Newbie needing advice in where and what to buy the equipment for the reloading


October 6, 2003, 01:06 AM
Can anyone just give me a quick run down on the things I need to get started in reloading? I am a newbie and dont' have a lot of guns so I am looking at a singlestage press, I probably just crank out 100-200rd a month at the very most. I want to find a website/online store so that I can get most if not everything I need from the same place. Currently I'm looking at reloading .41mag, .44mag, and .45acp. I may reload .308Rem as I go on. Thanks for any advice.

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October 6, 2003, 05:49 AM
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October 12, 2003, 12:04 PM

best inexpensive loading stuff,especially the challenger or turret presses.
I do'nt like their progressives much.just MHO there.
Their challenger press will last me on this.:)
If you have a Bi-mart near you most of em carry rcbs stuff,including their haavy and light duty presses.The money saved on shipping will by lots of supplies......steel is heavy. :)
They also carry the LYman manual......may favorite reading.
I disagree with Lyman and other books who say to deprime before tumbling your cases....don't make sense to plug the primer pocket with media.
Good luck,and be safe......wear safety glasses!!

October 12, 2003, 12:22 PM
I'd recommend the RCBS Master Reloading Kit. Aside from dies, it's only missing a trimmer. It's got the press, scale, hand primer, powder measure, deburring tool, and a few other items. It should run under $300 for the kit, shipped. The kit makes it easier for new reloaders so you don't have to worry about finding every little item. This should set you going on pistols right away.

As far as .308 goes, you'll need a trimmer if you go with the above kit. Check out Sinclair Intl ( They sell high quality trimmers.

If you decide to buy everything seperately, here's a list of what I think you will need:

Single Stage Press
Hand Priming System (Some single stages have priming systems built in, I say you should still stick with a hand primer)
Powder Measure
Deburring Tool
Calipers (if you don't want to spend money on Mitutoyo or Starrett calipers, just be sure to stick with steel and not plastic)
Reloading Guide/Manual

If shooting rifle, I'd would recommend these:
Primer Pocket Uniformer
Flashhole Deburring Tool

As far as dies go, I own RCBS, Lee, and Redding Dies. I think Lee dies are better than RCBS for rifle. I use Redding for their S Type Neck Sizer, but the Lee Collet Die is also good. For pistols, it's a toss up between RCBS and Lee. Go with what's cheaper.

Good luck, and remember safety first. Read the manuals and practice using the equipment before loading live rounds. When in doubt, ask questions.

Standing Wolf
October 12, 2003, 09:44 PM
I started with an R.C.B.S. kit quite a few years ago, and am still using the Rock Chucker press and original .357 magnum dies. I've added lots of gadgets over the years, and don't still use the Rock Chucker's priming mechanism, but if I were starting all over again, I'd probably take the same route.

R.C.B.S. is by no means the only route to take: just the one I'm most familiar with. I swear by the company's customer service.

October 12, 2003, 11:29 PM
rcbs rockchucker kit. add: dies of your choice, trickler (optional), calipers, tumbler (optional), and from there, you're set to produce high quality ammo. there are myriad add-ons you can get later, depending on how much you like loading.

go to they have a customer service center kind of a deal where you can live chat (privately) w/ a rep. the guys at cabelas know their stuff, too. they might be a little pricier than other sources, but it should be a place you at least look at.

October 12, 2003, 11:42 PM
Much as I'd like Dillon etc ... I started 25 years ago with Lee .. suited my budget. I still use lee and find the dies are excellent. Presses may leave some to be desired but ..... still do what i need even if slower.

For a start-up I certainly would consider Lee ... not a mega investment and you can upgrade later ....... and your Lee stuff will still be useful.

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