10mm reloading starter pack


May 22, 2006, 11:24 AM
So I'm wanting to start reloading for 10mm, then probably .38spl down the road, and perhaps eventually a rifle or something fun like .500 I'm not needing to reload much, maybe 100 a week (which will probably turn into 500 once a month). I'd like to buy a dillon 550 but I don't think its in the budget now. Here's what I've thought about getting so far, what do you guys think?

Lee Classic Turret Press (4 hole – auto index)
Lee Deluxe 4pc 40s&w & 10mm carbide die
Lee Safety Prime – Large Primer 2006 presses
Lee Safety Powder Reloading Scale
Lee Powder Funnel
Lee Pro Autodisk Powder Measure
Lyman Turbo 600 Tumbler
Frankford Arsenal 15 pounds corn cob media
Frankford Arsenal Standard Brass Separator

Add a couple reloading manuals, some loading trays, and components (already have digital calipers) and I should be ready to go? Missng anything? Anything thats just going to fall apart or be really frustrating? Total cost for this should be $252 (the tumbler and supplies for it really add to the start up cost). To do something similar with the anniversary kit looks like it would be $175 and it seems like a turret would be far easier especially for multiple calibers.

Thanks! :D

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Vitamin G
May 22, 2006, 11:37 AM
I went with the single stage anniversary kit to begin with. I've been reloading 10mm first, 45acp second, and just started 30-06 and 44mag. I'm now considering a turret, since I have a better concept of whats going on. You might want to consider that kit also. Its a good deal, and I'm going to keep using it for rifle if i DO decide to upgrade to turret. I don't think i'll ever really load enough to justify a progressive. I enjoy it anyways.

I also skipped the tumbler until about three months ago. It makes things pretty, but i dont think its needed.

May 22, 2006, 12:40 PM
Looks like your well on your way.

Other suggestions;

I personally don't like the Lee reloading scale. Would suggest a RCBS 5-0-5 instead.
For brass, check with e-bay or buy new from Midwayusa. Starline is like $14.99 per 100. http://www.midwayusa.com/eproductpage.exe/showproduct?saleitemid=838242
Powders. Blue Dot is great as well as Powerpistol. For nuke loads check out 800X but watch out using it from the Autodisc. It is a flake powder and doesn't meter for crap. Also, for 200gr loads check out AA9.

You picked a fun cartridge for your first reloading venture. The 10MM is by far my favorite.

May 22, 2006, 01:13 PM
Hmm I may actually skip the tumbler for a while if i can get away with it then, it'd be the difference between starting now and a few months from now.

How do the scales differ? It seems like the type of thing that would be hard to screw up.

The Bushmaster
May 22, 2006, 01:52 PM
I agree with the RCBS 5-0-5 scale. Good buy. I would still recommend a case tumbler. Just the case tumbler. You can devise your own media seperator.:)

May 22, 2006, 03:06 PM
Instead of the Lee Turret press you might want to look at the Hornady Lock-N-Load progressive press. I started with a Lee, went to a Square Deal, then the Hornady. I'm much happier with the Hornady. The case-activated powder feeder that comes with the Hornady press is awesome. You can also prime on this press.

I found a used PACT digital scale on ebay for about $30. It is much easier to use than one of the beam-type scales.

I reload 10mm and have had great results with Alliant Power Pistol.

EDIT: Spelling

May 22, 2006, 04:30 PM
Soybomb: I've been loading for the 10mm for about 10 years now and have found Blue Dot to be an excellent powder to load the Sierra 180gr JHP bullet. Would also suggest you accumulate a goodly supply of brass since it's going to get harder and harder to find brass in the future. As good as the 10mm round is, it is now considered semi-obsolete now since Glock and possibly one other manufacturer are producing guns in this caliber. JMHO

May 23, 2006, 01:54 AM
I just started reloading for 10mm and .500 S&W about 6 months ago. I began with the Lee Turret kit, Lee dies, bullet puller, and calipers and have had absolutely no problems. The caliper is important to measure over all length and casing lenth and the bullet puller is important to undo your boo boos. To date I haven't needed a tumbler. The most expensive part of my startup was the $250 workbench I bought from Sears.

For the 10mm I began using Alliant Unique power (at a gunshop owners request) but it doesn't seem to burn completely (I end up with powder residue on hands after shooting). I think for my next powder I will try Blue Dot. I also go with starline brass and rainer bullets from Midway. Also, find a place locally, if you can, to buy you powders and primers to avoid the hazmat fees.

Vitamin G
May 24, 2006, 10:03 AM
I really like the bluedot. I hear power pistol also brings out 10mm to its full potential. I can't imagine what works best in a 500 :D

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