50 bmg

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  1. Dawico

    Dawico TGT Addict

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    I just got a 50 BMG- Barrett m99- and I want to reload for it. I have reloaded for years, everything from 9mm to 458 Lott, so I am by no means a newbie. I was just curious if anyone had some advise, tips, or warnings for this new adventure.

    I am considering a Lee 50 kit. I like every Lee product I have purchased, but don't own a Lee press. I really like their price, 1/2 of the competition. Does anyone have any experience with this kit? Not looking for any Lee bashers, just opinions on this particular kit.

    Thanks for any advise you can give.
     


  2. DCortez

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    Hopefully, usmcpmi will be along shortly ...
     
  3. usmcpmi

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    Here I is....:-)
    Dawico, I have the "Lee .50" press. The only problem I ever had with it was breaking the connecting link on the lower portion of the handle. From using "Lee" re-sizing lube... Don't use it. I full length re-size using "Royal Purple" motor oil. Works beautifully. Just a very small ammount on the tip of your finger, then up through the die. You must be sure to clean off all the oil before loading the case. I rinse them with brake clean then throw them back in the tumbler for a while. Another point is that it is very easy to seat the primers in too deep. Be careful when repriming and watch the depth. I also turn the case necks, because my rifle is picky about what you try to stuff into it. And you will need a powder scale that will measure 200+ gr. per case. That is all I can think of right now.... but it's early and my brain isn't up to speed yet.....MG
     
  4. Texas42

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    200+ grains of powder. . . wow.
     
  5. usmcpmi

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    Chris, 216gr of 50BMG powder to be exact....behind a 700 gr FMJ. MG
     
  6. Dawico

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    usmcpmi, thank you

    I use a RCBS Chargemaster combo for my match rifle loads, but I may have to go half and half, depending on if the pan will hold that much powder.

    I also love Hornady One Shot for resizing, but I think it may not be thick or slick enough for this monster. Royal Purple sounds like the way to go.

    Any experience with match ammo, specifically Hornady 750s? There doesn't seem to be alot offered for the 50. I looked at Wideners for cheap "plinking" bullets, but knowing me, that will get boring. Accuracy is something I strive for in reloading. Stupid question, but are the H 750s worth the price for accuracy gained, or has something else worked better?

    How about chamfering to remove crimps, or should I buy a cutter? My Dillon swager is not going to be alot of help here. I used to wear out alot of cutters, but I probably won't be using it to do 1000 cases, so that shouldn't be a major issue.

    Thanks again for any advise, to anyone who has any experience with this stuff.
     
  7. usmcpmi

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    Dawico, I have used the Hornady A-MAX 750 gr. bullets, but for me, shooting at steel plate targets, the surplus military stuff is working so far... If I were shooting paper targets for score, then I would probably use the A-MAX. Try looking on "GUNS AMERICA" for bullets. There is a guy that goes by "duces 45" that has good stuff at a good price. Have you had any luck finding primers? The local supplier closed up and I haven't been out looking yet. As far as the crimps, I have a hand cutter that I use. Like you said, it's not like I'm going to do 1000 rounds... ( at least not yet!) MG
     
  8. Dawico

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    I haven't looked for primers yet, but if I find them I'll let you know. MidwayUSA and Wideners both list in stock, and I have to order a press anyway, so I might order them and powder also. I just got my 50 on Saturday night, so this is my first research into reloading for it. I never paid much attention to 50 stuff before. I should have gotten one a long time ago. It is amazing.

    Have you loaded any regular ammo in your Lee 50 press? Is it easy to switch over? I am toying with the idea of selling my Rockchucker when I get one. I have a progressive and if the Lee works well for regular rifle stuff, I can't see the need for two singles.
     
  9. Zero T

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    I have and use a Lee 50 press. When I'm not doing BMG, I'll set it up to resize .308 or something. It converts easily and it's nice to have a second press now and then. I use a Foster chamfer tool on the primer pockets, $14 at Midway.

    I am working up a 750 AMAX load right now. I get to shoot my BA-50 so little that I don't want to "waste" time shooting plinking ammo. I have had good luck with HSM AP ammo, but it is still cheaper to reload using the 750 AMAX, and the accuracy is better.
     
  10. Dawico

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    Thank you, Zero T

    Welcome to the forums.

    I'm new to the 50, so looking for cheap trigger time now. I will definitely be looking for super accurate ammo, mainly handloads, in the near future. In case you didn't pick that up, that is me trying to cheat and get tips for a good load to start with.

    I think I also have to try some APIs on my steel at my range, from very far away of course. They just seem like too much fun to resist. Plus I haven't started a grass fire in a long time. I don't want people to think I have learned my lesson yet.
     

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