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Old November 28, 2000, 11:47 AM   #1
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Howdy. My first time in this section.

What's the most affordable way to get into reloading?
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Old November 28, 2000, 07:50 PM   #2
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I bought the Lee Deluxe Pistol kit with the hand prime for $88 shipping included add a die set $20 and supplies now your loading. This is the turret press, scale and auto disk powder measure and afew other do dads.

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Old November 29, 2000, 08:11 AM   #3
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Like Coolray says,Depends.

Handgun or Rifle?

What caliber(s)?

How much is your time worth? Progressives are faster, but a lot more money.You can load just as much with a single stage, but it takes a lot longer.

How many rounds do you foresee shooting in the next few years? A Dillon 550 can put out 500 rounds an hour. Great speed, but for me it's not that big an issue. 500 rounds of .45acp, for me, is a two months supply, maybe more. OTOH, 500 rounds of .22lr is about 2 hour supply.

Is a high quality piece of equipment a higher priority than one that will do the job? (Stanley or Craftsman work fine for most folks, but for some others, only a Snap-on is accepatable. I use a Snap-on screwdriver every day for work. At home, a Craftsman works fine)

I've heard a lot of negative about Lee equipment, but so far, mine is going strong after 25 years. For what I use it for, it's fine. I load only handgun rounds, mostly straight wall, and only load to pretty tame levels. My days of trying to work up the perfect world shaker magnum are pretty much past. Lee equipment has way too much slop for real precision loadings IMNSHO, and for heavy magnum loads, the equipment(Lee) just doesn't have the strength to resize a few thousand cases. Mine has a noticeable difference resizing factory .44mag once fiired vs my own tamer loads. YMMV, and most likely will. FWIW, I would recommend Dillon to anyone wanting to try reloading. They have an excellent reputation, and even though they are a lot more expensive, spread out over a lifetime it's a small difference in price. If it doesn't work out, you can always recoup most of your investment. If it does work out, then you're set for life.

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Old November 29, 2000, 08:15 AM   #4
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Most affordable, or cheapest?

Cheapest: Lee Anniversary kit from Midway $74.99 shipped plus dies, and shellholders. Not all that sturdy, and probably won't last as long.

Most affordable: Rock Chucker Master Reloading kit $286.99 shipped from Midway, also plus dies and shellholders. More expensive, but I have yet to hear of one that has worn out.
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Old November 29, 2000, 09:32 PM   #5
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The method I used & still follow when I want to upgrade is to check the local shops and range bulletin boards for used equipment. This takes time and luck, you don't mention what your time frame is. Following is a list of some bargains I have uncovered.
Ohaus scale and powder measure nib discontinued stock for $40.
Lyman case trimmer with pilots, new, display model (they lost the box $25)
RCBS Reloader Special 3 used but like new $20
RCBS Rockchucker used $40
Pacific C frame Press Used $5
Lyman Turbo Tumbler Used like new $30
It did take over a year or so to find these treasures but they are out there. Try small stores that do not do a big volume in reloading. You'd be surprised how willing they can be to move things based upon "I'm sick of looking at it make an offer".
If you are in a hurry maybe get the Lee Aniversary Kit and start upgrading from there. Reloading equipment is like guns, you can't have enough.

Checking the gun shops for used equipment has a catch. Prior to entering the store you must say the following 5 times. " I will only look for used reloading equipment. I will not ask to see a pistol. I will walk right by the rifles without so much as a glance." Now if your in the shop before the third round is finished, by rule you don't have to listen.
Welcome to and enjoy the world of reloading.

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Old November 30, 2000, 12:14 AM   #6
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Drop me a line if you want to talk about accuracy loading for a bolt action centerfire rifle... Traditional presses aren't always the way to go.

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Old November 30, 2000, 06:04 PM   #7
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Shin-Tao, many will tell of single stage presses for $100. That's standard. However, be prepared to spend abut twice that or a little more to get completely set up(barring the Lee stuff, or course. Expect to pay between $225 to $325 for a single stage setup with scales, dies, calipers, powder measure, case trimmer, and more. Recently I have been helping a friend get into reloading with the "most bang for the buck." We found the Lyman Expert Reloader's kit with the T-MagII turret press was the ticket. It sells for $259 through Natchez Shooter's supply, and will have you almost completely set up. All you need is a set of calipers and dies. It is also faster than a single stage. Sweet press. If I didn't have a Dillon, I would buy one of these.
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Old November 30, 2000, 06:15 PM   #8
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Well, Mr. Groom-to-be , you'll need a press (obviously), a scale, a powder dispenser (unless you want to measure ad finitum), a case trimmer, a primer pocket cleaning tool and some dies. That's the minimum, although there's other stuff that makes it a bit easier. Dies will cost you about $25 for each caliber you want to load. You should be able to set yourself up with a good-quality single stage press and all the goodies for about $200 to $300 depending upon brand and how many goodies you want. But you'll recoup those costs (unless you count your time) in just a few hundred rounds. Federal .45ACP Match ammo around here costs $22 per 50 rounds. I can load 100 rounds of ammo that's more accurate for about $6. In the past year I've saved nearly $2300 just on .45 ACP ammo alone. Of course, I'm now shooting more than I ever did as well, since I can now afford it.

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