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Reloading suggestions for a newbie?

Discussion in 'Ammunition & Reloading' started by KidJavelin, Nov 28, 2012.

  1. KidJavelin

    KidJavelin Puget Sound Member

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    Not sure if this is the right spot for this one, but here goes...

    With the prices starting to go higher and higher, and the real scarcity of 7.62 for awhile there, I thought I'd start getting into reloading. I've never done it, but I know a bit about the process. I was thinking about getting a progressive press so I can put out quite a few rounds quickly, becasue I have a really crowded schedule at times. I"ve seen new ones from Lee that were really affordable, but I don't know if they're durable, or easy to use, etc.

    Anybody have any suggestions on a relatively inexpensive setup? Like I said above, I'd like some sort of progressive style one, but I'm really open to just about anything that I can learn on.
     
  2. slimer13

    slimer13 Deer Park Well-Known Member

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    Ive never used Lee products (other than a priming tool), but they have quite an impressive following of people who swear by them and are they are relatively inexpensive. I also hear good things about their customer service.
     
  3. slimer13

    slimer13 Deer Park Well-Known Member

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    PS, I would personally suggest starting out on a single stage press until all fundamentals are mastered.
     
  4. MarkAd

    MarkAd Port Orchard Well-Known Member

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    Like slimer said, get a single stage to learn on. Lee make good gear. Right now a basic kit cost about 115.00. Dies are around 28 for pistol per caliber. Rifle calibers vari. You also have to get powder, primers, bullets. and a good reloading book. Lee's 2nd edition is the best all around.

    Make sure you read, reread and then read it again. Then you will be able to start loading.
     
  5. Nwcid

    Nwcid Yakima and N of Spokane Well-Known Member

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    Progressives are great but even when you have one or more you will still have a place for you single stage and you will end up needing one anyhow.

    Even with progressives there are some specialty dies like bullet pullers that are best used in a single stage. Or you might want to work up a new batch of bullets, much easier on a single stage then a progressive.
     
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  6. KidJavelin

    KidJavelin Puget Sound Member

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    Anybody have experience with a Lee single stage? I see a couple of their kits are less than $150, and I'm thinking I might try one.
     
  7. Otter

    Otter Oregon - mid Willamette Valley Active Member

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    I too suggest a single stage press first for all the reasons already stated. However I'm not a big Lee fan, other than their dies. Reloading equipment lasts forever and is a one time investment, so for another $100, you can get an RCBS kit right now for about $250. I think in the long run you would be happier. Keep in mind you probably won't save any money with reloading. You will just shoot more.
     
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  8. Key-Hay

    Key-Hay North Carolina Active Member

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    Dillon 550
     
  9. mjbskwim

    mjbskwim Salmon,Idaho Well-Known Member

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    This is posted in the wrong section.


    And the only reason I say that is you are missing all the great threads in the reloading section.
    There are about 5 different threads like this to read.All with good info.
    And lots of smart guys more than willing to help.
    Check it out and good luck.

    Oh and get a RCDB rockchucker single stage and if you want a progressive,get a 650 dillon.
    But don't buy RCBS dies.
     
  10. salmonriverjohn

    salmonriverjohn N.W Oregon coast, Gods country Well-Known Member

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    Hey, if a trained ape like me can do it, I'm sure you have a "shot" at it:bluelaugh:
    Start with a single stage, you'll be glad you did.
     
  11. Otter

    Otter Oregon - mid Willamette Valley Active Member

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    mjbskwim - I'm curious what your problems were with RCBS dies? I have or have had at least 5 sets of them, and other than one neck die in .223 that caused excessive runout, never had any problems. I've since moved on to Redding and custom dies because of the target calibers I shoot, but wouldn't hesitate to buy RCBS dies for a hunting rifle.
     
  12. mjbskwim

    mjbskwim Salmon,Idaho Well-Known Member

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    I bought 223 as my first dies and got 2 more sizing dies from RCBS that were not sized the same.Yes 3 sizing pins that were different sizes and none were big enough.The top adjusting "screws" are junk.
    So I went and looked at Redding and never looked back.

    Your RCBS dies are probably older and made well. Maybe they started running too fast and quality suffered?
    Doesn't matter.For the same money,redding dies are way better quality.
    And size my brass correctly!
     
  13. Otter

    Otter Oregon - mid Willamette Valley Active Member

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    mjbskwim - Apprecitate the reply. I will have to remove some of my RCBS sizing buttons and see how they measure up. Never really worried about neck tension in my hunting reloads so never have bothered to measure. For the record I just got back into reloading in the last seven years, so the dies are not all that old. The last set I bought was just a few months ago for a .30-06. I do agree with you that the top adjustment screws on both the sizing and seating dies are clunky. Fine tuning seating depth with RCBS dies is an exercise in flustration.

    I know bushing dies are more expensive, but they are my favorite type of die. For highly accurate rifles, it can be very critical to be able to control neck tension. Do you buy the Type S Redding dies or have you stepped up to the competition dies?
     
  14. AMProducts

    AMProducts Maple Valley, WA Jerk, Ammo Manufacturer Silver Supporter

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    "reloading newbie" threads have done to death, I think there are probably 5-6 of them in the first 3 pages of the ammo section. If you havn't figured it out by now by reading those threads then reloading is probably not for you.

    Personally, I am getting tired of answering the same questions over and over again. Initially I would respond with constructive response, however, over time my fatigue with the topic grew and grew and my answers had less and less positive advice.

    That said, if you are getting into reloading to save money, forget about it, you won't for quite a while. If you are getting into reloading ammo because you want to learn, shoot better ammo, etc then do it. If you just want to save money, buy an SKS or ak. If you want to learn, the board has a search feature, where you can search for "reloading newbie" or perhaps "reloading howto".

    -Batman
     
  15. KidJavelin

    KidJavelin Puget Sound Member

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  16. mjbskwim

    mjbskwim Salmon,Idaho Well-Known Member

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    @ AMProducts
    BTW do you sell something,produce something?
    Not smart enough to just pass a thread by that you have responded to?
    See that's the beauty of these here com put tors and that mousy thingy.
    Just don't make that click,pass on by. I do it all the time
    Answered the question too many times?
    Scroll down and click another thread that may need your reaching wisdom:worship::banghead:

    And Kid,no worries.Like I said there is plenty of info here and plenty of nice guys to help out.

    Otter,I just bought the regular Redding dies.Hey if your bullets are seating maybe your pins are sized correctly. My 223 pills weren't.I only did about 150 with the RCBS and had problems. I've done at least 500 on the Redding without a hick up.
    I don't really take the time to do a lot of paper work and groups,mostly just blowing through ammo.Some day I'll actually start grouping and loading for that single hole.
     
  17. Blitzkrieg

    Blitzkrieg WA Well-Known Member

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    Used steel single stage press for sure. Also look into casting your own bullets using a gas check mold design

    For high volume plinking also look at Midway and Weidners for surplus military bullets
     
  18. KidJavelin

    KidJavelin Puget Sound Member

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    Thanks for the leads Blitz. I'll have to look into them.
     
  19. deadshot2

    deadshot2 NW Quadrant WA State Well-Known Member

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    Funny, I don't mind answering a thread like this at all. As with most forums, after a while everything gets buried in the numerous posts and additionally, new products hit the market.

    To those who have grown tired of answering posts on topics that have been discussed before, DON'T. Last I heard, it isn't required to participate on every new thread.

    For those who have "newbie" questions, I'd rather take the time to answer their question to help them have their reloading experience start out easier and far safer rather than the all to often suggestion "Use the Search Option" or "There are already XX threads on this topic"

    Just remember that "Karma's a bubblegum". There will come a time in your life when your memory won't be as good as it once was and you'll start asking the same questions, over and over. It would be too bad if the only answer you got then was "Use the Search Option".
     
  20. salmonriverjohn

    salmonriverjohn N.W Oregon coast, Gods country Well-Known Member

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    Bravo deadshot2! Well said.:thumbup: