Getting started. Help me complete my kit I bought.


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deanw186
February 23, 2012, 11:19 PM
So I am wanting to start reloading for my .45 and a .223 I will have in the future. I ran across this on ebay and bought it.


•Rock Chucker Press w/Universal Primer Arm & Optional Primer Feed Tubes for Large & Small Primers
•RCBS 5-0-5 Scale
•Powder Funnel
•Powder Trickler
•Primer Tray
•Burring Tool
•Case Lube Kit
•2 # 6 Shell Holders
•#3 Shell Holder
•45 ACP 3 Die Set
•38/357 Sizer Die
•38/357 3 Die Set with Spacer for 357 Shells
•308 Winchester 2 Die Set
•Lyman #55 Powder Measure
•Lyman Universal Case Trimmer (.30 Cal)
•Lee Auto Prime, Hand Primer for large & small primers
•Loading Block (homemade)
•Speer Manual for Reloading Ammo #8
•RCBS Reloading Guide

Whta else would I need to complete this. I know a tumbler and a caliper but what else might I need. Was 400 a decent deal on all this equipment

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NeuseRvrRat
February 23, 2012, 11:36 PM
there will probably be some other odds and ends you figure out you need/want as you go along, but i think what you listed will get you started. i can't think of anything else that is absolutely necessary to start. $400 doesn't strike me as a screaming deal, but if everything was in good shape you probably did alright.

BYJO4
February 23, 2012, 11:50 PM
You need a caliper, case cleaner and bullet puller. I also suggest a second loading manual like Lymans that will show more lead loads along with jacketed.

john16443
February 23, 2012, 11:59 PM
I'd say another reloading manual is mandatory. That Speer manual has got to have some years on it, they're up to #14 now.

deanw186
February 24, 2012, 12:08 AM
yea I was definately gonna get a new loading manual. What would yall suggest to get?

Blue68f100
February 25, 2012, 10:49 AM
Calipers will be needed as already mentioned. You can go with the specific Load Books vs a complete load manuals. The load books consolidate all of the other books into 1.

4thestars
February 25, 2012, 10:54 AM
I really like the Lyman and Sierra manuals.

Plus the website for Hodgdon/IMR/Winchester powders:
http://data.hodgdon.com/main_menu.asp

john16443
February 25, 2012, 01:01 PM
I have a Lyman 49th, Lyman cast, Lee 2nd Ed., Hodgdon 2011 magazine, Accurate 3.5 publication for loading reference. In all honesty, the sources I use most often for 45ACP and 9mm are the One Book/One Caliber bound pages available from Midway and other places. Less than $10 ea, and summarize data from just about every source.

Hodgdon data is on-line as noted above and constantly updated, that may be a good place for you to start if you happen to shoot the weight and type of bullets listed.

deanw186
February 25, 2012, 01:52 PM
Thanks for the replys guys.

mdi
February 25, 2012, 01:52 PM
I'd say get The ABCs of Reloading and read it. It will show you what you'll need to do to get safe reloads and what tools to use...

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