where can i buy reloading equipment in Dallas, tx?


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againstthagrane
January 9, 2009, 04:02 AM
i can't seem to find any shops that sell reloading equipment.

does anyone here know of any?

please don't suggest Gunmasters in Plano as they are extremely rude. last time i was in there i asked the salesman if he would give me the basics of reloading if purchased the equipment from there and all he said was "no." so does anyone know where i should spend my money?

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jjohnson
January 9, 2009, 07:56 AM
Well, if I were you, I'd give Dillon a call. It's not like buying it in a store, but you can certainly get them to talk with you. I know, that doesn't help if you're not in the market for a progressive press - the Dillon 550B is an outstanding value if you load a lot. If you're up for a progressive loader, they're like "friends for life."

I know there are a lot of guys on this forum that are new to reloading that are getting most of their advice from other guys on this forum. There's a lot of us who are happy to give advice, and you can use that advice for "cyber shopping" for equipment from any of the major brands. We also know where to shop online if you're so inclined, like Grafs - www.grafs.com - and many others. If you're up for that, just post your questions here.

Sorry if that's a bit off topic - it's not a "local Dallas" answer, but it's an honest answer for help. Good luck.

rbernie
January 9, 2009, 08:21 AM
Gunmaster in Plano sells Dillon, and always seems to have a 550, a 650, and a couple of SDs in stock. They also sell tumblers, media, and an OK stock of bullets, powder, and reloading books. They're not the cheapest, but they're my favorite shop in general and so I buy there a fair bit.

The Bullet Trap in Plano stocks powders and primers, and that's about it.

Cabelas and BPS have a single row of reloading stuff in their stores, with hit-n-miss availability of stuff. I don't think that they sell presses as much as consumables.

fguffey
January 9, 2009, 08:36 AM
Againstthegrain, On the square, southside in Mesquite, TX is Southwest Reloaders Supply, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, they make gun shows on week ends: Bo, another source, near Duncanville sets up at Gun shows, Market Hall and Bigtown (Mesquite, TX): Near Bear Creek is another seller that participates at the gun shows and sells on eBay.

Once fired brass: Garland Public Shooting Range, Pleasant Valley Rd., 30/06, 270, 280 from .08 to .12 Cents each if purchased in groups of 100, not 150 etc., but 100, 200 300., etc..

Basics: People will talk their heads off and claim everything on a computer, in public? they will have nothing to do with you, if you want help let me know, I do not have a favorite brand or color.



F. Guffey

fguffey
January 9, 2009, 08:42 AM
and there is a shooting range southeast of Fort Worth, TX that is well stocked with everything, room, supplies, people, when it comes to reloading, more people looking than purchasing.

F. Guffey

moxie
January 9, 2009, 09:18 AM
http://local.yahoo.com/info-18694611-southwest-ammunition-supply-company-mesquite

FlyinBryan
January 9, 2009, 10:07 AM
On the square, southside in Mesquite, TX is Southwest Reloaders Supply


yup, im in there all the time.

great prices too.

ive yet to find hardcast bullets for less, even on the web when you figure in shipping.

Jimfern
January 9, 2009, 11:24 AM
http://bsgunstore.com/store/

They have reloading gear, mostly RCBS. Plently of primers and powder. I'll have to try the other place in Mesquite. Didn't know it was there.

I mostly use RCBS, but I have used Lee, Hornady and Dillion dies with good results too.

Check out the last video on this page to get an idea of how to reload:
http://www.rcbs.com/general/videos.aspx

againstthagrane
January 9, 2009, 12:16 PM
hey,
thanks for all of the helpful responses. southwest ammo supply sounds like exactly the store i'm looking for.

Daniel1120
January 9, 2009, 11:24 PM
How good of prices does Southwest Reloaders Supply in mesquite really have? how much for 1k small pistol primers?

Bullet trap wants $25 for a pound of unique, its $13 something at powder valley, and $22 at cableas. Same story with gunmaster, b&s, and bass pro. Cabelas isnt TOO bad but its so far its not worth it.

Even with $20 hazmat and $10 s+h its still cheaper for me to order from powder valley. I save $7.50 per 1k primers, and about $12 a lb of powder. Not to mention tax. So that hazmat and s+h fee gets recooped really quick. If I buy 2lbs of powder and 1k primers ive already recooped the fee and paid the same as I would localy, not to mention I don't have to leave my house to buy it

Just buy in bulk online.

fguffey
January 10, 2009, 10:22 AM
Againstthegrain, and if mail order advice is taken serious, one day you will walk out side and find there is no one there, everyone will be tethered to the computer, so, get out, get away from the computer and visit, you are not required to purchase. Southwest is part of a commercial reloading company, they sell commercial reloads at the store in Mesquite, there are reloaders that purchase the commercial reloads because of price, the difference between reloading and commercial reloads sometimes come down to a few cents.

F. Guffey

fguffey
January 10, 2009, 10:25 AM
Againstthegrain, I did not ask you what equipment you were looking for, do you have a list?

F. Guffey

Sport45
January 10, 2009, 10:00 PM
please don't suggest Gunmasters in Plano as they are extremely rude. last time i was in there i asked the salesman if he would give me the basics of reloading if purchased the equipment from there and all he said was "no." so does anyone know where i should spend my money?

A bit off topic, but that doesn't sound extremely rude to me. If the place is close and has fair prices I would still shop there.

I can't speak for their prices, but Cheaper than Dirt is in Ft Worth. Might be close enough.

GreyOne
January 10, 2009, 10:59 PM
CTD, at least the retail store, does not handle reloading supplies or equipment. If you are in, ask them to do so, maybe with enough requests they will get into reloading.

againstthagrane
January 11, 2009, 01:55 AM
A bit off topic, but that doesn't sound extremely rude to me. If the place is close and has fair prices I would still shop there.


not an isolated incident of indifference. i experience age-ism to the extreme in that shop and so do all of my buddies who are the same age as me. if they don't need my money i'm not going to give it to them. i'd rather spend my money at a place that respects it's customers enough to explain how to operate a $300 reloading setup.

fguffey,

i was looking for a turret press kit in the $150-$250 range without dies. i don't know if that exists. i plan on reloading .357 sig and .223 if that makes a difference. i'm a total beginner so any info or tips would be appreciated.

Sport45
January 11, 2009, 04:07 AM
That makes more sense. I thought there was a book named something like "The Basics of Reloading" and I thought you were suggesting they wouldn't give it to you for free. My misunderstanding. They should certainly be able to take the time to walk you through the process. Of course, you have to understand that the guys behind the counter may not klnow anything about reloading anyway.

For what it's worth Richard Lee's "Modern Reloading" is a pretty good primer for learning the basics.

Dave B
January 11, 2009, 07:08 AM
Cabelas in Ft Worth has lots of stuff. I was in there the other day, and heard they were having reloading seminars. They are on 35W north of Ft Worth.

Daniel1120
January 11, 2009, 09:54 AM
not an isolated incident of indifference. i experience age-ism to the extreme in that shop and so do all of my buddies who are the same age as me. if they don't need my money i'm not going to give it to them. i'd rather spend my money at a place that respects it's customers enough to explain how to operate a $300 reloading setup.


You a young guy? I am to and they treated me like a bum. So I took my money down the road to the bullet trap. ;)

Did you know the garland public shooting range carries CCI pistol primers? $40 per 1k. Still don't think ordering online saves?

Seafarer12
January 11, 2009, 11:36 AM
It is hard to beat the internet as far as reloading stuff goes. I know down here in Austin there are 3 places that sell reloading supplies and you are just out of luck if you needed some help. You have to know what you want and how to use it.

RustyFN
January 11, 2009, 12:10 PM
i was looking for a turret press kit in the $150-$250 range without dies. i don't know if that exists. i plan on reloading .357 sig and .223 if that makes a difference. i'm a total beginner so any info or tips would be appreciated.
The only turret press I know of in that price range is the Lee classic cast turret. The only place I know where you can buy it in a kit are Cabela's and www.kempfgunshop.com. This is what it looks like.
http://im1.shutterfly.com/media/47b8da27b3127ccec398914a0e3000000010O00DZOGblm4Yg9vPhI/cC/f%3D0/ps%3D50/r%3D0/rx%3D550/ry%3D400/
I have been loading on this one for over two years and it has been a great press for me. I usually sit down for three hours and load 500 rounds at a comfortable pace.
Rusty

againstthagrane
January 11, 2009, 12:55 PM
i'm in my mid 20's. the worst offender is the white haired guy that works there. he has the worst people skills. he must be independently wealthy so he doesn't need young people's money.

i'll go there for little cheap items but anything over $10 i'll make the extra drive.

i think the classic turret kit with dies from kempf for $175 is right up my alley.

thanks guys.

how is the hornaday reloading manual? any good?

Daniel1120
January 11, 2009, 01:54 PM
againstthagrane, thats the same guy that made me quit going too! I even wrote some rant about him over on the texas hunting forum. Here it is:

"Gunmaster in plano. Um no... heres why: I go in one day, like I have before, the white haired old man I usually talked to said "are you going to actually buy something this time?". I said "are you going to have anything worth buying?". See, in the plano area gunmaster has the best selection of used S&W's. I would go in there about once a week looking for a 7 shot no lock 686. If they had one I would have bought it, even if they wanted to much for it."

Everything there is WAY overpriced anyways. Don't get me wrong, im all for supporting local gun shops. But when they price themselves THAT high, with THAT guy working there, why in the world would they expect me to go back?

My advice againstthagrane, piece your kit together online, then try to find a group buy or start one. Theres a guy who lives in arlington and has done a few group buys on here. I think his name was grizzly.

257WbyMag
January 11, 2009, 03:41 PM
againstthagrain,

Flower Mound here and I haven't really had much luck with reloading supplies for local purchase. Sportsmans Warehouse closed up shop and they were a mere 10 minutes away :( . From that point, I went exclusively to internet ordering. Midway mostly but there are some others that I have used. I buy powder this way in bulk. That way, the $20 haz-mat fee doesn't add much to the price. I recently bought primers by the case and enough to last me for most of my life I think.

Because I fully understand your sentiments with unfriendly service, I would invite you to take your business elsewhere. If it seemed rude to you, it probably was and in the least, not friendly. In this day and age, I have never understood why some shooting sports shop proprietors are anything but completely cordial and helpful to anyone that walks through their doors. If a new shooter or new reloader walks in there looking to buy a product or seek advice, they have everything to lose by not putting the customer first. I have experienced this too as a 22 year old reloader almost 20 years ago. "Johnny Rescue Ranger" behind the counter was more interested in telling made up anecdotes than helping me. I took my business elsewhere and they went out of business within a year. Want to see the end of sympathetic support for our rights to shoot and hunt? Be a jerk to the newly interested folks. That'll do it!

I started reloading in 1990. I found a Midway catalog, bought a Lee setup and dies for .357 Magnum, and a Hornady manual. I read it and started loading. This is not hard stuff and if you are safe and can follow a recipe, you'll be going strong in no time. And THR is full of resources for questions that come up. Good luck!

RustyFN
January 11, 2009, 03:51 PM
againstthagrane if you get the kit from Kempf I would recommend the proauto disk and safety prime upgrades, won't cost much more. Also a decent scale.
Rusty

againstthagrane
January 11, 2009, 05:36 PM
is the proauto disk a digital scale? are they more accurate than beam scales?

Daniel1120
January 11, 2009, 05:49 PM
No, its not a scale. Its the powder thrower. He was advocating the new design. See here:

Older style
http://www.midwayusa.com/eproductpage.exe/showproduct?saleitemid=537685

New design
http://www.midwayusa.com/eproductpage.exe/showproduct?saleitemid=348753

RustyFN
January 12, 2009, 06:19 PM
is the proauto disk a digital scale? are they more accurate than beam scales?
No the pro auto is the powder measure that will sit on top of the powder/expanding die like this.
http://im1.shutterfly.com/media/47b7ce35b3127ccec209a699903700000010O00DZOGblm4Yg9vPhI/cC/f%3D0/ps%3D50/r%3D0/rx%3D550/ry%3D400/
You will still need a scale. A decent beam scale will be fine. Once you find the right disk and cavity and test a few to make sure it is throwing the weight you want you will only need the scale to test one now and then to make sure nothing has changed. My pro auto disk has been very accurate. Once it is set where I want it it has never been off. I have been hearing a lot of good things about RCBS and Dillon beam scales.
Rusty

againstthagrane
January 12, 2009, 08:44 PM
very nice!
it looks like it's not as hard as it looks. i was under the impression that every charge would have to be measured individually.

Historian
January 13, 2009, 02:20 PM
Bought a pound of H335 for $20 at Southwest in Mesquite last Saturday.

Historian

aerod1
January 14, 2009, 06:06 PM
The people at Southwest Ammo are some of the nicest people on the planet. I buy my primers and powder from them. They are very helpful and their prices are good. They really act like they want your business.
The "ABC's of Reloading" is the first book I bought and it was a big help. I pretty much self taught myself to reload by reading manuals (I have seven) and equipment instructions. I did pick the brains of people in the reloading forums as well.
Remember, any info you get off the internet should be backed up with a good manual.
Good luck and enjoy reloading.:)

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