getting into reloading


February 7, 2008, 02:33 AM
well with the pricing as it is now for ammo im looking into reloading.

im going to order the Lee 50th anny kit. i plan on loading 9mm, 40S&W, and i just picked up a settup for 12gauge shotshells for $40 locally.

im going out tomarrow to buy a few books on reloading. also what is the average cost that most of you are into for your basic single stage reloading system? i was hoping for around $200? plus the primers, powder, and bullets.

my question is what else am i going to need to order with the lee kit so that i can get going. i have well over 700 brass that needs to be deprimed. im mainly going for 9mm right now since thats what i mainly shoot other then my .22LR and my 7.62X54R which im going to try to get info on for reloading(the 7.62X54R that is, so if you have any info please let me know)


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February 7, 2008, 01:01 PM
Be patient . . . I began reloading a couple of years ago and was amazed that everytime I thought I had everything there was something else. So it took a little while to compile but its worth it, for me. I'm in a hurry but will chime back in in a few if possible.


February 7, 2008, 01:10 PM
Quick_Draw: There's numerous threads on this--for a shortcut to a discussion of one approach, check out this thread ( One comment for sure--since you plan on reloading for a pistol, definitely get a turret--and I feel pretty positive about the Lee Turret (the original, as well as the Classic Cast). This link ( is a three-part, comprehensive review of the Classic Cast Turret and includes a reloading review with a bigger rifle round.

Or, you could supplement your 50th Anniversary kit with a standard Lee 4-die turret setup, staged as you can afford it. If you do a search here on "turret" or "Classic Cast" you can find lots more discussion of this. Use Google for the search, not the local engine--it's much faster.

Then, ask away with any new questions--

Jim H.

February 7, 2008, 03:56 PM
Quick Draw,

I agree with Jim. If you're reloading pistol, you'd be money and marbles ahead to buy yourself a Lee Classic Turret setup instead of the kit you're thinking about.



February 7, 2008, 04:05 PM
ok thanks for the links, the first one ive read through. anyways whats the difference between the turret and the classic? i see the 4 dies? but does that mean i can do 4 cartriges at once (deprime, deburr, power, bullet?) or does it just give me the ability to set up 4 dyes at once and just switch the case holder for the different cartriges?

thanks again.

February 7, 2008, 06:16 PM
The standard turret is an older design with a (aluminum die cast base, smaller ram, and shorter legs.) It does reload all pistol and (at least .223) small rifle stuff just fine. There's nothing really wrong with it, save for the fact it doesn't always dump primers properly--but it really has been replaced by the 'new-improved' version--the Classic Cast

The classic cast turret, OTOH, is constructed of cast iron, has longer legs, a bigger ram with a integral primer dump, and is just much more durably constructed. The Classic Cast is well worth it.

Turrets work on only one cartridge at one time--but the dies are all set up, and you either manually rotate the turret to change dies, or have the indexing rod rotate it automatically for you.

Here's a link ( to the lee video demonstrating the Classic Cast version in operation. The standard turret operates exactly the same way, but it is available in two versions (3-die or 4-die configuration) and with or without the Safety Prime installation--that black & white swinging doohicky he's using to insert primers into the primer mounting anvil.

Jim H.

Jim H.

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