I'm taking a break from handloading at the moment, and I was curious how many other handloaders are as meticulous as I am.
Let me explain: The army demands a lot of my time, so I don't get to go shoot nearly as often as I'd like. As a result, I can afford to take my time loading to produce the most consistent loads possible. I am still using the same Lee single-stage press I started with when I bought the anniversary kit years ago. I often break out the dial-caliper to make sure my cases are sized equally, and I measure each powder charge individually with an electronic scale for every load I put together. I started this practice when I discovered certain powders don't meter consistently through the Lee powder measure that came with my kit. (Particularly Hi-Skor 700 X, which I'm working with now.)
I'm in the process of loading 50 45 Colt loads with new Remington brass, Remington #250 large pistol primers, Stoner Hardcast 200 gr. SWC bullets and 6.0 grs. of 700 X.
Loading this way takes a LOT of time, but I enjoy it. I use a Lee dipper to pour the powder into the dish on the electronic scale, then use the funnel I got with the anniversary kit to pour it into the case. I flare the cases only enough to allow the bullet to start, and check about every tenth case with the bullet I'm using to ensure I'm getting a consistent flare.
So while I allow my shoulders to loosen up, I thought I'd post this question to find out what kind of loading styles are out there. If you are a seasoned veteran with a high-end progressive unit, feel free to post up. I may be there eventually myself.