I would like to get into reloading?


August 31, 2003, 05:14 PM
I would like to get into reloading. to start a new hobby and maybe save some money. the thing is i don't really have anyone to show me.

can someone please inform me of a good book, with quality illustrations. also what is a good (small) press kit. and a list of the tools i would need.

i want to start reloading:
.38 spl
.223 rem

then when i get more guns, begin reloading more and more calibers.

if someone could point me in the best way to get started that would be appreciated.


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August 31, 2003, 07:26 PM
if you go w/ the rockchucker kit, everything you need will be included, including the speer #13 manual - and i really like that manual. you will have to buy die sets seperately...

some extras that are nice to have: calipers, powder trickler, tumbler, hand primer.

i'd reccomend you go w/ the rockchucker kit, calipers, and trickler to get started loading that day (remember your dies), and add other stuff as your cash permits.

beyond that, there are all kinds of tools and doo-dads available that may or may not help the process.

August 31, 2003, 07:30 PM
I 2nd the Rockchucker kit. Specially if your going to be doing 30/06.

The Lyman book has good tips & instructions also.

August 31, 2003, 07:40 PM
Before you spend a dime on reloading equipment, I suggest you first buy two or three manuals on the subject.

Good reloading manuals are Lee's "Modern Reloading," Hornady's two-volume tome on the subject, and others from Speer, Sierra, and especially Lyman.

Equipment is essential, of course; but equally important is knowledge of what you can and should do with that equipment to produce reloads that shoot well and don't blow up your firearm.

Buy reloading manuals first, get good advice from veteran reloaders, and get into a great hobby.

August 31, 2003, 08:02 PM
I think Lee was offering a deal: if you buy a new Lee Reloading Manual they'll throw in a simple single-stage press along with it.
One of these small presses can come in handy even if you end up with a progressive. A friend has a big Dillon press, but makes experimental loads on a single stage. He makes five or 10 of a load and tries them at the range until he finds a load that stands out. After the loads are refined he uses the Dillon to turn out lots of ammo.

I have heard that others operate this way also.

August 31, 2003, 08:22 PM
We're pretty much on track here, as Dillon is best. Very easy to adjust and service. You'll quickly load premium ammo.

Spend a little more money on a good powder scale, but buy Lee carbide dies, the Lee Book, and go Dillon from there. Calipers from Harbor Freight, $29.95 when NOT on sale.

My humble .02 with Thousands of Rounds of Experience.

August 31, 2003, 08:42 PM
Plenty of good advise already .... I would add tho ...... browse thru the reloading forum and even do a search on some key words ..... like ''dies'', reload books'' ....... etc ........ this subject crops up regularly and some past threads may well add to what has already been said.

Brian Williams
August 31, 2003, 09:29 PM
Read this first
Rock chucker is the best single stage kit around.

September 1, 2003, 12:29 AM
"Still not sure? We have a special offer for the beginning reloader. Get started with a free Reloader Press. A full size reloading press that accepts all standard dies, plus a copy of "Modern Reloading" that will teach you how to load ammo that is more accurate than factory on your first try."

From Lee Precision is this what i should get?????

Dave R
September 1, 2003, 01:35 AM
Not sure what all is in the kit, but sounds good to me. If you have:

-Powder scale
-Primer pocket cleaner
-Priming tool (on press or separate).

You have the bare minimum. 'Twould also be nice to have:
-Chamfer tool
-Case Trimmer
-Powder measure

What else am I missing?

September 1, 2003, 01:43 AM
i was just going to buy the manual first. too read through and see how it looks. it just comes with a free press. i will worry about all the other stuff later. after i have read the manual and if i feel comfortable.

my question not stated well before is Modern Reloading 2nd Edition by Richard Lee the manual i want?

September 1, 2003, 11:55 AM
Get the Second Edition. Yes, that's what you want. I learned reloading from Richard Lee and a friend.

Have fun.

September 1, 2003, 12:05 PM
Where are you located? If you're anywhere near central Indiana, I'd be happy to show you some of the basics.

September 1, 2003, 12:08 PM
i am in cincinnati

September 1, 2003, 01:26 PM
Just a small caveat ....... The 1st Edition Lee book was very useful ..... the 2nd I reckon has much additional stuff ..... it is easy reading and I'd think a good starting point for anyone. Add to that Lyman #48 (the latest IIRC) .... and then just be very aware of safety ............. work up loads and never be tempted to go for ''hot'' loads ... just to see!

IO'm sure with a bit of scouting around ...... there must be another THR member in your area who reloads ...... just a coupla visits and some ''hands-on'' would kick you off ideally.:)

September 1, 2003, 01:37 PM
thanks for the help everyone it will be ordered payday

September 1, 2003, 02:47 PM
Another man added to the ranks of reloaders. :)

I'm going get myself a Lyman book next.

September 1, 2003, 06:00 PM
Run a search on THR and its antecedent TFL. Lots of reloading advice is contained there in.

Based on my experience in starting up a reloading operation I suggest purchasing first safety glasses, scale, and check weights. Then start thinking about production equipment.

Again, search THR and TFL.

September 3, 2003, 11:47 AM
BlackLX2, WaitOne sure nailed it. Numero Uno is a pair of Safety Glasses!

Mike Irwin
September 3, 2003, 03:15 PM
Go here, and get this book.

It is, by far, the best introductory reloading primer there is...


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