keeping them all topped off is greatest limiting factor in the speed you are able to attain.

I know a guy who reloaded as a home business...yes he had the FFL and insurance...who ran three Dillon 1050s, he was reloading .45. .38spl and 9mm (this was a long time ago) who said he had no trouble running them at >1k/hr. But he had his kids, whose job was the keep the tubes and hoppers filled. He also made some killer beef jerky.

maschronic
10-15-2010, 9:36 AM
rkoace and i had a competition to see who can load faster. i won. :) i loaded 100 rounds of .40 155gr in 6:22.82. rkoace loaded 100 rounds in 6:23.20.

we are using a dillon 550. it always helps to have the primer tubes ready to go. the most i have loaded in a hour was 600+ on my dillon 550. once you get in the grove of things, it moves pretty quick.

CAL.BAR
10-15-2010, 9:46 AM
Are you factoring in picking up and tumbling/cleaning the brass, de-priming sorting etc.? Sure you can crank out the rounds once set up, but what about all the rest?

maschronic
10-15-2010, 9:51 AM
Are you factoring in picking up and tumbling/cleaning the brass, de-priming sorting etc.? Sure you can crank out the rounds once set up, but what about all the rest?

the OP just asked how many you can load in an hour. nevermind the brass tumbling for an hour or so, picking up all the brass, checking the brass. since time is money, reloading is more expensive than buying new. with that being said, i can not put a price on my hobbies.

my press de-primes the brass on the first step.

chickenfried
10-15-2010, 9:58 AM
I don't count the things you mentioned. I do count refilling primer tubes and refilling the powder.

Are you factoring in picking up and tumbling/cleaning the brass, de-priming sorting etc.? Sure you can crank out the rounds once set up, but what about all the rest?

Spdjunkie
10-15-2010, 10:06 AM
I am not really sure on the amount per hour I roll these out at. I try not to "clock myself".

Faster I go, greater potential for "issues".

Smoother I run = Better Piece of Mind = Less Stress . . . . Actually stress relieving :)

I'll take Smoother over Faster, which is faster in the long haul of things. Once you question a load everything gets out of whack.

Again, "To each their own"

Load, Shoot, Stay SAFE

Rugerdaddy
10-15-2010, 10:19 AM
How long do you think it takes you guys to amortize your investmetn in equipment? Do you load your own as a hobby and to get your loads just the way you like them? Or, do you do it to save money? DO you save money?

I've often thought about loading, but these questions HAUNT me! :rolleyes:

XDRoX
10-15-2010, 10:22 AM
Last night I loaded 300 rounds in 37 minutes. That comes out to about 486 an hour. This is without rushing, visually checking every case before I place a bullet in it, and without a case feeder. I did have the primer tubes pre-loaded and I did not have to re-fill the powder. I also do not stop and check powder drops. I have not adjusted my powder in over a thousand rounds. It's always dead on. I do one check before I start reloading to make sure an evil fairy didn't sneak into the garage and move it:D

I load on a 550. I usually do batches of 100 in around 15 minutes.

racky
10-15-2010, 11:03 AM
I load on a 550. I usually do batches of 100 in around 15 minutes.

me too. that sounds about right

racky
10-15-2010, 11:05 AM
here's my rig
http://i8.photobucket.com/albums/a17/rackycurva/2A%20stuff/38410_412078743714_688673714_4935172_6352654_n.jpg

CSACANNONEER
10-15-2010, 11:11 AM
Including brass prep on bottle necked rounds? If yes and it includes FL sizing, decapping, primer pocket swaging, primer pocket uniforming, trimming, deburring, neck turning, flash hole uniforming, etc. and then hand weighing each component and powder charge, I can load about 3-5 rounds an hour.

If you are just talking straightwalled pistol rounds for plinking, I tend to do aout 350-400 rounds an hour because, I have to peck my primers like a chicken. If you want to include time to cast, lube and size bullets, I'm thinking that it would be down around 200-250 rounds an hour. But, that keeps my ammo cost to around $2-$3/50 rounds of whatever pistol caliber I want to load. Currently, when it comes to pistol rounds, I cast and load 25acp to 44mag.

maschronic
10-15-2010, 11:12 AM
How long do you think it takes you guys to amortize your investmetn in equipment? Do you load your own as a hobby and to get your loads just the way you like them? Or, do you do it to save money? DO you save money?

I've often thought about loading, but these questions HAUNT me! :rolleyes:


hrmm...well, this is my guess on the investment. i think i spend even more money since i got the reloader. i buy in bulk. everything i buy is in bulk.

i reload as a hobby, save money, and load them to match the hadngun.

you do save money. however, you will spend more money to save money. i'm not sure if you understand. i have spent $600 for 7k+ of montana gold .40 bullets.

Trash
10-15-2010, 11:20 AM
Had my Dad time me for 50 rounds on a 550 doing .38 Special, and then converted that to an hourly rate. I was shocked to see the actual rate was 700 something per hour. This was a normal, not rushed, but efficient pace. Obviously that doesn't account for reloading primer tubes etc.

Factoring in all the normal stuff I get about 100 rounds in 15 minutes or so (like others have said), or around 350 an hour. 500 per hour is certainly attainable without much effort on a 550 but you would want multiple primer tubes ready to roll.

BamBam-31
10-15-2010, 11:28 AM
On my Dillon 650, I can crank out 700-800 per hour, but I usually go at a slightly slower rate (500-600 / hr.) just to be extra careful.