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Getting Started With .44 Magnum

Discussion in 'Ammunition & Reloading' started by RedneckRampage, Oct 12, 2013.

  1. RedneckRampage

    RedneckRampage Newberg Well-Known Member

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    I'm thinking about getting a set up for reloading for .44 mag. The only reloading I've done, is for my 7mm mag, on my cousins set up, with him there telling me what to do. I don't need anything fancy, just simple and cheap. I figure I could use the money and time I spend at the bar, and get something out of it, and have some entertainment.

    My question is, what is the bare minimum I will need, besides components? I know I'll need a set if dies ($40-50), a press, which I don't know what the cheapest is that will work good, and a scale. What else, and how much should I figure I need to spend? Thanks! It'd be nice to be able to get stuff that would work for rifle too, but right now, .44 is my focus.
  2. filsonhand

    filsonhand In the Silicon Forest Smooth as a Rhino 2015 Volunteer 2016 Volunteer

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    I am working on a list of necessities and wants for ya. A lot of guys at work have started reloading and that question comes up frequently :thumbup:
  3. Certaindeaf

    Certaindeaf SE Portland Well-Known Member

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    Rampage, any luck with what you were looking for?
  4. rick

    rick Close to Corvallis, Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    Bare minimum? A Lee Classic Loader and a hammer.

    Example ---> LEE LOADER 44 MAG
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  5. AMProducts

    AMProducts Maple Valley, WA Jerk, Ammo Manufacturer Silver Supporter

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  6. ChiknNutz

    ChiknNutz Arlington, WA Member

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    I just recently started reloading handgun ammo but have been reloading rifle ammo for many years. Pistol ammo doesn't require quite the TLC of rifle ammo but I still do essentially the same things, which may be overkill for pistol ammo. I will share what I use but YMMV. In addition to what you mentioned, you should also have the following: good reloading manual, dial calipers for checking cartridge lengths and OAL, case prep tools (I use a Lyman set), case trimmer to maintain consistent case lengths, loading block(s), case lube (if you don't use carbide dies, case tumbler or other means of cleaning spent cases, sturdy and dedicated workbench, notebook for recording your recipes, ziplock bags or similar for segregating and storing cases. I use an older RCBS Rockchucker single stage press and I highly recommend a handheld priming tool (I use the RCBS Universal model).

    By the time you've acquired all of this, reloading doesn't seem so economical, which it isn't at first but it is rewarding and gives you the opportunity to craft loads that you like. Further, the way things are going these days, you can't even hardly find ammo and when you do it is stupid expensive. I reload for several different guns, 44 mag included, and you can certainly beat the pants off of store bought ammo both in performance and cost. Just go into knowing it is not inexpensive at first.
  7. cookie

    cookie THE SOCIALIST STATE OF KALI - FORNIA Well-Known Member

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    Buy at least a single stage decent quality press. You probably will be adding more calibers down the road.