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Time to buy reloading equipment?

Discussion in 'General Firearm Discussion' started by Oregonhunter5, Dec 24, 2012.

  1. Oregonhunter5

    Oregonhunter5 2C IDAHO Well-Known Member

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    Folks lets have the thoughts.
    Is it time to buy, presses, powder, bullets, primers, dies, etc?
    Will they be outlawed, or will people buy buy buy, and prices sail up?

    Give me your thoughts.
    I'm thinking of buying today.
    Thanks!
     
  2. rdt

    rdt SW Portland Active Member

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    Prices are already going up and components are getting scarce. After a brief search it looks to me that 223 bullets are backordered til february. If you can swing it, go for it. If you are a volume shooter and you are a reasonably careful person get a progressive right off the bat.
     
  3. 458Socom

    458Socom Wa Member

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    I would do it, but I think you will have a hard time finding componants at this point. I cut my ammo costs at least in half by reloading, and some calibers like .454Casull and .458Socom more than that.
     
  4. nick1980

    nick1980 Portland, OR Active Member

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    good luck finding primers
     
  5. Oregonhunter5

    Oregonhunter5 2C IDAHO Well-Known Member

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    Cabelas has lots of primers.
     
  6. nick1980

    nick1980 Portland, OR Active Member

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    okay good luck finding small pistol primers
     
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  7. Oregonhunter5

    Oregonhunter5 2C IDAHO Well-Known Member

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    Good point.
    They didn't have those.
    Where is a good place to find those.?
     
  8. EZLivin

    EZLivin SW of PDX Well-Known Member

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    Reloading is a great skill/ability to have even if it isn't the main source of ammo you use. I don't have a fancy set-up, but all of my calibers are covered (except 7.62x54R), so in times like these I just sit back and ---------> :eatpop:
     
  9. Velzey

    Velzey Estacada, Oregon Gunsmith Gunsmith Bronze Vendor Bronze Supporter

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    The only loaded ammo I buy is 22lr and shotgun.

    I would be poor if I bought loaded ammo...
     
  10. Guilty

    Guilty Salem, Oregon Active Member

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    If you are just now thinking about starting to relaod, you are a little bit late to the game so you are going to end up paying more that you would before the gun buying panic of 2012. Prices are going up and some products are scarce such as primers.
    It is a great hobby so don't be discouraged if you want to start, just keep searching for when reloading items become available so you are ready to stock up with the reloading supplies that you need.
    You can save some serious money reloading. You will most likely eat up the savings by shooting more (win-win), but it takes a bit of an investment in the right tools to do the job.
     
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  11. Oregonhunter5

    Oregonhunter5 2C IDAHO Well-Known Member

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    Late to the game is relative friend.
    A little more money today, is better than obsolete, or 100% higher price tomorrow.
    But I get your point.
     
  12. Oregonhunter5

    Oregonhunter5 2C IDAHO Well-Known Member

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    Late to the game is relative friend.
    A little more money today, is better than obsolete, or 100% higher price tomorrow.
    But I get your point.
     
  13. good2eat

    good2eat Great NW Member

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    Can someone point me to a good resource to learn about reloading please? I know very little and would like to learn more and get an idea of the type set-up that would work best for my needs.
     
  14. motoman98

    motoman98 Gresham, OR Active Member

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    Buy the Lyman Reloading Handbook, I have the 49th edition: "trusted by reloaders for over a century". Great intro on Reloading, reloading for Rifle and Pistol , components and tons of loads. Get this: Unbiased info.
     
  15. Velzey

    Velzey Estacada, Oregon Gunsmith Gunsmith Bronze Vendor Bronze Supporter

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    458Socom Wa Member

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    Luke2236 Springfield, Oregon New Member

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    Ssshhh! Dont give away our secret. I dont need competition.



    Sent from my PG06100 using Tapatalk 2
     
  18. armedandsafe

    armedandsafe Moses Lake, WA Active Member

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    I was all prepared to answer, but have noticed that all three of the manuals I was going to recommend are already up there. And, in the order I recommend them. :D

    Go for as much reloader as the budget will permit, remembering to account for the cost of dies, scale and components. If you decide to start with a progressive, I recommend that you treat it as a single stage until you get some experience.

    Pops
     
  19. FarmerTed1971

    FarmerTed1971 Portland, Oregon, United States Well-Known Member

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    Yes
     
  20. Oregonhunter5

    Oregonhunter5 2C IDAHO Well-Known Member

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    Good info folks
    I spent about 1,300 today.
    Got a decent start.
    The books mentioned are great. Bought those. And the Barnes book.
    Loaded up on primers.