Getting started handloading


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addedpulp
July 7, 2011, 04:30 PM
At the moment, I own a few pistols, all .38Sp or .357, and a few 12ga shotguns. I expect I'll continue with .38 and .357, though I might like a .44 in the distant future. I have been looking at ammo prices, and I'd like to stand handloading.

I'm looking for the cheapest components. I don't mind taking time to handload if it saves me the crazy prices for ammo.

What would I need, and what would be the cheapest? I'd mainly be loading .38 (not +P) and maybe a few .357. I've heard this can be done for less than $150 for all the supplies, and when I was considering buying bulk .38 for $200 or so, this might make more sense than buying a bunch of .38 that I can only use once. I'd really appreciate your input. Thanks a lot, guys.

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J_McLeod
July 7, 2011, 04:32 PM
http://www.missouribullet.com/

Among the cheapest and the best quality bullets.

To get started reloading, look for a Lee Classic Turret kit. It's a good prices, and a good press for speed and learning.
http://www.midwayusa.com/viewproduct/?productnumber=622290
It has almost everything you'll need. In addition to that you'd at least need dies, components and calipers. I'd also recommend HP-38/Win 231 for a powder.

colt1911fan
July 7, 2011, 04:34 PM
I just ordered from Missouri bullet company and their a good deal havent been able to take a caliper to em yet to see if their consistent yet, but powder valley is another good one if you plan on buying lots of powder at once or a group buy

Friendly, Don't Fire!
July 7, 2011, 04:37 PM
I don't understand, do you already have all your reloading equipment? Do you have a grasp on just how it all works?

addedpulp
July 7, 2011, 04:54 PM
I don't understand, do you already have all your reloading equipment? Do you have a grasp on just how it all works?

No and no.

J_McLeod
July 7, 2011, 04:58 PM
No and no.
First place to start is with a good manual. I have the Lyman manual and learned a lot from it. ABC's of reloading also gets recommended frequently.

addedpulp
July 7, 2011, 05:01 PM
Thank you for the recommendation. I'll give it a read. I'm not looking to do anything outlandish, or even more than a caliber or two, just looking to save a little bit of cash. I'm not even generally picky about ammo, since most of it goes to practice or saving for later.

Cherokee
July 7, 2011, 05:46 PM
Read the sticky post above "For new reloaders". Get the Lyman #49 manual.

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