^^ Yep, that's the box of bullets I purchased. I won't be getting through them anytime soon if I stick to a single stage. I'm going to set up a progressive, order a bunch of brass from brassbomber, and just get them all done at once.
I think the divide is the high volume "good enough" reloaders vs low volume perfectionist reloaders.
I sort of want the new Mark 7 Revolution reloader, as it looks like it has enough room on the tool head to do everyone for 223 on one pass through the machine.
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By the time I even get my rifle brass (5.56/.223) onto my RCBS Pro2000, I've alread:
2. Wet Tumbled, mostly to get primer pocket pristine
3. Lubed and resized
5. Dry tumbled in polishing media to remove wax lube and smooth any rough edges
All of the above occurs on my single stage Rock Chucker.
After that, I pre-prime all the brass on the progressive; die plate removed. At that point, all that is left to do on the Pro2000 is to drop powder, do a powder check, drop/seat a bullet, and then factory crimp.
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I read this post, and for a second I thought I posted it and forgot about it. That's exactly how I load for 5.56 and 300 Blackout.
For precision rifle I run it a little different. For sizing I still use my bushing die, but I step it down with 2 bushings so that I never size more than .005 at a time and reduce runout. To speed things up, I decap with my bushing die and largest of the two bushings I'll use rather than using a universal decapping die. After I wet tumble I swap bushings out and run it though the bushing die, funnel die and seating die on the LNL. I also replace my LNL Powder Measure with a powder funnel die, and use an electronic powder measure to keep things fast. The LML powder measure is extremely consistent with ball/flake powder - but really sucks with stuff like Varget.
Annealing and using two steps in the bushing die really did a lot for my load consistency which can sometimes suffer on progressives. I'm not an ammo perfectionist, but I try to balance expedience with consistency and I've had good results.
Almost forgot, I do hand prime all of my precision brass, and sometimes any old military brass on .223 or 300 Blackout. I ordered thousands of pieces of "processed" brass but about 30% of the brass still has some crimp in the primer pocket. It's not enough to go through and remove the crimp on amevery piece - but my priming system on the LNL doesn't handle that 30% well and I don't like spilling powder because the previous station didn't prime. A hand primer breezes right through those.
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For crimped primer pockets, I use the LNL-AP setup with Hornady's swagging tool. Works very well but you need to segregate brass by yr/mfg to get a consistent swage.
I do all my precision loading on a SS press.
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