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Well, I loaded my first .45's yesterday. Man, it is alot more complicated than loading rifle rounds! I bought some 230 gr LRN's off a guy at work along with a set of Lee carbide dies. We had trouble getting the case expansion right, but SGMJody ended up expanding them with his die and everything worked perfectly. I'll probably end up upgrading my dies. The dies were made for a Lee progressive and the powder through expander was giving us the trouble. Of course, my complete lack of knowledge and SGMJody's lack of familiarity with the system did not help either. I used Red Dot powder also, and it did not meter very well. I loaded up two batches of 50. One ranged from 4.2 - 4.5 grains and the other was 4.4 - 4.7 grains. Max is either 5.0 or 5.1 depending on where you look, so I have plenty of room for error! I did double charge the last case, on purpose. It would be difficult to seat the bullet with a double charge of the Red Dot, but I could see how some finer powders could be double charged very easily, scary stuff! I'll get a picture up later of my loaded ammo. I hope to get some more loaded up this morning. I found out yesterday that my kids have Vacation Bible School next Saturday and there is an IDPA practice match in Saltillo. Hopefully, I will get to go shoot!