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Reloading equipment for 5.7x28mm

Posted: 21 Aug 2008, 17:09
by f3rr37
Here is a list of recommended equipment for reloading the 5.7x28mm cartridge.

Presses:
Dillon 550B
Lee Challenger Press Kit
Lee Classic Cast Single Stage Press
Lee Turret Press
RCBS Rock Chucker Single Stage Press
RCBS Rock Chucker Supreme Reloading Kit

Press Accessories:

Dies:
Lee Custom 5.7x28mm dies (available here: http://57forum.com/viewtopic.php?f=36&t=29" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;)
Hornady Custom Grade New Dimension Dies 5.7x28
Lyman 3-Die Set 5.7x28mm FN
Redding 2-Die Set 5.7x28mm FN
Redding 3-Die Set 5.7x28mm FN

Shell Holders:
Dillon 550B Shell Plate available from Elite Ammunition – Special Order
Hornady #37 Shell Holder
Lee auto prime 5.7x28 (#15) Note: must be filed down significantly to get it to fit into the auto prime
Lyman Shellholder #35(5.7x28mm FN)
RCBS Shellholder #45
RCBS Extended Shellholder #45

Trimmers:
Lee Case Length Gage for Lee Case Trimmer Cutter and Lock Stud Note: Shell holder must be filed down significantly for shell to fit
Lee Case Trimmer Cutter and Lock Stud
RCBS Trim Pro Manual Case Trimmer
Shell Holder for RCBS Trim Pro Case Trimmer available from Elite Ammunition – Special Order

Priming Tools:
Lee AutoPrime Shellholder for 5.7X28/.25ACP
Lee Auto Prime Hand Priming Tool
RCBS Hand Priming Tool (requires shell holder #45)

Primers:
CCI400 Small Rifle Primers
Winchester Small Rifle Primers
Magtech Small Pistol Primers
?Winchester Small Magnum Pistol Primers? Can someone confirm this please

Bullets:
Barnes .224 36gr Varmint Grenades
Hornady .224 40gr V-Max Poly Tip(bullet used in SS197SR round)
Hornady .224 55gr FMJ-BT
Montana Gold Bullet Company 55gr FMJ-BT
Nosler Ballistic Tip Varmint Bullets 22 Caliber (224 Diameter) 40 Grain
Sierra HP 53 grain spitzers
Sierra SP Hornet 40gr and 45gr
Winchester PSP 50gr

Powders:


Accurate #5
Accurate #7 powders
Hodgdon HS6
Ramshot Silhouette
Ramshot TrueBlue

Tumblers:
Frankford Arsenal Quick-N-EZ Case Tumbler
RCBS Sidewinder Rotary Case Cleaner
Thumbler’s Tumbler Model
Ultrasonic Cleaners - Available online or at Harbor Freight Tools. A 2+ quart capacity is recommended.
Note: The 5.7X28 case is lacquer coated and that coating can be damaged if cleaned in a vibratory case cleaner with dry media such as ground corn cob or walnut hull. Hand wash in a plastic container or rotary tumble in a solution of Simple Green or dish washing liquid.

Cleaning Solutions:
Simple Green

Contributors:
Grantness
Wollychop
f3rr37
Medula Oblongata
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Re: Reloading equipment for 5.7x28mm

Posted: 28 Aug 2008, 09:01
by f3rr37
Thanks guys, additions made to list.

Re: Reloading equipment for 5.7x28mm

Posted: 28 Aug 2008, 09:42
by Grantness
As far as I can tell, the shells fit fine in the Lee shellholder for both the trimmer/case length gage & auto prime. Its the shellholder itself that doesnt fit into the Auto Prime until you file it down.

Might also want to add HS6 and silhouette (sp?) to the list of powders.

Re: Reloading equipment for 5.7x28mm

Posted: 28 Aug 2008, 09:47
by f3rr37
I know the one that comes with the trimmer/case length gauge has to be modified for the shell to fit in.

Re: Reloading equipment for 5.7x28mm

Posted: 28 Aug 2008, 09:48
by Wollychop
What about adding HS6 to the powders?

Re: Reloading equipment for 5.7x28mm

Posted: 28 Aug 2008, 09:55
by Grantness
The shells fit in the shellholder for the case length gage/trimmer....at least I have had no problems with mine.

Re: Reloading equipment for 5.7x28mm

Posted: 28 Aug 2008, 10:00
by f3rr37
Grantness wrote:The shells fit in the shellholder for the case length gage/trimmer....at least I have had no problems with mine.
http://www.midwayusa.com/eproductpage.e ... mid=266946" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false; That? I had to use a dremel to open up the mouth for the case to slip in.

Re: Reloading equipment for 5.7x28mm

Posted: 28 Aug 2008, 10:12
by Grantness
yep...it worked great right out of the box.

The autoprime shellholder, on the other hand, is another story. I filed it down and still had to hammer it into the Auto Prime. Now its stuck, cant get it out. Cant get it all the way in either...the priming ram rubs up against the rear of the shellholder opening. Its supposed to float in the middle right?

Re: Reloading equipment for 5.7x28mm

Posted: 28 Aug 2008, 10:36
by abatis
I also like the Lee Adjustable Charge Bar for getting very getting good powder charges with the True Blue. Works nice on the Lee Turret.

Infinitely adjustable between .28 and 1.6 cc. Lifetime nylon with solid brass, zero backlash micrometer. Easy to set. Lee Adjustable Charge Bar90792

Re: Reloading equipment for 5.7x28mm

Posted: 01 Sep 2008, 11:02
by SSBiggun
I just wanted to add the Berger 30gr hp to the list as its one of my favorite's

Re: Reloading equipment for 5.7x28mm

Posted: 15 Sep 2008, 21:09
by stateofbliss
abatis wrote:I also like the Lee Adjustable Charge Bar for getting very getting good powder charges with the True Blue. Works nice on the Lee Turret.

Infinitely adjustable between .28 and 1.6 cc. Lifetime nylon with solid brass, zero backlash micrometer. Easy to set. Lee Adjustable Charge Bar90792
Can I get a verification on that lifetime? Lee mentions a 2 yr but naught beyond that. Otherwise it would be a Dillon? :?:

Delete this post once that is verified, resolved & if need be, edited? :cya:

Re: Reloading equipment for 5.7x28mm

Posted: 07 Jan 2009, 15:32
by Walkalong
This may be old news, but I just found out the Lyman shell holder will NOT fit in the RCBS hand priming tool. Fortunately I was able to prime on my RCBS Partner press. I'll just have to get another shell holder.

The RCBS #3 collet for their trimmer supposedly does .25 ACP, which should work for 5.7 X 28, but my #3 collet won't do either.

Re: Reloading equipment for 5.7x28mm

Posted: 26 Jan 2009, 18:41
by SSBiggun
Walkalong wrote:This may be old news, but I just found out the Lyman shell holder will NOT fit in the RCBS hand priming tool. Fortunately I was able to prime on my RCBS Partner press. I'll just have to get another shell holder.

The RCBS #3 collet for their trimmer supposedly does .25 ACP, which should work for 5.7 X 28, but my #3 collet won't do either.
RCBS makes a #4 collet just for the 5.7. I know cause thats what I use. Slow= yes
The EA trimmer shell plate is much better and faster and is on my list of things to get but I need to get the quick lever arm adaptor too.

p.s. who trims 25 ACP?

Re: Reloading equipment for 5.7x28mm

Posted: 26 Jan 2009, 21:57
by panzermk2
SSBiggun wrote:
p.s. who trims 25 ACP?

People with no Life.

Re: Reloading equipment for 5.7x28mm

Posted: 13 Feb 2009, 18:07
by Rodentman
I am new to reloading and I am confused. I just bought a Midway # 709779 Auto Prime shellholder #15 and it slides right into my Auto Prime tool no issue, and the cases fit into it OK too.

I am just stocking up on parts now until I get my bench built. I'll probably start on .38 and .40 and simpler stuff before I get into the 5.7, but I want to learn all I can about reloading it, and for me the #15 shellholder works fine. Am I not understanding what you guys are saying???

Re: Reloading equipment for 5.7x28mm

Posted: 13 Feb 2009, 20:27
by Grantness
Sometimes Lee can get the machine work correct, other nots. Mine is awful and had to be filed down, and still dosnt work half the time. I stopped using the autoprime for 5.7x28...

Their 5.7x28 shellholders suck. I just bought a RCBS #45 and was amazed that I didnt have to hold the round straight up when operating my press.

Re: Reloading equipment for 5.7x28mm

Posted: 14 Feb 2009, 06:00
by Rodentman
Yeah, I see what you mean that the case wobbles somewhat. As a noob to reloading it's hard for me know what is normal, except I know that I myself am not. Actually I did some reloading back in the 70's at a mom and pop gunshop, the best kind. If you bought the bullets, powder, and primers from them you could use their equipment, and best of all they would help you with their experience.

Re: Reloading equipment for 5.7x28mm

Posted: 14 Feb 2009, 06:10
by jmz5
I really like using the autoprime.

Re: Reloading equipment for 5.7x28mm

Posted: 15 Feb 2009, 07:25
by skip57PS90
I am new to the forum and the 5.7 world. I have been reloading other calibers for quite a while and all my dies are from RCBS. Has anyone had bad luck with RCBS dies in this caliber?

Re: Reloading equipment for 5.7x28mm

Posted: 15 Feb 2009, 07:34
by gw45acp
Welcome to the forum skip. I don't use RCBS for 5.7, but there are a lot of people who do. The reviews are mixed. Search the threads on RCBS dies. The premier supplier (Elite) of premium quality 5.7 ammo uses Lee dies. I use Hornady dies and I am very pleased with them. Hornady works well if you are going to be loading a lot of flat based bullets.