will i have the tools in that kit to de prime my 9mm casings? also what do i use to straighten out bent brass?
July 23, 2007, 02:10 PM
Your first purchase is a good "How To" book and I can recommend the Lyman as a start. You must first learn the basics and then determine the quality (price) of your equipment. Mid south is a great place to start your education as they are very knowledgeable and will help you with any questions you may have. Remember, the only dumb question is the one you don't ask and this is so important in this hobby.
Read, take your time, ask questions and you will have a successful venture in loading cartridges.
July 23, 2007, 02:21 PM
check e-bay. I'm getting ready to list my 550B. I want to upgrade to the 600
July 23, 2007, 02:48 PM
cajun47: lee 4 hole turret kit is about $100 at www.midwayusa.com
I load one bullet every 6 seconds with it.
.41 magnum man
July 24, 2007, 01:45 AM
I just ordered a Lee 4 hole classic turret kit for around $148.00 from Cabelas. With the dies, a few extra small tools, and a couple reloading books, I have about $250 in the whole outfit. It was a tough call between that kit and the Lee 4 hole turret kit that Kellj00 mentioned. You can get that from Cabela's, which is everything you need to get started except the dies, for $80.00.
I forgot to mention that in the price of the kit I bought is the price of 100 bullets, and 100 cases.
July 24, 2007, 10:52 AM
thats what im trying to find out. what else do i need in addition to this kit:
i have powder, primers, and 1,000 9mm lead bullets already. im wondering if that kit comes with a de primer or what. and what about a primer pocket cleaner? i have reloaded 15+ years ago but im very rusty.
July 24, 2007, 11:02 AM
Go to www.gunstop.com
Call John Walton at 952 474 0211 He has very good prices and service is second to none!
July 24, 2007, 02:55 PM
cajun47+ if you mean depriming fired cases yes the resizing die does that in the first stage of reloading , active primers can't safely be deprimed and you should just chamber them and pop them or if you know exactly what primers they are simply use them .
As to what else you need a scale is a must unless you plan on using a Lee Autodisk powder measure and never going anywher near a maximum load with any powder/bullet combo . A tumbler to clean the brass "makes it easier to run them through the dies if they are clean" , a bullet puller for mistakes comes in handy .
You say you have some bent brass , well I would just throw it away as the 9mm is a fairly small case that works at high pressure and it would be weak where it was bent , that and if it isn't completely straight it could cause chambering problems so why put yourself through the frustration of messing with them .
July 24, 2007, 04:41 PM
I'm surprised Benedict hasn't given you this link yet.:)
A very good deal for faster reloading of pistol cartridges without going full progressive. You'll also want to get a scale and calipers if you don't have those items already.
July 24, 2007, 06:32 PM
midway has some good prices but the rake you on the shipping. you usually can find presses cheaper on ebay. ORRRR if you are buying lee go through www.leeprecision.com there shipping is only 4.00
July 24, 2007, 10:18 PM
As to what else you need a scale is a must unless you plan on using a Lee Autodisk powder measure and never going anywher near a maximum load with any powder/bullet combo .
IMO a scale is a must even with the auto disk. You don't know how much powder the measure is throwing unless you weigh it. You don't have to weigh every round. You just need to weigh until the disk is set right , then weigh one every twenty or thirty. I own the Lee classic turret and it has been a great press. It has worked trouble free for nine months and loaded thousands of rounds. You don't want to size brass unless it is clean. The easiest way to clean brass is in a tumbler. I use walnut from the pet store and one cap full of Nu Finish car polish and let it run for two hours. They come out looking like new. A caliper would also be a good tool to have for checking OAL. I don't know how fast you were loading on the SS but most people I know load 200+ per hour on the Classic Turret. Hope this helps.
July 25, 2007, 12:24 AM
I'll stick my nose in, too, and suggest that you NOT start out with the Lee pro 1000. A pro 1000 takes some tweaking to get running smoothly, and if you have not loaded for fifteen years there is A LOT going on at once--too much to keep track of, IMO.
I too just got back into reloading after about ten years, and I got out my Lee Turret press first. I'm nearing the end of load development, so I will take the magic forumulae and move over to the Pro 1000 (already mounted and cleaned, ready to go) for production. Meanwhile, I'm glad I've run a 1000 rounds or so through the turret.
If I were buying new now, I would get the Classic Cast turret. The Kempf kit is a good way into it.
Not long ago on another forum, I priced out 'everything' from the Classic Cast c/w die set, tumbler, powder measure, etc., etc. on the Kempf page, and it came to about $350.00 with shipping. That's a good deal for everything you need.
July 25, 2007, 12:31 AM
For the Classic Turret Press Kit definitely go to Kempf Gun Shop. Link is above. You get the dies with it, with Cabela's version you do NOT get the dies.
Sorry, I have been busy for a couple of days trying to make a few $$ so I can buy some more components--:what: I was actually "gasp", working. That can seriously interfere with shooting and reloading.:uhoh:
July 25, 2007, 01:02 AM
Go to Lyman's website and buy one of their Orange Crusher's from their return/over run. About half price. Nearly identical to a Rock Crusher and just as reliable.
July 31, 2007, 03:09 PM
one more stupid question. the "Lee Pro 1000 Progressive Press Kit 9mm Luger " can also load other handgun and rifle rounds if i buy the dies right?
thats the one i'll order. i ask cause i may want to reload a few 38-40 for an old lever action i have. and maybe some 7.62x39mm and 30-06.
July 31, 2007, 04:08 PM
I'll agree with jfh. You probably won't like the Lee 1000. If you must have a progressive, check Hornady or Dillon. Unless you do a lot of competition shooting, the Classic Cast Turret will keep up with you and is quality equipment.
July 31, 2007, 04:09 PM
after doing months of research, I bought my lee 4-hole turret press for $65 from midwayusa, a pro auto disk powder measure locally for $28 and a digital scale from midway for $25.
total=$118...but you get a digital scale and a better powder measure. I couldn't tell you how they're better because I've never used their cheaper counterparts....but as much as I use my scale, I'm thinking that a beam-type scale would have worked just fine.
Get your components from www.powdervalleyinc.com, he's got great turnaround time and the cheapest prices on everything that I've ever found on almost anything. If nothing else, check out the price on his "once-fired" brass... $20 for 1000 9mm, $25 for .38 and $25 for 40s&w. then put in 1000 wolf primers for $18.50, a lb of powder for $12-$15 or so, 1000 cast bullets for $18-$25 and you've got enough to make your first thousand, which should take about 10 hours to load and about 10 minutes to shoot. ;-)
August 1, 2007, 04:09 AM
It is sort of a waste of money to just order 1# powder or 1K of primers from Powder Valley, you nailed with haz mat fee. I suggest work up a load with locally purchased supplies. Be happy with performance, and then lay in a large order from Powder Valley.
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