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Title: New to reloading, bought a Ferrari to start with
Post by: LowKey on November 14, 2020, 11:15:01 pm
Well I am now the proud owner of a Dillon 1050, currently set up for 9 mm.    Later I'll be setting up for 10 mm, 5.56, and 300BLK (sub and supers).
Of course now primers, and to a lessor extent powders, are unicorns.  :facepalm

I plan on going VERY slowly at first.   I understand the wisdom of a single stage as a first reloading press but I knew I'd end up with a 1050 eventually and figured that if I am restrained and stern with my self to not try to run before I can crawl I should be alright.    I like my eyes, fingers, ect so I'll be playing it slow and conservative for the first few hundred rounds.


To be honest I'm also worried that as the founder died a few years back that someday the legendary quality could start to slip, so better a machine made now than roll the dice in 4-5 years.

MY lovely wife has suggested getting me a Mr. Bullet feeder for Christmas.....I am a fortunate man.

When I get farther down the rabbit hole I'm thinking about a Corbin bullet swager.



Title: Re: New to reloading, bought a Ferrari to start with
Post by: lesptr on November 15, 2020, 11:30:27 am
Well I am now the proud owner of a Dillon 1050, currently set up for 9 mm.    Later I'll be setting up for 10 mm, 5.56, and 300BLK (sub and supers).
Of course now primers, and to a lessor extent powders, are unicorns.  :facepalm

I plan on going VERY slowly at first.   I understand the wisdom of a single stage as a first reloading press but I knew I'd end up with a 1050 eventually and figured that if I am restrained and stern with my self to not try to run before I can crawl I should be alright.    I like my eyes, fingers, ect so I'll be playing it slow and conservative for the first few hundred rounds.


To be honest I'm also worried that as the founder died a few years back that someday the legendary quality could start to slip, so better a machine made now than roll the dice in 4-5 years.

MY lovely wife has suggested getting me a Mr. Bullet feeder for Christmas.....I am a fortunate man.

When I get farther down the rabbit hole I'm thinking about a Corbin bullet swager.
Wow, just wow. So jealous.
I’ve been using a 550 for just shy of a decade and can’t justify going to a 650/750 or 1050. So post some pics so I can drool over yours. 
Title: Re: New to reloading, bought a Ferrari to start with
Post by: Plebian on November 15, 2020, 01:30:34 pm
Just go very slow and pay attention to each station per stroke and you shouldn't have an issue at all. It is just easier to mess up a bunch of stuff at once on a progressive reloader over the single stage type.

You can still grab a single stage as well, and if you are like most you will do so. Just to load low volume high precision rounds.
Title: Re: New to reloading, bought a Ferrari to start with
Post by: lesptr on November 15, 2020, 04:20:20 pm
Just go very slow and pay attention to each station per stroke and you shouldn't have an issue at all. It is just easier to mess up a bunch of stuff at once on a progressive reloader over the single stage type.

You can still grab a single stage as well, and if you are like most you will do so. Just to load low volume high precision rounds.
I was going to say “you can also use a progressive press as a single stage press”. I can with my 550, but don’t know if a 1050 can.
Title: Re: New to reloading, bought a Ferrari to start with
Post by: LowKey on November 15, 2020, 05:48:38 pm
Wow, just wow. So jealous.
I’ve been using a 550 for just shy of a decade and can’t justify going to a 650/750 or 1050. So post some pics so I can drool over yours.
Thanks.
I'll get some pics up once I build a bench for it, it doesn't look like much in the box encased in foam. :)

I still need to pick up a number fo things before I start reloading.
Tumbler- Again, I'm going to bite the bullet and start with wet tumbling, probably a Frankfort.  Steel chips instead of pins.
Scales
Calipers

My wife was looking over when I was watching 1050 set up videos and she voiced adding the Ammobot to the Christmas list.   In a moment of rare restraint I asked her not to do so; first off budgetary issues, secondly I suspect I should have at least 10k rounds under my belt before automating.       

On a humorous note I'm going to try and find a print from the old Warner Bros cartoons, where Bugs is hitting explosive shells with a mallet on a factory assembly line and marking the rounds "dud".   Figure it will look perfect on the wall behind the press.
Title: Re: New to reloading, bought a Ferrari to start with
Post by: coelacanth on November 15, 2020, 06:15:55 pm
Just go very slow and pay attention to each station per stroke and you shouldn't have an issue at all. It is just easier to mess up a bunch of stuff at once on a progressive reloader over the single stage type.

You can still grab a single stage as well, and if you are like most you will do so. Just to load low volume high precision rounds.
This ^ .  I am still using my old Dillon 450 from way back and it can be operated as a single stage press but I also have a big O frame single stage that is better for some things.  A press set up like the 1050 is built to produce literally hundreds of rounds per hour which means you can screw up at that same rate.  Spend a few days learning all the finer points of its operation and learning how to spot its weak points and your own.  Remember - you may be able to load at a rate of hundreds of rounds per hour but if you have break down your mistakes its going to be one round at a time.   :facepalm

Congrats on the new toy.   :thumbup1   And I approve of the reloading bench art.   :cool
Title: Re: New to reloading, bought a Ferrari to start with
Post by: LowKey on November 15, 2020, 09:25:44 pm
https://youtu.be/lJKcdlj-Uiw

 :cool