ghostrider wrote:Tell us what you plan to load (eg. 45acp for paper, 20ga for skeet, 270 for deer) and maybe we can help out.
Jumping Frog wrote:Hodgdon Universal.
It is a safe mid-range powder that will work very for both your 9mm and .40 S&W loads (as well as a lot of other calibers).
It is basically like a more modern version of Unique in terms a versatility and mid-range performance, but it is much cleaner most important of all it will meter reliably from your powder measure..
Also, Hodgdon's load data on their website is simply terrific for all their powders.
As you get more into the hobby, there are plenty of other good powders as well. This is a good, middle of the road, versatile place to start.
RX8er wrote:Thank you Jumping Frog. You have been spot on so far with your comments and feedback. I'll take your advice on this one as well and look for this powder.
BTW, the brass arrived today as reported from user The_Busy_Mom, aka the wife. Thanks much!!!
Jumping Frog wrote:Regarding my recommendation for Hodgdon's Universal, the actual label will be Hodgdon's Universal Clays. Hodgdon makes three different powders that says "Clays" on the label: Clays, International Clays, and Universal Clays. People usually refer to it as "Universal". Don't get the wrong kind of Clays.
Also, I realize the shelves are pretty bare these days. If your store doesn't have Hodgdon's Universal, feel free to give me a call from the store and we can discuss what choices they have in stock would work (you have my telephone number in the PM where I sent you my address).
My #1 suggestion for installing your new Loadmaster is to mount it on something that is rock-solid steady. If there is any movement or rocking of the press when you are operating it, it can (will) create problems, such as the primer system not working correctly. (One way to check is to have someone video you operating the press. It is amazing how you can see the press move in a video that you miss when actually operating it.) You would also be surprised the amount of stress it generates. The first time I mounted my Loadmaster, it was on a 3/4 inch wood top to my bench. I cracked that top within the first 5-10 hours of using the press. Then I mounted a 2"x12" to the bench top and mounted my press on top of it. That worked fine. When I moved and then built a new bench, I have a 1.5 inch bench top, then my Loadmaster is mounted on a 1/2 inch thick aluminum sheet (scrap yard) mounted to the bench top. I have pictures of both if you are interested.
My #2 suggestion for operating your new Loadmaster safely is to have a safety checklist. I had some squib loads when I first started reloading and brand new with the Loadmaster. Then, with coaching from Darwin over at LoadmasterVideoForums, I developed a mental checklist, where I literally said out loud, like a mantra, "Decap, case, primer, powder" every single time I operated the press lever arm.
The third & 4th recommendation
RX8er wrote:I would love to see pictures of what you have.
I'm still trying to figure out how I am going to mount my press. I want to remove it when not in use so I can store it. I was thinking about doing something like you have done.... Mount my press on 1/4 thick piece of steel and 3/4 plywood and then use a couple lag bolts to bolt it to the bench top.
Jumping Frog wrote:That will be fine, although I would suggest traditional bolts/lock washer/washer/nuts instead of lag screws. Much stronger to drill a hole straight through the bench top.
You can even figure out where you think you'd want the ttrack, and drill your mounting holes such that they will be covered by the ttrack when you get around to it.
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