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Old May 6, 2007, 11:46 AM   #1
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I plan to get into reloading in the near future and wanted to know where I can get some durable, high quality equpment. I rather do it right the first time and spend big bucks. Which brands should I stay away from?
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Old May 6, 2007, 12:34 PM   #2
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In order to help, we need more information.

What cartridges do plan to load?

What weapons will they be used in?

What volume of shooting do plan to do? per week/month/year?
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Old May 6, 2007, 12:59 PM   #3
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300 win mag for my Remington 700. now you see why I want to reload. And as for frequency of shooting... at least monthly to several times a month.
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Old May 6, 2007, 02:58 PM   #4
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For gear;

For powder and primmers Sportsmans Warehouse or Ammo King/Shooters Supplies or Mountain View Sports.
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Old May 6, 2007, 04:42 PM   #5
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Any RCBS O-type press; good used is just as good as brand new.

I'm happy with a beam balance. I've had new and used, both, through the years, and no problems with any of several brands.

Unless you're gonna go heavy for precision, most any brand of dies will work.

I like the Lee hand-primer gizmo. I've used both Lyman and RCBS powder measures; they work just fine.

I'd suggest going eyeball to eyeball with all the accoutrements at any gun store which has a good selection of equipment, and do some talking with whomever works the reloading department. Don't be in a hurry.

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Old May 9, 2007, 10:47 AM   #6
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Best advice

Arachno-Soldier--Firstly, welcome to The Magnificent Obsession--Reloading! Best advice I can give you is to study up before you go buying equipment. That way you will spend yr hard-earned $$ more effectively when you do get to that point.

THE best introduction to the whole subject of reloading is The ABC's of Reloading put out by Krause Publishing. Get it @ yr local sptg gds sto, gun sho, the I'net, or order from the publisher, This is The Standard Text on the subject.

The NRA puts out an introduction to reloading also.

As to brands to stay away from, there are individual preferences among reloaders, but none of the manufacturers of reloading equipment on the market today puts out junk. There's too much competition.

Lee equipment is in some instances a little lighter-built than some other brands, and consequently cheaper. Nobody knocks Lee dies, however. Their collet neck-sizing die for bottle-neck rifle cases is one of the best there is. I've used Lee's hand priming tool, and case trimming equipment, for years and gotten complete satisfaction.

Dillon advertises the most heavily, and has a lot of loyal and very vocal users.

The high-end manufacturers, Redding for example, don't say much but put out VERY good equipment, of course for bo-koo $$.

And nowadays, every reloading manufacturer is really good on customer service, in self-defense. Only way to hang on to customers is to keep 'em happy.

Anyhow, welcome to the club, study up first, enjoy.
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