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Reloading Starter Kit?

Discussion in 'Shooting Related Threads' started by John Beiser, Mar 24, 2009.

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  1. John Beiser

    John Beiser TS Member

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    I am interested in getting into reloading (for rifle and piostol, not shotgun shells). I was wondering if anyone could recomend a good starter kit for reloading. Any suggestions would be helpful.
     
  2. capvan

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    RCBS has a kit. And all of their stuff is good. A little pricey, but you get what you pay for. And get a good reloading manual and read it...

    Bruce
     
  3. KEYBEAR

    KEYBEAR Active Member

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    Buy good stuff once . Digital Scale more then one loading manual . If your going to load Handgun Ammo a single stage is real slow but good for rifle bad for handgun .
     
  4. timb99

    timb99 Well-Known Member

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    Lee equipment is not bad, but I think sometimes they get a bad rap.

    If you're going to go full bore into reloading, you might look at the more expensive stuff.

    If you're going to dabble in it, like I do (I think I reload a batch of rifle cartridges every other year), the Lee stuff will probably last you forever.

    Get a good scale. Digital scales are not necessarily any more accurate, but they sure are easier to use and easier to read.

    Get several reloading handbooks and read them.
     
  5. williray

    williray TS Member

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    My first reloading outfit was a Lee Anniversary kit I think I paid $70 for it and it included everything to start reloading. Then of course I had to purchase bullets, carts, primers,powder I think I walked out of Cabelas shelling out $150.

    Since then I now have 5 presses & all kinds of good stuff to reload with. Mostly Lee stuff, I sure helps pass the winters in Michigan.

    Oh did I mention a worktable? a Roll around tool kit? Oh Yeah!! a room is nice too!!

    It all comes with the territory. This is by no means meant to discourage you from reloading or flaming you, simply a heads up as to what'll happen down the road. Keep your eye out for Estate sales and peek in on the garage sales too!

    The other thing to remember is with the Dems in ammo may be very hard to come by or very expensive!!!

    Feel free to Email me for help if you want.

    Shoot Well!!

    Ray Williams
     
  6. XP100

    XP100 Well-Known Member

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    Get a Lee kit, they are better than most people give them credit for being. I have several customers that bought them years ago and are still using them.If you decide reloading is not for you sell it for 75 to 80% of what you paid for it to a new person wanting to get started. If you like reloading sell it and upgrade to Redding or RCBS equipment. Good Luck with what ever route you go..
     
  7. Quack Shot

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    RCBS Rockchucker Kit. It comes with a scale and almost everything you would need. You will also need dies and shell holders. The Lee stuff is alright if you are undecided, but if you think you might stick with it, the RCBS kit is a good start. It's not that expensive to begin with and you'd eventually upgrade to it anyway, if you decided to stick with it.
     
  8. too fast

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    John one neighbor passed on and his wife gave me his shooting supplies and he had a like new Lee Lock-N-Load Classic Kit which Cabelas sells for $299.99 in there catalog. I don't reload rifle or pistol shells and would sell for $100.00 plus $20.00 shipping. Has 38 Spec and 357 Mag dies. Included is the powder scale, powder drop, press, owners manuel and reloading book plus theloading dies. If you have any interest give me a call @916-599-3314 Calif time. Thanks Jim L Luis
     
  9. 22hornet

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    The Lee Classic Cast single stage press is a pretty good one. I bought one on a whim, and I like it as much as my Rockchucker. I especially like the spent primer tube that can be run to a trash can under my bench. I don't know about the rest of their stuff, though.
     
  10. gotbass

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    Jim - check you pm - Mike
     
  11. ricks1

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    Look at the NEW Lee challanger. not the old one. If you are not into loading 500 a day it is a good set up. The dillon is a very good press with a VERY good price. Dont go with a digital scale they can fail and that can make for a BAD day. Lee has a kit now and their powder measure works good . I like the Lyman 55 measure . but I have been doing it for 40yrs
     
  12. Allen-MX8

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    I think you would be happy with the RCBS Rock Chucker Supreme Master Reloading Kit. Sinclair sells it for $304.95 and includes in addition to the press, Model 505 powder/bullet schale, uniflow powder measure, Speer reloading manual, hand held priming tool, hex key set, loading block, case luber kit, powder funnel and case mouth deburring tool.

    As stated previous, study/read the reloading manuals (I use Speer, Hornady, Lyman, Nosler and Sierra to name a few).

    Good Luck and have fun loading and shooting.

    Allen
     
  13. dverna

    dverna Active Member

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    How many rounds a week will you shoot? How many different calibers?

    PM me with the answers and I will advise you as best I can.

    Don Verna (who has 10 reloaders)
     
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