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Old 05-28-2009, 8:21 AM
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Default Reloading for 2 guns in same caliber

Question for the experienced reloaders out there. If you have two guns in the same caliber and you want to reload for accuracy, what do you do about size die adjustment?

I understand you want to resize the minimum amount so that the cartridge will just fit your chamber. But where one chamber is smaller and tighter than the other, do you just set the size die for the smaller one? Re-adjust the size die each time you reload? Get two size dies?

I have two .45s and two .223s so the question is for both rifle and pistol cases.

Thanks for your thoughts.
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Old 05-28-2009, 8:32 AM
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If the two chambers aren't too far different, resize for the tighter chamber. If they're more than say .003" different, size for them differently...especially if accuracy and brass life are a concern.
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My way would be to separate the cases for each weapon -- then neck size only for max brass life -- your needs may not find this convenient --
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Old 05-28-2009, 8:54 AM
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For the most accuracy in your riffles (assuming they are bolt action) keep your brass separate for each riffle and only neck size it. My .223 riffles are all semi-auto so I FL size all my brass every time. For my .308 Remington 700 LTR I neck size only my Lapua brass, and FL size/trim every 5 reloads. I FL size my LC .308 brass as it's being used in my semi-autos as well. I don't reload for accuracy pistol rounds so I FL size my .44 mag. brass and trim maybe after every 8-10 reloads. I use my .44 magnum in revolvers and in DE and they are more accurate than factory ammo. I never trim 9mm brass, but I only use the brass I shoot. Some of the 9mm brass I've reloaded 14 times and it is still dimentionaly OK and works well in my Beretta 92 FS.

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Old 05-28-2009, 9:16 AM
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The separating the cases thing is lame unless you own Tack-Drivers.

Just use the same die, most folks never "reach out" far enough to warrant the extra work.

Besides, if you are going to size them differently you may as well go the whole shabang:

Weigh cases, case trim for each, then assemble loads for each gun. We also
know that no two guns shoot exactly the same, so you may end up with
different powder/primer combos as well.

Personally I might go through the extra work for a rifle, but not for pistol ammo.
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Old 05-28-2009, 9:40 AM
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Thanks all for the insight. And Stan, damn - nice shooting!

It sounds like separate dies, etc. may not be worth the effort other than for Benchrest.

My guns are all semi-autos, so I do need to full length resize. Just wondered how to approach setting the FL die depth.

From your collective advice, I think I'll adjust the size die for the tighter chamber and go with that.

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I recently started reloading so take that into account.
A couple weeks ago you were talking about getting out of reloading.
Does this mean you are sticking with it now?
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