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Old 10-11-2005, 10:22 AM   #1
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reloading 9x23 based on Danes comments

Dane, I reguard your advice very highly and that is the reason for asking.
I have read all that has been discussed here and I have read and re-read all you have to say, both here and on your website, several times.
I, after wavering back and forth many times, have decided to do the 9x23 thing
I am going to use the Bar-sto barrel on an STI Trojan frame.
I have never reloaded anything other than a magazine. I have read all I can here and at a number of sites, plus a number of books on this subject.
I am going to use a single stage stet-up from Hornady and while never having done it before feel as though I am up to the task.
Your advice, is the one quandry in my mind. Your advise that one re-load and that one be proficient at the task, is the onliest (pardons to Festus) thing that leaves me with questions.
Given this honest apprasal of myownself, what advice can you give me on re-loading. Others may chime in if you wish.
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Old 10-11-2005, 11:47 AM   #2
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Bill hopefully this will help answer your question. Buy yourself a Dillion square deal in 9mm and jump right in. Forget the single stage stuff. It is a waste of time and money for loading pistol rounds. Save the single stage for rifle rounds if you already have it.

My first reloading was done on a Dillion 550 that I had won in a match. Terrible machine to start on IMO for a beginner. Only had a few dbl charges in the early years. (wear safety glasses loading and shooting) You'll learn fast. Best thing about a 9x23 is use a high volume of powder that way you can't dbl charge without noticing it

Square Deal is one of the best investments you'll ever make for your own shooting.

Old 10-12-2005, 02:10 PM   #3
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FWIW, Dane's is good advice (big surprise).

I purchased 3 Square Deals last month and I don't even have time to reload

But I hope to have time someday and I am getting my reloading room back up to snuff.

Old 10-13-2005, 02:24 AM   #4
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Thanks very much for the reply's, they made my thoughts more concrete.
I enjoyed the reads.
I am pretty excited about the project and more excited about this weapon.
I am pretty convienced that this weapon will fill several needs.
I understand where you were coming from in your cautions. Your post are most helpful and informative. I, particularly, appreciate your ability to communicate. I wish I had such abilities.
Old 10-16-2005, 06:45 AM   #5
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Dane's advise was dead on. A single stage press is too slow and too much trouble to adjust each time. The Square Deal is a good press and it is very fast. You will load about 250+ rounds an hour on it without trying to go fast. The Square Deal was my first progressive loader, since I have purchased a Dillon 550 B and a 650.

Reloading is not rocket science, just pay strict attention to what you are doing at all times and you will do fine.

The 9x23 is a great round. I have one and fell in love with it. I am going to have two built. One will be a Commander size for carry and a 6" for play (I already have a 5").

Good Luck, Buddy
Old 04-25-2006, 08:26 AM   #6
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I bought one of the first SDs that Dillon offered in 38 Super and couln't get rid of it fast enough. Fortunately, it broke and Dillon allowed me to upgrade to the 550, which I consider to be a vastly superior machine.
Old 04-25-2006, 05:41 PM   #7
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I started my progressive loading on the Square Deal and I liked it, but wanted to up grade to the 550. It has been a good press and I now have a 650, too. The 550 is set up for my small primer rounds and the 650 is for my .45's.

Several friends have the square deal and they are satisfied with them, but everyone of them wants a 650 after loading a few rounds on mine.


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