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Old August 21, 2005, 08:29 PM   #1
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What do I need to handload?

OK, I'm interested in learning how to handload. What equipment would I need? I'm specifically looking to reload 10mm Auto. Thanks

And yes, I know I need some training first
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Old August 21, 2005, 08:59 PM   #2
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First, you need a couple of Reloading books. I suggest the ABC's of reloading and the Lyman's 48th Edition Reloading manual.

Those are my personal favorites.

Secondly, you need a dedicated area to work in, it doesn't have to be a large area, but clutter is a recipe for mistakes.
Next, I'd say you'll need a press (whatever you can afford) and a set of dies.

After that, a scale is nice, but not absolutely neccessary. The Lee dippers will work, search this forum, we just had a lengthy discussion about those.

A tumbler of some sort makes it nice, but again, you can do without it.

Lastly, you'll need your components for reloading, brass, primers, powder,bullets.

A mentor is nice to show you the ropes, but again, it's not rocket science, if you can follow directions, read and comprehend what you have read in the manuals, and work undistracted, you can do this.

I'm sure I missed something, but my friends here will chime in and inform you.

Good luck, and welcome to the wonderful, addictive world of reloading!
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Old August 21, 2005, 09:02 PM   #3
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Work area might be a problem. Kind of have limited space. Is this the sort of thing I could store in a closet and set up once a month? Or does it always have to be out?
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Old August 21, 2005, 09:31 PM   #4
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reloading area

Slateman,
Take a look at some of these:
http://www.thefiringline.com/forums/...d.php?t=161328
This was a thread from a little while back. Some great ideas for little areas.
Also READ READ READ!!! Reloading books, this website and some of the manufacture's webisites have great information.
If you have any doubt or questions, ask for help.

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Put it in at the bench send it out the barrel
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Old August 21, 2005, 10:19 PM   #5
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When I got started, I bought a Lee Aniversary set for about $75, Plus a shelholder. That cost me a couple of bucks more.

$15-20 for powder, $2-3 for primers...range brass and bullets ($ depending on what you are reloading).

Off and running.

I then welded a plate that I screwed my press onto. Recessed the heads of the screws so it sat flush on the table.

For a few years, when I had some empties that needed to be restuffed, I laid some newspaper on the dining room table and C-clamped the plate to the table.

I never scratched the top and the wife never complained.

IOW yes, you can pack it in the closet and load when the need arises...or the urge becomes compelling.
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Old August 22, 2005, 06:59 AM   #6
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Q: Is this the sort of thing I could store in a closet and set up once a month?

A: It can be.

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Old August 22, 2005, 10:29 AM   #7
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the lee aniversury kit is one of the best ways to get started, it has all the equipment that you absolutly need. I think RCBS and Hornady have kits also, but I think for a beginer try the Lee and upgrade later as you get more comfortable.
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Old August 22, 2005, 10:32 AM   #8
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308LAW, right on good advise. I have a LEE kit and still use some of it today.
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Old August 22, 2005, 11:58 AM   #9
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My setup could be moved and stored.

http://thefiringline.com/forums/atta...chmentid=14322
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Old August 26, 2005, 07:13 AM   #10
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kingudaroad I like that set up.
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Old August 27, 2005, 08:07 AM   #11
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stuff: deprime, resize, reprime, add powder, seat bullet, crimp, inspect

1) safety glasses; mandatory. Wear them EVERY TIME you touch anything other than paper (you know, like Reloading Manuals and powder manufacturer pamphlets).

2) press. Turret is ideal. Can be used (highly recommend Redding / RCBS), but get one that won't break immediately (LEE, cough).

3) die set. Highly recommend the Lyman 4-die Deluxe set, add a LEE Carbide Factory Crimp die.

4) LEE chamfer tool; about $3. Indispensable; used for chamfering case mouth, primer pockets, etc.

5) scale (except LEE, cough). Any, but add a Scale Weight Check Set, and use it EVERY TIME you set up.

6) dial calipers. $25 metal set is fine.

7) MTM loading block, MTM ammo boxes.

8) RCBS / Hornady / Redding powder measure; mount it on your Lyman flare-n-drop die. Mount that die on a LEE Reloader press.

9) RCBS / Hornady hand-prime tool. No others.

10) LEE funnel, if you can't swing that extra press.

11) can gauge ammo in your gun's barrel.

12) other stuff........like a vibratory case cleaner, sifter, corn media (only) and Dillon Rapid Polish; LEE case-length trimmer; bullet puller; more stuff.....

13) Or you can buy that use-a-hammer LEE set and (cautiously) make ammo (very slowly).
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Old August 27, 2005, 09:44 AM   #12
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Something I forgot and something I tell eveyone to purchase second, behind a good loading manual or two, is the RCBS stuck case remover. Sooner or later you'll need one, and when you do, nothing works quite like it.
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