Reloader Recomendation


December 31, 2005, 04:42 PM
I'd like to start doing a little reloading in some common handgun and rifle cal. 45..38..357...308 and 30.06.

This would be small scale stuff. Could anyone recommend a good loader and any other advice would be apprecaited.:)

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The Bushmaster
December 31, 2005, 04:58 PM
First Bojangles... Welcome to the best site on the net for reloading information and just plain fun.
Second...Buy a manual and read it. If you are still interested in reloading buy another one and read it also.
Third...You will have about 16 t0 20 suggestions as to what to buy for reloading equipment. (That's one reason why you need to read the manuals)
And fourth...I use a Lee Turret press and have a Lee single stage press next to it for special jobs including resizing/decapping. (Another reason for reading the manuals. You will understand the nominclature)

The calibres that you mentioned above are the same ones that I reload plus 9 X 19 and .30-30. I don't, however, load .308.

Please read the manuals then ask the questions. We will (and I mean all of us on here) be very happy to introduce you to reloading. I must warn you that it is very adictive. You will load a bunch and hurry to the range to shoot them just so you can rush home to reload them again and again. There is no cure, rehab or halfway house...Again...Welcome to the site...:)

December 31, 2005, 05:00 PM
I'm going to have to get me some cast bullets for my 30-30 and try some of these loads out. They sound like a lot of fun.

The Bushmaster
December 31, 2005, 05:42 PM

December 31, 2005, 07:59 PM
I think Dodge was reading the other thread about 30 30 light loads
then jumped to this one like I did .

For the original question I would look at
Lee classic cast is very nice and reasonably priced .
I think it is next month Lee comes out with a cast turret press ..


January 1, 2006, 08:02 AM
I would go along with Bush Master's advice, except that after you read the manuals, read them again. There is a tremendous amount of knowledge packed in them. All of which is interesting.
You'll find that re-loading is a lot more then just a cheap way to make bullets, and you will have a ball doing it.
You'll also find out that your rifles can shoot a whole lot better then you ever guessed they could once you start custom loading for them.

January 1, 2006, 10:56 AM
Start here as they have step by step instructions with pictures,and videos.
Then move on to here
and here

January 1, 2006, 06:06 PM
I recommend you get a single-stage press for your first tool...very versatile and inexpensive to switch calibers, excellent for learning how to reload without getting into trouble. You can probably pick one up second hand for $30 to $40 at a gun show or gun store. One made of cast iron is recommended over an aluminum frame for rifle case re-sizing...less "springy". You can pick up a new cast-iron Lee for about $60 at Midway. Cast-iron turret tools are fine also, but more expensive. Lee dies are both excellent and inexpensive, or you may be able to pick up other makes second hand...light rust on the outside is OK, but not on the inside of the sizing die.
Get one powder for all handgun...Win #231 is excellent. Get a good beam powder can trickle final grains of powder from a cartridge case. Load with an experienced friend atfirst...

January 1, 2006, 07:07 PM
My first piece of advice is this: Mr. Bojangles, dance.

My second piece of advice is to buy an RCBS Rockchucker press, an RCBS scale (the 502 should do it), a powder funnel, a few loading blocks to hold the cartridges while you load them, and the Lyman loading guide.

In time you may want to add a few more “convenience” tools. The hand held Lee Auto Prime and the Lyman #55 powder measure come to mind.

You will find everything and more at Just click on the reloading tab and go nuts.

The Bushmaster
January 1, 2006, 07:24 PM
Yeah...Midway...They know me well...I have a running acount with them...:D

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