beginner reloader


March 25, 2008, 08:46 PM
I am trying to get into reloading for my 7mm-08 and soon to be .223 rem. The only problem is that I don't know where to start off.:( I know that I need powder, primers, bullets, cases, .etc, but what about the equipment itself? I would like something under $100 if possible.:)

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March 25, 2008, 08:54 PM
The reloading section would be better suited for this question. However, I just started reloading and got the Lee kit for $80. I then got Lee dies for $25. Plus little odds and ends like $25. Plus Bullets and powder and primers (100 Small rifle, BL-C(2) 1lb and 50 grain soft point (.223) for $35. Calipers for $20. So I got started for $185ish. You can do it for under 100 with a lee classic loader (hammer and dies), but you will not to load a whole lot of rounds with that. I can load 50 an hour easily with my kit. Next is a tumbler!

List -

Way to trim cases
Case Lube
A way to clean cases (I use a liquid cleaner for now)
Case mouth chamfer tool (The Lee kit includes the chamfer tool)

March 25, 2008, 09:00 PM
I have a thread for you and a link that was provided to me, which was really helpful.

Here is a great link showing how to set up the Lee Classic Turret Press from their website. It gives lots of pix and you can really see how things go together and how it operates--

Here is a link to a video that shows the press in operation--

With a little practice and good organization of components it is easy to load 200+ rounds per hour.

IMHO it is the best setup you could buy for any amount of money in the auto-indexing turret field. Here is a place where you can buy a kit, that includes dies, from people who reload and know what they are talking about--

My only suggestion is to go for the upgrade to the Pro Autodisk Powder Measure if you decide on this press.

I started with this last summer and would not want to be without it. I have loaded several thousand rounds of pistol ammo in 5 different calibers. Buy extra turrets so you can change calibers in minutes--priming change is simple too with the Lee Safety Prime system. The turrets and the Lee carbide dies are as inexpensive as any in the market and are very high quality.

If you get one of those you'll need a tumbler, scale, calipers.


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