Buy used gear or new?


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BeltfedMG
September 17, 2008, 11:10 PM
Does it really matter if i buy used gear for reloading like dies, trimmers etc? I know like anything else it depends on how it was taken care of but do dies wear out or is there anything else i should worry about?

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lgbloader
September 17, 2008, 11:23 PM
I have bought dies used. Never have had a problem. I have one powder throw used too, a Uniflow. It works great. depends on what you buy, I guess.

Rich219
September 17, 2008, 11:26 PM
I have a used Redding Model 1400 Case Trimmer I was going to list. I'm not sure if this is one of the trimmers you are interested in but if so let me know.

Sommerled
September 17, 2008, 11:28 PM
If it is not rusty and from a good manufacturer it is likely to be just fine. Good reloading equipment is hard to wear out.

Sommerled

Jim Watson
September 17, 2008, 11:30 PM
Reloading equipment is pretty sturdy and not subject to being worn or broken, just neglected and rusted. Get a look before you buy. The main problem with used reloading gear is its habit of coming in without all the parts and no instructions.

Frankl03
September 18, 2008, 12:16 AM
I think you can make some good buys by buying used. Sometimes the used item may have little or no wear which makes it better than new.
I always look for bargains buy looking at used stuff.

SASS#23149
September 18, 2008, 12:31 AM
I just helped a buddy get set up,and he saved quite a bit by shopping this board and the cast boolit board for good buys.
It's the shipping that can kill the deal unless yo're saving enough on the purchase to offset it.

Post a wtb...want to buy..here in the classifieds for what yu want and see how it goes from there.

dgdimick
September 18, 2008, 12:33 AM
I'm just getting back into reloading after a 20 year absence, I'm getting almost all of my gear of of e-bay, or GunBroker.com; it's almost all used, and works fine. The two things I've bought new are my brass cleaner; got tired of messing around and being out bid, and the reamer, no one had a used one for a good price.

HtH,

Denis

BeltfedMG
September 18, 2008, 12:44 AM
Thanks to all. I wil put out some WTB's

evan price
September 18, 2008, 01:55 AM
Quality reloading gear is made from thick, durable metals, and with a little attention, will last virtually forever. The more moving parts, the more likely something will break, but there isn't much- even in a progressive (Compared to, say, a typical farm tractor for example).

Even neglected and disused gear, with some attention and elbow grease, can be made to look and work like new.

You really have to try to muck up most gear to the point it is junk.

goon
September 18, 2008, 05:58 AM
I have bought and otherwise acquired some used reloading gear.
Only had to work on one peice of it and that was to fix a defect it had when it left the factory.

presspuller
September 18, 2008, 07:43 AM
With the exception of a few dies just about all my equipment was aquired used.
Just a note of caution, if you shop ebay the things I use to watch on there would end up going for more than new.
Just be careful and know your prices.

SASS#23149
September 18, 2008, 10:39 AM
Just a note of caution, if you shop ebay the things I use to watch on there would end up going for more than new.
Just be careful and know your prices.

+1 on that.Ebay would be the last place I'd look,this board and the cast boolit board get my nod.

Sunray
September 18, 2008, 04:46 PM
"...Ebay would be the last place I'd look..." The people who own E-Bay don't think you should be allowed to own any firearm. Buying or selling there financially supports anti-firearm lobbyists like The Brady Bunch.
If you opt for used, and there's no reason not to, buy RCBS kit. Their warrantee is for the life of the kit, period. They will fix any issues you may have with a phone call, even if you buy used(or you caused the damage). The only question will be about your mailing address if you ever need parts. Including de-cappng pins.

BeltfedMG
September 18, 2008, 07:08 PM
Dont know that i want to do the cast bullet thing, kinda like my FMJ. Im not much on cleanin after shootin. HA

ranger335v
September 18, 2008, 08:15 PM
""...Ebay would be the last place I'd look..." The people who own E-Bay don't think you should be allowed to own any firearm."

I really don't care what eBay folks think, I do buy stuff there simply because it's there and, in the past, for a good price. BUT, the last couple of years has seen prices on dies triple and presses double, they are often more expensive than new stuff from mail order sources now so I don't buy much from them anymore. :eek:

Understand that eBay itself isn't the problem with those prices, its because some dummies are willing to pay more than new to buy used stuff! Actually, someday, I'm looking forward to selling some of my used gear there for more than I paid for it! :confused:

coolbarrelbill
September 18, 2008, 09:02 PM
I alway bought new. If you are going to buy new I would check it out real goob before buyng.

BeltfedMG
September 18, 2008, 09:58 PM
Do cast bullets foul up barrels that bad and are they as accurate as FMJ?

elkhuntingfool
September 18, 2008, 10:21 PM
Do cast bullets foul up barrels that bad and are they as accurate as FMJ?

I shoot them out of my 45acp and have no accuracy issues when compared to the FMJs (hornady). Just clean the barrel after shooting like you normally would.

SASS#23149
September 18, 2008, 11:20 PM
cast is all i shoot.could not afford to shoot jacketed.
Leading is a highly over inflated deal in most cases.You can occasionaly get some off brand or home-made bullets that lead badly,but a good brushing takes care of it for the most part.
these days 500 of my 225 grain pistol bullets cost about 60 to 65 bucks.

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