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    Basic Reloading

    I have seen several questions about starting reloading. Here is a basic equipment/component list.
    Any of you experienced loaders feel free to add to it.
    Any new guys feel free to ask questions.

    Reloading tools

    4-5 good Reloading Books
    Press, single stage or progressive
    Dies, carbide or steel
    Shell holder or plate
    Powder measure, press mounted or separate
    Primer seater, separate or on the press
    Scale, analog or digital
    Burring tool, hand or power
    Case lube,
    Lube pad or spray
    Neck lube, brush or powder

    Powder trickler
    Bullet puller
    Calipers, vernier or dial
    Micrometer .0001
    Case length gauge



    Reloading components

    Bullets
    Lead, hard cast or soft
    Jacketed, hollow point or soft point
    Solid, copper or tungsten
    Specialty, (i.e., partition, bronze point, silver tip, etc)

    Primers
    Pistol or rifle
    Small or large
    Standard, magnum or bench rest

    Brass
    Pistol or rifle
    Standard (i.e. Remington, Winchester, Federal, etc)
    Specialty (i.e. Nosler, Lapua, Norma)

    Powder
    By burning rate
    Pistol, rifle or shotgun
    Comes in 8oz, 1 lb, 2 lb, 4 lb and 8 lb

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    Job well done 2400.

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    What website do you find the best for reloading supplies? I use midway usa for most of my purchases but never any reloading stuff.

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    For powder primers and bullets + try this place.

    http://www.powdervalleyinc.com/


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    Quote Originally Posted by XD4life View Post
    What website do you find the best for reloading supplies? I use midway usa for most of my purchases but never any reloading stuff.
    The post above this one has a lot of links. Reloading Vendors

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    don't forget the bullet puller

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    I buy a lot of reloading supplies from Graf & Sons. Their listed prices includes shipping. Good folks.

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    new to re-loading

    what do peaple think of starting out with the lee loader system?

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    Lee single stage stuff will get you started, but I moved to RCBS pretty quick. If I had it to do over, I would just go straight to RCBS. I do still use Lee carbide dies, but I was never impressed with their powder measures.

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    how much does it cost roughly to get started with single stage press for one or two callibers, not including components?

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    Quote Originally Posted by swampcrawler View Post
    how much does it cost roughly to get started with single stage press for one or two callibers, not including components?
    That depends. Mid-range equipment, figure about 400 bucks minimum.

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    For powder primers and bullets + try this place.

    Powder Valley, Inc.
    Nice site and pretty good prices,guess i better get a few pounds of IMR 8208 XBR ordered up for the spring time.

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    Any recommendations for books to buy for someone just starting out...JJ

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    Pretty much all reloading manuals that you would need for reloading data will have a section in the front with good detailed step by step instructions on how to reload.Good rule of thumb is to get a reloading manual for the make of bullets you are going to use.Speer bullets get a speer manual,hornady get a hornady manual.Depending on the type of accuracy you want to achive will depend on how much extra things you will need to reload.I dont get to crazy with handgun reloads except my 44 mag rounds.Now when it comes to rifle i shoot for total accuracy.Every case is cleaned and trimmed to the exact size,every primer pocket is beburred and cleaned.I will go through a new box of bullets and weight every one and find the lightest and file to end down to make them all the same weight.I will also weigh each powder charge to the exact weight,if i have to crack powder grains in half to get this i do.Every finished load is measured so they are all the same distance to the rifling,or touching it,depending on the gun. Am i way to picky,yes,but its alot more fun when you shoot longer distances and you can cut 3 shots or hit dimes consistently at 200 yards.

    As mentioned,any reloading book will get ya started ,its up to you on how much you want to get out of the type of reloading you are doing.Good luck and be safe.

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    I understand for supreme accuracy you need (or should) do every step completely and thoroughly. But that takes time. If you shoot 20 rounds that's not too time intensive to reload.

    I am getting into some PPC combat and for that need ~1200-1500 accurate 9mm rounds for the season. I also plan to shoot some IDPA and possible steel and those while not requiring as much accuracy (8" at 15yd vs 3" at 25 yds) it will require a lot more rounds.

    So this brings me to two questions - first, bullets. If I get cast lead bullets from a non-big-name source they won't have reloading data as one finds in books...so where to start ?

    Second is what equipment to get - I'm not rich so I"m trying to keep things in the affordable range, and I don't have a ton of free time so speed is a consideration as well but only if it's not gonna destroy accuracy. Most of what I've read says you can reload more accurate rounds than you can buy but I would think there are a lot of variables in that statement. I"m considering a lee loadmaster as it does everything and is progressive - the hope is for more consistency and of course speed compared to a one stage press or even the 1000.

    I've seen powder scales from $25 (a lee) up to $95, balance beam and electronic scales...does it make a difference which I choose?

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    Not sure i can help much here beings i dont reload handgun for comp.As for the bullets,as long as you get a manual that has the weight and type of bullet,what i mean by that is ,flat base,boat tail bullet ,hollow point bullet or round nose, etc etc,it will get you in the ball park for a safe load.As for the accuracy its a guessing game.You may try 10 different loads before you find one that suits you and your gun.I had a Rem 700 BDL in a 7mm-08 that i worked on for one whole summer before i found a load i liked.Again,im real picky about accuracy.

    As for a good progressive reloader i cant help much there.I suggest doing searches and reviews for what you are interested in.I myself am not a huge LEE fan.But if its all you can afford go that way and see how it does.Dillon ,MEC,RCBS all sell great loaders but they are expensive.All i will say is you will get what you pay for.Dillon will hold accuracy in loads better than a LEE.If you are looking into shooting that many rounds i for sure would get Carbide dies,they will last much longer.

    for the scale part.unless you spend 3 or 4 hundred on a good set of electric scales go with a beam scale.The cheap little electric scales are a PITA to keep calibrated.I use a beam scale just cause im to cheap.Other things you might want to look into is a good case trimmer.Everytime you reload it stretches the cases.Good trimmer and deburing tool is a must.

    I know this press here is alot of money but i would consider it.For 380 bucks you cant go wrong.Dillon Precision: Reloaders, Reloading Equipment, Bullet Reloading, Bullet Reloaders It comes with 1 set of dies and it will be hard to fiind a better reloader for the price.Im just affraid if you spend 150 or so on a LEE you will be disapointed and end up buying something else or get discouraged and stop reloading.
    What ever you do ,good luck and have fun.

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    Just ordered a Hornaday 8th edition reloading manual since I bought the lock-n-load press....JJ

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    I have always wanted to reload ammo. Talked to my cousin about it since he use to do it. Pretty much said it was expensive to get the equipment and not really worth the time to reload your own ammo. Any thoughts?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brevard13 View Post
    I have always wanted to reload ammo. Talked to my cousin about it since he use to do it. Pretty much said it was expensive to get the equipment and not really worth the time to reload your own ammo. Any thoughts?
    Several things to consider...you can get into reloading for perhaps $150 but you'll be loading slowly. A progressive press from lee and all the bits you'll need will add up to $350-400 and in both cases you'll spend another $150 in short order on one thing or another. At the other end of the spectrum you can drop $1000 to get a dillon with all the 'best' items ($140 D Terminitor electronic scale vs lee's $24 beam one for example)

    The cost of your reloaded ammo will be less than store bought - but it all depends on what ammo you buy at the store (WWB 9mm from wallyworld is $20/100 or 20c a round, but I've seen ammo for $35/50 or 70c a round). I can do a round for 12c to 18c -depends mostly on the bullet and if I can recollect all my brass or not (local IDPA shoots don't let you pick up your brass so that adds the cost of the lost brass). If / when you buy bullets/primers/powder in large quantities it will be a bit cheaper per round as well.

    I figure i'll be 'ahead' after reloading 4000 rounds. Most people say you don't save money - reloading allows you to shoot more for the same cost. It also allows you to make whatever ammo you want - my club's indoor range allows lead only and I can't find that in the stores. For 9mm I've looked for anthing loaded with a 147 bullet and only find some 124 and lots of 115's. You can also work up ammo that is more accurate than factory..i'm not anywhere close to that yet though.

    It also adds another dimension to the hobby - you get to read more, know more, do more than just pull the trigger.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brevard13 View Post
    I have always wanted to reload ammo. Talked to my cousin about it since he use to do it. Pretty much said it was expensive to get the equipment and not really worth the time to reload your own ammo. Any thoughts?
    Either your cousin loaded very little, or he loaded wrong. I can load a box of Kick as perfect everytime consistant soft shooting accurate bullets for about 6 bucks a box.

    If you only load a box or two a season it will take a few seasons to break even. If you shoot often and load a lot it is defenately worth the time and saves you money. It also depends on what you want to get from loading. If you just want cheap, you can buy all the cheapest stuff and you will get cheap bullets, no doubt. If you want consistant and accurate you can get that too. There are many thoughts and a lot of equipment and components out there. But to say it is really not worth it,is only true if you do not shoot much or if you only shoot every other month 50 rounds or so. Then just buy a box at the LGS and shoot it. Or if you don't care about supporting your LGS go to Wal Mart they are cheap as you will find.

    If you shoot often and want to know what you are shooting take up the hobby, it is fun!

    RCG

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