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Old February 6, 2013, 07:56 PM   #1
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Finally made the plunge into reloading

I have been kicking around getting into reloading since the 2008 shortage. The recent shortage finally got me to make the move. I have been looking around for a decent starter setup for the last few weeks, but its been slim pickings. But then I stumbled across a CL ad of a guy unloading his setup. He priced the press + accessories, tumbler and dies separately. I emailed him and asked him how much for everything (the dies are basically exactly what I shoot). He said he wouldn't give a break on the price, but if I took everything he would throw in "some powder and components and stuff". I took the deal (actually, my brother and I split it). When I got there, he told me he thought he might have priced everything a little low, he got a ton of emails, lol. I paid $400 for:

Lyman 6 stage turret press (I think it is an old T-Mag). He knocked $25 off because he couldn't find the press arm.

RCBS die sets: 9mm, 45acp, .223, 38/357
Lee die set: 30.06

Thumlers Tumbler Ultra-Vibe 18
Case length gauges and shell holders
Lee powder scale
Powder measure
RCBS hand priming tool
Case lube pad
Primer tray
2 loading trays
Case lube

Accurate powders: 1 lb 2230, 1 lb 2520, 1 lb No. 5, 12oz Nitro 100

900+ CCI large pistol primers
1000 Winchester large rifle primers
300 CCI small rifle primers
300 Winchester small pistol primers

~200 .223 Copper jacketed bullets
~30 copper jacketed 30.06 bullets
~40 copper jacketed 45acp bullets
500 double end wadcutter hardcast 38 bullets

~400 pieces of mixed brass (.223,45acp,38,357,30.06)








I am currently about 1/4 through the instructional chapters of The ABC's of Reloading. In the meantime, I have sorted a few thousand pieces of brass I've accumulated, and will start running them through the tumbler. I will also be working on setting up my reloading table. I have an old sturdy metal shop table in the garage I think it would be the best place to set myself up. I plan on attaching an old wood cabinet or two to the wall for storage. The garage is not climate controlled, so I will have to store my powder and primers in the basement when I'm not using them. I also picked up some cast 9mm and 45 bullets at the gun show. I should have picked up some ammo boxes while I was there.

I have a few questions, if you guys wouldn't mind helping me out.

1. Are there any items that you notice I am missing that I need to get started, once I am ready (besides getting a new arm for the press)?

2. Should I put a wood top over the metal top of the table?

3. Should I buy a better scale? I would feel more comfortable with a digital scale, versus something that looks like it was designed in the 60's.

4. Any other tips, concerns, etc?

Thanks in advance for any help you can give.
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Old February 6, 2013, 07:59 PM   #2
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Old February 6, 2013, 08:08 PM   #3
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Looks like you got a real good deal to me. Can't say a whole lot on your questions, I reload off my desk with a hand press and dippers. I do like using the Lee Factory Crimp Die, but it's not absolutely necessary.
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Old February 6, 2013, 08:19 PM   #4
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How come I never come across these deals?

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Originally Posted by coachteet View Post


1. Are there any items that you notice I am missing that I need to get started, once I am ready (besides getting a new arm for the press)? yes. Calipers and a bullet puller and check weights, and a way to prime cases(not familure with yer press)

2. Should I put a wood top over the metal top of the table? I'd just put a wood border on to keep things from rolling off

3. Should I buy a better scale? I would feel more comfortable with a digital scale, versus something that looks like it was designed in the 60's. [Color=red]that's where the check weights come in. I wouldn't trust a digital without a manual backup[\color]

4. Any other tips, concerns, etc?
[Color=red]start low and work up. Dont guess. Look into every case before a bullet goes on[\color]
Thanks in advance for any help you can give.


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Old February 6, 2013, 08:46 PM   #5
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Maybe I missed it but I don't see any calipers in the pictures. The dial type will last a very long time. Digital are kind of hit and miss. You can just go to harbor freight and get some there for a low price. They should be enough for reloading purposes.

It is good to have the bench level to keep things from rolling around. Some find putting a lip on the bench to keep things from rolling off. Others think it is easier to sweep clean the top without the lip. Your mileage will vary.
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Old February 6, 2013, 11:23 PM   #6
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The most valuable thing you have at this time are the manuals.

I prefer a digital scale, but the one in the photo will work for now. Many of us started out with the balance beam.

I don't like to store primers or powder in the basement due to the chance of dampness. Of course not every basement is the same. If yours is dry or you run a dehumidifier you should be okay.

Those Bull-X Bullets may be collectors items, they closed up over 10 years ago

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Old February 6, 2013, 11:54 PM   #7
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Digital scales are great for sorting, not so reliable long term as a good balance beam. I don't see a case trim or deburring tool there either. Those will be needed. It looks like you have a good start though.
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Old February 7, 2013, 08:07 AM   #8
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I'd say you got a heck of a deal. Sounds like your questions have already been answered. I have the same press and have used it for many years. People ask me why I don't step up to a progressive. I enjoy reloading as much as I do shooting (well almost as much) and don't consider it a chore. So if it takes me a bit longer, that's just fine with me. I've pumped out 10s of thousands of rounds with that baby.
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