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Whats a good Reloader to get for someone new to it?

Discussion in 'Ammunition & Reloading' started by glockguy, Oct 10, 2010.

  1. glockguy

    glockguy Albany Oregon Well-Known Member

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    Iv Recently discovered reloading and was thinking about purchasing one down the road... Whats a good one to get thats at a decent price? say around 350 or so... (less the better:D) Im only reloading Handgun ammo...
     
  2. donovan

    donovan Eugene, OR Member

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    I would start out with a RCBS single stage press. if you are starting from scratch then I would suggest getting the RCBS reloading kit from Bi-Mart. they have everything you would need except for the dies.
     
  3. Izzy

    Izzy Oakridge Active Member

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    :thumbup::thumbup:
     
  4. Lloyd Braun

    Lloyd Braun Vancouver Active Member

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    the lee kit is good and starts around 90 bucks
    the dies are great
    for a newb i would go lee
    its recommended for newbs by many publications
     
  5. rmlarsen

    rmlarsen Seattle Member

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    Dillon 550B
     
  6. johnboy

    johnboy Hillsboro Member

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    RCBS starter kit is great to learn the basics. It is slow, but if you like the process and understand how its done, a Dillon will do it much much faster.:thumbup:
     
  7. Throckmorton

    Throckmorton Florence,Ore ah gone Well-Known Member

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    the dillon 550b allows u to run one round thru at a time until you know whata is doing what when,and then u can run it as a prgressive with brass at every stage. even running it one at a time you'll turn out ammo plenty fast...less than a minute per round with a little practice.more like 2 rounds per minute.
    their sdb press may be a bit cheaper,but takes special dies and lacks he handroom and visibilty of the 550,and cannot do rifle.
    your budget limits you a bit as you[lll still need a scale,dial caliper,etc. so a single stage like a rock chucker or the Lee cast iron press might be the way to start out.
     
  8. oregonshooter

    oregonshooter AMERICA Member

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    Dillon Square Deal for pistol only, 550 for lg rifle as primary and pistol secondary, 650 for pistol & .223 primary and lg rifle secondary.
     
  9. glockguy

    glockguy Albany Oregon Well-Known Member

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    I know I'll need other things but the loader its self, i was only wanting to spend a certain amount on the re-loader its self.. I know there will me more expenses beyond that
     
  10. oregonshooter

    oregonshooter AMERICA Member

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    glockguy,
    Trust me on this... buy once cry once. Dillon is the ONLY way to go.
     
  11. glockguy

    glockguy Albany Oregon Well-Known Member

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    Yea So im thinking it looks that way may have to wait till tax season tho lol... beings Christmas is right around the corner blaaaa
     
  12. AMProducts

    AMProducts Maple Valley, WA Jerk, Ammo Manufacturer Silver Supporter

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    I highly suggest anyone new to the hobby start with a single stage press. For pistol ammo, the Lee Reloader press isn't a bad start, and it only costs $20 (at least last time I checked) this press is not very strong, and if/when/once you step up to rifle ammo, I cracked mine in half. I highly recommend getting a set of RCBS carbide dies, RCBS has a killer warranty, something dillon can't claim. You break anything on those dies, and they send you new parts, for life. You jam a case, send it in for $5 they send you a new die, no questions asked.

    Most importantly, buy yourself a good MANUAL scale! The RCBS 505 is a great scale and has been around for years, you can probably pick one up used for about $30-50.

    For dies (about $45), a scale (about $50) and a press lee reloader ($20) you're set up. Do yourself a favor and walk before you can run. Take the cash you would save on all the other accessories that come in those kits and save up for when you're ready for a progressive. Decide whether you like it first.
     
  13. zdogk9

    zdogk9 Pacific County New Member

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    If your intent is to reload handgun ammunition I would take a long close look at the Lee Classic Turret. Initially you can use it as a single stage until you gain an understanding of the process. after that if it is your pleasure to run it as it is intended, 200 rounds an hour is an easily achieved rate of production.
    If you then decide that your needs are greater, in no particular order I would consider the Hornady L&L AP, The Dillon 650 or the Dillon 550
     
  14. Quarryman

    Quarryman Portland New Member

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    Most of my gear is RCBS, and it has worked out just fine for me. I like the convenience of a brand that can be found in local stores, unlike Dillon or Redding and others.
     
  15. toolfan

    toolfan North Portland Member

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    Look at your shooting needs before buying a big dillon or other progressive.

    I wish I shot enough to justify buying something like that, but for me, with the quantity I shoot - a single stage press does just fine.

    Unless you shoot more than a box a week (on average), the same is probably true for you. I can easily load 50-100 rounds in an evening on my single stage press.

    The rockchucker press kit is the way to go from scratch, and it'll come in less than $350, even after you buy your dies.
     
  16. Key-Hay

    Key-Hay North Carolina Active Member

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    My opinion is from a pistol perspective.

    I started years ago with a Dillon Square Deal "B" loading 9 and 45. There is a learning curve as with any loader but once you get going the ability to chunk out ammo is great (I was shooting IPSC at the time and was going thru 200-300 rounds a week)

    Sold the SDB and Bought a 550B cause I wanted to load 223 (currently learning with help from AMProducts). I have loaded tons of 38/357 and 45 with it and like it much better than the SDB.

    A single stage would not keep up with me. However rifle is a whole nuther critter.
     
  17. Page.k

    Page.k Seattle Active Member

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    For me it was Lee products and they worked great. The Lee Pro 1000 do needs some playing to get it up and running good.:thumbup:


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  18. AMProducts

    AMProducts Maple Valley, WA Jerk, Ammo Manufacturer Silver Supporter

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    the lee pro 1000 was my first progressive press... I loaded thousands of rounds on it, including a thousand rounds of .45ACP where about 5% had no powder. Which usually means a bad day at the range. These presses are ok if you buy them surplus (I did, paid $50, with dies!) however it's a very weak design, towards the end the head of the press would slip off the ram (on the up stroke) if it encountered the slightest resistance.

    These presses are marginally faster than a turret press (one shell casing, 3 operations, three handle pulls for a complete round).

    The priming system always jams and seats primers backwards, the indexing is clumsy and prone to jamming. As much as I have bad things to say about this press, I did like it until I outgrew it. After that our relationship just went down hill.
     
  19. Key-Hay

    Key-Hay North Carolina Active Member

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    Friend had a Lee. We use to call it the "Chia-Press" Keep a bottle of Loctite around.
     
  20. gehrheart

    gehrheart fidalgo island Well-Known Member

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    I will second the start out with a single stage. The RCBS kit is great! I am also a big fan of the Hornady kit, that is what I am using now for all my rifle needs. I have a lyman turret press and never been unhappy with it. The Lee stuff does work, I personally cant stand it though. Feels cheap acts cheap and prone to breakage.
    Really though, start with the single stage, learn the basics and move forward from there.

    I grew up with the blue kool-aid dillon stuff, works good most of the time. The 550 is nice the 650, seems to need the great warranty they provide. Its great they always fix it for free, just inconvenient!
    I have invested into the Hornady L&L Ap and never have regretted it. I works very well, comparable to the blue RL650 in capability yet little less money then the RL550. I get into the groove of it and start pushing 400 to 500 rds an hour with it. That hardest part is keeping the hoppers full. I don't have any "kits" so I have tools and equipment from all the brands.

    Redding is also very nice but a little more $$ and I don't see the need.

    For pistol you will want to up the money and get carbide dies so you will not need to case lube. Rifle Stuff I don't mind the case lube.

    Are you only going to load for one Cal? The square deal from dillon would be a cheaper se up if only for one cal.


    Above all, be safe with it. Ask questions and even better work with some one at first that is experienced in it. To me it's meditation.
     
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