I’ve gotten 50 rounds of 6.8 Remington SPC loaded, and 100 round of .223 loaded. I have a progressive press a reader sent me a while back (a Lee, which he didn’t use anymore and wanted to get rid of), but I only have the necessary equipment to load pistol ammo with it, and the Lee progressive has a rough time with that, so I’d be worried with rifle ammo.
For rifle ammo, I’m loading on a single stage press. For practice ammo, I don’t weigh each charge, and I’ve actually found the Lee powder charger throws a pretty consistent load once you run it five or six times. I’m limited in speed mostly by press time. I do 50 at a time. My process is as follows.
- Run 50 rounds through the tumbler to clean off the brass.
- Stage them on my reloading block, after running them through the separator.
- Spray them with some reloaders KY.
- Decap & resize on the press & move to finish block.
- Seat the primers, move back to staging block.
- Adjust the powder throw, charge 50 cases, move to finish block.
- Check all the cases for proper charge, seat the bullets.
- Seat all the bullets, measuring the first few for overall length, moving to staging block.
- Crimp bullets on the press.
The last part I’ve heard various advice on. Some people suggest you don’t need to crimp the bullets, and that the military only does it because they have to stand up to rough handling in machine guns. When I first starting reloading, I’m pretty sure I was over crimping, which can be dangerous. But I still tend to think a light crimp on the bullet is good for firing through a semi-auto, despite the extra cycle through the press it takes for each batch of 50. What do you think? To crimp or not to crimp?