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oremike

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I used to do that but the liability regarding a single mistake has become too egregious to contemplate these days. And too my homeowners policy will not protect me. The last time I checked the cost of a specific insurance policy to protect me was too ridiculous to consider purchasing such a policy.

I've a good friend with a business as a firearms instructor, tactical and concealed carry. He has a small range and rental firearms, he provides ammunition. His insurance policy will not even allow re-loaded ammunition on his property. Which is a shame as he used to re-load a bunch of his ammunition before he started his business.
I'm classed as a manufacturer and have the proper licenses and insurance to back that up. I suppose I shouldn't post in the "what did you reload today" thread because I am a manufacturer. I make somwhere around a quarter of a million rounds a year. When I use new brass like I did for the 45-70 and .357 It's newly manufactured ammo just like the big boys. When I use used brass like I do for 9mm it's re-manufactured ammo. The production process is the same but the prep work is different.
 
I'm classed as a manufacturer and have the proper licenses and insurance to back that up. I suppose I shouldn't post in the "what did you reload today" thread because I am a manufacturer. I make somwhere around a quarter of a million rounds a year. When I use new brass like I did for the 45-70 and .357 It's newly manufactured ammo just like the big boys. When I use used brass like I do for 9mm it's re-manufactured ammo. The production process is the same but the prep work is different.
There is a fundamental difference between a guy that only re-loads for himself and maybe a few relatives and friends than a licensed manufacturer. But good luck with your business. I'm contemplating whether I'm going to renew my FFL this year.
 

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So is it a chore at this point? Or do you still get "That" feeling, with every shiny, new round, that drops? :D
It can get old and sometimes it feels like I'm the last guy in the world still making ammo. I just get into a rhythm and cruse along. I'm retired so when it feels like I've had enough for the day I stop and do something else for a while. Running a business there is a thousand things that need to be done beyond pulling the lever including range trips for quality assurance. I shoot all the ammo I make, if I don't like it, I don't sell it.
 
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It can get old and sometimes it feels like I'm the last guy in the world still making ammo. I just get into a rhythm and cruse along. I'm retired so when it feels like I've had enough for the day I stop and do something else for a while. Running a business there is a thousand things that need to be done beyond pulling the lever including range trips for quality assurance. I shoot all the ammo I make, if I don't like it, I don't sell it.
What equipment do you use? What would you use if money was no object?
 
What equipment do you use? What would you use if money was no object?
I myself would use a dedicated Dillon RL 1100 (with all the options available) for each caliber if cost (and space) were no object. Regardless of interchangeable die heads there is always some adjustment that must be tweaked. I once had a Lee Loadmaster with five different die heads. Once dialed in it cranked out copious amounts of ammo, but each time the die head or type of bullet was changed there was some tweaking someplace. Actually the Lee Loadmaster is a good press (in my experience), but all progressive machines take attention to detail and constant observation to insure powder, primers, and other components don't run out. So all the little warning devices Dillon has created are a real plus.
 

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What equipment do you use? What would you use if money was no object?
I have a Rock-Chucker, 2 Hornady Lock-N-Loads and a Mark 7 Evolution. The Rock-Chucker is used for the small run specialty stuff like when I make my personal rifle ammo. One of the Lock-N-Loads is set up to just de-prime before tumbling. The other makes all the ammo the Mark 7 can't do. The Mark 7 makes 380, 9, 40, 10, and 45acp. I'm waiting for the conversion kit to do 38/357 on the Mark 7. If money was no object I'd use Mark 7's all the way.
 
I have a Rock-Chucker, 2 Hornady Lock-N-Loads and a Mark 7 Evolution. The Rock-Chucker is used for the small run specialty stuff like when I make my personal rifle ammo. One of the Lock-N-Loads is set up to just de-prime before tumbling. The other makes all the ammo the Mark 7 can't do. The Mark 7 makes 380, 9, 40, 10, and 45acp. I'm waiting for the conversion kit to do 38/357 on the Mark 7. If money was no object I'd use Mark 7's all the way.
I'd never even heard of those guys. Looked them up. I'm impressed.
 
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I have a Rock-Chucker, 2 Hornady Lock-N-Loads and a Mark 7 Evolution. The Rock-Chucker is used for the small run specialty stuff like when I make my personal rifle ammo. One of the Lock-N-Loads is set up to just de-prime before tumbling. The other makes all the ammo the Mark 7 can't do. The Mark 7 makes 380, 9, 40, 10, and 45acp. I'm waiting for the conversion kit to do 38/357 on the Mark 7. If money was no object I'd use Mark 7's all the way.
Automating the Mark7 would be a dream come true, if powder and primers were available. Like the Dillon 1050/1100 line, each caliber change would be pretty expensive with the Mark7.
 

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Just completed 1100 rounds of 9mm with my lee classic single stage kit :)

Took about two-three hours a day for the last 3 days to charge, seat, and crimp them. I'm going to the range!
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