Reloading the 25ACP

  • I used a Hornady hand prime, a Lee .25 ACP die set and shellholder, and a Lee turret press. I tried two bullets, one is the  ornady 35 grain hollow point, the other 32 grain Impala monolithic.

    These were the only two kinds of bullet for .25 ACP I could get. The Hornady bullets were very old stock lying at the back of a shelf, and I don't expect to find them again anywhere.

    The Impala are made to order, the supply is on-demand and therefore reliable.

    I also have a custom made thread adapter to fit a Hornady powder measure to a Lee Universal powder charge die. In the following pages, where I refer to the thread adapter, it's that part on the bottom right of this picture I'm referring to.

    I could probably have used the powder-thru die that comes with the Lee set, with this measure, but I prefer the Universal. The internal threads on the top of the powder-thru and the Universal are the same.

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    This is a Hornady powder measure attached to a Lee Universal Powder Die with a custom made thread adapter.

    I would not be able to use a Hornady LnL case-activated measure to reload this caliber, as the case is too short to fully actuate the powder measure.

    A Lee disk-type measure would work in a Lee powder-thru die for case-activated measuring.

    Here, powder is dropped manually, but the big advantage is that I can drop any weight of powder reliably from 0.2 grains and up, which with a Lee disk measure needs a micro-disk, and you have no flexibility in making fine charge adjustments.

    I have a pistol rotor fitted here, and the insert is set to drop 1.4 grains MP200.

    The most challenging aspect of reloading this caliber is not to leak powder all over the place. This setup has it under control with zero spillage, and no manual handling of powder.

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